Effects of nonmagnetic impurity doping in a spin ladder system with a spin gap are investigated by the exact diagonalization and the variational Monte Carlo calculations. Small amount of impurity doping generates a nearly free spin bound to each impurity. These nearly free spins interact each other only weakly giving rise to gapless spin excitations. Another important aspect is that short-ranged antiferromagnetic correlation is enhanced especially around the impurity sites. We propose a possible scenario for this drastic change in the spin gapped ladder system. We also compare with the experimental results of Zn-doped SrCu2O3.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- General Materials Science
- Condensed Matter Physics