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Spatial staggering of the magnetization amplitude Stot(x) as a function of U for α = 1/6

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posted on 2013-06-24, 00:00 authored by Peter P Orth, Daniel Cocks, Stephan Rachel, Michael Buchhold, Karyn Le Hur, Walter Hofstetter

Figure 7. Spatial staggering of the magnetization amplitude Stot(x) as a function of U for α = 1/6. Staggering is defined by the difference of the maximal and the minimal Stot within one period of the spin order. The staggering is indicated by the coloured background in the spin boxes of figure 6. We observe that the staggering decreases for increasing U, because the fermions become more and more localized and quantum fluctuations are suppressed. This also occurs for the other values of α that we investigated.


Motivated by the recent progress in engineering artificial non-Abelian gauge fields for ultracold fermions in optical lattices, we investigate the time-reversal-invariant Hofstadter–Hubbard model. We include an additional staggered lattice potential and an artificial Rashba-type spin–orbit coupling term available in experiment. Without interactions, the system can be either a (semi)-metal, a normal or a topological insulator, and we present the non-Abelian generalization of the Hofstadter butterfly. Using a combination of real-space dynamical mean-field theory (RDMFT), analytical arguments, and Monte-Carlo simulations we study the effect of strong on-site interactions. We determine the interacting phase diagram, and discuss a scenario of an interaction-induced transition from a normal to a topological insulator. At half-filling and large interactions, the system is described by a quantum spin Hamiltonian, which exhibits exotic magnetic order due to the interplay of Rashba-type spin–orbit coupling and the artificial time-reversal-invariant magnetic field term. We determine the magnetic phase diagram: both for the itinerant model using RDMFT and for the corresponding spin model in the classical limit using Monte-Carlo simulations.


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