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Science. 2010 Jun 4;328(5983):1246-8. doi: 10.1126/science.1188200.

Highly mobile gapless excitations in a two-dimensional candidate quantum spin liquid.

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  • 1Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan. yamashitaminoru@scphys.kyoto-u.ac.jp

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The nature of quantum spin liquids, a novel state of matter where strong quantum fluctuations destroy the long-range magnetic order even at zero temperature, is a long-standing issue in physics. We measured the low-temperature thermal conductivity of the recently discovered quantum spin liquid candidate, the organic insulator EtMe3Sb[Pd(dmit)2]2. A sizable linear temperature dependence term is clearly resolved in the zero-temperature limit, indicating the presence of gapless excitations with an extremely long mean free path, analogous to excitations near the Fermi surface in pure metals. Its magnetic field dependence suggests a concomitant appearance of spin-gap-like excitations at low temperatures. These findings expose a highly unusual dichotomy that characterizes the low-energy physics of this quantum system.

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