Postgraduate Seminar Series Thursday 17th April Room 564 5pm Geometric frustration in magnetism by Thomas Hayes Geometrical frustration arises in systems in which competing interactions between atoms result in a non-trivial, non-degenerate ground state of the system. A simplistic example of a frustrated magnetic system is the triangular lattice of Ising spins. It is not possible to satisfy the requirement that nearest neighbour spins be opposite to each other in order to minimise the energy, as one pair of neighbours will always be parallel whichever direction the third spin chooses. I explain the SrLn2O4 compounds that I study, their structure, and the experiments that have been performed upon them. The postgraduate seminar series is a series of informal talks run by postgraduates for postgraduates. All postgraduates are welcome and refreshments are always provided!