Orbital and spin chains in Zn V2O4

S. H. Lee, D. Louca, H. Ueda, S. Park, T. J. Sato, M. Isobe, Y. Ueda, S. Rosenkranz, P. Zschack, J. Íñiguez, Y. Qiu, R. Osborn

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The structure of ZnV2O4 were investigated. It was observed by the powder inelastic neutron scattering data that the ZnV 2O4 was a system of spin chains that were three- dimensionally tangeled in the cubic phase above 50 k as a result of randomly occupied t2g orbitals of V3+ ions. It was also observed that the chains became straight due to antiferro-orbital ordering, below 50 K in the tetragonal phase. The result shows that the wave vector dependence of the magnetic structure changes from symmetric to asymmetric at the cubic-to-tetragonal transition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number156407
Pages (from-to)156407-1-156407-4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Oct 8


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