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Title: Evidence for a devil's staircase in holmium produced by an applied magnetic field

Abstract

The magnetic structure of holmium has been studied using neutron diffraction when a magnetic field is applied along the {ital c} axis. The field has the effect of suppressing the onset of the commensurate cone phase found at low temperatures in zero field, and instead produces a series of spin-slip structures. In contrast to the zero-field diffraction experiments, where a continuous variation of the magnetic wave vector {bold q} was observed, we find that below {approx}15 K the wave vector {bold q} is always commensurate and forms a devil's staircase with increasing field.

Authors:
;  [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. Clarendon Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford (United Kingdom)
  2. Department of Physics, University of Edinburgh, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom)
  3. Institut Laue-Langevin, 156X, 38042, Grenoble, CEDEX (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5642123
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters; (USA)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 66:11; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; HOLMIUM; MAGNETIC PROPERTIES; EXPERIMENTAL DATA; INHIBITION; MAGNETIC FIELDS; NEUTRON DIFFRACTION; SPIN FLIP; ULTRALOW TEMPERATURE; VERY LOW TEMPERATURE; COHERENT SCATTERING; DATA; DIFFRACTION; ELEMENTS; INFORMATION; METALS; NUMERICAL DATA; PHYSICAL PROPERTIES; RARE EARTHS; SCATTERING; 360104* - Metals & Alloys- Physical Properties

Citation Formats

Cowley, R A, Jehan, D A, McMorrow, D F, and McIntyre, G J. Evidence for a devil's staircase in holmium produced by an applied magnetic field. United States: N. p., 1991. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.66.1521.
Cowley, R A, Jehan, D A, McMorrow, D F, & McIntyre, G J. Evidence for a devil's staircase in holmium produced by an applied magnetic field. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.66.1521.
Cowley, R A, Jehan, D A, McMorrow, D F, and McIntyre, G J. Mon . "Evidence for a devil's staircase in holmium produced by an applied magnetic field". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.66.1521.
@article{osti_5642123,
title = {Evidence for a devil's staircase in holmium produced by an applied magnetic field},
author = {Cowley, R A and Jehan, D A and McMorrow, D F and McIntyre, G J},
abstractNote = {The magnetic structure of holmium has been studied using neutron diffraction when a magnetic field is applied along the {ital c} axis. The field has the effect of suppressing the onset of the commensurate cone phase found at low temperatures in zero field, and instead produces a series of spin-slip structures. In contrast to the zero-field diffraction experiments, where a continuous variation of the magnetic wave vector {bold q} was observed, we find that below {approx}15 K the wave vector {bold q} is always commensurate and forms a devil's staircase with increasing field.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.66.1521},
journal = {Physical Review Letters; (USA)},
issn = {0031-9007},
number = ,
volume = 66:11,
place = {United States},
year = {1991},
month = {3}
}