RVB description of the low-energy singlets of the spin 1/2 kagomé antiferromagnet
Laboratoire de Physique
Quantique, Université Paul Sabatier, 118 route de Narbonne, 31062
Toulouse Cedex, France
Published online: 15 October 2000
Extensive calculations in the short-range RVB (Resonating valence bond) subspace on both the trimerized and the regular (non-trimerized) Heisenberg model on the kagomé lattice show that short-range dimer singlets capture the specific low-energy features of both models. In the trimerized case the singlet spectrum splits into bands in which the average number of dimers lying on one type of bonds is fixed. These results are in good agreement with the mean field solution of an effective model recently introduced. For the regular model one gets a continuous, gapless spectrum, in qualitative agreement with exact diagonalization results.
PACS: 75.10.Jm – Quantized spin models / 75.40.Cx – Static properties (order parameter, static susceptibility, heat capacities, critical exponents, etc.) / 75.50.Ee – Antiferromagnetics
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2000