Frustrated topological symmetry breaking: Geometrical frustration and anyon condensation

Marc D. Schulz, Fiona J. Burnell

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We study the phase diagram of a topological string-net-type lattice model in the presence of geometrically frustrated interactions. These interactions drive several phase transitions that reduce the topological order, leading to a rich phase diagram including both Abelian (Z2) and non-Abelian (Ising×Ising ) topologically ordered phases, as well as phases with broken translational symmetry. Interestingly, one of these phases simultaneously exhibits (Abelian) topological order and long-ranged order due to translational symmetry breaking, with nontrivial interactions between excitations in the topological order and defects in the long-ranged order. We introduce a variety of effective models, valid along certain lines in the phase diagram, which can be used to characterize both topological and symmetry-breaking order in these phases and in many cases allow us to characterize the phase transitions that separate them. We use exact diagonalization and high-order series expansion to study areas of the phase diagram where these models break down and to approximate the location of the phase boundaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number165110
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number16
StatePublished - Oct 7 2016

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Funding Information:
F.J.B. is supported by NSF DMR-1352271 and by the Sloan foundation, Grant No. FG-2015-65927. This work was carried out in part using computing resources at the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. This research was supported in part by Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Research at the Perimeter Institute is supported by the Government of Canada through Industry Canada and by the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation.

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© 2016 American Physical Society.


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