Statistics of Fractionalized Excitations through Threshold Spectroscopy

Siddhardh C. Morampudi, Ari M. Turner, Frank Pollmann, Frank Wilczek

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    We show that neutral anyonic excitations have a signature in spectroscopic measurements of materials: The low-energy onset of spectral functions near the threshold follows universal power laws with an exponent that depends only on the statistics of the anyons. This provides a route, using experimental techniques such as neutron scattering and tunneling spectroscopy, for detecting anyonic statistics in topologically ordered states such as gapped quantum spin liquids and hypothesized fractional Chern insulators. Our calculations also explain some recent theoretical results in spin systems.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number227201
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number22
    StatePublished - May 31 2017

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    • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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