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Title: LaSrVO4: a candidate for the spin-orbital liquid state

A layered perovskite LaSrVO4 was studied by neutron diraction, pair distribution function measurement using synchrotron x-ray, susceptibility and specific heat measurements, and first-principles calculation. The results show (i) a weak structural distortion around 100 K with the existence of orbital fluctuations both above and below it; (ii) the absence of the long range magnetic ordering down to 0.35 K but the appearance of a short range magnetic ordering around 11 K with a T2 behavior of the specic heat below it. Meanwhile, the calculation based on the density functional theory predicts a magnetic ordered ground state. All facts indicate a melting of the magnetic ordering due to the orbital fluctuations in LaSrVO4, which makes it a rare candidate for the spin-orbital liquid state related to t2g orbitals.
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  1. University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)
  2. ORNL
  3. Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
  4. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Magnet Lab), Florida
  5. Southeast University, Nanjing, China
  6. University of Tennessee (UT)
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Physical Review B; Journal Volume: 89; Journal Issue: 23
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)
Sponsoring Org:
SC USDOE - Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States