We report muon spin relaxation (μSR) and magnetic-susceptibility measurements on Cu (Cl,Br) La (Nb,Ta) 2 O7, which demonstrate: (a) the absence of static magnetism in (CuCl) LaNb2 O7 down to 15 mK confirming a spin-gapped ground state; (b) phase separation between partial volumes with a spin-gap and static magnetism in (CuCl) La (Nb,Ta) 2 O7; (c) history-dependent magnetization in the (Nb,Ta) and (Cl,Br) substitution systems; (d) a uniform long-range collinear antiferromagnetic state in (CuBr) LaNb2 O7; and (e) a decrease in Néel temperature with decreasing Br concentration x in Cu (Cl1-x Brx) LaNb2 O7 with no change in the ordered Cu moment size for 0.33≤x≤1. Together with several other μSR studies of quantum phase transitions in geometrically frustrated spin systems, the present results reveal that the evolution from a spin-gap to a magnetically ordered state is often associated with phase separation and/or a first-order phase transition.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Nov 13 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics