- SU(6) Heisenberg model on the honeycomb lattice: competition between plaquette and chiral order
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- Ithaca, NY: arXiv.org
- Document type
- Working paper
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute of Physics (IoP)
Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
We revisit the SU(6) Heisenberg model on the honeycomb lattice, which has been predicted to be a chiral spin liquid by mean-field theory [G. Szirmai et al., Phys. Rev. A 84, 011611 (2011)]. Using exact diagonalizations of finite clusters, infinite projected entangled pair states simulations, and variational Monte Carlo simulations based on Gutzwiller projected wave functions, we provide strong evidence in favour of the competing plaquette state, which was reported to be higher but close by in energy according to mean-field theory. This is further confirmed by the investigation of the model with a ring exchange term, which shows that there is a transition between the plaquette state and the chiral state at a finite value of the ring exchange term.
- Submitted manuscript
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