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Phys Rev Lett. 2012 Dec 14;109(24):247201. Epub 2012 Dec 10.

Nonconventional spin glass transition in a chemically ordered pyrochlore.

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  • 1Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA. dsingh@nist.gov


We report on the study of unusual spin glass properties in the geometrically frustrated pyrochlore Tb(2)Mo(2)O(7), T(g) ~/= 24 K. The analysis of the nonlinear part of dc and complex susceptibilities, near the glass transition regime, suggests the existence of a statistical distribution of relaxation times in short-range ordered ferromagnetic clusters. In addition, the magnetic spins are not sufficiently frozen below the glass transition temperature, which is apparently responsible for the nonequilibrium scaling behavior of the static critical exponents of nonlinear susceptibilities. Our report is expected to shed new light in understanding the freezing properties of frustrated pyrochlores with short-range ferromagnetic interactions.

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