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Quantum geometry and stability of moire flatband ferromagnetism

TitleQuantum geometry and stability of moire flatband ferromagnetism
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsF. Wu, and D. S. Sarma
JournalPhys. Rev. B
Volume102
Pagination165118
Date PublishedOCT 12
Type of ArticleArticle
ISSN2469-9950
Abstract

Several moire systems created by various twisted bilayers have manifested magnetism under flatband conditions leading to enhanced interaction effects. We theoretically study stability of moire flatband ferromagnetism against collective excitations, with a focus on the effects of Bloch band quantum geometry. The spin magnon spectrum is calculated using different approaches, including Bethe-Salpeter equation, single mode approximation, and an analytical theory. One of our main results is an analytical expression for the spin stiffness in terms of the Coulomb interaction potential, the Berry curvatures, and the quantum metric tensor, where the last two quantities characterize the quantum geometry of moire bands. This analytical theory shows that Berry curvatures play an important role in stiffening the spin magnons. Furthermore, we construct an effective field theory for the magnetization fluctuations and show explicitly that skyrmion excitations bind an integer number of electrons that is proportional to the Bloch band Chern number and the skyrmion winding number.

DOI10.1103/PhysRevB.102.165118