Optical detection of the density-wave instability in the kagome metal KV3Sb5

Ece Uykur, Brenden R. Ortiz, Stephen D. Wilson, Martin Dressel, Alexander A. Tsirlin
2022 npj Quantum Materials  
AbstractCoexisting density-wave and superconducting states along with the large anomalous Hall effect in the absence of local magnetism remain intriguing and enigmatic features of the AV3Sb5 kagome metals (A = K, Rb, Cs). Here, we demonstrate via optical spectroscopy and density-functional calculations that low-energy dynamics of KV3Sb5 is characterized by unconventional localized carriers, which are strongly renormalized across the density-wave transition and indicative of electronic
more » ... ns. Strong phonon anomalies are prominent not only below the density-wave transition, but also at high temperatures, suggesting an intricate interplay of phonons with the underlying electronic structure. We further propose the star-of-David and tri-hexagon (inverse star-of-David) configurations for the density-wave order in KV3Sb5. These configurations are strongly reminiscent of p-wave states expected in the Hubbard model on the kagome lattice at the filling level of the van Hove singularity. The proximity to this regime should have intriguing and far-reaching implications for the physics of KV3Sb5 and related materials.
doi:10.1038/s41535-021-00420-8 fatcat:rsx2j2xt6nc2rlx2xwixck3ggu