Spin-phonon coupling in frustrated magnet CdCr2 O4

R. Valdés Aguilar, A. B. Sushkov, Y. J. Choi, S. W. Cheong, H. D. Drew

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Abstract

The infrared phonon spectrum of the spinel CdCr2 O4 is measured as a function of temperature from 6 to 300 K. The triply degenerate Cr phonons soften in the paramagnetic phase as temperature is lowered below 100 K and then split into a singlet and doublet in the low temperature antiferromagnetic phase, which is tetragonally distorted to relieve the geometric frustration in the pyrochlore lattice of ions. The phonon splitting is inconsistent with the simple increase (decrease) in the force constants due to decreasing (increasing) bond lengths in the tetragonal phase. Rather they correspond to changes in the force constants due to the magnetic order in the antiferromagnetic state. The phonon splitting in this system is opposite of that observed earlier in ZnCr2 O4 as predicted by theory. The magnitude of the splitting gives a measure of the spin-phonon coupling strength, which is smaller than in the case of ZnCr2 O4.

Original languageEnglish
Article number092412
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume77
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Mar 28

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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