Gapped Spin-1/2 Spinon Excitations in a New Kagome Quantum Spin Liquid Compound Cu3Zn(OH)6FBr

Zili Feng, Zheng Li, Xin Meng, Wei Yi, Yuan Wei, Jun Zhang, Yan Cheng Wang, Wei Jiang, Zheng Liu, Shiyan Li, Feng Liu, Jianlin Luo, Shiliang Li, Guo-Qing Zheng, Zi Yang Meng, Jia Wei Mei, Youguo Shi

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Abstract

We report a new kagome quantum spin liquid candidate Cu3Zn(OH)6FBr, which does not experience any phase transition down to 50 mK, more than three orders lower than the antiferromagnetic Curie-Weiss temperature (∼200 K). A clear gap opening at low temperature is observed in the uniform spin susceptibility obtained from 19F nuclear magnetic resonance measurements. We observe the characteristic magnetic field dependence of the gap as expected for fractionalized spin-1/2 spinon excitations. Our experimental results provide firm evidence for spin fractionalization in a topologically ordered spin system, resembling charge fractionalization in the fractional quantum Hall state.

Original languageEnglish
Article number077502
JournalChinese Physics Letters
Volume34
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2017

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    Feng, Z., Li, Z., Meng, X., Yi, W., Wei, Y., Zhang, J., Wang, Y. C., Jiang, W., Liu, Z., Li, S., Liu, F., Luo, J., Li, S., Zheng, G-Q., Meng, Z. Y., Mei, J. W., & Shi, Y. (2017). Gapped Spin-1/2 Spinon Excitations in a New Kagome Quantum Spin Liquid Compound Cu3Zn(OH)6FBr. Chinese Physics Letters, 34(7), [077502]. https://doi.org/10.1088/0256-307X/34/7/077502