The site-diluted compound (Yb1-xLux)4As3 is a scarce realization of the linear Heisenberg antiferromagnet partitioned into finite-size segments and is an ideal model compound for studying field-dependent effects of quenched disorder in the one-dimensional antiferromagnets. It differentiates from the systems studied so far in two aspects - the type of randomness and the nature of the energy gap in the pure sample. We have measured the specific heat of single-crystal (Yb1-xLux)4As3 in magnetic fields up to 19.5 T. The contribution C arising from the magnetic subsystem in an applied magnetic field perpendicular to the chains is determined. Compared to pure Yb4As3, for which C indicates a gap opening, for diluted systems a nonexponential decay is found at low temperatures which is consistent with the thermodynamic scaling of the specific heat established for a Bose-glass phase.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics