We discover an example where the dissociation of the Z2 vortices occurs at the second-order phase transition point. We investigate the nature of phase transition in a classical Heisenberg model on a distorted triangular lattice with competing interactions. The order parameter space of the model is SO(3)×Z2. The dissociation of the Z2 vortices which comes from SO(3) and a second-order phase transition with Z2 symmetry breaking occur at the same temperature. We also find that the second-order phase transition belongs to the universality class of the two-dimensional Ising model.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2013 Jun 3|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials