Magnetic and quadrupolar ordering in TmNi2B2C

Publication: Research - peer-reviewConference article – Annual report year: 2006

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We present neutron and high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies to show that the anomalous antiferromagnetic (AF) phase diagram of TmNi2B2C in an applied field along [1 0 0] is governed by a quadrupolar ordering of the Tm ions. The ordering is revealed by a distortion of the lattice with the Tm ions displaced along the c-axis and modulated with the same wave vector QA=(0.484, 0, 0) as the AF phase induced by fields larger than ≈10 kOe. In zero field, the quadrupolar ordering temperature is TQ≅13.5 K but increases to about 20 K in a field of 100 kOe. The Tm displacements are also significantly enhanced, by a factor of 10 at 60 kOe. A model is presented that accounts for the quadrupolar as well as the low-field QF=(0.94, 0.94, 0) and high-field QA=(0.483, 0, 0) AF ordering previously observed in this compound.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Publication date2006
Volume385-386
IssueSI
Pages63-65
ISSN0921-4526
DOIs
StatePublished

Conference

Conference8th International Conference on Neutron Scattering
Number8
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period27/11/0502/12/05
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 0

Keywords

  • magnetic and quadrupolar ordering, TmNi2B2C, neutron and synchrotron X-ray diffraction, superconductivity
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