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  1. Spatially frustrated S = 1 Heisenberg antiferromagnet with single ion anisotropy

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    Pires, A. S. T.

    2016-10-01

    Using the SU(3) Schwinger boson formalism, I study the S = 1 square lattice Heisenberg antiferromagnet, at zero temperature, with spatially anisotropic nearest-neighbor couplings frustrated by a next-nearest neighbor interaction and single ion anisotropy. The phase diagram at zero temperature is presented. My calculations show two magnetically ordered phases separated by a quantum-disordered region for all values of the anisotropy.

  2. Perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions with double barrier and single or synthetic antiferromagnetic storage layer

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    Cuchet, Léa; Rodmacq, Bernard; Auffret, Stéphane; Sousa, Ricardo C.; Prejbeanu, Ioan L.; Dieny, Bernard

    2015-06-21

    The magnetic properties of double tunnel junctions with perpendicular anisotropy were investigated. Two synthetic antiferromagnetic references are used, while the middle storage magnetic layer can be either a single ferromagnetic or a synthetic antiferromagnetic FeCoB-based layer, with a critical thickness as large as 3.0 nm. Among the different achievable magnetic configurations in zero field, those with either antiparallel references, and single ferromagnetic storage layer, or parallel references, and synthetic antiferromagnetic storage layer, are of particular interest since they allow increasing the efficiency of spin transfer torque writing and the thermal stability of the stored information as compared to single tunnel junctions. The latter configuration can be preferred when stray fields would favour a parallel orientation of the reference layers. In this case, the synthetic antiferromagnetic storage layer is also less sensitive to residual stray fields.

  3. Frustrated quantum antiferromagnet with third neighbor interactions and single ion anisotropy on the honeycomb lattice

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    Pires, A. S. T.

    2016-08-01

    I study the spin-1 Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the two dimensional honeycomb lattice at zero temperature, with first J1, second J2 and third J3 neighbors exchange interactions and single ion easy plane anisotropy, using the SU(3) Schwinger boson formalism. The phase diagram is shown. The results show the existence of a region in the intermediate frustrated regime where the system does not have quantum magnetic order.

  4. Ferromagnetism/antiferromagnetism transition between semihydrogenated and fully-aminated single-wall carbon nanotubes.

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    Deng, Qingming; Zhao, Lina; Luo, Youhua; Zhang, Meng; Jing, Long; Zhao, Yuliang

    2011-09-01

    We theoretically studied the ferromagnetism/antiferromagnetism (FM/AFM) transition between single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) induced by chemical modifications of semihydrogenation (SH-) and full-amination (NH(2)-). We found that armchairs with large diameters of SH-CNTs (n > 3) possess FM functions with intense magnetic moments, while armchair NH(2)-CNTs (n = 4, 6, 8) are antiferromagnetic semiconductors. The FM/AFM transition is mainly dominated by different chemical modifications and sizes of SWCNTs whose distance between carbon atoms of unpaired electrons can regulate the intensity of p-p spin interactions. Moreover, the zigzag SH-CNTs and NH(2)-CNTs are NM semiconductors. Thus, the electronic and magnetic properties of the SH- or NH(2)-CNTs can be precisely modulated by controlling the hydrogenation or amination on the different types and diameters of CNTs, which provides a new and also simple process for magnetism optimization design in SWCNTs. PMID:21804988

  5. Ferromagnetism/antiferromagnetism transition between semihydrogenated and fully-aminated single-wall carbon nanotubes

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    Deng, Qingming; Zhao, Lina; Luo, Youhua; Zhang, Meng; Jing, Long; Zhao, Yuliang

    2011-09-01

    We theoretically studied the ferromagnetism/antiferromagnetism (FM/AFM) transition between single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) induced by chemical modifications of semihydrogenation (SH-) and full-amination (NH2-). We found that armchairs with large diameters of SH-CNTs (n > 3) possess FM functions with intense magnetic moments, while armchair NH2-CNTs (n = 4, 6, 8) are antiferromagnetic semiconductors. The FM/AFM transition is mainly dominated by different chemical modifications and sizes of SWCNTs whose distance between carbon atoms of unpaired electrons can regulate the intensity of p-p spin interactions. Moreover, the zigzag SH-CNTs and NH2-CNTs are NM semiconductors. Thus, the electronic and magnetic properties of the SH- or NH2-CNTs can be precisely modulated by controlling the hydrogenation or amination on the different types and diameters of CNTs, which provides a new and also simple process for magnetism optimization design in SWCNTs.

  6. Uniaxial anisotropy and low-temperature antiferromagnetism of Mn2BO4 single crystal

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    Kazak, N. V.; Platunov, M. S.; Knyazev, Yu. V.; Ivanova, N. B.; Bayukov, O. A.; Vasiliev, A. D.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.; Nizhankovskii, V. I.; Gavrilkin, S. Yu.; Lamonova, K. V.; Ovchinnikov, S. G.

    2015-11-01

    The Mn2BO4 single crystals have been grown by the flux technique. A careful study of the crystal structure and magnetic properties have been carried out. The antiferromagnetic transition at TN=26 K has been traced through the dc magnetization and specific heat temperature dependences. Magnetic uniaxial anisotropy has been found with easy axis magnetization lying in the ab-plane. The obtained value of effective magnetic moment is assigned to the non-quenched orbital moment of Jahn-Teller Mn3+ ions. The discussion of magnetic properties is based on the superexchange interaction calculations.

  7. Polarized Neutron Studies on Antiferromagnetic Single Crystals: Technical Report No. 4

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    Nathans, R.; Riste, T.; Shirane, G.; Shull, C.G.

    1958-11-26

    The theory of neutron scattering by magnetic crystals as given by Halpern and Johnson predicts changes in the polarization state of the neutron beam upon scattering which depend upon the relative orientation of the neutron polarization vector and the crystal magnetic axis. This was investigated experimentally with a polarized beam spectrometer using single crystals of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} and alpha - Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} in which reside unique antiferromagnetic axes. Studies were made on several different reflections in both crystals for a number of different temperatures both below and above the Neel point. Results support the theoretical predictions and indicate directions for the moments in these crystals consistent with previous work. A more detailed study of the polarization changes in the (111) reflection in alpha - Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} at room temperature on application of a magnetic field was carried out, The results indicate that the principal source of the parasitic ferromagnetism in hematite is essentially independent of the orientation of the antiferromagnetic domains within the crystal.

  8. Antiferromagnetic spin excitations in single crystals of nonsuperconducting Li$_{1-x}$FeAs

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    Wang, Meng; Wang, X.C.; Harriger, Leland W; Luo, H.Q.; Zhao, Yang; Lynn, J. W.; Liu, Q.Q.; Jin, C.Q.; Fang, Chen; Hu, Jiangping; Dai, Pengcheng

    2011-01-01

    We use neutron scattering to determine spin excitations in single crystals of nonsuperconducting Li1 xFeAs throughout the Brillouin zone. Although angle resolved photoemission experiments and local density approximation calculations suggest poor Fermi surface nesting conditions for antiferromagnetic (AF) order, spin excitations in Li1 xFeAs occur at the AF wave vectors Q = (1,0) at low energies, but move to wave vectors Q = ( 0.5, 0.5) near the zone boundary with a total magnetic bandwidth comparable to that of BaFe2As2. These results reveal that AF spin excitations still dominate the low-energy physics of these materials and suggest both itinerancy and strong electron-electron correlations are essential to understand the measured magnetic excitations.

  9. Antiferromagnetic Ordering in the Single-Component Molecular Conductor [Pd(tmdt)2].

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    Ogura, Satomi; Idobata, Yuki; Zhou, Biao; Kobayashi, Akiko; Takagi, Rina; Miyagawa, Kazuya; Kanoda, Kazushi; Kasai, Hidetaka; Nishibori, Eiji; Satoko, Chikatoshi; Delley, Bernard

    2016-08-01

    Crystals of [Pd(tmdt)2] (tmdt = trimethylenetetrathiafulvalenedithiolate) were prepared in order to investigate their physical properties. The electrical resistivity of [Pd(tmdt)2] was measured on single crystals using two-probe methods and showed that the room-temperature conductivity was 100 S·cm(-1). The resistivity behaviors implied that [Pd(tmdt)2] was a semimetal at approximately room temperature and became narrow-gap semiconducting as the temperature was decreased to the lowest temperature. X-ray structural studies on small single crystals of [Pd(tmdt)2] at temperatures of 20-300 K performed using synchrotron radiation at SPring-8 showed no distinct structural change over this temperature region. However, small anomalies were observed at approximately 100 K. Electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra were measured over the temperature range of 2.7-301 K. The ESR intensity increased as the temperature decreased to 100 K and then decreased linearly as the temperature was further decreased to 50 K, where an abrupt decrease in the intensity was observed. To investigate the magnetic state, (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements were performed in the temperature range of 2.5-271 K, revealing broadening below 100 K. The NMR relaxation rate gradually increased below 100 K and formed a broad peak at approximately 50 K, followed by a gradual decrease down to the lowest temperature. These results suggest that most of the sample undergoes the antiferromagnetic transition at approximately 50 K with the magnetic ordering temperatures distributed over a wide range up to 100 K. These electric and magnetic properties of [Pd(tmdt)2] are quite different from those of the single-component molecular (semi)metals [Ni(tmdt)2] and [Pt(tmdt)2], which retain their stable metallic states down to extremely low temperatures. The experimental results and the band structure calculations at the density functional theory level showed that [Pd(tmdt)2] may be an antiferromagnetic Mott

  10. Quantum Monte-Carlo simulation of spin-one antiferromagnets with single-ion anisotropy

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    Kato, Yasuyuki; Wierschem, Keola; Nishida, Yusuke; Batista, Cristian; Sengupta, Pinaki

    2013-03-01

    We study a spin-one Heisenberg model with uniaxial single-ion anisotropy, D, and Zeeman coupling to a magnetic field, B, parallel to the symmetry axis. We compute the (D / J , B / J) quantum phase diagram for square and simple cubic lattices by combining analytical and Quantum Monte Carlo approaches, and find a transition between XY-antiferromagnetic and ferronematic phases that spontaneously break the U(1) symmetry of the model. In the language of bosonic gases, this is a transition between a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) of single bosons and a BEC of pairs. For the efficient simulation of ferronematic phase, we developed and implemented a new multi-discontinuity algorithm based on the directed-loop algorithm. The ordinary quantum Monte-Carlo methods fall into freezing problems when we apply them to this system at large D / J and finite B / J ~ 1 . The new method does not suffer from the freezing problems. This research used resources of the NERSCC (DOE Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231). Work at LANL was performed under the auspices of a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellowship and the U.S. DOE contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 through the LDRD program.

  11. Collinear antiferromagnetism in trigonal SrMn2As2 revealed by single crystal neutron diffraction

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    Kreyssig, A.; Das, P.; Sangeetha, N. S.; Benson, Z. A.; Heitman, T.; Johnston, D. C.; Goldman, A. I.

    FeAs-based compounds and related materials have been an area of intense research in understanding the complex interplay between magnetism and superconductivity. Here we report on the magnetic structure of SrMn2As2 that crystallizes in a trigonal structure (P 3 m1) and undergoes an antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition at TN ~ 120 K. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility remains nearly constant below TN with H ∥ c while it decreases significantly with H ∥ ab . This shows that the local Mn moments order and lie in the ab plane instead of aligning along the c axis as in BaMn2As2. Single crystal neutron diffraction measurements on SrMn2As2 determined that the Mn moments are collinearly aligned in a G-type AFM order with AFM alignments between a moment and all nearest neighbors in the basal plane and also perpendicular to it. This manifests that G-type AFM order is robust for Mn122 systems despite different symmetries, i.e. tetragonal for BaMn2As2 and trigonal for SrMn2As2.Work at Ames Laboratory was supported by the DOE, BES, Division of Materials Sciences & Engineering, through DE-AC02-07CH11358. This research used resources at University of Missouri Research Reactor.

  12. Spin wave dynamics in Heisenberg ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic single-walled nanotubes

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    Mi, Bin-Zhou

    2016-09-01

    The spin wave dynamics, including the magnetization, spin wave dispersion relation, and energy level splitting, of Heisenberg ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic single-walled nanotubes are systematically calculated by use of the double-time Green's function method within the random phase approximation. The role of temperature, diameter of the tube, and wave vector on spin wave energy spectrum and energy level splitting are carefully analyzed. There are two categories of spin wave modes, which are quantized and degenerate, and the total number of independent magnon branches is dependent on diameter of the tube, caused by the physical symmetry of nanotubes. Moreover, the number of flat spin wave modes increases with diameter of the tube rising. The spin wave energy and the energy level splitting decrease with temperature rising, and become zero as temperature reaches the critical point. At any temperature, the energy level splitting varies with wave vector, and for a larger wave vector it is smaller. When pb=π, the boundary of first Brillouin zone, spin wave energies are degenerate, and the energy level splittings are zero.

  13. Antiferromagnetic spintronics.

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    Jungwirth, T; Marti, X; Wadley, P; Wunderlich, J

    2016-03-01

    Antiferromagnetic materials are internally magnetic, but the direction of their ordered microscopic moments alternates between individual atomic sites. The resulting zero net magnetic moment makes magnetism in antiferromagnets externally invisible. This implies that information stored in antiferromagnetic moments would be invisible to common magnetic probes, insensitive to disturbing magnetic fields, and the antiferromagnetic element would not magnetically affect its neighbours, regardless of how densely the elements are arranged in the device. The intrinsic high frequencies of antiferromagnetic dynamics represent another property that makes antiferromagnets distinct from ferromagnets. Among the outstanding questions is how to manipulate and detect the magnetic state of an antiferromagnet efficiently. In this Review we focus on recent works that have addressed this question. The field of antiferromagnetic spintronics can also be viewed from the general perspectives of spin transport, magnetic textures and dynamics, and materials research. We briefly mention this broader context, together with an outlook of future research and applications of antiferromagnetic spintronics.

  14. Magnetization processes and transitions between two antiferromagnetic spin configurations in single-crystalline MnSn2

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    Duan, T. F.; Ren, W. J.; Liu, W.; Zhang, Z. D.

    2016-08-01

    The magnetic structure of MnSn2 and magnetic phase transitions in this compound have been investigated by magnetic measurements on single crystals. The results show that two antiferromagnetic (AFM) states exist below 325 K and that a transition between these two phases occurs at 74 K. Applying a magnetic field (H) has great influence on the transition temperature. An anomalous magnetization process at low fields occurs when the magnetic field applied along the [110] direction, which is ascribed to the contribution of the basal anisotropy. Based on the data for the magnetization processes and the phase transition of the present single crystal, the H-T phase diagram has been established.

  15. Probing antiferromagnetism in NiMn/Ni/(Co)/Cu3Au(001) single-crystalline epitaxial thin films

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    Yaqoob Khan, M.; Wu, Chii-Bin; Erkovan, Mustafa; Kuch, Wolfgang

    2013-01-01

    Antiferromagnetism of equi-atomic single-crystalline NiMn thin film alloys grown on Ni/Cu3Au(001) is probed by means of magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE). Thickness-dependent coercivity (HC) enhancement of polar MOKE measurements in NiMn/Ni/Cu3Au(001) shows that ˜7 atomic monolayers (MLs) NiMn order antiferromagnetically at room temperature. It is found that NiMn can couple to out-of-plane (OoP) as well as in-plane (IP) magnetized Ni films, the latter stabilized by Co under-layer deposition. The antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering temperature (TAFM) of NiMn coupled to OoP Ni is found to be much higher (up to 110 K difference) than in the IP case, for similar interfacial conditions. This is attributed to a magnetic proximity effect in which the ferromagnetic (FM) layer substantially influences TAFM of the adjacent AFM layer, and can be explained by either (i) a higher interfacial coupling strength and/or (ii) a thermally more stable NiMn spin structure when coupled to Ni magnetized in OoP direction than in IP. An exchange-bias effect could only be observed for the thickest NiMn film studied (35.7 ML); the exchange-bias field is higher in the OoP exchange-coupled system than in the IP one, possibly due to the same reason/s.

  16. Probing antiferromagnetism in NiMn/Ni/(Co)/Cu3Au(001) single-crystalline epitaxial thin films

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    Yaqoob Khan, M.; Wu, Chii-Bin; Kuch, Wolfgang

    2012-02-01

    Antiferromagnetism of equi-atomic single-crystalline NiMn thin film alloys grown on Ni/Cu3Au(001) is probed by means of magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE). Thickness-dependent coercivity enhancement of NiMn/Ni/Cu3Au(001) showed that 7 atomic monolayers (ML) NiMn order antiferromagnetically at room temperature. It is found that NiMn can couple to out-of-plane (OoP) as well as in-plane (IP) magnetized Ni, the latter stabilized by Co under-layer deposition. The antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering temperature (TAFM) of NiMn coupled to OoP Ni is found to be much higher (up to 110 K) than in the IP case, for otherwise identical interfacial conditions. This is attributed to the `magnetic proximity effect' in which the ferromagnetic (FM) layer substantially influences the TAFM of the adjacent AFM layer and can be explained by either (i) a higher interfacial coupling strength or/and (ii) more thermally stable NiMn distorted spin structure when coupled to Ni magnetized in OoP direction than in IP. An exchange-bias effect could only be observed for the thickest NiMn film studied (35.7 ML); the exchange-bias field is higher in the OoP exchange-coupled system than in the IP one due to the same reason/s.

  17. Antiferromagnetic order in single crystals of the S =2 quasi-one-dimensional chain MnCl3(bpy)

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    Shinozaki, Shin-ichi; Okutani, Akira; Yoshizawa, Daichi; Kida, Takanori; Takeuchi, Tetsuya; Yamamoto, Shoji; Risset, Olivia N.; Talham, Daniel R.; Meisel, Mark W.; Hagiwara, Masayuki

    2016-01-01

    A suite of experimental tools, including high-field magnetization and electron spin resonance (ESR) studies in magnetic fields of up to 50 T and heat capacity studies up to 9 T, have revealed antiferromagnetic order in single crystals of the Heisenberg S =2 chain compound MnCl3(bpy), where bpy is 2 ,2'-bipyridine . The Néel temperature, which depends on the strength of the applied magnetic field and its orientation with respect to the crystalline axes that was revealed by heat capacity measurements, is near 11.5 K in zero field. The spin-flop transition is identified in the magnetization curve acquired at 1.7 K and at μoHSFc=24 T along the c axis. The transition field HSF is lower than that expected from the previous antiferromagnetic resonance (AFMR) studies on a powder sample. The identification of the long-range antiferromagnetic order resolves an earlier report by Granroth et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 1616 (1996)], 10.1103/PhysRevLett.77.1616 that identified MnCl3(bpy) as an S =2 Haldane system down to 40 mK. The ESR studies identify a wide range of antiferromagnetic resonance modes that provide additional microscopic information about the g values (ga*=2.09 , gb=1.92 , and gc=2.07 ), the zero-field splitting constants, D /kB=-1.5 K and E /kB=-0.17 K when the nearest-neighbor spin interaction J /kB=31.2 K, which is evaluated from fitting the susceptibility, and the anisotropy of this compound (easy axis is the c axis, the second easy-axis is the b axis, and the hard axis is the a* axis), when using a standard (two-sublattice) AFMR analysis that does not quantitatively reproduce the observed HSFc value. The observed resonance mode indicates the frequency minimum at HSFc.

  18. Electron spin resonance study of the single-ion anisotropy in the pyrochlore antiferromagnet Gd2Sn2O7

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    Glazkov, V. N.; Smirnov, A. I.; Sanchez, J. P.; Forget, A.; Colson, D.; Bonville, P.

    2006-02-01

    Single-ion anisotropy is of importance for the magnetic ordering of the frustrated pyrochlore antiferromagnets Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2Sn2O7. The anisotropy parameters for Gd2Sn2O7 were measured using the electron spin resonance technique. The anisotropy was found to be of the easy plane type, with the main constant D = 140 mK. This value is 35% smaller than the value of the corresponding anisotropy constant of the related compound Gd2Ti2O7.

  19. Thickness-Dependent and Magnetic-Field-Driven Suppression of Antiferromagnetic Order in Thin V5S8 Single Crystals.

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    Hardy, Will J; Yuan, Jiangtan; Guo, Hua; Zhou, Panpan; Lou, Jun; Natelson, Douglas

    2016-06-28

    With materials approaching the 2D limit yielding many exciting systems with intriguing physical properties and promising technological functionalities, understanding and engineering magnetic order in nanoscale, layered materials is generating keen interest. One such material is V5S8, a metal with an antiferromagnetic ground state below the Néel temperature TN ∼ 32 K and a prominent spin-flop signature in the magnetoresistance (MR) when H∥c ∼ 4.2 T. Here we study nanoscale-thickness single crystals of V5S8, focusing on temperatures close to TN and the evolution of material properties in response to systematic reduction in crystal thickness. Transport measurements just below TN reveal magnetic hysteresis that we ascribe to a metamagnetic transition, the first-order magnetic-field-driven breakdown of the ordered state. The reduction of crystal thickness to ∼10 nm coincides with systematic changes in the magnetic response: TN falls, implying that antiferromagnetism is suppressed; and while the spin-flop signature remains, the hysteresis disappears, implying that the metamagnetic transition becomes second order as the thickness approaches the 2D limit. This work demonstrates that single crystals of magnetic materials with nanometer thicknesses are promising systems for future studies of magnetism in reduced dimensionality and quantum phase transitions.

  20. Phase diagrams of a classical two-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet with single-ion anisotropy

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    Leidl, R.; Selke, W.

    2004-11-01

    A classical variant of the two-dimensional anisotropic Heisenberg model reproducing inelastic neutron scattering experiments on La5Ca9Cu24O41 [M. Matsuda , Phys. Rev. B 68, 060406(R) (2003)] is analyzed using mostly Monte Carlo techniques. Phase diagrams with external fields parallel and perpendicular to the easy axis of the anisotropic interactions are determined, including antiferromagnetic and spin-flop phases. Mobile spinless defects, or holes, are found to form stripes which bunch, debunch, and break up at a phase transition. A parallel field can lead to a spin-flop phase.

  1. Magnetoresistive study of the antiferromagnetic-weak ferromagnetic transition in single-crystal La2CuO4+δ

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    Belevtsev, B. I.; Dalakova, N. V.; Savitsky, V. N.; Panfilov, A. S.; Braude, I. S.; Bondarenko, A. V.

    2004-05-01

    Resistive measurements were made to study the magnetic field-induced antiferromagnetic (AF)—weak ferromagnetic (WF) transition in the La2CuO4 single crystal. The magnetic field (dc or pulsed) was applied normally to the CuO2 layers. The transition manifested itself in a drastic decrease of the resistance in critical fields of 5-7 T. The study is the first to display the effect of the AF-WF transition on the conductivity of the La2CuO4 single crystal in the direction parallel to the CuO2 layers. The results provide support for the three-dimensional nature of the hopping conduction of this layered oxide.

  2. Magnetization plateaus in the antiferromagnetic Ising chain with single-ion anisotropy and quenched disorder.

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    Neto, Minos A; de Sousa, J Ricardo; Branco, N S

    2015-05-01

    We have studied the presence of plateaus on the low-temperature magnetization of an antiferromagnetic spin-1 chain, as an external uniform magnetic field is varied. A crystal-field interaction is present in the model and the exchange constants follow a random quenched (Bernoulli or Gaussian) distribution. Using a transfer-matrix technique we calculate the largest Lyapunov exponent and, from it, the magnetization at low temperatures as a function of the magnetic field, for different values of the crystal field and the width of the distributions. For the Bernoulli distribution, the number of plateaus increases, with respect to the uniform case [Litaiff et al., Solid State Commun. 147, 494 (2008)] and their presence can be linked to different ground states, when the magnetic field is varied. For the Gaussian distributions, the uniform scenario is maintained, for small widths, but the plateaus structure disappears as the width increases. PMID:26066165

  3. A Single-Crystal Neutron Diffraction Study on Magnetic Structure of the Quasi-One-Dimensional Antiferromagnet SrCo2V2O8

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    Juan-Juan, Liu; Jin-Chen, Wang; Wei, Luo; Jie-Ming, Sheng; Zhang-Zhen, He; A. Danilkin, S.; Wei, Bao

    2016-03-01

    The magnetic structure of the spin-chain antiferromagnet SrCo2V2O8 is determined by single-crystal neutron diffraction experiment. The system undergoes magnetic long range order below T_N = 4.96 K. The moment of 2.16{\\mu}_B per Co at 1.6 K in the screw chain running along the c axis alternates in the c-axis. The moments of neighboring screw chains are arranged antiferromagnetically along one in-plane axis and ferromagnetically along the other in-plane axis. This magnetic configuration breaks the 4-fold symmetry of the tetragonal crystal structure and leads to two equally populated magnetic twins with antiferromagnetic vector in the a or b axis. The very similar magnetic state to the isostructural BaCo2V2O8 warrants SrCo2V2O8 another interesting half-integer spin-chain antiferromagnet for investigation on quantum antiferromagnetism.

  4. Antiferromagnetic order induced by gadolinium substitution in Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} single crystals

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    Kim, S. W.; Jung, M. H.; Vrtnik, S.; Dolinšek, J.

    2015-06-22

    Magnetic topological insulators can serve as a fundamental platform for various spin-based device applications. We report the antiferromagnetic order induced by the magnetic impurity dopants of Gd in Gd{sub x}Bi{sub 2−x}Se{sub 3} and the systematic results with varying the Gd concentration x ( = 0.14, 0.20, 0.30, and 0.40). The antiferromagnetic order is demonstrated by the magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and specific heat measurements. The anomaly observed at T{sub N} = 6 K for x ≥ 0.30 shifts towards lower temperature with increasing the magnetic field, indicative of antiferromagnetic ground state. The Gd substitution into Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3} enables not only tuning the magnetism from paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic for high x (≥ 0.30) but also giving a promising candidate for antiferromagnetic topological insulators.

  5. Antiferromagnetic skyrmions

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    Tretiakov, Oleg; Barker, Joseph

    Skyrmions are topologically protected entities in magnetic materials which have the potential to be used in spintronics for information storage and processing. However, skyrmions in ferromagnets have some intrinsic difficulties which must be overcome to use them for spintronic applications, such as the inability to move straight along current. We show that skyrmions can also be stabilized and manipulated in antiferromagnetic materials. An antiferromagnetic skyrmion is a compound topological object with a similar but of opposite sign spin texture on each sublattice, which e.g. results in a complete cancelation of the Magnus force. We find that the composite nature of antiferromagnetic skyrmions gives rise to different dynamical behavior, both due to an applied current and temperature effects. O.A.T. and J.B. acknowledge support by the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Nos. 25800184, 25247056, 25220910 and 15H01009) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan and SpinNet.

  6. Cell dimensions and antiferromagnetism of lunar and terrestrial ilmenite single crystals

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    Thorpe, A.N.; Minkin, J.A.; Senftle, F.E.; Alexander, Corrine; Briggs, Charles; Evans, H.T.; Nord, G.L.

    1977-01-01

    X-Ray diffraction and anisotropic magnetic measurements have been made on single crystals of lunar ilmenite and on terrestrial ilmenite from Bancroft, Ontario, Canada and the Ilmen Mountains, U.S.S.R. The elongated c-axis of lunar ilmenite, previously reported, is confirmed by new measurements. The shorter c-axis found in terrestrial specimens is ascribed to Fe3+ substitution for Ti4+ in the titanium layer. Magnetic measurements on the same specimens show that, in agreement with the Ishikawa-Shirane et al. model, the initial shortening of the c-axis by the above substitution of small amounts of Fe3+ (<8%) causes an increase in Fe2+-Fe2+ exchange coupling through Fe3+ in the titanium layer that lowers the Ne??el transition temperature. The Weiss temperatures and other magnetic parameters confirm this model proposed by Ishikawa and Shirane et al. Additional transitions found in one of the terrestrial specimens (Bancroft) have been ascribed to a small amount of an exsolved spinel phase, possibly a solid solution phase of magnetite-u??lvospinel. The spinel phase is localized in hematite-rich blebs which exsolved from the host ilmenite-rich phase. ?? 1977.

  7. Motion of a single hole in a quantum antiferromagnet at finite temperatures

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    Igarashi, J. ); Fulde, P. )

    1993-07-01

    Motion of a single hole is studied at finite temperatures in the [ital t]-[ital J] model on a slave-fermion Schwinger-boson representation. The spin fluctuation is treated with the mean-field theory of Arovas and Auerbach. The Green's function for the slave fermion is calculated within the self-consistent Born approximation. A sharp quasiparticle peak is found to be separated from a broad spectrum of incoherence in the spectral function for low temperatures. The Green's function for the physical hole is calculated by taking account of the multiple scattering between the slave fermion and the Schwinger boson. A bound state of the slave fermion and the Schwinger boson is found at low temperatures, suggesting that the spin and the charge cannot be separated into a simple form. The energy of the bound state is minimized at momenta ([plus minus][pi]/2, [plus minus][pi]/2), indicating that a small pocketlike Fermi surface is formed around the momenta for low concentrations of dopant holes.

  8. Antiferromagnetism in EuCu2As2 and EuCu1.82Sb2 single crystals

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    Anand, V. K.; Johnston, D. C.

    2015-05-07

    Single crystals of EuCu2As2 and EuCu2Sb2 were grown from CuAs and CuSb self-flux, respectively. The crystallographic, magnetic, thermal, and electronic transport properties of the single crystals were investigated by room-temperature x-ray diffraction (XRD), magnetic susceptibility χ versus temperature T, isothermal magnetization M versus magnetic field H, specific heat Cp(T), and electrical resistivity ρ(T) measurements. EuCu2As2 crystallizes in the body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2-type structure (space group I4/mmm), whereas EuCu2Sb2 crystallizes in the related primitive tetragonal CaBe2Ge2-type structure (space group P4/nmm). The energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and XRD data for the EuCu2Sb2 crystals showed the presence of vacancies on the Cu sites, yielding themore » actual composition EuCu1.82Sb2. The ρ(T) and Cp(T) data reveal metallic character for both EuCu2As2 and EuCu1.82Sb2. Antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering is indicated from the χ(T),Cp(T), and ρ(T) data for both EuCu2As2 (TN = 17.5 K) and EuCu1.82Sb2 (TN = 5.1 K). In EuCu1.82Sb2, the ordered-state χ(T) and M(H) data suggest either a collinear A-type AFM ordering of Eu+2 spins S = 7/2 or a planar noncollinear AFM structure, with the ordered moments oriented in the tetragonal ab plane in either case. This ordered-moment orientation for the A-type AFM is consistent with calculations with magnetic dipole interactions. As a result, the anisotropic χ(T) and isothermal M(H) data for EuCu2As2, also containing Eu+2 spins S = 7/2, strongly deviate from the predictions of molecular field theory for collinear AFM ordering and the AFM structure appears to be both noncollinear and noncoplanar.« less

  9. Uniform mixing of high- Tc superconductivity and antiferromagnetism on a single CuO 2 plane in five-layered cuprates

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    Mukuda, H.; Abe, M.; Kitaoka, Y.; Kotegawa, H.; Tokiwa, K.; Watanabe, T.; Iyo, A.; Kito, H.; Tanaka, Y.; Kodama, Y.

    2007-09-01

    We report systematic Cu-NMR studies on five-layered cuprates from under-doped HgBa2Ca4Cu5O12+δ (Hg-1245(UD)) to slightly overdoped Tl-1245(OVD), and compare with optimally-doped Hg-1245(OPT). In the under-doped Hg-1245(UD), antiferromagnetism (AFM) has been found to take place at TN = 290 K, exhibiting a large antiferromagnetic moment of 0.67-0.69 μB at three inner planes (IP's). These values are comparable to that reported for non-doped cuprates, suggesting that the IP's may be in a nearly non-doped regime. Most surprisingly, the AFM order is also detected with MAFM(OP) = 0.1 μB even at two outer planes (OP's) that are responsible for the onset of superconductivity (SC) with Tc = 72 K. The high-Tc SC at Tc = 72 K can uniformly coexist on a microscopic level with the AFM at OP's. This is the first microscopic evidence for the uniformly mixed phase of AFM and SC on a single CuO2 plane. Although, the AFM/SC mixed CuO2 planes are significantly separated by three non-doped AFM layers, the onset of AFM does not prevent the occurrence of SC with the high value of Tc = 72 K.

  10. Distinct itinerant spin-density waves and local-moment antiferromagnetism in an intermetallic ErPd2Si2 single crystal.

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    Li, Hai-Feng; Cao, Chongde; Wildes, Andrew; Schmidt, Wolfgang; Schmalzl, Karin; Hou, Binyang; Regnault, Louis-Pierre; Zhang, Cong; Meuffels, Paul; Löser, Wolfgang; Roth, Georg

    2015-01-01

    Identifying the nature of magnetism, itinerant or localized, remains a major challenge in condensed-matter science. Purely localized moments appear only in magnetic insulators, whereas itinerant moments more or less co-exist with localized moments in metallic compounds such as the doped-cuprate or the iron-based superconductors, hampering a thorough understanding of the role of magnetism in phenomena like superconductivity or magnetoresistance. Here we distinguish two antiferromagnetic modulations with respective propagation wave vectors at Q± = (H ± 0.557(1), 0, L ± 0.150(1)) and QC = (H ± 0.564(1), 0, L), where (H, L) are allowed Miller indices, in an ErPd2Si2 single crystal by neutron scattering and establish their respective temperature- and field-dependent phase diagrams. The modulations can co-exist but also compete depending on temperature or applied field strength. They couple differently with the underlying lattice albeit with associated moments in a common direction. The Q± modulation may be attributed to localized 4f moments while the QC correlates well with itinerant conduction bands, supported by our transport studies. Hence, ErPd2Si2 represents a new model compound that displays clearly-separated itinerant and localized moments, substantiating early theoretical predictions and providing a unique platform allowing the study of itinerant electron behavior in a localized antiferromagnetic matrix. PMID:25608949

  11. Distinct itinerant spin-density waves and local-moment antiferromagnetism in an intermetallic ErPd2Si2 single crystal

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    Li, Hai-Feng; Cao, Chongde; Wildes, Andrew; Schmidt, Wolfgang; Schmalzl, Karin; Hou, Binyang; Regnault, Louis-Pierre; Zhang, Cong; Meuffels, Paul; Löser, Wolfgang; Roth, Georg

    2015-01-01

    Identifying the nature of magnetism, itinerant or localized, remains a major challenge in condensed-matter science. Purely localized moments appear only in magnetic insulators, whereas itinerant moments more or less co-exist with localized moments in metallic compounds such as the doped-cuprate or the iron-based superconductors, hampering a thorough understanding of the role of magnetism in phenomena like superconductivity or magnetoresistance. Here we distinguish two antiferromagnetic modulations with respective propagation wave vectors at Q± = (H ± 0.557(1), 0, L ± 0.150(1)) and QC = (H ± 0.564(1), 0, L), where (H, L) are allowed Miller indices, in an ErPd2Si2 single crystal by neutron scattering and establish their respective temperature- and field-dependent phase diagrams. The modulations can co-exist but also compete depending on temperature or applied field strength. They couple differently with the underlying lattice albeit with associated moments in a common direction. The Q± modulation may be attributed to localized 4f moments while the QC correlates well with itinerant conduction bands, supported by our transport studies. Hence, ErPd2Si2 represents a new model compound that displays clearly-separated itinerant and localized moments, substantiating early theoretical predictions and providing a unique platform allowing the study of itinerant electron behavior in a localized antiferromagnetic matrix. PMID:25608949

  12. Neutron diffraction study of UAs 0.95Se 0.05 single crystal disappearance of the type-I antiferromagnetic structure

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    Kuznietz, M.; Burlet, P.; Rossat-Mignod, J.; Vogt, O.

    1986-10-01

    A single crystal of UAs 0.95Se 0.05 has been studied by neutron diffraction. It orders at TN = 121.5 K with an incommensurate phase, characterized by a wavevector k = [00k] with k( TN) = 0.619. On lowering the temperature, two different magnetic behaviours are observed. First an incommensurate-commensurate transition at TIC = 106 K to the type-I antiferromagnetic phase (+ - + -), with k( TIC) = 0.596, is followed by a transition at T0 = 93 K to the type-IA atiferromagnetic phase (+ + - -). The second one corresponds to an incommensurate phase which transforms directly to type-IA at TIC = 103 K. These behaviours determine the critical composition, x ≈ 0.05, for the disappearance of the type-I structure in the arsenic-rich UAs 1 - xSe x solid solutions. The magnetic phase diagram in this region is established and compared with previous versions.

  13. Kondo Lattice and Antiferromagnetic Behavior in Quaternary CeTAl4Si2 (T = Rh, Ir) Single Crystals

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    Maurya, Arvind; Kulkarni, Ruta; Thamizhavel, Arumugam; Paudyal, Durga; Dhar, Sudesh Kumar

    2016-03-01

    We have explored in detail the anisotropic magnetic properties of CeRhAl4Si2 and CeIrAl4Si2, which undergo two antiferromagnetic transitions, at TN1 = 12.6 and 15.5 K, followed by a second transition at TN2 = 9.4 and 13.8 K, respectively, with the [001]-axis as the relatively easy axis of magnetization. The electrical resistivity at ambient and applied pressure provides evidence of Kondo interaction in both compounds, further supported by a reduced value of the entropy associated with the magnetic ordering. The Sommerfeld coefficient γ is inferred to be 195.6 and 49.4 mJ/(mol K2) for CeRhAl4Si2 and CeIrAl4Si2, respectively, classifying these materials as moderate heavy-fermion compounds. The crystal electric field energy levels are derived from the peak seen in the Schottky heat capacity. Furthermore, we have also performed electronic structure calculations by using the local spin density approximation + U [LSDA+U] approach, which provide physical insights on the observed magnetic behavior of these two compounds.

  14. Kondo lattice and antiferromagnetic behavior in quaternary CeTAl4Si2 (T = Rh, Ir) single crystals

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    Maurya, Arvind; Kulkarni, Ruta; Thamizhavel, Arumugam; Paudyal, Durga; Dhar, Sudesh Kumar

    2016-02-26

    Here, we have explored in detail the anisotropic magnetic properties of CeRhAl4Si2 and CeIrAl4Si2, which undergo two antiferromagnetic transitions, at TN1 = 12.6 and 15.5 K, followed by a second transition at TN2 = 9.4 and 13.8 K, respectively, with the [001]-axis as the relatively easy axis of magnetization. The electrical resistivity at ambient and applied pressure provides evidence of Kondo interaction in both compounds, further supported by a reduced value of the entropy associated with the magnetic ordering. The Sommerfeld coefficient γ is inferred to be 195.6 and 49.4 mJ/(mol K2) for CeRhAl4Si2 and CeIrAl4Si2, respectively, classifying these materialsmore » as moderate heavy-fermion compounds. The crystal electric field energy levels are derived from the peak seen in the Schottky heat capacity. Furthermore, we have also performed electronic structure calculations by using the local spin density approximation + U [LSDA+U] approach, which provide physical insights on the observed magnetic behavior of these two compounds.« less

  15. Electrical switching of an antiferromagnet

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    Jungwirth, Tomas

    Louis Néel pointed out in his Nobel lecture that while abundant and interesting from theoretical viewpoint, antiferromagnets did not seem to have any applications. Indeed, the alternating directions of magnetic moments on individual atoms and the resulting zero net magnetization make antiferromagnets hard to control by tools common in ferromagnets. Strong coupling would be achieved if the externally generated field had a sign alternating on the scale of a lattice constant at which moments alternate in AFMs. However, generating such a field has been regarded unfeasible, hindering the research and applications of these abundant magnetic materials. We have recently predicted that relativistic quantum mechanics may offer staggered current induced fields with the sign alternating within the magnetic unit cell which can facilitate a reversible switching of an antiferromagnet by applying electrical currents with comparable efficiency to ferromagnets. Among suitable materials is a high Néel temperature antiferromagnet, tetragonal-phase CuMnAs, which we have recently synthesized in the form of single-crystal epilayers structurally compatible with common semiconductors. We demonstrate electrical writing and read-out, combined with the insensitivity to magnetic field perturbations, in a proof-of-concept antiferromagnetic memory device. We acknowledge support from European Research Council Advanced Grant No. 268066.

  16. Low temperature magnetic properties and spin dynamics in single crystals of Cr{sub 8}Zn antiferromagnetic molecular rings

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    Adelnia, Fatemeh; Chiesa, Alessandro; Bordignon, Sara; Carretta, Stefano; Ghirri, Alberto; Candini, Andrea; Cervetti, Christian; Evangelisti, Marco; Affronte, Marco; Sheikin, Ilya; Winpenny, Richard; Timco, Grigore; Borsa, Ferdinando; and others

    2015-12-28

    A detailed experimental investigation of the effects giving rise to the magnetic energy level structure in the vicinity of the level crossing (LC) at low temperature is reported for the open antiferromagnetic molecular ring Cr{sub 8}Zn. The study is conducted by means of thermodynamic techniques (torque magnetometry, magnetization and specific heat measurements) and microscopic techniques (nuclear magnetic resonance line width, nuclear spin lattice, and spin-spin relaxation measurements). The experimental results are shown to be in excellent agreement with theoretical calculations based on a minimal spin model Hamiltonian, which includes a Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. The first ground state level crossing at μ{sub 0}H{sub c1} = 2.15 T is found to be an almost true LC while the second LC at μ{sub 0}H{sub c2} = 6.95 T has an anti-crossing gap of Δ{sub 12} = 0.19 K. In addition, both NMR and specific heat measurements show the presence of a level anti-crossing between excited states at μ{sub 0}H = 4.5 T as predicted by the theory. In all cases, the fit of the experimental data is improved by introducing a distribution of the isotropic exchange couplings (J), i.e., using a J strain model. The peaks at the first and second LCs in the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate are dominated by inelastic scattering and a value of Γ ∼ 10{sup 10} rad/s is inferred for the life time broadening of the excited state of the open ring, due to spin phonon interaction. A loss of NMR signal (wipe-out effect) is observed for the first time at LC and is explained by the enhancement of the spin-spin relaxation rate due to the inelastic scattering.

  17. Low temperature magnetic properties and spin dynamics in single crystals of Cr8Zn antiferromagnetic molecular rings.

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    Adelnia, Fatemeh; Chiesa, Alessandro; Bordignon, Sara; Carretta, Stefano; Ghirri, Alberto; Candini, Andrea; Cervetti, Christian; Evangelisti, Marco; Affronte, Marco; Sheikin, Ilya; Winpenny, Richard; Timco, Grigore; Borsa, Ferdinando; Lascialfari, Alessandro

    2015-12-28

    A detailed experimental investigation of the effects giving rise to the magnetic energy level structure in the vicinity of the level crossing (LC) at low temperature is reported for the open antiferromagnetic molecular ring Cr8Zn. The study is conducted by means of thermodynamic techniques (torque magnetometry, magnetization and specific heat measurements) and microscopic techniques (nuclear magnetic resonance line width, nuclear spin lattice, and spin-spin relaxation measurements). The experimental results are shown to be in excellent agreement with theoretical calculations based on a minimal spin model Hamiltonian, which includes a Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. The first ground state level crossing at μ0Hc1 = 2.15 T is found to be an almost true LC while the second LC at μ0Hc2 = 6.95 T has an anti-crossing gap of Δ12 = 0.19 K. In addition, both NMR and specific heat measurements show the presence of a level anti-crossing between excited states at μ0H = 4.5 T as predicted by the theory. In all cases, the fit of the experimental data is improved by introducing a distribution of the isotropic exchange couplings (J), i.e., using a J strain model. The peaks at the first and second LCs in the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate are dominated by inelastic scattering and a value of Γ ∼ 10(10) rad/s is inferred for the life time broadening of the excited state of the open ring, due to spin phonon interaction. A loss of NMR signal (wipe-out effect) is observed for the first time at LC and is explained by the enhancement of the spin-spin relaxation rate due to the inelastic scattering. PMID:26723685

  18. Magnetic coupling between Sm3+ and the canted spin in an antiferromagnetic SmFeO3 single crystal

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    Cheng, J G; Zhou, J.-S.; Mandrus, D.; Goodenough, J; Marshall, L; Yan, Jiaqiang

    2012-01-01

    The perovskite SmFeO3 exhibits type-G AF ordering at TN 670 K and an easy axis rotation transition at TSR 480 K. Owing to the peculiar site anisotropy of rare-earth Sm3+, the moment on Sm3+ is oriented antiparallel to the canted spin from the Fe3+ sublattice along the a axis at T < TSR. Development of the magnetic moment on Sm3+ as temperature decreases makes it possible to balance the two magnetic moments at Tcomp. Application of a moderate external magnetic field along the a axis can trigger an abrupt reversal of the moment on Sm3+ and the canted spin relative to the external field at a temperature around Tcomp. We report here a study of the field-induced magnetic-moment reversal in a single crystal SmFeO3 by measuring the magnetization and specific heat with the external field along different crystallographic axes.

  19. Simultaneous metal-insulator and antiferromagnetic transitions in orthorhombic perovskite iridate S r0.94I r0.78O2.68 single crystals

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    Zheng, H.; Terzic, J.; Ye, Feng; Wan, X. G.; Wang, D.; Wang, Jinchen; Wang, Xiaoping; Schlottmann, P.; Yuan, S. J.; Cao, G.

    2016-06-01

    The orthorhombic perovskite SrIr O3 is a semimetal, an intriguing exception in iridates where the strong spin-orbit interaction coupled with electron correlations tends to impose an insulating state. We report results of our investigation of bulk single-crystal S r0.94I r0.78O2.68 or Ir-deficient, orthorhombic perovskite SrIr O3 . It retains the same crystal structure as stoichiometric SrIr O3 but exhibits a sharp, simultaneous antiferromagnetic (AFM) and metal-insulator (MI) transition occurring in the basal-plane resistivity at 185 K. Above it, the basal-plane resistivity features an extended regime of almost linear temperature dependence up to 800 K but the strong electronic anisotropy renders an insulating behavior in the out-of-plane resistivity. The Hall resistivity undergoes an abrupt sign change and grows below 40 K, which along with the Sommerfeld constant of 20 mJ /mol K2 suggests a multiband effect. All results including our first-principles calculations underscore a delicacy of the paramagnetic, metallic state in SrIr O3 that is in close proximity to an AFM insulating state. The contrasting ground states in isostructural S r0.94I r0.78O2.68 and SrIr O3 illustrate a critical role of lattice distortions and Ir deficiency in rebalancing the ground state in the iridates. Finally, the concurrent AFM and MI transitions reveal a direct correlation between the magnetic transition and formation of an activation gap in the iridate, which is conspicuously absent in S r2Ir O4 .

  20. Strong magnetic correlations to 900 K in single crystals of the trigonal antiferromagnetic insulators SrMn2As2 and CaMn2As2

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    Sangeetha, N. S.; Pandey, Abhishek; Benson, Zackery A.; Johnston, D. C.

    2016-09-15

    Crystallographic, electronic transport, thermal, and magnetic properties are reported for SrMn2As2 and CaMn2As2 single crystals grown using Sn flux. Rietveld refinements of powder x-ray diffraction data show that the two compounds are isostructural and crystallize in the trigonal CaAl2Si2-type structure (space groupmore » $$P\\bar{3}$$ m1), in agreement with the literature. Electrical resistivity ρ versus temperature T measurements demonstrate insulating ground states for both compounds with activation energies of 85 meV for SrMn2As2 and 61 meV for CaMn2As2. In a local-moment picture, the Mn+2 3d5 ions are expected to have high-spin S=5/2 with spectroscopic splitting factor g≈2. Magnetic susceptibility χ and heat capacity Cp measurements versus T reveal antiferromagnetic (AFM) transitions at TN=120(2) K and 62(3) K for SrMn2As2 and CaMn2As2, respectively. The anisotropic χ(T≤TN) data indicate that the hexagonal c axis is the hard axis and hence that the ordered Mn moments are aligned in the ab plane. Finally, the χ(T) data for both compounds and the Cp(T) for SrMn2As2 show strong dynamic short-range AFM correlations from TN up to at least 900 K, likely associated with quasi-two-dimensional connectivity of strong AFM exchange interactions between the Mn spins within the corrugated honeycomb Mn layers parallel to the ab plane.« less

  1. Spintronics in antiferromagnets

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    Soh, Yeong-Ah; Kummamuru, Ravi K.

