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- ItemAbsorption and photoemission spectroscopy of rare-earth oxypnictides(Milton Park : Taylor & Francis, 2009) Kroll, T.; Roth, F.; Koitzsch, A.; Kraus, R.; Batchelor, D.R.; Werner, J.; Behr, G.; Büchner, B.; Knupfer, M.The electronic structure of various rare-earth oxypnictides has been investigated by performing Fe L2, 3 x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and Fe 2p and valence band x-ray photoemission spectroscopy. As representative samples the non-superconducting parent compounds LnFeAsO (Ln=La, Ce, Sm and Gd) have been chosen and measured at 25 and 300 K, i.e. below and above the structural and magnetic phase transition at ~150 K. We find no significant change of the electronic structure of the FeAs layers when switching between the different rare-earth ions or when varying the temperature below and above the transition temperatures. Using a simple two-configuration model, we find qualitative agreement with the Fe 2p3/2 core-level spectrum, which allows for a qualitative explanation of the experimental spectral shapes.
- ItemAir-stable redox-active nanomagnets with lanthanide spins radical-bridged by a metal–metal bond(London : Nature Publishing Group, 2019) Liu, F.; Velkos, G.; Krylov, D.S.; Spree, L.; Zalibera, M.; Ray, R.; Samoylova, N.A.; Chen, C.-H.; Rosenkranz, M.; Schiemenz, S.; Ziegs, F.; Nenkov, K.; Kostanyan, A.; Greber, T.; Wolter, A.U.B.; Richter, M.; Büchner, B.; Avdoshenko, S.M.; Popov, A.A.Engineering intramolecular exchange interactions between magnetic metal atoms is a ubiquitous strategy for designing molecular magnets. For lanthanides, the localized nature of 4f electrons usually results in weak exchange coupling. Mediating magnetic interactions between lanthanide ions via radical bridges is a fruitful strategy towards stronger coupling. In this work we explore the limiting case when the role of a radical bridge is played by a single unpaired electron. We synthesize an array of air-stable Ln 2 @C 80 (CH 2 Ph) dimetallofullerenes (Ln 2 = Y 2 , Gd 2 , Tb 2 , Dy 2 , Ho 2 , Er 2 , TbY, TbGd) featuring a covalent lanthanide-lanthanide bond. The lanthanide spins are glued together by very strong exchange interactions between 4f moments and a single electron residing on the metal–metal bonding orbital. Tb 2 @C 80 (CH 2 Ph) shows a gigantic coercivity of 8.2 Tesla at 5 K and a high 100-s blocking temperature of magnetization of 25.2 K. The Ln-Ln bonding orbital in Ln 2 @C 80 (CH 2 Ph) is redox active, enabling electrochemical tuning of the magnetism.
- ItemAll-on-Chip Concurrent Measurements of the Static Magnetization and of the Electron Spin Resonance with Microcantilevers(Wien [u.a.] : Springer, 2021) Alfonsov, A.; Büchner, B.; Kataev, V.A large variety of the samples of novel magnetic materials, which are of high interest due to their exotic properties, are only available in very small sizes. In some cases, it is not possible to synthesize large single crystals; in other cases, the small size itself is the key prerequisite to manifest a specifically interesting property of the material. The smallness of a sample rises a problem of the detection of the static magnetic response and of the electron spin resonance (ESR) signal. To overcome this problem, we propose to use a cantilever-based (torque-detected) setup with the capability of a simultaneous measurement of ESR and static magnetization. This setup offers a high sensitivity and the ability to acquire along with the ESR signal the components of the magnetization tensor in a single experimental run. Here, we present the working principle of this setup, as well as the estimate of its sensitivity from the measurements on the standard Co Tutton salt sample. © 2021, The Author(s).
