We study a large- N deformation of the S=1 2 pyrochlore Heisenberg antiferromagnet which leads to a soluble quantum dimer model at leading nontrivial order. In this limit, the ground state manifold-while extensively degenerate-breaks the inversion symmetry of the lattice, which implies a finite temperature Ising transition without translational symmetry breaking. At lower temperatures and further in the 1 N expansion, we discuss an effective Hamiltonian within the degenerate manifold, which has a transparent physical interpretation as representing dimer potential energies. We find mean-field ground states of the effective Hamiltonian which exhibit translational symmetry breaking. The entire scenario offers a new perspective on previous treatments of the SU(2) problem not controlled by a small parameter, in particular showing that a mean-field state considered previously encodes the physics of a maximally flippable dimer configuration. We also comment on the difficulties of extending our results to the SU(2) case, and note implications for classical dimer models.
|Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
|Published - 2006
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics