Spin-lattice-coupled order in Heisenberg antiferromagnets on the pyrochlore lattice

15 Jul 2016  ·  Aoyama Kazushi, Kawamura Hikaru ·

Effects of local lattice distortions on the spin ordering are investigated for the antiferromagnetic classical Heisenberg model on the pyrochlore lattice. It is found by Monte Carlo simulations that the spin-lattice coupling (SLC) originating from site phonons induces a first-order transition into two different types of collinear magnetic ordered states... The state realized at stronger SLC is cubic symmetric characterized by the magnetic (1/2,1/2,1/2) Bragg peaks, while that at weaker SLC is tetragonal symmetric characterized by the (1,1,0) ones, each accompanied by the commensurate local lattice distortions. Experimental implications to chromium spinels are discussed. read more

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Strongly Correlated Electrons Statistical Mechanics