Today’s Image of the Week comes from a study of Ground state properties of quantum kagomé ice hardcore bosons from the Perimeter Institute and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. In his recent JPhysA paper, Solomon Owerre estimates the zero-temperature thermodynamic quantities of quantum kagomé ice hardcore bosons. He shows that his semiclassical analysis is consistent with the finite temperature quantum Monte Carlo estimates.
The image itself comprises two plots showing the out-of-plane form factor for the two dispersive bands on the kagomé lattice. Kagomé is a traditional pattern in Japanese basket weaving, from where the lattice takes its name. The Japanese character for kagomé, 籠目 is composed of two individual characters; 籠, meaning “basket” and 目, meaning “eye(s)”. The “eye(s)” referering to the holes in the basket, such that our Image of the Week can be viewed as a pair of brightly patterned eyes.
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Front and article image taken from S A Owerre 2016 J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 49 475302, © IOP Publishing, All Rights Reserved.