Orbital fluctuations in spinel Mn(V 1-xAl x) 2O 4 studied by thermal conductivity measurements

T. Omura, T. Ishikawa, Y. Ishitsuka, T. Katsufuji

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We measured the thermal conductivity of spinel MnV 2O 4 and Al-doped samples with an applied magnetic field, and they exhibited orbital and spin ordering at low temperatures. We found that the thermal resistivity (reciprocal thermal conductivity) in the orbital-disordered phase is enhanced when the system approaches the critical point of the orbital ordering under the variation of both temperature and magnetic field, but it is suppressed when it crosses the critical point and goes into the orbital-ordered phase. This result indicates that the thermal conductivity of these compounds is dominated by the fluctuation of V t 2g orbitals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number054436
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug 21

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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