Unconventional magnetic transitions in the mineral clinoatacamite Cu 2 Cl(OH) 3

X. G. Zheng, Tatsuya Kawae, Y. Kashitani, C. S. Li, N. Tateiwa, K. Takeda, H. Yamada, C. N. Xu, Y. Ren

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Unconventional magnetic properties are found for a quantum spin system of mineral clinoatacamite, Cu 2 Cl(OH) 3 . Clinoatacamite is found to undergo an antiferromagnetic transition at 18.1 K with a small entropy fall (0.05R ln 2). At temperatures below 6.4 K, it transits into a disordered spin-glass-like state but with large specific heat anomalies. The entire entropy fall for the spin system is about 0.31R ln 2, which is smaller than those for dipolar spin ice (0.67R ln 2) and for ice I h (0.71R ln 2). Geometric frustration for the quantum Cu 2+ spins is suggested based on its crystal structure, magnetization, and specific heat studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052409
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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