Hinge magnons from noncollinear magnetic order in a honeycomb antiferromagnet

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We propose that noncollinear magnetic order in magnetic systems can harbor a higher-order topological magnon phase with non-Hermitian topology and hinge magnon modes. We consider a three-dimensional system of interacting local moments on stacked layers of honeycomb lattice. It initially favors a collinear magnetic order along an in-plane direction, which turns into a noncollinear order upon applying an external magnetic field perpendicular to the easy axis. We exploit the non-Hermitian nature of the magnon Hamiltonian to show that this field-induced transition corresponds to the transformation from a topological magnon insulator to a higher-order topological magnon state with a one-dimensional hinge mode. As a concrete example, we discuss the recently discovered monoclinic phase of thin chromium trihalides, which we propose as a promising material candidate of the higher-order topological magnon phase.
Publisher
AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Issue Date
2021-08
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

PHYSICAL REVIEW B, v.104, no.6, pp.L060401

ISSN
2469-9950
DOI
10.1103/PhysRevB.104.L060401
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/287204
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PH-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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