    2012-05-10

    Magnetic domains and the walls between are the subject of great interest because of the role they play in determining the electrical properties of ferromagnetic materials and as a means of manipulating electron spin in spintronic devices. However, much less attention has been paid to these effects in antiferromagnets, primarily because there is less awareness of their existence in antiferromagnets, and in addition they are hard to probe since they exhibit no net magnetic moment. In this paper, we discuss the electrical properties of chromium, which is the only elemental antiferromagnet and how they depend on the subtle arrangement of the antiferromagnetically ordered spins. X-ray measurement of the modulation wavevector Q of the incommensurate antiferromagnetic spin-density wave shows thermal hysteresis, with the corresponding wavelength being larger during cooling than during warming. The thermal hysteresis in the Q vector is accompanied with a thermal hysteresis in both the longitudinal and Hall resistivity. During cooling, we measure a larger longitudinal and Hall resistivity compared with when warming, which indicates that a larger wavelength at a given temperature corresponds to a smaller carrier density or equivalently a larger antiferromagnetic ordering parameter compared to a smaller wavelength. This shows that the arrangement of the antiferromagnetic spins directly influences the transport properties. In thin films, the sign of the thermal hysteresis for Q is the same as in thick films, but a distinct aspect is that Q is quantized.

  2. Spintronics in antiferromagnets.

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    Soh, Yeong-Ah; Kummamuru, Ravi K

    2011-09-28

    Magnetic domains and the walls between are the subject of great interest because of the role they play in determining the electrical properties of ferromagnetic materials and as a means of manipulating electron spin in spintronic devices. However, much less attention has been paid to these effects in antiferromagnets, primarily because there is less awareness of their existence in antiferromagnets, and in addition they are hard to probe since they exhibit no net magnetic moment. In this paper, we discuss the electrical properties of chromium, which is the only elemental antiferromagnet and how they depend on the subtle arrangement of the antiferromagnetically ordered spins. X-ray measurement of the modulation wavevector Q of the incommensurate antiferromagnetic spin-density wave shows thermal hysteresis, with the corresponding wavelength being larger during cooling than during warming. The thermal hysteresis in the Q vector is accompanied with a thermal hysteresis in both the longitudinal and Hall resistivity. During cooling, we measure a larger longitudinal and Hall resistivity compared with when warming, which indicates that a larger wavelength at a given temperature corresponds to a smaller carrier density or equivalently a larger antiferromagnetic ordering parameter compared to a smaller wavelength. This shows that the arrangement of the antiferromagnetic spins directly influences the transport properties. In thin films, the sign of the thermal hysteresis for Q is the same as in thick films, but a distinct aspect is that Q is quantized.

  3. Antiferromagnetic metal spintronics.

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    MacDonald, A H; Tsoi, M

    2011-08-13

    In this brief review, we explain the theoretical basis for the notion that spin-transfer torques (STTs) and giant-magnetoresistance effects can, in principle, occur in circuits containing only normal and antiferromagnetic (AFM) materials, and for the notion that antiferromagnets can play a role in STT phenomena in circuits containing both ferromagnetic and AFM elements. We review the experimental literature that provides partial evidence for these AFM spintronic effects but demonstrates that, like exchange-bias effects, they are sensitive to details of interface structure that are not always under experimental control. Finally, we speculate briefly on some strategies that might advance progress.

  4. Antiferromagnetism in chromium

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    Jaramillo, Rafael

    I present two experimental studies of the spin density wave antiferromagnetic order in elemental Chromium. The first addresses the response of the magnetic ground state to applied pressure. The spin and charge order parameters are probed at high pressure and low temperature in a diamond anvil cell using monochromatic X-ray diffraction. We find that the magnetism is suppressed exponentially with pressure, providing a canonical example of a weak-coupling, mean-field ground state, before terminating at a quantum phase transition. We confirm the harmonic relationship between the spin and charge degrees of freedom in the low temperature regime, and we identify the microscopic coupling between pressure and magnetism. The discovery of the long-sought-after quantum critical regime sets the stage for a complete study of antiferromagnetic quantum criticality in this clean model system. The second study addresses the thermodynamics and transport properties of antiferromagnetic domain structure. We find a robust thermal hysteresis in the longitudinal and Hall resistivities of sub-mm bulk Cr samples. The temperature limits of the hysteresis are correlated with domain wall fluctuations and freezing. The persistent sign of the hysteresis and the macroscopic return point memory warrant a new understanding of domain wall energetics. By combining electrical transport and X-ray microdiffraction measurements we are able to pinpoint the effects of antiferromagnetic domain walls on electron transport.

  5. Antiferromagnetism in CaAl2Si2-type CaMn2As2 and SrMn2As2 single crystals

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    Sangeetha, N. S.; Pandey, Abhishek; Benson, Zackery A.; Johnston, D. C.

    Magnetic susceptibility versus temperature χ (T) measurements of CaMn2As2 and SrMn2As2 crystals show clear antiferromagnetic (AFM) transitions at TN ~ 65 K and 120 K,1 respectively. The anisotropic behaviors in χ (T <=TN) suggest that both compounds are noncollinear antiferromagnets which may result either from an intrinsic noncollinear structure or from multiple collinear AFM domains that are not aligned collinearly.2 The χ (T) data at T >TN reveal that both compounds exhibit strong short-range AFM ordering, evidently associated with quasi-two-dimensional spin lattices. The electrical resistivities show insulating ground states with activation energies of ~ 63 meV in CaMn2As2 and 44 meV in SrMn2As2 . The experimental results thus reveal that both (Ca , Sr) Mn2As2 materials are AFM insulators at low temperatures and in analogy with the high Tc cuprates, may be potential parent compounds for CaAl2Si2-type superconductors. Work was supported by the USDOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  6. Spin reorientation via antiferromagnetic coupling

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    Ranjbar, M.; Sbiaa, R.; Dumas, R. K.; Åkerman, J.; Piramanayagam, S. N.

    2014-05-07

    Spin reorientation in antiferromagnetically coupled (AFC) Co/Pd multilayers, wherein the thickness of the constituent Co layers was varied, was studied. AFC-Co/Pd multilayers were observed to have perpendicular magnetic anisotropy even for a Co sublayer thickness of 1 nm, much larger than what is usually observed in systems without antiferromagnetic coupling. When similar multilayer structures were prepared without antiferromagnetic coupling, this effect was not observed. The results indicate that the additional anisotropy energy contribution arising from the antiferromagnetic coupling, which is estimated to be around 6 × 10{sup 6} ergs/cm{sup 3}, induces the spin-reorientation.

  7. From local to nonlocal Fermi liquid in doped antiferromagnets

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    Prelovsek, P. |; Jaklic, J.; Bedell, K.

    1999-07-01

    The variation of single-particle spectral functions with doping is studied numerically within the t-J model. Results suggest that the corresponding self-energies change from local ones at the intermediate doping to strongly nonlocal ones for a weakly doped antiferromagnet. The nonlocality shows up most clearly in the pseudogap emerging in the density of states, due to the onset of short-range antiferromagnetic correlations. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  8. Electrical switching of an antiferromagnet.

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    Wadley, P; Howells, B; Železný, J; Andrews, C; Hills, V; Campion, R P; Novák, V; Olejník, K; Maccherozzi, F; Dhesi, S S; Martin, S Y; Wagner, T; Wunderlich, J; Freimuth, F; Mokrousov, Y; Kuneš, J; Chauhan, J S; Grzybowski, M J; Rushforth, A W; Edmonds, K W; Gallagher, B L; Jungwirth, T

    2016-02-01

    Antiferromagnets are hard to control by external magnetic fields because of the alternating directions of magnetic moments on individual atoms and the resulting zero net magnetization. However, relativistic quantum mechanics allows for generating current-induced internal fields whose sign alternates with the periodicity of the antiferromagnetic lattice. Using these fields, which couple strongly to the antiferromagnetic order, we demonstrate room-temperature electrical switching between stable configurations in antiferromagnetic CuMnAs thin-film devices by applied current with magnitudes of order 10(6) ampere per square centimeter. Electrical writing is combined in our solid-state memory with electrical readout and the stored magnetic state is insensitive to and produces no external magnetic field perturbations, which illustrates the unique merits of antiferromagnets for spintronics. PMID:26841431

  9. Electrical switching of an antiferromagnet.

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    Wadley, P; Howells, B; Železný, J; Andrews, C; Hills, V; Campion, R P; Novák, V; Olejník, K; Maccherozzi, F; Dhesi, S S; Martin, S Y; Wagner, T; Wunderlich, J; Freimuth, F; Mokrousov, Y; Kuneš, J; Chauhan, J S; Grzybowski, M J; Rushforth, A W; Edmonds, K W; Gallagher, B L; Jungwirth, T

    2016-02-01

    Antiferromagnets are hard to control by external magnetic fields because of the alternating directions of magnetic moments on individual atoms and the resulting zero net magnetization. However, relativistic quantum mechanics allows for generating current-induced internal fields whose sign alternates with the periodicity of the antiferromagnetic lattice. Using these fields, which couple strongly to the antiferromagnetic order, we demonstrate room-temperature electrical switching between stable configurations in antiferromagnetic CuMnAs thin-film devices by applied current with magnitudes of order 10(6) ampere per square centimeter. Electrical writing is combined in our solid-state memory with electrical readout and the stored magnetic state is insensitive to and produces no external magnetic field perturbations, which illustrates the unique merits of antiferromagnets for spintronics.

  10. Electrical switching of an antiferromagnet

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    Wadley, P.; Howells, B.; Železný, J.; Andrews, C.; Hills, V.; Campion, R. P.; Novák, V.; Olejník, K.; Maccherozzi, F.; Dhesi, S. S.; Martin, S. Y.; Wagner, T.; Wunderlich, J.; Freimuth, F.; Mokrousov, Y.; Kuneš, J.; Chauhan, J. S.; Grzybowski, M. J.; Rushforth, A. W.; Edmonds, K. W.; Gallagher, B. L.; Jungwirth, T.

    2016-02-01

    Antiferromagnets are hard to control by external magnetic fields because of the alternating directions of magnetic moments on individual atoms and the resulting zero net magnetization. However, relativistic quantum mechanics allows for generating current-induced internal fields whose sign alternates with the periodicity of the antiferromagnetic lattice. Using these fields, which couple strongly to the antiferromagnetic order, we demonstrate room-temperature electrical switching between stable configurations in antiferromagnetic CuMnAs thin-film devices by applied current with magnitudes of order 106 ampere per square centimeter. Electrical writing is combined in our solid-state memory with electrical readout and the stored magnetic state is insensitive to and produces no external magnetic field perturbations, which illustrates the unique merits of antiferromagnets for spintronics.

  11. Antiferromagnetic domains in UPdSn

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    Nakotte, H.; Brueck, E.; de Boer, F.R. ); Svoboda, P.; Tuan, N.C.; Havela, L.; Sechovsky, V. ); Robinson, R.A. )

    1993-05-15

    The magnetization of a single crystal of the hexagonal antiferromagnet UPdSn has been studied in fields up to 5 T in order to examine the energetics associated with antiferromagnetic domains. The magnetic unit cell is orthorhombic, so there are three possible domain orientations within the parent lattice. The low-temperature magnetization reflects both spin-flop transition and domain-depopulation effects. Although the interpretation of our results is complicated by the coexistence of these two phenomena, we can conclude that the domain occupancies are history dependent below the spin-reorientation transition which lies at 25 K, but history independent between this transition and [ital T][sub [ital N

  12. Antiferromagnetic inclusions in lunar glass

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    Thorpe, A.N.; Senftle, F.E.; Briggs, Charles; Alexander, Corrine

    1974-01-01

    The magnetic susceptibility of 11 glass spherules from the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 fines and two specimens of a relatively large glass spherical shell were studied as a function of temperature from room temperature to liquid helium temperatures. All but one specimen showed the presence of antiferromagnetic inclusions. Closely spaced temperature measurements of the magnetic susceptibility below 77 K on five of the specimens showed antiferromagnetic temperature transitions (Ne??el transitions). With the exception of ilmenite in one specimen, these transitions did not correspond to any transitions in known antiferromagnetic compounds. ?? 1974.

  13. Altering the exchange bias in Co90Fe10/(Co,Fe)O bilayers by changing the antiferromagnet's magnetism via interfacial ion-beam bombardment and different single crystalline MgO substrates

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    Shueh, C.; Liu, C.-H.; Skoropata, E.; Wu, T.-H.; van Lierop, J.; Lin, K.-W.

    2013-05-01

    In this study, we investigated the exchange bias (coupling) effects in CoFe/(Co,Fe)O bilayers by using different single crystal substrates of MgO(100) and MgO(110) and Ar ion-beam bombardment on the surface of the bottom antiferromagnet (Co,Fe)O layer before capping with ferromagnet CoFe. In the CoFe/(Co,Fe)O/MgO(110) bilayer, above the irreversibility temperature (Tirr. ˜ 170 K), there was a rapid decrease in M(T) with increasing temperature, unlike the CoFe/(Co,Fe)O/MgO(100) film that showed an increased Tirr. ˜ 300 K and no observable decrease in M(T) above Tirr. The different M vs T zero-field-cooled/field-cooled behavior of the CoFe/(Co,Fe)O bilayers on MgO(100) and MgO(110) indicated that the FM CoFe spin orientations were affected by the different substrates used via exchange coupling to the AF (Co,Fe)O layer altered by MgO.

  14. Thermophoresis of an antiferromagnetic soliton

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    Kim, Se Kwon; Tchernyshyov, Oleg; Tserkovnyak, Yaroslav

    2015-07-01

    We study the dynamics of an antiferromagnetic soliton under a temperature gradient. To this end, we start by phenomenologically constructing the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation for an antiferromagnet with the aid of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. We then derive the Langevin equation for the soliton's center of mass by the collective coordinate approach. An antiferromagentic soliton behaves as a classical massive particle immersed in a viscous medium. By considering a thermodynamic ensemble of solitons, we obtain the Fokker-Planck equation, from which we extract the average drift velocity of a soliton. The diffusion coefficient is inversely proportional to a small damping constant α , which can yield a drift velocity of tens of m/s under a temperature gradient of 1 K/mm for a domain wall in an easy-axis antiferromagnetic wire with α ˜10-4 .

  15. Magnon BEC in Antiferromagnets with Suhl-Nakamura Interaction

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    Tagirov, M. S.; Alakshin, E. M.; Bunkov, Yu. M.; Gazizulin, R. R.; Gazizulina, A. M.; Isaenko, L. I.; Klochkov, A. V.; Safin, T. R.; Safiullin, K. R.; Zhurkov, S. A.

    2014-04-01

    From atomic physics one knows the phenomenon of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC), where a macroscopic ensemble of particles occupy coherently a single state. Similar phenomena were observed for different types of quasiparticles in condensed matter. Here we present the results of investigations on the BEC of elementary magnetic excitations—magnons—in antiferromagnets with a dynamical frequency shift.

  16. Quantification of quantum discord in a antiferromagnetic Heisenberg compound

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    Singh, H. Chakraborty, T. Mitra, C.

    2014-04-24

    An experimental quantification of concurrence and quantum discord from heat capacity (C{sub p}) measurement performed over a solid state system has been reported. In this work, thermodynamic measurements were performed on copper nitrate (CN, Cu(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}⋅2.5H{sub 2}O) single crystals which is an alternating antiferromagnet Heisenberg spin 1/2 system. CN being a weak dimerized antiferromagnet is an ideal system to investigate correlations between spins. The theoretical expressions were used to obtain concurrence and quantum discord curves as a function of temperature from heat capacity data of a real macroscopic system, CN.

  17. EuNiGe₃, an anisotropic antiferromagnet.

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    Maurya, A; Bonville, P; Thamizhavel, A; Dhar, S K

    2014-05-28

    Single crystals of EuNiGe3, crystallizing in the non-centrosymmetric BaNiSn3-type structure, were grown using In flux, enabling us to explore the anisotropic magnetic properties, which was not possible with previously reported polycrystalline samples. The EuNiGe3 single crystalline sample is found to order antiferromagnetically at 13.2 K, as revealed from the magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity and electrical resistivity data. The low temperature magnetization M (H) is distinctly different for the field parallel to the ab-plane and c-axis; the ab-plane magnetization varies almost linearly with the field before the occurrence of an induced ferromagnetic (FM) phase (spin-flip) at 6.2 Tesla. On the other hand M (H) along the c-axis is accompanied by two metamagnetic transitions followed by a spin-flip at 4.1 T. A model including anisotropic exchange and dipole-dipole interactions reproduces the main features of magnetization plots but falls short of full representation. (H,T) phase diagrams have been constructed for the field applied along the principal directions. From the (151)Eu Mössbauer spectra, we determine that the 13.2 K transition leads to an incommensurate antiferromagnetic (AFM) intermediate phase followed by a transition near 10.5 K to a commensurate AFM configuration. PMID:24787717

  18. Spin dynamics simulations for a nanoscale Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Hou, Zhuofei; Landau, D. P.; Brown, G.; Stocks, G. M.

    2010-03-01

    Thermoinduced magnetization(TiM) is a novel response which was predicted to occur in nanoscale antiferromagnetic materials. Extensive Monte Carlo simulations footnotetextG. Brown, A. Janotti, M. Eisenbach, and G. M. Stocks, Phys.Rev.B 72, 140405(2005) have shown that TiM is an intrinsic property of the antiferromagnetic classical Heisenberg model below the Neel temperature. To obtain a fundamental understanding of TiM, spin dynamics(SD) simulations are performed to study the spin wave behavior, which seems to be the cause of TiM. A classical Heisenberg model with an antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbor exchange interaction and uniaxial single-site anisotropy is studied. Simple-cubic lattices with free boundary conditions are used. We employed the fast spin dynamics algorithms with fourth-order Suzuki-Trotter decompositions of the exponential operator. Additional small excitation peaks due to surface effects are found in transverse S(q,w).

  19. Magnetoelectric effect in simple collinear antiferromagnetic spinels

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    Saha, Rana; Ghara, Somnath; Suard, Emmanuelle; Jang, Dong Hyun; Kim, Kee Hoon; Ter-Oganessian, N. V.; Sundaresan, A.

    2016-07-01

    We report the discovery of the linear magnetoelectric effect in a family of spinel oxides, C o3O4 and Mn B2O4 (B =Al ,Ga) with simple collinear antiferromagnetic spin structure. An external magnetic field induces a dielectric anomaly at TN, accompanied by the generation of electric polarization that varies linearly with magnetic field. Magnetization and magnetoelectric measurements on a single crystal of MnG a2O4 together with a phenomenological theory suggest that the easy axis direction is [111] with the corresponding magnetic symmetry R 3¯'m' . The proposed theoretical model of single-ion contribution of magnetic ions located in a noncentrosymmetric crystal environment stands for a generic mechanism for observing magnetoelectric effects in these and other similar materials.

  20. Antiferromagnetism in EuCu2As2 and EuCu1.82Sb2 single crystals

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    Anand, V. K.; Johnston, D. C.

    2015-05-07

    Single crystals of EuCu2As2 and EuCu2Sb2 were grown from CuAs and CuSb self-flux, respectively. The crystallographic, magnetic, thermal, and electronic transport properties of the single crystals were investigated by room-temperature x-ray diffraction (XRD), magnetic susceptibility χ versus temperature T, isothermal magnetization M versus magnetic field H, specific heat Cp(T), and electrical resistivity ρ(T) measurements. EuCu2As2 crystallizes in the body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2-type structure (space group I4/mmm), whereas EuCu2Sb2 crystallizes in the related primitive tetragonal CaBe2Ge2-type structure (space group P4/nmm). The energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and XRD data for the EuCu2Sb2 crystals showed the presence of vacancies on the Cu sites, yielding the actual composition EuCu1.82Sb2. The ρ(T) and Cp(T) data reveal metallic character for both EuCu2As2 and EuCu1.82Sb2. Antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering is indicated from the χ(T),Cp(T), and ρ(T) data for both EuCu2As2 (TN = 17.5 K) and EuCu1.82Sb2 (TN = 5.1 K). In EuCu1.82Sb2, the ordered-state χ(T) and M(H) data suggest either a collinear A-type AFM ordering of Eu+2 spins S = 7/2 or a planar noncollinear AFM structure, with the ordered moments oriented in the tetragonal ab plane in either case. This ordered-moment orientation for the A-type AFM is consistent with calculations with magnetic dipole interactions. As a result, the anisotropic χ(T) and isothermal M(H) data for EuCu2As2, also containing Eu+2 spins S = 7/2, strongly deviate from the predictions of molecular field theory for collinear AFM ordering and the

  1. Anisotropic magnetoresistance in an antiferromagnetic semiconductor.

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    Fina, I; Marti, X; Yi, D; Liu, J; Chu, J H; Rayan-Serrao, C; Suresha, S; Shick, A B; Zelezný, J; Jungwirth, T; Fontcuberta, J; Ramesh, R

    2014-01-01

    Recent studies in devices comprising metal antiferromagnets have demonstrated the feasibility of a novel spintronic concept in which spin-dependent phenomena are governed by an antiferromagnet instead of a ferromagnet. Here we report experimental observation of the anisotropic magnetoresistance in an antiferromagnetic semiconductor Sr2IrO4. Based on ab initio calculations, we associate the origin of the phenomenon with large anisotropies in the relativistic electronic structure. The antiferromagnet film is exchange coupled to a ferromagnet, which allows us to reorient the antiferromagnet spin-axis in applied magnetic fields via the exchange spring effect. We demonstrate that the semiconducting nature of our AFM electrode allows us to perform anisotropic magnetoresistance measurements in the current-perpendicular-to-plane geometry without introducing a tunnel barrier into the stack. Temperature-dependent measurements of the resistance and anisotropic magnetoresistance highlight the large, entangled tunabilities of the ordinary charge and spin-dependent transport in a spintronic device utilizing the antiferromagnet semiconductor.

  2. Enhancement of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy thanks to Pt insertions in synthetic antiferromagnets

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    Bandiera, S.; Sousa, R. C.; Auffret, S.; Rodmacq, B.; Dieny, B.

    2012-08-01

    Synthetic antiferromagnets are of great interest as reference layers in magnetic tunnel junctions since they allow decreasing the dipolar coupling between the two magnetic electrodes and exhibit larger pinning fields than single reference layers. In this letter, we investigate the effect of the insertion of an ultrathin Pt layer in contact with the Ru spacer in synthetic antiferromagnets with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Surprisingly, for Ru thickness below 0.75 nm, the antiferromagnetic coupling amplitude through Ru first increases upon Pt insertion up to a critical Pt thickness (˜0.25 nm) above which coupling decreases. In addition, the corresponding increase of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy enhances the thermal stability of the structure.

  3. Studies of the magnetic structure at the ferromagnet - antiferromagnet interface

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    Scholl, A.; Nolting, F.; Stohr, J.; Luning, J.; Seo, J.W.; Locquet, J.-P.; Anders, S.; Ohldag, H.; Padmore, H.A.

    2001-01-02

    Antiferromagnetic layers are a scientifically challenging component in magneto-electronic devices such as magnetic sensors in hard disk heads, or magnetic RAM elements. In this paper we show that photo-electron emission microscopy (PEEM) is capable of determining the magnetic structure at the interface of ferromagnets and antiferromagnets with high spatial resolution (down to 20 nm). Dichroism effects at the L edges of the magnetic 3d transition metals, using circularly or linearly polarized soft x-rays from a synchrotron source, give rise to a magnetic image contrast. Images, acquired with the PEEM2 experiment at the Advanced Light Source, show magnetic contrast for antiferromagnetic LaFeO{sub 3}, microscopically resolving the magnetic domain structure in an antiferromagnetically ordered thin film for the first time. Magnetic coupling between LaFeO{sub 3} and an adjacent Co layer results in a complete correlation of their magnetic domain structures. From field dependent measurements a unidirectional anisotropy resulting in a local exchange bias of up to 30 Oe in single domains could be deduced. The elemental specificity and the quantitative magnetic sensitivity render PEEM a perfect tool to study magnetic coupling effects in multi-layered thin film samples.

  4. Electric voltage generation by antiferromagnetic dynamics

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    Yamane, Yuta; Ieda, Jun'ichi; Sinova, Jairo

    2016-05-01

    We theoretically demonstrate dc and ac electric voltage generation due to spin motive forces originating from domain wall motion and magnetic resonance, respectively, in two-sublattice antiferromagnets. Our theory accounts for the canting between the sublattice magnetizations, the nonadiabatic electron spin dynamics, and the Rashba spin-orbit coupling, with the intersublattice electron dynamics treated as a perturbation. This work suggests a way to observe and explore the dynamics of antiferromagnetic textures by electrical means, an important aspect in the emerging field of antiferromagnetic spintronics, where both manipulation and detection of antiferromagnets are needed.

  5. Antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in the half-Heusler semimetal HoPdBi.

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    Pavlosiuk, Orest; Kaczorowski, Dariusz; Fabreges, Xavier; Gukasov, Arsen; Wiśniewski, Piotr

    2016-01-05

    We observed the coexistence of superconductivity and antiferromagnetic order in the single-crystalline ternary pnictide HoPdBi, a plausible topological semimetal. The compound orders antiferromagnetically at TN = 1.9 K and exhibits superconductivity below Tc = 0.7 K, which was confirmed by magnetic, electrical transport and specific heat measurements. The specific heat shows anomalies corresponding to antiferromagnetic ordering transition and crystalline field effect, but not to superconducting transition. Single-crystal neutron diffraction indicates that the antiferromagnetic structure is characterized by the propagation vector. Temperature variation of the electrical resistivity reveals two parallel conducting channels of semiconducting and metallic character. In weak magnetic fields, the magnetoresistance exhibits weak antilocalization effect, while in strong fields and temperatures below 50 K it is large and negative. At temperatures below 7 K Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations with two frequencies appear in the resistivity. These oscillations have non-trivial Berry phase, which is a distinguished feature of Dirac fermions.

  6. Photoinduced antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic crossover in organic systems.

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    Shil, Suranjan; Misra, Anirban

    2010-02-01

    Magnetization reversal is important for different technological applications. Photoinduced magnetization reversal is easier to implement than conventional reversal methods. Here, we theoretically design and investigate the photomagnetic property of azobenzene based diradical systems, where trans isomers convert into corresponding cis forms upon irradiation with light of appropriate wavelength. The coupling constant values have been estimated using the broken symmetry approach in the density functional theory framework. In each case, the trans isomer is found to be antiferromagnetic, while the cis form is ferromagnetic in nature. Therefore, photoinduced magnetic crossover from antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic regime would be observed. This is a new observation in case of the systems of organic origin. Importance of such systems for photomagnetic switches, sensors, high density data storage, spin valves, and semiconductor spintronic materials have also been discussed with support from density of state analysis, singly occupied molecular orbital-singly occupied molecular orbital energy gaps and spin density plots.

  7. Antiferromagnetism and Kondo screening on a honeycomb lattice

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    Lin, Heng-Fu; Hong-Shuai, Tao; Guo, Wen-Xiang; Liu, Wu-Ming

    2015-05-01

    Magnetic adatoms in the honeycomb lattice have received tremendous attention due to the interplay between Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction and Kondo coupling leading to very rich physics. Here we study the competition between the antiferromagnetism and Kondo screening of local moments by the conduction electrons on the honeycomb lattice using the determinant quantum Monte Carlo method. While changing the interband hybridization V, we systematically investigate the antiferromagnetic-order state and the Kondo singlet state transition, which is characterized by the behavior of the local moment, antiferromagnetic structure factor, and the short range spin-spin correlation. The evolution of the single particle spectrum are also calculated as a function of hybridization V, we find that the system presents a small gap in the antiferromagnetic-order region and a large gap in the Kondo singlet region in the Fermi level. We also find that the localized and itinerant electrons coupling leads to the midgap states in the conduction band in the Fermi level at very small V. Moreover, the formation of antiferromagnetic order and Kondo singlet are studied as on-site interaction U or temperature T increasing, we have derived the phase diagrams at on-site interaction U (or temperature T) and hybridization V plane. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Special Foundation of China (Grants Nos. 2011CB921502 and 2012CB821305), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants Nos. 61227902, 61378017, and 11434015), the State Key Laboratory for Quantum Optics and Quantum Optical Devices, China (Grant No. KF201403).

  8. Solitonlike magnetization textures in noncollinear antiferromagnets

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    Ulloa, Camilo; Nunez, A. S.

    2016-04-01

    We show that proper control of magnetization textures can be achieved in noncollinear antiferromagnets. This opens the versatile toolbox of domain-wall manipulation in the context of a different family of materials. In this way, we show that noncollinear antiferromagnets are a good prospect for applications in the context of antiferromagnetic spintronics. As in many noncollinear antiferromagnets, the order parameter field takes values in SO(3). By performing a gradient expansion in the energy functional we derive an effective theory that accounts for the physics of the magnetization of long-wavelength excitations. We apply our formalism to static and dynamic textures such as domain walls and localized oscillations, and identify topologically protected textures that are spatially localized. Our results are applicable to the exchange-bias materials Mn3X , with X =Ir,Rh,Pt .

  9. Characterization of the Dilute Ising Antiferromagnet

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    Wiener, T.

    2000-09-12

    A spin glass is a magnetic ground state in which ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic exchange interactions compete, thereby creating frustration and a multidegenerate state with no long range order. An Ising system is a system where the spins are constrained to lie parallel or antiparallel to a primary axis. There has been much theoretical interest in the past ten years in the effects of applying a magnetic field transverse to the primary axis in an Ising spin glass at low temperatures and thus study phase transitions at the T=0 limit. The focus of this study is to search for and characterize a new Ising spin glass system. This is accomplished by site diluting yttrium for terbium in the crystalline material TbNi{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}. The first part of this work gives a brief overview of the physics of rare earth magnetism and an overview of experimental characteristics of spin glasses. This is followed by the methodology used to manufacture the large single crystals used in this study, as well as the measurement techniques used. Next, a summary of the results of magnetic measurements on across the dilution series from pure terbium to pure yttrium is presented. This is followed by detailed measurements on particular dilutions which demonstrate spin glass behavior. Pure TbNi{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} is an Ising antiferromagnet with a several distinct metamagnetic states below 17 K. As the terbium is alloyed with yttrium, these magnetic states are weakened in a consistent manner, as is seen in measurements of the transition temperatures and analysis of Curie-Weiss behavior at high temperature. At low concentrations of terbium, below 35%, long range order is no longer present and a spin-glass-like state emerges. This state is studied through various measurements, dc and ac susceptibility, resistivity, and specific heat. This magnetic behavior was then compared to that of other well characterized spin glasses. It is concluded that there is a region of concentration s for which a spin

  10. Dinuclear metallacycles with single M-O(H)-M bridges [M = Fe(II), Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II)]: effects of large bridging angles on structure and antiferromagnetic superexchange interactions.

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    Reger, Daniel L; Pascui, Andrea E; Foley, Elizabeth A; Smith, Mark D; Jezierska, Julia; Ozarowski, Andrew

    2014-02-17

    The reactions of M(ClO4)2·xH2O and the ditopic ligands m-bis[bis(1-pyrazolyl)methyl]benzene (Lm) or m-bis[bis(3,5-dimethyl-1-pyrazolyl)methyl]benzene (Lm*) in the presence of triethylamine lead to the formation of monohydroxide-bridged, dinuclear metallacycles of the formula [M2(μ-OH)(μ-Lm)2](ClO4)3 (M = Fe(II), Co(II), Cu(II)) or [M2(μ-OH)(μ-Lm*)2](ClO4)3 (M = Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II)). With the exception of the complexes where the ligand is Lm and the metal is copper(II), all of these complexes have distorted trigonal bipyramidal geometry around the metal centers and unusual linear (Lm*) or nearly linear (Lm) M-O-M angles. For the two solvates of [Cu2(μ-OH)(μ-Lm)2](ClO4)3, the Cu-O-Cu angles are significantly bent and the geometry about the metal is distorted square pyramidal. All of the copper(II) complexes have structural distortions expected for the pseudo-Jahn-Teller effect. The two cobalt(II) complexes show moderate antiferromagnetic coupling, -J = 48-56 cm(-1), whereas the copper(II) complexes show very strong antiferromagnetic coupling, -J = 555-808 cm(-1). The largest coupling is observed for [Cu2(μ-OH)(μ-Lm*)2](ClO4)3, the complex with a Cu-O-Cu angle of 180°, such that the exchange interaction is transmitted through the dz(2) and the oxygen s and px orbitals. The interaction decreases, but it is still significant, as the Cu-O-Cu angle decreases and the character of the metal orbital becomes increasingly d(x(2)-y(2)). These intermediate geometries and magnetic interactions lead to spin Hamiltonian parameters for the copper(II) complexes in the EPR spectra that have large E/D ratios and one g matrix component very close to 2. Density functional theory calculations were performed using the hybrid B3LYP functional in association with the TZVPP basis set, resulting in reasonable agreement with the experiments.

  11. Constructing a magnetic handle for antiferromagnetic manganites

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    Glavic, Artur; Dixit, Hemant; Cooper, Valentino R.; Aczel, Adam A.

    2016-04-01

    An intrinsic property of antiferromagnetic materials is the compensation of the magnetic moments from the individual atoms that prohibits the direct interaction of the spin lattice with an external magnetic field. To overcome this limitation we have created artificial spin structures by heteroepitaxy between two bulk antiferromagnets SrMnO3 and NdMnO3. Here, we demonstrate that charge transfer at the interface results in the creation of thin ferromagnetic layers adjacent to A -type antiferromagnetism in thick NdMnO3 layers. A novel interference based neutron diffraction technique and polarized neutron reflectometry are used to confirm the presence of ferromagnetism in the SrMnO3 layers and to probe the relative alignment of antiferromagnetic spins induced by the coupling at the ferro- to antiferromagnet interface. A density functional theory analysis of the driving forces for the exchange reveals strong ferromagnetic interfacial coupling through quantifiable short range charge transfer. These results confirm a layer-by-layer control of magnetic arrangements that constitutes a promising step on a path towards isothermal magnetic control of antiferromagnetic arrangements as would be necessary in spin-based heterostructures like multiferroic devices.

  12. Roughness effects in uncompensated antiferromagnets

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    Charilaou, M.; Hellman, F.

    2015-02-28

    Monte Carlo simulations show that roughness in uncompensated antiferromagnets decreases not just the surface magnetization but also the net magnetization and particularly strongly affects the temperature dependence. In films with step-type roughness, each step creates a new compensation front that decreases the global net magnetization. The saturation magnetization decreases non-monotonically with increasing roughness and does not scale with the surface area. Roughness in the form of surface vacancies changes the temperature-dependence of the magnetization; when only one surface has vacancies, the saturation magnetization will decrease linearly with surface occupancy, whereas when both surfaces have vacancies, the magnetization is negative and exhibits a compensation point at finite temperature, which can be tuned by controlling the occupancy. Roughness also affects the spin-texture of the surfaces due to long-range dipolar interactions and generates non-collinear spin configurations that could be used in devices to produce locally modified exchange bias. These results explain the strongly reduced magnetization found in magnetometry experiments and furthers our understanding of the temperature-dependence of exchange bias.

  13. Anomalous Hall effect in the noncollinear antiferromagnet Mn5Si3

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    Sürgers, Christoph; Kittler, Wolfram; Wolf, Thomas; Löhneysen, Hilbert v.

    2016-05-01

    Metallic antiferromagnets with noncollinear orientation of magnetic moments provide a playground for investigating spin-dependent transport properties by analysis of the anomalous Hall effect. The intermetallic compound Mn5Si3 is an intinerant antiferromagnet with collinear and noncollinear magnetic structures due to Mn atoms on two inequivalent lattice sites. Here, magnetotransport measurements on polycrstalline thin films and a single crystal are reported. In all samples, an additional contribution to the anomalous Hall effect attributed to the noncollinear arrangment of magnetic moments is observed. Furthermore, an additional magnetic phase between the noncollinear and collinear regimes above a metamagnetic transition is resolved in the single crystal by the anomalous Hall effect.

  14. Spinor dynamics in an antiferromagnetic spin-1 condensate.

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    Black, A T; Gomez, E; Turner, L D; Jung, S; Lett, P D

    2007-08-17

    We observe coherent spin oscillations in an antiferromagnetic spin-1 Bose-Einstein condensate of sodium. The variation of the spin oscillations with magnetic field shows a clear signature of nonlinearity, in agreement with theory, which also predicts anharmonic oscillations near a critical magnetic field. Measurements of the magnetic phase diagram agree with predictions made in the approximation of a single spatial mode. The oscillation period yields the best measurement to date of the sodium spin-dependent interaction coefficient, determining that the difference between the sodium spin-dependent s-wave scattering lengths a(f=2) - a(f=0) is 2.47+/-0.27 Bohr radii.

  15. Spinor Dynamics in an Antiferromagnetic Spin-1 Condensate

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    Black, A. T.; Gomez, E.; Turner, L. D.; Jung, S.; Lett, P. D.

    2007-08-17

    We observe coherent spin oscillations in an antiferromagnetic spin-1 Bose-Einstein condensate of sodium. The variation of the spin oscillations with magnetic field shows a clear signature of nonlinearity, in agreement with theory, which also predicts anharmonic oscillations near a critical magnetic field. Measurements of the magnetic phase diagram agree with predictions made in the approximation of a single spatial mode. The oscillation period yields the best measurement to date of the sodium spin-dependent interaction coefficient, determining that the difference between the sodium spin-dependent s-wave scattering lengths a{sub f=2}-a{sub f=0} is 2.47{+-}0.27 Bohr radii.

  16. Thermoreflectance investigation of the antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic phases of Cr

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    Colavita, E.; Franciosi, A.; Lynch, D.W.; Paolucci, G.; Rosei, R.

    1983-02-01

    Thermoreflectance measurements have been performed on Cr single crystals at several temperatures above and below the Neel temperature. We observe dramatic changes induced by the magnetic phase transition. In contrast, static optical data fail to show appreciable differences in the (0.5--5.0)-eV photon-energy range. Magnetic ordering gives rise to the disappearance of transitions involving specific regions of the Fermi surface. New critical-point absorptions appear at the boundaries of the new Brillouin zone in antiferromagnetic Cr. Most of the observed experimental features have been identified by comparison with recent band-structure calculations.

  17. An itinerant antiferromagnetic metal without magnetic constituents

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    Svanidze, E.; Wang, Jiakui K.; Besara, T.; Liu, L.; Huang, Q.; Siegrist, T.; Frandsen, B.; Lynn, J. W.; Nevidomskyy, Andriy H.; Gamża, Monika B.; Aronson, M. C.; Uemura, Y. J.; Morosan, E.

    2015-07-13

    The origin of magnetism in metals has been traditionally discussed in two diametrically opposite limits: itinerant and local moments. Surprisingly, there are very few known examples of materials that are close to the itinerant limit, and their properties are not universally understood. In the case of the two such examples discovered several decades ago, the itinerant ferromagnets ZrZn2 and Sc3In, the understanding of their magnetic ground states draws on the existence of 3d electrons subject to strong spin fluctuations. Similarly, in Cr, an elemental itinerant antiferromagnet with a spin density wave ground state, its 3d electron character has been deemed crucial to it being magnetic. Here, we report evidence for an itinerant antiferromagnetic metal with no magnetic constituents: TiAu. Antiferromagnetic order occurs below a Néel temperature of 36 K, about an order of magnitude smaller than in Cr, rendering the spin fluctuations in TiAu more important at low temperatures. In conclusion, this itinerant antiferromagnet challenges the currently limited understanding of weak itinerant antiferromagnetism, while providing insights into the effects of spin fluctuations in itinerant–electron systems.

  18. An itinerant antiferromagnetic metal without magnetic constituents

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    Svanidze, E.; Wang, Jiakui K.; Besara, T.; Liu, L.; Huang, Q.; Siegrist, T.; Frandsen, B.; Lynn, J. W.; Nevidomskyy, Andriy H.; Gamża, Monika B.; et al

    2015-07-13

    The origin of magnetism in metals has been traditionally discussed in two diametrically opposite limits: itinerant and local moments. Surprisingly, there are very few known examples of materials that are close to the itinerant limit, and their properties are not universally understood. In the case of the two such examples discovered several decades ago, the itinerant ferromagnets ZrZn2 and Sc3In, the understanding of their magnetic ground states draws on the existence of 3d electrons subject to strong spin fluctuations. Similarly, in Cr, an elemental itinerant antiferromagnet with a spin density wave ground state, its 3d electron character has been deemedmore » crucial to it being magnetic. Here, we report evidence for an itinerant antiferromagnetic metal with no magnetic constituents: TiAu. Antiferromagnetic order occurs below a Néel temperature of 36 K, about an order of magnitude smaller than in Cr, rendering the spin fluctuations in TiAu more important at low temperatures. In conclusion, this itinerant antiferromagnet challenges the currently limited understanding of weak itinerant antiferromagnetism, while providing insights into the effects of spin fluctuations in itinerant–electron systems.« less

  19. Antiferromagnetic Domain Wall Motion Driven by Spin-Orbit Torques.

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    Shiino, Takayuki; Oh, Se-Hyeok; Haney, Paul M; Lee, Seo-Won; Go, Gyungchoon; Park, Byong-Guk; Lee, Kyung-Jin

    2016-08-19

    We theoretically investigate the dynamics of antiferromagnetic domain walls driven by spin-orbit torques in antiferromagnet-heavy-metal bilayers. We show that spin-orbit torques drive antiferromagnetic domain walls much faster than ferromagnetic domain walls. As the domain wall velocity approaches the maximum spin-wave group velocity, the domain wall undergoes Lorentz contraction and emits spin waves in the terahertz frequency range. The interplay between spin-orbit torques and the relativistic dynamics of antiferromagnetic domain walls leads to the efficient manipulation of antiferromagnetic spin textures and paves the way for the generation of high frequency signals from antiferromagnets. PMID:27588878

  20. Antiferromagnetic Domain Wall Motion Driven by Spin-Orbit Torques

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    Shiino, Takayuki; Oh, Se-Hyeok; Haney, Paul M.; Lee, Seo-Won; Go, Gyungchoon; Park, Byong-Guk; Lee, Kyung-Jin

    2016-08-01

    We theoretically investigate the dynamics of antiferromagnetic domain walls driven by spin-orbit torques in antiferromagnet-heavy-metal bilayers. We show that spin-orbit torques drive antiferromagnetic domain walls much faster than ferromagnetic domain walls. As the domain wall velocity approaches the maximum spin-wave group velocity, the domain wall undergoes Lorentz contraction and emits spin waves in the terahertz frequency range. The interplay between spin-orbit torques and the relativistic dynamics of antiferromagnetic domain walls leads to the efficient manipulation of antiferromagnetic spin textures and paves the way for the generation of high frequency signals from antiferromagnets.

  1. Antiferromagnetic Spin Wave Field-Effect Transistor

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    Cheng, Ran; Daniels, Matthew W.; Zhu, Jian-Gang; Xiao, Di

    2016-04-06

    In a collinear antiferromagnet with easy-axis anisotropy, symmetry dictates that the spin wave modes must be doubly degenerate. Theses two modes, distinguished by their opposite polarization and available only in antiferromagnets, give rise to a novel degree of freedom to encode and process information. We show that the spin wave polarization can be manipulated by an electric field induced Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and magnetic anisotropy. We propose a prototype spin wave field effect transistor which realizes a gate-tunable magnonic analog of the Faraday effect, and demonstrate its application in THz signal modulation. In conclusion, our findings open up the exciting possibilitymore » of digital data processing utilizing antiferromagnetic spin waves and enable the direct projection of optical computing concepts onto the mesoscopic scale.« less

  2. Antiferromagnetic Spin Wave Field-Effect Transistor

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    Cheng, Ran; Daniels, Matthew W.; Zhu, Jian-Gang; Xiao, Di

    2016-04-01

    In a collinear antiferromagnet with easy-axis anisotropy, symmetry dictates that the spin wave modes must be doubly degenerate. Theses two modes, distinguished by their opposite polarization and available only in antiferromagnets, give rise to a novel degree of freedom to encode and process information. We show that the spin wave polarization can be manipulated by an electric field induced Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and magnetic anisotropy. We propose a prototype spin wave field-effect transistor which realizes a gate-tunable magnonic analog of the Faraday effect, and demonstrate its application in THz signal modulation. Our findings open up the exciting possibility of digital data processing utilizing antiferromagnetic spin waves and enable the direct projection of optical computing concepts onto the mesoscopic scale.

  3. Ferroelectric polarization in antiferromagnetically coupled ferromagnetic film

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    Gareeva, Z. V.; Mazhitova, F. A.; Doroshenko, R. A.

    2016-09-01

    We report the influence of interface antiferromagnetic coupling on magnetoelectric properties of ferromagnetic bi-layers. Electric polarization arising at magnetic ingomogeneity in bi-layered ferromagnetic structure with antiferromagnetic coupling at interface in applied magnetic field has been explored. Diagrams representing dependences of electric polarization on magnetic field P(H) have been constructed for two magnetic field geometries (in-plane and out-of plane fields). It has been found out that P(H) dependences demonstrate non-monotonic behavior. Peculiarities of polarization in an in-plane-oriented magnetic field have been explained by magnetization processes. It has been shown that a variety of magnetic configurations of Bloch, Neel and mixed Bloch-Neel types can be realized in antiferromagnetically coupled film due to cubic anisotropy contribution. In the area of Bloch magnetic configuration electric polarization vanishes. The critical values of magnetic fields suppressing polarization have been estimated.

  4. Antiferromagnetic Spin Wave Field-Effect Transistor

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    Cheng, Ran; Daniels, Matthew W.; Zhu, Jian-Gang; Xiao, Di

    2016-01-01

    In a collinear antiferromagnet with easy-axis anisotropy, symmetry dictates that the spin wave modes must be doubly degenerate. Theses two modes, distinguished by their opposite polarization and available only in antiferromagnets, give rise to a novel degree of freedom to encode and process information. We show that the spin wave polarization can be manipulated by an electric field induced Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and magnetic anisotropy. We propose a prototype spin wave field-effect transistor which realizes a gate-tunable magnonic analog of the Faraday effect, and demonstrate its application in THz signal modulation. Our findings open up the exciting possibility of digital data processing utilizing antiferromagnetic spin waves and enable the direct projection of optical computing concepts onto the mesoscopic scale. PMID:27048928

  5. Spinon dynamics in quantum integrable antiferromagnets

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    Vlijm, R.; Caux, J.-S.

    2016-05-01

    The excitations of the Heisenberg antiferromagnetic spin chain in zero field are known as spinons. As pairwise-created fractionalized excitations, spinons are important in the understanding of inelastic neutron scattering experiments in (quasi-)one-dimensional materials. In the present paper, we consider the real space-time dynamics of spinons originating from a local spin flip on the antiferromagnetic ground state of the (an)isotropic Heisenberg spin-1/2 model and the Babujan-Takhtajan spin-1 model. By utilizing algebraic Bethe ansatz methods at finite system size to compute the expectation value of the local magnetization and spin-spin correlations, spinons are visualized as propagating domain walls in the antiferromagnetic spin ordering with anisotropy dependent behavior. The spin-spin correlation after the spin flip displays a light cone, satisfying the Lieb-Robinson bound for the propagation of correlations at the spinon velocity.

  6. Ground-state candidate for the classical dipolar kagome Ising antiferromagnet

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    Chioar, I. A.; Rougemaille, N.; Canals, B.

