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László Deák, László Bottyán, Tamás Fülöp, Dániel Géza Merkel, Dénes Lajos Nagy, Szilárd Sajti, Kai Sven Schulze, Hartmut Spiering, Ingo Uschmann, Hans-Christian Wille
Reciprocity is when wave or quantum scattering satisfies a symmetry property, connecting a scattering process with the reversed one. While reciprocity involves the interchange of source and detector, it is fundamentally different from rotational invariance, and is a generalization of time reversal invariance, occurring in absorptive media as well. Due to its presence at diverse areas of physics, it admits a wide variety of applications. For polarization dependent scatterings, reciprocity is often violated, but violation in the phase of the scattering amplitude is much harder to experimentally observe than violation in magnitude...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ratnadwip Singha, Arnab Kumar Pariari, Biswarup Satpati, Prabhat Mandal
Whereas the discovery of Dirac- and Weyl-type excitations in electronic systems is a major breakthrough in recent condensed matter physics, finding appropriate materials for fundamental physics and technological applications is an experimental challenge. In all of the reported materials, linear dispersion survives only up to a few hundred millielectronvolts from the Dirac or Weyl nodes. On the other hand, real materials are subject to uncontrolled doping during preparation and thermal effect near room temperature can hinder the rich physics...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Mustafa M Fadlelmula, Engin Can Sürmeli, Mehdi Ramezani, Talip Serkan Kasırga
Controlling solid state phase transitions via external stimuli offers rich physics along with possibilities of unparalleled applications in electronics and optics. The well-known metal-insulator transition (MIT) in vanadium dioxide (VO2) is one instance of such phase transitions emerging from strong electronic correlations. Inducing the MIT using electric field has been investigated extensively for the applications in electrical and ultrafast optical switching. However, as the Thomas-Fermi screening length is very short, for considerable alteration in the material's properties with electric field induced MIT, crystals below 10 nm are needed...
February 21, 2017: Nano Letters
Gregor Posnjak, Simon Čopar, Igor Muševič
Topology has an increasingly important role in the physics of condensed matter, quantum systems, material science, photonics and biology, with spectacular realizations of topological concepts in liquid crystals. Here we report on long-lived hidden topological states in thermally quenched, chiral nematic droplets, formed from string-like, triangular and polyhedral constellations of monovalent and polyvalent singular point defects. These topological defects are regularly packed into a spherical liquid volume and stabilized by the elastic energy barrier due to the helical structure and confinement of the liquid crystal in the micro-sphere...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
Mohammed Mumtaz Al-Dabbagh, Naomie Salim, Mubarak Himmat, Ali Ahmed, Faisal Saeed
Chemical libraries contain thousands of compounds that need screening, which increases the need for computational methods that can rank or prioritize compounds. The tools of virtual screening are widely exploited to enhance the cost effectiveness of lead drug discovery programs by ranking chemical compounds databases in decreasing probability of biological activity based upon probability ranking principle (PRP). In this paper, we developed a novel ranking approach for molecular compounds inspired by quantum mechanics, called quantum probability ranking principle (QPRP)...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
ZhenHua Li, Jianhua Wei, Xiao Zheng, YiJing Yan, Hong-Gang Luo
In the Kondo systems like the magnetic impurity screened by theconduction electrons in a metal host as well as the quantum dots connected by the leads, the low energy behaviors have universal dependence on the T/T<sup>0</sup><sub>K</sub> or eV/k<sub>B</sub>T<sub>K</sub><sup>0</sup>, where T<sub>K</sub><sup>0</sup> is the conventional Kondo temperature. However, it was shown that this scaling behavior is only valid at low-energy, called the Kondo scaling limit...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Diego Rabelo da Costa, Andrey Chaves, W Ferreira, Gil Farias, Robson Ferreira
We present a theoretical study of the one-electron states of a semiconductors-made quantum ring (QR) containing a series of piecewise-constants wells and barriers distributed along the ring circumference. The single quantum well and the superlattice cases are considered in detail. We also investigate how such confining potentials affect the Aharonov-Bohm like oscillations of the energy spectrum and current in the presence of a magnetic field. The model is simple enough so as to allow obtaining various analytical or quasi-analytical results...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Biswajit Datta, Santanu Dey, Abhisek Samanta, Hitesh Agarwal, Abhinandan Borah, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Rajdeep Sensarma, Mandar M Deshmukh
Quantum Hall effect provides a simple way to study the competition between single particle physics and electronic interaction. However, electronic interaction becomes important only in very clean graphene samples and so far the trilayer graphene experiments are understood within non-interacting electron picture. Here, we report evidence of strong electronic interactions and quantum Hall ferromagnetism seen in Bernal-stacked trilayer graphene. Due to high mobility ∼500,000 cm(2 )V(-1 )s(-1) in our device compared to previous studies, we find all symmetry broken states and that Landau-level gaps are enhanced by interactions; an aspect explained by our self-consistent Hartree-Fock calculations...
