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Title: Magnetic End States in a Strongly Interacting One-Dimensional Topological Kondo Insulator

Topological Kondo insulators are strongly correlated materials where itinerant electrons hybridize with localized spins, giving rise to a topologically nontrivial band structure. Here, we use nonperturbative bosonization and renormalization-group techniques to study theoretically a one-dimensional topological Kondo insulator, described as a Kondo-Heisenberg model, where the Heisenberg spin-1/2 chain is coupled to a Hubbard chain through a Kondo exchange interaction in the p-wave channel (i.e., a strongly correlated version of the prototypical Tamm-Schockley model).We derive and solve renormalization-group equations at two-loop order in the Kondo parameter, and find that, at half filling, the charge degrees of freedom in the Hubbard chain acquire a Mott gap, even in the case of a noninteracting conduction band (Hubbard parameter U = 0). Furthermore, at low enough temperatures, the system maps onto a spin-1/2 ladder with local ferromagnetic interactions along the rungs, effectively locking the spin degrees of freedom into a spin-1 chain with frozen charge degrees of freedom. This structure behaves as a spin-1 Haldane chain, a prototypical interacting topological spin model, and features two magnetic spin-1/2 end states for chains with open boundary conditions. In conclusion, our analysis allows us to derive an insightful connection between topological Kondo insulators in one spatial dimensionmore » and the well-known physics of the Haldane chain, showing that the ground state of the former is qualitatively different from the predictions of the naive mean-field theory.« less
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Univ. Nacional de Rosario and Instituto de Fisica Rosario, Rosario (Argentina); Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)
  2. Univ. Nacional de Rosario and Instituto de Fisica Rosario, Rosario (Argentina)
  3. Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States); Monash Univ., Melbourne, VIC (Australia)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0001911; DESC0001911
Published Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review. X
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2160-3308
American Physical Society
Research Org:
Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1452836