This month ended with a very important milestone for the group! Kate’s first paper on the nuclear and magnetic structures of the quantum kagome antiferromagnet mineral, Cu4(OH)6FBr, known as barlowite was published as a Rapid Communication in the American Physical Society journal, Physical Review Materials. Barlowite is one of the hottest topics in highly frustrated magnetism right now, but even its crystal structure is widely debated in the literature. Kate has addressed this problem in her work using powder neutron diffraction data to reveal how the atoms are arranged in this material and how this affects the nature of its magnetic ordering as the material is cooled. This involved measurements both at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility, as well as the Institut Laue-Langevin, in collaboration with Dr Gøran Nilsen, Dr Ivan da Silva and Dr Clemens Ritter.
Congratulations and well done, Kate!