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See detailTwo Scenarios for Quantum Multifractality Breakdown
Dubertrand, Rémy; Garcia-Mata, Ignacio; Georgeot, Bertrand et al

in Physical Review Letters (2014), 112

We expose two scenarios for the breakdown of quantum multifractality under the effect of perturbations. In the first scenario, multifractality survives below a certain scale of the quantum fluctuations ... [more ▼]

We expose two scenarios for the breakdown of quantum multifractality under the effect of perturbations. In the first scenario, multifractality survives below a certain scale of the quantum fluctuations. In the other one, the fluctuations of the wave functions are changed at every scale and each multifractal dimension smoothly goes to the ergodic value. We use as generic examples a one-dimensional dynamical system and the three-dimensional Anderson model at the metal-insulator transition. Based on our results, we conjecture that the sensitivity of quantum multifractality to perturbation is universal in the sense that it follows one of these two scenarios depending on the perturbation. We also discuss the experimental implications. [less ▲]

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See detailCoherent Backscattering in Fock Space: A Signature of Quantum Many-Body Interference in Interacting Bosonic Systems
Engl, Thomas; Dujardin, Julien ULg; Argüelles, Arturo et al

in Physical Review Letters (2014), 112

We predict a generic signature of quantum interference in many-body bosonic systems resulting in a coherent enhancement of the average return probability in Fock space. This enhancement is robust with ... [more ▼]

We predict a generic signature of quantum interference in many-body bosonic systems resulting in a coherent enhancement of the average return probability in Fock space. This enhancement is robust with respect to variations of external parameters even though it represents a dynamical manifestation of the delicate superposition principle in Fock space. It is a genuine quantum many-body effect that lies beyond the reach of any mean-field approach. Using a semiclassical approach based on interfering paths in Fock space, we calculate the magnitude of the backscattering peak and its dependence on gauge fields that break time-reversal invariance. We confirm our predictions by comparing them to exact quantum evolution probabilities in Bose-Hubbard models, and discuss their relevance in the context of many-body thermalization. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst Principles Explanation of the Positive Seebeck Coefficient of Lithium
Xu, Bin ULg; Verstraete, Matthieu ULg

in Physical Review Letters (2014), 112

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See detailDynamics of a grain-filled ball on a vibrating plate
Pacheco-Vazquez, felipe; Ludewig, François ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg

in Physical Review Letters (2014), 113

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See detailDetecting transition radiation from a magnetic moment
Ivanov, Igor ULg; Karlovets, Dmitry

in Physical Review Letters (2013), 110(26), 2648015

Electromagnetic radiation can be emitted not only by particle charges but also by magnetic moments and higher electric and magnetic multipoles. However, experimental proofs of this fundamental fact are ... [more ▼]

Electromagnetic radiation can be emitted not only by particle charges but also by magnetic moments and higher electric and magnetic multipoles. However, experimental proofs of this fundamental fact are extremely scarce. In particular, the magnetic moment contribution has never been observed in any form of polarization radiation. Here, we propose to detect it using vortex electrons carrying large orbital angular momentum ℓ. The relative contribution of the orbital angular momentum-induced magnetic moment, ℓℏω/Ee, becomes much larger than the spin-induced contribution ℏω/Ee, and it can be observed experimentally. As a particular example, we consider transition radiation from vortex electrons obliquely incident on an interface between a vacuum and a dispersive medium, in which the magnetic moment contribution manifests itself via a left-right angular asymmetry. For electrons with Ee=300  keV and ℓ=100–1000, we predict an asymmetry of the order of 0.1%–1%, which could be measured with existing technology. Thus, vortex electrons emerge as a new tool in the physics of electromagnetic radiation. [less ▲]

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See detailComment on ``Proton Spin Structure from Measurable Parton Distributions''
Leader, Elliot; Lorce, Cédric ULg

in Physical Review Letters (2013), 111

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See detailTotal Current Blockade in an Ultracold Dipolar Quantum Wire
Kristinsdóttir, L.H.; Karlström, O.; Cremon, J.C. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2013), 110

Cold-atom systems offer a great potential for the future design of new mesoscopic quantum systems with properties that are fundamentally different from semiconductor nanostructures. Here, we investigate ... [more ▼]

Cold-atom systems offer a great potential for the future design of new mesoscopic quantum systems with properties that are fundamentally different from semiconductor nanostructures. Here, we investigate the quantum-gas analogue of a quantum wire and find a new scenario for the quantum transport: Attractive interactions may lead to a complete suppression of current in the low-bias range, a total current blockade. We demonstrate this effect for the example of ultracold quantum gases with dipolar interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of Dynamical Instability in the Ab~Initio Phase Diagram of Calcium
Di Gennaro, Marco ULg; Saha, Srijan Kumar; Verstraete, Matthieu ULg

in Physical Review Letters (2013), 111

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See detailAntibubbles dynamics: the drainage of an air film with incompressible interfaces
Scheid, Benoit; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg; Arriaga, Laura et al

in Physical Review Letters (2012)

