Inserted: 29 aug 2021
Last Updated: 25 jun 2022
Journal: Arch. Ration. Mech. anal.
We study the variational limit of the frustrated $J_1$-$J_2$-$J_3$ spin model on the square lattice in the vicinity of the ferromagnet$/$helimagnet transition point as the lattice spacing vanishes. We carry out the $\Gamma$-convergence analysis of proper scalings of the energy and we characterize the optimal cost of a chirality transition in $BV$ proving that the system is asymptotically driven by a discrete version of a non-linear perturbation of the Aviles-Giga energy functional.