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Abstract

The triangular antiferromagnetic Cs2CuCl4-xBrx mixed system is studied by neutron single-crystal diffraction in magnetic field. It shows a rich magnetic phase diagram consisting of four regimes depending on the Br concentration and is characterized by different exchange coupling mechanisms. For the investigated compositions from regime I (0 < x <= 1.5), a critical magnetic field B-c is found for a Br concentration x = 0.8 at B-c = 8.10(1) T and for x = 1.1 at B-c = 7.73(1) T and from regime IV (3.2 x < 4) for x = 3.3 at B-c = 0.99(3) T. For magnetic fields larger than the respective B-c, magnetic superlattice reflections of these compounds are not found. The incommensurate magnetic wave vector q = (0, 0.470, 0) appears below the ordering temperature T-N = 0.51(1) K for Cs2CuCl3.2Br0.8, and q = (0, 0.418, 0) below T-N = 1.00(6) K for Cs2CuCl0.3Br3.7. Neutron diffraction experiments at around 60 mK for x = 3.7 in a magnetic field show the critical magnetic field at B-c = 7.94(16) T and the formation of the second magnetic phase at around 8.5 T depending on the temperature. Inelastic neutron scattering experiments for the compound from regime III (2 < x <= 3.2) with x = 2.2 show dynamical correlations at a temperature around 50 mK giving evidence for a spin liquid phase.

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van Well, Natalija;  Ramakrishnan, Sitaram;  Beauvois, Ketty;  Qureshi, Navid;  Ressouche, Eric;  Skoulatos, Markos;  Georgii, Robert;  Zaharko, Oksana;  van Smaalen, Sander

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