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Anisotropic local modification of crystal field levels in Pr-based pyrochlores: A muon-induced effect modeled using density functional theory

Foronda, F. R., Lang, F., Moeller, J. S., Lancaster, T., Boothroyd, A. T., Pratt, F. L., Giblin, Sean, Prabhakaran, D. and Blundell, S. J. 2015. Anisotropic local modification of crystal field levels in Pr-based pyrochlores: A muon-induced effect modeled using density functional theory. Physical Review Letters 114 (1) , 017602. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.017602

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Abstract

Although muon spin relaxation is commonly used to probe local magnetic order, spin freezing, and spin dynamics, we identify an experimental situation in which the measured response is dominated by an effect resulting from the muon-induced local distortion rather than the intrinsic behavior of the host compound. We demonstrate this effect in some quantum spin ice candidate materials Pr 2 B 2 O 7 (B=Sn , Zr, Hf), where we detect a static distribution of magnetic moments that appears to grow on cooling. Using density functional theory we show how this effect can be explained via a hyperfine enhancement arising from a splitting of the non-Kramers doublet ground states on Pr ions close to the muon, which itself causes a highly anisotropic distortion field. We provide a quantitative relationship between this effect and the measured temperature dependence of the muon relaxation and discuss the relevance of these observations to muon experiments in other magnetic materials.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: American Physical Society
ISSN: 0031-9007
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2019 19:18
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/75980

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