Inserted: 23 nov 2020
Last Updated: 23 nov 2020
We study the discrete-to-continuum variational limit of the antiferromagnetic XY model on the two-dimensional triangular lattice in the vortex regime. Within this regime, the spin system cannot overcome the energetic barrier of chirality transitions, hence one of the two chirality phases is prevalent. We find the order parameter that describes the vortex structure of the spin field in the majority chirality phase and we compute explicitly the $\Gamma$-limit of the scaled energy, showing that it concentrates on finitely many vortex-like singularities of the spin field.