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Crystal field splitting, local anisotropy, and low-energy excitations in the quantum magnet YbCl3...

Publication Type
Journal
Journal Name
Physical Review B
Publication Date
Page Number
180406
Volume
100
Issue
18

We study the correlated quantum magnet YbCl3 with neutron scattering, magnetic susceptibility, and heat capacity measurements. The crystal field Hamiltonian is determined through simultaneous refinements of the inelastic neutron scattering and magnetization data. The ground-state doublet is well isolated from the other crystal field levels and results in an effective spin-1/2 system with local easy plane anisotropy at low temperature. Cold neutron spectroscopy shows low-energy excitations peaked at 0.5 meV that are consistent with nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic correlations.