Thermal Conductivity ofHo2Ti2O7along the [111] Direction Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Thermal transport measurements have been made on the spin-ice material Ho(2)Ti(2)O(7) in an applied magnetic field with both the heat current and the field parallel to the [111] direction for temperatures from 50 mK to 1.2 K. A large magnetic field >6 T is applied to suppress the magnetic contribution to the thermal conductivity in order to extract the lattice conductivity. The low field thermal conductivity thus reveals a magnetic field dependent contribution to the conductivity which both transfers heat and scatters phonons. We interpret these magnetic excitations as monopolelike excitations and describe their behavior via existing Debye-Hückel theory.

authors

  • Toews, WH
  • Zhang, Songtian S
  • Ross, KA
  • Dabkowska, HA
  • Gaulin, Bruce D
  • Hill, RW

publication date

  • May 24, 2013