We report on terahertz spectroscopy of quantum spin dynamics in -RuCl , a system proximate to the Kitaev honeycomb model, as a function of temperature and magnetic field. An extended magnetic continuum develops below the structural phase transition at K. With the onset of a long-range magnetic order at K, spectral weight is transferred to a well-defined magnetic excitation at meV, which is accompanied by a higher-energy band at meV. Both excitations soften in magnetic field, signaling a quantum phase transition at T where we find a broad continuum dominating the dynamical response. Above , the long-range order is suppressed, and on top of the continuum, various emergent magnetic excitations evolve. These excitations follow clear selection rules and exhibit distinct field dependencies, characterizing the dynamical properties of the field-induced quantum spin liquid.
Monday, July 3, 2017
Abstract-Magnetic Excitations and Continuum of a Field-Induced Quantum Spin Liquid in α-RuCl3
(Submitted on 19 Jun 2017)