Chemical disorder in a frustrated J1/J2 quantum spin chain material

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Australian Institute of Physics
Recently a new one-dimensional (1D) quantum spin chain system has been synthesised: catena-dichloro(2-Cl-3Mpy)copper(II), [where 2-Cl-3Mpy=2-chloro-3-methylpyridine]. We shall refer to this compound as cd-Cu. Preliminary calculations and bulk magnetic property measurements indicate that this system does not undergo magnetic ordering down to 1.8K and is a prime candidate for investigating frustration in a J1/J2 system (where the nearest neighbour interactions, J1, are ferromagnetic and the next nearest neighbour interactions, J2, are antiferromagnetic) [1]. Calculations predicted 3 possible magnetic interaction strengths for J1 below 6meV depending on the orientation of the ligand [2]. For one of the predicted J1values, the existence of a quantum critical point is implied. A deuterated sample of cd-Cu was produced at the National Deuteration Facility and the excitations measured using the PELICAN TOF spectrometer. Scattering was weak from this sample, but indicated the most likely scenario involves an average of the 3 possible magnetic excitations in this material, rather than the random array of exchange interactions as predicted by Herringer et al., [2]. This may indicate the possibility of tuning the chemical structure to favour a system which may exhibit a quantum critical point.
Spin, Copper, Calculation methods, Magnetic properties, Order-disorder transformations, Ferromagnetic materials, Interactions, Deuteration, Spectrometers
Rule, K. C., Mole, R. A., Zanardo, J., Krause-Heuer, A., Darwish, T., & Lerch, M. (2018). Chemical disorder in a frustrated J1/J2 quantum spin chain material. Paper presented to the 42nd Annual Condensed Matter and Materials Meeting Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW 30th January – 2nd February, 2018, (pp. 31). Retrieved from: