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Article: Spin-orbital entanglement in d8 Mott insulators: Possible excitonic magnetism in diamond lattice antiferromagnets

TitleSpin-orbital entanglement in d8 Mott insulators: Possible excitonic magnetism in diamond lattice antiferromagnets
Authors
KeywordsAntiferromagnetic materials
Crystal lattices
Diamonds
Magnetic field effects
Nickel compounds
Issue Date2019
PublisherAmerican Physical Society. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.aps.org/prb/
Citation
Physical Review B: covering condensed matter and materials physics, 2019, v. 100 n. 4, p. article no. 045103:1-9 How to Cite?
AbstractMotivated by the recent activities on the diamond lattice antiferromagnet NiRh2O4 with Ni2+3d8 local moments, we theoretically explore on general grounds the unique spin and orbital physics for the diamond lattice antiferromagnet with 3d8 local moments. The superexchange interaction between the local moments usually favors magnetic orders. Due to the particular electron configuration of the 3d8 ion with a partially filled upper t2g level and a fully filled lower eg level, the atomic spin-orbit coupling becomes active at the linear order and would favor a spin-orbital-entangled singlet with quenched local moments in the single-ion limit. Thus, the spin-orbital entanglement competes with the superexchange and could drive the system to a quantum critical point that separates the spin-orbital singlet and the magnetic order. We further explore the effects of magnetic field and uniaxial pressure. The nontrivial response to the magnetic field is intimately tied to the underlying spin-orbital structure of the local moments. We discuss future experiments such as doping and pressure and point out the correspondence between different electron configurations. © 2019 American Physical Society.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/272942
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dc.contributor.authorLi, FY-
dc.contributor.authorChen, G-
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-06T09:19:31Z-
dc.date.available2019-08-06T09:19:31Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationPhysical Review B: covering condensed matter and materials physics, 2019, v. 100 n. 4, p. article no. 045103:1-9-
dc.identifier.issn2469-9950-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/272942-
dc.description.abstractMotivated by the recent activities on the diamond lattice antiferromagnet NiRh2O4 with Ni2+3d8 local moments, we theoretically explore on general grounds the unique spin and orbital physics for the diamond lattice antiferromagnet with 3d8 local moments. The superexchange interaction between the local moments usually favors magnetic orders. Due to the particular electron configuration of the 3d8 ion with a partially filled upper t2g level and a fully filled lower eg level, the atomic spin-orbit coupling becomes active at the linear order and would favor a spin-orbital-entangled singlet with quenched local moments in the single-ion limit. Thus, the spin-orbital entanglement competes with the superexchange and could drive the system to a quantum critical point that separates the spin-orbital singlet and the magnetic order. We further explore the effects of magnetic field and uniaxial pressure. The nontrivial response to the magnetic field is intimately tied to the underlying spin-orbital structure of the local moments. We discuss future experiments such as doping and pressure and point out the correspondence between different electron configurations. © 2019 American Physical Society.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherAmerican Physical Society. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.aps.org/prb/-
dc.relation.ispartofPhysical Review B: covering condensed matter and materials physics-
dc.rightsPhysical Review B: covering condensed matter and materials physics. Copyright © American Physical Society.-
dc.rightsCopyright [2019] by The American Physical Society. This article is available online at [http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.100.045103].-
dc.subjectAntiferromagnetic materials-
dc.subjectCrystal lattices-
dc.subjectDiamonds-
dc.subjectMagnetic field effects-
dc.subjectNickel compounds-
dc.titleSpin-orbital entanglement in d8 Mott insulators: Possible excitonic magnetism in diamond lattice antiferromagnets-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLi, FY: lifeiye@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChen, G: gangchen@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityChen, G=rp02491-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1103/PhysRevB.100.045103-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85070197308-
dc.identifier.hkuros299817-
dc.identifier.volume100-
dc.identifier.issue4-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 045103:1-
dc.identifier.epage9-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000474369000007-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-
dc.identifier.issnl2469-9950-

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