X-ray magnetic scattering from ordered Cu spins has been observed in a high-T-c compound. The measurements were made on the anomalous cuprate PrBa2Cu3O6.92 with x-ray photon energies tuned in the vicinity of the Cu K edge. The high wave-vector resolution enabled us to observe an incommensurate double-Q Cu spin structure below T-Pr = 19 K that forms as a result of coupling between the magnetically ordered Cu and Pr sublattices. Above T-Pr, the Cu ordering is commensurate, ruling out static spin-charge stripe order as an explanation for the absence of superconductivity in this material.
|Journal||Physical Review B Condensed Matter|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|