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Quantum criticality in the spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain system copper pyrazine dinitrate

Breunig, Oliver; Garst, Markus; Klümper, Andreas; Rohrkamp, Jens; Turnbull, Mark M.; Lorenz, Thomas

Low-dimensional quantum magnets promote strong correlations between magnetic moments that lead to fascinating quantum phenomena. A particularly interesting system is the antiferromagnetic spin-1/2 Heisenberg chain because it is exactly solvable by the Bethe-Ansatz method. It is approximately realized in the magnetic insulator copper pyrazine dinitrate, providing a unique opportunity for a quantitative comparison between theory and experiment. We investigate its thermodynamic properties with a particular focus on the field-induced quantum phase transition. Thermal expansion, magnetostriction, specific heat, magnetization, and magnetocaloric measurements are found to be in excellent agreement with exact Bethe-Ansatz predictions. Close to the critical field, thermodynamics obeys the expected quantum critical scaling behavior, and in particular, the magnetocaloric effect and the Grüneisen parameters diverge in a characteristic manner. Beyond its importance for quantum magnetism, our study establishes a paradigm of a quantum phase transition, which illustrates fundamental principles of quantum critical thermodynamics.

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DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao3773
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Theoretische Festkörperphysik (TFP)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 12.2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2375-2548
KITopen-ID: 1000128906
Erschienen in Science advances
Verlag American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Band 3
Heft 12
Seiten Art.-Nr.: eaao3773
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 22.12.2017
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