Order by distortion and string modes in pyrochlore antiferromagnets

Oleg Tchernyshyov, R. Moessner, S. L. Sondhi

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An attempt was made to demonstrate that a large spin degeneracy and high symmetry of the pyrochlore network provide a robust way to relieve spin frustration: by means of a Jahn-Teller distortion of tetrahedra. The theory has direct relevance to the observed magnetic and structural phase transitions and local modes in pyrochlore antiferromagnets YMn2, ZnV2O4, MgV2O4, ZnCr2O4, and MgCr2O4.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number067203
Pages (from-to)67203/1-67203/4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 11 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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