Magnetic transition in K4Cu4OCl10: A model system of three-dimensional spin-12 tetrahedra

Masayoshi Fujihala, Xu Guang Zheng, Hiroki Morodomi, Tatsuya Kawae, Isao Watanabe

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Isolated spin tetrahedral systems with weak intertetrahedral couplings, as have been reported for Cu2Te2O5X2 (X = Cl, Br) and the related compound Cu4Te5O 12Cl4, have received much attention recently because they represent an interesting class of magnets that consist of weakly coupled magnetic clusters and, in particular, they can directly demonstrate the interplay of intertetrahedral couplings with built-in tetrahedral frustration. However, there is much debate about the structural low dimensionality of the Cu-Te-O-Cl(Br) compounds and its effect on the magnetism of the material. Here, we present a model spin tetrahedral system K4Cu4OCl 10, with almost isotropic magnetic coupling within the tetrahedron and three-dimensional connection of the tetrahedra. The system enters a spin-singlet state with a susceptibility maximum at Tmax = 11 K, and then enters an antiferromagnetic order at TN = 4.4 K. The ratio TN/Tmax = 0.40 is close to the TN/T max = 0.38 for Cu2Te2O5Br 2, which is viewed as an indicator of closeness to quantum criticality. Evidence in muon-spin rotation or relaxation suggests an incommensurate ordering. This work shows that the previously revealed ground state in anisotropically structured Cu2Te2O 5X2 compounds also exists in an isotropic spin tetrahedral system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number144425
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Apr 30 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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