Kitaev-Heisenberg model in a magnetic field: Order-by-disorder and commensurate-incommensurate transitions

Gia Wei Chern, Yuriy Sizyuk, Craig Price, Natalia B. Perkins

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Abstract

We present a theoretical study of field-induced magnetic phases in the honeycomb Kitaev-Heisenberg model, which is believed to describe the essential physics of Mott insulators with strong spin-orbit coupling such as A2IrO3 and α-RuCl3. We obtain a rich finite temperature phase diagram in which the competition between the Zeeman coupling and thermal fluctuations gives rise to both collinear zigzag phases and noncoplanar magnetic orders. Our large-scale classical Monte Carlo simulations also unveil intriguing commensurate-incommensurate transitions and multiple-Q incommensurate phases at high field. Experimental implications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number144427
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume95
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 21 2017

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