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Title: Magnetic properties of GdT 2Zn 20 (T = Fe, Co) investigated by x-ray diffraction and spectroscopy

In this study, we investigate the magnetic and electronic properties of the GdT 2Zn 20 (T=Fe and Co) compounds using x-ray resonant magnetic scattering (XRMS), x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES), and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). The XRMS measurements reveal that GdCo 2Zn 20 has a commensurate antiferromagnetic spin structure with a magnetic propagation vector / τ = (12,12,12) below the Néel temperature (T N ~ 5.7 K). Only the Gd ions carry a magnetic moment forming an antiferromagnetic structure with magnetic representation Γ 6. For the ferromagnetic GdFe 2Zn 20 compound, an extensive investigation was performed at low temperature and under magnetic field using XANES and XMCD. A strong XMCD signal of about 12.5% and 9.7% is observed below the Curie temperature (T C ~ 85K) at the Gd L 2 and L 3 edges, respectively. In addition, a small magnetic signal of about 0.06% of the jump is recorded at the Zn K edge, suggesting that the Zn 4p states are spin polarized by the Gd 5d extended orbitals.
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  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States). Biological, Environmental & Climate Sciences Dept.
  2. Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  4. Univ. Federal do ABC (UFABC), Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  5. Univ. Estadual de Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950; PRBMDO; R&D Project: PO011; KC0201060
Grant/Contract Number:
SC00112704; AC-02-06CH11357
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States