    2016-06-01

    We have investigated the low-temperature thermodynamic properties of the classical dipolar kagome Ising antiferromagnet using Monte Carlo simulations, in the quest for the ground-state manifold. In spite of the limitations of a single-spin-flip approach, we managed to identify certain ordering patterns in the low-temperature regime and we propose a candidate for this unknown state. This configuration presents some intriguing features and is fully compatible with the extrapolations of the at-equilibrium thermodynamic behavior sampled so far, making it a very likely choice for the dipolar long-range ordered state of the classical kagome Ising antiferromagnet.

  7. A spin-valve-like magnetoresistance of an antiferromagnet-based tunnel junction.

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    Park, B G; Wunderlich, J; Martí, X; Holý, V; Kurosaki, Y; Yamada, M; Yamamoto, H; Nishide, A; Hayakawa, J; Takahashi, H; Shick, A B; Jungwirth, T

    2011-05-01

    A spin valve is a microelectronic device in which high- and low-resistance states are realized by using both the charge and spin of carriers. Spin-valve structures used in modern hard-drive read heads and magnetic random access memoriescomprise two ferromagnetic electrodes whose relative magnetization orientations can be switched between parallel and antiparallel configurations, yielding the desired giant or tunnelling magnetoresistance effect. Here we demonstrate more than 100% spin-valve-like signal in a NiFe/IrMn/MgO/Pt stack with an antiferromagnet on one side and a non-magnetic metal on the other side of the tunnel barrier. Ferromagneticmoments in NiFe are reversed by external fields of approximately 50  mT or less, and the exchange-spring effect of NiFe on IrMn induces rotation of antiferromagnetic moments in IrMn, which is detected by the measured tunnelling anisotropic magnetoresistance. Our work demonstrates a spintronic element whose transport characteristics are governed by an antiferromagnet. It demonstrates that sensitivity to low magnetic fields can be combined with large, spin-orbit-coupling-induced magnetotransport anisotropy using a single magnetic electrode. The antiferromagnetic tunnelling anisotropic magnetoresistance provides a means to study magnetic characteristics of antiferromagnetic films by an electronic-transport measurement.

  8. Giant Anomalous Hall Effect in the Chiral Antiferromagnet Mn3Ge

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    Kiyohara, Naoki; Tomita, Takahiro; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2016-06-01

    The external field control of antiferromagnetism is a significant subject both for basic science and technological applications. As a useful macroscopic response to detect magnetic states, the anomalous Hall effect (AHE) is known for ferromagnets, but it has never been observed in antiferromagnets until the recent discovery in Mn3Sn . Here we report another example of the AHE in a related antiferromagnet, namely, in the hexagonal chiral antiferromagnet Mn3Ge . Our single-crystal study reveals that Mn3Ge exhibits a giant anomalous Hall conductivity |σx z|˜60 Ω-1 cm-1 at room temperature and approximately 380 Ω-1 cm-1 at 5 K in zero field, reaching nearly half of the value expected for the quantum Hall effect per atomic layer with Chern number of unity. Our detailed analyses on the anisotropic Hall conductivity indicate that in comparison with the in-plane-field components |σx z| and |σz y|, which are very large and nearly comparable in size, we find |σy x| obtained in the field along the c axis to be much smaller. The anomalous Hall effect shows a sign reversal with the rotation of a small magnetic field less than 0.1 T. The soft response of the AHE to magnetic field should be useful for applications, for example, to develop switching and memory devices based on antiferromagnets.

  9. A spin-valve-like magnetoresistance of an antiferromagnet-based tunnel junction.

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    Park, B G; Wunderlich, J; Martí, X; Holý, V; Kurosaki, Y; Yamada, M; Yamamoto, H; Nishide, A; Hayakawa, J; Takahashi, H; Shick, A B; Jungwirth, T

    2011-05-01

    A spin valve is a microelectronic device in which high- and low-resistance states are realized by using both the charge and spin of carriers. Spin-valve structures used in modern hard-drive read heads and magnetic random access memoriescomprise two ferromagnetic electrodes whose relative magnetization orientations can be switched between parallel and antiparallel configurations, yielding the desired giant or tunnelling magnetoresistance effect. Here we demonstrate more than 100% spin-valve-like signal in a NiFe/IrMn/MgO/Pt stack with an antiferromagnet on one side and a non-magnetic metal on the other side of the tunnel barrier. Ferromagneticmoments in NiFe are reversed by external fields of approximately 50  mT or less, and the exchange-spring effect of NiFe on IrMn induces rotation of antiferromagnetic moments in IrMn, which is detected by the measured tunnelling anisotropic magnetoresistance. Our work demonstrates a spintronic element whose transport characteristics are governed by an antiferromagnet. It demonstrates that sensitivity to low magnetic fields can be combined with large, spin-orbit-coupling-induced magnetotransport anisotropy using a single magnetic electrode. The antiferromagnetic tunnelling anisotropic magnetoresistance provides a means to study magnetic characteristics of antiferromagnetic films by an electronic-transport measurement. PMID:21399629

  10. Electric Field Control of the Resistance of Multiferroic Tunnel Junctions with Magnetoelectric Antiferromagnetic Barriers

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    Merodio, P.; Kalitsov, A.; Chshiev, M.; Velev, J.

    2016-06-01

    Based on model calculations, we predict a magnetoelectric tunneling electroresistance effect in multiferroic tunnel junctions consisting of ferromagnetic electrodes and magnetoelectric antiferromagnetic barriers. Switching of the antiferromagnetic order parameter in the barrier in applied electric field by means of the magnetoelectric coupling leads to a substantial change of the resistance of the junction. The effect is explained in terms of the switching of the orientations of local magnetizations at the barrier interfaces affecting the spin-dependent interface transmission probabilities. Magnetoelectric multiferroic materials with finite ferroelectric polarization exhibit an enhanced resistive change due to polarization-induced spin-dependent screening. These results suggest that devices with active barriers based on single-phase magnetoelectric antiferromagnets represent an alternative nonvolatile memory concept.

  11. Electrical control of antiferromagnetic domains in multiferroicBiFeO3 film at room temperature

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    Zhao, T.; Scholl, A.; Zavaliche, F.; Lee, K.; Barry, M.; Doran,A.; Cruz, M.P.; Chu, Y.H.; Ederer, C.; Spaldin, N.A.; Das, R.R.; Kim,D.M.; Baek, S.H.; Eom, C.B.; Ramesh, R.

    2006-09-11

    Multiferroic materials, which offer the possibility ofmanipulating the magnetic state by an electric field or vice versa, areof great current interest. In this work, we demonstrate the firstobservation of electrical control of antiferromagnetic domain structurein a single-phase multiferroic material at room temperature.High-resolution images of both antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric domainstructures of (001)-oriented multiferroic BiFeO3 filmsrevealed a cleardomain correlation, indicating a strong coupling between the two types oforder. The ferroelectric structure was measured using piezo forcemicroscopy, whereas X-ray photoemission electron microscopy as well asits temperature dependence was used to detect the antiferromagneticconfiguration. Antiferromagnetic domainswitching induced by ferroelectricpolarization switching was observed, in agreement with theoreticalpredictions.

  12. Magnetism of antiferromagnetic α-Mn

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    Itoga, H.; Isozaki, M.; Nagai, Y.; Nakao, H.; Ukai, T.; Mori, N.

    1993-05-01

    The approximate d bands of antiferromagnetic α-Mn are formulated, using Deegan's prescription and the formulas of Slater and Koster, in consideration of the crystal and magnetic structures. The magnetic moments of 29 atoms are calculated by adopting reasonable coefficients of the effective exchange interaction. The obtained result is much the same as the experimental result.

  13. Antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in the half-Heusler semimetal HoPdBi

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    Pavlosiuk, Orest; Kaczorowski, Dariusz; Fabreges, Xavier; Gukasov, Arsen; Wiśniewski, Piotr

    2016-01-01

    We observed the coexistence of superconductivity and antiferromagnetic order in the single-crystalline ternary pnictide HoPdBi, a plausible topological semimetal. The compound orders antiferromagnetically at TN = 1.9 K and exhibits superconductivity below Tc = 0.7 K, which was confirmed by magnetic, electrical transport and specific heat measurements. The specific heat shows anomalies corresponding to antiferromagnetic ordering transition and crystalline field effect, but not to superconducting transition. Single-crystal neutron diffraction indicates that the antiferromagnetic structure is characterized by the propagation vector. Temperature variation of the electrical resistivity reveals two parallel conducting channels of semiconducting and metallic character. In weak magnetic fields, the magnetoresistance exhibits weak antilocalization effect, while in strong fields and temperatures below 50 K it is large and negative. At temperatures below 7 K Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations with two frequencies appear in the resistivity. These oscillations have non-trivial Berry phase, which is a distinguished feature of Dirac fermions. PMID:26728755

  14. Dimensional Reduction in Quantum Dipolar Antiferromagnets.

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    Babkevich, P; Jeong, M; Matsumoto, Y; Kovacevic, I; Finco, A; Toft-Petersen, R; Ritter, C; Månsson, M; Nakatsuji, S; Rønnow, H M

    2016-05-13

    We report ac susceptibility, specific heat, and neutron scattering measurements on a dipolar-coupled antiferromagnet LiYbF_{4}. For the thermal transition, the order-parameter critical exponent is found to be 0.20(1) and the specific-heat critical exponent -0.25(1). The exponents agree with the 2D XY/h_{4} universality class despite the lack of apparent two-dimensionality in the structure. The order-parameter exponent for the quantum phase transitions is found to be 0.35(1) corresponding to (2+1)D. These results are in line with those found for LiErF_{4} which has the same crystal structure, but largely different T_{N}, crystal field environment and hyperfine interactions. Our results therefore experimentally establish that the dimensional reduction is universal to quantum dipolar antiferromagnets on a distorted diamond lattice. PMID:27232040

  15. Weyl magnons in breathing pyrochlore antiferromagnets.

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    Li, Fei-Ye; Li, Yao-Dong; Kim, Yong Baek; Balents, Leon; Yu, Yue; Chen, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Frustrated quantum magnets not only provide exotic ground states and unusual magnetic structures, but also support unconventional excitations in many cases. Using a physically relevant spin model for a breathing pyrochlore lattice, we discuss the presence of topological linear band crossings of magnons in antiferromagnets. These are the analogues of Weyl fermions in electronic systems, which we dub Weyl magnons. The bulk Weyl magnon implies the presence of chiral magnon surface states forming arcs at finite energy. We argue that such antiferromagnets present a unique example, in which Weyl points can be manipulated in situ in the laboratory by applied fields. We discuss their appearance specifically in the breathing pyrochlore lattice, and give some general discussion of conditions to find Weyl magnons, and how they may be probed experimentally. Our work may inspire a re-examination of the magnetic excitations in many magnetically ordered systems. PMID:27650053

  16. Dimensional Reduction in Quantum Dipolar Antiferromagnets

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    Babkevich, P.; Jeong, M.; Matsumoto, Y.; Kovacevic, I.; Finco, A.; Toft-Petersen, R.; Ritter, C.; Mânsson, M.; Nakatsuji, S.; Rønnow, H. M.

    2016-05-01

    We report ac susceptibility, specific heat, and neutron scattering measurements on a dipolar-coupled antiferromagnet LiYbF4 . For the thermal transition, the order-parameter critical exponent is found to be 0.20(1) and the specific-heat critical exponent -0.25 (1 ) . The exponents agree with the 2D X Y /h4 universality class despite the lack of apparent two-dimensionality in the structure. The order-parameter exponent for the quantum phase transitions is found to be 0.35(1) corresponding to (2 +1 )D . These results are in line with those found for LiErF4 which has the same crystal structure, but largely different TN, crystal field environment and hyperfine interactions. Our results therefore experimentally establish that the dimensional reduction is universal to quantum dipolar antiferromagnets on a distorted diamond lattice.

  17. Skyrmions in square-lattice antiferromagnets

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    Keesman, Rick; Raaijmakers, Mark; Baerends, A. E.; Barkema, G. T.; Duine, R. A.

    2016-08-01

    The ground states of square-lattice two-dimensional antiferromagnets with anisotropy in an external magnetic field are determined using Monte Carlo simulations and compared to theoretical analysis. We find a phase in between the spin-flop and spiral phase that shows strong similarity to skyrmions in ferromagnetic thin films. We show that this phase arises as a result of the competition between Zeeman and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction energies of the magnetic system. Moreover, we find that isolated (anti-)skyrmions are stabilized in finite-sized systems, even at higher temperatures. The existence of thermodynamically stable skyrmions in square-lattice antiferromagnets provides an appealing alternative over skyrmions in ferromagnets as data carriers.

  18. Weyl magnons in breathing pyrochlore antiferromagnets

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    Li, Fei-Ye; Li, Yao-Dong; Kim, Yong Baek; Balents, Leon; Yu, Yue; Chen, Gang

    2016-09-01

    Frustrated quantum magnets not only provide exotic ground states and unusual magnetic structures, but also support unconventional excitations in many cases. Using a physically relevant spin model for a breathing pyrochlore lattice, we discuss the presence of topological linear band crossings of magnons in antiferromagnets. These are the analogues of Weyl fermions in electronic systems, which we dub Weyl magnons. The bulk Weyl magnon implies the presence of chiral magnon surface states forming arcs at finite energy. We argue that such antiferromagnets present a unique example, in which Weyl points can be manipulated in situ in the laboratory by applied fields. We discuss their appearance specifically in the breathing pyrochlore lattice, and give some general discussion of conditions to find Weyl magnons, and how they may be probed experimentally. Our work may inspire a re-examination of the magnetic excitations in many magnetically ordered systems.

  19. Diffusive magnonic spin transport in antiferromagnetic insulators

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    Rezende, S. M.; Rodríguez-Suárez, R. L.; Azevedo, A.

    2016-02-01

    It has been shown recently that a layer of the antiferromagnetic insulator (AFI) NiO can be used to transport spin current between a ferromagnet (FM) and a nonmagnetic metal (NM). In the experiments one uses the microwave-driven ferromagnetic resonance in a FM layer to produce a spin pumped spin current that flows through an AFI layer and reaches a NM layer where it is converted into a charge current by means of the inverse spin Hall effect. Here we present a theory for the spin transport in an AFI that relies on the spin current carried by the diffusion of thermal antiferromagnetic magnons. The theory explains quite well the measured dependence of the voltage in the NM layer on the thickness of the NiO layer.

  20. Terahertz Antiferromagnetic Spin Hall Nano-Oscillator

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    Cheng, Ran; Xiao, Di; Brataas, Arne

    2016-05-01

    We consider the current-induced dynamics of insulating antiferromagnets in a spin Hall geometry. Sufficiently large in-plane currents perpendicular to the Néel order trigger spontaneous oscillations at frequencies between the acoustic and the optical eigenmodes. The direction of the driving current determines the chirality of the excitation. When the current exceeds a threshold, the combined effect of spin pumping and current-induced torques introduces a dynamic feedback that sustains steady-state oscillations with amplitudes controllable via the applied current. The ac voltage output is calculated numerically as a function of the dc current input for different feedback strengths. Our findings open a route towards terahertz antiferromagnetic spin-torque oscillators.

  1. Weyl magnons in breathing pyrochlore antiferromagnets

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    Li, Fei-Ye; Li, Yao-Dong; Kim, Yong Baek; Balents, Leon; Yu, Yue; Chen, Gang

    2016-01-01

    Frustrated quantum magnets not only provide exotic ground states and unusual magnetic structures, but also support unconventional excitations in many cases. Using a physically relevant spin model for a breathing pyrochlore lattice, we discuss the presence of topological linear band crossings of magnons in antiferromagnets. These are the analogues of Weyl fermions in electronic systems, which we dub Weyl magnons. The bulk Weyl magnon implies the presence of chiral magnon surface states forming arcs at finite energy. We argue that such antiferromagnets present a unique example, in which Weyl points can be manipulated in situ in the laboratory by applied fields. We discuss their appearance specifically in the breathing pyrochlore lattice, and give some general discussion of conditions to find Weyl magnons, and how they may be probed experimentally. Our work may inspire a re-examination of the magnetic excitations in many magnetically ordered systems. PMID:27650053

  2. Enhanced ordering temperatures in antiferromagnetic manganite superlattices

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    May, Stephen J.; Robertson, Lee; Ryan, P J; Kim, J.-W.; Santos, Tiffany S.; Karapetrova, Evgenia; Zarestky, Jerel L.; Zhai, X.; Te velthuis, Suzanne G.; Eckstein, James N.; Bader, S. D.; Bhattacharya, Anand

    2009-01-01

    The disorder inherent to doping by cation substitution in the complex oxides can have profound effects on collective ordered states. Here, we demonstrate that cation-site ordering achieved via digital synthesis techniques can dramatically enhance the antiferromagnetic ordering temperatures of manganite films. Cation-ordered (LaMnO3)m/(SrMnO3)2m superlattices exhibit N el temperatures (TN) that are the highest of any La1-xSrxMnO3 compound, ~70 K greater than compositionally equivalent randomly doped La1/3Sr2/3MnO3. The antiferromagnetic order is A-type, consisting of in-plane double-exchange-mediated ferromagnetic sheets coupled antiferromagnetically along the out-of-plane direction. Via synchrotron x-ray scattering, we have discovered an in-plane structural modulation that reduces the charge itinerancy and hence the ordering temperature within the ferromagnetic sheets, thereby limiting TN. This modulation is mitigated and driven to long wavelengths by cation ordering, enabling the higher TN values of the superlattices. These results provide insight into how cation-site ordering can enhance cooperative behavior in oxides through subtle structural phenomena.

  3. Magnetostatic excitations in quasiperiodic antiferromagnetic superlattices

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    Kang, S. S.

    2002-02-01

    The magnetostatic excitation in antiferromagnetic superlattices (antiferromagnetic/nonmagnetic layered structure) grown following the Fibonacci sequence has been studied. The dispersion relations of the magnetostatic spin wave spectra and the precession amplitudes of the total magnetization in each layer are numerically obtained. The eigenfrequency spectra are divided into two branches, ω- and ω+. For each branch, the distribution of eigenfrequency spectra exhibits triadic Cantor-set subband structures with self-similar features. The eigenfrequency spectra distribution strongly depends on the in-plane wave vector and the thickness of antiferromagnetic and nonmagnetic layers. For most of the eigenfrequencies, especially in the triadic regions, the profiles of precession amplitudes of total magnetization in the quasiperiodic system are critical and self-similar. For the eigenfrequencies near the edges of bands, the profiles of precession amplitudes of total magnetization are extended with a sine modulation. Besides the critical and extended states, a few states at the edges of the subbands are still quasilocalized. The corresponding profiles of precession amplitudes of total magnetization either decay or oscillate with exponential attenuation from the surface into the film.

  4. Barlowite as a canted antiferromagnet: Theory and experiment

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    Jeschke, Harald O.; Salvat-Pujol, Francesc; Gati, Elena; Hoang, Nguyen Hieu; Wolf, Bernd; Lang, Michael; Schlueter, John A.; Valentí, Roser

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of the newly synthesized mineral barlowite Cu4(OH) 6FBr which contains Cu2 + ions in a perfect kagome arrangement. In contrast to the spin-liquid candidate herbertsmithite ZnCu3(OH)6Cl 2, kagome layers in barlowite are perfectly aligned due to the different bonding environments adopted by F- and Br- compared to Cl-. With the synthesis of this material we unveil a design strategy for layered kagome systems with possible exotic magnetic states. Density functional theory calculations and effective model considerations for Cu4(OH) 6FBr , which has a Cu2 + site coupling the kagome layers, predict a three-dimensional network of exchange couplings, which together with a substantial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya coupling lead to canted antiferromagnetic ordering of this compound in excellent agreement with magnetic susceptibility measurements on single crystals yielding TN=15 K .

  5. New heavy-fermion antiferromagnet UPd2Cd20

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    Hirose, Yusuke; Doto, Hiroshi; Honda, Fuminori; Li, Dexin; Aoki, Dai; Haga, Yoshinori; Settai, Rikio

    2016-10-01

    We succeeded in growing a new high quality single crystal of a ternary uranium compound UPd2Cd20. From the electrical resistivity, magnetization, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat experiments, UPd2Cd20 is found to be an antiferromagnetic heavy-fermion compound with the Néel temperature {{T}\\text{N}}   =  5 K and exhibits the large electronic specific heat coefficient γ exceeding 500 mJ (K2· mol)-1. This compound is the first one that exhibits the magnetic ordering with the magnetic moments of the U atom in a series of UT2X20 (T: transition metal, X  =  Al, Zn, Cd). UPd2Cd20 shows typical characteristic features in heavy-fermion systems such as a broad maximum in the magnetic susceptibility at {{T}{{χ\\text{max}}}} and a large coefficient A of T 2 term in the resistivity.

  6. Effect of interlayer coupling on the coexistence of antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in Fe pnictide superconductors: A study of Ca0.74 (1 )La0.26 (1 )(Fe1 -xCox)As2 single crystals

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    Jiang, Shan; Liu, Lian; Schütt, Michael; Hallas, Alannah M.; Shen, Bing; Tian, Wei; Emmanouilidou, Eve; Shi, Aoshuang; Luke, Graeme M.; Uemura, Yasutomo J.; Fernandes, Rafael M.; Ni, Ni

    2016-05-01

    We report the transport, thermodynamic, muon spin relaxation, and neutron study of the Ca0.74 (1 )La0.26 (1 ) (Fe1 -xCox )As2 single crystals, mapping out the temperature-doping level phase diagram. Upon Co substitution on the Fe site, the structural and magnetic phase transitions in this 112 compound are suppressed and superconductivity up to 20 K occurs. Our measurements of the superconducting and magnetic volume fractions show that these two phases coexist microscopically in the underdoped region, in contrast to the related Ca10(Pt3As8 )((Fe1 -xPtx )2As2 )5 (10-3-8) compound, where coexistence is absent. Supported by model calculations, we discuss the differences in the phase diagrams of the 112 and 10-3-8 compounds in terms of the FeAs interlayer coupling, whose strength is affected by the character of the spacer layer, which is metallic in the 112 compound and insulating in the 10-3-8 compound.

  7. Scale-free antiferromagnetic fluctuations in the s = 1/2 kagome antiferromagnet herbertsmithite.

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    de Vries, M A; Stewart, J R; Deen, P P; Piatek, J O; Nilsen, G J; Rønnow, H M; Harrison, A

    2009-12-01

    Neutron spectroscopy and diffuse neutron scattering on herbertsmithite [ZnCu(3)(OH)(6)Cl(2)], a near-ideal realization of the s=1/2 kagome antiferromagnet, reveal the hallmark property of a quantum spin liquid: instantaneous short-ranged antiferromagnetic correlations in the absence of a time-averaged ordered moment. These dynamic antiferromagnetic correlations are weakly dependent of neutron-energy transfer and temperature, and persist up to 25 meV and 120 K. At low energy transfers a shift of the magnetic scattering to low Q is observed with increasing temperature, providing evidence of gapless spinons. It is argued that these observations provide important evidence in favor of resonating-valence-bond theories of (doped) Mott insulators.

  8. Mean-field simulation of metal oxide antiferromagnetic films and multilayers

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    Charilaou, M.; Hellman, F.

    2013-05-01

    In this work the magnetization in antiferromagnetic thin films and multilayers with interlayer exchange coupling is simulated using mean-field approximation. Transition-metal oxide antiferromagnets are modeled as multiplane magnetic systems with 1 to 11 planes and the magnetization M is calculated as a function of temperature T. The antiferromagnetic films exhibit ferromagnetism when the number of monolayers is odd, i.e., when there is an uncompensated plane, but the net magnetization is lower than that of any single uncompensated plane due to cancellations and finite-size effects. With increasing film thickness the Néel temperature increases monotonically and the magnetic moment near the surface is reduced compared to that of the core, changing the form of the M(T) curve. When antiferromagnetic films are exchange coupled to each other, as in a multilayer with a nonmagnetic intervening layer, the surface magnetization of each film increases and the ferromagnetism of odd-numbered systems is enhanced. These results are shown to be experimentally testable by comparing magnetometry and neutron diffraction.

  9. Room temperature spin-polarizations of Mn-based antiferromagnetic nanoelectrodes

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    Yamada, Toyo Kazu; Vazquez de Parga, Amadeo L.

    2014-11-03

    Antiferromagnets produce no stray field, and therefore, a tip electrode made of antiferromagnetic material has been considered to be the most suitable choice to measure such as magnetoresistance (MR) through single isolated magnetic nanoparticles, molecules, and ultrathin films. Spin polarizations (P) of antiferromagnetic 3-nm, 6-nm, and annealed 3-nm Mn films grown on W tips with a bcc(110) apex as well as bulk-NiMn tips were obtained at 300 K by measuring MR in ultrahigh vacuum by means of spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy using a layerwise antiferromagnetically stacking bct-Mn(001) film electrode. The Mn-coated tips with coverages of 3 and 6 nm exhibited P values of 1 ± 1% and 3 ± 2%, respectively, which tips likely contain α- or strained Mn. With a thermal assist, the crystalline quality and the magnetic stability of the film could increase. The annealed tip exhibited P = 9 ± 2%. The bulk-NiMn tips exhibit spin polarizations of 0 or 6 ± 2% probably depending on the chemical species (Mn or Ni) present at the apex of the tip. Fe-coated W tips were used to estimate the bct-Mn(001) film spin polarization.

  10. Electrical control of the exchange spring in antiferromagnetic metals.

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    Wang, Yuyan; Zhou, Xiang; Song, Cheng; Yan, Yinuo; Zhou, Shiming; Wang, Guangyue; Chen, Chao; Zeng, Fei; Pan, Feng

    2015-05-27

    Electrical control of the exchange spring in antiferromagnetic metals is obtained in [Co/Pt]/IrMn Hall devices by using an ionic liquid, where the exchange spring could transfer the "force" and enable a deeper modulation depth in the IrMn. This work provides a new approach toward electrical modulation of the spin structures in metallic antiferromagnets, which should be significant in advancing the development of low-power-consumption antiferromagnet (AFM) spintronics.

  11. Switching of antiferromagnetic chains with magnetic pulses

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    Tao, Kun; Polyakov, Oleg P.; Stepanyuk, Valeri S.

    2016-04-01

    Recent experimental studies have demonstrated the possibility of information storage in short antiferromagnetic chains on an insulator substrate [S. Loth et al., Science 335, 196 (2012), 10.1126/science.1214131]. Here, using the density functional theory and atomistic spin dynamics simulations, we show that a local magnetic control of such chains with a magnetic tip and magnetic pulses can be used for fast switching of their magnetization. Furthermore, by changing the position of the tip one can engineer the magnetization dynamics of the chains.

  12. Frustrated 3×3 Heisenberg antiferromagnets

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    Moustanis, P. N.

    2016-08-01

    The full energy spectrum and the exact thermodynamic results of the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg Hamiltonian of the 3×3 triangular and the frustrated square lattice with periodic boundary conditions and s=1/2 are obtained. To this end the method of hierarchy of algebras is employed. It was found that the ground state of the 3×3 frustrated square lattice is a Resonating Valence Bond (RVB) state. Thermodynamic properties, like the specific heat, magnetic susceptibility, the thermal average of the square of the total Sz and entropy, for these two lattices are presented.

  13. Internal structure of hole quasiparticles in antiferromagnets

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    Simons, B. D.; Gunn, J. M. F.

    1990-04-01

    Holes in an Ising antiferromagnet give rise to quasiparticles with an internal structure associated with the distortion of the spin ordering. We show that the spectrum of excited states (of this internal structure) commences at a lower energy than previously thought, at an energy of the order of the exchange constant. The character of the corresponding states differ from those previously discussed in that the phases associated with the various spin configurations with the same number of spin flips differ. Moreover, these excited states dominate the optical absorption and may explain the experimental results of Thomas et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 61, 1313 (1988)].

  14. Quantum phase transitions in antiferromagnets and superfluids

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    Sachdev, Subir; Vojta, Matthias

    2000-05-01

    We present a general introduction to the non-zero temperature dynamic and transport properties of low-dimensional systems near a quantum phase transition. Basic results are reviewed in the context of experiments on the spin-ladder compounds, insulating two-dimensional antiferromagnets, and double-layer quantum Hall systems. Recent large N computations on an extended t- J model (Phys. Rev. Lett. 83 (1999) 3916) motivate a global scenario of the quantum phases and transitions in the high-temperature superconductors, and connections are made to numerous experiments.

  15. Dynamic critical curve of a synthetic antiferromagnet

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    Pham, Huy; Cimpoesu, Dorin; Plamadǎ, Andrei-Valentin; Stancu, Alexandru; Spinu, Leonard

    2009-11-01

    In this letter, a dynamic generalization of static critical curves (sCCs) for synthetic antiferromagnet (SAF) structures is presented, analyzing the magnetization switching of SAF elements subjected to pulsed magnetic fields. The dependence of dynamic critical curves (dCCs) on field pulse's shape and length, on damping, and on magnetostatic coupling is investigated. Comparing sCCs, which are currently used for studying the switching in toggle magnetic random access memories, with dCCs, it is shown that a consistent switching can be achieved only under specific conditions that take into account the dynamics of the systems. The study relies on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation.

  16. Antiferromagnetic Ordering of Mn(III)F(salen)

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    Meisel, M. W.; Wang, Tong; Brown, S. E.; Botko, M.; Čižmár, E.; Risset, O. N.; Talham, D. R.

    2014-03-01

    Due to a report suggesting Mn(III)F(salen), salen = H14C16N2O2, is an S = 2 Haldane system with J /kB = 50 K and no long-range order down to 2 K based on standard magnetometry studies,[2] specific heat and NMR measurements were performed. Using small single crystals, specific heat studies revealed the presence of an anomaly near 23 K, and this response was robust in fields up to 9 T. The 1H NMR results performed on a single crystal in 1 T revealed a sharp transition characteristic of antiferromagnetic ordering at 22.5 K. Measuring the magnetic response of the same single crystal in a commercial magnetometer reveals the presence of a subtle feature, near 23 K, that is not resolved with as-grown, randomlly oriented microcrystalline samples. These findings provide insight into the results obtained in torque magnetometry, EPR, and neutron scattering data.[3] Supported by NSF via DMR-1202033 (MWM), DMR-1105531 (SEB), DMR-1005581 (DRT), and DMR-1157490 (NHMFL), by the Slovak Agency for Research and Development via APVV-0132-11 (EČ), and by the Fulbright Commission of the Slovak Republic (MWM).

  17. Magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy on the Cr₈ antiferromagnetic ring.

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    van Slageren, Joris; Piligkos, Stergios; Neese, Frank

    2010-05-28

    A Magnetic Circular Dichroism (MCD) spectroscopic study of the antiferromagnetic ring [Cr₈F₈Piv₁₆] (Piv = pivalate) is reported. From the splitting of the MCD bands, the single ion anisotropy parameters in the cluster spin ground state at different fields were determined to be d(Cr) = -0.33 ± 0.02 cm⁻¹, e(Cr) = 0.11 ± 0.01 cm⁻¹. Analysis of the MCD intensity as a function of field and temperature revealed the influence of spin mixing effects and yielded independent estimates of the single ion anisotropies (d(Cr) = -0.19 cm⁻¹, e(Cr) = 4.3 × 10-4 cm⁻¹), as well as yielding the isotropic exchange interaction strength (J = -6.00 cm⁻¹). Thus it is shown that MCD is a powerful method to unravel the relation between single-ion and cluster anisotropy, furthering the design of molecular magnets with desired properties.

  18. Orientational transitions in antiferromagnetic liquid crystals

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    Zakhlevnykh, A. N.; Petrov, D. A.

    2016-09-01

    The orientational phases in an antiferromagnetic liquid crystal (ferronematic) based on the nematic liquid crystal with the negative anisotropy of diamagnetic susceptibility are studied in the framework of the continuum theory. The ferronematic was assumed to be compensated; i.e., in zero field, impurity ferroparticles with the magnetic moments directed parallel and antiparallel to the director are equiprobably distributed in it. It is established that under the action of a magnetic field the ferronematic undergoes orientational transitions compensated (antiferromagnetic) phase-non-uniform phase-saturation (ferrimagnetic) phase. The analytical expressions for threshold fields of the transitions as functions of material parameters are obtained. It is shown that with increasing magnetic impurity segregation parameter, the threshold fields of the transitions significantly decrease. The bifurcation diagram of the ferronematic orientational phases is built in terms of the energy of anchoring of magnetic particles with the liquid-crystal matrix and magnetic field. It is established that the Freedericksz transition is the second-order phase transition, while the transition to the saturation state can be second- or first-order. In the latter case, the suspension exhibits orientational bistability. The orientational and magnetooptical properties of the ferronematic in different applied magnetic fields are studied.

  19. Coordinate Bethe ansatz computation for low temperature behavior of a triangular lattice of a spin-1 Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Shuaibu, A.; Rahman, M. M.

    2014-03-05

    We study the low temperature behavior of a triangular lattice quantum spin-1 Heisenberg antiferromagnet with single-site anisotropy by using coordinate Bethe ansatz method. We compute the standard two-particle Hermitian Hamiltonian, and obtain the eigenfunctions and eigenvalue of the system. The obtained results show a number of advantages in comparison with many results.

  20. A separation of antiferromagnetic spin motion modes in the training effect of exchange biased Co/CoO film with in-plane anisotropy

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    Wu, R.; Yun, C.; Ding, S. L.; Wen, X.; Liu, S. Q.; Wang, C. S.; Han, J. Z.; Du, H. L.; Yang, J. B.

    2016-08-01

    The motion of antiferromagnetic interfacial spins is investigated through the temperature evolution of training effect in a Co/CoO film with in-plane biaxial anisotropy. Significant differences in the training effect and its temperature dependence are observed in the magnetic easy axis and hard axis (HA) and ascribed to the different motion modes of antiferromagnetic interfacial spins, the collective spin cluster rotation (CSR) and the single spin reversal (SSR), caused by different magnetization reversal modes of ferromagnetic layer. These motion modes of antiferromagnetic spins are successfully separated using a combination of an exponential function and a classic n-1/2 function. A larger CSR to SSR ratio and a shorter lifetime of CSR found in the HA indicates that the domain rotation in the ferromagnetic layer tends to activate and accelerate a CSR mode in the antiferromagnetic spins.

  1. Critical two-dimensional Ising model with free, fixed ferromagnetic, fixed antiferromagnetic, and double antiferromagnetic boundaries.

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    Wu, Xintian; Izmailyan, Nickolay

    2015-01-01

    The critical two-dimensional Ising model is studied with four types boundary conditions: free, fixed ferromagnetic, fixed antiferromagnetic, and fixed double antiferromagnetic. Using bond propagation algorithms with surface fields, we obtain the free energy, internal energy, and specific heat numerically on square lattices with a square shape and various combinations of the four types of boundary conditions. The calculations are carried out on the square lattices with size N×N and 30

  2. Enhanced antiferromagnetic coupling in dual-synthetic antiferromagnet with Co2FeAl electrodes

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    Zhang, D. L.; Xu, X. G.; Wu, Y.; Li, X. Q.; Miao, J.; Jiang, Y.

    2012-05-01

    We study dual-synthetic antiferromagnets (DSyAFs) using Co2FeAl (CFA) Heusler electrodes with a stack structure of Ta/CFA/Ru/CFA/Ru/CFA/Ta. When the thicknesses of the two Ru layers are 0.45 nm, 0.65 nm or 0.45 nm, 1.00 nm, the CFA-based DSyAF has a strong antiferromagnetic coupling between adjacent CFA layers at room temperature with a saturation magnetic field of ∼11,000 Oe, a saturation magnetization of ∼710 emu/cm3 and a coercivity of ∼2.0 Oe. Moreover, the DSyAF has a good thermal stability up to 400 °C, at which CFA films show B2-ordered structure. Therefore, the CFA-based DSyAFs are favorable for applications in future spintronic devices.

  3. Evidence for a gapped spin-liquid ground state in a kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Fu, Mingxuan; Imai, Takahashi; Han, Tian -Heng; Lee, Young S.

    2015-11-06

    Here, the kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet is a leading candidate in the search for a spin system with a quantum spin-liquid ground state. The nature of its ground state remains a matter of active debate. We conducted oxygen-17 single-crystal nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements of the spin-1/2 kagome lattice in herbertsmithite [ZnCu3(OH)6Cl2], which is known to exhibit a spinon continuum in the spin excitation spectrum. We demonstrated that the intrinsic local spin susceptibility χkagome, deduced from the oxygen-17 NMR frequency shift, asymptotes to zero below temperatures of 0.03J, where J ~ 200 kelvin is the copper-copper superexchange interaction. Combined with themore » magnetic field dependence of χkagome that we observed at low temperatures, these results imply that the kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet has a spin-liquid ground state with a finite gap.« less

  4. Evidence for a gapped spin-liquid ground state in a kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet.

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    Fu, Mingxuan; Imai, Takashi; Han, Tian-Heng; Lee, Young S

    2015-11-01

    The kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet is a leading candidate in the search for a spin system with a quantum spin-liquid ground state. The nature of its ground state remains a matter of active debate. We conducted oxygen-17 single-crystal nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements of the spin-1/2 kagome lattice in herbertsmithite [ZnCu3(OH)6Cl2], which is known to exhibit a spinon continuum in the spin excitation spectrum. We demonstrated that the intrinsic local spin susceptibility χ(kagome), deduced from the oxygen-17 NMR frequency shift, asymptotes to zero below temperatures of 0.03J, where J ~ 200 kelvin is the copper-copper superexchange interaction. Combined with the magnetic field dependence of χ(kagome) that we observed at low temperatures, these results imply that the kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet has a spin-liquid ground state with a finite gap. PMID:26542565

  5. Fragile antiferromagnetism in the heavy-fermion compound YbBiPt

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    Ueland, Benjamin G.; Kreyssig, Andreas; Prokes, K.; Lynn, J. W.; Harriger, L. W.; Pratt, D. K.; Singh, D. K.; Heitmann, T. W.; Sauerbrei, Samantha; Saunders, Scott M.; Mun, E. D.; Budko, Serguei L.; McQueeney, Robert J.; Canfield, Paul C.; Goldman, Alan I.

    2014-05-08

    We report results from neutron scattering experiments on single crystals of YbBiPt that demonstrate antiferromagnetic order characterized by a propagation vector, τAFM = (121212), and ordered moments that align along the [1 1 1] direction of the cubic unit cell. We describe the scattering in terms of a two-Gaussian peak fit, which consists of a narrower component that appears below TN≈0.4 K and corresponds to a magnetic correlation length of ξn≈ 80 Å, and a broad component that persists up to T*≈ 0.7 K and corresponds to antiferromagnetic correlations extending over ξb≈ 20 Å. Our results illustrate the fragile magnetic order present in YbBiPt and provide a path forward for microscopic investigations of the ground states and fluctuations associated with the purported quantum critical point in this heavy-fermion compound.

  6. High Field Magnetization Studies of Low Dimensional Heisenberg S = 1/2 Antiferromagnets

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    Landee, C. P.; Albrecht, A. S.; Turnbull, M. M.

    1997-03-01

    The magnetization curves of a number of new 2D S=1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnets have been determined in fields up to 30 tesla at low temperatures at the National High Magnetic Fields Laboratory. Magnets studied include (2-amino-5-methylpyridinium)_2CuBr4 (2-amino-5-chloropyridinium)_2CuBr_4, and [Cu(pz)_2(NO_3)](PF_6), where pz = pyrazine. All of the magnetization curves show upward curvature, a previously unknown effect for this model system. The magnetization curves are qualitatively similar to the theoretical prediction for the linear chain Heisenberg antiferromagnet. The saturation fields are consistent with those predicted from a molecular-field model, using exchange strengths obtained from susceptibility studies. Slight anisotropy has been observed in the single crystal studies of (2-amino-5-methylpyridinium)_2CuBr_4.

  7. Spin- and density-resolved microscopy of antiferromagnetic correlations in Fermi-Hubbard chains.

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    Boll, Martin; Hilker, Timon A; Salomon, Guillaume; Omran, Ahmed; Nespolo, Jacopo; Pollet, Lode; Bloch, Immanuel; Gross, Christian

    2016-09-16

    The repulsive Hubbard Hamiltonian is one of the foundational models describing strongly correlated electrons and is believed to capture essential aspects of high-temperature superconductivity. Ultracold fermions in optical lattices allow for the simulation of the Hubbard Hamiltonian with control over kinetic energy, interactions, and doping. A great challenge is to reach the required low entropy and to observe antiferromagnetic spin correlations beyond nearest neighbors, for which quantum gas microscopes are ideal. Here, we report on the direct, single-site resolved detection of antiferromagnetic correlations extending up to three sites in spin-1/2 Hubbard chains, which requires entropies per particle well below s* = ln(2). The simultaneous detection of spin and density opens the route toward the study of the interplay between magnetic ordering and doping in various dimensions.

  8. Evidence for preferentail rearrangements of mertensite variants by magnetic field in antiferromagnetic CoO crystal.

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    Nie, Z. H.; Ren, Y.; Terai, T.; Wang, Y. D.; Brown, D. E.; Kekeshita, T.

    2009-01-01

    The synchrotron high-energy x-ray diffraction provides the direct crystallographic evidence for the magnetic-field-driven preferential rearrangements of martensite multivariants in antiferromagnetic CoO crystal. When a magnetic field was incrementally applied up to 6 T on the CoO single crystal cooled below the Neel temperature, the martensite variants with the magnetization easy-axis parallel to the magnetic field direction ({rvec H}) were consumed, while the variants with magnetic moments perpendicular to {rvec H} were enhanced. The microscopic origin for the observation is discussed, which provides important information for understanding the magnetic-field-driven strain observed in the antiferromagnetic alloys, with a selection principle on martensite variants different from that found in the ferromagnetic shape memory alloys.

  9. DMRG studies of the frustrated kagome antiferromagnets and the application to volborthite

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    Gong, Shou-Shu; Sheng, D. N.; Yang, Kun

    Motivated by the recent magnetization measurements on the high-quality single crystals of the kagome antiferromagnet volborthite, we study the ground state and magnetization properties of two kagome models proposed from the electronic structure simulations, which treat the volborthite as either the coupled trimers or the coupled frustrated chains on the kagome lattice. We study the models using density-matrix renormalization group on the cylinder geometry with the system width up to 4 legs. We find a quantum phase diagram of the models with changing couplings, and identify the magnetic properties of each phase. In the antiferromagnetic phases, we also study the magnetization curve and the different phases in the magnetic field. Finally, we compare the magetization properties of the models with the experimental observations of volborthite. NSF DMR-1157490, DMR-1408560, and the State of Florida.

  10. Spin- and density-resolved microscopy of antiferromagnetic correlations in Fermi-Hubbard chains.

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    Boll, Martin; Hilker, Timon A; Salomon, Guillaume; Omran, Ahmed; Nespolo, Jacopo; Pollet, Lode; Bloch, Immanuel; Gross, Christian

    2016-09-16

    The repulsive Hubbard Hamiltonian is one of the foundational models describing strongly correlated electrons and is believed to capture essential aspects of high-temperature superconductivity. Ultracold fermions in optical lattices allow for the simulation of the Hubbard Hamiltonian with control over kinetic energy, interactions, and doping. A great challenge is to reach the required low entropy and to observe antiferromagnetic spin correlations beyond nearest neighbors, for which quantum gas microscopes are ideal. Here, we report on the direct, single-site resolved detection of antiferromagnetic correlations extending up to three sites in spin-1/2 Hubbard chains, which requires entropies per particle well below s* = ln(2). The simultaneous detection of spin and density opens the route toward the study of the interplay between magnetic ordering and doping in various dimensions. PMID:27634528

  11. β -NMR Investigation of the Depth-Dependent Magnetic Properties of an Antiferromagnetic Surface

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    Cortie, D. L.; Buck, T.; Dehn, M. H.; Karner, V. L.; Kiefl, R. F.; Levy, C. D. P.; McFadden, R. M. L.; Morris, G. D.; McKenzie, I.; Pearson, M. R.; Wang, X. L.; MacFarlane, W. A.

    2016-03-01

    By measuring the prototypical antiferromagnet α -Fe2O3 , we show that it is possible to determine the static spin orientation and dynamic spin correlations within nanometers from an antiferromagnetic surface using the nuclear spin polarization of implanted 8Li+ ions detected with β -NMR. Remarkably, the first-order Morin spin reorientation in single crystal α -Fe2O3 occurs at the same temperature at all depths between 1 and 100 nm from the (110) surface; however, the implanted nuclear spin experiences an increased 1 /T1 relaxation rate at shallow depths revealing soft-surface magnons. The surface-localized dynamics decay towards the bulk with a characteristic length of ɛ =11 ±1 nm , closely matching the finite-size thresholds of hematite nanostructures.

  12. The antiferromagnetic cross-coupled spin ladder: Quantum fidelity and tensor networks approach

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    Chen, Xi-Hao; Cho, Sam Young; Zhou, Huan-Qiang; Batchelor, Murray T.

    2016-05-01

    We investigate the phase diagram of the cross-coupled Heisenberg spin ladder with antiferromagnetic couplings. For this model, the results for the existence of the columnar dimer phase, which was predicted on the basis of weak coupling field theory renormalization group arguments, have been conflicting. The numerical work on this model has been based on various approaches, including exact diagonalization, series expansions and density-matrix renormalization group calculations. Using the recently-developed tensor network states and groundstate fidelity approach for quantum spin ladders, we find no evidence for the existence of the columnar dimer phase. We also provide an argument based on the symmetry of the Hamiltonian, which suggests that the phase diagram for antiferromagnetic couplings consists of a single line separating the rung-singlet and the Haldane phases.

  13. Strain-modulated antiferromagnetic spin orientation and exchange coupling in Fe/CoO(001)

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    Zhu, J.; Li, Q.; Li, J. X.; Ding, Z.; Wu, Y. Z.; Hua, C. Y.; Huang, M. J.; Lin, H.-J.; Hu, Z.; Won, C.

    2014-05-21

    The effect of CoO spin orientation on exchange coupling was investigated in single-crystalline Fe/CoO/MnO/MgO(001) systems. An antiferromagnetic CoO spin reorientation transition from the in-plane direction to the out-of-plane direction was found to be associated with the in-plane strain transition in CoO film from compression to expansion. The induced uniaxial anisotropies by exchange coupling at the Fe/CoO interface are significantly stronger for the in-plane CoO spin orientation than for the out-of-plane CoO spin orientation. Our study provides a way to modify the exchange coupling in the ferromagnetic (FM)/antiferromagnetic (AFM) bilayer by modulating the strain in the AFM film.

  14. Ising antiferromagnet on the Archimedean lattices

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    Yu, Unjong

    2015-06-01

    Geometric frustration effects were studied systematically with the Ising antiferromagnet on the 11 Archimedean lattices using the Monte Carlo methods. The Wang-Landau algorithm for static properties (specific heat and residual entropy) and the Metropolis algorithm for a freezing order parameter were adopted. The exact residual entropy was also found. Based on the degree of frustration and dynamic properties, ground states of them were determined. The Shastry-Sutherland lattice and the trellis lattice are weakly frustrated and have two- and one-dimensional long-range-ordered ground states, respectively. The bounce, maple-leaf, and star lattices have the spin ice phase. The spin liquid phase appears in the triangular and kagome lattices.

  15. Spin Transport in Ferromagnetic and Antiferromagnetic Insulators

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    Su, Shanshan; Yin, Gen; Liu, Yizhou; Zang, Jiadong; Barlas, Yafis; Lake, Roger

    Recently, experiments of spin pumping have been done for system with antiferromagnetic oxides (AFMOs) as a spacer between YIG and Pt. Observation of spin transport through the AFMO and the enhancement of spin pumping signal in the system due to the insertion of AFMO have been reported. In this research, we model the spin transport in Pt/YIG/Pt and Pt/YIG/AFMO/Pt heterostructures using the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equations coupled with the non-equilibrium Green's function equations. We show that a pure spin current generated at the first Rashba SOC electrode is carried by magnon through YIG, which can be converted back to spin pumping signal at the second electrode. The spin dynamical details at the heterostructure can determine the transport efficiency. The effect of different magnetization orientations and finite temperatures will be addressed. This work was supported by the SHINES under Award # SC0012670.

