Exploring a New Family of S = ½ Kagomé Antiferromagnets

  • 19 May 2021
  • 11:00-12:00
  • Online

Speaker: Dr Lucy Clark, University of Birmingham

Title: Exploring a New Family of S = ½ Kagomé Antiferromagnets 

Abstract: Materials constructed from kagomé layers of antiferromagnetically coupled S = ½ moments are highly prized as they offer a unique opportunity to explore elusive quantum spin liquid (QSL) states.[1] Recently, the Cu2+-based mineral known as Zn-doped barlowite, ZnCu3(OH)6FBr, has shown promise as a new realisation of the QSL state.[2] Despite this interest, the crystal and magnetic structures of the parent material barlowite, Cu4(OH)6FBr, are poorly understood with several conflicting reports in the literature.[3-5] In this seminar, I will introduce these developments in the field of highly frustrated magnetism before presenting our comprehensive neutron diffraction studies of barlowite. In doing so, I will discuss the intriguing structural phase transition we observe in this material at T = 250 K, and clarify the nature of the magnetic ground state below TN = 15 K.[6] In addition, I will show that we can tune the magnetic ground state of barlowite from antiferromagnetic order to quantum disorder upon Zn-doping though muon spectroscopy measurements supported by density-functional theory.[7]


[1] Broholm et al.Science 367, 263 (2020).

[2] Han, Singleton, Schlueter, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 227203 (2014). 

[3] Feng et al.Phys. Rev. B 98, 155127 (2018). 

[4] Pasco et al.Phys. Rev. Mater. 2, 0444061 (2018). 

[5] Smaha et al.J. Solid State Chem. 268, 123-129 (2018). 

[6] Tustain et al.Phys. Rev. Mater. 2, 111405(R) (2018).

[7] Tustain et al.npj Quantum Materials 5, 74 (2020).

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