Dresden 2017 – wissenschaftliches Programm
DS 9.11: Vortrag
Montag, 20. März 2017, 17:45–18:00, HSZ 204
Interplay between the long-range Coulomb interaction and edge-state magnetism in zigzag graphene nanoribbons — •Marcin Raczkowski and Fakher Assaad — Institut für Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik, Universität Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg, Germany
Quasi-one-dimensional graphene nanoribbons terminated by zigzag edges host partially flat bands at the Fermi energy. Theoretical studies of the Hubbard model with the effective on-site interaction only predict spontaneously induced spin polarizations at the zigzag edges and the associated finite dispersion of the low-energy band. Here, we revisit the stability and dynamical signatures of spin-polarized edge states by performing projective quantum Monte Carlo simulations of a more realistic model with long-range Coulomb interactions. On the one hand, increasing the relative strength of nonlocal interactions with respect to the on-site repulsion reduces noticeably the spin correlation length along the zigzag edge; nevertheless the tendency towards the extended spin polarization along the edges remains dominant over the competing short-range charge correlations. On the other hand, growing charge fluctuations are responsible for the emergence of incoherent low-energy excitations in the dynamical charge structure factor. In addition, we resolve a systematic shift of the dominant low-energy peak in single-particle spectral function on the edge towards higher frequencies that we attribute to quasiparticle scattering from charge excitations.