Spin freezing in the disordered pyrochlore magnet NaCaCo2F7: NMR studies and Monte Carlo simulations
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We present results of Na-23 and F-19 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on NaCaCo2F7, a frustrated pyrochlore magnet with a Curie-Weiss temperature Theta(CW) approximate to -140 K and intrinsic bond disorder. Below 3.6 K both the Na-23 and F-19 spectra broaden substantially in comparison to higher temperatures accompanied by a considerable reduction (80%) of the NMR signal intensity: This proves a broad quasistatic field distribution. The F-19 spin-lattice relaxation rate (19)(1/T-1) exhibits a peak at 2.9 K already starting to develop below 10 K. We attribute the spin freezing to the presence of bond disorder. This is corroborated by large-scale Monte Carlo simulations of a classical bond-disordered XY model on the pyrochlore lattice. The low freezing temperature, together with the very short magnetic correlation length not captured by the simulations, suggests that quantum effects play a decisive role in NaCaCo2F7.