- ItemCharge-transfer energy in iridates: A hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study(College Park, ML : American Physical Society, 2020) Takegami, D.; Kasinathan, D.; Wolff, K.K.; Altendorf, S.G.; Chang, C.F.; Hoefer, K.; Melendez-Sans, A.; Utsumi, Y.; Meneghin, F.; Ha, T.D.; Yen, C.H.; Chen, K.; Kuo, C.Y.; Liao, Y.F.; Tsuei, K.D.; Morrow, R.; Wurmehl, S.; Büchner, B.; Prasad, B.E.; Jansen, M.; Komarek, A.C.; Hansmann, P.; Tjeng, L.H.We have investigated the electronic structure of iridates in the double perovskite crystal structure containing either Ir4+ or Ir5+ using hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The experimental valence band spectra can be well reproduced using tight-binding calculations including only the Ir 5d, O 2p, and O 2s orbitals with parameters based on the downfolding of the density-functional band structure results. We found that, regardless of the A and B cations, the A2BIrO6 iridates have essentially zero O 2p to Ir 5d charge-transfer energies. Hence double perovskite iridates turn out to be extremely covalent systems with the consequence being that the magnetic exchange interactions become very long ranged, thereby hampering the materialization of the long-sought Kitaev physics. Nevertheless, it still would be possible to realize a spin-liquid system using the iridates with a proper tuning of the various competing exchange interactions.
- ItemConfined crystals of the smallest phase-change material(Washington, DC : American Chemical Society, 2013) Giusca, C.E.; Stolojan, V.; Sloan, J.; Börrnert, F.; Shiozawa, H.; Sader, K.; Rümmeli, M.H.; Büchner, B.; Silva, S.R.P.The demand for high-density memory in tandem with limitations imposed by the minimum feature size of current storage devices has created a need for new materials that can store information in smaller volumes than currently possible. Successfully employed in commercial optical data storage products, phase-change materials, that can reversibly and rapidly change from an amorphous phase to a crystalline phase when subject to heating or cooling have been identified for the development of the next generation electronic memories. There are limitations to the miniaturization of these devices due to current synthesis and theoretical considerations that place a lower limit of 2 nm on the minimum bit size, below which the material does not transform in the structural phase. We show here that by using carbon nanotubes of less than 2 nm diameter as templates phase-change nanowires confined to their smallest conceivable scale are obtained. Contrary to previous experimental evidence and theoretical expectations, the nanowires are found to crystallize at this scale and display amorphous-to-crystalline phase changes, fulfilling an important prerequisite of a memory element. We show evidence for the smallest phase-change material, extending thus the size limit to explore phase-change memory devices at extreme scales.
- ItemCoupling of lattice, spin, and intraconfigurational excitations of Eu3+ in Eu2ZnIrO6(Washington, DC : American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2020) Singh, Birender; Vogl, M.; Wurmehl, S.; Aswartham, S.; Büchner, B.; Kumar, PradeepIn Eu2ZnIrO6, effectively two atoms are active; i.e., Ir is magnetically active, which results in complex magnetic ordering within the Ir sublattice at low temperature. On the other hand, although Eu is a Van Vleck paramagnet, it is active in the electronic channels involving 4f6 crystal-field split levels. Phonons, quanta of lattice vibration involving vibration of atoms in the unit cell, are intimately coupled with both magnetic and electronic degrees of freedom (DOF). Here, we report a comprehensive study focusing on the phonons as well as intraconfigurational excitations in double-perovskite Eu2ZnIrO6. Our studies reveal strong coupling of phonons with the underlying magnetic DOF reflected in the renormalization of the phonon self-energy parameters well above the spin-solid phase (TN∼12K) until temperature as high as ∼3TN evidences broken spin rotational symmetry deep into the paramagnetic phase. In particular, all the observed first-order phonon modes show softening of varying degree below ∼3TN, and low-frequency phonons become sharper, while the high-frequency phonons show broadening attributed to the additional available magnetic damping channels. We also observed a large number of high-energy modes, 39 in total, attributed to the electronic transitions between 4f levels of the rare-earth Eu3+ ion and these modes shows anomalous temperature evolution as well as mixing of the crystal-field split levels attributed to the strong coupling of electronic and lattice DOF.
- ItemEffect of nematic ordering on electronic structure of FeSe(London : Nature Publishing Group, 2016) Fedorov, A.; Yaresko, A.; Kim, T.K.; Kushnirenko, Y.; Haubold, E.; Wolf, T.; Hoesch, M.; Grüneis, A.; Büchner, B.; Borisenko, S.V.Electronically driven nematic order is often considered as an essential ingredient of high-temperature superconductivity. Its elusive nature in iron-based superconductors resulted in a controversy not only as regards its origin but also as to the degree of its influence on the electronic structure even in the simplest representative material FeSe. Here we utilized angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations to study the influence of the nematic order on the electronic structure of FeSe and determine its exact energy and momentum scales. Our results strongly suggest that the nematicity in FeSe is electronically driven, we resolve the recent controversy and provide the necessary quantitative experimental basis for a successful theory of superconductivity in iron-based materials which takes into account both, spin-orbit interaction and electronic nematicity.
