Control of heat transport in quantum spin systems

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Yan, Yonghong
Wu, Chang-Qin
Li, Baowen
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We study heat transport in quantum spin systems analytically and numerically. First, we demonstrate that heat current through a two-level quantum spin system can be modulated from zero to a finite value by tuning a magnetic field. Second, we show that a spin system, consisting of two dissimilar parts - one is gapped and the other is gapless, exhibits current rectification and negative differential thermal resistance. Possible experimental realizations by using molecular junctions or magnetic materials are discussed.
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Condensed Matter - Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics
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