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Devil's staircase transition of the electronic structures in CeSb

黒田 健太*; 新井 陽介*; Rezaei, N.*; 國定 聡*; 櫻木 俊輔*; Alaei, M.*; 木下 雄斗*; Bareille, C.*; 野口 亮*; 中山 充大*; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 11, p.2888_1 - 2888_9, 2020/06


Solids with competing interactions often undergo complex phase transitions. Among them, CeSb is the most famous material where a number of the distinct magnetic phases called devil's staircase appear. We observed the electronic structure evolution across the devil's staircase transitions using bulk-sensitive angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.


Giant spin hydrodynamic generation in laminar flow

高橋 遼*; 中堂 博之; 松尾 衛; 針井 一哉*; 大沼 悠一*; 前川 禎通; 齊藤 英治

Nature Communications (Internet), 11, p.3009_1 - 3009_6, 2020/06

Hydrodynamic motion can generate a flux of electron-spin's angular momentum via the coupling between fluid rotation and electron spins. Such hydrodynamic generation, called spin hydrodynamic generation (SHDG), has recently attracted attention in a wide range of fields, especially in spintronics. Spintronics deals with spin-mediated interconversion taking place on a micro or nano scale because of the spin-diffusion length scale. To be fully incorporated into the interconversion, SHDG physics should also be established in such a minute scale, where most fluids exhibit a laminar flow. Here, we report electric voltage generation due to the SHDG in a laminar flow of a liquid-metal mercury. The experimental results show a scaling rule unique to the laminar-flow SHDG. Furthermore, its energy con- version efficiency turns out to be about 105 greater than of the turbulent one. Our findings reveal that the laminar-flow SHDG is suitable to downsizing and to extend the coverage of fluid spintronics.


Ultralow thermal conductivity from transverse acoustic phonon suppression in distorted crystalline $$alpha$$-MgAgSb

Li, X.*; Liu, P.-F.*; Zhao, E.*; Zhang, Z.*; Guide, T.*; Le, M. D.*; Avdeev, M.*; 池田 一貴*; 大友 季哉*; 古府 麻衣子; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 11(1), p.942_1 - 942_9, 2020/02



Ice I$$_{rm c}$$ without stacking disorder by evacuating hydrogen from hydrogen hydrate

小松 一生*; 町田 真一*; 則武 史哉*; 服部 高典; 佐野 亜沙美; 山根 崚*; 山下 恵史朗*; 鍵 裕之*

Nature Communications (Internet), 11(1), p.464_1 - 464_5, 2020/02

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:25.88(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

水は、0$$^{circ}$$Cで六方晶積層をもった通常の氷I$$_{rm h}$$に凍結する。一方、ある条件では、立方晶積層を持った氷I$$_{rm c}$$になるが、積層欠陥のない氷Icはごく最近まで作れなかった。今回、我々は、氷I$$_{rm c}$$と同じフレームワークを持った水素ハイドレートの高圧相C$$_{2}$$から水素を脱ガスすることによって積層欠陥のない氷I$$_{rm c}$$を作る方法を発見した。これまで同様の方法で作られたネオンハイドレートからの氷XVIや水素ハイドレートからの氷VXIIの生成と異なり、今回の氷I$$_{rm c}$$は、C$$_{2}$$ハイドレートから中間非晶質相やナノ結晶相をへて形成された。得られた氷I$$_{rm c}$$は、積層欠陥がないために、これまで得られているものに比べ高い熱安定性を示し、氷I$$_{rm h}$$に相転移する250Kまで安定に存在する。積層欠陥のない氷I$$_{rm c}$$の発見は、I$$_{rm h}$$のカウンターパートとして、氷の物性に与える積層欠陥の影響を調べるうえで役立つことが期待される。


Provenance of uranium particulate contained within Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 ejecta material

Martin, P. G.*; Louvel, M.*; Cipiccia, S.*; Jones, C. P.*; Batey, D. J.*; Hallam, K. R.*; Yang, I. A. X.*; 佐藤 志彦; Rau, C.*; Mosselmans, J. F. W.*; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 10(1), p.2801_1 - 2801_7, 2019/06

 被引用回数:3 パーセンタイル:29.97(Multidisciplinary Sciences)



