Eight-vertex criticality in the interacting Kitaev chain

Natalia Chepiga, Frédéric Mila

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We show that including pairing and repulsion into the description of one-dimensional spinless fermions, as in the domain wall theory of commensurate melting or the interacting Kitaev chain, leads, for strong enough repulsion, to a line of critical points in the eight-vertex universality class terminating floating phases with emergent U(1) symmetry. For nearest-neighbor repulsion and pairing, the variation of the critical exponents along the line that can be extracted from Baxter's exact solution of the XYZ chain at Jx=-Jz is fully confirmed by extensive density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) simulations of the entire phase diagram, and the qualitative features of the phase diagram are shown to be independent of the precise form of the interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL081106
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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