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Quantum magnetisms in uniform triangular lattices Li$$_{2}$$$$A$$Mo$$_{3}$$O$$_{8}$$ ($$A$$ = In, Sc)

Iida, Kazuki*; Yoshida, Hiroyuki*; Okabe, Hirotaka*; Katayama, Naoyuki*; Ishii, Yuto*; Koda, Akihiro*; Inamura, Yasuhiro; Murai, Naoki; Ishikado, Motoyuki*; Kadono, Ryosuke*; Kajimoto, Ryoichi  

Molecular based spin-1/2 triangular lattice systems have attracted research interest. Li$$_2$$$$A$$Mo$$_3$$O$$_8$$ ($$A$$ = In or Sc) is such a compound where spin-1/2 Mo$$_3$$O$$_{13}$$ clusters in place of Mo ions form the uniform triangular lattice. Here, we report exotic magnetisms in Li$$_2$$InMo$$_3$$O$$_8$$ and Li$$_2$$ScMo$$_3$$O$$_8$$ investigated by muon spin rotation ($$mu$$SR) and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectroscopies. Li$$_2$$InMo$$_3$$O$$_8$$ exhibits spin wave excitation which is quantitatively described by the nearest neighbor anisotropic Heisenberg model based on the 120$$^{circ}$$ spin structure. In contrast, Li$$_2$$ScMo$$_3$$O$$_8$$ undergoes short-range magnetic order below 4 K with quantum-spin-liquid-like magnetic fluctuations down to the base temperature. Origin of the different ground states is discussed in terms of anisotropies of crystal structures and magnetic interactions.

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