AKLT models with quantum spin glass ground states

C. R. Laumann, S. A. Parameswaran, Shivaji Lal Sondhi, F. Zamponi

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We study AKLT models on locally treelike lattices of fixed connectivity and find that they exhibit a variety of ground states depending upon the spin, coordination, and global (graph) topology. We find (a) quantum paramagnetic or valence-bond solid ground states, (b) critical and ordered Néel states on bipartite infinite Cayley trees, and (c) critical and ordered quantum vector spin glass states on random graphs of fixed connectivity. We argue, in consonance with a previous analysis, that all phases are characterized by gaps to local excitations. The spin glass states we report arise from random long-ranged loops which frustrate Néel ordering despite the lack of randomness in the coupling strengths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number174204
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - May 17 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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