Quantum anomalous Hall phase in (001) double-perovskite monolayers via intersite spin-orbit coupling

Hongbin Zhang, Huaqing Huang, Kristjan Haule, David Vanderbilt

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Using tight-binding models and first-principles calculations, we demonstrate the possibility to achieve a quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) phase on a two-dimensional square lattice, which can be realized in monolayers of double perovskites. We show that effective intersite spin-orbit coupling between eg orbitals can be induced perturbatively, giving rise to a QAH state. Moreover, the effective spin-orbit coupling can be enhanced by octahedral rotations. Based on first-principles calculations, we propose that this type of QAH state could be realized in La2MnIrO6 monolayers, with the size of the gap as large as 26 meV in the ideal case. We observe that the electronic structure is sensitive to structural distortions, and that an enhanced Hubbard U tends to stabilize the nontrivial gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number165143
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number16
StatePublished - Oct 30 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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