Evidence for SrHo2 O4 and SrDy2 O4 as model J1 - J2 zigzag chain materials

A. Fennell, V. Y. Pomjakushin, A. Uldry, B. Delley, B. Prévost, A. Désilets-Benoit, A. D. Bianchi, R. I. Bewley, B. R. Hansen, T. Klimczuk, R. J. Cava, M. Kenzelmann

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Neutron diffraction and inelastic spectroscopy is used to characterize the magnetic Hamiltonian of SrHo2O4 and SrDy2O4. Through a detailed computation of the crystal-field levels we find site-dependent anisotropic single-ion magnetism in both materials, and diffraction measurements show the presence of strong one-dimensional spin correlations. Our measurements indicate that competing interactions of the zigzag chain, combined with frustrated interchain interactions, play a crucial role in stabilizing spin-liquid type correlations in this series.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number224511
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 17 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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