01351nas a2200181 4500008004100000245006100041210006100102260001400163490000800177520081800185100002001003700002501023700002301048700002601071700001201097700002301109856003701132 2013 eng d00aRealizing Fractional Chern Insulators with Dipolar Spins0 aRealizing Fractional Chern Insulators with Dipolar Spins c2013/4/290 v1103 a Strongly correlated quantum systems can exhibit exotic behavior controlled by
topology. We predict that the \nu=1/2 fractional Chern insulator arises
naturally in a two-dimensional array of driven, dipolar-interacting spins. As a
specific implementation, we analyze how to prepare and detect synthetic gauge
potentials for the rotational excitations of ultra-cold polar molecules trapped
in a deep optical lattice. While the orbital motion of the molecules is pinned,
at finite densities, the rotational excitations form a fractional Chern
insulator. We present a detailed experimental blueprint for KRb, and
demonstrate that the energetics are consistent with near-term capabilities.
Prospects for the realization of such phases in solid-state dipolar systems are
discussed as are their possible applications.
1 aYao, Norman, Y.1 aGorshkov, Alexey, V.1 aLaumann, Chris, R.1 aLĂ¤uchli, Andreas, M.1 aYe, Jun1 aLukin, Mikhail, D. uhttp://arxiv.org/abs/1212.4839v1