Large- J approach to strongly coupled spin-orbital systems

Gia Wei Chern, Natalia Perkins

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We present an approach to study the ground-state and elementary excitations in compounds where spins and orbitals are entangled by on-site relativistic spin-orbit interaction. The appropriate degrees of freedom are localized states with an effective angular momentum J. We generalize J to arbitrary large values while maintaining the delicate spin-orbital entanglement. After projecting the intersite exchange interaction to the manifold of effective spins, a systematic 1/J expansion of the effective Hamiltonian is realized using the Holstein-Primakoff transformation. Applications to representative compounds Sr2 IrO4 and particularly vanadium spinels A V2 O4 are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number180409
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number18
StatePublished - Nov 11 2009


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