The zero-point entropy of a spin glass is a difficult property to experimentally determine and interpret. Spin glass theory provides various predictions, including unphysical ones, for the value of the zero-point entropy, however experimental results have been lacking. We have investigated the magnetic properties and zero-point entropy of two spinel Cu2+ based spin glasses, CuGa2O4 and CuAl2O4. Dc- and ac-susceptibility and specific heat measurements show many characteristic spin glass features for both materials. The spin glass freezing temperature is determined to be Tf 2.89 0.05 K for CuGa 2O4 and Tf 2.30 0.05 K for CuAl 2O4. By integrating the specific heat data we have found that CuGa2O4 and CuAl2O4 have zero-point entropies of S0 4.96 JK-1mol-1 and S0 4.76 JK-1mol-1 respectively. These values are closest to the prediction for a Sherrington-Kirkpatrick XY spin glass, however they are notably higher than all of the theoretical predictions. This indicates that CuGa2O4 and CuAl2O4 have a greater degeneracy in their ground states than any of the spin glass models.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)