Spin Seebeck mechanical force

針井 一哉; Seo, Y.-J.*; 堤 康雅*; 中堂 博之; 大柳 洸一*; 松尾 衛; 塩見 雄毅*; 小野 崇人*; 前川 禎通; 齊藤 英治

Nature Communications (Internet), 10(1), p.2616_1 - 2616_5, 2019/06

 被引用回数:7 パーセンタイル:16.71(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Electric current has been used to send electricity to far distant places. On the other hand, spin current, a flow of electron spin, can in principle also send angular momentum to distant places. In a magnet, there is a universal spin carrier called a spin wave, a wave-type excitation of magnetization. Since spin waves exhibit a long propagation length, it should be able to send angular momentum that can generate torque and force at a distant place: a new function of magnets. Here we observe mechanical angular momentum transmission and force generation due to spin waves injected into Y$$_3$$Fe$$_5$$O$$_{12}$$ by the spin-Seebeck effect. The spin-wave current, transmitted through a Y$$_3$$Fe$$_5$$O$$_{12}$$ micro cantilever, was found to create a mechanical force on the cantilever as a non-local reaction of the spin-Seebeck effect. Spin-wave current can be generated remotely even in open circuits, and it can be used to drive micro mechanical devices.


Evidence for singular-phonon-induced nematic superconductivity in a topological superconductor candidate Sr$$_{0.1}$$Bi$$_{2}$$Se$$_{3}$$

Wang, J.*; Ran, K.*; Li, S.*; Ma, Z.*; Bao, S.*; Cai, Z.*; Zhang, Y.*; 中島 健次; 河村 聖子; $v{C}$erm$'a$k, P.*; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 10, p.2802_1 - 2802_6, 2019/06

 被引用回数:4 パーセンタイル:23(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Superconductivity mediated by phonons is typically conventional, exhibiting a momentum-independent $$s$$-wave pairing function, due to the isotropic interactions between electrons and phonons along different crystalline directions. Here, by performing inelastic neutron scattering measurements on a superconducting single crystal of Sr$$_{0.1}$$Bi$$_{2}$$Se$$_{3}$$, a prime candidate for realizing topological superconductivity by doping the topo-logical insulator Bi$$_{2}$$Se$$_{3}$$, we found that there exist singular phonons, with the linewidths of the acoustic phonons increasing substantially at long wavelengths, but only for those along the [001] direction. This observation indicates a large and singular electron-phonon coupling at small momenta, which we propose to give rise to the exotic $$p$$-wave nematic superconducting pairing in the MxBi$$_{2}$$Se$$_{3}$$ (M = Cu, Sr, Nb) superconductor family. Therefore, we show that these superconductors may be the first examples where electron-phonon interaction can induce more exotic superconducting pairing than the $$s$$-wave.


Triplon band splitting and topologically protected edge states in the dimerized antiferromagnet

那波 和宏*; 田中 公人*; 栗田 伸之*; 佐藤 卓*; 杉山 晴紀*; 植草 秀裕*; 河村 聖子; 中島 健次; 田中 秀数*

Nature Communications (Internet), 10, p.2096_1 - 2096_8, 2019/05

 被引用回数:2 パーセンタイル:34.11(Multidisciplinary Sciences)



Divalent EuRh$$_2$$Si$$_2$$ as a reference for the Luttinger theorem and antiferromagnetism in trivalent heavy-fermion YbRh$$_2$$Si$$_2$$

G$"u$ttler, M.*; Generalov, A.*; 藤森 伸一; Kummer, K.*; Chikina, A.*; Seiro, S.*; Danzenb$"a$cher, S.*; Koroteev, Yu. M.*; Chulkov, E. V.*; Radovic, M.*; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 10(1), p.796_1 - 796_7, 2019/02

