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Unconventional spin glass behavior in the pyrochlore Mn2Sb2O7



H. D. Zhou, C. R. Wiebe, A. Harter, Naresh S. Dalal, Jason Gardner


The new pyrochlore Mn2Sb2O7 has been synthesized via a low-temperature method to retain cubic Fd2m symmetry. The resulting material has an unconventional spin glass state at TSG∼41 K, in the absence of detectable site disorder or a structural phase transition. A peak in the DC susceptibility at TSG, and a characteristic shift in the real part of the AC susceptibility was noted, but with a slightly more dynamic state than predicted through the typical Mydosh spin glass parameter of ΔTSG/[TSGlog(ω)]. Time-dependent magnetization measurements show glassy behavior below 41 K. Elastic neutron scattering measurements on powder samples show significant magnetic diffuse scattering from the Mn spins beneath the transition, similar to the scattering observed in the spin liquid Tb2Ti2O7. The dynamic character of Mn2Sb2O7 is inferred to arise from the frustration inherent within the pyrochlore lattice.
Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter


pyrochlores, magnetic frustration


Zhou, H. , Wiebe, C. , Harter, A. , Dalal, N. and Gardner, J. (2008), Unconventional spin glass behavior in the pyrochlore Mn2Sb2O7, Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, [online],, (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created July 9, 2008, Updated March 21, 2024