  16. Landau model for the multiferroic delafossite antiferromagnets

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    Ribeiro, J. L.; Perez-Mato, J. M.; Vieira, L. G.

    2016-10-01

    A symmetry based framework is used to describe the complex phase diagrams observed in the multiferroic delafossite compounds. A free energy Landau functional is derived from the analysis of the transformation properties of the most general incommensurate magnetic spin order parameter. A principle of maximal symmetry is invoked and the stability of each of the different higher symmetry phases considered. The competition between different potential ground states is analysed within the scope of a simplified model, which emphasizes the role of the symmetry allowed phase dependent biquadratic couplings. The cross-over between the different competing states is also discussed. The results show that the diverse set of phase diagrams that are experimentally observed in this class of triangular lattice antiferromagnets and, in particular, the stabilization of magnetically induced ferroelectric states, can be well interpreted and described within this integrated phenomenological approximation.

  17. Probing the evolution of antiferromagnetism in multiferroics

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    Holcomb, M.; Martin, L.; Scholl, A.; He, Q.; Yu, P.; Yang, C.-H.; Yang, S.; Glans, P.-A.; Valvidares, M.; Huijben, M.; Kortright, J.; Guo,, J.; Chu, Y.-H.; Ramesh, R.

    2010-06-09

    This study delineates the evolution of magnetic order in epitaxial films of the room-temperature multiferroic BiFeO3 system. Using angle- and temperature-dependent dichroic measurements and spectromicroscopy, we have observed that the antiferromagnetic order in the model multiferroic BiFeO3 evolves systematically as a function of thickness and strain. Lattice-mismatch-induced strain is found to break the easy-plane magnetic symmetry of the bulk and leads to an easy axis of magnetization which can be controlled through strain. Understanding the evolution of magnetic structure and how to manipulate the magnetism in this model multiferroic has significant implications for utilization of such magnetoelectric materials in future applications.

  18. Ising antiferromagnet on the 2-uniform lattices.

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    Yu, Unjong

    2016-08-01

    The antiferromagnetic Ising model is investigated on the twenty 2-uniform lattices using the Monte Carlo method based on the Wang-Landau algorithm and the Metropolis algorithm to study the geometric frustration effect systematically. Based on the specific heat, the residual entropy, and the Edwards-Anderson freezing order parameter, the ground states of them were determined. In addition to the long-range-ordered phase and the spin ice phase found in the Archimedean lattices, two more phases were found. The partial long-range order is long-range order with exceptional disordered sites, which give extensive residual entropy. In the partial spin ice phase, the partial freezing phenomenon appears: A majority of sites are frozen without long-range order, but the other sites are fluctuating even at zero temperature. The spin liquid ground state was not found in the 2-uniform lattices. PMID:27627251

  19. Ising antiferromagnet on the 2-uniform lattices

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    Yu, Unjong

    2016-08-01

    The antiferromagnetic Ising model is investigated on the twenty 2-uniform lattices using the Monte Carlo method based on the Wang-Landau algorithm and the Metropolis algorithm to study the geometric frustration effect systematically. Based on the specific heat, the residual entropy, and the Edwards-Anderson freezing order parameter, the ground states of them were determined. In addition to the long-range-ordered phase and the spin ice phase found in the Archimedean lattices, two more phases were found. The partial long-range order is long-range order with exceptional disordered sites, which give extensive residual entropy. In the partial spin ice phase, the partial freezing phenomenon appears: A majority of sites are frozen without long-range order, but the other sites are fluctuating even at zero temperature. The spin liquid ground state was not found in the 2-uniform lattices.

  20. Anomalous Magnetothermopower in a Metallic Frustrated Antiferromagnet.

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    Arsenijević, Stevan; Ok, Jong Mok; Robinson, Peter; Ghannadzadeh, Saman; Katsnelson, Mikhail I; Kim, Jun Sung; Hussey, Nigel E

    2016-02-26

    We report the temperature T and magnetic field H dependence of the thermopower S of an itinerant triangular antiferromagnet PdCrO_{2} in high magnetic fields up to 32 T. In the paramagnetic phase, the zero-field thermopower is positive with a value typical of good metals with a high carrier density. In marked contrast to typical metals, however, S decreases rapidly with increasing magnetic field, approaching zero at the maximum field scale for T>70  K. We argue here that this profound change in the thermoelectric response derives from the strong interaction of the 4d correlated electrons of the Pd ions with the short-range spin correlations of the Cr^{3+} spins that persist beyond the Néel ordering temperature due to the combined effects of geometrical frustration and low dimensionality. PMID:26967440

  1. Spin dynamics in geometrically frustrated antiferromagnetic pyrochlores

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    Gardner, J. S.; Ehlers, G.; Bramwell, S. T.; Gaulin, B. D.

    2004-03-01

    We have studied the spin dynamics of several antiferromagnetic pyrochlore oxides. These magnets are geometrically frustrated and only reach their ground states at temperatures much lower than that expected from mean field theory. Here we present data on the magnetic nature, especially the spin dynamics of Tb2Ti2O7, Gd2Ti2O7 and Y2Mo2O7. In these systems the ground states are found to be very different. Y2Mo2O7 freezes completely into a spin glass-like state, Tb2Ti2O7 is a cooperative paramagnetic and remains dynamic down to 15 mK and Gd2Ti2O7 enters a unique partially ordered state at {\\sim }1 K.

  2. Transformation of spin current by antiferromagnetic insulators

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    Khymyn, Roman; Lisenkov, Ivan; Tiberkevich, Vasil S.; Slavin, Andrei N.; Ivanov, Boris A.

    2016-06-01

    It is demonstrated theoretically that a thin layer of an anisotropic antiferromagnetic (AFM) insulator can effectively conduct spin current through the excitation of a pair of evanescent AFM spin wave modes. The spin current flowing through the AFM is not conserved due to the interaction between the excited AFM modes and the AFM lattice and, depending on the excitation conditions, can be either attenuated or enhanced. When the phase difference between the excited evanescent modes is close to π /2 , there is an optimum AFM thickness for which the output spin current reaches a maximum, which can significantly exceed the magnitude of the input spin current. The spin current transfer through the AFM depends on the ambient temperature and increases substantially when temperature approaches the Néel temperature of the AFM layer.

  3. Piezo-antiferromagnetic effect of sawtooth-like graphene nanoribbons

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    Zhao, Shangqian; Lu, Yan; Zhang, Yuchun; Lu, Wengang Liang, Wenjie

    2014-05-19

    A type of sawtooth-like graphene nanoribbon (SGNR) with piezo-antiferromagnetic effect is studied numerically. The ground state of the studied SGNR changes from nonmagnetic state to antiferromagnetic state with uniaxial strain. The changes of the spin-charge distributions during the stretching are investigated. The Hubbard model reveals that the hopping integrals between the π-orbitals of the carbon atoms are responsible to the piezo-antiferromagnetic effect. The study sheds light on the application of graphene-based structures to nanosensors and spintronic devices.

  4. Kapitza problem for the magnetic moments of synthetic antiferromagnetic systems

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    Dzhezherya, Yu. I.; Demishev, K. O.; Korenivskii, V. N.

    2012-08-15

    The dynamics of magnetization in synthetic antiferromagnetic systems with the magnetic dipole coupling in a rapidly oscillating field has been examined. It has been revealed that the system can behave similar to the Kapitza pendulum. It has been shown that an alternating magnetic field can be efficiently used to control the magnetic state of a cell of a synthetic antiferromagnet. Analytical relations have been obtained between the parameters of such an antiferromagnet and an external magnetic field at which certain quasistationary states are implemented.

  5. Antiferromagnetic order in uranium nickel(0.39) rhodium (0.61) aluminum.

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    El-Khatib, S.; Alsmadi, A. K.; Nakotte, H.; Andreev, A.V.; Lacerda, A. H.

    2003-01-01

    As the archetype magnetic intermetallic compounds IJNiAI (antiferromagnet, TN = 19K) and URhAI (ferromagnet, TC = 27K) [1] ., iJNi0.39Rh0.61A1 crystallizes in the hexagonal ZrNiAI-type structure . UNi0 .39Rh0.61A1 undergoes antiferromagnetic (AF) at TN = 13K . Here, we report on resistance and magnetoresistance studies on single-crystalline UNi0 .39Rh0.61A1 in magnetic field up to 18T applied along and perpendicular to the c-axis. 20-Tesla National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) at Los Alamos has been used to investigate such magnetic properties . This compound is found to exhibit highly anisotropic properties with the easy magnetization axis along the c-axis . While for fields applied along c-axis, 3T completely suppresses the AF ordering, antiferromagnetism persists up to the highest field of 18T applied perpendicular to the c-axis, see Fig.(1) which shows R(ohm) vs B (T) . The results are discussed in terms of variation of the 5f-ligand hybridization compared to the one of its parent compounds.

  6. Pressure-Induced Antiferromagnetic Transition and Phase Diagram in FeSe

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    Terashima, Taichi; Kikugawa, Naoki; Kasahara, Shigeru; Watashige, Tatsuya; Shibauchi, Takasada; Matsuda, Yuji; Wolf, Thomas; Böhmer, Anna E.; Hardy, Frédéric; Meingast, Christoph; Löhneysen, Hilbert v.; Uji, Shinya

    2015-06-01

    We report measurements of resistance and ac magnetic susceptibility on FeSe single crystals under high pressure up to 27.2 kbar. The structural phase transition is quickly suppressed with pressure, and the associated anomaly is not seen above ˜18 kbar. The superconducting transition temperature evolves nonmonotonically with pressure, showing a minimum at ˜12 kbar. We find another anomaly at 21.2 K at 11.6 kbar. This anomaly most likely corresponds to the antiferromagnetic phase transition found in μSR measurements [M. Bendele et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 087003 (2010)]. The antiferromagnetic and superconducting transition temperatures both increase with pressure up to ˜25 kbar and then level off. The width of the superconducting transition anomalously broadens in the pressure range where the antiferromagnetism coexists.

  7. Temperature dependence of anisotropic magnetoresistance in antiferromagnetic Sr{sub 2}IrO{sub 4}

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    Wang, C.; Seinige, H.; Tsoi, M.; Cao, G.; Zhou, J.-S.; Goodenough, J. B.

    2015-05-07

    Temperature-dependent magnetotransport properties of the antiferromagnetic semiconductor Sr{sub 2}IrO{sub 4} are investigated with point-contact devices. The point-contact technique allows to probe very small volumes and, therefore, to look for electronic transport on a microscopic scale. Point-contact measurements with single crystals of Sr{sub 2}IrO{sub 4} were intended to see whether the additional local resistance associated with a small contact area between a sharpened Cu tip and the antiferromagnet shows magnetoresistance (MR) such as that seen in bulk crystals. Point-contact measurements at liquid nitrogen temperature revealed large MRs (up to 28%) for modest magnetic fields (250 mT) applied within an IrO{sub 2} (ab) plane with angular dependence showing a crossover from four-fold to two-fold symmetry with an increasing magnetic field. Point contact measurement exhibits distinctive anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) in comparison to a bulk experiment, imposing intriguing questions about the mechanism of AMR in this material. Temperature-dependent MR measurements show that the MR falls to zero at the Neel temperature, but the temperature dependence of the MR ratio differs qualitatively from that of the resistivity. This AMR study helps to unveil the entanglement between electronic transport and magnetism in Sr{sub 2}IrO{sub 4} while the observed magnetoresistive phenomena can be potentially used to sense the antiferromagnetic order parameter in spintronic applications.

  8. Heat Transport between Antiferromagnetic Insulators and Normal Metals

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    Fjaerbu, Eirik Lohaugen; Skarsvaag, Hans; Tveten, Erlend G.; Brataas, Arne

    Antiferromagnetic insulators can become active spintronics components by controlling and detecting their dynamics via spin currents in adjacent metals. This cross-talk occurs via spin-transfer and spin-pumping, phenomena that have been predicted to be as strong in antiferromagnets as in ferromagnets. In a recent article, we demonstrate that a temperature gradient drives a significant heat flow from magnons in antiferromagnetic insulators to electrons in adjacent normal metals. The same coefficients as in the spin-transfer and spin-pumping processes also determine the thermal conductance. However, in contrast to ferromagnets, the heat is not transferred via a spin Seebeck effect which is absent in antiferromagnetic insulator-normal metal systems. Instead, the heat is proportional to a large staggered spin Seebeck effect.

  9. Heat transport between antiferromagnetic insulators and normal metals

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    Brataas, Arne; Skarsvâg, Hans; Tveten, Erlend G.; Løhaugen Fjærbu, Eirik

    2015-11-01

    Antiferromagnetic insulators can become active spintronics components by controlling and detecting their dynamics via spin currents in adjacent metals. This cross talk occurs via spin transfer and spin pumping, phenomena that have been predicted to be as strong in antiferromagnets as in ferromagnets. Here, we demonstrate that a temperature gradient drives a significant heat flow from magnons in antiferromagnetic insulators to electrons in adjacent normal metals. The same coefficients as in the spin-transfer and spin-pumping processes also determine the thermal conductance. However, in contrast to ferromagnets, the heat is not transferred via a spin Seebeck effect which is absent in antiferromagnetic insulator-normal metal systems. Instead, the heat is proportional to a large staggered spin Seebeck effect.

  10. Kinetically Inhibited Order in a Diamond-Lattice Antiferromagnet

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    MacDougall, Gregory J; Gout, Delphine J; Zarestky, Jerel L; Ehlers, Georg; Podlesnyak, Andrey A; McGuire, Michael A; Mandrus, David; Nagler, Stephen E

    2011-01-01

    Frustrated magnetic systems exhibit highly degenerate ground states and strong fluctuations, often leading to new physics. An intriguing example of current interest is the antiferromagnet on a diamond lattice, realized physically in the A-site spinel materials. This is a prototypical system in three dimensions where frustration arises from competing interactions rather than purely geometric constraints, and theory suggests the possibility of novel order at low temperature. Here we present a comprehensive single crystal neutron scattering study CoAl2O4, a highly frustrated A-site spinel. We observe strong diffuse scattering that peaks at wavevectors associated with Neel ordering. Below the temperature T*=6.5K, there is a dramatic change in elastic scattering lineshape accompanied by the emergence of well-defined spin-wave excitations. T* had previously been associated with the onset of glassy behavior. Our new results suggest instead that in fact T* signifies a first-order phase transition, but with true long-range order inhibited by the kinetic freezing of domain walls. This scenario might be expected to occur widely in frustrated systems containing first-order phase transitions and is a natural explanation for existing reports of anomalous glassy behavior in other materials.

  11. Valence bond distribution and correlation in bipartite Heisenberg antiferromagnets

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    Schwandt, David; Alet, Fabien; Oshikawa, Masaki

    2014-03-01

    Every singlet state of a quantum spin-1/2 system can be decomposed into a linear combination of valence bond basis states. The range of valence bonds within this linear combination as well as the correlations between them can reveal the nature of the singlet state and are key ingredients in variational calculations. In this work, we study the bipartite valence bond distributions and their correlations within the ground state of the Heisenberg antiferromagnet on bipartite lattices. In terms of field theory, this problem can be mapped to correlation functions near a boundary. In dimension d ≥2, a nonlinear σ model analysis reveals that at long distances the probability distribution P (r) of valence bond lengths decays as |r|-d-1 and that valence bonds are uncorrelated. By a bosonization analysis, we also obtain P(r )∝|r|-d-1 in d =1 despite the different mechanism. On the other hand, we find that correlations between valence bonds are important even at large distances in d =1, in stark contrast to d ≥2. The analytical results are confirmed by high-precision quantum Monte Carlo simulations in d =1, 2, and 3. We develop a single-projection loop variant of the valence bond projection algorithm, which is well designed to compute valence bond probabilities and for which we provide algorithmic details.

  12. Photo-induced Spin Angular Momentum Transfer into Antiferromagnetic Insulator

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    Fang, Fan; Fan, Yichun; Ma, Xin; Zhu, J.; Li, Q.; Ma, T. P.; Wu, Y. Z.; Chen, Z. H.; Zhao, H. B.; Luepke, Gunter; College of William and Mary Team; Department of Physics, Fudan University Team; Department of Optical Science and Engineering, Fudan University Team

    2014-03-01

    Spin angular momentum transfer into antiferromagnetic(AFM) insulator is observed in single crystalline Fe/CoO/MgO(001) heterostructure by time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect (TR-MOKE). The transfer process is mediated by the Heisenberg exchange coupling between Fe and CoO spins. Below the Neel temperature(TN) of CoO, the fact that effective Gilbert damping parameter α is independent of external magnetic field and it is enhanced with respect to the intrinsic damping in Fe/MgO, indicates that the damping process involves both the intrinsic spin relaxation and the transfer of Fe spin angular momentum to CoO spins via FM-AFM exchange coupling and then into the lattice by spin-orbit coupling. The work at the College of William and Mary was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. The work at Department of Physics, Fudan, was supported by NSFC. The work at Department of Optical Science and Engineering, Fudan was supported by NSFC and NCET.

  13. Antiferromagnetic Skyrmion: Stability, Creation and Manipulation.

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    Zhang, Xichao; Zhou, Yan; Ezawa, Motohiko

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic skyrmions are particle-like topological excitations in ferromagnets, which have the topo-logical number Q = ± 1, and hence show the skyrmion Hall effect (SkHE) due to the Magnus force effect originating from the topology. Here, we propose the counterpart of the magnetic skyrmion in the antiferromagnetic (AFM) system, that is, the AFM skyrmion, which is topologically protected but without showing the SkHE. Two approaches for creating the AFM skyrmion have been described based on micromagnetic lattice simulations: (i) by injecting a vertical spin-polarized current to a nanodisk with the AFM ground state; (ii) by converting an AFM domain-wall pair in a nanowire junction. It is demonstrated that the AFM skyrmion, driven by the spin-polarized current, can move straightly over long distance, benefiting from the absence of the SkHE. Our results will open a new strategy on designing the novel spintronic devices based on AFM materials.

  14. Room-temperature antiferromagnetic memory resistor.

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    Marti, X; Fina, I; Frontera, C; Liu, Jian; Wadley, P; He, Q; Paull, R J; Clarkson, J D; Kudrnovský, J; Turek, I; Kuneš, J; Yi, D; Chu, J-H; Nelson, C T; You, L; Arenholz, E; Salahuddin, S; Fontcuberta, J; Jungwirth, T; Ramesh, R

    2014-04-01

    The bistability of ordered spin states in ferromagnets provides the basis for magnetic memory functionality. The latest generation of magnetic random access memories rely on an efficient approach in which magnetic fields are replaced by electrical means for writing and reading the information in ferromagnets. This concept may eventually reduce the sensitivity of ferromagnets to magnetic field perturbations to being a weakness for data retention and the ferromagnetic stray fields to an obstacle for high-density memory integration. Here we report a room-temperature bistable antiferromagnetic (AFM) memory that produces negligible stray fields and is insensitive to strong magnetic fields. We use a resistor made of a FeRh AFM, which orders ferromagnetically roughly 100 K above room temperature, and therefore allows us to set different collective directions for the Fe moments by applied magnetic field. On cooling to room temperature, AFM order sets in with the direction of the AFM moments predetermined by the field and moment direction in the high-temperature ferromagnetic state. For electrical reading, we use an AFM analogue of the anisotropic magnetoresistance. Our microscopic theory modelling confirms that this archetypical spintronic effect, discovered more than 150 years ago in ferromagnets, is also present in AFMs. Our work demonstrates the feasibility of fabricating room-temperature spintronic memories with AFMs, which in turn expands the base of available magnetic materials for devices with properties that cannot be achieved with ferromagnets.

  15. Antiferromagnetic Skyrmion: Stability, Creation and Manipulation

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    Zhang, Xichao; Zhou, Yan; Ezawa, Motohiko

    2016-04-01

    Magnetic skyrmions are particle-like topological excitations in ferromagnets, which have the topo-logical number Q = ± 1, and hence show the skyrmion Hall effect (SkHE) due to the Magnus force effect originating from the topology. Here, we propose the counterpart of the magnetic skyrmion in the antiferromagnetic (AFM) system, that is, the AFM skyrmion, which is topologically protected but without showing the SkHE. Two approaches for creating the AFM skyrmion have been described based on micromagnetic lattice simulations: (i) by injecting a vertical spin-polarized current to a nanodisk with the AFM ground state; (ii) by converting an AFM domain-wall pair in a nanowire junction. It is demonstrated that the AFM skyrmion, driven by the spin-polarized current, can move straightly over long distance, benefiting from the absence of the SkHE. Our results will open a new strategy on designing the novel spintronic devices based on AFM materials.

  16. Antiferromagnetic Skyrmion: Stability, Creation and Manipulation.

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    Zhang, Xichao; Zhou, Yan; Ezawa, Motohiko

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic skyrmions are particle-like topological excitations in ferromagnets, which have the topo-logical number Q = ± 1, and hence show the skyrmion Hall effect (SkHE) due to the Magnus force effect originating from the topology. Here, we propose the counterpart of the magnetic skyrmion in the antiferromagnetic (AFM) system, that is, the AFM skyrmion, which is topologically protected but without showing the SkHE. Two approaches for creating the AFM skyrmion have been described based on micromagnetic lattice simulations: (i) by injecting a vertical spin-polarized current to a nanodisk with the AFM ground state; (ii) by converting an AFM domain-wall pair in a nanowire junction. It is demonstrated that the AFM skyrmion, driven by the spin-polarized current, can move straightly over long distance, benefiting from the absence of the SkHE. Our results will open a new strategy on designing the novel spintronic devices based on AFM materials. PMID:27099125

  17. Room-temperature antiferromagnetic memory resistor

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    Marti, X.; Fina, I.; Frontera, C.; Liu, Jian; Wadley, P.; He, Q.; Paull, R. J.; Clarkson, J. D.; Kudrnovský, J.; Turek, I.; Kuneš, J.; Yi, D.; Chu, J.-H.; Nelson, C. T.; You, L.; Arenholz, E.; Salahuddin, S.; Fontcuberta, J.; Jungwirth, T.; Ramesh, R.

    2014-04-01

    The bistability of ordered spin states in ferromagnets provides the basis for magnetic memory functionality. The latest generation of magnetic random access memories rely on an efficient approach in which magnetic fields are replaced by electrical means for writing and reading the information in ferromagnets. This concept may eventually reduce the sensitivity of ferromagnets to magnetic field perturbations to being a weakness for data retention and the ferromagnetic stray fields to an obstacle for high-density memory integration. Here we report a room-temperature bistable antiferromagnetic (AFM) memory that produces negligible stray fields and is insensitive to strong magnetic fields. We use a resistor made of a FeRh AFM, which orders ferromagnetically roughly 100 K above room temperature, and therefore allows us to set different collective directions for the Fe moments by applied magnetic field. On cooling to room temperature, AFM order sets in with the direction of the AFM moments predetermined by the field and moment direction in the high-temperature ferromagnetic state. For electrical reading, we use an AFM analogue of the anisotropic magnetoresistance. Our microscopic theory modelling confirms that this archetypical spintronic effect, discovered more than 150 years ago in ferromagnets, is also present in AFMs. Our work demonstrates the feasibility of fabricating room-temperature spintronic memories with AFMs, which in turn expands the base of available magnetic materials for devices with properties that cannot be achieved with ferromagnets.

  18. Antiferromagnetic Skyrmion: Stability, Creation and Manipulation

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    Zhang, Xichao; Zhou, Yan; Ezawa, Motohiko

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic skyrmions are particle-like topological excitations in ferromagnets, which have the topo-logical number Q = ± 1, and hence show the skyrmion Hall effect (SkHE) due to the Magnus force effect originating from the topology. Here, we propose the counterpart of the magnetic skyrmion in the antiferromagnetic (AFM) system, that is, the AFM skyrmion, which is topologically protected but without showing the SkHE. Two approaches for creating the AFM skyrmion have been described based on micromagnetic lattice simulations: (i) by injecting a vertical spin-polarized current to a nanodisk with the AFM ground state; (ii) by converting an AFM domain-wall pair in a nanowire junction. It is demonstrated that the AFM skyrmion, driven by the spin-polarized current, can move straightly over long distance, benefiting from the absence of the SkHE. Our results will open a new strategy on designing the novel spintronic devices based on AFM materials. PMID:27099125

  19. Antiferromagnet-induced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic trilayers

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    Wang, Bo-Yao; Lin, Po-Han; Tsai, Ming-Shian; Shih, Chun-Wei; Lee, Meng-Ju; Huang, Chun-Wei; Jih, Nae-Yeou; Wei, Der-Hsin

    2016-08-01

    This study demonstrates the effect of antiferromagnet-induced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) on ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic (FM/AFM/FM) trilayers and reveals its interplay with a long-range interlayer coupling between separated FM layers. In epitaxially grown 12 monolayer (ML) Ni/Co/Mn/5 ML Co/Cu(001) films, magnetic hysteresis loops and element-resolved magnetic domain imaging showed that the magnetization direction of the top layers of 12 ML Ni/Co films could be changed from the in-plane direction to the perpendicular direction, when the thickness of the Mn films (tMn) was greater than a critical value close to the thickness threshold associated with the onset of AFM ordering (tMn=3.5 ML). The top FM layers exhibited a significantly enhanced PMA when tMn increased further, and this enhancement can be attributed to a strengthened AFM ordering of the volume moments of the Mn films, as evidenced by the presence of induced domain frustration. By contrast, the long-range interlayer coupling presented clear effects only when tMn was at a lower coverage.

  20. Suppression of the antiferromagnetic pseudogap in the electron-doped high-temperature superconductor by protect annealing

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    Horio, M.; Adachi, T.; Mori, Y.; Takahashi, A.; Yoshida, T.; Suzuki, H.; Ambolode, L. C. C.; Okazaki, K.; Ono, K.; Kumigashira, H.; Anzai, H.; Arita, M.; Namatame, H.; Taniguchi, M.; Ootsuki, D.; Sawada, K.; Takahashi, M.; Mizokawa, T.; Koike, Y.; Fujimori, A.

    2016-02-01

    In the hole-doped cuprates, a small number of carriers suppresses antiferromagnetism and induces superconductivity. In the electron-doped cuprates, on the other hand, superconductivity appears only in a narrow window of high-doped Ce concentration after reduction annealing, and strong antiferromagnetic correlation persists in the superconducting phase. Recently, Pr1.3-xLa0.7CexCuO4 (PLCCO) bulk single crystals annealed by a protect annealing method showed a high critical temperature of around 27 K for small Ce content down to 0.05. Here, by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements of PLCCO crystals, we observed a sharp quasi-particle peak on the entire Fermi surface without signature of an antiferromagnetic pseudogap unlike all the previous work, indicating a dramatic reduction of antiferromagnetic correlation length and/or of magnetic moments. The superconducting state was found to extend over a wide electron concentration range. The present results fundamentally challenge the long-standing picture on the electronic structure in the electron-doped regime.

  1. Suppression of the antiferromagnetic pseudogap in the electron-doped high-temperature superconductor by protect annealing.

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    Horio, M; Adachi, T; Mori, Y; Takahashi, A; Yoshida, T; Suzuki, H; Ambolode, L C C; Okazaki, K; Ono, K; Kumigashira, H; Anzai, H; Arita, M; Namatame, H; Taniguchi, M; Ootsuki, D; Sawada, K; Takahashi, M; Mizokawa, T; Koike, Y; Fujimori, A

    2016-01-01

    In the hole-doped cuprates, a small number of carriers suppresses antiferromagnetism and induces superconductivity. In the electron-doped cuprates, on the other hand, superconductivity appears only in a narrow window of high-doped Ce concentration after reduction annealing, and strong antiferromagnetic correlation persists in the superconducting phase. Recently, Pr(1.3-x)La0.7Ce(x)CuO4 (PLCCO) bulk single crystals annealed by a protect annealing method showed a high critical temperature of around 27 K for small Ce content down to 0.05. Here, by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements of PLCCO crystals, we observed a sharp quasi-particle peak on the entire Fermi surface without signature of an antiferromagnetic pseudogap unlike all the previous work, indicating a dramatic reduction of antiferromagnetic correlation length and/or of magnetic moments. The superconducting state was found to extend over a wide electron concentration range. The present results fundamentally challenge the long-standing picture on the electronic structure in the electron-doped regime.

  2. Superconducting phase diagram of itinerant antiferromagnets

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    Rømer, A. T.; Eremin, I.; Hirschfeld, P. J.; Andersen, B. M.

    2016-05-01

    We study the phase diagram of the Hubbard model in the weak-coupling limit for coexisting spin-density-wave order and spin-fluctuation-mediated superconductivity. Both longitudinal and transverse spin fluctuations contribute significantly to the effective interaction potential, which creates Cooper pairs of the quasiparticles of the antiferromagnetic metallic state. We find a dominant dx2-y2-wave solution in both electron- and hole-doped cases. In the quasi-spin-triplet channel, the longitudinal fluctuations give rise to an effective attraction supporting a p -wave gap, but are overcome by repulsive contributions from the transverse fluctuations which disfavor p -wave pairing compared to dx2-y2. The subleading pair instability is found to be in the g -wave channel, but complex admixtures of d and g are not energetically favored since their nodal structures coincide. Inclusion of interband pairing, in which each fermion in the Cooper pair belongs to a different spin-density-wave band, is considered for a range of electron dopings in the regime of well-developed magnetic order. We demonstrate that these interband pairing gaps, which are nonzero in the magnetic state, must have the same parity under inversion as the normal intraband gaps. The self-consistent solution to the full system of five coupled gap equations gives intraband and interband pairing gaps of dx2-y2 structure and similar gap magnitude. In conclusion, the dx2-y2 gap dominates for both hole and electron doping inside the spin-density-wave phase.

  3. Phase Diagram of a Three-Dimensional Antiferromagnet with Random Magnetic Anisotropy

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    Perez, Felio A.; Borisov, Pavel; Johnson, Trent A.; Stanescu, Tudor D.; Trappen, Robbyn; Holcomb, Mikel B.; Lederman, David; Fitzsimmons, M. R.; Aczel, Adam A.; Hong, Tao

    2015-03-04

    Three-dimensional (3D) antiferromagnets with random magnetic anisotropy (RMA) that were experimentally studied to date have competing two-dimensional and three-dimensional exchange interactions which can obscure the authentic effects of RMA. The magnetic phase diagram of FexNi1-xF2 epitaxial thin films with true random single-ion anisotropy was deduced from magnetometry and neutron scattering measurements and analyzed using mean field theory. Regions with uniaxial, oblique and easy plane anisotropies were identified. A RMA-induced glass region was discovered where a Griffiths-like breakdown of long-range spin order occurs.

  4. Phase Diagram of a Three-Dimensional Antiferromagnet with Random Magnetic Anisotropy

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    Perez, Felio A.; Borisov, Pavel; Johnson, Trent A.; Stanescu, Tudor D.; Trappen, Robbyn; Holcomb, Mikel B.; Lederman, David; Fitzsimmons, M. R.; Aczel, Adam A.; Hong, Tao

    2015-03-04

    Three-dimensional (3D) antiferromagnets with random magnetic anisotropy (RMA) that were experimentally studied to date have competing two-dimensional and three-dimensional exchange interactions which can obscure the authentic effects of RMA. The magnetic phase diagram of FexNi1-xF2 epitaxial thin films with true random single-ion anisotropy was deduced from magnetometry and neutron scattering measurements and analyzed using mean field theory. Regions with uniaxial, oblique and easy plane anisotropies were identified. A RMA-induced glass region was discovered where a Griffiths-like breakdown of long-range spin order occurs.

  5. Itinerant Antiferromagnetism in FeMnP0.8Si0.2

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    Sales, Brian C.; Susner, Michael A.; Conner, Benjamin S.; Yan, Jiaqiang Q.; May, Andrew F.

    2015-09-25

    Compounds based on the Fe2P structure have continued to attract interest because of the interplay between itinerant and localized magnetism in a noncentrosymmetric crystal structure, and because of the recent developments of these materials for magnetocaloric applications. We report the growth and characterization of millimeter-sized single crystals of FeMnP0.8Si0.2 with the Fe2P structure. Single-crystal x-ray diffraction, magnetization, resistivity, and Hall and heat capacity data are reported. The crystals exhibit itinerant antiferromagnetic order below 158 K with no hint of ferromagnetic behavior in the magnetization curves and with the spins ordered primarily in the ab plane. The room-temperature resistivity is closemore » to the Ioffe-Regel limit for a metal. Single-crystal x-ray diffraction indicates a strong preference for Mn to occupy the larger pyramidal 3g site. The cation site preference in the as-grown crystals and the antiferromagnetism were not changed after high-temperature anneals and a rapid quench to room temperature« less

  6. Isothermal anisotropic magnetoresistance in antiferromagnetic metallic IrMn

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    Galceran, R.; Fina, I.; Cisneros-Fernández, J.; Bozzo, B.; Frontera, C.; López-Mir, L.; Deniz, H.; Park, K.-W.; Park, B.-G.; Balcells, Ll.; Martí, X.; Jungwirth, T.; Martínez, B.

    2016-01-01

    Antiferromagnetic spintronics is an emerging field; antiferromagnets can improve the functionalities of ferromagnets with higher response times, and having the information shielded against external magnetic field. Moreover, a large list of aniferromagnetic semiconductors and metals with Néel temperatures above room temperature exists. In the present manuscript, we persevere in the quest for the limits of how large can anisotropic magnetoresistance be in antiferromagnetic materials with very large spin-orbit coupling. We selected IrMn as a prime example of first-class moment (Mn) and spin-orbit (Ir) combination. Isothermal magnetotransport measurements in an antiferromagnetic-metal(IrMn)/ferromagnetic-insulator thin film bilayer have been performed. The metal/insulator structure with magnetic coupling between both layers allows the measurement of the modulation of the transport properties exclusively in the antiferromagnetic layer. Anisotropic magnetoresistance as large as 0.15% has been found, which is much larger than that for a bare IrMn layer. Interestingly, it has been observed that anisotropic magnetoresistance is strongly influenced by the field cooling conditions, signaling the dependence of the found response on the formation of domains at the magnetic ordering temperature. PMID:27762278

  7. Supersymmetry protected topological phases of isostatic lattices and kagome antiferromagnets

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    Lawler, Michael J.

    2016-10-01

    I generalize the theory of phonon topological band structures of isostatic lattices to frustrated antiferromagnets. I achieve this with a discovery of a many-body supersymmetry (SUSY) in the phonon problem of balls and springs and its connection to local constraints satisfied by ground states. The Witten index of the SUSY model demands the Maxwell-Calladine index of mechanical structures. "Spontaneous supersymmetry breaking" is identified as the need to gap all modes in the bulk to create the topological isostatic lattice state. Since ground states of magnetic systems also satisfy local constraint conditions (such as the vanishing of the total spin on a triangle), I identify a similar SUSY structure for many common models of antiferromagnets including the square, triangluar, kagome, pyrochlore nearest-neighbor antiferromagnets, and the J2=J1/2 square-lattice antiferromagnet. Remarkably, the kagome family of antiferromagnets is the analog of topological isostatic lattices among this collection of models. Thus, a solid-state realization of the theory of phonon topological band structure may be found in frustrated magnetic materials.

  8. Antiferromagnetism in 2D arrays of superconducting rings

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    Davidović, D.; Kumar, S.; Reich, D. H.; Siegel, J.; Field, S. B.; Tiberio, R. C.; Hey, R.; Ploog, K.

    1996-03-01

    An array of isolated superconducting rings at Φ_0/2 applied flux is equivalent to a 2D random field Ising antiferromagnet. The quantized magnetic moments of the rings play the role of Ising spins, and small variations in the rings' areas lead to a Gaussian random field. Using SQUID magnetometry and scanning Hall probe microscopy, we studied the dynamics and antiferromagnetic correlations of arrays of micron-size Al rings, arranged on square, honeycomb, triangular, and kagomé lattices. All the arrays exhibit short range antiferromagnetic order. Spin freezing at low temperatures and the random field prevent the development of long range correlations on bipartite lattices. Effects of geometrical frustration on the triangular and kagomé lattices were also observed.

  9. Vertex functions at finite momentum: Application to antiferromagnetic quantum criticality

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    Wölfle, Peter; Abrahams, Elihu

    2016-02-01

    We analyze the three-point vertex function that describes the coupling of fermionic particle-hole pairs in a metal to spin or charge fluctuations at nonzero momentum. We consider Ward identities, which connect two-particle vertex functions to the self-energy, in the framework of a Hubbard model. These are derived using conservation laws following from local symmetries. The generators considered are the spin density and particle density. It is shown that at certain antiferromagnetic critical points, where the quasiparticle effective mass is diverging, the vertex function describing the coupling of particle-hole pairs to the spin density Fourier component at the antiferromagnetic wave vector is also divergent. Then we give an explicit calculation of the irreducible vertex function for the case of three-dimensional antiferromagnetic fluctuations, and show that it is proportional to the diverging quasiparticle effective mass.

  10. Antiferromagnetic phase of the gapless semiconductor V3Al

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    Jamer, M. E.; Assaf, B. A.; Sterbinsky, G. E.; Arena, D.; Lewis, L. H.; Saúl, A. A.; Radtke, G.; Heiman, D.

    2015-03-01

    Discovering new antiferromagnetic (AF) compounds is at the forefront of developing future spintronic devices without fringing magnetic fields. The AF gapless semiconducting D 03 phase of V3Al was successfully synthesized via arc-melting and annealing. The AF properties were established through synchrotron measurements of the atom-specific magnetic moments, where the magnetic dichroism reveals large and oppositely oriented moments on individual V atoms. Density functional theory calculations confirmed the stability of a type G antiferromagnetism involving only two-thirds of the V atoms, while the remaining V atoms are nonmagnetic. Magnetization, x-ray diffraction, and transport measurements also support the antiferromagnetism. This archetypal gapless semiconductor may be considered as a cornerstone for future spintronic devices containing AF elements.

  11. Revealing the properties of Mn2Au for antiferromagnetic spintronics.

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    Barthem, V M T S; Colin, C V; Mayaffre, H; Julien, M-H; Givord, D

    2013-01-01

    The continuous reduction in size of spintronic devices requires the development of structures, which are insensitive to parasitic external magnetic fields, while preserving the magnetoresistive signals of existing systems based on giant or tunnel magnetoresistance. This could be obtained in tunnel anisotropic magnetoresistance structures incorporating an antiferromagnetic, instead of a ferromagnetic, material. To turn this promising concept into real devices, new magnetic materials with large spin-orbit effects must be identified. Here we demonstrate that Mn2Au is not a Pauli paramagnet as hitherto believed but an antiferromagnet with Mn moments of ~4 μB. The particularly large strength of the exchange interactions leads to an extrapolated Néel temperature well above 1,000 K, so that ground-state magnetic properties are essentially preserved up to room temperature and above. Combined with the existence of a significant in-plane anisotropy, this makes Mn2Au the most promising material for antiferromagnetic spintronics identified so far.

  12. Magnetization damping in noncollinear spin valves with antiferromagnetic interlayer couplings

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    Chiba, Takahiro; Bauer, Gerrit E. W.; Takahashi, Saburo

    2015-08-01

    We study the magnetic damping in the simplest of synthetic antiferromagnets, i.e., antiferromagnetically exchange-coupled spin valves, in the presence of applied magnetic fields that enforce noncolliear magnetic configurations. We formulate the dynamic exchange of spin currents in a noncollinear texture based on the spin-diffusion theory with quantum mechanical boundary conditions at the ferrromagnet/normal-metal interfaces and derive the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equations coupled by the interlayer static and dynamic exchange interactions. We predict noncollinearity-induced additional damping that is modulated by an applied magnetic field. We compare theoretical results with published experiments.

  13. Hidden order to antiferromagnetic transition in URu2Si2

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    Hall, Jesse; Movassagh, Mahsa Rahimi; Wilson, Murray; Luke, Graeme; Kanchanavatee, Noravee; Huang, Kevin; Janoschek, Marc; Maple, M. Brian; Timusk, Tom

    The second-order phase transition in the heavy fermion compound URu2Si2 continues to confound efforts to reveal its true nature, and bears the moniker ''hidden order'' with good reason. While the order parameter remains mysterious, antiferromagnetism is easily induced with modest chemical substitution. The proximity of these two phases offers tantalizing clues about the nature of the hidden order phase. We present data on the antiferromagnetic phase, revealing the similarities and the differences between the two phases, including evidence for effects above the transition temperature. The implications of these findings for the hidden order parameter will be discussed. Alternate affiliation: Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

  14. Ferro- and antiferro-magnetism in (Np, Pu)BC

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    Klimczuk, T.; Shick, A. B.; Kozub, A. L.; Griveau, J.-C.; Colineau, E.; Falmbigl, M.; Wastin, F.; Rogl, P.

    2015-04-01

    Two new transuranium metal boron carbides, NpBC and PuBC, have been synthesized. Rietveld refinements of powder XRD patterns of {Np,Pu}BC confirmed in both cases isotypism with the structure type of UBC. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility data reveal antiferromagnetic ordering for PuBC below TN = 44 K, whereas ferromagnetic ordering was found for NpBC below TC = 61 K. Heat capacity measurements prove the bulk character of the observed magnetic transition for both compounds. The total energy electronic band structure calculations support formation of the ferromagnetic ground state for NpBC and the antiferromagnetic ground state for PuBC.

  15. Spin freezing in geometrically frustrated antiferromagnets with weak disorder.

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    Saunders, T E; Chalker, J T

    2007-04-13

    We investigate the consequences for geometrically frustrated antiferromagnets of weak disorder in the strength of exchange interactions. Taking as a model the classical Heisenberg antiferromagnet with nearest neighbor exchange on the pyrochlore lattice, we examine low-temperature behavior. We show that spatial modulation of exchange generates long-range effective interactions within the extensively degenerate ground states of the clean system. Using Monte Carlo simulations, we find a spin glass transition at a temperature set by the disorder strength. Disorder of this type, which is generated by random strains in the presence of magnetoelastic coupling, may account for the spin freezing observed in many geometrically frustrated magnets.

  16. Antiferromagnetism and phase diagram in ammoniated alkali fulleride salts

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    Takenobu; Muro; Iwasa; Mitani

    2000-07-10

    Intercalation of neutral ammonia molecules into trivalent face-centered-cubic (fcc) fulleride superconductors induces a dramatic change in electronic states. Monoammoniated alkali fulleride salts (NH3)K3-xRbxC60, forming an isostructural orthorhombic series, undergo an antiferromagnetic transition, which was found by the electron spin resonance experiment. The Neel temperature first increases with the interfullerene spacing and then decreases for (NH3)Rb3C60, forming a maximum at 76 K. This feature is explained by the generalized phase diagram of Mott-Hubbard transition with an antiferromagnetic ground state.

  17. Muon Spin Relaxation Evidence for the U(1) Quantum Spin-Liquid Ground State in the Triangular Antiferromagnet YbMgGaO4

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    Li, Yuesheng; Adroja, Devashibhai; Biswas, Pabitra K.; Baker, Peter J.; Zhang, Qian; Liu, Juanjuan; Tsirlin, Alexander A.; Gegenwart, Philipp; Zhang, Qingming

    2016-08-01

    Muon spin relaxation (μ SR ) experiments on single crystals of the structurally perfect triangular antiferromagnet YbMgGaO4 indicate the absence of both static long-range magnetic order and spin freezing down to 0.048 K in a zero field. Below 0.4 K, the μ+ spin relaxation rates, which are proportional to the dynamic correlation function of the Yb3 + spins, exhibit temperature-independent plateaus. All these μ SR results unequivocally support the formation of a gapless U(1) quantum spin liquid ground state in the triangular antiferromagnet YbMgGaO4 .

  18. Muon Spin Relaxation Evidence for the U(1) Quantum Spin-Liquid Ground State in the Triangular Antiferromagnet YbMgGaO_{4}.

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    Li, Yuesheng; Adroja, Devashibhai; Biswas, Pabitra K; Baker, Peter J; Zhang, Qian; Liu, Juanjuan; Tsirlin, Alexander A; Gegenwart, Philipp; Zhang, Qingming

    2016-08-26

    Muon spin relaxation (μSR) experiments on single crystals of the structurally perfect triangular antiferromagnet YbMgGaO_{4} indicate the absence of both static long-range magnetic order and spin freezing down to 0.048 K in a zero field. Below 0.4 K, the μ^{+} spin relaxation rates, which are proportional to the dynamic correlation function of the Yb^{3+} spins, exhibit temperature-independent plateaus. All these μSR results unequivocally support the formation of a gapless U(1) quantum spin liquid ground state in the triangular antiferromagnet YbMgGaO_{4}. PMID:27610879

  19. Muon Spin Relaxation Evidence for the U(1) Quantum Spin-Liquid Ground State in the Triangular Antiferromagnet YbMgGaO_{4}.

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    Li, Yuesheng; Adroja, Devashibhai; Biswas, Pabitra K; Baker, Peter J; Zhang, Qian; Liu, Juanjuan; Tsirlin, Alexander A; Gegenwart, Philipp; Zhang, Qingming

    2016-08-26

    Muon spin relaxation (μSR) experiments on single crystals of the structurally perfect triangular antiferromagnet YbMgGaO_{4} indicate the absence of both static long-range magnetic order and spin freezing down to 0.048 K in a zero field. Below 0.4 K, the μ^{+} spin relaxation rates, which are proportional to the dynamic correlation function of the Yb^{3+} spins, exhibit temperature-independent plateaus. All these μSR results unequivocally support the formation of a gapless U(1) quantum spin liquid ground state in the triangular antiferromagnet YbMgGaO_{4}.

  20. Order and excitations in large-S kagome-lattice antiferromagnets

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    Chernyshev, A. L.; Zhitomirsky, M. E.

    2015-10-01

    We systematically investigate the ground-state and the spectral properties of antiferromagnets on a kagomé lattice with several common types of the planar anisotropy: X X Z , single-ion, and out-of-plane Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya. Our main focus is on the role of nonlinear, anharmonic terms, which are responsible for the quantum order-by-disorder effect and for the corresponding selection of the ground-state spin structure in many of these models. The X X Z and the single-ion anisotropy models exhibit a quantum phase transition between the q =0 and the √{3 }×√{3 } states as a function of the anisotropy parameter, offering a rare example of the quantum order-by-disorder fluctuations favoring a ground state which is different from the one selected by thermal fluctuations. The nonlinear terms are also shown to be crucial for a very strong near-resonant decay phenomenon leading to the quasiparticle breakdown in the kagomé-lattice antiferromagnets whose spectra are featuring flat or weakly dispersive modes. The effect is shown to persist even in the limit of large spin values and should be common to other frustrated magnets with flat branches of excitations. Model calculations of the spectrum of the S =5 /2 Fe-jarosite with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya anisotropy provide a convincing and detailed characterization of the proposed scenario.

  1. An effective mean field theory for the coexistence of anti-ferromagnetism and superconductivity: Applications to iron-based superconductors and cold Bose-Fermi atomic mixtures

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    Brackett, Jeremy; Newman, Joseph; De Silva, Theja N.

    2016-10-01

    We study an effective fermion model on a square lattice to investigate the cooperation and competition of superconductivity and anti-ferromagnetism. In addition to particle tunneling and on-site interaction, a bosonic excitation mediated attractive interaction is also included in the model. We assume that the attractive interaction is mediated by spin fluctuations and excitations of Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) in electronic systems and Bose-Fermi mixtures on optical lattices, respectively. Using an effective mean-field theory to treat both superconductivity and anti-ferromagnetism at equal footing, we study a single effective model relevant for both systems within the Landau energy functional approach and a linearized theory. Within our approaches, we find possible co-existence of superconductivity and anti-ferromagnetism for both electronic and cold-atomic models. Our linearized theory shows while spin fluctuations favor d-wave superconductivity and BEC excitations favor s-wave superconductivity.

