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Neutron scattering and μSR investigations of the low temperature state of LuCuGaO4

Calder, S., Giblin, Sean ORCID:, Parker, D. R., Deen, P. P., Ritter, C., Stewart, J. R., Rols, S. and Fennell, T. 2013. Neutron scattering and μSR investigations of the low temperature state of LuCuGaO4. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 25 (35) , 356002. 10.1088/0953-8984/25/35/356002

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LuCuGaO4 has magnetic Cu2+ and diamagnetic Ga3+ ions distributed on a triangular bilayer and is suggested to undergo a spin glass transition at Tg ~ 0.4 K. Using μSR (muon spin rotation) and neutron scattering measurements, we show that at low temperature the spins form a short range correlated state with spin fluctuations detectable over a wide range of timescales: at 0.05 K magnetic fluctuations can be detected in both the μSR time window and also extending beyond 7 meV in the inelastic neutron scattering response, indicating magnetic fluctuations spanning timescales between ~10−5 and ~10−10 s. The dynamical susceptibility scales according to the form χ''(ω)Tα, with α = 1, throughout the measured temperature range (0.05–50 K). These effects are associated with quantum fluctuations and some degree of structural disorder in ostensibly quite different materials, including certain heavy fermion alloys, kagome spin liquids, quantum spin glasses, and valence bond glasses. We therefore suggest that LuCuGaO4 is an interesting model compound for the further examination of disorder and quantum magnetism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: IOP Publishing
ISSN: 0953-8984
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:41

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