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Title: On the magnetic order of Gd5Ge3

We have investigated the magnetic structure of Gd5Ge3 by neutron powder diffraction down to 3.6 K. This compound presents three events in the heat capacity which we show are related to fundamental changes in the magnetic order. The primary antiferromagnetic ordering occurs at 82(2) K and produces a magnetic cell that is tripled with respect to the underlying orthorhombic crystal cell. The propagation vector is k1=[00⅓] . At 74(2) K, the magnetic order becomes “anti-C” with a propagation vector k2 = [1 0 0]. A third change in the magnetic order occurs at 40(2) K, and the new magnetic structure is essentially the “anti-C” structure but with the addition of a tripled magnetic component corresponding to a propagation vector k3 = [⅓ 0 0] .
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  1. UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy
  2. McGill University
  3. Ames Laboratory
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
IS-J 8314
Journal ID: ISSN 0021-8979; JAPIAU
DOE Contract Number:
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 17
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE Neutron diffraction, Germanium, Antiferromagnetism, Magnetic ordering, Neutrons