Publications


Coupled commensurate charge density wave and lattice distortion in Na(2)Ti(2)Pn(2)O (Pn = As,Sb) determined by x-ray diffraction and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 94 (2016) ARTN 104515

NR Davies, RD Johnson, AJ Princep, LA Gannon, J-Z Ma, T Qian, P Richard, H Li, M Shi, H Nowell, PJ Baker, YG Shi, H Ding, J Luo, YF Guo, AT Boothroyd


Step-Flow Growth of Bi2Te3 Nanobelts

CRYSTAL GROWTH & DESIGN 16 (2016) 6961-6966

P Schonherr, T Tilbury, H Wang, AA Haghighirad, V Srot, PA van Aken, T Hesjedal


Experimental signature of the attractive Coulomb force between positive and negative magnetic monopoles in spin ice

NATURE PHYSICS 12 (2016) 661-+

C Paulsen, SR Giblin, E Lhotel, D Prabhakaran, G Balakrishnan, K Matsuhira, ST Bramwell


Octanuclear Heterobimetallic {Ni4Ln4} Assemblies Possessing Ln4 Square Grid [2 × 2] Motifs: Synthesis, Structure, and Magnetism.

Inorganic chemistry 55 (2016) 8422-8436

S Biswas, J Goura, S Das, CV Topping, J Brambleby, PA Goddard, V Chandrasekhar

Octanuclear heterobimetallic complexes, [Ln4Ni4(H3L)4(μ3-OH)4(μ2-OH)4]4Cl·xH2O·yCHCl3 (Dy(3+), x = 30.6, y = 2 (1); Tb(3+), x = 28, y = 0 (2) ; Gd(3+), x = 25.3, y = 0 (3); Ho(3+), x = 30.6, y = 3 (4)) (H5L = N1,N3-bis(6-formyl-2-(hydroxymethyl)-4-methylphenol)diethylenetriamine) are reported. These are assembled by the cumulative coordination action of four doubly deprotonated compartmental ligands, [H3L](2-), along with eight exogenous -OH ligands. Within the core of these complexes, four Ln(3+)'s are distributed to the four corners of a perfect square grid while four Ni(2+)'s are projected away from the plane of the Ln4 unit. Each of the four Ni(2+)'s possesses distorted octahedral geometry while all of the Ln(3+)'s are crystallographically equivalent and are present in an elongated square antiprism geometry. The magnetic properties of compound 3 are dominated by an easy-plane single-ion anisotropy of the Ni(2+) ions [DNi = 6.7(7) K] and dipolar interactions between Gd(3+) centers. Detailed ac magnetometry reveals the presence of distinct temperature-dependent out-of-phase signals for compounds 1 and 2, indicative of slow magnetic relaxation. Magnetochemical analysis of complex 1 implies the 3d and the 4f metal ions are engaged in ferromagnetic interactions with SMM behavior, while dc magnetometry of compound 2 is suggestive of an antiferromagnetic Ni-Tb spin-exchange with slow magnetic relaxation due to a field-induced level crossing. Compound 4 exhibits an easy-plane single-ion anisotropy for the Ho(3+) ions and weak interactions between spin centers.


Fermi-surface topologies and low-temperature phases of the filled skutterudite compounds and

Physical Review B 94 (2016)

PC Ho, J Singleton, PA Goddard, FF Balakirev, S Chikara, T Yanagisawa, MB Maple, DB Shrekenhamer, X Lee, AT Thomas


Evolution of the Fermi surface of Weyl semimetals in the transition metal pnictide family.

Nature materials 15 (2016) 27-31

ZK Liu, LX Yang, Y Sun, T Zhang, H Peng, HF Yang, C Chen, Y Zhang, YF Guo, D Prabhakaran, M Schmidt, Z Hussain, S-K Mo, C Felser, B Yan, YL Chen

Topological Weyl semimetals (TWSs) represent a novel state of topological quantum matter which not only possesses Weyl fermions (massless chiral particles that can be viewed as magnetic monopoles in momentum space) in the bulk and unique Fermi arcs generated by topological surface states, but also exhibits appealing physical properties such as extremely large magnetoresistance and ultra-high carrier mobility. Here, by performing angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) on NbP and TaP, we directly observed their band structures with characteristic Fermi arcs of TWSs. Furthermore, by systematically investigating NbP, TaP and TaAs from the same transition metal monopnictide family, we discovered their Fermiology evolution with spin-orbit coupling (SOC) strength. Our experimental findings not only reveal the mechanism to realize and fine-tune the electronic structures of TWSs, but also provide a rich material base for exploring many exotic physical phenomena (for example, chiral magnetic effects, negative magnetoresistance, and the quantum anomalous Hall effect) and novel future applications.


