acta physica slovaca


acta physica slovaca is an internationally recognised physics journal originally established in 1950. Since 1998 listed in Current Contents. Since 2006, acta physica slovaca publishes review and tutorial articles. Papers written by specialists in a given field are intended to be accessible also to non-specialists and PhD students. Although the printed version of the journal is available, all issues are free to download from the journal's web page. We hope that the new issues of acta physica slovaca will be useful and interesting for readers.

acta physica open for submissions. Check the instructions for authors.


Current Issue

Acta Physica Slovaca 69, No.2, 1 – 74 (2019) (74 pages)


Viliam Štubňa a,b , Michal Jaščura
   aDepartment of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, Faculty of Science, P. J. Šafárik University in Košice, Park Angelinum 9, 040 01 Košiice, Slovakia
   bGymnázium, Javorová 16, 052 01 Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia

Full text: ::pdf :: (Received 7 November 2019, accepted 12 November 2019)

Abstract: Investigation of the higher-order exchange interactions in magnetic spin systems has received during last decades increasing attention. In fact, many experimental studies have recently reported physical phenomena that cannot be explained using the standard approach based on theoretical models with pair interactions only. For this reason a lot of effort has been directed to the development theoretical models that may account for higher-order interaction energy terms. In this work we extensively review recent development in this interesting research field with the special emphasis on the works dealing with magnetic systems with higher-order spin interactions. A special attention is payed to the classification of the four-spin interactions that play an important role in magnetic spin systems. The substantial part of this contribution deals with the review of recent theoretical results obtained for various exactly solvable mixed-spin Ising models on decorated lattices. The particular attention is directed to understanding the influence of a special kind of higher-order interaction which is usually called as a three-site four-spin interaction. This interaction among other interesting physical effects also reveals a possible link between higher-order spin interactions and magneto-elastic properties of various real magnetic compound.

Keywords: Mixed-spin Ising model, Exact results, Mapping transformations, Critical behavior, Higher-order spin interaction, Three-site four-spin interaction, Magneto-elastic properties
© published by Institute of Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.