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Title: Fragile singlet ground-state magnetism in the pyrochlore osmates R2Os2O7 ( R=Y and Ho)

The singlet ground state magnetism in pyrochlore osmates Y2Os2O7 and Ho2Os2O7 is studied by DC and AC susceptibility, specific heat, and neutron powder di raction measurements. Despite the expected non-magnetic singlet in the strong spin-orbit coupling (SOC) limit for Os4+ (5d4), Y2Os2O7 exhibits a spin-glass (SG) ground state below 4 K with weak magnetism, suggesting possible proximity to a quantum phase transition between the non-magnetic state in the strong SOC limit and the magnetic state in the strong superexchange limit. Ho2Os2O7 has the same structural distortion as occurs in Y2Os2O7. However, the Os sublattice in Ho2Os2O7 shows long- range magnetic ordering below 36 K. We find that the sharp difference of the magnetic ground state between Y2Os2O7 and Ho2Os2O7 signals the singlet ground state magnetism in R2 Os2 O7 is fragile and can be disturbed by the weak 4f—5d interactions.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4] ;  [5] ;  [6] ;  [3]
  1. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  4. Fudan Univ., Shanghai (China)
  5. The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)
  6. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1248765
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725; DMR-1420451; NSF-DMR-1350002; GBMF4416
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 13; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English