126 research outputs found

    Erratum: Dynamics and scaling in a quantum spin chain material with bond randomness

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    Follow-up neutron measurements, performed on a sample much larger than the one used in the original study, show that in the energy range 0.5-45 meV the magnetic excitations in BaCu2SiGeO7 are indistinguishable from those in conventional (disorder-free) quantum S=1/2 chains. Scrutinizing the previous data, we found that the analysis was affected by a poorly identified structured background and an additional technical mistake in the data reduction.Comment: This is a complete withdrawal of the original paper, also published as in Phys. Rev. Lett 93, 077206 (2004). One page, one figur

    Magnetic excitations in weakly coupled spin dimers and chains material Cu2Fe2Ge4O13

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    Magnetic excitations in a weakly coupled spin dimers and chains compound Cu2Fe2Ge4O13 are measured by inelastic neutron scattering. Both structure factors and dispersion of low energy excitations up to 10 meV energy transfer are well described by a semiclassical spin wave theory involving interacting Fe3+^{3+} (S=5/2S = 5/2) chains. Additional dispersionless excitations are observed at higher energies, at ω=24\hbar \omega = 24 meV, and associated with singlet-triplet transitions within Cu2+^{2+}-dimers. Both types of excitations can be understood by treating weak interactions between the Cu2+^{2+} and Fe3+^{3+} subsystems at the level of the Mean Field/ Random Phase Approximation. However, this simple model fails to account for the measured temperature dependence of the 24 meV mode.Comment: 9 pages, 11 figure

    Macroscopic and Local Magnetic Moments in Si-doped CuGeO3_3 with Neutron and μ\muSR Studies

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    The temperature-concentration phase diagram of the Si-doped spin-Peierls compound CuGeO3_{3} is investigated by means of neutron scattering and muon spin rotation spectroscopy in order to determine the microscopic distribution of the magnetic and lattice dimerised regions as a function of doping. The analysis of the zero-field muon spectra has confirmed the spatial inhomogeneity of the staggered magnetisation that characterises the antiferromagnetic superlattice peaks observed with neutrons. In addition, the variation of the macroscopic order parameter with doping can be understood by considering the evolution of the local magnetic moment as well as of the various regions contributing to the muon signal

    Cooperative ordering of gapped and gapless spin networks in Cu2_2Fe2_2Ge4_4O13_{13}

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    The unusual magnetic properties of a novel low-dimensional quantum ferrimagnet Cu2_2Fe2_2Ge4_4O13_{13} are studied using bulk methods, neutron diffraction and inelastic neutron scattering. It is shown that this material can be described in terms of two low-dimensional quantum spin subsystems, one gapped and the other gapless, characterized by two distinct energy scales. Long-range magnetic ordering observed at low temperatures is a cooperative phenomenon caused by weak coupling of these two spin networks.Comment: 4 pages, 4 figure