Phase diagram of the fully frustrated transverse-field Ising model on the honeycomb lattice
Motivated by the current interest in the quantum dimer model on the triangular lattice, we investigate the phase diagram of the closely related fully frustrated transverse-field Ising model on the honeycomb lattice using classical and semiclassical approximations. We show that, in addition to the fully polarized phase at a large field, the classical model possesses a multitude of phases that break the translational symmetry which, in the dimer language, correspond to a plaquette phase and a columnar phase separated by an infinite cascade of mixed phases. The modification of the phase diagram by quantum fluctuations has been investigated in the context of linear spin-wave theory. The extrapolation of the semiclassical energies suggests that the plaquette phase extends down to zero field for spin 1/2, in agreement with the root 12 x root 12 phase of the quantum dimer model on the triangular lattice with only kinetic energy.