3 years ago

Fractionalized Fermi liquids and exotic superconductivity in the Kitaev Kondo lattice.

Tobias Meng, Urban F. P. Seifert, Matthias Vojta

Fractionalized Fermi liquids (FL$^\ast$) have been introduced as non-Fermi-liquid metallic phases, characterized by coexisting electron-like charge carriers and local moments which itself form a fractionalized spin liquid. Here we investigate a Kondo lattice model on the honeycomb lattice with compass interactions among the local moments, a concrete model hosting FL$^\ast$ phases based on Kitaev's $\mathbb{Z}_2$ spin liquid. We characterize the FL$^\ast$ phases via perturbation theory, and we employ a Majorana-fermion mean-field theory to map out the full phase diagram. Most remarkably we find triplet superconducting phases which mask the quantum phase transition between fractionalized and conventional Fermi liquid phases. Their pairing structure is inherited from the Kitaev spin liquid, i.e., superconductivity is driven by Majorana glue.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1710.09381

DOI: arXiv:1710.09381v2

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