Monday, July 8, 2013

1307.1636 (Solene Guitteny et al.)

Palmer-Chalker correlations in the XY pyrochlore antiferromagnet

Solene Guitteny, Sylvain Petit, Elsa Lhotel, Julien Robert, Pierre Bonville, Anne Forget, Isabelle Mirebeau
\ersn\, is considered, together with \erti, as a realization of the XY antiferromagnet on the pyrochlore lattice. We present magnetization measurements confirming that \ersn\, does not order down to 100 mK but exhibits a freezing below 200 mK. Our neutron scattering experiments evidence the strong XY character of the \er moment and point out the existence of short range correlations in which the magnetic moments are in peculiar configurations, the Palmer-Chalker states, predicted theoretically for an XY pyrochlore antiferromagnet with dipolar interactions. Our estimation of the \ersn\, parameters confirm the role of the latter interactions on top of relatively weak and isotropic exchange couplings.
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