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Competing magnetic phases and itinerant magnetic frustration in SrCo2 As2
Ames Laboratory Accepted Manuscripts
  • Bing Li, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
  • Benjamin G. Ueland, Ames Laboratory
  • W. T. Jayasekara, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
  • D. L. Abernathy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • N. S. Sangeetha, Ames Laboratory
  • David C. Johnston, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
  • Qing-Ping Ding, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
  • Yuji Furukawa, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
  • Peter P. Orth, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
  • Andreas Kreyssig, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
  • Alan I. Goldman, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
  • Robert J. McQueeney, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory
Publication Date
8-1-2019
Department
Ames Laboratory; Physics and Astronomy
OSTI ID+
1560259
Report Number
IS-J 10008
DOI
10.1103/PhysRevB.100.054411
Journal Title
Physical Review B
Abstract

Whereas magnetic frustration is typically associated with local-moment magnets in special geometric arrangements, here we show that SrCo2As2 is a candidate for frustrated itinerant magnetism. Using inelastic neutron scattering (INS), we find that antiferromagnetic (AF) spin fluctuations develop in the square Co layers of SrCo2As2 below T approximate to 100 K centered at the stripe-type AF propagation vector of (1/2, 1/2), and that their development is concomitant with a suppression of the uniform magnetic susceptibility determined via magnetization measurements. We interpret this switch in spectral weight as signaling a temperature-induced crossover from an instability toward ferromagnetism ordering to an instability toward stripe-type AF ordering on cooling, and show results from Monte-Carlo simulations for a J(1)-J(2) Heisenberg model that illustrates how the crossover develops as a function of the frustration ratio -J(1)/(2J(2)). By putting our INS data on an absolute scale, we quantitatively compare them and our magnetization data to exact-diagonalization calculations for the J(1)-J(2) model [N. Shannon et al., Eur. Phys. J. B 38, 599 (2004)1, and show that the calculations predict a lower level of magnetic frustration than indicated by experiment. We trace this discrepancy to the large energy scale of the fluctuations (J(avg) greater than or similar to 75 meV), which, in addition to the steep dispersion, is more characteristic of itinerant magnetism.

DOE Contract Number(s)
AC02-07CH11358
Language
en
Publisher
Iowa State University Digital Repository, Ames IA (United States)
Citation Information
Bing Li, Benjamin G. Ueland, W. T. Jayasekara, D. L. Abernathy, et al.. "Competing magnetic phases and itinerant magnetic frustration in SrCo2 As2" Vol. 100 Iss. 5 (2019) p. 054411
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ai-goldman/46/