Nature of spin freezing transition of geometrically frustrated pyrochlore system R2Ru2O7 (R = rare earth elements and Y)

M. Ito, Y. Yasui, M. Kanada, H. Harashina, S. Yoshii, K. Murata, M. Sato, H. Okumura, K. Kakurai

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At the spin-glass-like transition of yttrium ruthenium pyrochlore system Y2Ru2O7, a significant jump of the specific heat has been found, suggesting the second order-like nature of the transition. It is commonly observed for other pyrochlore systems R2Ru2O7 (R = various rare earth elements RE). For all REs studied here, the transition temperature TG is larger for the larger R-ions, which may be due to the increase of the transfer energies of the 4d electrons between the neighboring Ru atoms with increasing RE ionic radius. Neutron Rietveld analyses on Y2Ru2O7 and Nd2Ru2O7 have revealed that below TG, the Ru spins are in an almost long-range ordered antiferromagnetic state, though it is magnetically glassy in a macroscopic sense, and that the lattice system does not participate in the transition. It is concluded that the specific heat jump is created by the purely magnetic origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-341
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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