Magnetic Behavior of Volborthite Cu3 V2 O7 (OH)2·2 H2 O Determined by Coupled Trimers Rather than Frustrated Chains

O. Janson, Shunsuke Furukawa, T. Momoi, P. Sindzingre, J. Richter, K. Held

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Motivated by recent experiments on volborthite single crystals showing a wide 13-magnetization plateau, we perform microscopic modeling by means of density functional theory (DFT) with the single-crystal structural data as a starting point. Using DFT+U, we find four leading magnetic exchanges: antiferromagnetic J and J2, as well as ferromagnetic J′ and J1. Simulations of the derived spin Hamiltonian show good agreement with the experimental low-field magnetic susceptibility and high-field magnetization data. The 13-plateau phase pertains to polarized magnetic trimers formed by strong J bonds. An effective J→ model shows a tendency towards condensation of magnon bound states preceding the plateau phase.

Original languageEnglish
Article number037206
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 12
Externally publishedYes


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