Speaker: Manuel Fernandez Lopez
Affiliation: Departamento de Física Teórica de la Materia Condensada, Condensed Matter Physics Center (IFIMAC) and Instituto Nicolás Cabrera, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


Motivated by the anomalous metallic properties observed in many strongly correlated materials we explore the Mott transition in honeycomb compounds with significant spin-orbit coupling. Based on a slave-rotor approach to the Kane-Mele-Hubbard model we identify a novel semimetallic phase arising at finite temperatures between a topological insulator and a topological Mott insulator. This semimetal is characterized by having no charge gap, no quasiparticles and gapped spin excitations with non-trivial topological properties. While charge conduction is incoherent involving mean-free paths violating the Mott-Ioffe-Regel limit, spin excitations can be transported ballistically along the edges giving rise to a quantized spin conductance. Such bad topological semimetal can be searched for close to the Mott transition in certain twisted bilayers of transition metal dicalchogenides. 

[1] M. F. López and J. Merino, Phys. Rev. B, 105, 115138 (2022).

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