Itinerant fermions on a triangular lattice: Unconventional magnetism and other ordered states

Mengxing Ye, Andrey V. Chubukov

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Abstract

We consider a system of 2D fermions on a triangular lattice with well separated electron and hole pockets of similar sizes, centered at certain high-symmetry points in the Brillouin zone. We first analyze Stoner-type spin-density-wave (SDW) magnetism. We show that SDW order is degenerate at the mean-field level. Beyond mean-field, the degeneracy is lifted and is either 120 "triangular" order (same as for localized spins), or a collinear order with antiferromagnetic spin arrangement on two-thirds of sites, and nonmagnetic on the rest of sites. We also study a time-reversal symmetric directional spin bond order, which emerges when some interactions are repulsive and some are attractive. We show that this order is also degenerate at a mean-field level, but beyond mean-field the degeneracy is again lifted. We next consider the evolution of a magnetic order in a magnetic field starting from an SDW state in zero field. We show that a field gives rise to a canting of an SDW spin configuration. In addition, it necessarily triggers the directional bond order, which, we argue, is linearly coupled to the SDW order in a finite field. We derive the corresponding term in the free energy. Finally, we consider the interplay between an SDW order and superconductivity and charge order. For this, we analyze the flow of the couplings within parquet renormalization group (pRG) scheme. We show that magnetism wins if all interactions are repulsive and there is little energy space for pRG to develop. However, if system parameters are such that pRG runs over a wide range of energies, the system may develop either superconductivity or an unconventional charge order, which breaks time-reversal symmetry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number245112
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume97
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 7 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We acknowledge with thanks useful conversations with Cristian Batista, Rafael Fernandes, and Jian Kang. The work was supported by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U. S. Department of Energy, under the award DE–SC0014402. M.Y. acknowledges the KITP Graduate fellowship program at UCSB, where part of the work was done.

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© 2018 American Physical Society.

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