[Seminar] Prof. Karlo Penc "Crystalline phases and devil's staircase in qubit spin ice"


Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 14:30 to 16:00


B503, Zoom



Dr. Karlo Penc / HUN-REN Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Budapest, Hungary


Crystalline phases and devil's staircase in qubit spin ice


Motivated by the recent realization of an artificial quantum spin ice in an array of superconducting qubits with tunable parameters, we scrutinize a quantum six-vertex model on the square lattice that distinguishes type-I and type-II vertices. We map the zero-temperature phase diagram using numerical and analytical methods. Following a symmetry classification, we identify three crystalline phases alongside a subextensive manifold of isolated configurations. Monte Carlo simulations at the multicritical Rokhsar-Kivelson point provide evidence for a quantum phase exhibiting a cascade of transitions with increasing flux. By comparing structure factors, we find evidence for the emergence of the fully flippable and plaquette phases in the artificial quantum spin ice.



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