February 20, 2017: Nature Communications
Xian Shi, Nicolás Coca-López, Julia Janik, Achim Hartschuh
Tip-enhanced near-field Raman microscopy spectroscopy is a scanning probe technique that is capable of providing vibrational spectroscopic information on single nanoobjects and surfaces at (sub-) nanometer spatial resolution and high detection sensitivity. In this review, we first illustrate the physical principle of optical nanoantennas used in tip-enhanced near-field Raman microscopy and tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) to efficiently couple light to Raman excitations on nanometer length scales. Although the antennas' electric near-field distributions are commonly understood to determine the spatial resolution, recent experiments showing subnanometer-resolved optical images put this understanding into question...
February 17, 2017: Chemical Reviews
Hao-Kun Li, Erik Urban, Crystal Noel, Alexander Chuang, Yang Xia, Anthony Ransford, Boerge Hemmerling, Yuan Wang, Tongcang Li, Hartmut Häffner, Xiang Zhang
We crystallize up to 15 ^{40}Ca^{+} ions in a ring with a microfabricated silicon surface Paul trap. Delocalization of the Doppler laser-cooled ions shows that the translational symmetry of the ion ring is preserved at millikelvin temperatures. By characterizing the collective motion of the ion crystals, we identify homogeneous electric fields as the dominant symmetry-breaking mechanism at this energy scale. With increasing ion numbers, such detrimental effects are reduced. We predict that, with only a ten-ion ring, uncompensated homogeneous fields will not break the translational symmetry of the rotational ground state...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Y X Zhao, Y Lu
Recently, Weyl fermions have attracted increasing interest in condensed matter physics due to their rich phenomenology originated from their nontrivial monopole charges. Here, we present a theory of real Dirac points that can be understood as real monopoles in momentum space, serving as a real generalization of Weyl fermions with the reality being endowed by the PT symmetry. The real counterparts of topological features of Weyl semimetals, such as Nielsen-Ninomiya no-go theorem, 2D subtopological insulators, and Fermi arcs, are studied in the PT symmetric Dirac semimetals and the underlying reality-dependent topological structures are discussed...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
H Z Shen, D X Li, X X Yi
The Kubo formula is an equation that expresses the linear response of an observable due to a time-dependent perturbation. It has been extended from closed systems to open systems in recent years under the Markovian approximation, but is barely explored for open systems in non-Markovian regimes. In this paper, we derive a formula for the linear response of an open system to a time-independent external field. This response formula is available for both Markovian and non-Markovian dynamics depending on parameters in the spectral density of the environment...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
Y F Chen, J C Tung, P H Tuan, Y T Yu, H C Liang, K F Huang
A general method is developed to characterize the family of classical periodic orbits from the quantum Green's function for the two-dimensional (2D) integrable systems. A decomposing formula related to the beta function is derived to link the quantum Green's function with the individual classical periodic orbits. The practicality of the developed formula is demonstrated by numerically analyzing the 2D commensurate harmonic oscillators and integrable quantum billiards. Numerical analyses reveal that the emergence of the classical features in quantum Green's functions principally comes from the superposition of the degenerate states for 2D harmonic oscillators...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
Andre M C Souza, Fernando D Nobre
The ground state of a two-level system (associated with probabilities p and 1-p, respectively) defined by a general Hamiltonian H[over ̂]=H[over ̂]_{0}+λV[over ̂] is studied. The simple case characterized by λ=0, whose Hamiltonian H[over ̂]_{0} is represented by a diagonal matrix, is well established and solvable within Boltzmann-Gibbs statistical mechanics; in particular, it follows the third law of thermodynamics, presenting zero entropy (S_{BG}=0) at zero temperature (T=0). Herein it is shown that the introduction of a perturbation λV[over ̂] (λ>0) in the Hamiltonian may lead to a nontrivial ground state, characterized by an entropy S[p] (with S[p]≠S_{BG}[p]), if the Hermitian operator V[over ̂] is represented by a 2×2 matrix, defined by nonzero off-diagonal elements V_{12}=V_{21}=-z, where z is a real positive number...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
Robin Blume-Kohout, John King Gamble, Erik Nielsen, Kenneth Rudinger, Jonathan Mizrahi, Kevin Fortier, Peter Maunz
Quantum information processors promise fast algorithms for problems inaccessible to classical computers. But since qubits are noisy and error-prone, they will depend on fault-tolerant quantum error correction (FTQEC) to compute reliably. Quantum error correction can protect against general noise if-and only if-the error in each physical qubit operation is smaller than a certain threshold. The threshold for general errors is quantified by their diamond norm. Until now, qubits have been assessed primarily by randomized benchmarking, which reports a different error rate that is not sensitive to all errors, and cannot be compared directly to diamond norm thresholds...
