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Strong Competition between Orbital-ordering and Itinerancy in a Frustrated Spinel Vanadate

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J. Ma, J. H. Lee, S. E. Hahn, Tao Hong, H. B Cao, A. A. Aczel, Z. L. Dun, M. B. Stone, W. Tian, Yiming Qiu, John R. Copley, H. D. Zhou, R. S. Fishman, M. Matsuda

Abstract

The crossover from localized- to itinerant-electron behavior is associated with many intriguing phenomena such as metal-insulator transitions [1], colossal magnetoresistance [2], and superconductivity in heavy fermion [3] and Fe-based materials [4]. Likewise, the suppression of itinerancy in frustrated systems also creates various exotic phases [5]. We report the novel phase transitions driven by the competition between orbital ordering (OO) and itinerancy in the furstrated spinel system Mn1-xCoxV2O4. Although the electronic itinerancy induced by Co doping [7,8] is expected to produce paramagnetic behavior[6], neutron-scattering measurements and first-principles-guided spin wave models reveal a novel mechanism for the observed non-collinear (NC) magnetic phase. While the OO on the V3+ sites is melted by itinerancy, the frustration associated with the induced magnetic and structural isotropies generates a strong NC ferrimagnet. Hence, this spinel system provides new insight into the competition between OO, local anisotropy, and magnetic frustration at the boundary between localized and itinerant behaviors.
Citation
Physical Review B
Volume
91
Issue
2

Keywords

frustrated spinel vanadate, orbital-ordering, itinerancy

Citation

Ma, J. , Lee, J. , Hahn, S. , Hong, T. , Cao, H. , Aczel, A. , Dun, Z. , Stone, M. , Tian, W. , Qiu, Y. , Copley, J. , Zhou, H. , Fishman, R. and Matsuda, M. (2015), Strong Competition between Orbital-ordering and Itinerancy in a Frustrated Spinel Vanadate, Physical Review B, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=916093 (Accessed May 29, 2024)

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Created January 25, 2015, Updated October 12, 2021