Magnetic Phases in Amorphous Alloys.

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In magnetic amorphous alloy with competiting exchange interactions, there exists a multicritical point (MCP) in the temperature (T) vs. concentration (x) phase diagram (x(,c), (theta)(,c)). In the present work, the static (equilibrium) magnetic response near the MCP is thoroughly investigated using low, d.c. fields (B(,a) < 10 Oe) in two systems of alloys: (I) Fe(,x)Ni(,75-x)P(,16)B(,6)Al(,3) and (II) Fe(,x)Ni(,80-x)P(,14)B(,6). From the measurements of the reversible magnetization M(x, T, B(,a)), the following notable results are found: (1) The phase diagram exhibits a non-montonic FM-SG transition line (i.e. T(,f)'s) in both the systems. (2) There is a dramatic change in the magnetic response as x goes across x(,c). (3) The magnetization collapses as M(,P) (TURN) (x - x(,c))('0.3(+OR-)0.1) when x (--->) x(,c)('+). (4) The peak susceptibility diverges as (chi)(,P) (TURN) (x(,c) - x)('-1.5(+OR-)0.2) when x (--->) x(,c)('-). (5) The results (2), (3), and (4) are highly suggestive of a percolation transition in the magnetic network at the critical concentration for ferromagnetism (i.e. x(,c)). (6) Dramatic changes in the transition temperatures and a perceptible shift in x(,c) are observed when normal boron is replaced by enriched boron ((TURN)100% B('11)) in the series (I) samples. (7) The non-linear susceptibility ((chi)(,H)) exhibits the expected divergence at T(,g) with 'universal' exponents in concentrated spin glasses. (8) In the latter, a divergence in the linear susceptibility ((chi)(,o)) is observed for the first time. This is attributed to the close proximity of the ferromagnetic phase at x(,c). The study of the irreversible moment M(,i) (x, T, B(,a)) reveals the following: (9) Depending on the various methods of preparation, it is possible to generate states with different values of M(,i) at low T, all of which are stable (metastable) in time. This implies non -ergodic behavior. (10) For re-entrants (x > x(,c)), the amount of freezing achieved viz. M(,i) (T = 4.2 K) on cooling in a field drops as x (--->) x(,c)('+). (11) Also, for these alloys, the temperature T(,i)*(B(,a)) at which M(,i) disappears on subsequent warming-up is greater than T(,f)*(B(,a)) where M collapses. This is indicative of the coexistence of FM and SG order over a regime in temperature. (12) For x < x(,c), one requires significantly higher cooling fields (B(,c)) to generate measurables values of M(,i) (T = 4.2 K). Also, M(,i) collapses on warming up at a temperature lower than the spin-glass temperature T(,g), thereby showing the difficulty in generating and sustaining unidirectional frozen-moments in spin glasses. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.).