Quantum dimer model
The quantum dimer model was introduced by Rokhsar and Kivelson Physical Review Letters 61, 2376 (1988) as an effective theory for the low-lying singlet excitations above paramagnetic ground states of quantum antiferromagnets. It was shown in paper 1 and paper 3 that a dual theory of such models on bipartite lattices was essentially identical to models obtained
from a semiclassical theory of the quantum fluctuations of the Neel order. The results described in this web page then immediately implied that the quantum dimer model generically had only "crystalline" phases (in which the dimers spontaneously break translational symmetry) on such lattices (isolated critical points without crystalline
order are allowed).
The properties of quantum dimer models on non-bipartite lattices (more precisely, for antiferromagnets in which the classical ground state had non-collinear order)
were discussed in papers 4,5,6,7. The connection with an odd Z2 gauge theory (and a closely related theory of a compact U(1) gauge field coupled to charge 2
Higgs scalars) was made, and the results on this web page then implied that such models could have "spin-liquid" or RVB states. In particular,
paper 6 was the first to suggest that such states should exist for the quantum dimer model
on the kagome and triangular lattices.
The above predictions have been verified in studies by
Moessner and Sondhi, Physical Review Letters 86, 1881 (2001), Moessner, Sondhi, and Chandra, Physical Review B 64, 144416 (2001), Moessner, Sondhi, and Fradkin, Physical Review B 65, 024504 (2002), Ioffe, Feigel'man, Ioselevich, Ivanov, Troyer, and Blatter
Nature 415, 503 (2002) and Misguich, Serban, and Pasquier cond-mat/0204428.
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quantum antiferromagnets, W. Zheng and S. Sachdev, Physical Review
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