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Emergent Moments and Random Singlet Physics in a Majorana Spin Liquid


Moessner,  Roderich
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Max Planck Society;

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Sanyal, S., Damle, K., Chalker, J. T., & Moessner, R. (2021). Emergent Moments and Random Singlet Physics in a Majorana Spin Liquid. Physical Review Letters, 127(12): 127201. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.127201.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-8EAE-4
We exhibit an exactly solvable example of a SU(2) symmetric Majorana spin liquid phase, in which quenched disorder leads to random-singlet phenomenology of emergent magnetic moments. More precisely, we argue that a strong-disorder fixed point controls the low temperature susceptibility chi(T) of an exactly solvable S = 1/2 model on the decorated honeycomb lattice with vacancy and/or bond disorder, leading to chi(T) = C/T + DT alpha(T)-1, where alpha(T) -> 0 slowly as the temperature T -> 0. The first term is a Curie tail that represents the emergent response of vacancy-induced spin textures spread over many unit cells: it is an intrinsic feature of the site-diluted system, rather than an extraneous effect arising from isolated free spins. The second term, common to both vacancy and bond disorder [with different alpha(T) in the two cases] is the response of a random singlet phase, familiar from random antiferromagnetic spin chains and the analogous regime in phosphorus-doped silicon (Si:P).