Multistage ordering and critical singularities in Co1-x Z nx A l2 O4(0≤x≤1): Dilution and pressure effects in a magnetically frustrated system

Takashi Naka, Koichi Sato, Yoshitaka Matsushita, Noriki Terada, Satoshi Ishii, Takayuki Nakane, Minori Taguchi, Minako Nakayama, Takeshi Hashishin, Satoshi Ohara, Seiichi Takami, Akiyuki Matsushita

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Abstract

We report comprehensive studies of the crystallographic, magnetic, and thermal properties of a spinel-type magnetically frustrated compound, CoAl2O4, and a magnetically diluted system, Co1-xZnxAl2O4. These studies revealed the effects of dilution and disorder when the tetrahedral magnetic Co ion was replaced by the nonmagnetic Zn ion. Low-temperature anomalies were observed in magnetic susceptibility at x<0.6. A multicritical point was apparent at T=3.4K and x=0.12, where the antiferromagnetic, spin-glass-like, and paramagnetic phases met. At that point, the quenched ferromagnetic component induced by a magnetic field during cooling was sharply enhanced and was observable below x=0.6. At x∼0.6, magnetic susceptibility and specific heat were described by temperature power laws, χ∼C/T∼T-δ, in accord with the site percolation threshold of the diamond lattice. This behavior is reminiscent of a quantum critical singularity. We propose an x-temperature phase diagram in the range 0≤x≤1 for Co1-xZnxAl2O4. The transition temperature of CoAl2O4 determined from magnetic susceptibility measured under hydrostatic pressure increased with increasing pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number224412
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume91
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jun 9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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