Magnetic interactions and spin dynamics in the bond-disordered pyrochlore fluoride NaCaCo2 F7

J. Zeisner, S. A. Bräuninger, L. Opherden, R. Sarkar, D. I. Gorbunov, J. W. Krizan, T. Herrmannsdörfer, R. J. Cava, J. Wosnitza, B. Büchner, H. H. Klauss, V. Kataev

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We report high-frequency/high-field electron spin resonance (ESR) and high-field magnetization studies on single crystals of the bond-disordered pyrochlore NaCaCo2F7. Frequency- and temperature-dependent ESR investigations above the freezing temperature Tf∼2.4 K reveal the coexistence of two distinct magnetic phases. A cooperative paramagnetic phase, evidenced by a gapless excitation mode, is found along with a spin-glass phase developing below 20 K which is associated with a gapped low-energy excitation. Effective g factors close to 2 are obtained for both modes, in line with pulsed high-field magnetization measurements which show an unsaturated isotropic behavior up to 58 T at 2 K. In order to describe the field-dependent magnetization in high magnetic fields, we propose an empirical model accounting for highly anisotropic ionic g tensors expected for this material and taking into account the strongly competing interactions between the spins which lead to a frustrated ground state. As a detailed quantitative relation between effective g factors as determined from ESR and the local g tensors obtained by neutron scattering [Ross, Phys. Rev. B 93, 014433 (2016)2469-995010.1103/PhysRevB.93.014433] is still sought after, our work motivates further theoretical investigations of the low-energy excitations in bond-disordered pyrochlores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number155104
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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