Paramagnetism in the kagome compounds (Zn,Mg,Cd)Cu3(OH)6Cl2

Yasir Iqbal, Harald O. Jeschke, Johannes Reuther, Roser Valentí, I. I. Mazin, Martin Greiter, Ronny Thomale

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Frustrated magnetism on the kagome lattice has been a fertile ground for rich and fascinating physics, ranging from experimental evidence of a spin liquid to theoretical predictions of exotic superconductivity. Among experimentally realized spin-12 kagome magnets, herbertsmithite, kapellasite, and haydeeite [(Zn,Mg)Cu3(OH)6Cl2] are all well described by a three-parameter Heisenberg model, but they exhibit distinctly different physics. We address the problem using a pseudofermion functional renormalization-group approach and analyze the low-energy physics in the experimentally accessible parameter range. Our analysis places kapellasite and haydeeite near the boundaries between magnetically ordered and disordered phases, implying that slight modifications could dramatically affect their magnetic properties. Inspired by this, we perform ab initio density functional theory calculations of (Zn,Mg,Cd)Cu3 (OH)6Cl2 at various pressures. Our results suggest that by varying pressure and composition one can traverse a paramagnetic regime between different magnetically ordered phases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number220404
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Dec 7 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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