Imaging and manipulation of skyrmion lattice domains in Cu2OSeO3

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 109 (2016) ARTN 192406

SL Zhang, A Bauer, H Berger, C Pfleiderer, G van der Laan, T Hesjedal


Magnetic ordering in Ho-doped Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin films

PHYSICA STATUS SOLIDI-RAPID RESEARCH LETTERS 10 (2016) 467-470

AI Figueroa, SE Harrison, LJ Collins-McIntyre, G van der Laan, T Hesjedal


Making hybrid [n]-rotaxanes as supramolecular arrays of molecular electron spin qubits.

Nature communications 7 (2016) 10240-

A Fernandez, J Ferrando-Soria, EM Pineda, F Tuna, IJ Vitorica-Yrezabal, C Knappke, J Ujma, CA Muryn, GA Timco, PE Barran, A Ardavan, REP Winpenny

Quantum information processing (QIP) would require that the individual units involved--qubits--communicate to other qubits while retaining their identity. In many ways this resembles the way supramolecular chemistry brings together individual molecules into interlocked structures, where the assembly has one identity but where the individual components are still recognizable. Here a fully modular supramolecular strategy has been to link hybrid organic-inorganic [2]- and [3]-rotaxanes into still larger [4]-, [5]- and [7]-rotaxanes. The ring components are heterometallic octanuclear [Cr7NiF8(O2C(t)Bu)16](-) coordination cages and the thread components template the formation of the ring about the organic axle, and are further functionalized to act as a ligand, which leads to large supramolecular arrays of these heterometallic rings. As the rings have been proposed as qubits for QIP, the strategy provides a possible route towards scalable molecular electron spin devices for QIP. Double electron-electron resonance experiments demonstrate inter-qubit interactions suitable for mediating two-qubit quantum logic gates.


Robustness of superconductivity to competing magnetic phases in tetragonal FeS

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 94 (2016) ARTN 134509

FKK Kirschner, F Lang, CV Topping, PJ Baker, FL Pratt, SE Wright, DN Woodruff, SJ Clarke, SJ Blundell


All-in-all-Out Magnetic Order and Propagating Spin Waves in Sm_{2}Ir_{2}O_{7}.

Physical review letters 117 (2016) 037201-

C Donnerer, MC Rahn, MM Sala, JG Vale, D Pincini, J Strempfer, M Krisch, D Prabhakaran, AT Boothroyd, DF McMorrow

Using resonant magnetic x-ray scattering we address the unresolved nature of the magnetic ground state and the low-energy effective Hamiltonian of Sm_{2}Ir_{2}O_{7}, a prototypical pyrochlore iridate with a finite temperature metal-insulator transition. Through a combination of elastic and inelastic measurements, we show that the magnetic ground state is an all-in-all-out (AIAO) antiferromagnet. The magnon dispersion indicates significant electronic correlations and can be well described by a minimal Hamiltonian that includes Heisenberg exchange [J=27.3(6)  meV] and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions [D=4.9(3)  meV], which provides a consistent description of the magnetic order and excitations. In establishing that Sm_{2}Ir_{2}O_{7} has the requisite inversion symmetry preserving AIAO magnetic ground state, our results support the notion that pyrochlore iridates may host correlated Weyl semimetals.


Quantum Interference in Graphene Nanoconstrictions.

Nano letters 16 (2016) 4210-4216

P Gehring, H Sadeghi, S Sangtarash, CS Lau, J Liu, A Ardavan, JH Warner, CJ Lambert, GAD Briggs, JA Mol

We report quantum interference effects in the electrical conductance of chemical vapor deposited graphene nanoconstrictions fabricated using feedback controlled electroburning. The observed multimode Fabry-Pérot interferences can be attributed to reflections at potential steps inside the channel. Sharp antiresonance features with a Fano line shape are observed. Theoretical modeling reveals that these Fano resonances are due to localized states inside the constriction, which couple to the delocalized states that also give rise to the Fabry-Pérot interference patterns. This study provides new insight into the interplay between two fundamental forms of quantum interference in graphene nanoconstrictions.


Direct evidence for charge stripes in a layered cobalt oxide

Nature Communications Nature Publishing Group: Nature Communications (2016)

AT Boothroyd, P Babkevich, PG Freeman, M Enderle, D Prabhakaran


Muon-spin relaxation study of the double perovskite insulators Sr2 BOsO6 (B  =  Fe, Y, ln).

Journal of physics. Condensed matter : an Institute of Physics journal 28 (2016) 076001-

RC Williams, F Xiao, IO Thomas, SJ Clark, T Lancaster, GA Cornish, SJ Blundell, W Hayes, AK Paul, C Felser, M Jansen

We present the results of zero-field muon-spin relaxation measurements made on the double perovskite insulators Sr2 BOsO6 (B = Fe,Y, In). Spontaneous muon-spin precession indicative of quasistatic long range magnetic ordering is observed in Sr2FeOsO6 within the AF1 antiferromagnetic phase for temperatures below [Formula: see text] K. Upon cooling below T2≈67 K the oscillations cease to be resolvable owing to the coexistence of the AF1 and AF2 phases, which leads to a broader range of internal magnetic fields. Using density functional calculations we identify a candidate muon stopping site within the unit cell, which dipole field simulations show to be consistent with the proposed magnetic structure. The possibility of incommensurate magnetic ordering is discussed for temperatures below TN = 53 K and 25 K for Sr2YOsO6 and Sr2InOsO6, respectively.


