Tuesday, June 18, 2013

1306.3887 (S. A. Zvyagin et al.)

Unconventional spin dynamics in the spin-1/2 triangular-lattice
antiferromagnet Cs$_2$CuBr$_4$

S. A. Zvyagin, M. Ozerov, D. Kamenskyi, J. Wosnitza, M. Ikeda, T. Fujita, M. Hagiwara, J. Krzystek, R. Hu, H. Ryu, C. Petrovic
Magnetic excitations in Cs$_2$CuBr$_4$, a spin-1/2 antiferromagnet with a distorted triangular lattice, are probed by means of high-field electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. We show that the high-energy excitation spectrum of this material is not appreciably affected by the 3D ordering, indicating the presence of strong quantum fluctuations competing with the magnetic order down to well below $T_N$. Such a behavior is consistent with the quantum spin-liquid scenario with the spin dynamics determined by short-range-order correlations (presumably of 1D nature, albeit being strongly influenced by frustrated interchain interactions). The observation of three ESR branches is in a prefect agreement with a general phenomenological macroscopic theory, predicting the presence of three Goldstone modes (two gapped and one gapless) as a consequence of the complete breaking of the rotational SO(3) symmetry in anisotropic spin systems with a noncollinear ground state.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1306.3887

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