Large family of quantum spin liquids revealed

Physics World  October 18, 2018 Researchers in China synthesized and characterized a large family of rare-earth chalcogenides AReCh 2 (A = alkali or monovalent ions, Re = rare earth, Ch = O, S, Se) which share the same structure (Rbar 3m) as YbMgGaO 4 , and antiferromagnetically coupled rare-earth ions form perfect triangular layers that are well separated along the c-axis. The family, having the simplest structure and chemical formula among the known QSL candidates, removes the issue on possible exchange disorders in YbMgGaO 4 . The rich diversity of the family members allows tunable charge gaps, variable exchange coupling, […]