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Orbital frustration in the S = ½ kagome magnet vesignieite, BaCu3V2O8(OH)2

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Abstract

Here we report crystallographic and magnetic studies on high quality samples of the magnetically frustrated S = ½ kagome antiferromagnet vesignieite, BaCu3V2O8(OD)2. Powder neutron diffraction data collected from samples obtained by a new hydrothermal synthetic route reveal a previously unobserved trigonal P3121 structure, similar to the isoelectronic mineral SrCu3V2O8(OH)2. The refined structure is consistent with orbital frustration of the eg d-orbitals in a sublattice of the Cu2+ kagome network due to a dynamic Jahn–Teller effect, which persists below the magnetic transition at TN = 9 K and makes the material an interesting candidate for exploring concomitant spin and orbital frustration. A combination of crystallographic strain analysis and magnetisation measurements indicate strong magnetostructural coupling which may explain the varied magnetic behaviour between samples of vesignieite in the literature. The revised orbital structure is similar to that found in volborthite, rather than the quantum spin liquid herbertsmithite, and provides a convincing argument for the differing magnetic properties found in these frustrated magnets.

Graphical abstract: Orbital frustration in the S = ½ kagome magnet vesignieite, BaCu3V2O8(OH)2

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The article was received on 12 Jul 2016, accepted on 17 Oct 2016 and first published on 17 Oct 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC02935C
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016,4, 10315-10322
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    Orbital frustration in the S = ½ kagome magnet vesignieite, BaCu3V2O8(OH)2

    D. Boldrin, K. Knight and A. S. Wills, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 10315
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TC02935C

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