February 15, 2017: Nature Communications
Xinxin Ban, Wei Jiang, Kaiyong Sun, Baoping Lin, Yueming Sun
A self-host thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) dendrimer POCz-DPS for solution-processed nondoped blue organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) was designed and synthesized, in which the bipolar phosphine oxide carbazole moiety was introduced by alkyl chain to ensure balanced charge transfer. The investigation of physical properties showed that the bipolar dendrons not only improve the morphological stability but also restrain the concentration quenching effect of the TADF emissive core. The spin-coated OLEDs featuring POCz-DPS as the host-free blue emitter achieved the highest external quantum efficiency (7...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ryo Ohshima, Yuichiro Ando, Kosuke Matsuzaki, Tomofumi Susaki, Mathias Weiler, Stefan Klingler, Hans Huebl, Eiji Shikoh, Teruya Shinjo, Sebastian T B Goennenwein, Masashi Shiraishi
A d-orbital electron has an anisotropic electron orbital and is a source of magnetism. The realization of a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) embedded at a LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface surprised researchers in materials and physical sciences because the 2DEG consists of 3d-electrons of Ti with extraordinarily large carrier mobility, even in the insulating oxide heterostructure. To date, a wide variety of physical phenomena, such as ferromagnetism and the quantum Hall effect, have been discovered in this 2DEG system, demonstrating the ability of d-electron 2DEG systems to provide a material platform for the study of interesting physics...
February 13, 2017: Nature Materials
Ioannis Tsioutsios, Alexandros Tavernarakis, Johann Osmond, Pierre Verlot, Adrian Bachtold
Mechanical resonators based on low-dimensional materials provide a unique platform for exploring a broad range of physical phenomena. The mechanical vibrational states are indeed extremely sensitive to charges, spins, photons, and adsorbed masses. However, the roadblock is often the readout of the resonator, since the detection of the vibrational states becomes increasingly difficult for smaller resonators. Here, we report an unprecedentedly sensitive method to detect nanotube resonators with effective masses in the 10(-20) kg range...
February 10, 2017: Nano Letters
Taketo Handa, David M Tex, Ai Shimazaki, Atsushi Wakamiya, Yoshihiko Kanemitsu
Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells are attracting much attention due to their excellent photovoltaic properties. In these multi-layered structures, the device performance is determined by complicated carrier dynamics. Here, we studied photocarrier recombination and injection dynamics in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells using time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) and photocurrent (PC) measurements. It is found that a peculiar slowdown in the PL decay time constants of the perovskite layer occurs for higher excitation powers, followed by a decrease of the external quantum efficiency for PC...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Giuseppe Carleo, Matthias Troyer
The challenge posed by the many-body problem in quantum physics originates from the difficulty of describing the nontrivial correlations encoded in the exponential complexity of the many-body wave function. Here we demonstrate that systematic machine learning of the wave function can reduce this complexity to a tractable computational form for some notable cases of physical interest. We introduce a variational representation of quantum states based on artificial neural networks with a variable number of hidden neurons...
February 10, 2017: Science
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