Spin waves and quantum criticality in the frustrated XY pyrochlore antiferromagnet Er2Ti2O7

Ruff J. P. C. , Clancy J. P. , Bourque A., White M. A. , Ramazanoglu M. K. , GARDNER J. S. , ...Daha Fazla

PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, cilt.101, 2008 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier


We report detailed measurements of the low temperature magnetic phase diagram of Er2Ti2O7. Heat capacity and time- of- flight neutron scattering studies of single crystals reveal unconventional low- energy states. Er3+ magnetic ions reside on a pyrochlore lattice in Er2Ti2O7, where local XY anisotropy and antiferromagnetic interactions give rise to a unique frustrated system. In zero field, the ground state exhibits coexisting short and long- range order, accompanied by soft collective spin excitations previously believed to be absent. The application of finite magnetic fields tunes the ground state continuously through a landscape of noncollinear phases, divided by a zero temperature phase transition at mu(0)Hc similar to 1.5 T. The characteristic energy scale for spin fluctuations is seen to vanish at the critical point, as expected for a second order quantum phase transition driven by quantum fluctuations.