Barlowite as a canted antiferromagnet: Theory and experiment

Harald Olaf Jeschke, Francesc Salvat-Pujol, Elena Gati, Nguyen Hieu Hoang, Bernd Wolf, Michael Lang, John A. Schlueter, Roser Valentí

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We investigate the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of the newly synthesized mineral barlowite Cu4(OH)6FBr which contains Cu2+ ions in a perfect kagome arrangement. In contrast to the spin-liquid candidate herbertsmithite ZnCu3(OH)6Cl2, kagome layers in barlowite are perfectly aligned due to the different bonding environments adopted by F- and Br- compared to Cl-. With the synthesis of this material we unveil a design strategy for layered kagome systems with possible exotic magnetic states. Density functional theory calculations and effective model considerations for Cu4(OH)6FBr, which has a Cu2+ site coupling the kagome layers, predict a three-dimensional network of exchange couplings, which together with a substantial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya coupling lead to canted antiferromagnetic ordering of this compound in excellent agreement with magnetic susceptibility measurements on single crystals yielding TN=15K.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094417
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 10 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Jeschke, H. O., Salvat-Pujol, F., Gati, E., Hoang, N. H., Wolf, B., Lang, M., Schlueter, J. A., & Valentí, R. (2015). Barlowite as a canted antiferromagnet: Theory and experiment. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 92(9), [094417].