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Ground-state phase diagram of dipolar-octupolar pyrochlores

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Benton, O. (2020). Ground-state phase diagram of dipolar-octupolar pyrochlores. Physical Review B, 102(10): 104408. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.102.104408.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-CB70-6
The "dipolar-octupolar" pyrochlore oxides R2M2O7 (R=Ce, Sm, Nd) represent an important opportunity in the search for three-dimensional quantum spin liquid (QSL) ground states. Their low-energy physics is governed by an alluringly simple "XYZ" Hamiltonian, enabling a theoretical description with only a small number of free parameters. Meanwhile, recent experiments on Ce pyrochlores strongly suggest QSL physics. Motivated by this, we present here a complete analysis of the ground-state phase diagram of dipolar-octupolar pyrochlores. Combining cluster mean-field theory, variational arguments, and exact diagonalization we find multiple U(1) QSL phases, which together occupy a large fraction of the parameter space. These results give a comprehensive picture of the ground-state physics of an important class of QSL candidates and support the possibility of a U(1) QSL ground state in Ce2Zr2O7 and Ce2Zr2O7.