Monday, July 8, 2013

1307.1535 (Michael Holt et al.)

Spin liquid phase due to competing classical orders in the semiclassical
theory of the Heisenberg model with ring exchange on an anisotropic
triangular lattice

Michael Holt, Ben J. Powell, Jaime Merino
Linear spin wave theory shows that ring exchange induces a quantum disordered region in the phase diagram of the title model. Spin wave spectra show that this is a direct manifestation of competing classical orders. A spin liquid is found in the `Goldilocks zone' of frustration, where the quantum fluctuations are large enough to cause strong competition between different classical orderings but not strong enough to stabilize spiral order. We note that the spin liquid phases of $\kappa$-(BEDT-TTF)${_2}X$ and $Y$[Pd(dmit)$_2$]$_2$ are found in this Goldilocks zone.
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