Condensed Matter Physics, 2009, vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 449-462

Title: Consequences of lattice imperfections and interchain couplings for the critical properties of spin-$1/2$ chain compounds
  J. Sirker (Department of Physics and Research Center OPTIMAS, University of Kaiserslautern, D-67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany;
Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Heisenbergstr. 1, D-70569 Stuttgart, Germany)

To allow for a comparison of theoretical predictions for spin chains with experimental data, it is often important to take impurity effects as well as interchain couplings into account. Here we present the field theory for finite spin chains at finite temperature and calculate experimentally measurable quantities like susceptibilities and nuclear magnetic resonance spectra. For the interchain couplings we concentrate on geometries relevant for cuprate spin chains like Sr2CuO3 and SrCuO2. The field theoretical results are compared to experimental as well as numerical data obtained by the density matrix renormalization group.

Key words: spin chains, impurities, thermodynamics, bosonization, density-matrix renormalization group
PACS: 75.10.Pq, 75.10.Jm, 11.10.Wx, 02.30.Ik
Comments: Figs. 7, Refs. 40, Tabs. 1

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