Resonating valence bond theory of the spin-1/2 kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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Recent studies of highly frustrated antiferromagnets (AFMs) have demonstrated the qualitative impact of virtual, longer-range singlet excitations on the effective RVB tunneling parameters of the low energy sector of the problem [1,2]. Here, I will discuss the current state of affairs on the RVB description of the spin-1/2 kagome AFM, and present new results that settle a number of issues in this problem [3].


[1] I. Rousochatzakis, Y. Wan, O. Tchernyshyov, and F. Mila, PRB 90,

100406(R) (2014)

[2] A. Ralko and I. Rousochatzakis, PRL 115, 167202 (2015) [3] in preparation.