Nonabelian magnonics in antiferromagnets

Matthew W. Daniels, Ran Cheng, Weichao Yu, Jiang Xiao, Di Xiao

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We present a semiclassical formalism for antiferromagnetic (AFM) magnonics which promotes the central ingredient of spin wave chirality, encoded in a quantity called magnonic isospin, to a first-class citizen of the theory. We use this formalism to unify results of interest from the field under a single chirality-centric formulation. Our main result is that the isospin is governed by unitary time evolution, through a Hamiltonian projected down from the full spin wave dynamics. Because isospin is SU(2) valued, its dynamics on the Bloch sphere are precisely rotations, which, in general, do not commute. Consequently, the induced group of operations on AFM spin waves is nonabelian. This is a paradigmatic departure from ferromagnetic magnonics, which operates purely within the abelian group generated by spin wave phase and amplitude. Our investigation of this nonabelian magnonics in AFM insulators focuses on studying several simple gate operations, and offering in broad strokes a program of study for interesting new logic families in antiferromagnetic spin wave systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number134450
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 31
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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