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Title: Giant suppression of phononic heat transport in a quantum magnet BiCu2PO6

Abstract

Thermal transport of quantum magnets has elucidated the nature of low energy elementary excitations and complex interplay between those excited states via strong scattering of thermal carriers. BiCu2PO6 is a unique frustrated spin-ladder compound exhibiting highly anisotropic spin excitations that contain both itinerant and localized dispersion characters along the b- and a-axes respectively. Here, we investigate thermal conductivity κ of BiCu2PO6 under high magnetic fields (H) of up to 30 tesla. A dip-feature in κ, located at ~15K at zero-H along all crystallographic directions, moves gradually toward lower temperature (T) with increasing H, thus resulting in giant suppression by a factor of ~30 near the critical magnetic field of Hc≅23.5 tesla. The giant H- and T-dependent suppression of κ can be explained by the combined result of resonant scattering of phononic heat carriers with magnetic energy levels and increased phonon scattering due to enhanced spin fluctuation at Hc, unequivocally revealing the existence of strong spin-phonon coupling. Moreover, we find an experimental indication that the remaining magnetic heat transport along the b-axis becomes almost gapless at the magnetic quantum critical point realized at Hc.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [2];  [1]
  1. Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
  2. National Taiwan Univ., Taipei (Taiwan)
  3. Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States)
  4. Korea Advanced Inst. Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)
  5. Inst. for Basic Science (IBS), Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Seoul National Univ. (Korea, Republic of)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States). National High Magnetic Field Lab.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
OSTI Identifier:
1378576
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 6; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY

Citation Formats

Jeon, Byung-Gu, Koteswararao, B., Park, C. B., Shu, G. J., Riggs, S. C., Moon, E. G., Chung, S. B., Chou, F. C., and Kim, Kee Hoon. Giant suppression of phononic heat transport in a quantum magnet BiCu2PO6. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep36970.
Jeon, Byung-Gu, Koteswararao, B., Park, C. B., Shu, G. J., Riggs, S. C., Moon, E. G., Chung, S. B., Chou, F. C., & Kim, Kee Hoon. Giant suppression of phononic heat transport in a quantum magnet BiCu2PO6. United States. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep36970
Jeon, Byung-Gu, Koteswararao, B., Park, C. B., Shu, G. J., Riggs, S. C., Moon, E. G., Chung, S. B., Chou, F. C., and Kim, Kee Hoon. Tue . "Giant suppression of phononic heat transport in a quantum magnet BiCu2PO6". United States. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep36970. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1378576.
@article{osti_1378576,
title = {Giant suppression of phononic heat transport in a quantum magnet BiCu2PO6},
author = {Jeon, Byung-Gu and Koteswararao, B. and Park, C. B. and Shu, G. J. and Riggs, S. C. and Moon, E. G. and Chung, S. B. and Chou, F. C. and Kim, Kee Hoon},
abstractNote = {Thermal transport of quantum magnets has elucidated the nature of low energy elementary excitations and complex interplay between those excited states via strong scattering of thermal carriers. BiCu2PO6 is a unique frustrated spin-ladder compound exhibiting highly anisotropic spin excitations that contain both itinerant and localized dispersion characters along the b- and a-axes respectively. Here, we investigate thermal conductivity κ of BiCu2PO6 under high magnetic fields (H) of up to 30 tesla. A dip-feature in κ, located at ~15K at zero-H along all crystallographic directions, moves gradually toward lower temperature (T) with increasing H, thus resulting in giant suppression by a factor of ~30 near the critical magnetic field of Hc≅23.5 tesla. The giant H- and T-dependent suppression of κ can be explained by the combined result of resonant scattering of phononic heat carriers with magnetic energy levels and increased phonon scattering due to enhanced spin fluctuation at Hc, unequivocally revealing the existence of strong spin-phonon coupling. Moreover, we find an experimental indication that the remaining magnetic heat transport along the b-axis becomes almost gapless at the magnetic quantum critical point realized at Hc.},
doi = {10.1038/srep36970},
journal = {Scientific Reports},
number = 1,
volume = 6,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {11}
}

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