Kitaev Materials

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The spin-1/2 bond-dependent Ising model on a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice, known as the Kitaev model, has recently attracted great attention. A microscopic approach to achieve such interaction has been discovered, leading to the proposal of several candidate materials.

Simultaneously, experimental investigations have focused on identifying signatures of the Kitaev spin liquid, such as the half-quantized thermal Hall conductivity. Despite significant progress made in recent decades, Kitaev spin liquid in the proposed materials yet to be fully confirmed, and the search for the experimental realization of this exotic quantum spin liquid continues. This collection aims to explore and advance our understanding of frustrated magnetic models and materials, expanding the search for Kitaev materials and unveiling new states of matter within them.

The topics will include, but are not limited to:

  1. Theoretical models and predictions of Kitaev materials
  2. Experimental demonstration of phenomena in Kitaev materials
  3. Theoretical designing of Kitaev materials
  4. New materials, synthesis and crystal growth of Kitaev materials
  5. New phases of matter in Kitaev materials
  6. Numerical advancements in extended Kitaev models
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  • Hae-Young Kee

    Professor, Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Canada

  • Hidenori Takagi

    Director, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany Professor, Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Japan

  • George Jackeli

    Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany Principal Investigator, Andronikashvili Institute of Physics, Georgia

  • Simon Trebst

    Professor, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne, Germany

  • Radu Coldea

    Professor, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, UK