Tuning the S=1/2 square-lattice antiferromagnet S r2Cu(T e1-x Wx) O6 from Néel order to quantum disorder to columnar order

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  • O. Mustonen
  • S. Vasala
  • K. P. Schmidt
  • E. Sadrollahi
  • H. C. Walker
  • I. Terasaki
  • F. J. Litterst
  • E. Baggio-Saitovitch
  • Maarit Karppinen


  • Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
  • Nagoya University
  • Technical University of Braunschweig


The spin-1/2 square-lattice Heisenberg model is predicted to have a quantum disordered ground state when magnetic frustration is maximized by competing nearest-neighbor J1 and next-nearest-neighbor J2 interactions (J2/J1≈0.5). The double perovskites Sr2CuTeO6 and Sr2CuWO6 are isostructural spin-1/2 square-lattice antiferromagnets with Néel (J1 dominates) and columnar (J2 dominates) magnetic order, respectively. Here we characterize the full isostructural solid-solution series Sr2Cu(Te1-xWx)O6(0≤x≤1) tunable from Néel order to quantum disorder to columnar order. A spin-liquid-like ground state was previously observed for the x=0.5 phase, but we show that the magnetic order is suppressed below 1.5 K in a much wider region of x≈0.1-0.6. This coincides with significant T-linear terms in the low-temperature specific heat. However, density-functional theory calculations predict most of the materials are not in the highly frustrated J2/J1≈0.5 region square-lattice Heisenberg model. Thus, a combination of both magnetic frustration and quenched disorder is the likely origin of the spin-liquid-like state in x=0.5.


JulkaisuPhysical Review B
TilaJulkaistu - 13 elokuuta 2018
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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