24.04.2024 New Publication in Altermagnetism

A publication with Jairo Sinova, Libor Šmejkal, Atasi Chakraborty and Rafael González Hernández about strain-induced phase transitions from antiferromagnets to altermagnets has been published in Physical Review B.

A key challenge for future applications and functionalization of altermagnets is to demonstrate controlled transitioning to the altermagnetic phase from other conventional phases in a single material. Here they prove a viable path toward overcoming this challenge through a strain-induced transition from an antiferromagnetic to an altermagnetic phase in ReO2. Combining spin group symmetry analysis and ab initio calculations, they demonstrate that under compressive strain ReO2 undergoes such transition, lifting the Kramers degeneracy of the band structure of the antiferromagnetic phase in the nonrelativistic regime. In addition, they show that this magnetic transition is accompanied by a metal-insulator transition, and calculate the distinct spin-polarized spectral functions of the two phases, which can be detected in angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments.

You can find the publication under Phys. Rev. B 109, 144421 (2024).