Classical dimers on the triangular lattice

P. Fendley, R. Moessner, Shivaji Lal Sondhi

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We study the classical hard-core dimer model on the triangular lattice. Following Kasteleyn’s fundamental theorem on planar graphs, this problem is soluble using Pfaffians. This model is particularly interesting for, unlike the dimer problems on the bipartite square and hexagonal lattices, its correlations are short ranged with a correlation length of less than one lattice constant. We compute the dimer-dimer and monomer-monomer correlators, and find that the model is deconfining: the monomer-monomer correlator falls off exponentially to a constant value (formula presented) only slightly below the nearest-neighbor value of (formula presented) We also consider the anisotropic triangular lattice model in which the square lattice is perturbed by diagonal bonds of one orientation and small fugacity. We show that the model becomes noncritical immediately and that this perturbation is equivalent to adding a mass term to each of two Majorana fermions that are present in the long wavelength limit of the square lattice problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number21
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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