Torque anomalies at magnetization plateaux in quantum magnets with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactionsS. R. Manmana and F. Mila
Institute of Theoretical Physics, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
received 29 October 2008; accepted in final form 5 January 2009; published January 2009
published online 30 January 2009
We investigate the effect of Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interactions on torque measurements of quantum magnets with magnetization plateaux in the context of a frustrated spin-1/2 ladder. Using extensive DMRG simulations, we show that the DM contribution to the torque is peaked at the critical fields, and that the total torque is non-monotonous if the DM interaction is large enough compared to the g-tensor anisotropy. More remarkably, if the DM vectors point in a principal direction of the g-tensor, torque measurements close to this direction will show well-defined peaks even for small DM interaction, leading to a very sensitive way to detect the critical fields. We propose to test this effect in the two-dimensional plateau system SrCu2(BO3)2.
75.10.Jm - Quantized spin models.
75.10.Pq - Spin chain models.
75.30.Gw - Magnetic anisotropy.
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