Monday, July 15, 2013

1307.3494 (Shunichiro Kittaka et al.)

Singlet-triplet Crossover in the Two-dimensional Dimer Spin System

Shunichiro Kittaka, Tomoyoshi Sugiyama, Yasuyuki Shimura, Toshiro Sakakibara, Saori Matsuda, Akira Ochiai
Low-temperature magnetization (M) measurements down to 0.1 K have been performed in magnetic fields up to 14.5 T for a single piece of a tiny single-crystalline sample (0.2 mg weight) of the spin-gap system YbAl3C3. At the base temperature of 0.1 K, several metamagnetic transitions were clearly observed for H // c in the range 6 T < H < 9 T whereas only two transitions were observed, one at 4.8 T and the other at 6.6 T, for H // a. At fields above 9 T, the magnetization becomes almost saturated for both H // a and H // c. The present results indicate that a singlet-triplet crossover occurs in a relatively narrow field range, suggesting a rather weak interdimer interaction in spite of the nearly triangular lattice of Yb ions.
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