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See detailBreaking Arches with Vibrations: The Role of Defects
Lozano, Celia; Lumay, Geoffroy ULg; Zuriguel, Iker et al

in Physical Review Letters (2012)

We present experimental and numerical results regarding the stability of arches against external vibrations. Two-dimensional strings of mutually stabilizing grains are geometrically analyzed and ... [more ▼]

We present experimental and numerical results regarding the stability of arches against external vibrations. Two-dimensional strings of mutually stabilizing grains are geometrically analyzed and subsequently submitted to a periodic forcing at fixed frequency and increasing amplitude. The main factor that determines the granular arch resistance against vibrations is the maximum angle among those formed between any particle of the arch and its two neighbors: the higher the maximum angle is, the easier it is to break the arch. On the basis of an analysis of the forces, a simple explanation is given for this dependence. From this, interesting information can be extracted about the expected magnitudes of normal forces and friction coefficients of the particles composing the arches. [less ▲]

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See detailComment on "new structural picture of the Ge 2Sb 2Te 5 phase-change alloy"
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Bichara, C.; Mazzarello, R. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2012), 108(23),

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See detailDensity of states for a specified correlation function and the energy landscape
Gommes, Cédric ULg; Jiao, Yang; Torquato, Salvatore

in Physical Review Letters (2012)

The degeneracy of two-phase disordered microstructures consistent with a specified correlation function is analyzed by mapping it to a ground-state degeneracy. We determine for the first time the ... [more ▼]

The degeneracy of two-phase disordered microstructures consistent with a specified correlation function is analyzed by mapping it to a ground-state degeneracy. We determine for the first time the associated density of states via a Monte Carlo algorithm. Our results are described in terms of the roughness of the energy landscape, defined on a hypercubic configuration space. The use of a Hamming distance in this space enables us to define a roughness metric, which is calculated from the correlation function alone and related quantitatively to the structural degeneracy. This relation is validated for a wide variety of disordered systems. [less ▲]

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See detailAngular-resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Superatom Orbitals of Fullerenes
Johansson, J. Olof; Henderson, Gordon G.; Remacle, Françoise ULg et al

in Physical Review Letters (2012), 108(17), 173401

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See detailLinear magnetoelectric effect by orbital magnetism
Scaramucci, A.; Bousquet, Eric ULg; Fechner, M. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2012), 109(19),

We use symmetry analysis and first-principles calculations to show that the linear magnetoelectric effect can originate from the response of orbital magnetic moments to the polar distortions induced by an ... [more ▼]

We use symmetry analysis and first-principles calculations to show that the linear magnetoelectric effect can originate from the response of orbital magnetic moments to the polar distortions induced by an applied electric field. Using LiFePO 4 as a model compound we show that spin-orbit coupling partially lifts the quenching of the 3d orbitals and causes small orbital magnetic moments (μ (L)≈0.3μ B) parallel to the spins of the Fe2 + ions. An applied electric field E modifies the size of these orbital magnetic moments inducing a net magnetization linear in E. © 2012 American Physical Society. [less ▲]

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See detailHighly Confined Spin-Polarized Two-Dimensional Electron Gas in SrTiO3/SrRuO3 Superlattices
Verissimo-Alves, M.; Garcia-Fernandez, P.; Bilc, Daniel ULg et al

in Physical Review Letters (2012), 108

We report first-principles characterization of the structural and electronic properties of (SrTiO3)5/(SrRuO3)1 superlattices. We show that the system exhibits a spin-polarized two-dimensional electron gas ... [more ▼]

We report first-principles characterization of the structural and electronic properties of (SrTiO3)5/(SrRuO3)1 superlattices. We show that the system exhibits a spin-polarized two-dimensional electron gas, extremely confined to the 4d orbitals of Ru in the SrRuO3 layer. Every interface in the superlattice behaves as a minority-spin half-metal ferromagnet, with a magnetic moment of µ = 2.0µB/SrRuO3 unit. The shape of the electronic density of states, half-metallicity, and magnetism are explained in terms of a simplified tight-binding model, considering only the t2g orbitals plus (i) the bidimensionality of the system and (ii) strong electron correlations. [less ▲]

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See detailInterplay between Nonequilibrium and Equilibrium Spin Torque Using Synthetic Ferrimagnets
Klein, Christian; Petitjean, Cyril ULg; Waintal, Xavier

in PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS (2012), 108(8), 086601-5

We discuss the current induced magnetization dynamics of spin valves F-0 vertical bar N vertical bar SyF where the free layer is a synthetic ferrimagnet SyF made of two ferromagnetic layers F-1 and F-2 ... [more ▼]

