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|Title:||Pressure-Induced Dimerization and Collapse of Antiferromagnetism in the Kitaev Material α-Li2IrO3|
Manna, R. S.
Seidler, M. L.
Tsirlin, A. A.
|Publisher:||American Physical Society|
American Physical Society (APS)
|Citation:||Pressure-Induced Dimerization and Collapse of Antiferromagnetism in the Kitaev Material α-Li2IrO3 / B. Shen, F. Breitner, D. Prishchenko et al. // Physical Review B. — 2022. — Vol. 105. — Iss. 5. — 054412.|
|Abstract:||We present magnetization measurements carried out on polycrystalline and single-crystalline samples of α-Li2IrO3 under hydrostatic pressures up to 2 GPa and establish the temperature-pressure phase diagram of this material. The Néel temperature (TN) of α-Li2IrO3 is slightly enhanced upon compression with dTN/dp = 1.5 K/GPa. Above 1.2 GPa, α-Li2IrO3 undergoes a first-order phase transition toward a nonmagnetic dimerized phase, with no traces of the magnetic phase observed above 1.8 GPa at low temperatures. The critical pressure of the structural dimerization is strongly temperature dependent. This temperature dependence is well reproduced on the ab initio level by taking into account lower phonon entropy in the nonmagnetic phase. We further show that the initial increase in TN of the magnetic phase is due to a weakening of the Kitaev interaction K along with the enhancement of the Heisenberg term J and off-diagonal anisotropy Γ. Our study reveals a common thread in the interplay of magnetism and dimerization in pressured Kitaev materials. © 2022 American Physical Society.|
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|metadata.dc.description.sponsorship:||This work was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) via Project No. 107745057 (TRR80) and via the Sino-German Cooperation Group on Emergent Correlated Matter. D.P. acknowledges financial support by the Russian Science Foundation, Grant No. 21-72-10136.|
|RSCF project card:||21-72-10136|
|Appears in Collections:||Научные публикации, проиндексированные в SCOPUS и WoS CC|
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