First successful measurement of several complex zero-field antiferromagnetic phases of long studied La2Ni7.
Characterization of the magnetic phases is key for revealing behavior of this and other small moment itinerant antiferromagnets. Realization of interesting and novel phases of matter may be achieved by suppressing the magnetic order.
- Temperature dependence of three antiferromagnetic phases reveals one first-order transition at 42.8(5) and two second-order transitions at 57.2(5) and 62.3(7) K.
- Antiferromagnetic phases comprise of two incommensurate phases (B and C), with different moment directions, and one uniaxial commensurate phase (A).
J. M. Wilde, A. Sapkota, W. Tian, S. L. Bud’ko, R. A. Ribeiro, A. Kreyssig, and P. C. Canfield, Phys. Rev. B 106, 075118 (2022), Editors Suggestion. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.106.075118.
Work performed at the Ames Laboratory, used resources at the High Flux Isotope Reactdor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.