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Finite-temperature order-disorder phase transition in a frustrated bilayer quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet in strong magnetic fields

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Physical review. B, Condensed matter (Impact Factor: 3.66). 07/2006; 74(14). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.74.144430
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ABSTRACT We investigate the thermodynamic properties of the frustrated bilayer quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet at low temperatures in the vicinity of the saturation magnetic field. The low-energy degrees of freedom of the spin model are mapped onto a hard-square gas on a square lattice. We use exact diagonalization data for finite spin systems to check the validity of such a description. Using a classical Monte Carlo method we give a quantitative description of the thermodynamics of the spin model at low temperatures around the saturation field. The main peculiarity of the considered two-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet is related to a phase transition of the hard-square model on the square lattice, which belongs to the two-dimensional Ising model universality class. It manifests itself in a logarithmic (low-)temperature singularity of the specific heat of the spin system observed for magnetic fields just below the saturation field.

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