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Emergent multipolar spin correlations in a fluctuating spiral: The frustrated ferromagnetic spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain in a magnetic field

We present the phase diagram of the frustrated ferromagnetic S=1/2 Heisenberg J(1)-J(2) chain in a magnetic field, obtained by large scale exact diagonalizations and density matrix renormalization group simulations. A vector chirally ordered state, metamagnetic behavior and a sequence of spin-multipolar Luttinger liquid phases up to hexadecupolar kind are found. We provide numerical evidence for a locking mechanism, which can drive spiral states toward spin-multipolar phases, such as quadrupolar or octupolar phases. Our results also shed light on previously discovered spin-multipolar phases in two-dimensional S=1/2 quantum magnets in a magnetic field.

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