### Abstract

Based on a symmetry analysis of the microscopic Hubbard and t-J models, a systematic low-energy effective field theory is constructed for hole-doped antiferromagnets on the honeycomb lattice. In the antiferromagnetic phase, doped holes are massive due to the spontaneous breakdown of the SU( _{2)s} symmetry, just as nucleons in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) pick up their mass from spontaneous chiral symmetry breaking. In the broken phase, the effective action contains a single-derivative term, similar to the Shraiman-Siggia term in the square lattice case. Interestingly, an accidental continuous spatial rotation symmetry arises at leading order. As an application of the effective field theory, we consider one-magnon exchange between two holes and the formation of two-hole bound states. As an unambiguous prediction of the effective theory, the wave function for the ground state of two holes bound by magnon exchange exhibits f-wave symmetry.

Original language | English |
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Article number | 075123 |

Journal | Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics |

Volume | 85 |

Issue number | 7 |

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Publication status | Published - 2012 Feb 21 |

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### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics

### Cite this

*Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics*,

*85*(7), [075123]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.85.075123