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Development of short and long-range magnetic order in the double perovskite based frustrated triangular lattice antiferromagnet Ba 2 MnTeO 6
J. Khatua, T. Arh, S.B. Mishra, H. Luetkens, A. Zorko, B. Sana, M.S.R. Rao, ,
Published in Nature Research
PMID: 33772050
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Frustrated magnets based on oxide double perovskites offer a viable ground wherein competing magnetic interactions, macroscopic ground state degeneracy and complex interplay between emergent degrees of freedom can lead to correlated quantum phenomena with exotic excitations highly relevant for potential technological applications. By local-probe muon spin relaxation (μSR) and complementary thermodynamic measurements accompanied by first-principles calculations, we here demonstrate novel electronic structure and magnetic phases of Ba2MnTeO6, where Mn2 + ions with S = 5/2 spins constitute a perfect triangular lattice. Magnetization results evidence the presence of strong antiferromagnetic interactions between Mn2 + spins and a phase transition at TN = 20 K. Below TN, the specific heat data show antiferromagnetic magnon excitations with a gap of 1.4 K, which is due to magnetic anisotropy. μSR reveals the presence of static internal fields in the ordered state and short-range spin correlations high above TN. It further unveils critical slowing-down of spin dynamics at TN and the persistence of spin dynamics even in the magnetically ordered state. Theoretical studies infer that Heisenberg interactions govern the inter- and intra-layer spin-frustration in this compound. Our results establish that the combined effect of a weak third-nearest-neighbour ferromagnetic inter-layer interaction (owing to double-exchange) and intra-layer interactions stabilizes a three-dimensional magnetic ordering in this frustrated magnet. © 2021, The Author(s).
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