Ferromagnetic response of a "high-temperature" quantum antiferromagnet

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  • Xin Wang
  • Rajdeep Sensarma
  • Sankar Das Sarma


Original languageEnglish
Article number121118
Journal / PublicationPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


We study the finite-temperature antiferromagnetic phase of the ionic Hubbard model in the strongly interacting limit using quantum Monte Carlo based dynamical mean-field theory. We find that the ionic potential plays a dual role in determining the antiferromagnetic order. A small ionic potential (compared to Hubbard repulsion) increases the superexchange coupling in the projected sector of the model, leading to an increase in the Neel temperature of the system. A large ionic potential leads to resonance between projected antiferromagnetically ordered configurations and density ordered configurations with double occupancies, thereby killing antiferromagnetism in the system. This novel way of degrading antiferromagnetism leads to spin polarization of the low-energy single-particle density of states. The dynamic response of the system thus mimics ferromagnetic behavior, although the system is still an antiferromagnet in terms of the static spin order. © 2014 American Physical Society.