Physics: Spin disorder on a triangular lattice

Satoru Nakatsuji, Yusuke Nambu, Hiroshi Tonomura, Osamu Sakai, Seth Jonas, Collin Broholm, Hirokazu Tsunetsugu, Yiming Qiu, Yoshiteru Maeno

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As liquids crystallize into solids on cooling, spins in magnets generally form periodic order. However, three decades ago, it was theoretically proposed that spins on a triangular lattice form a liquidlike disordered state at low temperatures. Whether or not a spin liquid is stabilized by geometrical frustration has remained an active point of inquiry ever since. Our thermodynamic and neutron measurements on NiGa2S4, a rare example of a two-dimensional triangular lattice antiferromagnet, demonstrate that geometrical frustration stabilizes a low-temperature spin-disordered state with coherence beyond the two-spin correlation length. Spin liquid formation may be an origin of such behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1697-1700
Number of pages4
Issue number5741
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Sep 9

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    Nakatsuji, S., Nambu, Y., Tonomura, H., Sakai, O., Jonas, S., Broholm, C., Tsunetsugu, H., Qiu, Y., & Maeno, Y. (2005). Physics: Spin disorder on a triangular lattice. Science, 309(5741), 1697-1700.