Magnetization curve of spin ice in a [111] magnetic field

S. V. Isakov, K. S. Raman, R. Moessner, Shivaji Lal Sondhi

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Spin ice in a magnetic field in the [111] direction displays two magnetization plateaus: one at saturation and an intermediate one with finite entropy. We study the crossovers between the different regimes from a point of view of (entropically) interacting defects. We develop an analytical theory for the nearest-neighbor spin ice model, which covers most of the magnetization curve. We find that the entropy is nonmonotonic, exhibiting a giant spike between the two plateaus. This regime is described by a monomer-dimer model with tunable fugacities. At low fields, we develop an RG treatment for the extended string defects, and we compare our results to extensive Monte Carlo simulations. We address the implications of our results for cooling by adiabatic (de)magnetization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104418
Pages (from-to)104418-1-104418-12
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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