In order to enhance the thermal conductivity due to magnons, κmagnon, in the two-leg spin-ladder system (Ca,Sr,La) 14Cu24O41, we have grown the single crystals using raw materials with high purity and tried to improve the quality of the single crystals through the annealing in O2 atmosphere. A large enhancement of κmagnon has been observed through the O 2-annealing in Sr14Cu24O41, while there has been little change in κmagnon of Ca 9La5Cu24O41 nor Sr 9La5Cu24O41 in spite of the increase of the purity of the raw materials and the O2-annealing. It has been concluded that the extension of the mean free path of magnons is limited by the disorder of the atomic arrangement due to the mismatch between the (Ca,Sr,La) plane and the Cu2O3 spin-ladder plane in both Ca 9La5Cu24O41 and Sr 9La5Cu24O41 and that the removal of the disorder of the atomic arrangement in the spin-ladder plane is necessary for the enhancement of κmagnon in (Ca,Sr,La)14Cu 24O41.
- A. Two-leg spin-ladder system
- B. TSFZ method
- D. Magnon thermal conductivity
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry