Discovery of a new type of magnetic order on pyrochlore spinels

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Frustration in a spin system can give rise to unique ordered states and as a consequence several physical phenomena are expected, such as multiferroics, high temperature superconductors, and anomalous Hall effect. Here we report the "new magnetic orders" induced by anisotropic spin exchanges on pyrochlore spinels as the interplay of spin-orbit coupling and geometrical frustration. Due to complicated superexchange paths of B-site spinels, we claim that anisotropic interaction between next-nearest neighbors play an important role. Based on the systematic studies of the spin model, we argue that several classical spin states can be explored in spinel systems; local XY state, all-in all-out state, Palmer-Chalker state, and coplanar spiral state. In addition, we reveal new types of magnetic phases with finite ordering wave vectors, labeled as octagonal (prism) state and (distorted) cubic states. When the octagonal prism state is stabilized, nonzero scalar spin chirality induces alternating net current in addition to finite orbital current and orbital magnetization even in Mott insulators. Finally, we also discuss the relevance of distorted cubic state to the magnetic order of spinel compound GeCo2O4.
Publisher
AMER PHYSICAL SOC
Issue Date
2018-07
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

PHYSICAL REVIEW B, v.98, no.1, pp.014423

ISSN
2469-9950
DOI
10.1103/PhysRevB.98.014423
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/244832
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PH-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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