 被引用回数:0 パーセンタイル:100(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Application of the Luttinger Theorem (LT) to the canonical heavy-fermion Kondo Lattice (KL) material YbRh$$_2$$Si$$_2$$ suggests that its large 4f-derived Fermi surface (FS) in the paramagnetic (PM) regime should be similar in shape and volume to that of the divalent local moment anti-ferromagnet (AFM) EuRh$$_2$$Si$$_2$$ in its PM regime. This leads to the tempting opportunity to explore a new experimental realization of the LT in general and how the large FS may change upon the AFM transition below 70 mK in YbRh$$_2$$Si$$_2$$ in particular. A detailed knowledge of the FS reconstruction might be essential to disclose the properties of this phase, which is a precursor of quantum criticality and superconductivity. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), we observe a large FS for PM EuRh$$_2$$Si$$_2$$ essentially the same as the one seen in YbRh$$_2$$Si$$_2$$ in the KL state at a temperature of 1 K. Across the EuRh$$_2$$Si$$_2$$ AFM transition we found an extensive fragmentation of the FS due to Brillouin zone folding, intersection and resulting hybridization of the Doughnut and Jungle gym Fermi-surface sheets. Our results on EuRh$$_2$$Si$$_2$$ indicate that the formation of the AFM state in YbRh$$_2$$Si$$_2$$ is very likely also connected with large changes in the FS, which have to be taken into account in the controversial analysis and discussion of anomalies observed at the quantum critical point in this system.


Hydrogen-based metabolism as an ancestral trait in lineages sibling to the Cyanobacteria

Matheus Carnevali, P. B.*; Schulz, F.*; Castelle, C. J.*; Kantor, R. S.*; Shih, P. M.*; Sharon, I.*; Santini, J.*; Olm, M. R.*; 天野 由記; Thomas, B. C.*; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 10, p.463_1 - 463_15, 2019/01

 被引用回数:6 パーセンタイル:15.49(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

The metabolic platform in which microbial aerobic respiration evolved is tightly linked to the origins of Cyanobacteria (Oxyphotobacteria). Melainabacteria and Sericytochromatia, close phylogenetic neighbores to Oxyphotobacteria comprise both fermentative and aerobic representatives, or clades that are capablee of both. Here, we predict the metabolisms of Margulisbacteria from two distinct environments and Saganbacteria, and compare them to genomes of organisms from the related lineages. Melainabacteria BJ4A obtained from Mizunami site are potentially able to use O$$_{2}$$ and other terminal electron acceptors. The type C heme-copper oxygen reductase found in Melainabacteria BJ4A may be adapted to low O$$_{2}$$ levels, as expected for microaerophilic or anoxic environments such as the subsurface. Notably, Melainabacteria BJ4A seems to have a branched electron transport chain, with one branch leading to a cytochrome d ubiquinol oxidoreductase and the other one leading to the type C heme-copper oxygen reductase. Both these enzymes have high affinity for O$$_{2}$$, thus are adapted to low O$$_{2}$$ levels. These contemporary lineages have representatives with fermentative H$$_{2}$$-based metabolism, lineages capable of aerobic or anaerobic respiration, and lineages with both. Our findings support the idea that the ancestor of these lineages was an anaerobe in which fermentation and H$$_{2}$$ metabolism were central metabolic features.


Vortex rectenna powered by environmental fluctuations

Lustikova, J.*; 塩見 雄毅*; 横井 直人*; 壁谷 典幸*; 木村 憲彰*; 家永 紘一郎*; 金子 真一*; 大熊 哲*; 高橋 三郎*; 齊藤 英治

Nature Communications (Internet), 9, p.4922_1 - 4922_6, 2018/11

 被引用回数:8 パーセンタイル:22.63(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

A rectenna, standing for a rectifying antenna, is an apparatus which generates d.c. electricity from electric fluctuations. It is expected to realize wireless power transmission as well as energy harvesting from environmental radio waves. To realize such rectification, devices that are made up of internal atomic asymmetry such as an asymmetric junction have been necessary so far. Here we report a material that spontaneously generates electricity by rectifying environmental fluctuations without using atomic asymmetry. The sample is a common superconductor without lowered crystalline symmetry, but, just by putting it in an asymmetric magnetic environment, it turns into a rectifier and starts generating electricity. Superconducting vortex strings only annihilate and nucleate at surfaces, and this allows the bulk electrons to feel surface fluctuations in an asymmetric environment: a vortex rectenna. The rectification and generation can be switched on and off with only a slight change in temperature or external magnetic fields.


Spherical neutron polarimetry under high pressure for a multiferroic delafossite ferrite

寺田 典樹*; Qureshi, N.*; Chapon, L. C.*; 長壁 豊隆

Nature Communications (Internet), 9, p.4368_1 - 4368_9, 2018/10

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:85.32(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

We have succeeded in carrying out the first spherical neutron polarimetry (SNP) experiments in conjunction with the application of pressure, working with the multiferroic delafossite CuFeO$$_{2}$$ and using the newly developed nonmagnetic hybrid anvil high pressure cell (HAC). This work determined the detailed magnetic structures in the pressure-induced ferroelectric phases of this material, as well as nonpolar phases at ambient pressure. The present study provides evidence that SNP measurements are viable even in combination with high pressure conditions.


