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Antiferromagnetic resonance in the cubic iridium hexahalides (NH4)2IrCl6 and K2IrCl6

Bhaskaran, L.; Ponomaryov, O.; Wosnitza, J.; Khan, N.; Tsirlin, A. A.; Zhitomirsky, M. E.; Zvyagin, S.

We report on high-field electron spin resonance studies of two iridium hexahalide compounds (NH4)2IrCl6 and K2IrCl6. In the paramagnetic state, our measurements reveal isotropic g factors g = 1.79(1) for the Ir4+ ions, in agreement with their cubic symmetries. Most importantly, in the magnetically ordered state, we observe two magnon modes with zero-field gaps of 11.3 and 14.2 K for (NH4)2IrCl6 and K2IrCl6, respectively. Based on that and using linear spin-wave theory, we estimate the nearest-neighbor exchange couplings and anisotropic Kitaev interactions J1/kB = 10.3 K, K/kB = 0.7 K for (NH4)2IrCl6, and J1/kB = 13.8 K, K/k = 0.9 K for K2IrCl6, revealing the nearest-neighbor Heisenberg coupling as the leading interaction term, with only a weak Kitaev anisotropy.

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Publ.-Id: 33336