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μSR study of spin dynamics in LiY1-xHoxF4

Johnson, R. C., Chen, K. H., Giblin, Sean ORCID:, Lord, J. S., Amato, A., Baines, C., Barbara, B., Malkin, B. Z. and Graf, M. J. 2011. μSR study of spin dynamics in LiY1-xHoxF4. Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 83 (17) , 174440. 10.1103/PhysRevB.83.174440

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We present zero-field positive muon spin relaxation (μSR) measurements for LiY1-xHoxF4 samples with x = 0.0017, 0.0085, 0.0406, and 0.0855. We characterize the dynamics associated with the formation of the (F-μ-F)- complex by comparing our data with Monte Carlo simulations to determine the concentration range over which the spin dynamics are determined primarily by the Ho3+-μ interaction rather than by the F-μ interaction. Simulations show that F-μ-F oscillations should evolve into a Lorentzian Kubo--Toyabe decay for an increasing static magnetic field distribution Γ (i.e., increasing x), but the data do not show this behavior, consistent with the recently reported existence of strong magnetic fluctuations in this system at low temperatures. Anisotropy in the field distribution is shown to cause small errors of the order of 10% from behavior predicted for an isotropic distribution. Finally, numerical calculations show that values of Γ calculated in the single-ion limit greatly exceed the values extracted from curve fits, suggesting that strong correlations play an important role in this system.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: American Physical Society
ISSN: 1098-0121
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:50

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