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Magnetic Bloch Theorem and Reentrant Flat Bands in Twisted Bilayer Graphene at 2π Flux

Author(s): Herzog-Arbeitman, Jonah; Chew, Aaron; Bernevig, Bogdan A.

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Abstract: Bloch’s theorem is the centerpiece of topological band theory, which itself has defined an era of quantum materials research. However, Bloch’s theorem is broken by a perpendicular magnetic field, making it difficult to study topological systems in strong flux. For the first time, moire materials have made this problem experimentally relevant, and its solution is the focus of this work. We construct gauge-invariant irreps of the magnetic translation group at 2π flux on infinite boundary conditions, allowing us to give analytical expressions in terms of the Siegel theta function for the magnetic Bloch Hamiltonian, non-Abelian Wilson loop, and many-body form factors. We illustrate our formalism using a simple square lattice model and the Bistritzer-MacDonald Hamiltonian of twisted bilayer graphene, obtaining reentrant ground states at 2π flux under the Coulomb interaction.
Publication Date: 31-Aug-2022
DOI: doi:10.1103/physrevb.106.085140
ISSN: 2469-9950
EISSN: 2469-9969
Language: en
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Physical Review B
Version: Author's manuscript

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