  2. Doping Dependence of the Electronic Interactions in Bi-2212 Cuprate Superconductors: Doped Antiferromagnets or Antiferromagnetic Fermi Liquids?

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    Ruebhausen, M.; Hammerstein, O.A.; Bock, A.; Merkt, U.; Rieck, C.T.; Guptasarma, P.; Hinks, D.G.; Klein, M.V.

    1999-06-01

    Electron-electron interactions in overdoped Bi-2212 are studied by inelastic light scattering. The optimally to slightly overdoped compounds exhibit two-magnon excitations with a dependence on the incident photon energy typical for doped antiferromagnets. For more overdoped samples, no two-magnon excitation is visible, indicating an antiferromagnetic correlation below twice the lattice parameter. In the same samples, the gap excitation shows a resonance similar to the two-magnon excitation. We interpret our results as a development towards a correlated Fermi liquid when the doping is increased. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  3. Symmetry breaking in low-dimensional SU(N) antiferromagnets

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    Kolezhuk, Alexei

    2008-10-01

    Consequences of explicit symmetry breaking in a physically motivated model of SU(N) antiferromagnet in spatial dimensions one and two are studied. It is shown that the case N=3, which can be realized in spin-1 cold atom systems, displays special properties distinctly different from those for N{>=}4. Qualitative form of the phase diagram depending on the model parameters is given.

  4. Soliton dynamics in planar ferromagnets and anti-ferromagnets.

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    Lin, Fang-Hua; Shatah, Jalal

    2003-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to present a rigorous mathematical proof of the dynamical laws for the topological solitons(magnetic vortices) in ferromagnets and anti-ferromagnets. It is achieved through the conservation laws for the topological vorticity and the weak convergence methods. PMID:12958706

  5. Birefringence of the antiferromagnetic crystals linear in a magnetic field

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    Eremenko, V. V.; Kharchenko, N. F.; Beliy, L. I.; Tutakina, O. P.

    1980-01-01

    The new linear magneto-optical effect-birefringence-of a linear polarized light which is directly proportional to the magnetic field strength has been observed. This effect is permitted in crystals which allow piezo-magnetic properties. One was studied in antiferromagnet CoF 2 and CoCO 3 for the longitudinal geometry of an experiment.

  6. Antiferromagnetic order in a semiconductor quantum well with spin-orbit coupling

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    Marinescu, D. C.

    2015-05-01

    An argument is made on the existence of a low-temperature itinerant antiferromagnetic (AF) spin alignment, rather than persistent helical (PH), in the ground state of a two dimensional electron gas in a semiconductor quantum well with linear spin-orbit Rashba-Dresselhaus interaction at equal coupling strengths, α. This result is obtained on account of the opposite-spin single-particle state degeneracy at k = 0 that makes the spin instability possible. A theory of the resulting magnetic phase is formulated within the Hartree-Fock approximation of the Coulomb interaction. In the AF state the direction of the fractional polarization is obtained to be aligned along the displacement vector of the single-particle states.

  7. Magnetic phase diagram of the antiferromagnetic pyrochlore Gd2 Ti2 O7

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    Petrenko, O. A.; Lees, M. R.; Balakrishnan, G.; Paul, D. Mck

    2004-07-01

    Gd2Ti2O7 is a highly frustrated antiferromagnet on a pyrochlore lattice, where apart from the Heisenberg exchange the spins also interact via dipole-dipole forces. We report on low-temperature specific heat measurements performed on single crystals of Gd2Ti2O7 for three different directions of an applied magnetic field. The measurements reveal the strongly anisotropic behavior of Gd2Ti2O7 in a magnetic field despite the apparent absence of a significant single-ion anisotropy for Gd3+ . The H-T phase diagrams are constructed for H∥[111] , H∥[110] , and H∥[112] . The results indicate that further theoretical work beyond a simple mean-field model is required.

  8. Evidence for a gapped spin-liquid ground state in a kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Fu, Mingxuan; Imai, Takahashi; Han, Tian -Heng; Lee, Young S.

    2015-11-06

    Here, the kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet is a leading candidate in the search for a spin system with a quantum spin-liquid ground state. The nature of its ground state remains a matter of active debate. We conducted oxygen-17 single-crystal nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements of the spin-1/2 kagome lattice in herbertsmithite [ZnCu3(OH)6Cl2], which is known to exhibit a spinon continuum in the spin excitation spectrum. We demonstrated that the intrinsic local spin susceptibility χkagome, deduced from the oxygen-17 NMR frequency shift, asymptotes to zero below temperatures of 0.03J, where J ~ 200 kelvin is the copper-copper superexchange interaction. Combined with the magnetic field dependence of χkagome that we observed at low temperatures, these results imply that the kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet has a spin-liquid ground state with a finite gap.

  9. Magnetoelectric effect in antiferromagnetic LiCoPO4 in pulsed magnetic fields

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    Khrustalyov, V. M.; Savytsky, V. M.; Kharchenko, M. F.

    2016-04-01

    The magnetoelectric effect in single-crystal LiCoPO4 (TN = 21.8 K) is studied in strong pulsed magnetic fields which destroy the antiferromagnetic structure of the crystal spin ordering. The electric polarization along the crystallographic a axis induced by a magnetic field H||b is measured. New features of the electric polarization in a magnetic field are found, including a spike in the polarization near the field for the first magnetic transition at H1 = 123 kOe, a recovery of the electric polarization at the second magnetic transition H2 = 210 kOe, and a gradual reduction to zero on approaching the third transition at H3 = 263 kOe. Various possible magnetic structures in the high field phases are examined which are consistent with their magnetization and electric polarization. The observed linear dependence of the polarization on field strength in the initial antiferromagnetic phase and the vanishing of the polarization in the first high-field phase are in good agreement with previous studies of the magnetoelectric effect in LiCoPO4 [Wiegelmann et al., Ferroelectrics 161, 147 (1994); H. Wiegelman, Ph.D. thesis (University of Konstanz, Konstanz, 1995)].

  10. Heisenberg antiferromagnet on Cayley trees: Low-energy spectrum and even/odd site imbalance

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    Changlani, Hitesh J.; Ghosh, Shivam; Henley, Christopher L.; Läuchli, Andreas M.

    2013-02-01

    To understand the role of local sublattice imbalance in low-energy spectra of s=(1)/(2) quantum antiferromagnets, we study the s=(1)/(2) quantum nearest neighbor Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the coordination 3 Cayley tree. We perform many-body calculations using an implementation of the density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) technique for generic tree graphs. We discover that the bond-centered Cayley tree has a quasidegenerate set of a low-lying tower of states and an “anomalous” singlet-triplet finite-size gap scaling. For understanding the construction of the first excited state from the many-body ground state, we consider a wave function ansatz given by the single-mode approximation, which yields a high overlap with the DMRG wave function. Observing the ground-state entanglement spectrum leads us to a picture of the low-energy degrees of freedom being “giant spins” arising out of sublattice imbalance, which helps us analytically understand the scaling of the finite-size spin gap. The Schwinger-boson mean-field theory has been generalized to nonuniform lattices, and ground states have been found which are spatially inhomogeneous in the mean-field parameters.

  11. Magnetic ordering of the buckled honeycomb lattice antiferromagnet Ba2NiTeO6

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    Asai, Shinichiro; Soda, Minoru; Kasatani, Kazuhiro; Ono, Toshio; Avdeev, Maxim; Masuda, Takatsugu

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the magnetic order of the buckled honeycomb lattice antiferromagnet Ba2NiTeO6 and its related antiferromagnet Ba3NiTa2O9 by neutron diffraction measurements. We observe magnetic Bragg peaks below the transition temperatures, and identify propagation vectors for these oxides. A combination of representation analysis and Rietveld refinement leads to a collinear magnetic order for Ba2NiTeO6 and a 120∘ structure for Ba3NiTa2O9 . We find that the spin model of the bilayer triangular lattice is equivalent to that of the two-dimensional buckled honeycomb lattice having magnetic frustration. We discuss the magnetic interactions and single-ion anisotropy of Ni+2 ions for Ba2NiTeO6 in order to clarify the origin of the collinear magnetic structures. Our calculation suggests that the collinear magnetic order of Ba2NiTeO6 is induced by the magnetic frustration and easy-axis anisotropy.

  12. Mechanism of spin and charge separation in one-dimensional quantum antiferromagnets

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    Mudry, C.; Fradkin, E. )

    1994-10-15

    We reconsider the problem of separation of spin and charge in one-dimensional quantum antiferromagnets. We show that spin and charge separation in one-dimensional strongly correlated systems cannot be described by the slave-boson or fermion representation within any perturbative treatment of the interactions between the slave holons and slave spinons. The constraint of single occupancy must be implemented exactly. As a result the slave fermions and bosons are not part of the physical spectrum. Instead, the excitations that carry the separate spin and charge quantum numbers are solitons. To prove this result, it is sufficient to study the pure spinon sector in the slave-boson representation. We start with a short-range resonating-valence-bond state spin liquid mean-field theory for the frustrated antiferromagnetic spin-1/2 chain. We derive an effective theory for the fluctuations of the Affleck-Marston and Anderson order parameters. We show how to recover the phase diagram as a function of the frustration by treating the fluctuations nonperturbatively.

  13. Control of antiferromagnetic domain distribution via polarization-dependent optical annealing

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    Higuchi, Takuya; Kuwata-Gonokami, Makoto

    2016-01-01

    The absence of net magnetization inside antiferromagnetic domains has made the control of their spatial distribution quite challenging. Here we experimentally demonstrate an optical method for controlling antiferromagnetic domain distributions in MnF2. Reduced crystalline symmetry can couple an order parameter with non-conjugate external stimuli. In the case of MnF2, time-reversal symmetry is macroscopically broken reflecting the different orientations of the two magnetic sublattices. Thus, it exhibits different absorption coefficients between two orthogonal linear polarizations below its antiferromagnetic transition temperature under an external magnetic field. Illumination with linearly polarized laser light under this condition selectively destructs the formation of a particular antiferromagnetic order via heating. As a result, the other antiferromagnetic order is favoured inside the laser spot, achieving spatially localized selection of an antiferromagnetic order. Applications to control of interface states at antiferromagnetic domain boundaries, exchange bias and control of spin currents are expected. PMID:26911337

  14. Synthesis and magnetic properties of centennialite: a new S = ½ Kagomé antiferromagnet and comparison with herbertsmithite and kapellasite

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    Sun, Wei; Huang, Ya-Xi; Pan, Yuanming; Mi, Jin-Xiao

    2016-02-01

    Minerals of the atacamite group such as herbertsmithite and kapellasite have recently attracted enormous attention as the S = ½ Kagomé antiferromagnets for achieving the quantum spin liquid (QSL) state with diverse technological applications. Herein we report on the synthesis of the newly discovered mineral centennialite by using an unconventional "solid-state" reaction method at 463 K. Synthetic centennialite, Ca1.06Cu2.94Cl2.01(OH)5.99·0.73H2O, has been characterized by scanning electron microscopy, electron microprobe analyses, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetric analyses, single-crystal X-ray diffraction structure refinements, and magnetic susceptibility measurements. The crystal structure of centennialite is characterized by a perfect (threefold symmetry) Kagomé layer with <5 % substitution between Ca and Cu and therefore differs from those of herbertsmithite and kapellasite, in which 15-25 % mixing between similar Zn and Cu atoms dramatically affects the QSL state. Centennialite remains antiferromagnetic down to ~7 K with a moderate spin frustration (i.e., a Weiss temperature θ = -56 K and a spin frustration parameter f = 8), but exhibits a canted antiferromagnetic ordering with a ferromagnetic component at lower temperatures.

  15. Giant facet-dependent spin-orbit torque and spin Hall conductivity in the triangular antiferromagnet IrMn3

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    Zhang, Weifeng; Han, Wei; Yang, See-Hun; Sun, Yan; Zhang, Yang; Yan, Binghai; Parkin, Stuart S. P.

    2016-01-01

    There has been considerable interest in spin-orbit torques for the purpose of manipulating the magnetization of ferromagnetic elements for spintronic technologies. Spin-orbit torques are derived from spin currents created from charge currents in materials with significant spin-orbit coupling that propagate into an adjacent ferromagnetic material. A key challenge is to identify materials that exhibit large spin Hall angles, that is, efficient charge-to-spin current conversion. Using spin torque ferromagnetic resonance, we report the observation of a giant spin Hall angle θSHeff of up to ~0.35 in (001)-oriented single-crystalline antiferromagnetic IrMn3 thin films, coupled to ferromagnetic permalloy layers, and a θSHeff that is about three times smaller in (111)-oriented films. For (001)-oriented samples, we show that the magnitude of θSHeff can be significantly changed by manipulating the populations of various antiferromagnetic domains through perpendicular field annealing. We identify two distinct mechanisms that contribute to θSHeff: the first mechanism, which is facet-independent, arises from conventional bulk spin-dependent scattering within the IrMn3 layer, and the second intrinsic mechanism is derived from the unconventional antiferromagnetic structure of IrMn3. Using ab initio calculations, we show that the triangular magnetic structure of IrMn3 gives rise to a substantial intrinsic spin Hall conductivity that is much larger for the (001) than for the (111) orientation, consistent with our experimental findings. PMID:27704044

  16. EuCo2P2 : A model molecular-field helical Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Sangeetha, N. S.; Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo; Pandey, Abhishek; Johnston, D. C.

    2016-07-01

    The metallic compound EuCo2P2 with the body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2 structure containing Eu spins-7/2 was previously shown from single-crystal neutron diffraction measurements to exhibit a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) structure below TN=66.5 K with the helix axis along the c axis and with the ordered moments aligned within the a b plane. Here we report crystallography, electrical resistivity, heat capacity, magnetization, and magnetic susceptibility measurements on single crystals of this compound. We demonstrate that EuCo2P2 is a model molecular-field helical Heisenberg antiferromagnet from comparisons of the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility χ , high-field magnetization, and magnetic heat capacity of EuCo2P2 single crystals at temperature T ≤TN with the predictions of our recent formulation of molecular-field theory. Values of the Heisenberg exchange interactions between the Eu spins are derived from the data. The low-T magnetic heat capacity ˜T3 arising from spin-wave excitations with no anisotropy gap is calculated and found to be comparable to the lattice heat capacity. The density of states at the Fermi energy of EuCo2P2 and the related compound BaCo2P2 are found from the heat capacity data to be large, 10 and 16 states/eV per formula unit for EuCo2P2 and BaCo2P2 , respectively. These values are enhanced by a factor of ˜2.5 above those found from DFT electronic structure calculations for the two compounds. The calculations also find ferromagnetic Eu-Eu exchange interactions within the a b plane and AFM interactions between Eu spins in nearest- and next-nearest planes, in agreement with the MFT analysis of χa b(T ≤TN) .

  17. EuCo2P2: A Model Molecular-Field Helical Heisenberg Antiferromagnet

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    Sangeetha, N. S.; Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo; Pandey, Abhishek; Johnston, D. C.

    2016-07-19

    The metallic compound EuCo2P2 with the body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2 structure containing Eu spins-7/2 was previously shown from single-crystal neutron diffraction measurements to exhibit a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) structure below TN=66.5 K with the helix axis along the c axis and with the ordered moments aligned within the ab plane. Here we report crystallography, electrical resistivity, heat capacity, magnetization, and magnetic susceptibility measurements on single crystals of this compound. We demonstrate that EuCo2P2 is a model molecular-field helical Heisenberg antiferromagnet from comparisons of the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility χ, high-field magnetization, and magnetic heat capacity of EuCo2P2 single crystals at temperature T≤TNmore » with the predictions of our recent formulation of molecular-field theory. Values of the Heisenberg exchange interactions between the Eu spins are derived from the data. The low-T magnetic heat capacity ~T3 arising from spin-wave excitations with no anisotropy gap is calculated and found to be comparable to the lattice heat capacity. The density of states at the Fermi energy of EuCo2P2 and the related compound BaCo2P2 are found from the heat capacity data to be large, 10 and 16 states/eV per formula unit for EuCo2P2 and BaCo2P2, respectively. These values are enhanced by a factor of ~2.5 above those found from DFT electronic structure calculations for the two compounds. Additionally, the calculations also find ferromagnetic Eu–Eu exchange interactions within the ab plane and AFM interactions between Eu spins in nearest- and next-nearest planes, in agreement with the MFT analysis of χab(T≤TN).« less

  18. EuCo2P2: A model molecular-field helical Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Sangeetha, N. S.; Cuervo-Reyes, Eduardo; Pandey, Abhishek; Johnston, D. C.

    2016-07-19

    Here, the metallic compound EuCo2P2 with the body-centered tetragonal ThCr2Si2 structure containing Eu spins-7/2 was previously shown from single-crystal neutron diffraction measurements to exhibit a helical antiferromagnetic (AFM) structure below TN=66.5 K with the helix axis along the c axis and with the ordered moments aligned within the ab plane. Here we report crystallography, electrical resistivity, heat capacity, magnetization, and magnetic susceptibility measurements on single crystals of this compound. We demonstrate that EuCo2P2 is a model molecular-field helical Heisenberg antiferromagnet from comparisons of the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility χ, high-field magnetization, and magnetic heat capacity of EuCo2P2 single crystals at temperaturemore » T ≤ TN with the predictions of our recent formulation of molecular-field theory. Values of the Heisenberg exchange interactions between the Eu spins are derived from the data. The low-T magnetic heat capacity ~T3 arising from spin-wave excitations with no anisotropy gap is calculated and found to be comparable to the lattice heat capacity. The density of states at the Fermi energy of EuCo2P2 and the related compound BaCo2P2 are found from the heat capacity data to be large, 10 and 16 states/eV per formula unit for EuCo2P2 and BaCo2P2, respectively. These values are enhanced by a factor of ~2.5 above those found from DFT electronic structure calculations for the two compounds. The calculations also find ferromagnetic Eu–Eu exchange interactions within the ab plane and AFM interactions between Eu spins in nearest- and next-nearest planes, in agreement with the MFT analysis of χab(T ≤ TN).« less

  19. Spin-transfer torque induced spin waves in antiferromagnetic insulators

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    Daniels, Matthew; Guo, Wei; Stocks, G. Malcolm; Xiao, Di; Xiao, Jiang

    2015-03-01

    We explore the possibility of exciting spin waves in insulating antiferromagnetic films by injecting spin current at the surface. We analyze both magnetically compensated and uncompensated interfaces. We find that the spin current induced spin-transfer torque can excite spin waves in insulating antiferromagnetic materials and that the chirality of the excited spin wave is determined by the polarization of the injected spin current. Furthermore, the presence of magnetic surface anisotropy can greatly increase the accessibility of these excitations. Supported by NSF EFRI-1433496 (M.W.D), U.S. DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering (D.X. & G.M.S.), Major State Basic Research Project of China and National Natural Science Foundation of China (W.G. and J.X.).

  20. Antiferromagnetic Ground States in Some Commonly Known Lattices

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    Bayri, Ali

    1997-01-01

    Antiferromagnetism is a very interesting behaviours in some real materials and their alloys. It is important in high Tc materials as well. The main reasons for antiferromagnetism are the kinetic exchange[1,2]. In this study, I will consider commonly known lattices in two or three dimensions. Using the Heisenberg model I will show that there are two systems: Frustrated and unfrustrated. In unfrustrated case the spin structure is unique and it involves ferromagnetism as well. However, in frustrated case the spin structure is not unique and it gives more than one spin orderings. This behaviours is very interesting since it causes a first order magnetic phase transition[3,4]. Finally, I will summarize that the simplier lattice (the square, the S.C. and B.C.C.) are unfrustrated and the complicated lattices (triangular, F.C.C. and H.C.P.) are frustrated.

  1. Role of the antiferromagnetic bulk spins in exchange bias

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    Schuller, Ivan K.; Morales, Rafael; Batlle, Xavier; Nowak, Ulrich; Güntherodt, Gernot

    2016-10-01

    This "Critical Focused Issue" presents a brief review of experiments and models which describe the origin of exchange bias in epitaxial or textured ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic bilayers. Evidence is presented which clearly indicates that inner, uncompensated, pinned moments in the bulk of the antiferromagnet (AFM) play a very important role in setting the magnitude of the exchange bias. A critical evaluation of the extensive literature in the field indicates that it is useful to think of this bulk, pinned uncompensated moments as a new type of a ferromagnet which has a low total moment, an ordering temperature given by the AFM Néel temperature, with parallel aligned moments randomly distributed on the regular AFM lattice.

  2. Resonating Valence Bond states for low dimensional S=1 antiferromagnets

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    Liu, Zheng-Xin; Zhou, Yi; Ng, Tai-Kai

    2014-03-01

    We study S = 1 spin liquid states in low dimensions. We show that the resonating-valence-bond (RVB) picture of S = 1 / 2 spin liquid state can be generalized to S = 1 case. For S = 1 system, a many-body singlet (with even site number) can be decomposed into superposition of products of two-body singlets. In other words, the product states of two-body singlets, called the singlet pair states (SPSs), are over complete to span the Hilbert space of many-body singlets. Furthermore, we generalized fermionic representation and the corresponding mean field theory and Gutzwiller projected stats to S = 1 models. We applied our theory to study 1D anti-ferromagnetic bilinear-biquadratic model and show that both the ground states (including the phase transition point) and the excited states can be understood excellently well within the framework. Our method can be applied to 2D S = 1 antiferromagnets.

  3. Ferro- and antiferro-magnetism in (Np, Pu)BC

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    Klimczuk, T.; Kozub, A. L.; Griveau, J.-C.; Colineau, E.; Wastin, F.; Falmbigl, M.; Rogl, P.

    2015-04-01

    Two new transuranium metal boron carbides, NpBC and PuBC, have been synthesized. Rietveld refinements of powder XRD patterns of (Np,Pu)BC confirmed in both cases isotypism with the structure type of UBC. Temperature dependent magnetic susceptibility data reveal antiferromagnetic ordering for PuBC below T{sub N} = 44 K, whereas ferromagnetic ordering was found for NpBC below T{sub C} = 61 K. Heat capacity measurements prove the bulk character of the observed magnetic transition for both compounds. The total energy electronic band structure calculations support formation of the ferromagnetic ground state for NpBC and the antiferromagnetic ground state for PuBC.

  4. Correlation length of the isotropic quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Cuccoli, A.; Tognetti, V.; Vaia, R.

    1997-04-01

    The quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the square lattice is known to model the magnetic interactions in the copper ion planes of many high-{ital T{sub c}} superconductors and their parent compounds. The thermodynamics of the model is approached by the {ital pure-quantum self-consistent harmonic approximation}, that reduces the quantum problem to the study of an effective classical antiferromagnetic system. The effective exchange, weakened by quantum fluctuations, enters as a temperature scale the classical-like expressions for the thermal averages, and the quantum spin correlation length is then obtained from its classical counterpart in a simple way. The theory compares very well, for any value of the spin and without need for adjustable parameters, with high temperature expansions, quantum Monte Carlo simulations, and recent neutron and nuclear quadrupole relaxation (NQR) experiments. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  5. Drone-fermions in the two-dimensional antiferromagnet

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    Krivenko, S.; Khaliullin, G.

    1995-02-01

    Two different representations of spins - via the conventional fermions, or via the Mattis drone-fermions - are compared considering the planar antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model as an example. Mean-field spin correlation functions calculated for the uniform and flux RVB states show that the drone-fermion approach has an advantage in giving the lower energy and the enhanced AF correlations, because of the absence of unphysical spinless states in this representation.

  6. Electrical manipulation of a ferromagnet by an antiferromagnet

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    Tshitoyan, V.; Ciccarelli, C.; Mihai, A. P.; Ali, M.; Irvine, A. C.; Moore, T. A.; Jungwirth, T.; Ferguson, A. J.

    Several recent studies of antiferromagnetic (AFM) spintronics have focused on transmission and detection of spin-currents in AFMs. Efficient spin transmission through AFMs was inferred from experiments in FM/AFM/NM (normal metal) structures. Measurements in FM/AFM bilayers have demonstrated that a metallic AFM can also act as an efficient ISHE detector of the spin-current, with spin-Hall angles comparable to heavy NMs. Here we demonstrate that an antiferromagnet can be employed for a highly efficient electrical manipulation of a ferromagnet. We use an all-electrical excitation and detection technique of ferromagnetic resonance in a NiFe/IrMn bilayer. We observe antidamping-like spin torque acting on the NiFe generated by the in-plane current driven through the IrMn antiferromagnet. A large enhancement of the torque, characterized by an effective spin-Hall angle exceeding most heavy transition metals, correlates with the presence of the exchange-bias field at the NiFe/IrMn interface. It highlights that, in addition to strong spin-orbit coupling, the AFM order in IrMn governs the observed phenomenon.

  7. Fractional excitations in the square-lattice quantum antiferromagnet

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    Dalla Piazza, B.; Mourigal, M.; Christensen, N. B.; Nilsen, G. J.; Tregenna-Piggott, P.; Perring, T. G.; Enderle, M.; McMorrow, D. F.; Ivanov, D. A.; Rønnow, H. M.

    2015-01-01

    Quantum magnets have occupied the fertile ground between many-body theory and low-temperature experiments on real materials since the early days of quantum mechanics. However, our understanding of even deceptively simple systems of interacting spin-1/2 particles is far from complete. The quantum square-lattice Heisenberg antiferromagnet, for example, exhibits a striking anomaly of hitherto unknown origin in its magnetic excitation spectrum. This quantum effect manifests itself for excitations propagating with the specific wavevector (π, 0). We use polarized neutron spectroscopy to fully characterize the magnetic fluctuations in the metal-organic compound Cu(DCOO)2.4D2O, a known realization of the quantum square-lattice Heisenberg antiferromagnet model. Our experiments reveal an isotropic excitation continuum at the anomaly, which we analyse theoretically using Gutzwiller-projected trial wavefunctions. The excitation continuum is accounted for by the existence of spatially extended pairs of fractional S = 1/2 quasiparticles, 2D analogues of 1D spinons. Away from the anomalous wavevector, these fractional excitations are bound and form conventional magnons. Our results establish the existence of fractional quasiparticles in the high-energy spectrum of a quasi-two-dimensional antiferromagnet, even in the absence of frustration.

  8. Coexistence of superconductivity, ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism in iron pnictides

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    Gill, Raminder

    2016-05-01

    Coexistence of Superconductivity and magnetism have always been the fascinating area of interest for condensed-matter physicists. A variety of systems, such as cuprates, heavy fermions, and iron pnictides showed superconductivity in a narrow region near the border to antiferromagnetism (AFM)as a function of pressure or doping. However, the coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism (FM) has seen in URhGe, UGe2, ErRh4B4 and many compounds. Here, we present a third situation where superconductivity coexists with FM and AFM. The recent experimental finding of interplay of ferromagnetism,antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in EuFe2(As1-xPx)2 impressed us to discuss this problem in detail. Ironpnictides are high Tc magnetic superconductors and could be very useful in finding many new superconductorswith high Tc probably near to room temperature. In this paper, we have theoretically calculated the superconducting order parameter of EuFe2(As1-xPx)2 where magnetic ordering is due to Eu+ moments and superconductivity is due to Fe3+ moments. The Eu ions order antiferromagnetically for x≤0.13, while a crossover is observed for x≥0.22 whereupon the Eu ions order ferromagnetically.

  9. Novel current driven domain wall dynamics in synthetic antiferromagnets

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    Yang, See-Hun

    It was reported that the domain walls in nanowires can be moved efficiently by electrical currents by a new type of torque, chiral spin torque (CST), the combination of spin Hall effect and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. Recently we domonstrated that ns-long current pulses can move domain walls at extraordinarily high speeds (up to ~750 m s -1) in synthetic antiferromagnetic (SAF) nanowires that have almost zero net magnetization, which is much more efficient compared with similar nanowires in which the sub-layers are coupled ferromagnetically (SF). This high speed is found to be due to a new type of powerful torque, exchange coupling torque (ECT) that is directly proportional to the strength of the antiferromagnetic exchange coupling between the two sub-layers, showing that the ECT is effective only in SAF not in SF. Moreover, it is found that the dependence of the wall velocity on the magnetic field applied along the nanowire is non-monotonic. Most recently we predict an Walker-breakdown-like domain wall precession in SAF nanowires in the presence of in-plane field based on the model we develop, and this extraordinary precession has been observed. In this talk I will discuss this in details by showing a unique characteristics of SAF sublayers' DW boost-and-drag mechanism along with CST and ECT. Novel current driven domain wall dynamics in synthetic antiferromagnets.

  10. Impurity-induced antiferromagnetic domains in the periodic Anderson model

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    Benali, A.; Bai, Z. J.; Curro, N. J.; Scalettar, R. T.

    2016-08-01

    A central feature of the periodic Anderson model is the competition between antiferromagnetism, mediated by the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction at small conduction electron-local electron hybridization V , and singlet formation at large V . At zero temperature, and in dimension d >1 , these two phases are separated by a quantum critical point Vc. We use quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations to explore the effect of impurities which have a local hybridization V*antiferromagnetic regime which are embedded in a bulk singlet phase with V >Vc . We measure the suppression of singlet correlations and the antiferromagnetic correlations which form around the impurity, as well as the size of the resulting domain. Exact diagonalization calculations for linear chains allow us to verify that the qualitative features obtained at intermediate coupling and finite T persist to strong coupling and T =0 , regimes which are difficult to access with QMC. Our calculations agree qualitatively with NMR measurements in CeCoIn5 -xCdx .

  11. Spin pumping and spin-transfer torques in antiferromagnet

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    Niu, Qian

    2015-03-01

    Spin pumping and spin-transfer torques are key elements of coupled dynamics of magnetization and conduction electron spin, which have been widely studied in various ferromagnetic materials. Recent progress in spintronics suggests that a spin current can significantly affects the behavior of an antiferromagnetic material, and the electron motion become adiabatic when the staggered field varies sufficiently slowly. However, pumping from antiferromagnets and its relation to current-induced torques is yet unclear. In a recent study, we have solved this puzzle analytically by calculating how electrons scatter off a normal metal-antiferromagnetic interface. The pumped spin and staggered spin currents are derived in terms of the staggered field, the magnetization, and their rates of change. We find that for both compensated and uncompensated interfaces, spin pumping is of a similar magnitude as in ferromagnets; the direction of spin pumping is controlled by the polarization of the driving microwave. Via the Onsager reciprocity relations, the current-induced torques are also derived, the salient feature of which is illustrated by a terahertz nano-oscillator. In collaboration with Ran Cheng, Jiang Xiao, and A. Brataas.

  12. First-principles DFT+U modeling of defect behaviors in anti-ferromagnetic uranium mononitride

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    Lan, Jian-Hui; Zhao, Zi-Chen; Wu, Qiong; Zhao, Yu-Liang; Shi, Wei-Qun; Chai, Zhi-Fang

    2013-12-14

    A series of point defects in uranium mononitride (UN) have been studied by first-principles DFT+U calculations. The influence of intrinsic defects on the properties of UN was explored by considering the anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) order along the [001] direction. Our results show that all the point defects lead to obvious volume swelling of UN crystal. Energetically, the interstitial nitrogen defect is the most favorable one among single-point defects in UN crystal with the formation energy of 4.539 eV, while the N-Frenkel pair becomes the most preferable one among double-point defects. The AFM order induces obvious electron spin polarization of uranium towards neighboring uranium atoms with opposite spin orientations in UN crystal.

  13. Relaxation dynamics in the frustrated Cr9 antiferromagnetic ring probed by NMR

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    Garlatti, E.; Bordignon, S.; Carretta, S.; Allodi, G.; Amoretti, G.; De Renzi, R.; Lascialfari, A.; Furukawa, Y.; Timco, G. A.; Woolfson, R.; Winpenny, R. E. P.; Santini, P.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the magnetic properties and the phonon-induced relaxation dynamics of the first regular Cr9 antiferromagnetic (AF) ring, which represents a prototype frustrated AF ring. Geometrical frustration in Cr9 yields an energy spectrum with twofold degenerate low-lying levels and a low-spin ground state. The electronic relaxation dynamics is probed by 1H -NMR through the temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate 1 /T1 . We develop a microscopic model that reproduces 1 /T1(T ) curves, taking also into account the wipeout effect. By interpreting these measurements we determine the spin-phonon coupling strength and we investigate the decay of the cluster magnetization due to the spin-phonon interaction. We find that at very low temperatures, the relaxation is characterized by a single dominating Arrhenius-type relaxation process, whereas several relevant processes emerge at higher temperatures. In addition, we calculate the temperature and magnetic field dependence of level lifetimes.

  14. Comparison of dispersion and actuation properties of vortex and synthetic antiferromagnetic particles for biotechnological applications

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    Leulmi, S.; Joisten, H.; Dietsch, T.; Iss, C.; Morcrette, M.; Auffret, S.; Sabon, P.; Dieny, B.

    2013-09-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles are receiving an increasing interest for various biotechnological applications due to the capability that they offer to exert actuation on biological species via external magnetic fields. In this study, two types of magnetic particles recently proposed for cancer cells treatment were compared. Both are prepared by top-down approaches and imitate the properties of superparamagnetic particles. One type is made of a single magnetic layer and has a magnetic vortex configuration. The second type has a multilayered structure called synthetic antiferromagnet. Once released in solution, the agglomeration/dispersion of these particles due to their magnetostatic interactions was compared as well as the mechanical torque that they can generate when submitted to an external magnetic field.

  15. Magnetic soft modes in the distorted triangular antiferromagnet -CaCr2O4

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    Toth, Sandor; Lake, Bella; Hradil, Klaudia; Rule, K; Stone, Matthew B; Islam, A. T. M. N.

    2012-01-01

    -CaCr2O4 is a spin-3/2, distorted triangular lattice antiferromagnet with a simple 120 spin structure that masks the complex pattern of exchange interactions. The magnetic excitation spectrum has been measured using inelastic neutron scattering on powder and single crystal samples. It reveals unusual low energy modes which can be explained by linear spin-wave theory assuming nearest and next-nearest neighbor interactions. The mode softening is due to the next-nearest neighbor interactions and indicates a new magnetic phase nearby as revealed by the phase diagram constructed for this system. The extracted direct exchange interactions correlate well with the Cr3+{Cr3+ distances and are in agreement with other chromium oxide delafossite compounds.

  16. Anti-ferromagnetism enables electron-phonon coupling in iron-based superconductors

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    Coh, Sinisa; Cohen, Marvin L.; Louie, Steven G.

    We show that a generic form of an anti-ferromagnetic wavefunction opens strong electron-phonon coupling channels in the iron-based superconductors. In the non-magnetic state these channels exist locally on a single iron atom, but are cancelled out between two iron atoms in the primitive unit cell. Our findings are mostly based on symmetry and are relevant for any iron-based superconductor. This work was supported by NSF Grant No. DMR15-1508412 and the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. Computational resources have been provided by the DOE at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's NERSC facility.

  17. Influence of dilution in the spin transport in the quantum anisotropic two-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Lima, L. S.

    2016-08-01

    We study the influence of the site disorder in the long range order and in the spin transport in the two-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet with ion-single anisotropy, in the square lattice in T=0 using the SU(3) Schwinger boson theory. We analyze these properties in the regime of Bose-Einstein condensation, where the bosons tz are condensed: = < tz† > = t. In particular, we discuss the influence of the site disorder in the spin transport of this model and in the critical properties, where Dc separates Néel's phase, D Dc, in the spin conductivity. We find that the behavior of the long-range order for D

  18. Magnetization of the canted antiferromagnetic CoCO 3 in Abragam-Pryce approximation

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    Meshcheryakov, V. F.

    2006-05-01

    Weiss molecular field theory was used to calculate the magnetization of the canted antiferromagnetic CoCO 3 ( T=18.1 K). Wave functions of magnetic doublets near Co 2+ ground state in Abragam-Pryce approximation were determined. One of the crystal field variables, free Co 2+ ion isotropic exchange interaction inside, and between magnetic sublatticies, and rotation angle ϕ, characterizing nonequivalence ion Co 2+ positions, were used as parameters. From comparison with the experimental data exchange interaction anisotropy and g-factors g, g were obtained. At low temperatures T<40 K the coincidence of calculated and experimental results are good and g-factor values are almost the same as have been obtained from EPR data in Co(1%)+CdCO single crystals. At high temperatures in the paramagnetic region, experimental data differs from calculated ones by more than two times. It is shown that this discrepancy cannot be described within the frames of used approximations.

  19. Itinerant Magnetic Excitations in Antiferromagnetic CaFe2As2

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    Diallo, S.; Antropov, V.; Perring, T.; Broholm, C.; Pulikkotil, J.; Ni, N.; Bud'ko, S.; Canfield, P.; Kreyssig, A.; Goldman, A.; McQueeney, R.

    2009-05-07

    Neutron scattering measurements of the magnetic excitations in single crystals of antiferromagnetic CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} reveal steeply dispersive and well-defined spin waves up to an energy of {approx}100 meV. Magnetic excitations above 100 meV and up to the maximum energy of 200 meV are however broader in energy and momentum than the experimental resolution. While the low energy modes can be fit to a Heisenberg model, the total spectrum cannot be described as arising from excitations of a local moment system. Ab initio calculations of the dynamic magnetic susceptibility suggest that the high energy behavior is dominated by the damping of spin waves by particle-hole excitations.

  20. Antiferromagnetism and hidden order in isoelectronic doping of URu2Si2

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    Wilson, Murray N.; Williams, Travis J.; Cai, Yipeng; Hallas, Alannah M.; Medina, Teresa; Munsie, Timothy J.; Cheung, Sky C.; Frandsen, Benjamin A.; Liu, Lian; Uemura, Yasutomo J.; et al

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, we present muon spin rotation (mu SR) and susceptibility measurements on single crystals of isoelectronically doped URu2-xTxSi2 (T = Fe, Os) for doping levels up to 50%. Zero field (ZF) μ SR measurements show long-lived oscillations demonstrating that an antiferromagnetic state exists down to low doping levels for both Os and Fe dopants. The measurements further show an increase in the internal field with doping for both Fe and Os. Comparison of the local moment-hybridization crossover temperature from susceptibility measurements and our magnetic transition temperature shows that changes in hybridization, rather than solely chemical pressure, are importantmore » in driving the evolution of magnetic order with doping.« less

  1. Low-temperature magnetic measurements of an [ital S]=1 linear-chain Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Avenel, O.; Xu, J.; Xia, J.S.; Xu, M.; Andraka, B.; Lang, T.; Moyland, P.L.; Ni, W.; Signore, P.J.C.; van Woerkens, C.M.C.M.; Adams, E.D.; Ihas, G.G.; Meisel, M.W.; Nagler, S.E.; Sullivan, N.S.; Takano, Y. ); Talham, D.R. ); Goto, T. ); Fujiwara, N. )

    1992-10-01

    The temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility, [chi]([ital T]), of two pure samples of the [ital S]=1 linear-chain Heisenberg antiferromagnet Ni(C[sub 2]H[sub 8]N[sub 2])[sub 2]NO[sub 2](ClO[sub 4]), commonly known as NENP, has been measured from approximately 300 K to 300 [mu]K. Our measurements of [chi]([ital T]) are in agreement with existing results of other researchers who worked above 1.2 K. Below 1.2 K, [chi]([ital T]) increases with decreasing temperature. The results suggest that the low-temperature increase of [chi]([ital T]) is not a consequence of a single source of paramagnetic impurities in the samples but may arise from [ital S]=1/2 end-chain interactions.

  2. Mott localization in a pure stripe antiferromagnet Rb1-δFe1.5-σS2

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    Wang, Meng; Yi, Ming; Cao, Huibo; de la Cruz, C.; Mo, S. K.; Huang, Q. Z.; Bourret-Courchesne, E.; Dai, Pengcheng; Lee, D. H.; Shen, Z. X.; Birgeneau, R. J.

    2015-09-01

    A combination of neutron diffraction and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements on a pure antiferromagnetic stripe Rb1-δFe1.5-σS2 is reported. A neutron diffraction experiment on a powder sample shows that a 98% volume fraction of the sample is in the antiferromagnetic stripe phase with rhombic iron vacancy order and a refined composition of Rb0.66Fe1.36S2, and that only 2% of the sample is in the block antiferromagnetic phase with √5×√5 iron vacancy order. Furthermore, a neutron diffraction experiment on a single crystal shows that there is only a single phase with the stripe antiferromagnetic order with the refined composition of Rb0.78Fe1.35S2, while the phase with block antiferromagnetic order is absent. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements on the same crystal with the pure stripe phase reveal that the electronic structure is gapped at the Fermi level with a gap larger than 0.325 eV. The data collectively demonstrate that the extra 10% iron vacancies in addition to the rhombic iron vacancy order effectively impede the formation of the block antiferromagnetic phase; the data also suggest that the stripe antiferromagnetic phase with rhombic iron vacancy order is a Mott insulator.

  3. Properties of Haldane Excitations and Multiparticle States in the Antiferromagnetic Spin-1 Chain Compound CsNiCl3

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    Kenzelmann, M.; Cowley, R. A.; Buyers, W. J. L.; Tun, Z.; Coldea, Radu; Enderle, M.

    2002-01-01

    We report inelastic time-of-flight and triple-axis neutron scattering measurements of the excitation spectrum of the coupled antiferromagnetic spin-1 Heisenberg chain system CsNiCl{sub 3}. Measurements over a wide range of wave-vector transfers along the chain confirm that above T{sub N} CsNiCl{sub 3} is in a quantum-disordered phase with an energy gap in the excitation spectrum. The spin correlations fall off exponentially with increasing distance with a correlation length {zeta} = 4.0(2) sites at T = 6.2K. This is shorter than the correlation length for an antiferromagnetic spin-1 Heisenberg chain at this temperature, suggesting that the correlations perpendicular to the chain direction and associated with the interchain coupling lower the single-chain correlation length. A multiparticle continuum is observed in the quantum-disordered phase in the region in reciprocal space where antiferromagnetic fluctuations are strongest, extending in energy up to twice the maximum of the dispersion of the well-defined triplet excitations. We show that the continuum satisfies the Hohenberg-Brinkman sum rule. The dependence of the multiparticle continuum on the chain wave vector resembles that of the two-spinon continuum in antiferromagnetic spin-1/2 Heisenberg chains. This suggests the presence of spin-1/2 degrees of freedom in CsNiCl{sub 3} for T {approx}< 12 K, possibly caused by multiply frustrated interchain interactions.

  4. Domain-wall velocities of up to 750 m s-1 driven by exchange-coupling torque in synthetic antiferromagnets

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    Yang, See-Hun; Ryu, Kwang-Su; Parkin, Stuart

    2015-03-01

    The operation of racetrack memories is based on the motion of domain walls in atomically thin, perpendicularly magnetized nanowires, which are interfaced with adjacent metal layers with high spin-orbit coupling. Such domain walls have a chiral Néel structure and can be moved efficiently by electrical currents. High-capacity racetrack memory requires closely packed domain walls, but their density is limited by dipolar coupling from their fringing magnetic fields. These fields can be eliminated using a synthetic antiferromagnetic structure composed of two magnetic sub-layers, exchange-coupled via an ultrathin antiferromagnetic-coupling spacer layer. Here, we show that nanosecond-long current pulses can move domain walls in synthetic antiferromagnetic racetracks that have almost zero net magnetization. The domain walls can be moved even more efficiently and at much higher speeds (up to ˜750 m s-1) compared with similar racetracks in which the sub-layers are coupled ferromagnetically. This is due to a stabilization of the Néel domain wall structure, and an exchange coupling torque that is directly proportional to the strength of the antiferromagnetic exchange coupling between the two sub-layers. Moreover, the dependence of the wall velocity on the magnetic field applied along the nanowire is distinct from that of the single-layer racetrack due to the exchange coupling torque. The high domain wall velocities in racetracks that have no net magnetization allow for densely packed yet highly efficient domain-wall-based spintronics.

  5. Effects of size, shape, and frequency on the antiferromagnetic resonance linewidth of MnF

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    Obrien, K. C.

    1973-01-01

    The research concerning the properties and application of solid state materials at submillimeter frequencies is summarized. Work reported includes: far infrared Fourier spectroscopy; studies of the antiferromagnetic resonance line in MnF2 at millimeter wavelengths; numerical solution of the equations of motion of a general two-sublattice antiferromagnet; study of antiferromagnetic resonance line in NiO powder; and resonance investigations of several indium thisospinels at millimeter wavelengths.

  6. Reversible optical switching of antiferromagnetism in TbMnO3

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    Manz, Sebastian; Matsubara, Masakazu; Lottermoser, Thomas; Büchi, Jonathan; Iyama, Ayato; Kimura, Tsuyoshi; Meier, Dennis; Fiebig, Manfred

    2016-10-01

    Lasers can be used to control the magnetization of a ferromagnet via optically driven thermal and electronic excitation. Transfer of this concept to antiferromagnets is appealing because of the increasing technological interest in antiferromagnetism. Controlling spin structures in antiferromagnets is challenging, however, because of their zero magnetization. In a proof-of-principle experiment we demonstrate that optical control of antiferromagnetic domains is nevertheless possible. We reverse the antiferromagnetic order parameter in multiferroic TbMnO3 repeatedly, using light pulses of two different colours. Switching depends on a unique relation between the wavelength of the light, its optical absorption and the electric polarization field induced by the antiferromagnetic order of TbMnO3. We then demonstrate sequential laser-controlled writing and erasure of antiferromagnetic domains. The universality of reversible optical antiferromagnetic switching is derived by Monte Carlo simulations. Opto-magnetism is thus complemented by an important degree of freedom, namely local control of antiferromagnetism by means of light.

  7. Cyclic period-3 window in antiferromagnetic potts and Ising models on recursive lattices

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    Ananikian, N. S.; Ananikyan, L. N.; Chakhmakhchyan, L. A.

    2011-09-01

    The magnetic properties of the antiferromagnetic Potts model with two-site interaction and the antiferromagnetic Ising model with three-site interaction on recursive lattices have been studied. A cyclic period-3 window has been revealed by the recurrence relation method in the antiferromagnetic Q-state Potts model on the Bethe lattice (at Q < 2) and in the antiferromagnetic Ising model with three-site interaction on the Husimi cactus. The Lyapunov exponents have been calculated, modulated phases and a chaotic regime in the cyclic period-3 window have been found for one-dimensional rational mappings determined the properties of these systems.

  8. Antiferromagnetic and semiconducting material CrNCN: Prediction from first-principles investigation

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    Li, Meiling; Zhang, Ping; Wei, Xianshun

    2016-11-01

    The structural stability and physical properties of CrNCN were studied using density functional theory with explicit electronic correlation (GGA+U). Calculated results indicate that the title compound, similar to MNCN (M=Mn, Fe, Co, Ni), is thermodynamically stable but mechanically unstable. Analysis of electronic and magnetic structures reveals that CrNCN is an antiferromagnetic semiconductor. However, the exact magnetic structure of CrNCN consists of an antiferromagnetic intralayer and a ferromagnetic interlayer, which differs from that of the type-II antiferromagnetic semiconductor MNCN (M=Mn, Fe, Co, Ni), which consists of a ferromagnetic intralayer and an antiferromagnetic interlayer.

  9. Itinerant Antiferromagnetism in FeMnP0.8Si0.2

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    Sales, Brian C.; Susner, Michael A.; Conner, Benjamin S.; Yan, Jiaqiang Q.; May, Andrew F.

