Order and disorder in AKLT antiferromagnets in three dimensions

Siddharth A. Parameswaran, Shivaji Lal Sondhi, Daniel P. Arovas

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The models constructed by Affleck, Kennedy, Lieb, and Tasaki (AKLT) [Phys. Rev. Lett. 59, 799 (1987)] describe a family of quantum antiferromagnets on arbitrary lattices, where the local spin S is an integer multiple M of half the lattice coordination number. The equal-time quantum correlations in their ground states may be computed as finite temperature correlations of a classical O (3) model on the same lattice, where the temperature is given by T=1/M. In dimensions d=1 and 2 this mapping implies that all AKLT states are quantum disordered. We consider AKLT states in d=3 where the nature of the AKLT states is now a question of detail depending upon the choice of lattice and spin; for sufficiently large S some form of Néel order is almost inevitable. On the unfrustrated cubic lattice, we find that all AKLT states are ordered, while for the unfrustrated diamond lattice the minimal S=2 state is disordered while all other states are ordered. On the frustrated pyrochlore lattice, we find (conservatively) that several states starting with the minimal S=3 state are disordered. The disordered AKLT models we report here are a significant addition to the catalog of magnetic Hamiltonians in d=3 with ground states known to lack order on account of strong quantum fluctuations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number024408
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 5 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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