J. Phys. IV France
Volume 131, December 2005
Page(s) 331 - 334
Publié en ligne 18 janvier 2006
International Workshop on Electronic Crystals
S. Brazovskii, P. Monceau and N. Kirova
J. Phys. IV France 131 (2005) 331-334

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2005131083

Electronic structure and fluctuation effects in the spin-1/2 quantum magnet TiOCl

M. Sing1, M. Hoinkis2, J. Schäfer2, M. Klemm2, S. Horn2, H. Benthien3, E. Jeckelmann4, L. Pisani5, R. Valentí5 and R. Claessen1

1  Experimentelle Physik 4, Universität Würzburg, 97074 Würzburg, Germany
2  Experimentalphysik II, Universität Augsburg, 86135 Augsburg, Germany
3  Fachbereich Physik, Philipps-Universität, 35032 Marburg, Germany
4  Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Hannover, 30167 Hannover, Germany
5  Institut für Theoretische Physik, Universität Frankfurt, 60054 Frankfurt, Germany

We present a joint experimental and theoretical study of the spin-1/2 quantum magnet TiOCl. From polarization-dependent momentum-resolved photoemission spectroscopy we can exclude sizable phonon-induced orbital fluctuations as origin for the non-canonical phenomenology of the spin-Peierls transition in this compound. While our data does confirm the quasi-one-dimensional character of the electronic structure along the crystallographic b-axis as inferred from previous LDA+U calculations these as well as other band and model calculations apparently fail to describe the detailed behavior of the quasi-one-dimensional dispersions in the normal state of this material.

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