- ItemElectronic depth profiles with atomic layer resolution from resonant soft x-ray reflectivity(Milton Park : Taylor & Francis, 2015) Zwiebler, M.; Hamann-Borrero, J.E.; Vafaee, M.; Komissinskiy, P.; Macke, S.; Sutarto, R.; He, F.; Büchner, B.; Sawatzky, G.A.; Alff, L.; Geck, J.The analysis of x-ray reflectivity data from artificial heterostructures usually relies on the homogeneity of optical properties of the constituent materials. However, when the x-ray energy is tuned to the absorption edge of a particular resonant site, this assumption may no longer be appropriate. For samples realizing lattice planes with and without resonant sites, the corresponding regions containing the sites at resonance will have optical properties very different from regions without those sites. In this situation, models assuming homogeneous optical properties throughout the material can fail to describe the reflectivity adequately. As we show here, resonant soft x-ray reflectivity is sensitive to these variations, even though the wavelength is typically large as compared to the atomic distances over which the optical properties vary. We have therefore developed a scheme for analyzing resonant soft x-ray reflectivity data, which takes the atomic structure of a material into account by 'slicing' it into atomic planes with characteristic optical properties. Using LaSrMnO4 as an example, we discuss both the theoretical and experimental implications of this approach. Our analysis not only allows to determine important structural information such as interface terminations and stacking of atomic layers, but also enables to extract depth-resolved spectroscopic information with atomic resolution, thus enhancing the capability of the technique to study emergent phenomena at surfaces and interfaces.
- ItemFe1-xNix alloy nanoparticles encapsulated inside carbon nanotubes: Controlled synthesis, structure and magnetic properties(Basel : MDPI AG, 2018) Ghunaim, R.; Damm, C.; Wolf, D.; Lubk, A.; Büchner, B.; Mertig, M.; Hampel, S.In the present work, different synthesis procedures have been demonstrated to fill carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with Fe1-xNix alloy nanoparticles (x = 0.33, 0.5). CNTs act as templates for the encapsulation of magnetic nanoparticles, and provide a protective shield against oxidation as well as prevent nanoparticles agglomeration. By variation of the reaction parameters, the purity of the samples, degree of filling, the composition and size of filling nanoparticles have been tailored and therefore the magnetic properties. The samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Bright-field (BF) TEM tomography, X-ray powder diffraction, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The Fe1-x Nix-filled CNTs show a huge enhancement in the coercive fields compared to the corresponding bulk materials, which make them excellent candidates for several applications such as magnetic storage devices.
- ItemFermi surface nesting in several transition metal dichalcogenides(Milton Park : Taylor & Francis, 2008) Inosov, D.S.; Zabolotnyy, V.B.; Evtushinsky, D.V.; Kordyuk, A.A.; Büchner, B.; Follath, R.; Berger, H.; Borisenko, S.V.By means of high-resolution angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES), we have studied the fermiology of 2H transition metal dichalcogenide polytypes TaSe2, NbSe2 and Cu0.2NbS 2. The tight-binding model of the electronic structure, extracted from ARPES spectra for all three compounds, was used to calculate the Lindhard function (bare spin susceptibility), which reflects the propensity to charge density wave (CDW) instabilities observed in TaSe2 and NbSe 2. We show that though the Fermi surfaces of all three compounds possess an incommensurate nesting vector in the close vicinity of the CDW wave vector, the nesting and ordering wave vectors do not exactly coincide, and there is no direct relationship between the magnitude of the susceptibility at the nesting vector and the CDW transition temperature. The nesting vector persists across the incommensurate CDW transition in TaSe2 as a function of temperature despite the observable variations of the Fermi surface geometry in this temperature range. In Cu0.2NbS2, the nesting vector is present despite different doping levels, which leads us to expect a possible enhancement of the CDW instability with Cu intercalation in the Cu xNbS2 family of materials.
