Valence bond glass on an fcc lattice in the double perovskite Ba2YMoO6

M. A. de Vries, Abbie McLaughlin, J.-W. G. Bos

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We report on the unconventional magnetism in the cubic B-site ordered double perovskite Ba2YMoO6, using ac and dc magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity and muon spin rotation. No magnetic order is observed down to 2 K while the Weiss temperature is similar to - 160 K. This is ascribed to the geometric frustration in the lattice of edge-sharing tetrahedra with orbitally degenerate Mo5+ s = 1/2 spins. Our experimental results point to a gradual freezing of the spins into a disordered pattern of spin singlets, quenching the orbital degeneracy while leaving the global cubic symmetry unaffected, and providing a rare example of a valence bond glass.

Original languageEnglish
Article number177202
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2010


  • centered-cubic lattice
  • magnetic-properties
  • antiferromagnets
  • crystal
  • disorder
  • phase
  • order


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