Double charge ordering states and spin ordering state observed in a RFe2O4 system

Fei Sun, Rui Wang, C. Aku-Leh, H. X. Yang, Rui He, Jimin Zhao

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Charge, spin, and lattice degrees of orderings are of great interest in the layered quantum material RFe2O4 (R = Y, Er, Yb, Tm, and Lu) system. Recently many unique properties have been found using various experimental methods. However so far the nature of the two-dimensional (2D) charge ordering (CO) state is not clear and no observation of its fine structure in energy has been reported. Here we report unambiguous observation of double 2D CO states at relatively high temperature in a polycrystalline Er0.1Yb0.9 RFe2O4 using Raman scattering. The energy gaps between the 3D and the double 2D states are 170 meV (41.2 THz) and 193 meV (46.6 THz), respectively. We also observed a spin ordering (SO) state at below 210 K with characteristic energy of 45 meV (10.7 THz). Our investigation experimentally identified new fine structures of quantum orders in the system, which also extends the capability of optical methods in investigating other layered quantum materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6429
JournalScientific reports
StatePublished - 2014


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