- ItemHigh-field ESR studies of the quantum spin magnet CaCu2O 3(Milton Park : Taylor & Francis, 2006) Goiran, M.; Costes, M.; Broto, J.M.; Chou, F.C.; Klingeler, R.; Arushanov, E.; Drechsler, S.-L.; Büchner, B.; Kataev, V.We report an electron spin resonance (ESR) study of the s = 1/2 Heisenberg pseudo-ladder magnet CaCu2O3 in pulsed magnetic fields up to 40 T. At sub-terahertz frequencies we observe an ESR signal originating from a small amount of uncompensated spins residing presumably at the imperfections of the strongly antiferromagnetically correlated host spin lattice. The data give evidence that these few per cent of 'extra' spin states are coupled strongly to the bulk spins and are involved in the antiferromagnetic (AF) ordering at TN = 25 K. By mapping the frequency/resonance field diagram we have determined a small gap for magnetic excitations below TN of the order of ~0.3–0.8 meV. Such a small value of the gap explains the occurrence of the spin-flop transition in CaCu2O3 at weak magnetic fields μ0Hsf ~ 3 T. Qualitative changes of the ESR response with the increasing field strength give indications that strong magnetic fields reduce the AF correlations and may even suppress the long-range magnetic order in CaCu2O3. ESR data support scenarios with a significant role of the 'extra' spin states for the properties of low-dimensional quantum magnets.
- ItemHigh-temperature superconductivity from fine-tuning of Fermi-surface singularities in iron oxypnictides(London : Nature Publishing Group, 2015) Charnukha, A.; Evtushinsky, D.V.; Matt, C.E.; Xu, N.; Shi, M.; Büchner, B.; Zhigadlo, N.D.; Batlogg, B.; Borisenko, S.V.In the family of the iron-based superconductors, the REFeAsO-type compounds (with RE being a rare-earth metal) exhibit the highest bulk superconducting transition temperatures (Tc) up to 55 K and thus hold the key to the elusive pairing mechanism. Recently, it has been demonstrated that the intrinsic electronic structure of SmFe0.92Co0.08AsO (Tc = 18 K) is highly nontrivial and consists of multiple band-edge singularities in close proximity to the Fermi level. However, it remains unclear whether these singularities are generic to the REFeAsO-type materials and if so, whether their exact topology is responsible for the aforementioned record Tc. In this work, we use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) to investigate the inherent electronic structure of the NdFeAsO0.6F0.4 compound with a twice higher Tc = 38 K. We find a similarly singular Fermi surface and further demonstrate that the dramatic enhancement of superconductivity in this compound correlates closely with the fine-tuning of one of the band-edge singularities to within a fraction of the superconducting energy gap Δ below the Fermi level. Our results provide compelling evidence that the band-structure singularities near the Fermi level in the iron-based superconductors must be explicitly accounted for in any attempt to understand the mechanism of superconducting pairing in these materials.
- ItemHolographic vector field electron tomography of three-dimensional nanomagnets(London : Nature Publishing Group, 2019) Wolf, D.; Biziere, N.; Sturm, S.; Reyes, D.; Wade, T.; Niermann, T.; Krehl, J.; Warot-Fonrose, B.; Büchner, B.; Snoeck, E.; Gatel, C.; Lubk, A.Complex 3D magnetic textures in nanomagnets exhibit rich physical properties, e.g., in their dynamic interaction with external fields and currents, and play an increasing role for current technological challenges such as energy-efficient memory devices. To study these magnetic nanostructures including their dependency on geometry, composition, and crystallinity, a 3D characterization of the magnetic field with nanometer spatial resolution is indispensable. Here we show how holographic vector field electron tomography can reconstruct all three components of magnetic induction as well as the electrostatic potential of a Co/Cu nanowire with sub 10 nm spatial resolution. We address the workflow from acquisition, via image alignment to holographic and tomographic reconstruction. Combining the obtained tomographic data with micromagnetic considerations, we derive local key magnetic characteristics, such as magnetization current or exchange stiffness, and demonstrate how magnetization configurations, such as vortex states in the Co-disks, depend on small structural variations of the as-grown nanowire.
