Frustrated magnetism and resonating valence bond physics in two-dimensional kagome-like magnets

Ioannis Rousochatzakis, Roderich Moessner, Jeroen Van Den Brink

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Abstract

We explore the phase diagram and the low-energy physics of three Heisenberg antiferromagnets which, like the kagome lattice, are networks of corner-sharing triangles but contain two sets of inequivalent short-distance resonance loops. We use a combination of exact diagonalization, analytical strong-coupling theories, and resonating valence bond approaches, and scan through the ratio of the two inequivalent exchange couplings. In one limit, the lattices effectively become bipartite, while at the opposite limit heavily frustrated nets emerge. In between, competing tunneling processes result in short-ranged spin correlations, a manifold of low-lying singlets (which can be understood as localized bound states of magnetic excitations), and the stabilization of valence bond crystals with resonating building blocks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number195109
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume88
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 6 2013

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