    2015-09-25

    Compounds based on the Fe2P structure have continued to attract interest because of the interplay between itinerant and localized magnetism in a noncentrosymmetric crystal structure, and because of the recent developments of these materials for magnetocaloric applications. We report the growth and characterization of millimeter-sized single crystals of FeMnP0.8Si0.2 with the Fe2P structure. Single-crystal x-ray diffraction, magnetization, resistivity, and Hall and heat capacity data are reported. The crystals exhibit itinerant antiferromagnetic order below 158 K with no hint of ferromagnetic behavior in the magnetization curves and with the spins ordered primarily in the ab plane. The room-temperature resistivity is close to the Ioffe-Regel limit for a metal. Single-crystal x-ray diffraction indicates a strong preference for Mn to occupy the larger pyramidal 3g site. The cation site preference in the as-grown crystals and the antiferromagnetism were not changed after high-temperature anneals and a rapid quench to room temperature

  10. Frustration and correlations in stacked triangular-lattice Ising antiferromagnets

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    Burnell, F. J.; Chalker, J. T.

    2015-12-01

    We study multilayer triangular-lattice Ising antiferromagnets with interlayer interactions that are weak and frustrated in an abc stacking. By analyzing a coupled height model description of these systems, we show that they exhibit a classical spin liquid regime at low temperature, in which both intralayer and interlayer correlations are strong but there is no long-range order. Diffuse scattering in this regime is concentrated on a helix in reciprocal space, as observed for charge ordering in the materials LuFe2O4 and YbFe2O4 .

  11. Quantum Spin Liquid Emerging from Antiferromagnetic Order by Introducing Disorder.

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    Furukawa, T; Miyagawa, K; Itou, T; Ito, M; Taniguchi, H; Saito, M; Iguchi, S; Sasaki, T; Kanoda, K

    2015-08-14

    Quantum spin liquids, which are spin versions of quantum matter, have been sought after in systems with geometrical frustration. We show that disorder drives a classical magnet into a quantum spin liquid through conducting NMR experiments on an organic Mott insulator, κ-(ET)_{2}Cu[N(CN)_{2}]Cl. Antiferromagnetic ordering in the pristine crystal, when irradiated by x rays, disappears. Spin freezing, spin gap, and critical slowing down are not observed, but gapless spin excitations emerge, suggesting a novel role of disorder that brings forth a quantum spin liquid from a classical ordered state. PMID:26317741

  12. Antiferromagnetic exchange and spin-fluctuation pairing in cuprate superconductors

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    Plakida, Nikolay M.

    2006-01-01

    A microscopic theory of superconductivity is formulated within an effective p-d Hubbard model for a CuO2 plane. By applying the Mori-type projection technique, the Dyson equation is derived for the Green functions in terms of Hubbard operators. The antiferromagnetic exchange caused by interband hopping results in pairing of all carries in the conduction subband and high Tc proportional to the Fermi energy. Kinematic interaction in intraband hopping is responsible for the conventional spin-fluctuation pairing. Numerical solution of the gap equation proves the d-wave gap symmetry and defines Tc doping dependence. Oxygen isotope shift and pressure dependence of Tc are also discussed.

  13. Antiferromagnetic Ordering of Symmetry Breaking in Multiple Planes

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    Rojo, A. G.; Canright, G. S.

    We present a multiplane model for the anyon problem. Anyons on different planes are coupled via a Coulomb-type interaction. We solve exactly finite clusters and show that the "antiferromagnetic" order of the chirality is favored for both attractive and repulsive interplane coupling. We also discuss a simple model that can be treated analytically and that has the same qualitative behavior as the exact results. Our results apply to the low density limit, in which finite currents exist in each plane. These currents also occur in the high temperature (nonsuperfluid) phase of the anyon system, and so our results should apply also to that regime.

  14. Angle-dependent loop shifts in antiferromagnetic nanoparticles

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    Mao, Zhongquan; Zhan, Xiaozhi; Chen, Xi

    2016-08-01

    Experimentally hysteresis loop shifts have been widely observed in antiferromagnetic (AF) nanoparticles. Here numerical investigations show that this effect is dependent on the angle between the easy axis of the AF spins and the applied magnetic field in uncompensated nanoparticles. In contrast, the loop shifts disappear in compensated nanoparticles. The results suggest that the uncompensated spins and field directions are essential ingredients to generate loop shifts in AF nanoparticle systems. The present study hints at a possible way to optimize the magnetic performance of AF nanostructures.

  15. Molecular Engineering of Antiferromagnetic Rings for Quantum Computation

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    Troiani, F.; Ghirri, A.; Affronte, M.; Carretta, S.; Santini, P.; Amoretti, G.; Piligkos, S.; Timco, G.; Winpenny, R. E.

    2005-05-01

    The substitution of one metal ion in a Cr-based molecular ring with dominant antiferromagnetic couplings allows the engineering of its level structure and ground-state degeneracy. Here we characterize a Cr7Ni molecular ring by means of low-temperature specific-heat and torque-magnetometry measurements, thus determining the microscopic parameters of the corresponding spin Hamiltonian. The energy spectrum and the suppression of the leakage-inducing S mixing render the Cr7Ni molecule a suitable candidate for the qubit implementation, as further substantiated by our quantum-gate simulations.

  16. Antiferromagnetic structure in tetragonal CuMnAs thin films.

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    Wadley, P; Hills, V; Shahedkhah, M R; Edmonds, K W; Campion, R P; Novák, V; Ouladdiaf, B; Khalyavin, D; Langridge, S; Saidl, V; Nemec, P; Rushforth, A W; Gallagher, B L; Dhesi, S S; Maccherozzi, F; Železný, J; Jungwirth, T

    2015-01-01

    Tetragonal CuMnAs is an antiferromagnetic material with favourable properties for applications in spintronics. Using a combination of neutron diffraction and x-ray magnetic linear dichroism, we determine the spin axis and magnetic structure in tetragonal CuMnAs, and reveal the presence of an interfacial uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. From the temperature-dependence of the neutron diffraction intensities, the Néel temperature is shown to be (480 ± 5) K. Ab initio calculations indicate a weak anisotropy in the (ab) plane for bulk crystals, with a large anisotropy energy barrier between in-plane and perpendicular-to-plane directions.

  17. Dynamical Structure Factors of quasi-one-dimensional antiferromagnets

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    Hagemans, Rob; Caux, Jean-Sébastien; Maillet, Jean Michel

    2007-03-01

    For a long time it has been impossible to accurately calculate the dynamical structure factors (spin-spin correlators as a function of momentum and energy) of quasi-one-dimensional antiferromagnets. For integrable Heisenberg chains, the recently developed ABACUS method (a first-principles computational approach based on the Bethe Ansatz) now yields highly accurate (over 99% of the sum rule) results for the DSF for finite chains, allowing for a very precise description of neutron-scattering data over the full momentum and energy range. We show remarkable agreement between results obtained with ABACUS and experiment.

  18. Density matrix renormalization group numerical study of the kagome antiferromagnet.

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    Jiang, H C; Weng, Z Y; Sheng, D N

    2008-09-12

    We numerically study the spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model on the kagome lattice using the density-matrix renormalization group method. We find that the ground state is a magnetically disordered spin liquid, characterized by an exponential decay of spin-spin correlation function in real space and a magnetic structure factor showing system-size independent peaks at commensurate magnetic wave vectors. We obtain a spin triplet excitation gap DeltaE(S=1)=0.055+/-0.005 by extrapolation based on the large size results, and confirm the presence of gapless singlet excitations. The physical nature of such an exotic spin liquid is also discussed.

  19. Domain-wall spin dynamics in kagome antiferromagnets.

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    Lhotel, E; Simonet, V; Ortloff, J; Canals, B; Paulsen, C; Suard, E; Hansen, T; Price, D J; Wood, P T; Powell, A K; Ballou, R

    2011-12-16

    We report magnetization and neutron scattering measurements down to 60 mK on a new family of Fe based kagome antiferromagnets, in which a strong local spin anisotropy combined with a low exchange path network connectivity lead to domain walls intersecting the kagome planes through strings of free spins. These produce unfamiliar slow spin dynamics in the ordered phase, evolving from exchange-released spin flips towards a cooperative behavior on decreasing the temperature, probably due to the onset of long-range dipolar interaction. A domain structure of independent magnetic grains is obtained that could be generic to other frustrated magnets.

  20. Propagation and ghosts in the classical kagome antiferromagnet.

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    Robert, J; Canals, B; Simonet, V; Ballou, R

    2008-09-12

    We investigate the classical spin dynamics of the kagome antiferromagnet by combining Monte Carlo and spin dynamics simulations. We show that this model has two distinct low temperature dynamical regimes, both sustaining propagative modes. The expected gauge invariance type of the low energy, low temperature, out-of-plane excitations is also evidenced in the nonlinear regime. A detailed analysis of the excitations allows us to identify ghosts in the dynamical structure factor, i.e., propagating excitations with a strongly reduced spectral weight. We argue that these dynamical extinction rules are of geometrical origin.

  1. Numerical studies of a 36-site [ital kagome] antiferromagnet

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    Leung, P.W. Physics Department, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay ); Elser, V. )

    1993-03-01

    The ground-state wave function for the spin-1/2 quantum antiferromagnet on a 36-site [ital kagome]$[ital iaa]--- structure is found by numerical diagonalization. Spin-spin correlations and spin gaps indicate that the ground state of this system does not possess magnetic order. The spin-Peierls order is studied using a four-spin correlation function. The short-range structure in this correlation function is found to be consistent with a simple dimer-liquid model. The spin-Peierls order, if it exists, must be quite small.

  2. Antiferromagnetic structure in tetragonal CuMnAs thin films

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    Wadley, P.; Hills, V.; Shahedkhah, M. R.; Edmonds, K. W.; Campion, R. P.; Novák, V.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Khalyavin, D.; Langridge, S.; Saidl, V.; Nemec, P.; Rushforth, A. W.; Gallagher, B. L.; Dhesi, S. S.; Maccherozzi, F.; Železný, J.; Jungwirth, T.

    2015-01-01

    Tetragonal CuMnAs is an antiferromagnetic material with favourable properties for applications in spintronics. Using a combination of neutron diffraction and x-ray magnetic linear dichroism, we determine the spin axis and magnetic structure in tetragonal CuMnAs, and reveal the presence of an interfacial uniaxial magnetic anisotropy. From the temperature-dependence of the neutron diffraction intensities, the Néel temperature is shown to be (480 ± 5) K. Ab initio calculations indicate a weak anisotropy in the (ab) plane for bulk crystals, with a large anisotropy energy barrier between in-plane and perpendicular-to-plane directions. PMID:26602978

  3. Competing interactions in ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic perovskite superlattices

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    Takamura, Y.; Biegalski, M.B.; Christen, H.M.

    2009-10-22

    Soft x-ray magnetic dichroism, magnetization, and magnetotransport measurements demonstrate that the competition between different magnetic interactions (exchange coupling, electronic reconstruction, and long-range interactions) in La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}FeO{sub 3}(LSFO)/La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}(LSMO) perovskite oxide superlattices leads to unexpected functional properties. The antiferromagnetic order parameter in LSFO and ferromagnetic order parameter in LSMO show a dissimilar dependence on sublayer thickness and temperature, illustrating the high degree of tunability in these artificially layered materials.

  4. The antiferromagnetic transition for the square-lattice Potts model

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    Jacobsen, Jesper L.; Saleur, Hubert

    2006-05-01

    We solve in this paper the problem of the antiferromagnetic transition for the Q-state Potts model (defined geometrically for Q generic using the loop/cluster expansion) on the square lattice. This solution is based on the detailed analysis of the Bethe ansatz equations (which involve staggered source terms of the type "real" and "anti-string") and on extensive numerical diagonalization of transfer matrices. It involves subtle distinctions between the loop/cluster version of the model, and the associated RSOS and (twisted) vertex models. The essential result is that the twisted vertex model on the transition line has a continuum limit described by two bosons, one which is compact and twisted, and the other which is not, with a total central charge c=2-6/t, for √{Q}=2cosπ/t. The non-compact boson contributes a continuum component to the spectrum of critical exponents. For Q generic, these properties are shared by the Potts model. For Q a Beraha number, i.e., Q=4cosπ/n with n integer, and in particular Q integer, the continuum limit is given by a "truncation" of the two boson theory, and coincides essentially with the critical point of parafermions Z. Moreover, the vertex model, and, for Q generic, the Potts model, exhibit a first-order critical point on the transition line—that is, the antiferromagnetic critical point is not only a point where correlations decay algebraically, but is also the locus of level crossings where the derivatives of the free energy are discontinuous. In that sense, the thermal exponent of the Potts model is generically equal to ν=1/2 >. Things are however profoundly different for Q a Beraha number. In this case, the antiferromagnetic transition is second order, with the thermal exponent determined by the dimension of the ψ parafermion, ν=t-2/2. As one enters the adjacent "Berker-Kadanoff" phase, the model flows, for t odd, to a minimal model of CFT with central charge c=1-6/(t-1)t, while for t even it becomes massive. This provides

  5. Heterobimetallic lantern complexes that couple antiferromagnetically through noncovalent Pt···Pt interactions.

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    Baddour, Frederick G; Fiedler, Stephanie R; Shores, Matthew P; Golen, James A; Rheingold, Arnold L; Doerrer, Linda H

    2013-05-01

    A series of Pt-based heterobimetallic lantern complexes of the form [PtM(SAc)4(OH2)] (M = Co, 1; Ni, 2; Zn, 3) were prepared using a facile, single-step procedure. These hydrated species were reacted with 3-nitropyridine (3-NO2py) to prepare three additional lantern complexes, [PtM(SAc)4(3-NO2py)] (M = Co, 4; Ni, 5; Zn, 6), or alternatively dried in vacuo to the dehydrated species [PtM(SAc)4] (M = Co, 7; Ni, 8; Zn, 9). The Co- and Ni-containing species exhibit Pt-M bonding in solution and the solid state. In the structurally characterized compounds 1-6, the lantern units form dimers in the solid state via a short Pt···Pt metallophilic interaction. Antiferromagnetic coupling between 3d metal ions in the solid state through noncovalent metallophilic interactions was observed for all the paramagnetic lantern complexes prepared, with J-coupling values of -12.7 cm(-1) (1), -50.8 cm(-1) (2), -6.0 cm(-1) (4), and -12.6 cm(-1) (5). The Zn complexes 3 and 6 also form solid-state dimers, indicating that the formation of short Pt···Pt interactions in these complexes is not predicated on the presence of a paramagnetic 3d metal ion. These contacts and the resultant antiferromagnetic coupling are also not unique to heterobimetallic lantern complexes with axially coordinated H2O or the previously reported thiobenzoate supporting ligand.

  6. Fractional excitations in the square lattice quantum antiferromagnet

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    Christensen, N. B.; Nilsen, G. J.; Tregenna-Piggott, P.; Perring, T. G.; Enderle, M.; McMorrow, D. F.; Ivanov, D. A.; Rønnow, H. M.

    2014-01-01

    Quantum magnets have occupied the fertile ground between many-body theory and low-temperature experiments on real materials since the early days of quantum mechanics. However, our understanding of even deceptively simple systems of interacting spins-1/2 is far from complete. The quantum square-lattice Heisenberg antiferromagnet (QSLHAF), for example, exhibits a striking anomaly of hitherto unknown origin in its magnetic excitation spectrum. This quantum effect manifests itself for excitations propagating with the specific wave vector (π, 0). We use polarized neutron spectroscopy to fully characterize the magnetic fluctuations in the metal-organic compound CFTD, a known realization of the QSLHAF model. Our experiments reveal an isotropic excitation continuum at the anomaly, which we analyse theoretically using Gutzwiller-projected trial wavefunctions. The excitation continuum is accounted for by the existence of spatially-extended pairs of fractional S=1/2 quasiparticles, 2D analogues of 1D spinons. Away from the anomalous wave vector, these fractional excitations are bound and form conventional magnons. Our results establish the existence of fractional quasiparticles in the high-energy spectrum of a quasi-two-dimensional antiferromagnet, even in the absence of frustration. PMID:25729400

  7. Spin Seebeck effect through antiferromagnetic NiO

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    Prakash, Arati; Brangham, Jack; Yang, Fengyuan; Heremans, Joseph P.

    2016-07-01

    We report temperature-dependent spin Seebeck measurements on Pt/YIG bilayers and Pt/NiO/YIG trilayers, where YIG (yttrium iron garnet, Y3F e5O12 ) is an insulating ferrimagnet and NiO is an antiferromagnet at low temperatures. The thickness of the NiO layer is varied from 0 to 10 nm. In the Pt/YIG bilayers, the temperature gradient applied to the YIG stimulates dynamic spin injection into the Pt, which generates an inverse spin Hall voltage in the Pt. The presence of a NiO layer dampens the spin injection exponentially with a decay length of 2 ± 0.6 nm at 180 K. The decay length increases with temperature and shows a maximum of 5.5 ± 0.8 nm at 360 K. The temperature dependence of the amplitude of the spin Seebeck signal without NiO shows a broad maximum of 6.5 ± 0.5 μV/K at 20 K. In the presence of NiO, the maximum shifts sharply to higher temperatures, likely correlated to the increase in decay length. This implies that NiO is most transparent to magnon propagation near the paramagnet-antiferromagnet transition. We do not see the enhancement in spin current driven into Pt reported in other papers when 1-2 nm NiO layers are sandwiched between Pt and YIG.

  8. Highly tunable perpendicularly magnetized synthetic antiferromagnets for biotechnology applications

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    Vemulkar, T.; Mansell, R.; Petit, D. C. M. C.; Cowburn, R. P.; Lesniak, M. S.

    2015-07-01

    Magnetic micro and nanoparticles are increasingly used in biotechnological applications due to the ability to control their behavior through an externally applied field. We demonstrate the fabrication of particles made from ultrathin perpendicularly magnetized CoFeB/Pt layers with antiferromagnetic interlayer coupling. The particles are characterized by zero moment at remanence, low susceptibility at low fields, and a large saturated moment created by the stacking of the basic coupled bilayer motif. We demonstrate the transfer of magnetic properties from thin films to lithographically defined 2 μm particles which have been lifted off into solution. We simulate the minimum energy state of a synthetic antiferromagnetic bilayer system that is free to rotate in an applied field and show that the low field susceptibility of the system is equal to the magnetic hard axis followed by a sharp switch to full magnetization as the field is increased. This agrees with the experimental results and explains the behaviour of the particles in solution.

  9. Antiferromagnetic order in MnO spherical nanoparticles

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    Wang, Cuihuan; Baker, Sheila N; Lumsden, Mark D; Nagler, Stephen E; Heller, William T; Baker, Gary A; Deen, P P; Cranswick, Lachlan M.D.; Su, Y.; Christianson, Andrew D

    2011-01-01

    We have performed unpolarized and polarized neutron diffraction experiments on monodisperse 8- and 13-nm antiferromagnetic MnO nanoparticles. For the 8-nm sample, the antiferromagnetic transition temperature T{sub N} (114 K) is suppressed compared to that in the bulk material (119 K), while for the 13-nm sample T{sub N} (120 K) is comparable to that in the bulk. The neutron diffraction data of the nanoparticles is well described using the bulk MnO magnetic structure but with a substantially reduced average magnetic moment of 4.2 {+-} 0.3 {micro}{sub B}/Mn for the 8-nm sample and 3.9 {+-} 0.2 {micro}{sub B}/Mn for the 13-nm sample. An analysis of the polarized neutron data on both samples shows that in an individual MnO nanoparticle about 80% of Mn ions order. These results can be explained by a structure in which the monodisperse nanoparticles studied here have a core that behaves similar to the bulk with a surface layer which does not contribute significantly to the magnetic order.

  10. Quantum simulation of antiferromagnetic spin chains in an optical lattice.

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    Simon, Jonathan; Bakr, Waseem S; Ma, Ruichao; Tai, M Eric; Preiss, Philipp M; Greiner, Markus

    2011-04-21

    Understanding exotic forms of magnetism in quantum mechanical systems is a central goal of modern condensed matter physics, with implications for systems ranging from high-temperature superconductors to spintronic devices. Simulating magnetic materials in the vicinity of a quantum phase transition is computationally intractable on classical computers, owing to the extreme complexity arising from quantum entanglement between the constituent magnetic spins. Here we use a degenerate Bose gas of rubidium atoms confined in an optical lattice to simulate a chain of interacting quantum Ising spins as they undergo a phase transition. Strong spin interactions are achieved through a site-occupation to pseudo-spin mapping. As we vary a magnetic field, quantum fluctuations drive a phase transition from a paramagnetic phase into an antiferromagnetic phase. In the paramagnetic phase, the interaction between the spins is overwhelmed by the applied field, which aligns the spins. In the antiferromagnetic phase, the interaction dominates and produces staggered magnetic ordering. Magnetic domain formation is observed through both in situ site-resolved imaging and noise correlation measurements. By demonstrating a route to quantum magnetism in an optical lattice, this work should facilitate further investigations of magnetic models using ultracold atoms, thereby improving our understanding of real magnetic materials.

  11. Electrical control of antiferromagnetic metal up to 15 nm

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    Zhang, PengXiang; Yin, GuFan; Wang, YuYan; Cui, Bin; Pan, Feng; Song, Cheng

    2016-08-01

    Manipulation of antiferromagnetic (AFM) spins by electrical means is on great demand to develop the AFM spintronics with low power consumption. Here we report a reversible electrical control of antiferromagnetic moments of FeMn up to 15 nm, using an ionic liquid to exert a substantial electric-field effect. The manipulation is demonstrated by the modulation of exchange spring in [Co/Pt]/FeMn system, where AFM moments in FeMn pin the magnetization rotation of Co/Pt. By carrier injection or extraction, the magnetic anisotropy of the top layer in FeMn is modulated to influence the whole exchange spring and then passes its influence to the [Co/Pt]/FeMn interface, through a distance up to the length of exchange spring that fully screens electric field. Comparing FeMn to IrMn, despite the opposite dependence of exchange bias on gate voltages, the same correlation between carrier density and exchange spring stiffness is demonstrated. Besides the fundamental significance of modulating the spin structures in metallic AFM via all-electrical fashion, the present finding would advance the development of low-power-consumption AFM spintronics.

  12. Antiferromagnetic ground state in NpCoGe

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    Colineau, E.; Griveau, J.-C.; Eloirdi, R.; Gaczyński, P.; Khmelevskyi, S.; Shick, A. B.; Caciuffo, R.

    2014-03-01

    NpCoGe, the neptunium analog of the ferromagnetic superconductor UCoGe, has been investigated by dc magnetization, ac susceptibility, specific heat, electrical resistivity, Hall effect, 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy, and local spin-density approximation (LSDA) calculations. NpCoGe exhibits an antiferromagnetic ground state with a Néel temperature TN≈13 K and an average ordered magnetic moment <μNp>=0.80μB. The magnetic phase diagram has been determined and shows that the antiferromagnetic structure is destroyed by the application of a magnetic field (≈3 T). The value of the isomer shift suggests a Np3+ charge state (configuration 5f4). A high Sommerfeld coefficient value for NpCoGe (170 mJ mol-1 K-2) is inferred from specific heat. LSDA calculations indicate strong magnetic anisotropy and easy magnetization along the c axis. Mössbauer data and calculated exchange interactions support the possible occurrence of an elliptical spin-spiral structure in NpCoGe. The comparison with NpRhGe and uranium analogs suggests the leading role of 5f-d hybridization, the rather delocalized character of 5f electrons in NpCoGe, and the possible proximity of NpRuGe or NpFeGe to a magnetic quantum critical point.

  13. Large magnetoresistance in the antiferromagnetic semimetal NdSb

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    Wakeham, N.; Bauer, E. D.; Neupane, M.; Ronning, F.

    2016-05-01

    There has been considerable interest in topological semimetals that exhibit extreme magnetoresistance (XMR). These have included materials lacking inversion symmetry such as TaAs, as well Dirac semimetals such as Cd3As2 . However, it was reported recently that LaSb and LaBi also exhibit XMR, even though the rocksalt structure of these materials has inversion symmetry, and the band-structure calculations do not show a Dirac dispersion in the bulk. Here, we present magnetoresistance and specific-heat measurements on NdSb, which is isostructural with LaSb. NdSb has an antiferromagnetic ground state and, in analogy with the lanthanum monopnictides, is expected to be a topologically nontrivial semimetal. We show that NdSb has an XMR of ˜104% , even within the antiferromagnetic state, illustrating that XMR can occur independently of the absence of time-reversal symmetry breaking in zero magnetic field. The persistence of XMR in a magnetic system offers the promise of new functionality when combining topological matter with electronic correlations. We also find that in an applied magnetic field below the Néel temperature there is a first-order transition, consistent with evidence from previous neutron scattering work.

  14. Antiferromagnetic Metal and Mott Transition on Shastry-Sutherland Lattice

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    Liu, Hai-Di; Chen, Yao-Hua; Lin, Heng-Fu; Tao, Hong-Shuai; Liu, Wu-Ming

    2014-01-01

    The Shastry-Sutherland lattice, one of the simplest systems with geometrical frustration, which has an exact eigenstate by putting singlets on diagonal bonds, can be realized in a group of layered compounds and raises both theoretical and experimental interest. Most of the previous studies on the Shastry-Sutherland lattice are focusing on the Heisenberg model. Here we opt for the Hubbard model to calculate phase diagrams over a wide range of interaction parameters, and show the competing effects of interaction, frustration and temperature. At low temperature, frustration is shown to favor a paramagnetic metallic ground state, while interaction drives the system to an antiferromagnetic insulator phase. Between these two phases, there are an antiferromagnetic metal phase and a paramagnetic insulator phase (which should consist of a small plaquette phase and a dimer phase) resulting from the competition of the frustration and the interaction. Our results may shed light on more exhaustive studies about quantum phase transitions in geometrically frustrated systems. PMID:24777282

  15. Quantum Criticality in Quasi-Two-Dimensional Itinerant Antiferromagnets

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    Varma, C. M.

    2015-10-01

    Quasi-two-dimensional itinerant fermions in the antiferromagnetic (AFM) quantum-critical region of their phase diagram, such as in the Fe-based superconductors or in some of the heavy-fermion compounds, exhibit a resistivity varying linearly with temperature and a contribution to specific heat or thermopower proportional to T ln T . It is shown, here, that a generic model of itinerant anti-ferromagnet can be canonically transformed so that its critical fluctuations around the AFM-vector Q can be obtained from the fluctuations in the long wavelength limit of a dissipative quantum X Y model. The fluctuations of the dissipative quantum X Y model in 2D have been evaluated recently, and in a large regime of parameters, they are determined, not by renormalized spin fluctuations, but by topological excitations. In this regime, the fluctuations are separable in their spatial and temporal dependence and have a spatial correlation length which is proportional to the logarithm of the temporal correlation length, i.e., for some purposes, the effective dynamic exponent z =∞ . The time dependence gives ω /T scaling at criticality. The observed resistivity and entropy then follow. Several predictions to test the theory are also given.

  16. Antiferromagnetic exchange bias of a ferromagnetic semiconductor by a ferromagnetic metal

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    Olejnik, K.; Wadley, P.; Haigh, J.; Edmonds, K. W.; Campion, R. P.; Rushforth, A. W.; Gallagher, B. L.; Foxon, C. T.; Jungwirth, T.; Wunderlich, J.; Dhesi, S. S.; Cavill, S.; van der Laan, G.; Arenholz, E.

    2009-11-05

    We demonstrate an exchange bias in (Ga,Mn)As induced by antiferromagnetic coupling to a thin overlayer of Fe. Bias fields of up to 240 Oe are observed. Using element-specific x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements, we distinguish an interface layer that is strongly pinned antiferromagnetically to the Fe. The interface layer remains polarized at room temperature.

  17. Barkhausen-like antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition driven by spin polarized current

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    Suzuki, Ippei; Naito, Tomoyuki; Itoh, Mitsuru; Taniyama, Tomoyasu

    2015-08-24

    We provide clear evidence for the effect of a spin polarized current on the antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition of an FeRh wire at Co/FeRh wire junctions, where the antiferromagnetic ground state of FeRh is suppressed by injecting a spin polarized current. We find a discrete change in the current-voltage characteristics with increasing current density, which we attribute to the Barkhausen-like motion of antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic interfaces within the FeRh wire. The effect can be understood via spin transfer, which exerts a torque to the antiferromagnetic moments of FeRh, together with non-equilibrium magnetic effective field at the interface. The conclusion is reinforced by the fact that spin unpolarized current injection from a nonmagnetic Cu electrode has no effects on the antiferromagnetic state of FeRh.

  18. The peak effect (PE) region of the antiferromagnetic two layer Ising nanographene

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    Şarlı, Numan; Akbudak, Salih; Ellialtıoğlu, Mehmet Recai

    2014-11-01

    In this work, the magnetic properties of the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic two layer spin-1/2 Ising nanographene systems are investigated within the effective field theory. We find that the magnetizations and the hysteresis behaviors of the central graphene atoms are similar to those of the edge graphene atoms in the ferromagnetic case. But, they are quite different in the antiferromagnetic case. The antiferromagnetic central graphene atoms exhibit type II superconductivity and they have triple hysteresis loop. The peak effect (PE) region is observed on the hysteresis curves of the antiferromagnetic Ising nanographene system. Therefore, we suggest that there is a strong relationship between the antiferromagnetism and the peak effect. Our results are in agreement with some experimental works in recent literature.

  19. Charge dynamics of the antiferromagnetically ordered Mott insulator

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    Han, Xing-Jie; Liu, Yu; Liu, Zhi-Yuan; Li, Xin; Chen, Jing; Liao, Hai-Jun; Xie, Zhi-Yuan; Normand, B.; Xiang, Tao

    2016-10-01

    We introduce a slave-fermion formulation in which to study the charge dynamics of the half-filled Hubbard model on the square lattice. In this description, the charge degrees of freedom are represented by fermionic holons and doublons and the Mott-insulating characteristics of the ground state are the consequence of holon–doublon bound-state formation. The bosonic spin degrees of freedom are described by the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model, yielding long-ranged (Néel) magnetic order at zero temperature. Within this framework and in the self-consistent Born approximation, we perform systematic calculations of the average double occupancy, the electronic density of states, the spectral function and the optical conductivity. Qualitatively, our method reproduces the lower and upper Hubbard bands, the spectral-weight transfer into a coherent quasiparticle band at their lower edges and the renormalisation of the Mott gap, which is associated with holon–doublon binding, due to the interactions of both quasiparticle species with the magnons. The zeros of the Green function at the chemical potential give the Luttinger volume, the poles of the self-energy reflect the underlying quasiparticle dispersion with a spin-renormalised hopping parameter and the optical gap is directly related to the Mott gap. Quantitatively, the square-lattice Hubbard model is one of the best-characterised problems in correlated condensed matter and many numerical calculations, all with different strengths and weaknesses, exist with which to benchmark our approach. From the semi-quantitative accuracy of our results for all but the weakest interaction strengths, we conclude that a self-consistent treatment of the spin-fluctuation effects on the charge degrees of freedom captures all the essential physics of the antiferromagnetic Mott–Hubbard insulator. We remark in addition that an analytical approximation with these properties serves a vital function in developing a full understanding of

  20. Tailoring coercivity of unbiased exchange-coupled ferromagnet/antiferromagnet bilayers

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    Sossmeier, K. D.; Schafer, D.; Bastos, A. P. O.; Schmidt, J. E.; Geshev, J.

    2012-07-01

    This paper reports experimental results obtained on unconventional exchange-coupled ferromagnet/antiferromagnet (FM/AF) system showing zero net bias. The Curie temperature of the FM (NiCu) is lower than the blocking temperature of the AF (IrMn). Samples were either annealed or irradiated with He, Ar, or Ge ions at 40 keV. Due to the exchange coupling at the FM/AF interface, the coercivity (H{sub C}) of the as-deposited FM/AF bilayer is rather higher than that of the corresponding FM single layer. We found that by choosing a proper ion fluence or annealing temperature, it is possible to controllably vary H{sub C}. Ion irradiation of the FM single layer has lead to only a decrease of H{sub C} and annealing or He ion irradiation has not caused important changes at the FM/AF interface; nevertheless, a twofold increase of H{sub C} was obtained after these treatments. Even more significant enhancement of H{sub C} was attained after Ge ion irradiation and attributed to ion-implantation-induced modification of only the FM layer; damages of the FM/AF interface, on the other hand, decrease the coercivity.

  1. Tailoring coercivity of unbiased exchange-coupled ferromagnet/antiferromagnet bilayers

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    Sossmeier, K. D.; Schafer, D.; Bastos, A. P. O.; Schmidt, J. E.; Geshev, J.

    2012-07-01

    This paper reports experimental results obtained on unconventional exchange-coupled ferromagnet/antiferromagnet (FM/AF) system showing zero net bias. The Curie temperature of the FM (NiCu) is lower than the blocking temperature of the AF (IrMn). Samples were either annealed or irradiated with He, Ar, or Ge ions at 40 keV. Due to the exchange coupling at the FM/AF interface, the coercivity (HC) of the as-deposited FM/AF bilayer is rather higher than that of the corresponding FM single layer. We found that by choosing a proper ion fluence or annealing temperature, it is possible to controllably vary HC. Ion irradiation of the FM single layer has lead to only a decrease of HC and annealing or He ion irradiation has not caused important changes at the FM/AF interface; nevertheless, a twofold increase of HC was obtained after these treatments. Even more significant enhancement of HC was attained after Ge ion irradiation and attributed to ion-implantation-induced modification of only the FM layer; damages of the FM/AF interface, on the other hand, decrease the coercivity.

  2. Impurity Effects in Highly Frustrated Diamond-Lattice Antiferromagnets

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    Savary, Lucile

    2012-02-01

    We consider the effects of local impurities in highly frustrated diamond lattice antiferromagnets, which exhibit large but non-extensive ground state degeneracies. Such models are appropriate to many A-site magnetic spinels. We argue very generally that sufficiently dilute impurities induce an ordered magnetic ground state, and provide a mechanism of degeneracy breaking. The states which are selected can be determined by a ``swiss cheese model'' analysis, which we demonstrate numerically for a particular impurity model in this case. Moreover, we present criteria for estimating the stability of the resulting ordered phase to a competing frozen (spin glass) one. The results may explain the contrasting finding of frozen and ordered ground states in CoAl2O4 and MnSc2S4, respectively.

  3. Space Group Symmetry Fractionalization in a Chiral Kagome Heisenberg Antiferromagnet.

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    Zaletel, Michael P; Zhu, Zhenyue; Lu, Yuan-Ming; Vishwanath, Ashvin; White, Steven R

    2016-05-13

    The anyonic excitations of a spin liquid can feature fractional quantum numbers under space group symmetries. Detecting these fractional quantum numbers, which are analogs of the fractional charge of Laughlin quasiparticles, may prove easier than the direct observation of anyonic braiding and statistics. Motivated by the recent numerical discovery of spin-liquid phases in the kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet, we theoretically predict the pattern of space group symmetry fractionalization in the kagome lattice SO(3)-symmetric chiral spin liquid. We provide a method to detect these fractional quantum numbers in finite-size numerics which is simple to implement in the density matrix renormalization group. Applying these developments to the chiral spin liquid phase of a kagome Heisenberg model, we find perfect agreement between our theoretical prediction and numerical observations. PMID:27232041

  4. Formation and Dynamics of Antiferromagnetic Correlations in Tunable Optical Lattices

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    Greif, Daniel; Jotzu, Gregor; Messer, Michael; Desbuquois, Rémi; Esslinger, Tilman

    2015-12-01

    We report on the observation of antiferromagnetic correlations of ultracold fermions in a variety of optical lattice geometries that are well described by the Hubbard model, including dimers, 1D chains, ladders, isolated and coupled honeycomb planes, as well as square and cubic lattices. The dependence of the strength of spin correlations on the specific geometry is experimentally studied by measuring the correlations along different lattice tunneling links, where a redistribution of correlations between the different lattice links is observed. By measuring the correlations in a crossover between distinct geometries, we demonstrate an effective reduction of the dimensionality for our atom numbers and temperatures. We also investigate the formation and redistribution time of spin correlations by dynamically changing the lattice geometry and studying the time evolution of the system. Time scales ranging from a sudden quench of the lattice geometry to an adiabatic evolution are probed.

  5. Antiferromagnetic Spin-S Chains with Exactly Dimerized Ground States

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    Michaud, Frédéric; Vernay, François; Manmana, Salvatore R.; Mila, Frédéric

    2012-03-01

    We show that spin S Heisenberg spin chains with an additional three-body interaction of the form (Si-1·Si)(Si·Si+1)+H.c. possess fully dimerized ground states if the ratio of the three-body interaction to the bilinear one is equal to 1/[4S(S+1)-2]. This result generalizes the Majumdar-Ghosh point of the J1-J2 chain, to which the present model reduces for S=1/2. For S=1, we use the density matrix renormalization group method to show that the transition between the Haldane and the dimerized phases is continuous with a central charge c=3/2. Finally, we show that such a three-body interaction appears naturally in a strong-coupling expansion of the Hubbard model, and we discuss the consequences for the dimerization of actual antiferromagnetic chains.

  6. Antiferromagnetic Critical Fluctuations in BaFe$_2$As$_2$

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    Wilson, Stephen D; Yamani, Z.; Rotundu, C. R.; Freelon, B.; Valdivia, P. N.; Bourret-Courchesne, E. D.; Lynn, J W; Chi, Songxue; Hong, Tao; Birgeneau, R. J.

    2010-01-01

    Magnetic correlations near the magnetostructural phase transition in the bilayer iron-pnictide parent compound, BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, are measured. In close proximity to the antiferromagnetic phase transition in BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, a crossover to three-dimensional critical behavior is anticipated and has been preliminarily observed. Here we report complementary measurements of two-dimensional magnetic fluctuations over a broad temperature range about T{sub N}. The potential role of two-dimensional critical fluctuations in the magnetic phase behavior of BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and their evolution near the anticipated crossover to three-dimensional critical behavior and long-range order are discussed.

  7. Interfaces in superconducting hybrid heterostructures with an antiferromagnetic interlayer

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    Constantinian, K. Y.; Kislinskii, Yu. V.; Ovsyannikov, G. A.; Shadrin, A. V.; Sheyerman, A. E.; Vasil'ev, A. L.; Presnyakov, M. Yu.; Komissinskiy, P. V.

    2013-03-01

    The structural, X-ray diffraction, and electrophysical studies of hybrid superconducting hetero-structures with an interlayer of cuprate antiferromagnetic Ca1 - x Sr x CuO2 (CSCO) with the upper electrode Nb/Au and the lower electrode YBa2Cu3O7 - δ (YBCO) have been carried out. It has been experimentally shown that the epitaxial growth of two cuprates, YBCO and CSCO, results in the formation of an interface on which the enrichment of the CSCO interlayer with charge carriers proceeds to a depth of about 20 nm. In this case, the conduction of the enriched CSCO region proves to be closer to metallic, whereas the CSCO film deposited onto the NdGaO3 substrate is a Mott insulator with hopping conduction.

  8. Enhancement of Thermally Injected Spin Current through an Antiferromagnetic Insulator.

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    Lin, Weiwei; Chen, Kai; Zhang, Shufeng; Chien, C L

    2016-05-01

    We report a large enhancement of thermally injected spin current in normal metal (NM)/antiferromagnet (AF)/yttrium iron garnet (YIG), where a thin AF insulating layer of NiO or CoO can enhance the spin current from YIG to a NM by up to a factor of 10. The spin current enhancement in NM/AF/YIG, with a pronounced maximum near the Néel temperature of the thin AF layer, has been found to scale linearly with the spin-mixing conductance at the NM/YIG interface for NM=3d, 4d, and 5d metals. Calculations of spin current enhancement and spin mixing conductance are qualitatively consistent with the experimental results. PMID:27203336

  9. Ferro- and antiferro-magnetizations in RSOS models

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    Kuniba, Atsuo; Nakanishi, Tomoki; Suzuki, Junji

    1991-06-01

    We study a class of restricted solid-on-solid (RSOS) models related to the quantum group U q(sl( n)) with q a general primitive root of unity. Physical regimes of the models enjoy intriguing equivalence properties under the interchange of the rank n and the relevant level of the affine Lie algebra A n-1 (1) (level-rank-duality) and also the q- and q--deformations ( q±1 duality). By using these we give a classification scheme for ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic orderings at low temperature. We also propose that the level-rank duality is inherited in rational Toda field theories with imaginary coupling constants. This explains the deficiency structure of the conserved currents in a series of deformed non-unitary conformal field theories.

  10. 55 Mn NMR for Antiferromagnetic α- Mn2 O 3

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    Jo, Euna; Kim, Changsoo; Lee, Soonchil

    2011-03-01

    The zero-field 55 Mn NMR spectrum for antiferromagnetic α - Mn 2 O3 was measured at low temperatures. Manganese sesquioxide (Mn 2 O3) is used in combustion catalysis, a method of reducing the emissions of organic compounds and nitrous oxide from waste gas, as an environmentally - friendly and inexpensive catalyzer instead of Pt and Pd. The magnetic moment estimated from the resonance frequency was 2.6 μB per Mn 3+ ion. The temperature dependence of the sublattice magnetization fits not Bloch's T2 law well but the exponential form applicable because there is an initial energy gap in the dispersion relation of the spin wave. From the fitting, an energy gap of 1.82 meV and an anisotropy energy of 0.22 meV were obtained. The spin-spin relaxation rate was measured as a function of the frequency and the Suhl-Nakamura interaction is suppressed by this energy gap.

  11. 3D Ordering in 2D Quantum Heisenberg Antiferromagnets

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    Landee, C. P.; Woodward, F. M.; Giantsidis, J.; Turnbull, M. M.

    2000-03-01

    The family of 2D quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnets (5-ZAP)_2CuX4 consists of CuX_4^2- dianions packed together in magnetically square layers, interacting through X\\cdotsX contacts (X = Cl, Br). The strength of both the intralayer interaction J and interlayer interaction J^' are controlled by the substituent Z in the 5-position of 5-Z, 2-aminopyridine. The 3D critical temperature TN is a function of the J^'/J ratio and consequently is also subject to control by the Z-substituent. Previously we have reported on the compounds with Z = Cl (5-CAP), and Z = methyl (5-MAP). We have now prepared the isomorphous 5-bromo analogue (5-BAP)_2CuX4 and will discuss the T_N/J ratios for all three compounds in terms of the structural parameters.

  12. Predictions for the ARPES spectral function of kagome antiferromagnetic insulators

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    Pujari, Sumiran; Lawler, Michael J.

    2011-03-01

    There are now a number of spin liquid candidate materials possibly with exotic spin-1/2 ``spinon'' excitations. Motivation by these discoveries, we consider the scaling properties of the hole spectral function for the frustrated Kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet assuming Dirac Spin Liquid(DSL) ground state proposed for Herbertsmithite [ 2 ] . We predict a sublinear in energy power law dependence of the ARPES spectral function at certain wave vectors. Using Renormalization group techniques, we show how (gauge) fluctuations of the DSL mean field give an anomalous exponent to spinons [ 2 ] and no anomalous exponent to holons thereby leading to the sublinear power law. If this behavior is observed in experiments, they would provide strong evidence for the existence of spinons in highly frustrated magnets. S.P. gratefully acknowledges support from NSF grant DMR-1005466.

  13. Strong spin Hall effect in the antiferromagnet PtMn

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    Ou, Yongxi; Shi, Shengjie; Ralph, D. C.; Buhrman, R. A.

    2016-06-01

    Effectively manipulating magnetism in ferromagnet (FM) thin-film nanostructures with an in-plane current has become feasible since the determination of a "giant" spin Hall effect (SHE) in certain heavy metal/FM systems. Recently, both theoretical and experimental reports indicate that metallic antiferromagnet materials can have both a large anomalous Hall effect and a strong SHE. Here we report a systematic study of the SHE in PtMn with several PtMn/FM systems. By using interface engineering to reduce the "spin memory loss" we obtain, in the best instance, a spin-torque efficiency ξDLPtMn≡TintθSHPtMn≃0.24 , where Tint is the effective interface spin transparency. This is more than twice the previously reported spin-torque efficiency for PtMn. We also find that the apparent spin diffusion length in PtMn is surprisingly long, λsPtMn≈2.3 nm .

  14. Two Dimensional Antiferromagnetic Chern Insulator: NiRuCl6

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    Zhou, P.; Sun, C. Q.; Sun, L. Z.

    2016-10-01

    Based on DFT and Berry curvature calculations, we predict that quantum anomalous hall effect (QAHE) can be realized in two dimensional anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) NiRuCl6 with zero net magnetic moment. By tuning spin-orbits coupling (SOC), we find that the topological properties of NiRuCl6 come from its energy band reversal. The results indicate that NiRuCl6 behaves as AFM Chern insulator and its spin-polarized electronic structure and strong spin-orbits coupling (SOC) are the origin of QAHE. Considering the compatibility between AFM and insulator, AFM Chern insulator is more suitable to realize high temperature QAHE because generally Neel temperature of AFM systems is more easily improved than Curie temperature of ferromagnetic (FM) systems. Due to the different magnetic coupling mechanism between FM and AFM Chern insulator, AFM Chern insulator provides a new way to archive high temperature QAHE in experiments.

  15. Bose and Mott glass phases in dimerized quantum antiferromagnets

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    Thomson, S. J.; Krüger, F.

    2015-11-01

    We examine the effects of disorder on dimerized quantum antiferromagnets in a magnetic field, using the mapping to a lattice gas of hard-core bosons with finite-range interactions. Combining a strong-coupling expansion, the replica method, and a one-loop renormalization-group analysis, we investigate the nature of the glass phases formed. We find that away from the tips of the Mott lobes, the transition is from a Mott insulator to a compressible Bose glass, however the compressibility at the tips is strongly suppressed. We identify this finding with the presence of a rare Mott glass phase and demonstrate that the inclusion of replica symmetry breaking is vital to correctly describe the glassy phases. This result suggests that the formation of Bose and Mott glass phases is not simply a weak localization phenomenon but is indicative of much richer physics. We discuss our results in the context of both ultracold atomic gases and spin-dimer materials.

  16. Magnetic Orders and Fluctuations in the Dipolar Pyrochlore Antiferromagnet

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    Cepas, Olivier; Shastry, B. Sriram

    2005-03-01

    While the classical Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the pyrochlore lattice does not order, we will discuss, from a theoretical standpoint, possible magnetic phases induced by the dipole-dipole interactions. Such interactions play a role in systems such as Gd2Ti2O7 or Gd2Sn2O7 in stabilizing exotic forms of magnetic order, a subject of current debate. We will also argue that the external magnetic field induces multiple transitions, one of which is associated with no obvious broken symmetry, but can be characterized by a disorder parameter. Finally, Monte-Carlo simulations and Landau-Ginzburg expansion show that the dipolar Heisenberg model exhibits a fluctuation-induced first-order transition, thanks to the frustration and a continuous set of soft modes.

  17. Half-metallic antiferromagnet as a prospective material for spintronics.

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    Hu, X

    2012-01-10

    Spintronics is expected as the next-generation technology based on the novel notch of spin degree of freedom of electrons. Half-metals, a class of materials which behave as a metal in one spin direction and an insulator in the opposite spin direction, are ideal for spintronic applications. Half-metallic antiferromagnets as a subclass of half-metals are characterized further by totally compensated spin moments in a unit cell, and have the advantage of being able to generate fully spin-polarized current while exhibiting zero macroscopic magnetization. Considerable efforts have been devoted to the search for this novel material, from which we may get useful insights for prospective material exploration.

  18. Doubly ordered superconducting state in a doped antiferromagnet

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    Belyavskii, V. I. Kopaev, Yu. V.; Tuan, Nguyen Ngoc

    2007-10-15

    In a weakly doped quasi-two-dimensional antiferromagnet with a Fermi contour in the form of small pockets, the Coulomb repulsion gives rise to a doubly ordered superconducting state of coexisting condensates with a large pair momentum and a zero one. The pairing with the large momentum determines the superconducting transition temperature, below which the order with zero momentum coexists as an induced order until the temperature corresponding to the initiation of the phonon pairing mechanism is reached. The superconductivity-induced orbital current density wave eliminates the pairing-repulsion-caused zero points from the two-gap quasiparticle spectrum and leads to a deviation of the relative phase of the superconducting order parameter components from {pi}.

