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Title: The magnetic structure of EuCu2Sb2

Antiferromagnetic ordering of EuCu2Sb2 which forms in the tetragonal CaBe2Ge2-type structure (space group P4/nmm #129) has been studied using neutron powder diffraction and 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy. The room temperature 151Eu isomer shift of –12.8(1) mm/s shows the Eu to be divalent, while the 151Eu hyperfine magnetic field (Bhf) reaches 28.7(2) T at 2.1 K, indicating a full Eu2+ magnetic moment. Bhf(T) follows a smooth $$S=\frac{7}{2}$$ Brillouin function and yields an ordering temperature of 5.1(1) K. Refinement of the neutron diffraction data reveals a collinear A-type antiferromagnetic arrangement with the Eu moments perpendicular to the tetragonal c-axis. As a result, the refined Eu magnetic moment at 0.4 K is 7.08(15) μB which is the full free-ion moment expected for the Eu2+ ion with $$S=\frac{7}{2}$$ and a spectroscopic splitting factor of g = 2.
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  1. McGill Univ., Montreal, QC (Canada)
  2. UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defense Force Academy, Canberra (Australia)
  3. Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)
  4. Chalk River Lab., Chalk River, ON (Canada)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0953-8984
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Journal Name:
Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 27; Journal Issue: 20; Journal ID: ISSN 0953-8984
IOP Publishing
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Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE Mossbauer spectroscopy; neutron diffraction; magnetic structure; rare earth pnictide compounds