Theory of electric polarization in multiorbital Mott insulators

Maxim Mostovoy, Kentaro Nomura, Naoto Nagaosa

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The interaction between the electric field E and spins in multiorbital Mott insulators is studied theoretically. We find a generic coupling mechanism, which works for all crystal lattices and which does not involve relativistic effects. It couples E to the "internal" electric field e originating from the dynamical Berry phase. We discuss several effects of this interaction: (i) an unusual electron spin resonance, (ii) the displacement of spin textures in an applied electric field, and (iii) the resonant absorption of circularly polarized light by Skyrmions, magnetic bubbles, and magnetic vortices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number047204
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 27 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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