We present measurements of magnetic field and frequency dependence of the low-temperature (T = 1.8 K) ac-susceptibility and temperature and field dependence of the longitudinal field positive muon spin relaxation (μSR) for LiY1−xHoxF4 with x = 0.0017, 0.0085, 0.0408, and 0.0855. The fits of numerical simulations to the susceptibility data for the x = 0.0017, 0.0085, and 0.0408 show that Ho-Ho cross-relaxation processes become more important at higher concentrations, signaling the crossover from single-ion to correlated behavior. We simulate the muon spin depolarization using the parameters extracted from the susceptibility, and the simulations agree well with our data for samples with x = 0.0017 and 0.0085. The μSR data for samples with x = 0.0408 and 0.0855 at low temperatures (T < 10 K) cannot be described within a single-ion picture of magnetic field fluctuations and give evidence for additional mechanisms of depolarization due to Ho3+ correlations. We also observe an unusual peak in the magnetic field dependence of the muon relaxation rate in the temperature interval 10–20 K that we ascribe to a modification of the Ho3+ fluctuation rate due to a field induced shift of the energy gap between the ground and the first excited doublet crystal field states relative to a peak in the phonon density of states centered near 63 cm−1.
|Titolo:||Evolution of spin relaxation processes in LiY1−xHoxF4 studied via ac-susceptibility and muon spin relaxation|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/01 - Fisica Sperimentale|
Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1103/PhysRevB.86.014427|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|