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Behavior of the breathing pyrochlore lattice Ba3Yb2Zn5O11 in applied magnetic field


Rau,  Jeffrey G.
Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Max Planck Society;

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Rau, J. G., Wu, L. S., May, A. F., Taylor, A. E., Liu, I.-L., Higgins, J., et al. (2018). Behavior of the breathing pyrochlore lattice Ba3Yb2Zn5O11 in applied magnetic field. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 30(45): 455801. doi:10.1088/1361-648X/aae45a.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0002-BF5E-F
The breathing pyrochlore lattice material Ba3Yb2Zn5O11 exists in the nearly decoupled limit, in contrast to most other well-studied breathing pyrochlore compounds. As a result, it constitutes a useful platform to benchmark theoretical calculations of exchange interactions in insulating Yb3+ magnets. Here we study Ba3Yb2Zn5O11 at low temperatures in applied magnetic fields as a further probe of the physics of this model system. Experimentally, we consider the behavior of polycrystalline samples of Ba3Yb2Zn5O11 with a combination of inelastic neutron scattering and heat capacity measurements down to 75 mK and up to fields of 10 T. Consistent with previous work, inelastic neutron scattering finds a level crossing near 3 T, but no significant dispersion of the spin excitations is detected up to the highest applied fields. Refinement of the theoretical model previously determined at zero field can reproduce much of the inelastic neutron scattering spectra and specific heat data. A notable exception is a low temperature peak in the specific heat at similar to 0.1 K. This may indicate the scale of interactions between tetrahedra or may reflect undetected disorder in Ba3Yb2Zn5O11.