Frustration enhanced by Kitaev exchange in a triangular antiferromagnet

C. Wellm, W. Roscher, J. Zeisner, A. Alfonsov, R. Zhong, R. J. Cava, A. Savoyant, R. Hayn, J. van den Brink, B. Büchner, O. Janson, V. Kataev

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Triangular Heisenberg antiferromagnets are prototypes of geometric frustration, even if for nearest-neighbor interactions quantum fluctuations are not usually strong enough to destroy magnetic ordering: stronger frustration is required to stabilize a spin-liquid phase. On the basis of static magnetization and electron spin resonance measurements, we demonstrate the emergence of moments in the triangular-lattice magnet . These moments are subject to an extra source of frustration that causes magnetic correlations to set in far above both the magnetic ordering and Weiss temperatures. Corroborating the ground state, theory identifies ferromagnetic Kitaev exchange anisotropy as an additional frustrating agent, altogether putting forward as a promising Kitaev spin-liquid material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberL100420
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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