Defect-induced spin-glass magnetism in incommensurate spin-gap magnets
Institut für Theoretische Physik, Technische Universität Dresden - 01062 Dresden, Germany, EU
Accepted: 4 January 2012
We study magnetic order induced by non-magnetic impurities in quantum paramagnets with incommensurate host spin correlations. In contrast to the well-studied commensurate case where the defect-induced magnetism is spatially disordered but non-frustrated, the present problem combines strong disorder with frustration and, consequently, leads to spin-glass order. We discuss the crossover from strong randomness in the dilute limit to more conventional glass behavior at larger doping, and numerically characterize the robust short-range order inherent to the spin-glass phase. We relate our findings to magnetic order in both BiCu2PO6 and YBa2Cu3O6.6 induced by Zn substitution.
PACS: 75.10.Nr – Spin-glass and other random models / 75.10.Jm – Quantized spin models, including quantum spin frustration / 75.50.Ee – Antiferromagnetics
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