Wednesday 20 April; Leiden, Cahterine Pepin "The modulated spin liquid: a new paradigm for URu2Si2"



Colloquium Ehrenfestii

Location: De Sitterzaal

Time: 19:30 hrs

We argue that near a Kondo breakdown critical point, a spin liquid with spatial modulations can form. Unlike its uniform counterpart, we find that this occurs via a second order phase transition.
The amount of entropy quenched when ordering is of the same magnitude as for an antiferromagnet. Moreover, the two states are competitive, and at low temperatures are separated by a first order phase transition. The modulated spin liquid we find breaks Z4 symmetry, as recently seen in the hidden order phase of URu2Si2. Based on this, we suggest that the
modulated spin liquid is a viable candidate for this unique phase of matter