Ice on the spin liquid | Tech News
(Nanowerk News) Macroscopic analogies go a long way in elucidating magnetic phenomena. Magnetic moments in solids can be usually thought of as being in the crystalline (ordered) or gaseous (disordered) states. Intermediate liquid-like states prove to be rare. The researchers from the Chair of Experimental Physics VI/EKM in Augsburg, in collaboration with the University of Bayreuth, IFW Dresden, and Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland), report in Physical Review Letters (“Breakdown of magnetic order in the pressurized Kitaev iridate β-Li2IrO3“) on a novel liquid-like state intermixed with static spins, a magnetic analog of a freezing liquid.