Unconventional magnetic ground state in Yb2Ti2O7 Academic Article uri icon

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  • We report low temperature specific heat and muon spin relaxation/rotation ($\mu$SR) measurements on both polycrystalline and single crystal samples of the pyrochlore magnet Yb$_2$Ti$_2$O$_7$. This system is believed to possess a spin Hamiltonian supporting a Quantum Spin Ice (QSI) ground state and to display sample variation in its low temperature heat capacity. Our two samples exhibit extremes of this sample variation, yet our $\mu$SR measurements indicate a similar disordered low temperature state down to 16 mK in both. We report little temperature dependence to the spin relaxation and no evidence for ferromagnetic order, in contrast to recent reports by Chang \emph{et al.} (Nat. Comm. {\bf 3}, 992 (2012)). Transverse field (TF) $\mu$SR measurements show changes in the temperature dependence of the muon Knight shift which coincide with heat capacity anomalies. We are therefore led to propose that Yb$_2$Ti$_2$O$_7$ enters a hidden order ground state below $T_c\sim265$ mK where the nature of the ordered state is unknown but distinct from simple long range order.


  • D’Ortenzio, RM
  • Dabkowska, HA
  • Dunsiger, SR
  • Gaulin, Bruce D
  • Gingras, MJP
  • Goko, T
  • Kycia, JB
  • Liu, L
  • Medina, T
  • Munsie, TJ
  • Pomaranski, D
  • Ross, KA
  • Uemura, YJ
  • Williams, TJ
  • Luke, Graeme

publication date

  • October 31, 2013