Signatures of low-dimensional magnetism and short-range magnetic order in Co-based trirutiles

R. Baral, H. S. Fierro, C. Rueda, B. Sahu, A. M. Strydom, N. Poudel, K. Gofryk, F. S. Manciu, C. Ritter, T. W. Heitmann, B. P. Belbase, S. Bati, M. P. Ghimire, H. S. Nair

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Features of low-dimensional magnetism resulting from a square-net arrangement of Co atoms in trirutile CoTa2O6 are studied in the present work by means of density functional theory and are compared with the experimental results of specific heat and neutron diffraction. The small total energy differences between the ferromagnetic (FM) and antiferromagnetic (AFM) configuration of CoTa2O6 shows that competing magnetic ground states exist, with the possibility of transition from FM to AFM phase at low temperature. Our calculation further suggests the semiconducting behavior for CoTa2O6 with a band gap of ∼0.41 eV. The calculated magnetic anisotropy energy is ∼2.5 meV with its easy axis along the [100] (in-plane) direction. Studying the evolution of magnetism in Co1-xMgxTa2O6 (x=0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, and 1), it is found that the sharp AFM transition exhibited by CoTa2O6 at TN=6.2 K in its heat capacity vanishes with Mg dilution, indicating the obvious effect of weakening the superexchange pathways of Co. The current specific heat study reveals the robust nature of TN for CoTa2O6 in applied magnetic fields. Clear indication of short-range magnetism is obtained from the magnetic entropy, however, diffuse components are absent in neutron diffraction data. At TN, CoTa2O6 enters a long-range ordered magnetic state which can be described using a propagation vector, (14140). Upon Mg dilution at x≥0.1, the long-range ordered magnetism is destroyed. The present results should motivate an investigation of magnetic excitations in this low-dimensional anisotropic magnet.

Original languageEnglish
Article number184407
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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