Magnetic phases of spin-1 lattice gases with random interactions

Kenneth D. McAlpine, Simone Paganelli, Sergio Ciuchi, Anna Sanpera, Gabriele De Chiara

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A spin-1 atomic gas in an optical lattice, in the unit-filling Mott insulator (MI) phase and in the presence of disordered spin-dependent interaction, is considered. In this regime, at zero temperature, the system is well described by a disordered rotationally invariant spin-1 bilinear-biquadratic model. We study, via the density matrix renormalization group algorithm, a bounded disorder model such that the spin interactions can be locally either ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic. Random interactions induce the appearance of a disordered ferromagnetic phase characterized by a nonvanishing value of the spin glass order parameter across the boundary between a ferromagnetic phase and a dimer phase exhibiting random singlet order. We also study the distribution of the block entanglement entropy in the different regions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number235128
JournalPhysical Review B (Condensed Matter)
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2017

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9 pages, 8 figures


  • cond-mat.quant-gas
  • quant-ph

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