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Large trigonal-field effect on spin-orbit coupled states in a pyrochlore iridate

パイロクロア型イリジウム酸化物におけるスピン軌道結合状態への大きな三方晶場効果

植松 大介*; 佐賀山 基*; 有馬 孝尚*; 石川 洵*; 中辻 知*; 高木 英典*; 吉田 雅洋*; 水木 純一郎; 石井 賢司

Uematsu, Daisuke*; Sagayama, Hajime*; Arima, Takahisa*; Ishikawa, Jun*; Nakatsuji, Satoru*; Takagi, Hidenori*; Yoshida, Masahiro*; Mizuki, Junichiro; Ishii, Kenji

The half-filled topmost valence band of Ir$$^{4+}$$ in several iridates such as Sr$$_2$$IrO$$_4$$, IrO$$_2$$, and CaIrO$$_3$$ has been proposed to originate mainly from the spin-orbit coupled $$J_{rm eff}=1/2$$ states. In pyrochlore iridates $$R_2$$Ir$$_2$$O$$_7$$ ($$R$$: rare earth), some exotic electronic states are theoretically proposed by assuming $$J_{rm eff}=1/2$$ states. However, the octahedral coordination around Ir is trigonally distorted, which may affect the energy level scheme of Ir $$5d$$ states. Here, we report spectra of resonant elastic and inelastic X-ray scattering in Eu$$_2$$Ir$$_2$$O$$_7$$ at the Ir $$L$$ edges. A large suppression of the magnetic scattering signal at the Ir $$L_{rm II}$$ edge supports the $$J_{rm eff}=1/2$$ picture rather than the $$S=1/2$$ one. The inelastic scattering spectrum indicates that the magnitude of the trigonal field on the Ir$$^{4+}$$ states is evaluated to be comparable to the spin-orbit interaction. The energy diagram of the $$5d$$ state is proposed based on the simple cluster model.

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分野:Materials Science, Multidisciplinary

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