  19. Magnetoelastic properties of antiferromagnetically coupled magnetic composite media

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    Valencia-Cardona, Juan J.; Leo, Perry H.

    2016-08-01

    We study the magnetic response of a ferromagnetic bilayer with antiferromagnetic coupling, where the layers experience magnetostrictive strains and epitaxial misfit strains. These strains cause the layers to stretch and bend as the magnetic spins of the layers rotate, resulting in elastic energy that adds to the magnetic energy of the system. The magnetic and elastic energies are computed as a function of spin direction in each layer for a given set of material and geometric parameters. By finding the rotations that minimize the total energy, we compute magnetic hysteresis loops for different combinations of magnetic and elastic parameters. The elastic contribution is reflected in the transitions at the corners of the hysteresis curves as well as in the coercive field of the main loop. The details of the elastic contribution depend in a complicated way on the magnetostriction of the layers, the epitaxial strain, the magnetic anisotropies, and the system geometry.

  20. Spin-Josephson effects in exchange coupled antiferromagnetic insulators

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    Liu, Yizhou; Yin, Gen; Zang, Jiadong; Lake, Roger K.; Barlas, Yafis

    2016-09-01

    The spin superfluid analogy can be extended to include Josephson-like oscillations of the spin current. In a system of two antiferromagnetic insulators (AFMIs) separated by a thin metallic spacer, a threshold spin chemical potential established perpendicular to the direction of the Néel vector field drives terahertz oscillations of the spin current. This spin current also has a nonlinear, time-averaged component which provides a "smoking gun" signature of spin superfluidity. The time-averaged spin current can be detected via the inverse spin Hall effect in a metallic spacer with large spin-orbit coupling. The physics illustrated here with AFMIs also applies to easy-plane ferromagnetic insulators. These findings may provide a new approach for experimental verification of spin superfluidity and realization of a terahertz spin oscillator.

  1. Qubit teleportation and transfer across antiferromagnetic spin chains.

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    Campos Venuti, L; Degli Esposti Boschi, C; Roncaglia, M

    2007-08-10

    We explore the capability of spin-1/2 chains to act as quantum channels for both teleportation and transfer of qubits. Exploiting the emergence of long-distance entanglement in low-dimensional systems [Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 247206 (2006)10.1103/Phys.Rev.Lett.96, 247206(2006)], here we show how to obtain high communication fidelities between distant parties. An investigation of protocols of teleportation and state transfer is presented, in the realistic situation where temperature is included. Basing our setup on antiferromagnetic rotationally invariant systems, both protocols are represented by pure depolarizing channels. We propose a scheme where channel fidelity close to 1 can be achieved on very long chains at moderately small temperature.

  2. Nanoscale Magnetic Structure of Ferromagnet/Antiferromagnet Manganite Multilayers

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    Niebieskikwiat, D.; Hueso, L. E.; Borchers, J. A.; Mathur, N. D.; Salamon, M. B.

    2007-12-14

    We use polarized neutron reflectometry and dc magnetometry to obtain a comprehensive picture of the magnetic structure of a series of La{sub 2/3}Sr{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3}/Pr{sub 2/3}Ca{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO/PCMO) superlattices, with varying thickness of the antiferromagnetic (AFM) PCMO layers (0{<=}t{sub A}{<=}7.6 nm). While LSMO presents a few magnetically frustrated monolayers at the interfaces with PCMO, in the latter a magnetic contribution due to ferromagnetic (FM) inclusions within the AFM matrix is maximized at t{sub A}{approx}3 nm. This enhancement of FM moment occurs at the matching between layer thickness and cluster size, implying the possibility of tuning phase separation by imposing appropriate geometrical constraints which favor the accommodation of FM nanoclusters within the ''non-FM'' material.

  3. Enhancement of Thermally Injected Spin Current through an Antiferromagnetic Insulator

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    Lin, Weiwei; Chen, Kai; Zhang, Shufeng; Chien, C. L.

    2016-05-01

    We report a large enhancement of thermally injected spin current in normal metal (NM)/antiferromagnet (AF)/yttrium iron garnet (YIG), where a thin AF insulating layer of NiO or CoO can enhance the spin current from YIG to a NM by up to a factor of 10. The spin current enhancement in NM /AF /YIG , with a pronounced maximum near the Néel temperature of the thin AF layer, has been found to scale linearly with the spin-mixing conductance at the NM /YIG interface for NM =3 d , 4 d , and 5 d metals. Calculations of spin current enhancement and spin mixing conductance are qualitatively consistent with the experimental results.

  4. Itinerant and Localized Magnetization Dynamics in Antiferromagnetic Ho.

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    Rettig, L; Dornes, C; Thielemann-Kühn, N; Pontius, N; Zabel, H; Schlagel, D L; Lograsso, T A; Chollet, M; Robert, A; Sikorski, M; Song, S; Glownia, J M; Schüßler-Langeheine, C; Johnson, S L; Staub, U

    2016-06-24

    Using femtosecond time-resolved resonant magnetic x-ray diffraction at the Ho L_{3} absorption edge, we investigate the demagnetization dynamics in antiferromagnetically ordered metallic Ho after femtosecond optical excitation. Tuning the x-ray energy to the electric dipole (E1, 2p→5d) or quadrupole (E2, 2p→4f) transition allows us to selectively and independently study the spin dynamics of the itinerant 5d and localized 4f electronic subsystems via the suppression of the magnetic (2 1 3-τ) satellite peak. We find demagnetization time scales very similar to ferromagnetic 4f systems, suggesting that the loss of magnetic order occurs via a similar spin-flip process in both cases. The simultaneous demagnetization of both subsystems demonstrates strong intra-atomic 4f-5d exchange coupling. In addition, an ultrafast lattice contraction due to the release of magneto-striction leads to a transient shift of the magnetic satellite peak. PMID:27391747

  5. Antiferromagnetic topological superconductor and electrically controllable Majorana fermions.

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    Ezawa, Motohiko

    2015-02-01

    We investigate the realization of a topological superconductor in a generic bucked honeycomb system equipped with four types of mass-generating terms, where the superconductor gap is introduced by attaching the honeycomb system to an s-wave superconductor. Constructing the topological phase diagram, we show that Majorana modes are formed in the phase boundary. In particular, we analyze the honeycomb system with antiferromagnetic order in the presence of perpendicular electric field E(z). It becomes topological for |E(z)|>E(z)(cr) and trivial for |E(z)|

  6. Itinerant and Localized Magnetization Dynamics in Antiferromagnetic Ho

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    Rettig, L.; Dornes, C.; Thielemann-Kühn, N.; Pontius, N.; Zabel, H.; Schlagel, D. L.; Lograsso, T. A.; Chollet, M.; Robert, A.; Sikorski, M.; Song, S.; Glownia, J. M.; Schüßler-Langeheine, C.; Johnson, S. L.; Staub, U.

    2016-06-01

    Using femtosecond time-resolved resonant magnetic x-ray diffraction at the Ho L3 absorption edge, we investigate the demagnetization dynamics in antiferromagnetically ordered metallic Ho after femtosecond optical excitation. Tuning the x-ray energy to the electric dipole (E 1 , 2 p →5 d ) or quadrupole (E 2 , 2 p →4 f ) transition allows us to selectively and independently study the spin dynamics of the itinerant 5 d and localized 4 f electronic subsystems via the suppression of the magnetic (2 1 3 -τ ) satellite peak. We find demagnetization time scales very similar to ferromagnetic 4 f systems, suggesting that the loss of magnetic order occurs via a similar spin-flip process in both cases. The simultaneous demagnetization of both subsystems demonstrates strong intra-atomic 4 f -5 d exchange coupling. In addition, an ultrafast lattice contraction due to the release of magneto-striction leads to a transient shift of the magnetic satellite peak.

  7. Smeared spin-flop transition in random antiferromagnetic Ising chain

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    Timonin, P. N.

    2012-12-15

    At T = 0 and in a sufficiently large field, the nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic Ising chain undergoes a first-order spin-flop transition into the ferromagnetic phase. We consider its smearing under the random-bond disorder such that all independent random bonds are antiferromagnetic (AF). It is shown that the ground-state thermodynamics of this random AF chain can be described exactly for an arbitrary distribution P(J) of AF bonds. Moreover, the site magnetizations of finite chains can be found analytically in this model. We consider a continuous P(J) that is zero above some -J{sub 1} and behaves near it as (-J{sub 1}-J){sup {lambda}}, {lambda} > -1. In this case, the ferromagnetic phase emerges continuously in a field H > H{sub c} = 2J{sub 1}. At 0 > {lambda} > -1, it has the usual second-order anomalies near H{sub c} with the critical indices obeying the scaling relation and depending on {lambda}. At {lambda} > 0, higher-order transitions occur (third, fourth, etc.), marked by a divergence of the corresponding nonlinear susceptibilities. In the chains with an even number of spins, the intermediate 'bow-tie' phase with linearly modulated AF order exists between the AF and ferromagnetic phases at J{sub 1} < H < H{sub c}. Its origin can be traced to the infinite correlation length of the degenerate AF phase from which it emerges. This implies the existence of similar inhomogeneous phases with size- and form-dependent order in a number of other systems with infinite correlation length. The possibility to observe the signs of the 'bow-tie' phase in low-T neutron diffraction experiments is discussed.

  8. XMCD studies of antiferromagnetically coupled Co/Pt Multilayers

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    Baruth, A.; Keavney, D. J.

    2005-03-01

    Previous results on multilayered structures of [Pt(5å)/Co(4å)]3/NiO(tNiOå) /[Co(4å)/Pt(5å)]3 show exchange coupling between the two Co/Pt layers as well as exchange bias between the Co and NiO below 200K [1]. The exchange coupling is explained through the canting of AFM NiO spins which were theoretically predicted [2] and seen using X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism [3]. Using XMCD we have studied the element specific magnetization of Co and NiO as functions of field and temperature (above and below the blocking temperature, 200K) in two samples with 11å and 12å NiO. At these thicknesses of NiO, both sets of Co/Pt multilayers couple antiferromagnetically, but the coupling strength for the 12å NiO sample is approximately half that of the 11å. Element specific hysteresis loops showed identical behavior for both Co and Ni implying that the AFM NiO spins at the interface cant in the direction of the Co magnetization. Photoemission electron microscope images on a virgin sample at room temperature revealed the exact correlation between FM domains in the Co and NiO layers in the strongest antiferromagnetically coupled sample. We plan to measure the AFM domain structure of NiO using Magnetic Linear Dichroism. [1] Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 037207 (2003) [2] Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 219703 (2004) [3] Z.Y. Liu et. al. Phys Rev B (accepted) Funded by NSF MRSEC

  9. Geometric frustration effects in the spin-1 antiferromagnetic Ising model on the kagome-like recursive lattice: exact results

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    Jurčišinová, E.; Jurčišin, M.

    2016-09-01

    The antiferromagnetic spin-1 Ising model is studied on the Husimi lattice constructed from elementary triangles with coordination number z  =  4. It is found that the model has a unique solution for arbitrary values of the magnetic field as well as for all temperatures. A detailed analysis of the magnetization is performed and it is shown that in addition to the standard plateau-like ground states, the model also contains well-defined single-point ground states related to definite values of the magnetic field. Exact values of the residual entropies for all ground states are found. The properties of the susceptibility and the specific heat of the model are also discussed. The existence of the Schottky-type behavior of the specific heat and the strong magnetocaloric effect for low enough temperatures and for the external magnetic field close to the values at which the single-point ground states exist are identified.

  10. Spin Propagation Through Antiferromagnetic Bulk Structure in Exchange Biased Magnetic Trilayers

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    Crumrine, Michael; Kirby, Hillary; Miller, Casey

    2013-03-01

    When an exchange bias is induced in materials with a ferromagnetic (FM) - antiferromagnetic (AF) interface, the interfacial coupling between the antiferromagnet and FM manifests itself as a shift in the magnetic hysteresis loop. It has been an unresolved issue as to the role the bulk spin of the antiferromagnet plays in exchange bias and whether or not exchange bias is entirely an interfacial effect. We fabricated several FM/AF/FM trilayer structures of Py(100Å)/FeMn(x)/Ni69Cu31(200Å) with varying antiferromagnet thicknesses and used a field cool procedure to induce an exchange bias. A Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect magnetometer was used to investigate the propagation of spin information through the antiferromagnet by examining the hysteresis loops at different angles of applied field with respect to the magnetization. It was observed that there was no induced exchange bias in the NiCu probe layer for any of the antiferromagnet thicknesses, and we conclude that the patterning of the antiferromagnetic layer transmits no spin information for thicknesses greater than 100Å.

  11. Thermally robust perpendicular Co/Pd-based synthetic antiferromagnetic coupling enabled by a W capping or buffer layer

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    Lee, Ja-Bin; An, Gwang-Guk; Yang, Seung-Mo; Park, Hae-Soo; Chung, Woo-Seong; Hong, Jin-Pyo

    2016-01-01

    Perpendicularly magnetized tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) that contain synthetic antiferromagnetic (SAF) frames show promise as reliable building blocks to meet the demands of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA)-based spintronic devices. In particular, Co/Pd multilayer-based SAFs have been widely employed due to their outstanding PMA features. However, the widespread utilization of Co/Pd multilayer SAFs coupled with an adjacent CoFeB reference layer (RL) is still a challenge due to the structural discontinuity or intermixing that occurs during high temperature annealing. Thus, we address the thermally robust characteristics of Co/Pd multilayer SAFs by controlling a W layer as a potential buffer or capping layer. The W-capped Co/Pd multilayer SAF, which acts as a pinning layer, exhibited a wide-range plateau with sharp spin-flip and near-zero remanence at the zero field. Structural analysis of the W-capped multilayer SAF exhibited single-crystal-like c-axis oriented crystalline features after annealing at 400 °C, thereby demonstrating the applicability of these frames. In addition, when the W layer serving as a buffer layer in the Co/Pd multilayer SAF was coupled with a conventional CoFeB RL, higher annealing stability up to 425 °C and prominent antiferromagnetic coupling behavior were obtained. PMID:26887790

  12. Remarkably robust and correlated coherence and antiferromagnetism in (Ce1-xLax)Cu2Ge2

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    Hodovanets, H.; Bud’ko, S. L.; Straszheim, W. E.; Taufour, V.; Mun, E. D.; Kim, H.; Flint, R.; Canfield, P. C.

    2015-06-08

    We present magnetic susceptibility, resistivity, specific heat, and thermoelectric power measurements on (Ce1-xLax)Cu2Ge2 single crystals (0 ≤ x ≤ 1). With La-substitution, the antiferromagnetic temperature TN is suppressed in an almost linear fashion and moves below 0.36 K, the base temperature of our measurements for x > 0.8. Surprisingly, in addition to robust antiferromagnetism, the system also shows low temperature coherent scattering below Tcoh up to ~0.9 of La, indicating a small percolation limit ~9% of Ce. Tcoh as a function of magnetic field was found to have different behavior for x < 0.9 and x > 0.9. Remarkably, (Tcoh)2more » at H = 0 was found to be linearly proportional to TN. In conclusion, the jump in the magnetic specific heat δCm at TN as a function of TK/TN for (Ce1-xLax)Cu2Ge2 follows the theoretical prediction based on the molecular field calculation for the S = 1/2 resonant level model.« less

  13. Thermally robust perpendicular Co/Pd-based synthetic antiferromagnetic coupling enabled by a W capping or buffer layer

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    Lee, Ja-Bin; An, Gwang-Guk; Yang, Seung-Mo; Park, Hae-Soo; Chung, Woo-Seong; Hong, Jin-Pyo

    2016-02-01

    Perpendicularly magnetized tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) that contain synthetic antiferromagnetic (SAF) frames show promise as reliable building blocks to meet the demands of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA)-based spintronic devices. In particular, Co/Pd multilayer-based SAFs have been widely employed due to their outstanding PMA features. However, the widespread utilization of Co/Pd multilayer SAFs coupled with an adjacent CoFeB reference layer (RL) is still a challenge due to the structural discontinuity or intermixing that occurs during high temperature annealing. Thus, we address the thermally robust characteristics of Co/Pd multilayer SAFs by controlling a W layer as a potential buffer or capping layer. The W-capped Co/Pd multilayer SAF, which acts as a pinning layer, exhibited a wide-range plateau with sharp spin-flip and near-zero remanence at the zero field. Structural analysis of the W-capped multilayer SAF exhibited single-crystal-like c-axis oriented crystalline features after annealing at 400 °C, thereby demonstrating the applicability of these frames. In addition, when the W layer serving as a buffer layer in the Co/Pd multilayer SAF was coupled with a conventional CoFeB RL, higher annealing stability up to 425 °C and prominent antiferromagnetic coupling behavior were obtained.

  14. Thermally robust perpendicular Co/Pd-based synthetic antiferromagnetic coupling enabled by a W capping or buffer layer.

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    Lee, Ja-Bin; An, Gwang-Guk; Yang, Seung-Mo; Park, Hae-Soo; Chung, Woo-Seong; Hong, Jin-Pyo

    2016-01-01

    Perpendicularly magnetized tunnel junctions (p-MTJs) that contain synthetic antiferromagnetic (SAF) frames show promise as reliable building blocks to meet the demands of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA)-based spintronic devices. In particular, Co/Pd multilayer-based SAFs have been widely employed due to their outstanding PMA features. However, the widespread utilization of Co/Pd multilayer SAFs coupled with an adjacent CoFeB reference layer (RL) is still a challenge due to the structural discontinuity or intermixing that occurs during high temperature annealing. Thus, we address the thermally robust characteristics of Co/Pd multilayer SAFs by controlling a W layer as a potential buffer or capping layer. The W-capped Co/Pd multilayer SAF, which acts as a pinning layer, exhibited a wide-range plateau with sharp spin-flip and near-zero remanence at the zero field. Structural analysis of the W-capped multilayer SAF exhibited single-crystal-like c-axis oriented crystalline features after annealing at 400 °C, thereby demonstrating the applicability of these frames. In addition, when the W layer serving as a buffer layer in the Co/Pd multilayer SAF was coupled with a conventional CoFeB RL, higher annealing stability up to 425 °C and prominent antiferromagnetic coupling behavior were obtained.

  15. Magnetic properties of the S = 1/2 antiferromagnetic spin-chain α - Cu2V2O7

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    Gitgeatpong, Ganatee; Zhao, Yang; Avdeev, Maxim; Piltz, Ross; Sato, Taku; Matan, Kittiwit

    2015-03-01

    Magnetic properties of the S = 1 / 2 antiferromagnetic spin-chain, α - Cu2V2O7, have been studied using magnetization and neutron scattering measurements on powder and single-crystal samples. Magnetic susceptibility reveals a Curie-Weiss temperature of Θ = -73.2(9) K with a magnetic phase transition at TN = 33 K while the Bonner-Fisher fit to the magnetic susceptibility for T >TN with magnetic field perpendicular to the crystallographic a - axis yields the intra-chain coupling of |J|/k = 46.0(2) K. Small ferromagnetism below TN is due to spin-canting caused by Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions. Analysis of the neutron diffraction data reveals that the Cu2+ spins are coupled antiferromagnetically along zigzag chains, which run alternately along [011] and [01-1] directions. The ordered moment of 0.925(3) μB is predominantly along the a - axis. Our recent inelastic neutron scattering, which reveals atypical magnetic excitations centered at commensurate wave vectors (0, +/-0.25, 0) around the magnetic zone center, will also be discussed.

  16. Entanglement of strongly interacting low-dimensional fermions in metallic, superfluid, and antiferromagnetic insulating systems

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    Franca, V. V.; Capelle, K.

    2006-10-15

    We calculate the entanglement entropy of strongly correlated low-dimensional fermions in metallic, superfluid, and antiferromagnetic insulating phases. The entanglement entropy reflects the degrees of freedom available in each phase for storing and processing information, but is found not to be a state function in the thermodynamic sense. The role of critical points, smooth crossovers, and Hilbert space restrictions in shaping the dependence of the entanglement entropy on the system parameters is illustrated for metallic, insulating, and superfluid systems. The dependence of the spin susceptibility on entanglement in antiferromagnetic insulators is obtained quantitatively. The opening of spin gaps in antiferromagnetic insulators is associated with enhanced entanglement near quantum critical points.

  17. Ultrafast spin dynamics and switching via spin transfer torque in antiferromagnets with weak ferromagnetism

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    Kim, Tae Heon; Grünberg, Peter; Han, Song Hee; Cho, Beongki

    2016-10-01

    The spin-torque driven dynamics of antiferromagnets with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) were investigated based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert-Slonczewski equation with antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic order parameters (l and m, respectively). We demonstrate that antiferromagnets including DMI can be described by a 2-dimensional pendulum model of l. Because m is coupled with l, together with DMI and exchange energy, close examination of m provides fundamental understanding of its dynamics in linear and nonlinear regimes. Furthermore, we discuss magnetization reversal as a function of DMI and anisotropy energy induced by a spin current pulse.

  18. Ultrafast spin dynamics and switching via spin transfer torque in antiferromagnets with weak ferromagnetism

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    Kim, Tae Heon; Grünberg, Peter; Han, Song Hee; Cho, Beongki

    2016-01-01

    The spin-torque driven dynamics of antiferromagnets with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) were investigated based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert-Slonczewski equation with antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic order parameters (l and m, respectively). We demonstrate that antiferromagnets including DMI can be described by a 2-dimensional pendulum model of l. Because m is coupled with l, together with DMI and exchange energy, close examination of m provides fundamental understanding of its dynamics in linear and nonlinear regimes. Furthermore, we discuss magnetization reversal as a function of DMI and anisotropy energy induced by a spin current pulse. PMID:27713522

  19. Impact of orthogonal exchange coupling on magnetic anisotropy in antiferromagnetic oxides/ferromagnetic systems

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    Kuświk, Piotr; Lana Gastelois, Pedro; Głowiński, Hubert; Przybylski, Marek; Kirschner, Jürgen

    2016-10-01

    The influence of interface exchange coupling on magnetic anisotropy in the antiferromagnetic oxide/Ni system is investigated. We show how interfacial exchange coupling can be employed not only to pin the magnetization of the ferromagnetic layer but also to support magnetic anisotropy to orient the easy magnetization axis perpendicular to the film plane. The fact that this effect is only observed below the Néel temperature of all investigated antiferromagnetic oxides with significantly different magnetocrystalline anisotropies gives evidence that antiferromagnetic ordering is a source of the additional contribution to the perpendicular effective magnetic anisotropy.

  20. Impact of orthogonal exchange coupling on magnetic anisotropy in antiferromagnetic oxides/ferromagnetic systems.

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    Kuświk, Piotr; Gastelois, Pedro Lana; Głowiński, Hubert; Przybylski, Marek; Kirschner, Jürgen

    2016-10-26

    The influence of interface exchange coupling on magnetic anisotropy in the antiferromagnetic oxide/Ni system is investigated. We show how interfacial exchange coupling can be employed not only to pin the magnetization of the ferromagnetic layer but also to support magnetic anisotropy to orient the easy magnetization axis perpendicular to the film plane. The fact that this effect is only observed below the Néel temperature of all investigated antiferromagnetic oxides with significantly different magnetocrystalline anisotropies gives evidence that antiferromagnetic ordering is a source of the additional contribution to the perpendicular effective magnetic anisotropy. PMID:27589202

  1. Long-range order for the spin-1 Heisenberg model with a small antiferromagnetic interaction

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    Lees, Benjamin

    2014-09-15

    We look at the general SU(2) invariant spin-1 Heisenberg model. This family includes the well-known Heisenberg ferromagnet and antiferromagnet as well as the interesting nematic (biquadratic) and the largely mysterious staggered-nematic interaction. Long range order is proved using the method of reflection positivity and infrared bounds on a purely nematic interaction. This is achieved through the use of a type of matrix representation of the interaction making clear several identities that would not otherwise be noticed. Using the reflection positivity of the antiferromagnetic interaction one can then show that the result is maintained if we also include an antiferromagnetic interaction that is sufficiently small.

  2. Specific features of magnetoresistance during the antiferromagnet-paramagnet transition in Tm{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12}

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    Sluchanko, N. E. Azarevich, A. N.; Bogach, A. V.; Glushkov, V. V.; Demishev, S. V.; Levchenko, A. V.; Filippov, V. B.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2013-05-15

    The transverse magnetoresistance {Delta}{rho}/{rho}(H, T) of Tm{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12} single crystals is studied in the ytterbium concentration range corresponding to the antiferromagnet-paramagnet transition in a magnetic field up to 80 kOe at low temperatures. A magnetic H-T phase diagram is constructed for the antiferromagnetic state of substitutional Tm{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12} solid solutions with x {<=} 0.1. The contributions to the magnetoresistance in the antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic phases of the dodecaborides under study are separated. Along with negative quadratic magnetoresistance -{Delta}{rho}/{rho} {proportional_to} H{sub 2}, the magnetically ordered phase of these compounds is found to have component {Delta}{rho}/{rho} {proportional_to} H that linearly changes in a magnetic field. The negative contribution to the magnetoresistance of Tm{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}B{sub 12} is analyzed in terms of the Yosida model for a local magnetic susceptibility.

  3. Antiferromagnetic FeMn alloys electrodeposited from chloride-based electrolytes.

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    Ruiz-Gómez, Sandra; Ranchal, Rocío; Abuín, Manuel; Aragón, Ana María; Velasco, Víctor; Marín, Pilar; Mascaraque, Arantzazu; Pérez, Lucas

    2016-03-21

    The capability of synthesizing Fe-based antiferromagnetic metal alloys would fuel the use of electrodeposition in the design of new magnetic devices such as high-aspect-ratio spin valves or new nanostructured hard magnetic composites. Here we report the synthesis of high quality antiferromagnetic FeMn alloys electrodeposited from chloride-based electrolytes. We have found that in order to grow homogeneous FeMn films it is necessary to incorporate a large concentration of NH4Cl as an additive in the electrolyte. The study of the structure and magnetic properties shows that films with composition close to Fe50Mn50 are homogeneous antiferromagnetic alloys. We have established a parameter window for the synthesis of FeMn alloys that show antiferromagnetism at room temperature.

  4. Doping-enhanced antiferromagnetism in Ca1 -xLaxFeAs2

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    Kawasaki, Shinji; Mabuchi, Tomosuke; Maeda, Satoki; Adachi, Tomoki; Mizukami, Tasuku; Kudo, Kazutaka; Nohara, Minoru; Zheng, Guo-qing

    2015-11-01

    In iron pnictides, high temperature superconductivity emerges after suppressing antiferromagnetism by doping. Here, we show that antiferromagnetism in Ca1 -xLaxFeAs2 is robust against and even enhanced by doping. Using 75As-nuclear magnetic resonance and nuclear quadrupole resonance techniques, we find that an antiferromagnetic order occurs below the Néel temperature TN=62 K at a high doping concentration (x =0.15 ) where superconductivity sets in at the transition temperature Tc=35 K. In the superconducting state coexisting with antiferromagnetism, the nuclear-spin-lattice relaxation rate 1 /T1 becomes proportional to T , indicating gapless excitations. Unexpectedly, TN is enhanced with increasing doping, rising up to TN=70 K at x =0.24 . The obtained phase diagram of this system enriches the physics of iron-based high-Tc superconductors.

  5. Thickness-dependent cooperative aging in polycrystalline films of antiferromagnet CoO

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    Ma, Tianyu; Cheng, Xiang; Boettcher, Stefan; Urazhdin, Sergei; Novozhilova, Lydia

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate that thin polycrystalline films of antiferromagnet CoO, in bilayers with ferromagnetic Permalloy, exhibit slow power-law aging of their magnetization state. The aging characteristics are remarkably similar to those previously observed in thin epitaxial Fe50Mn50 films, indicating that these behaviors are likely generic to ferromagnet/antiferromagnet bilayers. In very thin films, aging is observed over a wide temperature range. In thicker CoO, aging effects become reduced at low temperatures. Aging entirely disappears for large CoO thicknesses. We also investigate the dependence of aging characteristics on temperature and magnetic history. Analysis shows that the observed behaviors are inconsistent with the Neel-Arrhenius model of thermal activation, and are instead indicative of cooperative aging of the antiferromagnet. Our results provide new insights into the mechanisms controlling the stationary states and dynamics of ferromagnet/antiferromagnet bilayers, and potentially other frustrated magnetic systems.

  6. Tetragonal phase of epitaxial room-temperature antiferromagnet CuMnAs.

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    Wadley, P; Novák, V; Campion, R P; Rinaldi, C; Martí, X; Reichlová, H; Zelezný, J; Gazquez, J; Roldan, M A; Varela, M; Khalyavin, D; Langridge, S; Kriegner, D; Máca, F; Mašek, J; Bertacco, R; Holý, V; Rushforth, A W; Edmonds, K W; Gallagher, B L; Foxon, C T; Wunderlich, J; Jungwirth, T

    2013-01-01

    Recent studies have demonstrated the potential of antiferromagnets as the active component in spintronic devices. This is in contrast to their current passive role as pinning layers in hard disk read heads and magnetic memories. Here we report the epitaxial growth of a new high-temperature antiferromagnetic material, tetragonal CuMnAs, which exhibits excellent crystal quality, chemical order and compatibility with existing semiconductor technologies. We demonstrate its growth on the III-V semiconductors GaAs and GaP, and show that the structure is also lattice matched to Si. Neutron diffraction shows collinear antiferromagnetic order with a high Néel temperature. Combined with our demonstration of room-temperature-exchange coupling in a CuMnAs/Fe bilayer, we conclude that tetragonal CuMnAs films are suitable candidate materials for antiferromagnetic spintronics.

  7. Evidence of exchange bias effect originating from the interaction between antiferromagnetic core and spin glass shell

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    Zhang, X. K. Yuan, J. J.; Yu, H. J.; Zhu, X. R.; Xie, Y. M.; Tang, S. L.; Xu, L. Q.

    2014-07-14

    Spin glass behavior and exchange bias effect have been observed in antiferromagnetic SrMn{sub 3}O{sub 6−x} nanoribbons synthesized via a self-sacrificing template process. The magnetic field dependence of thermoremanent magnetization and isothermal remanent magnetization shows that the sample is good correspondence to spin glass and diluted antiferromagnetic system for the applied field H < 2 T and H > 2 T, respectively. By detailed analysis of training effect using Binek's model, we argue that the observed exchange bias effect in SrMn{sub 3}O{sub 6−x} nanoribbons arises entirely from an interface exchange coupling between the antiferromagnetic core and spin glass shell. The present study is useful for understanding the nature of shell layer and the origin of exchange bias effect in other antiferromagnetic nanosystems as well.

  8. Tetragonal phase of epitaxial room-temperature antiferromagnet CuMnAs.

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    Wadley, P; Novák, V; Campion, R P; Rinaldi, C; Martí, X; Reichlová, H; Zelezný, J; Gazquez, J; Roldan, M A; Varela, M; Khalyavin, D; Langridge, S; Kriegner, D; Máca, F; Mašek, J; Bertacco, R; Holý, V; Rushforth, A W; Edmonds, K W; Gallagher, B L; Foxon, C T; Wunderlich, J; Jungwirth, T

    2013-01-01

    Recent studies have demonstrated the potential of antiferromagnets as the active component in spintronic devices. This is in contrast to their current passive role as pinning layers in hard disk read heads and magnetic memories. Here we report the epitaxial growth of a new high-temperature antiferromagnetic material, tetragonal CuMnAs, which exhibits excellent crystal quality, chemical order and compatibility with existing semiconductor technologies. We demonstrate its growth on the III-V semiconductors GaAs and GaP, and show that the structure is also lattice matched to Si. Neutron diffraction shows collinear antiferromagnetic order with a high Néel temperature. Combined with our demonstration of room-temperature-exchange coupling in a CuMnAs/Fe bilayer, we conclude that tetragonal CuMnAs films are suitable candidate materials for antiferromagnetic spintronics. PMID:23959149

  9. Hydrothermal synthesis, structure and antiferromagnetism of Mn[P 2O 5(OH) 2

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    Yang, Tao; Zhang, Yan; Xiong, Ming; Liao, Fuhui; Lin, Jianhua

    2008-12-01

    A new manganese diphosphate Mn[P 2O 5(OH) 2] ( 1) has been hydrothermally synthesized and structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. It crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/ c with the lattice: a = 7.1487(14) Å, b = 7.9804(16) Å, c = 9.4812(19) Å, β = 101.18(3)°, V = 530.63(18) Å 3, and Z = 4. Mn 2+ is coordinated in a typical octahedral environment and the phosphates are dimerized as P 2O 7 groups. Each MnO 6 is surrounded by six PO 4 and each PO 4 group (as a part of P 2O 7) is linked with three MnO 6, giving an Mn:P ratio of 1:2. Upon heating, the 3D structure of 1 keeps intact until the dehydration, which occurs at 390 °C and leads to a known phase Mn 2P 4O 12. The magnetic interactions between Mn 2+ ions transmitted via O-P-O are antiferromagnetic (AFM) and 1 shows an AFM long-range ordering at 3.5 K.

  10. Observation of antiferromagnetic order collapse in the pressurized insulator LaMnPO

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    Guo, Jing; Simonson, Jack; Sun, Liling; Wu, Qi; Guo, Peiwen; Zhang, Chao; Gu, Dachun; Kotliar, Gabriel; Aronson, Meigan; Zhao, Zhongxian

    2014-03-01

    The emergence of superconductivity in the iron pnictide or cuprate high temperature superconductors usually accompanies the suppression of a long-ranged antiferromagnetic (AFM) order state in a corresponding parent compound by doping or pressurizing. A great deal of effort by doping has been made to find superconductivity in Mn-based compounds, which are thought to bridge the gap between the two families of high temperature superconductors, but the AFM order was not successfully suppressed. Here we report the first observations of the pressure-induced elimination of long-ranged AFM order at ~ 34 GPa and a crossover from an AFM insulating to an AFM metallic state at ~ 20 GPa in LaMnPO single crystals that are iso-structural to the LaFeAsO superconductor by in-situ high pressure resistance and ac susceptibility measurements. These findings are of importance to explore potential superconductivity in Mn-based compounds and to shed new light on the underlying mechanism of high temperature superconductivity.

  11. Observation of antiferromagnetic order collapse in the pressurized insulator LaMnPO

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    Guo, Jing; Simonson, J. W.; Sun, Liling; Wu, Qi; Gao, Peiwen; Zhang, Chao; Gu, Dachun; Kotliar, Gabriel; Aronson, Meigan; Zhao, Zhongxian

    2013-08-01

    The emergence of superconductivity in the iron pnictide or cuprate high temperature superconductors usually accompanies the suppression of a long-ranged antiferromagnetic (AFM) order state in a corresponding parent compound by doping or pressurizing. A great deal of effort by doping has been made to find superconductivity in Mn-based compounds, which are thought to bridge the gap between the two families of high temperature superconductors, but the AFM order was not successfully suppressed. Here we report the first observations of the pressure-induced elimination of long-ranged AFM order at ~ 34 GPa and a crossover from an AFM insulating to an AFM metallic state at ~ 20 GPa in LaMnPO single crystals that are iso-structural to the LaFeAsO superconductor by in-situ high pressure resistance and ac susceptibility measurements. These findings are of importance to explore potential superconductivity in Mn-based compounds and to shed new light on the underlying mechanism of high temperature superconductivity.

  12. Detection of antiferromagnetic order by cooling atoms in an optical lattice

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    Yang, Tsung-Lin; Teles, Rafael; Hazzard, Kaden; Hulet, Randall; Rice University Collaboration

    2016-05-01

    We have realized the Fermi-Hubbard model with fermionic 6 Li atoms in a three-dimensional compensated optical lattice. The compensated optical lattice has provided low enough temperatures to produce short-range antiferromagnetic (AF) spin correlations, which we detect via Bragg scattering of light. Previously, we reached temperatures down to 1.4 times that of the AFM phase transition, more than a factor of 2 below temperatures obtained previously in 3D optical lattices with fermions. In order to further reduce the entropy in the compensated lattice, we implement an entropy conduit - which is a single blue detuned laser beam with a waist size smaller than the overall atomic sample size. This repulsive narrow potential provides a conductive metallic path between the low entropy core and the edges of the atomic sample where atoms may be evaporated. In addition, the entropy conduit may store entropy, thus further lowering the entropy in the core. We will report on the status of these efforts to further cool atoms in the optical lattice. Work supported by ARO MURI Grant, NSF and The Welch Foundation.

  13. Antiferromagnetic Spin Coupling between Rare Earth Adatoms and Iron Islands Probed by Spin-Polarized Tunneling.

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    Coffey, David; Diez-Ferrer, José Luis; Serrate, David; Ciria, Miguel; de la Fuente, César; Arnaudas, José Ignacio

    2015-01-01

    High-density magnetic storage or quantum computing could be achieved using small magnets with large magnetic anisotropy, a requirement that rare-earth iron alloys fulfill in bulk. This compelling property demands a thorough investigation of the magnetism in low dimensional rare-earth iron structures. Here, we report on the magnetic coupling between 4f single atoms and a 3d magnetic nanoisland. Thulium and lutetium adatoms deposited on iron monolayer islands pseudomorphically grown on W(110) have been investigated at low temperature with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The spin-polarized current indicates that both kind of adatoms have in-plane magnetic moments, which couple antiferromagnetically with their underlying iron islands. Our first-principles calculations explain the observed behavior, predicting an antiparallel coupling of the induced 5d electrons magnetic moment of the lanthanides with the 3d magnetic moment of iron, as well as their in-plane orientation, and pointing to a non-contribution of 4f electrons to the spin-polarized tunneling processes in rare earths. PMID:26333417

  14. Antiferromagnetic Spin Coupling between Rare Earth Adatoms and Iron Islands Probed by Spin-Polarized Tunneling.

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    Coffey, David; Diez-Ferrer, José Luis; Serrate, David; Ciria, Miguel; de la Fuente, César; Arnaudas, José Ignacio

    2015-09-03

    High-density magnetic storage or quantum computing could be achieved using small magnets with large magnetic anisotropy, a requirement that rare-earth iron alloys fulfill in bulk. This compelling property demands a thorough investigation of the magnetism in low dimensional rare-earth iron structures. Here, we report on the magnetic coupling between 4f single atoms and a 3d magnetic nanoisland. Thulium and lutetium adatoms deposited on iron monolayer islands pseudomorphically grown on W(110) have been investigated at low temperature with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The spin-polarized current indicates that both kind of adatoms have in-plane magnetic moments, which couple antiferromagnetically with their underlying iron islands. Our first-principles calculations explain the observed behavior, predicting an antiparallel coupling of the induced 5d electrons magnetic moment of the lanthanides with the 3d magnetic moment of iron, as well as their in-plane orientation, and pointing to a non-contribution of 4f electrons to the spin-polarized tunneling processes in rare earths.

  15. Direct observation of imprinted antiferromagnetic vortex state in CoO/Fe/Ag(001) disks

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    Wu, J.; Carlton, D.; Park, J. S.; Meng, Y.; Arenholz, E.; Doran, A.; Young, A.T.; Scholl, A.; Hwang, C.; Zhao, H. W.; Bokor, J.; Qiu, Z. Q.

    2010-12-21

    In magnetic thin films, a magnetic vortex is a state in which the magnetization vector curls around the center of a confined structure. A vortex state in a thin film disk, for example, is a topological object characterized by the vortex polarity and the winding number. In ferromagnetic (FM) disks, these parameters govern many fundamental properties of the vortex such as its gyroscopic rotation, polarity reversal, core motion, and vortex pair excitation. However, in antiferromagnetic (AFM) disks, though there has been indirect evidence of the vortex state through observations of the induced FM-ordered spins in the AFM disk, they have never been observed directly in experiment. By fabricating single crystalline NiO/Fe/Ag(001) and CoO/Fe/Ag(001) disks and using X-ray Magnetic Linear Dichroism (XMLD), we show direct observation of the vortex state in an AFM disk of AFM/FM bilayer system. We observe that there are two types of AFM vortices, one of which has no analog in FM structures. Finally, we show that a frozen AFM vortex can bias a FM vortex at low temperature.

  16. Antiferromagnetic Spin Coupling between Rare Earth Adatoms and Iron Islands Probed by Spin-Polarized Tunneling

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    Coffey, David; Diez-Ferrer, José Luis; Serrate, David; Ciria, Miguel; Fuente, César de la; Arnaudas, José Ignacio

    2015-01-01

    High-density magnetic storage or quantum computing could be achieved using small magnets with large magnetic anisotropy, a requirement that rare-earth iron alloys fulfill in bulk. This compelling property demands a thorough investigation of the magnetism in low dimensional rare-earth iron structures. Here, we report on the magnetic coupling between 4f single atoms and a 3d magnetic nanoisland. Thulium and lutetium adatoms deposited on iron monolayer islands pseudomorphically grown on W(110) have been investigated at low temperature with scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The spin-polarized current indicates that both kind of adatoms have in-plane magnetic moments, which couple antiferromagnetically with their underlying iron islands. Our first-principles calculations explain the observed behavior, predicting an antiparallel coupling of the induced 5d electrons magnetic moment of the lanthanides with the 3d magnetic moment of iron, as well as their in-plane orientation, and pointing to a non-contribution of 4f electrons to the spin-polarized tunneling processes in rare earths. PMID:26333417

  17. Field-induced spin density wave and spiral phases in a layered antiferromagnet

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    Stone, Matthew B.; Lumsden, Mark D.; Garlea, Vasile O.; Grenier, B.; Ressouche, E.; Samulon, Eric C.; Fisher, Ian R.

    2015-07-28

    Here we determine the low-field ordered magnetic phases of the S=1 dimerized antiferromagnet Ba3Mn2O8 using single crystal neutron diffraction. We find that for magnetic fields between μ0H=8.80 T and 10.56 T applied along themore » $$1\\bar{1}0$$ direction the system exhibits spin density wave order with incommensurate wave vectors of type (η,η,ε). For μ0H > 10.56 T, the magnetic order changes to a spiral phase with incommensurate wave vectors only along the [hh0] direction. For both field induced ordered phases, the magnetic moments are lying in the plane perpendicular to the field direction. Finally, the nature of these two transitions is fundamentally different: the low-field transition is a second order transition to a spin-density wave ground state, while the one at higher field, toward the spiral phase, is of first order.« less

  18. Field-induced spin density wave and spiral phases in a layered antiferromagnet

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    Stone, Matthew B.; Lumsden, Mark D.; Garlea, Vasile O.; Grenier, B.; Ressouche, E.; Samulon, Eric C.; Fisher, Ian R.

    2015-07-28

    Here we determine the low-field ordered magnetic phases of the S=1 dimerized antiferromagnet Ba3Mn2O8 using single crystal neutron diffraction. We find that for magnetic fields between μ0H=8.80 T and 10.56 T applied along the $1\\bar{1}0$ direction the system exhibits spin density wave order with incommensurate wave vectors of type (η,η,ε). For μ0H > 10.56 T, the magnetic order changes to a spiral phase with incommensurate wave vectors only along the [hh0] direction. For both field induced ordered phases, the magnetic moments are lying in the plane perpendicular to the field direction. Finally, the nature of these two transitions is fundamentally different: the low-field transition is a second order transition to a spin-density wave ground state, while the one at higher field, toward the spiral phase, is of first order.

  19. Heat switch effect in an antiferromagnetic insulator Co3V2O8

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    Zhao, X.; Wu, J. C.; Zhao, Z. Y.; He, Z. Z.; Song, J. D.; Zhao, J. Y.; Liu, X. G.; Sun, X. F.; Li, X. G.

    2016-06-01

    We report a heat switch effect in single crystals of an antiferromagnet Co3V2O8, that is, the thermal conductivity (κ) can be changed with magnetic field in an extremely large scale. Due to successive magnetic phase transitions at 12-6 K, the zero-field κ(T ) displays a deep minimum at 6.7 K and rather small magnitude at low temperatures. Both the temperature and field dependencies of κ demonstrate that the phonons are strongly scattered at the regime of magnetic phase transitions. Magnetic field can suppress magnetic scattering effect and significantly recover the phonon thermal conductivity. In particular, a 14 T field along the a axis increases the κ at 7.5 K up to 100 times. For H ∥c , the magnitude of κ can be suppressed down to ˜8% at some field-induced transition and can be enhanced up to 20 times at 14 T. The present results demonstrate that it is possible to design a kind of heat switch in the family of magnetic materials.

  20. Magnetic Transition to Antiferromagnetic Phase in Gadolinium Substituted Topological Insulator Bi2Te3.

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    Kim, Jinsu; Lee, Kyujoon; Takabatake, Toshiro; Kim, Hanchul; Kim, Miyoung; Jung, Myung-Hwa

    2015-05-14

    There are many interests to achieve long-range magnetic order in topological insulators of Bi2Se3 or Bi2Te3 by doping magnetic transition metals such as Fe and Mn. The transition metals act as not only magnetic dopants but also electric dopants because they are usually divalent. However, if the doping elements are rare-earth metals such as Gd, which are trivalent, only magnetic moments can be introduced. We fabricated single crystals of Bi2-xGdxTe3 (0 ≤ × ≤ 0.2), in which we observed magnetic phase change from paramagnetic (PM) to antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase by increasing x. This PM-to-AFM phase transition agrees with the density functional theory calculations showing a weak and short-ranged Gd-Gd AFM coupling via the intervening Te ions. The critical point corresponding to the magnetic phase transition is x = 0.09, where large linear magnetoresistance and highly anisotropic Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations are observed. These results are discussed with two-dimensional properties of topological surface state electrons.

  1. Multi-bits memory cell using degenerated magnetic states in a synthetic antiferromagnetic reference layer

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    Fukushima, Akio; Yakushiji, Kay; Konoto, Makoto; Kubota, Hitoshi; Imamura, Hiroshi; Yuasa, Shinji

    2016-02-01

    We newly developed a magnetic memory cell having multi-bit function. The memory cell composed of a perpendicularly magnetized magnetic tunnel junction (MB-pMTJ) and a synthetic antiferromagnetic reference layer. The multi-bit function is realized by combining the freedom of states of the magnetic free layer and that in the antiferromagnetically coupled reference layer. The structure of the reference layer is (FeB/Ta/[Co/Pt]3)/Ru/([Co/Pt]6); the top and the bottom layers are coupled through Ru layer where the reference layer has two degrees of freedom of a head-to-head and a bottom-to-bottom magnetic configuration. A four-state memory cell is realized by combination of both degrees of freedom. The states in the reference layer however is hardly detected by the total resistance of MB-pMTJ, because the magnetoresistance effect in the reference layer is negligibly small. That implies that the resistance values for the different states in the reference layer are degenerated. On the other hand, the two different states in the reference layer bring different stray fields to the free layer, which generate two different minor loop with different switching fields. Therefore, the magnetic states in the reference layer can be differentiated by the two-step reading, before and after applying the appropriately pulsed magnetic field which can identify the initial state in the reference layer. This method is similar to distinguishing different magnetic states in an in-plane magnetized spin-valve element. We demonstrated that four different states in the MB-pMTJ can be distinguished by the two-step read-out. The important feature of the two-step reading is a practically large operation margins (large resistance change in reading) which is equal to that of a single MTJ. Even though the two-step reading is a destructive method by which 50% of the magnetic state is changed, this MB-pMTJ is promising for high density non-volatile memory cell with a minor cost of operation speed.

