Spin gap and the nature of the 4d3magnetic ground state in the frustrated fcc antiferromagnet Ba2YRuO6 Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The geometrically frustrated double perovskite Ba2YRuO6 has magnetic 4d3 Ru5+ ions decorating an undistorted face-centered cubic (FCC) lattice. This material has been previously reported to exhibit commensurate long-range antiferromagnetic order below T_N = 36K, a factor f = 15 times lower than its Curie-Weiss temperature Theta_CW = -522 K, and purported short-range order to T* = 47K. We report new time-of-flight neutron spectroscopy of Ba2YRuO6 which shows the development of a 5 meV spin gap in the vicinity of the [100] magnetic ordering wavevector below T_N = 36K, with the transition to long-range order occurring at T* = 47K. We also report spin waves extending to 14 meV, a surprisingly small bandwidth in light of the large Theta_CW. We compare the spin gap and bandwidth to relevant neutron studies of the isostructural 4d1 material Ba2YMoO6,and discuss the results in the framework of relatively strong spin-orbit coupling expected in 4d magnetic systems.

publication date

  • July 19, 2013