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Mar 20 – 23, 2023
Campus Garching
Europe/Berlin timezone

Understanding synthesis-driven structure-property relationships in quantum materials

Mar 20, 2023, 11:30 AM
SCC/3-Venus - Venus (Galileo)

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Talk (17 + 3 min) Magnetism, Superconductivity, Topological Systems, Magnetic Thin Films an other electronic phenomena Frustrated Magnets 1


Jennifer Graham (ILL/University of Birmingham)


Quantum materials are a broad class of systems that exhibit many unusual and exotic phenomena [1] in which the chemical and magnetic ground states can be deeply intertwined. For example, ZnV2O4 is an S = 1, cubic spinel which contains a geometrically frustrated pyrochlore sublattice. Previous studies have shown that the magnetic ground state for ZnV2O4 appears to be highly sample dependent, ranging from an antiferromagnet to an unconventional and highly frustrated spin glass [2-4]. We hypothesise that local deviations from the average chemical structure, which arise during the sample preparation, are at the heart of this problem. To explore this, we have prepared two powder samples of ZnV2O4 using different synthetic routes, a conventional solid-state route and a novel rapid microwave-assisted method [5]. In this talk we will explore how synthesis impacts the evolution of the chemical and magnetic ground states of ZnV2O4, using high-resolution powder neutron and X-ray diffraction and magnetometry to reveal the average structural and magnetic behaviour, and, X-ray pair distribution function analysis and diffuse neutron scattering data to understand the local structure.
1. C. Broholm et al., Science 367 6475 (2020)
2. Y. Ueda et al., J. Phys. Soc. 66, 3 (1997)
3. S. Ebbinghaus et al. J. Alloys Compd., 370, 75 (2004)
4. A. J. Browne and J. P. Attfield, Phys. Rev. B, 101, 024112 (2020)
5. E. E Levin et al. Chem Mater. 31 18, 7151 – 7159 (2019).

Primary authors

Jennifer Graham (ILL/University of Birmingham) Dr Joya Cooley (California State University Fullerton) Dr Giorgia Confalonieri (ESRF) Dr Manila Songvilay (Institut Neel, CNRS Grenoble) Dr Dominic Fortes (ISIS Neutron and Muon Source) Dr Andrew Wildes (ILL) Ross Stewart (ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, UK) Dr Lucy Clark (University of Birmingham)

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