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Title: Strong competition between orbital ordering and itinerancy in a frustrated spinel vanadate

In this study, the crossover from localized to itinerant electron regimes in the geometrically frustrated spinel system Mn1-xCoxV2O4 is explored by neutron-scattering measurements, first-principles calculations, and spin models. At low Co doping, the orbital ordering (OO) of the localized V3+ spins suppresses magnetic frustration by triggering a tetragonal distortion. At high Co doping levels, however, electronic itinerancy melts the OO and lessens the structural and magnetic anisotropies, thus increasing the amount of geometric frustration for the V-site pyrochlore lattice. Contrary to the predicted paramagentism induced by chemical pressure, the measured noncollinear spin states in the Co-rich region of the phase diagram provide a unique platform where localized spins and electronic itinerancy compete in a geometrically frustrated spinel.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  3. National Inst. of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD (United States). Center for Neutron Research; Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)
  4. National Inst. of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD (United States). Center for Neutron Research
Publication Date:
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 91; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR); Spallation Neutron Source
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States