We discuss the current induced magnetization dynamics of spin valves F-0 vertical bar N vertical bar SyF where the free layer is a synthetic ferrimagnet SyF made of two ferromagnetic layers F-1 and F-2 coupled by RKKY exchange coupling. When the magnetic moment of the outer layer F-2 dominates the magnetization of the SyF, the sign of the effective spin torque exerted on the layer F-1 is controlled by the coupling's strength: for weak coupling the spin torque tends to antialign F-1's magnetization with respect to the pinned layer F-0. At large coupling the situation is reversed and tends to align F-1 with respect to F-0. At intermediate coupling, numerical simulations reveal that the competition between these two incompatible limits leads generically to spin torque oscillator (STO) behavior. The STO is found at zero magnetic field, with very significant amplitude of oscillations and frequencies up to 50 GHz or higher. [less ▲]

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See detailUnified Drift-Diffusion Theory for Transverse Spin Currents in Spin Valves, Domain Walls, and Other Textured Magnets
Petitjean, Cyril ULg; Luc, David; Waintal, Xavier

in PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS (2012), 109(11), 117204-5

Spins transverse to the magnetization of a ferromagnet only survive over a short distance. We develop a drift-diffusion approach that captures the main features of transverse spin effects in systems with ... [more ▼]

Spins transverse to the magnetization of a ferromagnet only survive over a short distance. We develop a drift-diffusion approach that captures the main features of transverse spin effects in systems with arbitrary spin textures (e.g., vortices and domain walls) and generalizes the Valet-Fert theory. In addition to the standard characteristic lengths (mean free path for majority and minority electrons, and spin diffusion length), the theory introduces two length scales, the transverse spin coherence length l(perpendicular to) and the (Larmor) spin precession length l(L). We show how l(L) and l(perpendicular to) can be extracted from ab initio calculations or measured with giant magnetoresistance experiments. In long (adiabatic) domain walls, we provide an analytic formula that expresses the so-called "nonadiabatic" (or fieldlike) torque in terms of these length scales. However, this nonadiabatic torque is no longer a simple material parameter but depends on the actual spin texture: in thin (< 10 nm) domain walls, we observe very significant deviations from the adiabatic limit. [less ▲]

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See detailSpontaneous 2-Dimensional Carrier Confinement at the n-Type SrTiO3=LaAlO3 Interface
Delugas, P.; Filippetti, A.; Fiorentini, V. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2011), 106

We describe the intrinsic mechanism of 2-dimensional electron confinement at the n-type SrTiO3=LaAlO3 interface as a function of the sheet carrier density ns via advanced first-principles calculations ... [more ▼]

We describe the intrinsic mechanism of 2-dimensional electron confinement at the n-type SrTiO3=LaAlO3 interface as a function of the sheet carrier density ns via advanced first-principles calculations. Electrons localize spontaneously in Ti 3dxy levels within a thin (& 2 nm) interface-adjacent SrTiO3 region for ns lower than a threshold value nc 1014 cm 2. For ns >nc a portion of charge flows into Ti 3dxz-dyz levels extending farther from the interface. This intrinsic confinement can be attributed to the interface-induced symmetry breaking and localized nature of Ti 3d t2g states. The sheet carrier density directly controls the binding energy and the spatial extension of the conductive region. A direct, quantitative relation of these quantities with ns is provided. [less ▲]

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See detailStabilization of Nonclassical States of the Radiation Field in a Cavity by Reservoir Engineering
Sarlette, Alain ULg; Raimond, Jean-Michel; Brune, Michel et al

in Physical Review Letters (2011), 107

We propose an engineered reservoir inducing the relaxation of a cavity field towards nonclassical states. It is made up of two-level atoms crossing the cavity one at a time. Each atom-cavity interaction ... [more ▼]

We propose an engineered reservoir inducing the relaxation of a cavity field towards nonclassical states. It is made up of two-level atoms crossing the cavity one at a time. Each atom-cavity interaction is first dispersive, then resonant, then dispersive again. The reservoir pointer states are those produced by an effective Kerr Hamiltonian acting on a coherent field. We thereby stabilize squeezed states and quantum superpositions of multiple coherent components in a cavity having a finite damping time. This robust decoherence protection method could be implemented in state-of-the-art experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailVortex Core Deformation and Stepper-Motor Ratchet Behavior in a Superconducting Aluminum Film Containing an Array of Holes
Van de Vondel, J.; Gladilin, V. N.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg et al

in Physical Review Letters (2011), 106(13),

We investigated experimentally the frequency dependence of a superconducting vortex ratchet effect by means of electrical transport measurements and modeled it theoretically using the time-dependent ... [more ▼]

We investigated experimentally the frequency dependence of a superconducting vortex ratchet effect by means of electrical transport measurements and modeled it theoretically using the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau formalism. We demonstrate that the high frequency vortex behavior can be described as a discrete motion of a particle in a periodic potential, i.e., the so-called stepper-motor behavior. Strikingly, in the more conventional low frequency response a transition takes place from an Abrikosov vortex rectifier to a phase slip line rectifier. This transition is characterized by a strong increase in the rectified voltage and the appearance of a pronounced hysteretic behavior. [less ▲]

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