Quantum damping of skyrmion crystal eigenmodes due to spontaneous quasiparticle decay

Mook, Alexander and Klinovaja, Jelena and Loss, Daniel. (2020) Quantum damping of skyrmion crystal eigenmodes due to spontaneous quasiparticle decay. Physical Review Research, 2 (3). 033491.

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Skyrmion crystals support chiral magnonic edge states akin to electronic quantum Hall edge states. However, magnonic topology relies on the harmonic approximation, neglecting ubiquitous magnon-magnon interactions that yield a finite zero-temperature quantum damping. We demonstrate that spontaneous quasiparticle decay in two-dimensional ferromagnetic skyrmion crystals is a delicate issue, with the quantum damping ranging over several orders of magnitude. Flat magnon bands cause exceptionally strong spontaneous decay at twice their energy. The resulting externally controllable energy-selective magnon breakdown is measurable not only by scattering but also by magnetic resonance experiments, probing the magnetically active anticlockwise, breathing, and clockwise modes. They exhibit distinct decay behavior, with the clockwise (anticlockwise) mode being the least (most) stable mode out of the three. The quantum damping of the topologically nontrivial anticlockwise mode is negligible, establishing the harmonic theory as a trustworthy approximation at low energies, implying excellent prospects of topological magnonics in skyrmion crystals.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Theoretical Nano/Quantum Physics (Klinovaja)
UniBasel Contributors:Klinovaja, Jelena
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:American Physical Society
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