Indexed on: 16 Sep '10Published on: 16 Sep '10Published in: Physics - Strongly Correlated Electrons
The success of models of coupled two-leg spin ladders in describing the magnetic excitation spectrum of La_[2-x]Ba_xCuO_4 has been widely interpreted as evidence for bond-centered stripes. Here, we determine the magnetic coupling induced by the charge stripes between bond- or site-centered spin stripes modeled by two- or three-leg ladders, respectively. We find that only the site-centered models order. We further report excellent agreement of a fully consistent analysis of coupled three-leg ladders using a spin wave theory of bond operators with the experiment.