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Spin glass behavior in EuCu$$_2$$Si$$_2$$ single crystal grown by the flux method

Takeuchi, Tetsuya*; Haga, Yoshinori ; Taniguchi, Toshifumi*; Iha, Wataru*; Ashitomi, Yosuke*; Yara, Tomoyuki*; Kida, Takanori*; Tahara, Taimu*; Hagiwara, Masayuki*; Nakashima, Miho*; Amako, Yasushi*; Hedo, Masato*; Nakama, Takao*; Onuki, Yoshichika*

Single crystals of EuCu$$_2$$Si$$_2$$ have been grown by the flux method and Bridgman method. The Eu ions of the Bridgman-grown crystal are nearly trivalent and fluctuate depending on the temperature. On the other hand, the Eu ions of flux-grown sample are divalent and thermally stable and show spin-glass behavior at low temperatures. Crystallographic analyses identified random replacement of Cu sites by Si only for the flux-grown samples. Such structural randomness leads to spin-glass features.

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