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Local magnetism and spin dynamics of the frustrated honeycomb rhodate Li2RhO3

P. Khuntia, S. Manni, F. R. Foronda, T. Lancaster, S. J. Blundell, P. Gegenwart, M. Baenitz
2017 Physical review B  
We report magnetization, heat capacity, 7Li - nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and muSR (muon spin roration) measurements on the honeycomb 4d5 spin liquid candidate Li2RhO3. The magnetization in small magnetic fields provides evidence of the partial spin-freezing of a small fraction of Rh4+ -moments at 6 K, whereas the Curie-Weiss behavior above 100 K suggests a pseudo-spin-1/2 paramagnet with a moment of about 2.2 muB. The magnetic specific heat (Cm) exhibits no field dependence and
more » ... dence and demonstrates the absence of long range magnetic order down to 0.35 K. Cm/T passes through a broad maximum at about 10 K and Cm=T^2 at low temperatures. Measurements of the spin-lattice relaxation rate (1/T1) reveal a gapless slowing down of spin fluctuations upon cooling with 1/T1=T^2.2. The results from NMR and muSR are consistent with a scenario in which a minority of Rh4+ moments are in a ahort-range correlated frozen state and coexist with a majority of moments in a liquid-like state that continue to fluctuate at low temperatures.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.96.094432 fatcat:eug6o5fgmrgbbkiks4yqwzr7p4