Phase Diagram of an Extended Quantum Dimer Model on the Hexagonal Lattice.


Journal Article

We introduce a quantum dimer model on the hexagonal lattice that, in addition to the standard three-dimer kinetic and potential terms, includes a competing potential part counting dimer-free hexagons. The zero-temperature phase diagram is studied by means of quantum Monte Carlo simulations, supplemented by variational arguments. It reveals some new crystalline phases and a cascade of transitions with rapidly changing flux (tilt in the height language). We analyze perturbatively the vicinity of the Rokhsar-Kivelson point, showing that this model has the microscopic ingredients needed for the "devil's staircase" scenario [Eduardo Fradkin et al. Phys. Rev. B 69, 224415 (2004)], and is therefore expected to produce fractal variations of the ground-state flux.

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Cited Authors

  • Schlittler, T; Barthel, T; Misguich, G; Vidal, J; Mosseri, R

Published Date

  • November 18, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 115 / 21

Start / End Page

  • 217202 -

PubMed ID

  • 26636869

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26636869

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1079-7114

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/physrevlett.115.217202


  • eng