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Theory of Topological Magnon and Floquet Topological Magnon Insulators

The original concept of topological insulators (TIs) and  Floquet TIs is rooted in electronic systems. For example, graphene with strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is a TI with topologically protected chiral edge modes. Whereas in the absence of SOC, graphene irradiated by circularly polarized electric field can be turned to a Floquet topological insulator.  In the first part of this talk, I will  introduce the concept of topological magnon insulator in honeycomb ferromagnet CrI3 and kagome antiferromagnets. I will also discuss recent material realization of topological magnons in CrI3 by inelastic neutron scattering. In the second part of this talk, I will introduce the concept of Floquet topological magnon insulators as an alternative way to induce topological magnons in irradiated quantum magnets. Furthermore, I will discuss the potential practical applications of Floquet topological magnons to ultrafast spintronics.