Improving atomic displacement and replacement calculations with physically realistic damage models

Nordlund, K.*; Zinkle, S. J.*; Sand, A. E.*; Granberg, F.*; Averback, R. S.*; Stoller, R.*; 鈴土 知明; Malerba, L.*; Banhart, F.*; Weber, W. J.*; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 9, p.1084_1 - 1084_8, 2018/03

 被引用回数:61 パーセンタイル:1.29(Multidisciplinary Sciences)



Maximizing $$T_c$$ by tuning nematicity and magnetism in FeSe$$_{1-x}$$S$$_x$$ superconductors

松浦 康平*; 水上 雄太*; 新井 佑基*; 杉村 優一*; 前島 尚行*; 町田 晃彦*; 綿貫 徹*; 福田 竜生; 矢島 健*; 広井 善二*; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 8, p.1143_1 - 1143_6, 2017/10

 被引用回数:29 パーセンタイル:10.72(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

A fundamental issue concerning iron-based superconductivity is the roles of electronic nematicity and magnetism in realising high transition temperature ($$T_c$$). To address this issue, FeSe is a key material, as it exhibits a unique pressure phase diagram involving nonmagnetic nematic and pressure-induced antiferromagnetic ordered phases. However, as these two phases in FeSe have considerable overlap, how each order affects superconductivity remains perplexing. Here we construct the three-dimensional electronic phase diagram, temperature ($$T$$) against pressure ($$P$$) and iso-valent S-substitution ($$x$$), for FeSe$$_{1-x}$$S$$_x$$. By simultaneously tuning chemical and physical pressures, against which the chalcogen height shows a contrasting variation, we achieve a complete separation of nematic and antiferromagnetic phases. In between, an extended nonmagnetic tetragonal phase emerges, where $$T_c$$ shows a striking enhancement. The completed phase diagram uncovers that high-$$T_c$$ superconductivity lies near both ends of the dome-shaped antiferromagnetic phase, whereas $$T_c$$ remainslow near the nematic critical point.


Structure of the magnetic excitations in the spin-1/2 triangular-lattice Heisenberg antiferromagnet Ba$$_{3}$$CoSb$$_{2}$$O$$_{9}$$

伊藤 沙也*; 栗田 伸之*; 田中 秀数*; 河村 聖子; 中島 健次; 伊藤 晋一*; 桑原 慶太郎*; 加倉井 和久*

Nature Communications (Internet), 8, p.235_1 - 235_6, 2017/08

 被引用回数:28 パーセンタイル:6.43(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

A spin-1/2 triangular-lattice Heisenberg antiferromagnet (TLHAF) is a prototypical frustrated quantum magnet, which exhibits remarkable quantum many-body effects that arise from the synergy between spin frustration and quantum fluctuation. The ground-state properties of a spin-1/2 TLHAF are theoretically well understood. However, magnetic excitations are less well understood and the theoretical consensus is limited. The experimental study of the magnetic excitations in spin-1/2 TLHAFs has also been limited. Here we show the whole picture of magnetic excitations in the spin-1/2 TLHAF Ba$$_{3}$$CoSb$$_{2}$$O$$_{9}$$ investigated by inelastic neutron scattering. Significantly different from the theory, the excitation spectra have a three-stage energy structure. The lowest first stage is composed of dispersion branches of single-magnon excitations. The second and third stages are dispersive continua accompanied by columnar continuum extending above 10 meV, which is six times larger than the exchange interaction J=1.67 meV. Our results indicate the necessity of a new theoretical framework.


