Long-range spin correlations in a honeycomb spin model with a magnetic field

A. V. Lunkin, K. S. Tikhonov, M. V. Feigel’man

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We consider the spin-1/2 model on the honeycomb lattice [A. Kitaev, Ann. Phys. 321, 2 (2006)] in the presence of a weak magnetic field hα ≪ J. Such a perturbation treated in the lowest nonvanishing order over hα leads [K.S. Tikhonov, M.V. Feigel’man, and A.Yu. Kitaev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 067203 (2011)] to a powerlaw decay of irreducible spin correlations 《sz(t, r)sz(0, 0)》 ∝ hz 2f(t, r), where f(t, r) ∝ [max(t, Jr)]–4. We have studied the effects of the next order of perturbation in hz and found an additional term of the order hz 4 in the correlation function 《sz(t, r)sz(0, 0)》 which scales as hz 4cosγ/r3 at Jt≪ r, where γ is the polar angle in the 2D plane. We demonstrate that such a contribution can be understood as a result of a perturbation of the effective Majorana Hamiltonian by the weak imaginary vector potential Ax ∝ ihz 2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalJETP Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


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