- ItemImpact of Mn-Pn intermixing on magnetic properties of an intrinsic magnetic topological insulator: the µSR perspective(Bristol : IOP Publ., 2023) Sahoo, M.; Salman, Z.; Allodi, G.; Isaeva, A.; Folkers, L.; Wolter, A.U.B.; Büchner, B.; De Renzi, R.We investigated the magnetic properties of polycrystalline samples of the intrinsic magnetic topological insulators MnPn2Te4, with pnictogen Pn = Sb, Bi, by bulk magnetization and μSR. DC susceptibility detects the onset of magnetic ordering at TN = 27 K and 24 K and a field dependence of the macroscopic magnetization compatible with ferri- (or ferro-) and atiferro- magnetic ordering, respectively. Weak transverse field (wTF) Muon Spin Rotation (μSR) confirms the homogeneous bulk nature of magnetic ordering at the same two distinct transition temperatures. Zero Field (ZF) μSR shows that the Sb based material displays a broader distribution of internal field at the muon, in accordance with a larger deviation from the stoichiomectric composition and a higher degree of positional disorder (Mn at the Pn(6c) site), which however does not affect significantly the sharpness of the thermodynamic transition, as detected by the muon magnetic volume fraction and the observability of a critical divergence in the longitudinal and transverse muon relaxation rates.
- ItemIncreasing the performance of a superconducting spin valve using a Heusler alloy(Frankfurt am Main : Beilstein-Institut zur Förderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften, 2018) Kamashev, A.A.; Validov, A.A.; Schumann, J.; Kataev, V.; Büchner, B.; Fominov, Y.V.; Garifullin, I.A.We have studied superconducting properties of spin-valve thin-layer heterostructures CoOx/F1/Cu/F2/Cu/Pb in which the ferromagnetic F1 layer was made of Permalloy while for the F2 layer we have taken a specially prepared film of the Heusler alloy Co2Cr1-xFexAl with a small degree of spin polarization of the conduction band. The heterostructures demonstrate a significant superconducting spin-valve effect, i.e., a complete switching on and offof the superconducting current flowing through the system by manipulating the mutual orientations of the magnetization of the F1 and F2 layers. The magnitude of the effect is doubled in comparison with the previously studied analogous multilayers with the F2 layer made of the strong ferromagnet Fe. Theoretical analysis shows that a drastic enhancement of the switching effect is due to a smaller exchange field in the heterostructure coming from the Heusler film as compared to Fe. This enables to approach an almost ideal theoretical magnitude of the switching in the Heusler-based multilayer with a F2 layer thickness of ca. 1 nm. © 2018 Kamashev et al.
- ItemInteraction-induced singular Fermi surface in a high-temperature oxypnictide superconductor(London : Nature Publishing Group, 2015) Charnukha, A.; Thirupathaiah, S.; Zabolotnyy, V.B.; Büchner, B.; Zhigadlo, N.D.; Batlogg, B.; Yaresko, A.N.; Borisenko, S.V.In the family of iron-based superconductors, LaFeAsO-type materials possess the simplest electronic structure due to their pronounced two-dimensionality. And yet they host superconductivity with the highest transition temperature Tc ≈ 55K. Early theoretical predictions of their electronic structure revealed multiple large circular portions of the Fermi surface with a very good geometrical overlap (nesting), believed to enhance the pairing interaction and thus superconductivity. The prevalence of such large circular features in the Fermi surface has since been associated with many other iron-based compounds and has grown to be generally accepted in the field. In this work we show that a prototypical compound of the 1111-type, SmFe0.92Co0.08AsO , is at odds with this description and possesses a distinctly different Fermi surface, which consists of two singular constructs formed by the edges of several bands, pulled to the Fermi level from the depths of the theoretically predicted band structure by strong electronic interactions. Such singularities dramatically affect the low-energy electronic properties of the material, including superconductivity. We further argue that occurrence of these singularities correlates with the maximum superconducting transition temperature attainable in each material class over the entire family of iron-based superconductors.
- ItemThe interplay between spin densities and magnetic superexchange interactions: Case studies of monoand trinuclear bis(oxamato)-type complexes(Frankfurt am Main : Beilstein-Institut zur Förderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften, 2017) Aliabadi, A.; Büchner, B.; Kataev, V.; Rüffer, T.For future molecular spintronic applications the possibility to modify and tailor the magnetic properties of transition-metal complexes is very promising. One of such possibilities is given by the countless derivatization offered by carbon chemistry. They allow for altering chemical structures and, in doing so, to tune magnetic properties of molecular spin-carrying compounds. With emphasis on the interplay of the spin density distribution of mononuclear and magnetic superexchange couplings of trinuclear bis(oxamato)- type complexes we review on efforts on such magneto-structural correlations.
