Frustrated magnet mimics

In science frustration can become part of everyday life: the experiment doesn't work the way you wanted, someone else booked the instrument you needed, and of course the fact the paper (or your thesis) won't write itself. Most people try to avoid frustration; it is generally thought to be bad for your health. However, for some condensed matter physicists frustration—specifically frustrated magnetism—is something to be sought out. Magnetic frustration arises from an incompatibility between the arrangement of magnetic atoms in the crystal structure, and the type of magnetic interaction between those atoms. The classic example is that of the 2D triangular Ising antiferromagnet: magnetic spins t

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