Resonant Raman scattering theory for Kitaev models and their Majorana fermion boundary modes

Brent Perreault, Johannes Knolle, Natalia B. Perkins, F. J. Burnell

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Abstract

We study the inelastic light scattering response in two- (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) Kitaev spin-liquid models with Majorana spinon band structures in the symmetry classes BDI and D leading to protected gapless surface modes. We present a detailed calculation of the resonant Raman/Brillouin scattering vertex relevant to iridate and ruthenate compounds whose low-energy physics is believed to be proximate to these spin-liquid phases. In the symmetry class BDI, we find that while the resonant scattering on thin films can detect the gapless boundary modes of spin liquids, the nonresonant processes do not couple to them. For the symmetry class D, however, we find that the coupling between both types of light-scattering processes and the low-energy surface states is strongly suppressed. Additionally, we describe the effect of weak time-reversal symmetry breaking perturbations on the bulk Raman response of these systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104427
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume94
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 26 2016

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