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题目:Exotic Spin Excitations of Quantum Magnets Revealed by Inelastic Neutron Scattering
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报告题目:Exotic Spin Excitations of Quantum Magnets Revealed by Inelastic Neutron Scattering

报 告 人:温锦生  教授(南京大学)

时    间:20191129(周五) 下午15:00

地    点:李薰楼356会议室

  Exotic Spin Excitations of Quantum Magnets Revealed by Inelastic Neutron Scattering

  Jinsheng Wen (温锦生)

  Department of Physics, Nanjing University

Quantum spin liquids (QSLs) represent a novel state of matter in which no spontaneous symmetry is broken and the spins remain in the liquid-like state even at absolute zero temperature. They hold great potentials in quantum computation and communication. Furthermore, it is believed that the understanding of QSLs may help solve the long-term puzzle of high-temperature superconductivity. For these reasons, QSLs have been studied extensively in the past 45 years or so, but so far there still appear to be no ideal QSL materials. Neutron scattering plays an essential role in identifying QSLs, as it probes the spin correlations directly and provides crucial information in the energy and momentum space of the spins.

In this talk, I will present our results (mainly inelastic neutron scattering) on two types of QSL candidates, geometrically-frustrated compounds YbMgGaO4 and YbZnGaO4 with the triangular lattice, and a Kitaev material alpha-RuCl3 with the honeycomb lattice. For both YbMgGaO4 and YbZnGaO4, we find that their true ground states to be spin glasses, and disorder is mainly responsible for the spin-liquid-like observations [1]. For alpha-RuCl3, we show that there is a dominant Kitaev interaction in the zigzag order state [2], and a magnetic field can drive the system from an ordered state into a possible QSL state [3,4].

In the end, I will also briefly discuss our recent discovery of topological magnons in a three-dimensional antiferromagnet Cu3TeO6 [5].


1, Ma…, Yu*, Li*, Li*, Wen*, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 087201 (2018).

2, Ran…, Li*, Wen*, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 107203 (2017).

3, Zheng…, Wen*, Yu*, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 227208 (2017).

4, Yu…, Wen*, Li*, Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 067202 (2018).

5, Bao…, Yu*, Wan*, Li*, Wen*, Nature Commun. 9, 2591 (2018).



温锦生 南京大学物理学院教授、博导,国家优秀青年基金、江苏杰出青年基金获得者。2005年清华大学本科毕业;2010年纽约州立大学石溪分校博士毕业;2010年至2012年加州大学伯克利分校博士后;2013年被聘为南京大学教授、博导。长期从事铜、铁基等高温超导体、量子自旋液体等电子强关联材料的单晶生长及中子散射研究。已在Science、Nature及其子刊、PRL等学术期刊发表论文114篇,总引用次数3600多次。


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