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Scaling dimensions of higher-charge monopoles at deconfined critical points

Sreejith, G.J.; Powell, Stephen


G.J. Sreejith


The classical cubic dimer model has a columnar ordering transition that is continuous and described by a critical Anderson–Higgs theory containing an SU(2)-symmetric complex field minimally coupled to a noncompact U(1) gauge theory. Defects in the dimer constraints correspond to monopoles of the gauge theory, with charge determined by the deviation from unity of the dimer occupancy. By introducing such defects into Monte Carlo simulations of the dimer model at its critical point, we determine the scaling dimensions y2 = 1:48 _ 0:07 and y3 = 0:20 _ 0:03 for the operators corresponding to defects of charge q = 2 and 3 respectively. These results, which constitute the first direct determination of the scaling dimensions, shed light on the deconfined critical point of spin-12 quantum antiferromagnets, thought to belong to the same universality class. In particular, the positive value of y3 implies that the transition in the JQ model on the honeycomb lattice is of first order.


Sreejith, G., & Powell, S. (2015). Scaling dimensions of higher-charge monopoles at deconfined critical points. Physical Review B, 92(18), Article 184413.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 27, 2015
Publication Date Nov 17, 2015
Deposit Date Jul 7, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jul 7, 2016
Journal Physical Review B
Print ISSN 2469-9950
Electronic ISSN 2469-9969
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 92
Issue 18
Article Number 184413
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