Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2018
Monday–Friday, March 5–9, 2018; Los Angeles, California
Session F24: Kitaev and Other Spin Orbit Coupled Systems
11:15 AM–2:15 PM,
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
LACC Room: 403A
Sponsoring Units: GMAG DMP
Chair: Itamar Kimchi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology-MIT
Abstract: F24.00006 : Ultralow-Temperature Thermal Conductivity of the Kitaev Honeycomb Magnet α-RuCl3 across the Field-Induced Phase Transition
12:39 PM–12:51 PM
Recently, there have been increasingly hot debates on whether there exists a quantum spin liquid in the Kitaev honeycomb magnet α-RuCl3 in high magnetic field. To investigate this issue, we perform the ultralow-temperature thermal conductivity measurements on the single crystals of α-RuCl3 down to 80 mK and up to 9 T. Our experiments clearly show a field-induced phase transition occurring at μ0Hc ≈ 7.5 T, above which the magnetic order is completely suppressed. The minimum of thermal conductivity at 7.5 T is attributed to the strong scattering of phonons by the magnetic fluctuations. Most importantly, above 7.5 T, we do not observe any significant contribution of thermal conductivity from gapless magnetic excitations, which puts a strong constraint on the nature of the high-field phase of α-RuCl3 .
 Y. J. Yu et al., arXiv:1708.04090.
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