Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, Volume 31, p.244003 (2019)
The breakdown of antiferromagnetism in the limit of strong disorder is studied in Sr3(Ir1−x Mn x )2O7. Upon Mn-substitution, antiferromagnetic ordering of the Ir cations becomes increasingly two-dimensional, resulting in the complete suppression of long-range Ir magnetic order above . Long-range antiferromagnetism however persists on the Mn sites to higher Mn concentrations (x  >  0.25) and is necessarily mediated via a random network of majority Ir sites. Our data suggest a shift in the Mn valence from Mn4+ to Mn3+ at intermediate doping levels, which in turn generates nonmagnetic Ir5+ sites and suppresses long-range order within the Ir network. The collapse of long-range antiferromagnetism and the survival of percolating antiferromagnetic order on Mn-sites demonstrates a complex 3d–5d exchange process that surprisingly enables minority Mn spins to order far below the conventional percolation threshold for a bilayer square lattice.