"Spin chain in magnetic field: limitations of the large-N mean-field theory"

Krzysztof Wohlfeld: Cheng-Chien Chen, Michel van Veenendaal, Thomas P. Devereaux; Acta Physica Polonica , 04/04/15.

Additional Authors: Cheng-Chien Chen, Michel van Veenendaal, Thomas P. Devereaux

Abstract:

Motivated by the recent success in describing the spin and orbital spectrum of a spin-orbital chain using a large-N mean-field approximation [Phys. Rev. B 91, 165102 (2015)], we apply the same formalism to the case of a spin chain in the external magnetic field. It occurs that in this case, which corresponds to N=2 in the approximation, the large-N mean-field theory cannot qualitatively reproduce the spin excitation spectra at high magnetic fields, which polarize more than 50% of the spins in the magnetic ground state. This, rather counterintuitively, shows that the physics of a spin chain can under some circumstances be regarded as more complex than the physics of a spin-orbital chain.

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