Non-aqueous selective synthesis of orthosilicic acid and its oligomers

五十嵐 正安*; 松本 朋浩*; 八木橋 不二夫*; 山下 浩*; 大原 高志; 花島 隆泰*; 中尾 朗子*; 茂吉 武人*; 佐藤 一彦*; 島田 茂*

Nature Communications (Internet), 8, p.140_1 - 140_8, 2017/07

 被引用回数:5 パーセンタイル:61.62(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Orthosilicic acid (Si(OH)$$_{4}$$) and its small condensation compounds are among the most important silicon compounds but have never been isolated, despite the long history of intense research due to their instability. These compounds would be highly useful building blocks for advanced materials if they become available at high purity. We developed a simple procedure to selectively synthesize orthosilicic acid, its dimer, cyclic trimer, and tetramer, as well as appropriate conditions to stabilize these species, in organic solvents. Isolation of orthosilicic acid, the dimer and the cyclic tetramer as hydrogen-bonded crystals with tetrabutylammonium halides and of the cyclic trimer as solvent-containing crystals was achieved. The solid-state structures of these compounds were unambiguously clarified by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and also by neutron diffraction study for orthosilicic acid. Based on these results, we also succeeded in developing a more practical synthetic procedure for high concentrations of stable orthosilicic acid stably in organic solvents via a simple hydrolysis of tetraalkoxysilanes.


Polar rotor scattering as atomic-level origin of low mobility and thermal conductivity of perovskite CH$$_{3}$$NH$$_{3}$$PbI$$_{3}$$

Li, B.; 川北 至信; Liu, Y.*; Wang, M.*; 松浦 直人*; 柴田 薫; 河村 聖子; 山田 武*; Lin, S.*; 中島 健次; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 8, p.16086_1 - 16086_9, 2017/06

 被引用回数:33 パーセンタイル:9.42(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Perovskite CH$$_{3}$$NH$$_{3}$$PbI$$_{3}$$ exhibits outstanding photovoltaic performances, but the understanding of the atomic motions remains inadequate even though they take a fundamental role in transport properties. Here, we present a complete atomic dynamic picture consisting of molecular jumping rotational modes and phonons, which is established by carrying out high-resolution time-of-flight quasi-elastic and inelastic neutron scattering measurements in a wide energy window ranging from 0.0036 to 54 meV on a large single crystal sample, respectively. The ultrafast orientational disorder of molecular dipoles, activated at approximately 165 K, acts as an additional scattering source for optical phonons as well as for charge carriers. It is revealed that acoustic phonons dominate the thermal transport, rather than optical phonons due to sub-picosecond lifetimes. These microscopic insights provide a solid standing point, on which perovskite solar cells can be understood more accurately and their performances are perhaps further optimized.


Hydrogenation of iron in the early stage of Earth's evolution

飯塚 理子*; 八木 健彦*; 後藤 弘匡*; 奥地 拓生*; 服部 高典; 佐野 亜沙美

Nature Communications (Internet), 8, p.14096_1 - 14096_7, 2017/01


 被引用回数:18 パーセンタイル:10.32(Multidisciplinary Sciences)



Thermal imaging of spin Peltier effect

大門 俊介*; 井口 亮*; 日置 友智*; 齊藤 英治; 内田 健一*

Nature Communications (Internet), 7, p.13754_1 - 13754_7, 2016/12

 被引用回数:45 パーセンタイル:6.96(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

The Peltier effect modulates the temperature of a junction comprising two different conductors in response to charge currents across the junction, which is used in solid-state heat pumps and temperature controllers in electronics. Recently, in spintronics, a spin counterpart of the Peltier effect was observed. The "spin Peltier effect" modulates the temperature of a magnetic junction in response to spin currents. Here we report thermal imaging of the spin Peltier effect; using active thermography technique, we visualize the temperature modulation induced by spin currents injected into a magnetic insulator from an adjacent metal. The thermal images reveal characteristic distribution of spin-current-induced heat sources, resulting in the temperature change confined only in the vicinity of themetal/insulator interface. This finding allows us to estimate the actual magnitude of the temperature modulation induced by the spin Peltier effect, which is more than one order of magnitude greater than previously believed.


Spontaneous decays of magneto-elastic excitations in non-collinear antiferromagnet (Y,Lu)MnO$$_{3}$$

Oh, J.*; Le, M. D.*; Nahm, H.-H.*; Sim, H.*; Jeong, J.*; Perring, T. G.*; Woo, H.*; 中島 健次; 河村 聖子; Yamani, Z.*; et al.

Nature Communications (Internet), 7, p.13146_1 - 13146_6, 2016/10

 被引用回数:24 パーセンタイル:17.91(Multidisciplinary Sciences)


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