de Haas–van Alphen study of role of electrons in antiferromagnetic as compared to its nonmagnetic analog

Physical Review B 94 (2016)

SF Blake, H Hodovanets, A McCollam, SL Bud'ko, PC Canfield, AI Coldea


Bimetallic MOFs (H3O)x[Cu(MF6)(pyrazine)2]·(4 - x)H2O (M = V(4+), x = 0; M = Ga(3+), x = 1): co-existence of ordered and disordered quantum spins in the V(4+) system.

Chemical communications (Cambridge, England) 52 (2016) 12653-12656

JL Manson, JA Schlueter, KE Garrett, PA Goddard, T Lancaster, JS Möller, SJ Blundell, AJ Steele, I Franke, FL Pratt, J Singleton, J Bendix, SH Lapidus, M Uhlarz, O Ayala-Valenzuela, RD McDonald, M Gurak, C Baines

The title compounds are bimetallic MOFs containing [Cu(pyz)2](2+) square lattices linked by MF6(n-) octahedra. In each, only the Cu(2+) spins exhibit long-range magnetic order below 3.5 K (M = V(4+)) and 2.6 K (M = Ga(3+)). The V(4+) spins remain disordered down to 0.5 K.


La2SrCr2O7F2: A Ruddlesden-Popper Oxyfluoride Containing Octahedrally Coordinated Cr(4+) Centers.

Inorganic chemistry 55 (2016) 3169-3174

R Zhang, G Read, F Lang, T Lancaster, SJ Blundell, MA Hayward

The low-temperature fluorination of the n = 2 Ruddlesden-Popper phase La2SrCr2O7 yields La2SrCr2O7F2 via a topochemical fluorine insertion reaction. The structure-conserving nature of the fluorination reaction means that the chromium centers of the initial oxide phase retain an octahedral coordination environment in the fluorinated product, resulting in a material containing an extended array of apex-linked Cr(4+)O6 units. Typically materials containing networks of octahedrally coordinated Cr(4+) centers can only be prepared at high pressure; thus, the preparation of La2SrCr2O7F2 demonstrates that low-temperature topochemical reactions offer an alternative synthesis route to materials of this type. Neutron diffraction, magnetization, and μ(+)SR data indicate that La2SrCr2O7F2 undergoes a transition to an antiferromagnetic state below TN ≈ 140 K. The structure-property relations of this phase and other Cr(4+) oxide phases are discussed.


Ordering Gold Nanoparticles with DNA Origami Nanoflowers.

ACS nano 10 (2016) 7303-7306

R Schreiber, I Santiago, A Ardavan, AJ Turberfield

Nanostructured materials, including plasmonic metamaterials made from gold and silver nanoparticles, provide access to new materials properties. The assembly of nanoparticles into extended arrays can be controlled through surface functionalization and the use of increasingly sophisticated linkers. We present a versatile way to control the bonding symmetry of gold nanoparticles by wrapping them in flower-shaped DNA origami structures. These "nanoflowers" assemble into two-dimensonal gold nanoparticle lattices with symmetries that can be controlled through auxiliary DNA linker strands. Nanoflower lattices are true composites: interactions between the gold nanoparticles are mediated entirely by DNA, and the DNA origami will fold into its designed form only in the presence of the gold nanoparticles.


Multidomain Skyrmion Lattice State in Cu2OSeO3.

Nano letters 16 (2016) 3285-3291

SL Zhang, A Bauer, DM Burn, P Milde, E Neuber, LM Eng, H Berger, C Pfleiderer, G van der Laan, T Hesjedal

Magnetic skyrmions in chiral magnets are nanoscale, topologically protected magnetization swirls that are promising candidates for spintronics memory carriers. Therefore, observing and manipulating the skyrmion state on the surface level of the materials are of great importance for future applications. Here, we report a controlled way of creating a multidomain skyrmion state near the surface of a Cu2OSeO3 single crystal, observed by soft resonant elastic X-ray scattering. This technique is an ideal tool to probe the magnetic order at the L3 edge of 3d metal compounds giving an average depth sensitivity of ∼50 nm. The single-domain 6-fold-symmetric skyrmion lattice can be broken up into domains, overcoming the propagation directions imposed by the cubic anisotropy by applying the magnetic field in directions deviating from the major cubic axes. Our findings open the door to a new way to manipulate and engineer the skyrmion state locally on the surface or on the level of individual skyrmions, which will enable applications in the future.


Nanoscale depth-resolved polymer dynamics probed by the implantation of low energy muons

POLYMER 105 (2016) 516-525

FL Pratt, T Lancaster, PJ Baker, SJ Blundell, T Prokscha, E Morenzoni, A Suter, HE Assender

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