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Spin glass behavior and magnetic boson peak in a structural glass of a magnetic ionic liquid

Kofu, Maiko  ; Watanuki, Ryuta*; Sakakibara, Toshiro*; Kawamura, Seiko  ; Nakajima, Kenji  ; Matsuura, Masato*; Ueki, Takeshi*; Akutsu, Kazuhiro*; Yamamuro, Osamu*

Glassy magnetic behavior has been observed in a wide range of crystalline magnetic materials called spin glass. Here, we report spin glass behavior in a structural glass of a magnetic ionic liquid, C4mimFeCl$$_{4}$$. Magnetization measurements demonstrate that an antiferromagnetic ordering occurs at $$T_{rm N}$$ = 2.3 K in the crystalline state, while a spin glass transition occurs at $$T_{rm SG}$$ = 0.4 K in the structural glass state. In addition, localized magnetic excitations were found in the spin glass state by inelastic neutron scattering, in contrast to spin-wave excitations in the ordered phase of the crystalline sample. The localized excitation was scaled by the Bose population factor below $$T_{rm SG}$$ and gradually disappeared above $$T_{rm SG}$$. This feature is highly reminiscent of boson peaks commonly observed in structural glasses. We suggest the "magnetic" boson peak to be one of the inherent dynamics of a spin glass state.

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