Online ISSN : 2423-8872
Print ISSN : 0029-0181
ISSN-L : 0029-0181
Unconventional Spin-Glass Behaviors Induced by Geometrical Frustration and Spin-Lattice Coupling(Current Topics)
Hiroshi ShinaokaYusuke TomitaYukitoshi Motome
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2012 Volume 67 Issue 11 Pages 762-766


Spin glass, in which spins are frozen in random directions, appears as a result of randomness in magnetic interactions. Recently, it has been pointed out that a certain group of magnets exhibit spin-glass behaviors that are hard to explain by the conventional spin-glass theory. Focusing on geometrical frustration which is common to these magnets, we recently investigated the effects of spin-lattice coupling on spin-glass transitions. We found that many aspects of the puzzling spin-glass behaviors can be explained by a cooperative effect of the sensitivity to randomness inherent in geometrically frustrated magnets and the modification of degenerate manifold into a semidiscrete form by spin-lattice coupling.

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