Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1307.3703 (Ryo Tamura et al.)

Phase Transitions with Discrete Symmetry Breaking in Antiferromagnetic
Heisenberg Models on a Triangular Lattice

Ryo Tamura, Shu Tanaka, Naoki Kawashima
We study phase transition behavior of the Heisenberg model on a distorted triangular lattice with competing interactions. The ground-state phase diagram indicates that underlying symmetry can be changed by tuning parameters. We focus on two cases in which a phase transition with discrete symmetry breaking occurs. The first is that the order parameter space is SO(3)$\times C_3$. In this case, a first-order phase transition, with threefold symmetry breaking, occurs. The second has the order parameter space SO(3)$\times Z_2$. In this case, a second-order phase transition occurs with twofold symmetry breaking. To investigate finite-temperature properties of these phase transitions from a microscopic viewpoint, we introduce a method to make the connection between continuous frustrated spin systems and the Potts model with invisible states.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1307.3703

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