A spin-1/2 gapped compound CdCu2(SeO3)2Cl2 with a ladder structure†
The exploration of two-leg spin-ladder materials is a great challenge to the chemical community since it is one of the most ideal models for the study of low-dimensional magnetism and high-Tc superconductivity. Herein, we report on a successful synthesis of a new Cu2+-based two-leg ladder compound constructed by CuO4Cl2 octahedra along the  direction. The magnetic results exhibit a broad peak at Tmax ∼ 265 K, and suggest that CdCu2(SeO3)2Cl2 has a spin singlet ground state. The fitting of the isolated two-leg spin-ladder model shows J⊥/kB = 429 K and J‖/kB = 21 K, leading to a large spin gap of ∼409 K.