Emergent SU(3) Symmetry in Random Spin-1 Chains.

We show that generic SU(2)-invariant random spin-1 chains have phases with an emergent SU(3) symmetry. We map out the full zero-temperature phase diagram and identify two different phases: (i) a conventional random-singlet phase (RSP) of strongly bound spin pairs [SU(3) "mesons"] and (ii) an unconventional RSP of bound SU(3) "baryons," which are formed, in… CONTINUE READING