Magnetic order and fluctuations in the presence of quenched disorder in the kagome staircase system (Co1−xMgx)3V2O8

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.86.174421
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TypeArticle
Journal titlePhysical Review B
Volume86
Issue17
Pages174421-1174421-10; # of pages: 10
AbstractCo3V2O8 is an orthorhombic magnet in which S=3/2 magnetic moments reside on two crystallographically inequivalent Co2+ sites, which decorate a stacked, buckled version of the two-dimensional kagome lattice, the stacked kagome staircase. The magnetic interactions between the Co2+ moments in this structure lead to a complex magnetic phase diagram at low temperature, wherein it exhibits a series of five transitions below 11 K that ultimately culminate in a ferromagnetic ground state below T∼6.2 K. Here we report magnetization measurements on single- and polycrystalline samples of (Co1−xMgx)3V2O8 for x<0.23, as well as elastic and inelastic neutron scattering measurements on single crystals of magnetically dilute (Co1−xMgx)3V2O8 for x=0.029 and x=0.194, in which nonmagnetic Mg2+ ions substitute for magnetic Co2+. We find that a dilution of 2.9% leads to a suppression of the ferromagnetic transition temperature by ∼15% while a dilution level of 19.4% is sufficient to destroy ferromagnetic long-range order in this material down to a temperature of at least 1.5 K. The magnetic excitation spectrum is characterized by two spin wave branches in the ordered phase for (Co1−xMgx)3V2O8 (x=0.029), similar to that of the pure x=0 material, and by broad diffuse scattering at temperatures below 10 K in (Co1−xMgx)3V2O8 (x=0.194). Such a strong dependence of the transition temperatures on long-range order in the presence of quenched nonmagnetic impurities is consistent with two-dimensional physics driving the transitions. We further provide a simple percolation model that semiquantitatively explains the inability of this system to establish long-range magnetic order at the unusually low dilution levels which we observe in our experiments.
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AffiliationNRC Canadian Neutron Beam Centre; National Research Council Canada
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