- ItemIntertwined electronic and magnetic structure of the van-der-Waals antiferromagnet Fe2P2S6([London] : Nature Publishing Group, 2023) Koitzsch, A.; Klaproth, T.; Selter, S.; Shemerliuk, Y.; Aswartham, S.; Janson, O.; Büchner, B.; Knupfer, M.Many unusual and promising properties have been reported recently for the transition metal trichalcogenides of the type MPS3 (M = V, Mn, Fe, Ni..), such as maintaining magnetic order to the atomically thin limit, ultra-sharp many-body excitons, metal-insulator transitions and, especially for Fe2P2S6, giant linear dichroism among others. Here we conduct a detailed investigation of the electronic structure of Fe2P2S6 using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, q-dependent electron energy loss spectroscopy, optical spectroscopies and density functional theory. Fe2P2S6 is a Mott insulator with a gap of E gap ≈ 1.4 eV and zigzag antiferromagnetism below T N = 119 K. The low energy excitations are dominated by Fe 3d states. Large and sign-changing linear dichroism is observed. We provide a microscopic mechanism explaining key properties of the linear dichroism based on the correlated character of the electronic structure, thereby elucidating the nature of the spin-charge coupling in Fe2P2S6 and related materials.
- ItemIsotropic multi-gap superconductivity in BaFe1.9Pt0.1As2 from thermal transport and spectroscopic measurements(Bristol : IOP Publishing, 2014) Ziemak, Steven; Kirshenbaum, K.; Saha, S.R.; Hu, R.; Reid, J.-Ph.; Gordon, R.; Taillefer, L.; Evtushinsky, D.; Thirupathaiah, S.; Büchner, B.; Borisenko, S.V.; Ignatov, A.; Kolchmeyer, D.; Blumberg, G.; Paglione, J.Thermal conductivity, point contact spectroscopy, angle-resolved photoemission and Raman spectroscopy measurements were performed on BaFe1.9Pt0.1As2 single crystals obtained from the same synthesis batch in order to investigate the superconducting energy gap structure using multiple techniques. Low temperature thermal conductivity was measured in the superconducting state as a function of temperature and magnetic field, revealing an absence of quasiparticle excitations in the $T\to 0$ limit up to 15 T applied magnetic fields. Point-contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy measurements were performed as a function of temperature using the needle-anvil technique, yielding features in the conductance spectra at both 2.5 meV and 7.0 meV scales consistent with a multi-gap scenario. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy probed the electronic band structure above and below the superconducting transition temperature of Tc = 23 K, revealing an isotropic gap of magnitude $\sim 3$ meV on both electron and hole pockets. Finally, Raman spectroscopy was used to probe quasiparticle excitations in multiple channels, showing a threshold energy scale of 3 meV below Tc. Overall, we find strong evidence for an isotropic gap structure with no nodes or deep minima in this system, with a 3 meV magnitude gap consistently observed and a second, larger gap suggested by point-contact spectroscopy measurements. We discuss the implications that the combination of these results reveal about the superconducting order parameter in the BaFe2−xPtxAs2 doping system and how this relates to similar substituted iron pnictides.
- ItemKitaev magnetism and fractionalized excitations in double perovskite Sm2ZnIrO6(College Park, ML : American Physical Society, 2020) Singh, Birender; Vogl, M.; Wurmehl, S.; Aswartham, S.; Büchner, B.; Kumar, PradeepThe quest for Kitaev spin liquids in particular three-dimensional solids is a long sought goal in condensed matter physics, as these states may give rise to exotic new types of quasiparticle excitations carrying fractional quantum numbers, namely Majorana fermionic excitations. Here we report the experimental signature of this characteristic feature of the Kitaev spin liquid via Raman measurements. Sm2ZnIrO6 is a strongly spin-orbit-coupled Mott insulator where Jeff=1/2 controls the physics, which provides striking evidence for this characteristic feature of the Kitaev spin liquid. As the temperature is lowered, we find that the spin excitations form a continuum in contrast to the conventional sharp modes expected in ordered antiferromagnets. Our observation of a broad magnetic continuum and anomalous renormalization of the phonon self-energy parameters shows the existence of fractionalization excitations in the double-perovskite structure, as theoretically conjectured in a Kitaev-Heisenberg geometrically frustrated double-perovskite system.