Order-from-disorder phenomena in Heisenberg antiferromagnets on a triangular lattice

Andrey V. Chubukov, Th Jolicoeur

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Abstract

We study the Heisenberg antiferromagnet on a triangular lattice with nearest- (J) and next-nearest- (αJ) neighbor exchange interactions. For α>1/8, this system is known to have an accidental degeneracy at the classical level, which is lifted by quantum fluctuations (''order from disorder'' phenomena). We use large-S perturbation theory and confirm previous spin-wave and numerical observations that quantum fluctuations always select planar arrangement: There is thus no chiral symmetry breaking. When α increases, the conventional 120°Néel state first undergoes a first-order transition to a commensurate metamagnet at α1/8. This state then transforms by a continuous transition into an incommensurate state. We show that the fluctuation corrections do not diverge at the transition point. There is thus no disordered intermediate phase around the classical transition point.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11137-11140
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume46
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

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