Low-dimensional spin-1/2 transition metal oxides and oxyhalides continue to be at the forefront of research investigating nonclassical phases such as quantum spin liquids. In this study, we examine the magnetic properties of the oxyhalide Cu2(OH)3Br in the botallackite structure using first-principles density functional theory, linear spin-wave theory, and exact diagonalization calculations. This quasi-two-dimensional system consists of Cu2+S=1/2 moments arranged on a distorted triangular lattice. Our exact diagonalization calculations, which rely on a first-principles-based magnetic model, generate spectral functions consistent with inelastic neutron scattering data. By performing computational experiments to disentangle the chemical and steric effects of the halide ions, we find that the dominant effect of the halogen ions is steric in the Cu2(OH)3X series of compounds.
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We acknowledge useful discussions with Xianglin Ke. This work was funded by the Department of Energy through the University of Minnesota Center for Quantum Materials, under DE- SC-0016371. We acknowledge the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute at the University of Minnesota for providing resources that contributed to the results within this paper.
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