Spin-singlet trimer state induced by competing orbital order in triangular-lattice BaV10O15

Yasuhiro Shimizu*, Keniichiro Matsudaira, Masayuki Itoh, Tomomasa Kajita, Takuro Katsufuji

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Local spin and orbital textures are investigated by 51V NMR measurements on a triangular-lattice compound BaV10O15 with orbital degrees of freedom and itinerant electrons. The Knight shift shows the spin-singlet V trimer formation in a itinerant phase above the semiconductor-insulator transition temperature TSI=140 K. Below TSI, the observation of the asymmetric electric hyperfine coupling tensor agrees with the orbital order giving direct d-d bonds of the trimer. The remaining paramagnetic spins on a V tetramer exhibit an antiferromagnetic long-range order accompanied by a ferro-type order. The coexistence of the trimer and tetramer with the two opposite magnetism is ascribed to the orbitally induced Peierls instability on a non-half-filling triangular lattice with nonuniform V-V separation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number064421
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 23

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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