Dimensional evolution of spin correlations in the magnetic pyrochlore Yb2Ti2O7

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

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  • Author: Ross, K.A.

    McMaster University

  • Author: Yaraskavitch, L.R.

    University of Waterloo (CA), Department of Physics and Astronomy and Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute

  • Author: Laver, Mark

    Nano-Microstructures in Materials, Materials Research Division, Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

  • Author: Gardner, J.S.

    Indiana University

  • Author: Quilliam, J.A.

    University of Waterloo (CA), Institute for Quantum Computing

  • Author: Meng, S.

    University of Waterloo (CA), Institute for Quantum Computing

  • Author: Kycia, J.B.

    University of Waterloo (CA), Institute for Quantum Computing

  • Author: Singh, D.K.

    University of Maryland

  • Author: Proffen, T.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Author: Dabkowska, H.A.

    McMaster University

  • Author: Gaulin, B.D.

    Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CA)

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The pyrochlore material Yb2Ti2O7 displays unexpected quasi-two-dimensional (2D) magnetic correlations within a cubic lattice environment at low temperatures, before entering an exotic disordered ground state below T=265 mK. We report neutron scattering measurements of the thermal evolution of the 2D spin correlations in space and time. Short-range three-dimensional (3D) spin correlations develop below 400 mK, accompanied by a suppression in the quasielastic (QE) scattering below ∼0.2 meV. These show a slowly fluctuating ground state with spins correlated over short distances within a kagome-triangular-kagome (KTK) stack along [111], which evolves to isolated kagome spin stars at higher temperatures. Furthermore, low-temperature specific heat results indicate a sample dependence to the putative transition temperature that is bounded by 265 mK, which we discuss in the context of recent mean field theoretical analysis. ©2011 American Physical Society
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review B (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics)
Publication date2011
Volume84
Issue17
Pages174442
ISSN1098-0121
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StatePublished

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