Quantum phase transitions and decoupling of magnetic sublattices in the quasi-two-dimensional Ising magnet Co3V2O8 in a transverse magnetic field

Fritsch K., EHLERS G., RULE K. C. , HABICHT K., Ramazanoglu M. K. , Dabkowska H. A. , ...More

PHYSICAL REVIEW B, vol.92, no.18, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 92 Issue: 18
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1103/physrevb.92.180404
  • Title of Journal : PHYSICAL REVIEW B


The application of a magnetic field transverse to the easy axis, Ising direction in the quasi-two-dimensional kagome staircase magnet, Co3V2O8, induces three quantum phase transitions at low temperatures, ultimately producing a novel high field polarized state, with two distinct sublattices. New time-of-flight neutron scattering techniques, accompanied by large angular access, high magnetic field infrastructure allow the mapping of a sequence of ferromagnetic and incommensurate phases and their accompanying spin excitations. At least one of the transitions to incommensurate phases at mu H-0(c1) similar to 6.25 T and mu H-0(c2) similar to 7 T is discontinuous, while the final quantum critical point at mu H-0(c3) similar to 13 T is continuous.