  2. Novel alkaline earth copper germanates with ferro and antiferromagnetic S=1/2 chains

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    Brandao, Paula; Reis, Mario S.; Santos, Antonio M. dos

    2013-02-15

    Two new alkaline earth copper(II) germanates were hydrothermally synthesized: CaCuGeO{sub 4}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O (1) and BaCu{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 9}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O (2), and their structures determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound (1) crystallizes in space group P2{sub 1}/c with a=5.1320(2) Angstrom-Sign , b=16.1637(5) Angstrom-Sign , c=5.4818(2) Angstrom-Sign , {beta}=102.609(2) Degree-Sign , V=443.76(3) Angstrom-Sign {sup 3} and Z=4. This copper germanate contains layers of composition [CuGeO{sub 4}]{sub {infinity}}{sup 2-} comprising CuO{sub 4} square planes and GeO{sub 4} tetrahedra with calcium and water molecules in the inter-layer space. Compound (2) crystallizes in the Cmcm space group with a=5.5593(3) Angstrom-Sign , b=10.8606(9) Angstrom-Sign , c=13.5409(8) Angstrom-Sign , V=817.56(9) Angstrom-Sign {sup 3} and Z=4. This structure contains GeO{sub 6} and CuO{sub 6} octahedra as well as GeO{sub 4} tetrahedra, forming a three-dimensional network of interconnecting six-membered ring channels. The magnetic susceptibility for both samples can be interpreted as S=1/2 chains, in agreement with the copper topology observed in the crystal structure. The susceptibility of (1) exhibits a Bonner-Fisher type behavior, resulting from antiferromagnetic intra-chain interactions without three-dimensional ordering down to 5 K-the lowest measured temperature. This observation, together with the absence of super-exchange paths between the copper chains, make this system particularly promising for the study of low dimensional magnetism. The magnetic properties of (2) show a very weak ferromagnetic near-neighbor interaction along the chain. In this compound a peak the {chi}T plot seems to indicate the onset of interchain antiferromagentic correlations. However, no ordering temperature is detected in the susceptibility data. - Graphical abstract: Copper chains present in CaCuGeO{sub 4}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O and BaCu{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 9}{center

  3. Magnetoelectric and antiferromagnetic photogalvanic effects in RMn2O5 oxides: A symmetric approach

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    Men'shenin, V. V.

    2012-10-01

    Possible magnetic states of the commensurate antiferromagnetic manganate phase with a nonzero wave vector of the structure have been analyzed within the group-theoretical approach using only the space symmetry group. A phenomenological description of the magnetoelectric effect has been performed and the possibility of the existence of the antiferromagnetic photogalvanic effect in this phase has been established using the magnetic states obtained in this study.

  4. Generalized hard-core dimer model approach to low-energy Heisenberg frustrated antiferromagnets: General properties and application to the kagome antiferromagnet

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    Schwandt, David; Mambrini, Matthieu; Poilblanc, Didier

    2010-06-01

    We propose a general nonperturbative scheme that quantitatively maps the low-energy sector of spin-1/2 frustrated Heisenberg antiferromagnets to effective generalized quantum dimer models. We develop the formal lattice-independent frame and establish some important results on (i) the locality of the generated Hamiltonians, (ii) how full resummations can be performed in this renormalization scheme. The method is then applied to the much debated kagome antiferromagnet for which a fully resummed effective Hamiltonian—shown to capture the essential properties and provide deep insights on the microscopic model [D. Poilblanc, M. Mambrini, and D. Schwandt, Phys. Rev. B 81, 180402(R) (2010)]—is derived.

  5. Generalized hard-core dimer model approach to low-energy Heisenberg frustrated antiferromagnets: General properties and application to the kagome antiferromagnet

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    Schwandt, David; Mambrini, Matthieu; Poilblanc, Didier

    2010-06-01

    We propose a general nonperturbative scheme that quantitatively maps the low-energy sector of spin-1/2 frustrated Heisenberg antiferromagnets to effective generalized quantum dimer models. We develop the formal lattice-independent frame and establish some important results on (i) the locality of the generated Hamiltonians, (ii) how full resummations can be performed in this renormalization scheme. The method is then applied to the much debated kagome antiferromagnet for which a fully resummed effective Hamiltonian - shown to capture the essential properties and provide deep insights on the microscopic model [D. Poilblanc, M. Mambrini, and D. Schwandt, Phys. Rev. B 81, 180402(R) (2010)] - is derived.

  6. Spin-transfer torques in antiferromagnetic textures: Efficiency and quantification method

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    Yamane, Yuta; Ieda, Jun'ichi; Sinova, Jairo

    2016-08-01

    We formulate a theory of spin-transfer torques in textured antiferromagnets, which covers the small to large limits of the exchange coupling energy relative to the kinetic energy of the intersublattice electron dynamics. Our theory suggests a natural definition of the efficiency of spin-transfer torques in antiferromagnets in terms of well-defined material parameters, revealing that the charge current couples predominantly to the antiferromagnetic order parameter and the sublattice-canting moment in, respectively, the limits of large and small exchange coupling. The effects can be quantified by analyzing the antiferromagnetic spin-wave dispersions in the presence of charge current: in the limit of large exchange coupling the spin-wave Doppler shift always occurs, whereas, in the opposite limit, the only spin-wave modes to react to the charge current are ones that carry a pronounced sublattice-canting moment. The findings offer a framework for understanding and designing spin-transfer torques in antiferromagnets belonging to different classes of sublattice structures such as, e.g., bipartite and layered antiferromagnets.

  7. Domain states in the zero-temperature diluted antiferromagnet in an applied field

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    Glaser, A.; Jones, A. C.; Duxbury, P. M.

    2005-05-01

    We use Bethe lattice calculations, directed models, and exact optimization methods to find percolating antiferromagnetic, ferromagnetic, and domain-state structures in the diluted antiferromagnet in an applied field (DAFF). Based on these calculations, the ground-state structures occuring on simple cubic and body-centered-cubic lattices are presented for the full range of site dilution, 0⩽c⩽1 , and applied magnetic field, 0⩽H⩽∞ . Ground-state phase boundaries are identified by the onset of several different types of extensive clusters: the antiferromagnet phase boundary, where one giant antiferromagnetic cluster emerges; the domain-state (DS) boundary where two antiphase giant antiferromagnetic clusters emerge; and a phase boundary where a giant ferromagnetic cluster emerges. We find that there is an “intermediate” concentration regime in which the DS has the lowest energy so that in the ground state, there is an intermediate regime between the paramagnetic phase and the ordered antiferromagnet. We compare our results to local mean-field theory and Monte Carlo studies of the DAFF and to recent results on the ground-state structure of the random-field Ising model. In this context we discuss the relevance of the ground-state structures we calculate to the thermodynamic phase diagram and the dynamics of the DAFF.

  8. All-Electric Access to the Magnetic-Field-Invariant Magnetization of Antiferromagnets.

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    Kosub, Tobias; Kopte, Martin; Radu, Florin; Schmidt, Oliver G; Makarov, Denys

    2015-08-28

    The rich physics of thin film antiferromagnets can be harnessed for prospective spintronic devices given that all-electric assessment of the tiny uncompensated magnetic moment is achieved. On the example of magnetoelectric antiferromagnetic Cr2O3, we prove that spinning-current anomalous Hall magnetometry serves as an all-electric method to probe the field-invariant uncompensated magnetization of antiferromagnets. We obtain direct access to the surface magnetization of magnetoelectric antiferromagnets providing a read-out method for ferromagnet-free magnetoelectric memory. Owing to the great sensitivity, the technique bears a strong potential to address the physics of antiferromagnets. Exemplarily, we apply the method to access the criticality of the magnetic transition for an antiferromagnetic thin film. We reveal the presence of field-invariant uncompensated magnetization even in 6-nm-thin IrMn films and clearly distinguish two contributions, of which only the minor one is involved in interfacial magnetic coupling. This approach is likely to advance the fundamental understanding of the anomalous Hall and magnetic proximity effects.

  9. Order by virtual crystal field fluctuations in pyrochlore XY antiferromagnets

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    Rau, Jeffrey G.; Petit, Sylvain; Gingras, Michel J. P.

    2016-05-01

    Conclusive evidence of order by disorder is scarce in real materials. Perhaps one of the strongest cases presented has been for the pyrochlore XY antiferromagnet Er2Ti2O7 , with the ground state selection proceeding by order by disorder induced through the effects of quantum fluctuations. This identification assumes the smallness of the effect of virtual crystal field fluctuations that could provide an alternative route to picking the ground state. Here we show that this order by virtual crystal field fluctuations is not only significant, but competitive with the effects of quantum fluctuations. Further, we argue that higher-multipolar interactions that are generically present in rare-earth magnets can dramatically enhance this effect. From a simplified bilinear-biquadratic model of these multipolar interactions, we show how the virtual crystal field fluctuations manifest in Er2Ti2O7 using a combination of strong-coupling perturbation theory and the random-phase approximation. We find that the experimentally observed ψ2 state is indeed selected and the experimentally measured excitation gap can be reproduced when the bilinear and biquadratic couplings are comparable while maintaining agreement with the entire experimental spin-wave excitation spectrum. Finally, we comment on possible tests of this scenario and discuss implications for other order-by-disorder candidates in rare-earth magnets.

  10. Ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic order in bacterial vortex lattices

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    Wioland, Hugo; Woodhouse, Francis G.; Dunkel, Jörn; Goldstein, Raymond E.

    2016-04-01

    Despite their inherently non-equilibrium nature, living systems can self-organize in highly ordered collective states that share striking similarities with the thermodynamic equilibrium phases of conventional condensed-matter and fluid systems. Examples range from the liquid-crystal-like arrangements of bacterial colonies, microbial suspensions and tissues to the coherent macro-scale dynamics in schools of fish and flocks of birds. Yet, the generic mathematical principles that govern the emergence of structure in such artificial and biological systems are elusive. It is not clear when, or even whether, well-established theoretical concepts describing universal thermostatistics of equilibrium systems can capture and classify ordered states of living matter. Here, we connect these two previously disparate regimes: through microfluidic experiments and mathematical modelling, we demonstrate that lattices of hydrodynamically coupled bacterial vortices can spontaneously organize into distinct patterns characterized by ferro- and antiferromagnetic order. The coupling between adjacent vortices can be controlled by tuning the inter-cavity gap widths. The emergence of opposing order regimes is tightly linked to the existence of geometry-induced edge currents, reminiscent of those in quantum systems. Our experimental observations can be rationalized in terms of a generic lattice field theory, suggesting that bacterial spin networks belong to the same universality class as a wide range of equilibrium systems.

  11. Ultrafast band engineering and transient spin currents in antiferromagnetic oxides

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    Gu, Mingqiang; Rondinelli, James M.

    2016-04-29

    Here, we report a dynamic structure and band engineering strategy with experimental protocols to induce indirect-to-direct band gap transitions and coherently oscillating pure spin-currents in three-dimensional antiferromagnets (AFM) using selective phononic excitations. In the Mott insulator LaTiO3, we show that a photo-induced nonequilibrium phonon mode amplitude destroys the spin and orbitally degenerate ground state, reduces the band gap by 160 meV and renormalizes the carrier masses. The time scale of this process is a few hundreds of femtoseconds. Then in the hole-doped correlated metallic titanate, we show how pure spin-currents can be achieved to yield spin-polarizations exceeding those observed inmore » classic semiconductors. Last, we demonstrate the generality of the approach by applying it to the non-orbitally degenerate AFM CaMnO3. These results advance our understanding of electron-lattice interactions in structures out-of-equilibrium and establish a rational framework for designing dynamic phases that may be exploited in ultrafast optoelectronic and optospintronic devices.« less

  12. Kondo bahavior in antiferromagnetic NpPdSn

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    Shrestha, K.; Prokes, K.; Griveau, J.-C.; Jardin, R.; Colineau, E.; Caciuffo, R.; Eloirdi, R.; Gofryk, K.

    Actinide-based intermetallics show a large variety of exotic physical phenomena mainly coming from 5f hybridization with both on-site and neighboring ligand states. Depending on the strength of these process unusual behaviors such as long-range magnetic order, Kondo effect, heavy-fermion ground state, valence fluctuations, and/or superconductivity have been observed. Here we report results of our extensive studies on NpPdSn. The compound crystalizes in hexagonal ZrNiAl-type of crystal structure and is studied by means of x-ray and neutron diffraction, magnetization, heat capacity, electrical resistivity, and thermoelectric power measurements, performed over a wide range of temperatures and applied magnetic fields. All the results revealed Kondo lattice behavior and antiferromagnetic ordering below 19 K. NpPdSn can be classified as a moderately enhanced heavy-fermion system, one of very few known amidst Np-based intermetallics. Work at Idaho National Laboratory was supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences, and Engineering Division.

  13. Magnetic vacancies in antiferromagnetic RAg compounds—A PAC study

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    Forker, M.; Fernández van Raap, M. B.; Pasquevich, A. F.

    2007-02-01

    Magnetic vacancies have been introduced into the ( π, π,0)-type antiferromagnetic structure of cubic RX compounds (R=rare earths, X=Ag, Cu) by replacing magnetic R by non-magnetic Y atoms. The magnetic hyperfine interaction resulting from this break of symmetry at the X-site has been investigated in R 1-xY xAg; R= Gd, Tb, Dy for Y concentrations 0⩽x⩽0.3 and in Dy 0.8Y 0.2Cu by perturbed angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy with 111Cd as probe nucleus. The magnetic hyperfine field produced at 111Cd by one uncompensated nearest neighbor 4f spin is roughly proportional to the spin projection Bhf ∼0.9 ( g-1) J [T]. The temperature dependence of the magnetic hyperfine fields reflects the interaction of the 4f charge distribution with the crystal electric field. For R=Gd and Tb, the fraction of probe nuclei with one nearest Y neighbor is much smaller than expected for a statistical distribution of Y on R sites, suggesting that in these R 1-xY xAg compounds the 111In/ 111Cd probe atoms favor Ag sites with eight nearest R neighbors.

  14. Ultrafast Band Engineering and Transient Spin Currents in Antiferromagnetic Oxides

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    Gu, Mingqiang; Rondinelli, James M.

    2016-01-01

    We report a dynamic structure and band engineering strategy with experimental protocols to induce indirect-to-direct band gap transitions and coherently oscillating pure spin-currents in three-dimensional antiferromagnets (AFM) using selective phononic excitations. In the Mott insulator LaTiO3, we show that a photo-induced nonequilibrium phonon mode amplitude destroys the spin and orbitally degenerate ground state, reduces the band gap by 160 meV and renormalizes the carrier masses. The time scale of this process is a few hundreds of femtoseconds. Then in the hole-doped correlated metallic titanate, we show how pure spin-currents can be achieved to yield spin-polarizations exceeding those observed in classic semiconductors. Last, we demonstrate the generality of the approach by applying it to the non-orbitally degenerate AFM CaMnO3. These results advance our understanding of electron-lattice interactions in structures out-of-equilibrium and establish a rational framework for designing dynamic phases that may be exploited in ultrafast optoelectronic and optospintronic devices. PMID:27126354

  15. Itinerant and localized magnetization dynamics in antiferromagnetic Ho

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    Rettig, L.; Dornes, C.; Thielemann-Kuhn, N.; Pontius, N.; Zabel, H.; Schlagel, D. L.; Lograsso, T. A.; Chollet, M.; Robert, A.; Sikorski, M.; et al

    2016-06-21

    Using femtosecond time-resolved resonant magnetic x-ray diffraction at the Ho L3 absorption edge, we investigate the demagnetization dynamics in antiferromagnetically ordered metallic Ho after femtosecond optical excitation. Here, tuning the x-ray energy to the electric dipole (E1, 2p → 5d) or quadrupole (E2, 2p → 4f) transition allows us to selectively and independently study the spin dynamics of the itinerant 5d and localized 4f electronic subsystems via the suppression of the magnetic (2 1 3–τ) satellite peak. We find demagnetization time scales very similar to ferromagnetic 4f systems, suggesting that the loss of magnetic order occurs via a similar spin-flipmore » process in both cases. The simultaneous demagnetization of both subsystems demonstrates strong intra-atomic 4f–5d exchange coupling. In addition, an ultrafast lattice contraction due to the release of magneto-striction leads to a transient shift of the magnetic satellite peak.« less

  16. The Spin-flop Transition in Antiferromagnetic Superlattices

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    Te Velthuis, S. G. E.; Jiang, J. S.; Bader, S. D.; Felcher, G. P.

    2002-03-01

    An antiferromagnetically (AF) coupled Fe/Cr(211) superlattice with uniaxial magnetic anisotropy has been used to study the spin-flop transition in an AF with a finite number of layers. It has been predicted that, at a field a lower than the bulk spin-flop field, a domain wall is created at the surface and rapidly propagates toward the center of the sublattice^1. We present extensive polarized neutron reflectivity measurements that give the evolution of the magnetic configuration during the spin-flop transition and prove directly the existence of such a state, in which the superlattice splits in two anti-phase, AF domains. Magneto-optic Kerr measurements with the field tilted from the easy axis show that the spin-flop is stable over a finite angular region. In contrast to the situation for a bulk AF, the first-order nature of the spin-flop transition is preserved off-axis, but we report that the detailed character of the transition is altered. ^1R.W. Wang, D.L. Mills, Eric E. Fullerton, J.E. Mattson, and S.D. Bader, Phys. Rev. Lett. 72 (1994) 920.

  17. Superconducting current in hybrid structures with an antiferromagnetic interlayer

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    Zaitsev, A. V. Ovsyannikov, G. A.; Constantinian, K. Y. Kislinskii, Yu. V.; Shadrin, A. V.; Borisenko, I. V.; Komissinskiy, P. V.

    2010-02-15

    It is shown experimentally that the superconducting current density in Nb/Au/Ca{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 2}/YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} hybrid superconducting heterostructures with a Ca{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 2} anti-ferromagnetic (AF) cuprate interlayer is anomalously high for interlayer thicknesses d{sub M} = 10-50 nm and the characteristic damping length for superconducting correlations is on the order of 10 nm. The experimental results are explained on the basis of theoretical analysis of a junction of two superconductors (S' and S) connected by a magnetic multilayer with the AF ordering of magnetization in the layers. It is shown that with such a magnetization ordering, anomalous proximity effect determined by the singlet component of the condensate wavefunction may take place. As a result, the critical currents in S'/I/AF/S and S'/I/N/S structures (I denotes an insulator, and N, the normal metal) may coincide in order of magnitude even when the thickness of the AF interlayer considerably exceeds the decay length of the condensate wavefunction in ferromagnetic layers.

  18. Enhanced Magnetic Properties in Antiferromagnetic-Core/Ferrimagnetic-Shell Nanoparticles

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    Vasilakaki, Marianna; Trohidou, Kalliopi N.; Nogués, Josep

    2015-01-01

    Bi-magnetic core/shell nanoparticles are gaining increasing interest due to their foreseen applications. Inverse antiferromagnetic(AFM)/ferrimagnetic(FiM) core/shell nanoparticles are particularly appealing since they may overcome some of the limitations of conventional FiM/AFM systems. However, virtually no simulations exist on this type of morphology. Here we present systematic Metropolis Monte Carlo simulations of the exchange bias properties of such nanoparticles. The coercivity, HC, and loop shift, Hex, present a non-monotonic dependence with the core diameter and the shell thickness, in excellent agreement with the available experimental data. Additionally, we demonstrate novel unconventional behavior in FiM/AFM particles. Namely, while HC and Hex decrease upon increasing FiM thickness for small AFM cores (as expected), they show the opposite trend for large cores. This presents a counterintuitive FiM size dependence for large AFM cores that is attributed to the competition between core and shell contributions, which expands over a wider range of core diameters leading to non-vanishing Hex even for very large cores. Moreover, the results also hint different possible ways to enhance the experimental performance of inverse core/shell nanoparticles for diverse applications. PMID:25872473

  19. Three-dimensional antiferromagnetic CP(N-1) models.

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    Delfino, Francesco; Pelissetto, Andrea; Vicari, Ettore

    2015-05-01

    We investigate the critical behavior of three-dimensional antiferromagnetic CP(N-1) (ACP(N-1)) models in cubic lattices, which are characterized by a global U(N) symmetry and a local U(1) gauge symmetry. Assuming that critical fluctuations are associated with a staggered gauge-invariant (Hermitian traceless matrix) order parameter, we determine the corresponding Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson (LGW) model. For N=3 this mapping allows us to conclude that the three-component ACP(2) model undergoes a continuous transition that belongs to the O(8) vector universality class, with an effective enlargement of the symmetry at the critical point. This prediction is confirmed by numerical analyses of the finite-size scaling behaviors of the ACP(2) and the O(8) vector models, which show the same universal features at their transitions. We also present a renormalization-group (RG) analysis of the LGW theories for N≥4. We compute perturbative series in two different renormalization schemes and analyze the corresponding RG flow. We do not find stable fixed points that can be associated with continuous transitions. PMID:26066121

  20. Griffiths phase behaviour in a frustrated antiferromagnetic intermetallic compound

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    Ghosh, Krishanu; Mazumdar, Chandan; Ranganathan, R.; Mukherjee, S.

    2015-01-01

    The rare coexistence of a Griffiths phase (GP) and a geometrically frustrated antiferromagnetism in the non-stoichiometric intermetallic compound GdFe0.17Sn2 (the paramagnetic Weiss temperature θp ~ −59 K) is reported in this work. The compound forms in the Cmcm space group with large structural anisotropy (b/c ~ 4). Interestingly, all the atoms in the unit cell possess the same point group symmetry (Wycoff position 4c), which is rather rare. The frustration parameter, f = |θp|/TN has been established as 3.6, with the Néel temperature TN and Griffiths temperature TG being 16.5 and 32 K, respectively. The TG has been determined from the heat capacity measurement and also from the magnetocaloric effect (MCE). It is also shown that substantial difference in GP region may exist between zero field and field cooled measurements - a fact hitherto not emphasized so far. PMID:26515256

  1. Non-collinear antiferromagnets and the anomalous Hall effect

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    Kübler, J.; Felser, C.

    2014-12-01

    The anomalous Hall effect is investigated theoretically by employing density functional calculations for the non-collinear antiferromagnetic order of the hexagonal compounds Mn3Ge and Mn3Sn using various planar triangular magnetic configurations as well as unexpected non-planar configurations. The former give rise to anomalous Hall conductivities (AHC) that are found to be extremely anisotropic. For the planar cases the AHC is connected with Weyl points in the energy-band structure. If this case were observable in Mn3Ge, a large AHC of about σzx≈ 900 (Ω \\text{cm})-1 should be expected. However, in Mn3Ge it is the non-planar configuration that is energetically favored, in which case it gives rise to an AHC of σxy≈ 100 (Ω \\text{cm})-1 . The non-planar configuration allows a quantitative evaluation of the topological Hall effect that is seen to determine this value of σxy to a large extent. For Mn3Sn it is the planar configurations that are predicted to be observable. In this case the AHC can be as large as σyz≈250 (Ω \\text{cm})-1 .

  2. Thermally stable magnetic skyrmions in multilayer synthetic antiferromagnetic racetracks

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    Zhang, Xichao; Ezawa, Motohiko; Zhou, Yan

    2016-08-01

    A magnetic skyrmion is a topological magnetization structure with a nanometric size and a well-defined swirling spin distribution, which is anticipated to be an essential building block for novel skyrmion-based device applications. We study the motion of magnetic skyrmions in multilayer synthetic antiferromagnetic (SAF) racetracks as well as in conventional monolayer ferromagnetic (FM) racetracks at finite temperature. There is an odd-even effect of the constituent FM layer number on the skyrmion Hall effect (SkHE). Namely, due to the suppression of the SkHE, the magnetic skyrmion has no transverse motion in multilayer SAF racetracks packed with even FM layers. It is shown that a moving magnetic skyrmion is stable even at room temperature (T =300 K) in a bilayer SAF racetrack but it is destructed at T =100 K in a monolayer FM racetrack. Our results indicate that the SAF structures are reliable and promising candidates for future applications in skyrmion electronics and skyrmion spintronics.

  3. Electrodynamics of the antiferromagnetic phase in URu2Si2

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    Hall, Jesse S.; Movassagh, M. Rahimi; Wilson, M. N.; Luke, G. M.; Kanchanavatee, N.; Huang, K.; Janoschek, M.; Maple, M. B.; Timusk, T.

    2015-11-01

    We present data on the optical conductivity of URu2 -x(Fe,Os ) xSi2 . While the parent material URu2Si2 enters the enigmatic hidden order (HO) phase below 17.5 K, an antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase is induced by the substitution of Fe or Os onto the Ru sites. We find that both the HO and the AFM phases exhibit an identical gap structure that is characterized by a loss of conductivity below the gap energy with spectral weight transferred to a narrow frequency region just above the gap, the typical optical signature of a density wave. The AFM phase is marked by strong increases in both transition temperature and the energy of the gap associated with the transition. In the normal phase just above the transition the optical scattering rate varies as ω2. We find that in both the HO and the AFM phases, our data are consistent with elastic resonant scattering of a Fermi liquid. This indicates that the appearance of a coherent state is a necessary condition for either ordered phase to emerge. Our measurements favor models in which the HO and the AFM phases are driven by the common physics of a nesting-induced density wave gap.

  4. Magnetic Properties of Ubiquitous yet Underrated Antiferromagnetic Nanoparticles

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    Guyodo, Y. J.; Till, J. L.; Lagroix, F.; Bonville, P.; Penn, R.; Sainctavit, P.; Ona-Nguema, G.; Morin, G.

    2013-05-01

    Ferrihydrite, lepidocrocite and goethite are antiferromagnetic, weakly "ferromagnetic" iron oxyhydroxides that are commonly found in diverse environments, including ground waters and streams, sediments, soils, or acid mine drainage. One of them, ferrihydrite, constitutes the mineral core of ferritin, a vital iron storage protein. Iron oxyhydroxides take part in multiple biological and abiological processes, and can evolve, under changing environmental or geological conditions, to more magnetic phases such as hematite, maghemite, or magnetite. Therefore, they represent key minerals with regard to paleoclimate, paleoenvironmental, and paleomagnetic studies. We will present low temperature magnetic properties acquired on fully characterized synthetic iron oxyhydroxides. The complex nature of the magnetism of these minerals is revealed by comparing magnetic data with other types of characterizations such as high-resolution transmission electron microscopy or synchrotron X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD), or when the early-stages of solid-state alteration (under oxidizing or reducing atmosphere) are studied. In particular, we will present resent results about the structure of 6-line ferrihydrite, about the possible presence of ferri-magnetic nano-clusters in lepidocrocite, and about uncompensated magnetic moments in goethite nanoparticles.

  5. Insight into the antiferromagnetic structure manipulated by electronic reconstruction

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    Cui, B.; Li, F.; Song, C.; Peng, J. J.; Saleem, M. S.; Gu, Y. D.; Li, S. N.; Wang, K. L.; Pan, F.

    2016-10-01

    Antiferromagnetic (AFM) materials, with robust rigidity to magnetic field perturbations and ultrafast spin dynamics, show great advantages in information storage and have developed into a fast-emerging field of AFM spintronics. However, a direct characterization of spin alignments in AFM films has been challenging, and their manipulation by lattice distortion and magnetic proximity is inevitably accompanied by "ferromagnetic" features within the AFM matrix. Here we resolve the G -type AFM structure of SrCo O2.5 and find that the interfacial AFM structure could be modulated intrinsically from in plane to out of plane with a canted angle of 60∘ by the charge transfer and orbital reconstruction in SrCo O2.5/L a2 /3S r1 /3Mn O3 heterostructures both experimentally and theoretically. Such an interfacial AFM reconfiguration caused by electronic reconstruction does not cause the ferromagnetic feature and changes the magnetization switching process of L a2 /3S r1 /3Mn O3 from in plane to perpendicular to the plane, in turn. Our study not only reveals the coupling between charge, orbital, and AFM structure, but also provides a unique approach to manipulating AFM structure.

  6. Ferromagnetism at the interfaces of antiferromagnetic FeRh epilayers

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    Fan, P.; Arena, D.; Kinane, C.J.; Charlton, T.R.; Dorner, R.; Ali, M.; de Vries, A. de.; Brydson, R.M.D.; Marrows, C.H.; Hickey, B.J.; Tanner, B.K.; Nisbet, G.; and Langridge, S.

    2010-07-15

    The nanoscale magnetic structure of FeRh epilayers has been studied by polarized neutron reflectometry. Epitaxial films with a nominal thickness of 500 {angstrom} were grown on MgO (001) substrates via molecular-beam epitaxy and capped with 20 {angstrom} of MgO. The FeRh films show a clear transition from the antiferromagnetic (AF) state to the ferromagnetic (FM) state with increasing temperature. Surprisingly the films possess a FM moment even at a temperature 80 K below the AF-FM transition temperature of the film. We have quantified the magnitude and spatial extent of this FM moment, which is confined to within {approx}60-80 {angstrom} of the FeRh near the top and bottom interfaces. These interfacial FM layers account for the unusual effects previously observed in films with thickness <100 {angstrom}. Given the delicate energy balance between the AF and FM ground states we suggest a metastable FM state resides near to the interface within an AF matrix. The length scale over which the FM region resides is consistent with the strained regions of the film.

  7. Ultrafast Band Engineering and Transient Spin Currents in Antiferromagnetic Oxides.

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    Gu, Mingqiang; Rondinelli, James M

    2016-04-29

    We report a dynamic structure and band engineering strategy with experimental protocols to induce indirect-to-direct band gap transitions and coherently oscillating pure spin-currents in three-dimensional antiferromagnets (AFM) using selective phononic excitations. In the Mott insulator LaTiO3, we show that a photo-induced nonequilibrium phonon mode amplitude destroys the spin and orbitally degenerate ground state, reduces the band gap by 160 meV and renormalizes the carrier masses. The time scale of this process is a few hundreds of femtoseconds. Then in the hole-doped correlated metallic titanate, we show how pure spin-currents can be achieved to yield spin-polarizations exceeding those observed in classic semiconductors. Last, we demonstrate the generality of the approach by applying it to the non-orbitally degenerate AFM CaMnO3. These results advance our understanding of electron-lattice interactions in structures out-of-equilibrium and establish a rational framework for designing dynamic phases that may be exploited in ultrafast optoelectronic and optospintronic devices.

  8. A low temperature study of antiferromagnetic YbVO4 by NMR thermally detected by nuclear orientation

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    Hutchison, W. D.; Prandolini, M. J.; Harker, S. J.; Chaplin, D. H.; Bowden, G. J.; Bleaney, B.

    1999-09-01

    NMR-TDNO results using an external 60CoCo (hcp) nuclear orientation thermometer for non-irradiated, single crystal, antiferromagnetic YbVO4 are compared with those obtained earlier with neutron activated samples using both internal and external γ-ray thermometers. Detailed comparisons are made for the 171Yb (I=1/2, 14.31% abundant) stable nucleus. This strongly asymmetric, largely homogeneous, resonance lineshape was retained and is readily power broadened. Extremely broad, field-dependent homogeneous thermometric responses are observed in the expected frequency range for the quadrupolar stable nucleus 173Yb (I=5/2, 16.13% abundant) for both irradiated and non-irradiated samples.

  9. Fabrication of [001]L1{sub 0}-FePtRh ferro-antiferromagnetic pattern by flat-patterning method

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    Hasegawa, T.; Tomioka, T.; Ishio, S.; Kondo, Y.; Yamane, H.

    2012-04-01

    A flat-patterning method that exploits the ferromagnetic (FM) - antiferromagnetic (AF) transition in [001]-oriented L1{sub 0} FePt{sub 1-x}Rh{sub x} films was investigated. FM-AF patterns with dot diameters between 15 and 1000 nm were fabricated by locally diffusing a small percentage of FePt atoms onto the FePt{sub 1-x}Rh{sub x} film. The geometric and magnetic properties of the patterns were analyzed in detail. Only the area whose composition crossed the FM-AF threshold underwent a magnetic phase change to the FM phase. FM dots with single-domain structures were observed in the AF matrix in the range of 15-100 nm by magnetic force microscopy.

  10. BaSn{sub 6}Co{sub 6}O{sub 19}-A novel frustrated antiferromagnet with the magnetoplumbite type structure

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    Shlyk, L.; Niewa, R.

    2011-12-15

    Single crystals of the novel compound BaSn{sub 6}Co{sub 6}O{sub 19} with maximum width 1 mm and thickness around 0.05 mm were grown from a barium chloride flux. The composition was determined from refinements of single crystal X-ray diffraction data and microprobe analysis. BaSn{sub 6}Co{sub 6}O{sub 19} crystallizes in the magnetoplumbite type structure (hexagonal, space group P6{sub 3}/mmc, a=6.0940(1) A, c=23.9633(5) A, V=770.69 A{sup 3}, Z=2). A significant disorder is generated by random occupation of two octahedrally coordinated crystallographic sites with Co{sup 2+} and Sn{sup 4+} ions, while further sites are exclusively occupied by either Co{sup 2+} (tetrahedrally coordinated) or Sn{sup 4+} (octahedrally coordinated). One site with mixed occupation realizes the topology of a kagome net. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility for a single crystal BaSn{sub 6}Co{sub 6}O{sub 19} reveals a low temperature antiferromagnetic order at T{sub N}=14 K. A relatively large value of frustration factor f{sub ||=}|{Theta}{sub W||}|/T{sub N} Almost-Equal-To 26 and f{sub Up-Tack }=|{Theta}{sub W Up-Tack }|/T{sub N} Almost-Equal-To 12 implies a frustrated antiferromagnetism. - Graphical abstract: Single crystals of novel magnetoplumbite BaSn{sub 6}Co{sub 6}O{sub 19} have been characterized. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A novel compound magnetoplumbite BaSn{sub 6}Co{sub 6}O{sub 11} is synthesized in single crystalline form. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It contains structural subunits with kagome topology, sandwiched between spinel blocks. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structural disorder in both subunits by random replacement of magnetic Co{sup 2+} with nonmagnetic Sn{sup 4+}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bulk magnetic measurements indicate long-range antiferromagnetic order below 14 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The anisotropic frustration factor indicates strongly frustrated antiferromagnetism.

  11. Magnetic properties of the S=1/2 square lattice antiferromagnet CuF2(H2O)2(pyz)

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    Wang, Cuihuan; Lumsden, Mark D; Fishman, Randy Scott; Ehlers, Georg; Hong, Tao; Tian, Wei; Cao, Huibo; Podlesnyak, Andrey A; Dunmars, C; Schlueter, J. A.; Manson, J. L.; Christianson, Andrew D

    2012-01-01

    We have performed elastic and inelastic neutron scattering experiments on single crystal samples of the coordination polymer compound CuF{sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(pyz) (pyz = pyrazine) to study the magnetic structure and excitations. The elastic neutron diffraction measurements indicate a collinear antiferromagnetic structure with moments oriented along the [0.7 0 1] real-space direction and an ordered moment of 0.60 {+-} 0.03 {micro}B/Cu. This value is significantly smaller than the single-ion magnetic moment, reflecting the presence of strong quantum fluctuations. The spin wave dispersion from magnetic zone center to the zone boundary points (0.5 1.5 0) and (0.5 0 1.5) can be described by a two-dimensional Heisenberg model with a nearest-neighbor magnetic exchange constant J{sub 2D} = 0.934 {+-} 0.0025 meV. The interlayer interaction J{sub perp} in this compound is less than 1.5% of J{sub 2D}. The spin excitation energy at the (0.5 0.5 0.5) zone boundary point is reduced when compared to the (0.5 1 0.5) zone boundary point by {approx}10.3% {+-} 1.4%. This zone boundary dispersion is consistent with quantum Monte Carlo and series expansion calculations for the S=1/2 Heisenberg square lattice antiferromagnet, which include corrections for quantum fluctuations to linear spin wave theory.

  12. Unified molecular field theory for collinear and noncollinear Heisenberg antiferromagnets

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    Johnston, David C.

    2015-02-27

    In this study, a unified molecular field theory (MFT) is presented that applies to both collinear and planar noncollinear Heisenberg antiferromagnets (AFs) on the same footing. The spins in the system are assumed to be identical and crystallographically equivalent. This formulation allows calculations of the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility χ versus temperature T below the AF ordering temperature TN to be carried out for arbitrary Heisenberg exchange interactions Jij between arbitrary neighbors j of a given spin i without recourse to magnetic sublattices. The Weiss temperature θp in the Curie-Weiss law is written in terms of the Jij values and TN in terms of the Jij values and an assumed AF structure. Other magnetic and thermal properties are then expressed in terms of quantities easily accessible from experiment as laws of corresponding states for a given spin S. For collinear ordering these properties are the reduced temperature t=T/TN, the ratio f = θp/TN, and S. For planar noncollinear helical or cycloidal ordering, an additional parameter is the wave vector of the helix or cycloid. The MFT is also applicable to AFs with other AF structures. The MFT predicts that χ(T ≤ TN) of noncollinear 120° spin structures on triangular lattices is isotropic and independent of S and T and thus clarifies the origin of this universally observed behavior. The high-field magnetization and heat capacity for fields applied perpendicular to the ordering axis (collinear AFs) and ordering plane (planar noncollinear AFs) are also calculated and expressed for both types of AF structures as laws of corresponding states for a given S, and the reduced perpendicular field versus reduced temperature phase diagram is constructed.

  13. Unified molecular field theory for collinear and noncollinear Heisenberg antiferromagnets

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    Johnston, David C.

    2015-02-27

    In this study, a unified molecular field theory (MFT) is presented that applies to both collinear and planar noncollinear Heisenberg antiferromagnets (AFs) on the same footing. The spins in the system are assumed to be identical and crystallographically equivalent. This formulation allows calculations of the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility χ versus temperature T below the AF ordering temperature TN to be carried out for arbitrary Heisenberg exchange interactions Jij between arbitrary neighbors j of a given spin i without recourse to magnetic sublattices. The Weiss temperature θp in the Curie-Weiss law is written in terms of the Jij values and TNmore » in terms of the Jij values and an assumed AF structure. Other magnetic and thermal properties are then expressed in terms of quantities easily accessible from experiment as laws of corresponding states for a given spin S. For collinear ordering these properties are the reduced temperature t=T/TN, the ratio f = θp/TN, and S. For planar noncollinear helical or cycloidal ordering, an additional parameter is the wave vector of the helix or cycloid. The MFT is also applicable to AFs with other AF structures. The MFT predicts that χ(T ≤ TN) of noncollinear 120° spin structures on triangular lattices is isotropic and independent of S and T and thus clarifies the origin of this universally observed behavior. The high-field magnetization and heat capacity for fields applied perpendicular to the ordering axis (collinear AFs) and ordering plane (planar noncollinear AFs) are also calculated and expressed for both types of AF structures as laws of corresponding states for a given S, and the reduced perpendicular field versus reduced temperature phase diagram is constructed.« less

  14. Unified molecular field theory for collinear and noncollinear Heisenberg antiferromagnets

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    Johnston, David C.

    2015-02-01

    A unified molecular field theory (MFT) is presented that applies to both collinear and planar noncollinear Heisenberg antiferromagnets (AFs) on the same footing. The spins in the system are assumed to be identical and crystallographically equivalent. This formulation allows calculations of the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility χ versus temperature T below the AF ordering temperature TN to be carried out for arbitrary Heisenberg exchange interactions Ji j between arbitrary neighbors j of a given spin i without recourse to magnetic sublattices. The Weiss temperature θp in the Curie-Weiss law is written in terms of the Ji j values and TN in terms of the Ji j values and an assumed AF structure. Other magnetic and thermal properties are then expressed in terms of quantities easily accessible from experiment as laws of corresponding states for a given spin S . For collinear ordering these properties are the reduced temperature t =T /TN , the ratio f =θp/TN , and S . For planar noncollinear helical or cycloidal ordering, an additional parameter is the wave vector of the helix or cycloid. The MFT is also applicable to AFs with other AF structures. The MFT predicts that χ (T ≤TN) of noncollinear 120∘ spin structures on triangular lattices is isotropic and independent of S and T and thus clarifies the origin of this universally observed behavior. The high-field magnetization and heat capacity for fields applied perpendicular to the ordering axis (collinear AFs) and ordering plane (planar noncollinear AFs) are also calculated and expressed for both types of AF structures as laws of corresponding states for a given S , and the reduced perpendicular field versus reduced temperature phase diagram is constructed.

  15. Enhanced room temperature ferromagnetism in antiferromagnetic NiO nanoparticles

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    Ravikumar, Patta; Kisan, Bhagaban; Perumal, A.

    2015-08-01

    We report systematic investigations of structural, vibrational, resonance and magnetic properties of nanoscale NiO powders prepared by ball milling process under different milling speeds for 30 hours of milling. Structural properties revealed that both pure NiO and as-milled NiO powders exhibit face centered cubic structure, but average crystallite size decreases to around 11 nm along with significant increase in strain with increasing milling speed. Vibrational properties show the enhancement in the intensity of one-phonon longitudinal optical (LO) band and disappearance of two-magnon band due to size reduction. In addition, two-phonon LO band exhibits red shift due to size-induced phonon confinement effect and surface relaxation. Pure NiO powder exhibit antiferromagnetic nature, which transforms into induced ferromagnetic after size reduction. The average magnetization at room temperature increases with decreasing the crystallite size and a maximum moment of 0.016 μB/f.u. at 12 kOe applied field and coercivity of 170 Oe were obtained for 30 hours milled NiO powders at 600 rotation per minute milling speed. The change in the magnetic properties is also supported by the vibrational properties. Thermomagnetization measurements at high temperature reveal a well-defined magnetic phase transition at high temperature (TC) around 780 K due to induced ferromagnetic phase. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies reveal a good agreement between the EPR results and magnetic properties. The observed results are described on the basis of crystallite size variation, defect density, large strain, oxidation/reduction of Ni and interaction between uncompensated surfaces and particle core with lattice expansion. The obtained results suggest that nanoscale NiO powders with high TC and moderate magnetic moment at room temperature with cubic structure would be useful to expedite for spintronic devices.

  16. Magnetoresistance in antiferromagnet-based spin tunnel junctions

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    Jungwirth, Tomas

    2012-02-01

    To date spintronics research and applications of magnetically ordered systems have focused on ferromagnets (FMs). There are, however, fundamental physical limitations for FM materials which may make them impractical to realize the full potential of spintronics. Metal FMs offer high temperature operation but the large magnetic stray fields make them unfavorable for high-density integration and metals are unsuitable for transistor and information processing applications. FM semiconductors on the other hand do not allow for high-temperature operation. We present a concept in which these limitations are circumvented in spintronics based on antiferromagnets. The concept is based on relativistic magnetic and magneto-transport anisotropy effects in nanodevices whose common characteristics is that they are an even function of the microscopic magnetic moment vector, i.e., can be equally strong in AFMs as in FMs. As a demonstration we present our experimental observation of >100% tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance in a device with an IrMn AFM tunnel electrode [1]. We will also discuss candidate materials for high-temperature AFM semiconductor spintronics [2].[4pt] [1] B. G. Park, J.Wunderlich, X.Marti, V.Holy, Y.Kurosaki, M.Yamada, H.Yamamoto, A.Nishide, J.Hayakawa, H.Takahashi, A.B.Shick, T.Jungwirth, Nature Mat. 10, 347 (2011). [0pt] [2] T.Jungwirth, V.Nov'ak, X.Marti, M.Cukr, F.M'aca, A.B. Shick, J.Masek, P.Horodysk'a, P.Nemec, V.Hol'y, et al., Phys. Rev. B 83, 035321 (2011).

  17. Enhanced room temperature ferromagnetism in antiferromagnetic NiO nanoparticles

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    Ravikumar, Patta; Kisan, Bhagaban; Perumal, A.

    2015-08-15

    We report systematic investigations of structural, vibrational, resonance and magnetic properties of nanoscale NiO powders prepared by ball milling process under different milling speeds for 30 hours of milling. Structural properties revealed that both pure NiO and as-milled NiO powders exhibit face centered cubic structure, but average crystallite size decreases to around 11 nm along with significant increase in strain with increasing milling speed. Vibrational properties show the enhancement in the intensity of one-phonon longitudinal optical (LO) band and disappearance of two-magnon band due to size reduction. In addition, two-phonon LO band exhibits red shift due to size-induced phonon confinement effect and surface relaxation. Pure NiO powder exhibit antiferromagnetic nature, which transforms into induced ferromagnetic after size reduction. The average magnetization at room temperature increases with decreasing the crystallite size and a maximum moment of 0.016 μ{sub B}/f.u. at 12 kOe applied field and coercivity of 170 Oe were obtained for 30 hours milled NiO powders at 600 rotation per minute milling speed. The change in the magnetic properties is also supported by the vibrational properties. Thermomagnetization measurements at high temperature reveal a well-defined magnetic phase transition at high temperature (T{sub C}) around 780 K due to induced ferromagnetic phase. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies reveal a good agreement between the EPR results and magnetic properties. The observed results are described on the basis of crystallite size variation, defect density, large strain, oxidation/reduction of Ni and interaction between uncompensated surfaces and particle core with lattice expansion. The obtained results suggest that nanoscale NiO powders with high T{sub C} and moderate magnetic moment at room temperature with cubic structure would be useful to expedite for spintronic devices.

  18. Structural and magnetic characterization of the one-dimensional S = 5/2 antiferromagnetic chain system SrMn(VO4)(OH)

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    Sanjeewa, Liurukara D.; Garlea, Vasile O.; McGuire, Michael A.; McMillen, Colin D.; Cao, Huibo; Kolis, Joseph W.

    2016-06-06

    The descloizite-type compound, SrMn(VO4)(OH), was synthesized as large single crystals (1-2mm) using a high-temperature high-pressure hydrothermal technique. X-ray single crystal structure analysis reveals that the material crystallizes in the acentric orthorhombic space group of P212121 (no. 19), Z = 4. The structure exhibits a one-dimensional feature, with [MnO4] chains propagating along the a-axis which are interconnected by VO4 tetrahedra. Raman and infrared spectra were obtained to identify the fundamental vanadate and hydroxide vibrational modes. Magnetization data reveal a broad maximum at approximately 80 K, arising from one-dimensional magnetic correlations with intrachain exchange constant of J/kB = 9.97(3) K between nearestmore » Mn neighbors and a canted antiferromagnetic behavior below TN = 30 K. Single crystal neutron diffraction at 4 K yielded a magnetic structure solution in the lower symmetry of the magnetic space group P21 with two unique chains displaying antiferromagnetically ordered Mn moments oriented nearly perpendicular to the chain axis. Lastly, the presence of the Dzyaloshinskii Moriya antisymmetric exchange interaction leads to a slight canting of the spins and gives rise to a weak ferromagnetic component along the chain direction.« less

  19. Antiferromagnetic proximity effect in epitaxial CoO/NiO/MgO(001) systems.

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    Li, Q; Liang, J H; Luo, Y M; Ding, Z; Gu, T; Hu, Z; Hua, C Y; Lin, H-J; Pi, T W; Kang, S P; Won, C; Wu, Y Z

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic proximity effect between two magnetic layers is an important focus of research for discovering new physical properties of magnetic systems. Antiferromagnets (AFMs) are fundamental systems with magnetic ordering and promising candidate materials in the emerging field of antiferromagnetic spintronics. However, the magnetic proximity effect between antiferromagnetic bilayers is rarely studied because detecting the spin orientation of AFMs is challenging. Using X-ray linear dichroism and magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements, we investigated antiferromagnetic proximity effects in epitaxial CoO/NiO/MgO(001) systems. We found the antiferromagnetic spin of the NiO underwent a spin reorientation transition from in-plane to out-of-plane with increasing NiO thickness, with the existence of vertical exchange spring spin alignment in thick NiO. More interestingly, the Néel temperature of the CoO layer was greatly enhanced by the adjacent NiO layer, with the extent of the enhancement closely dependent on the spin orientation of NiO layer. This phenomenon was attributed to different exchange coupling strengths at the AFM/AFM interface depending on the relative spin directions. Our results indicate a new route for modifying the spin configuration and ordering temperature of AFMs through the magnetic proximity effect near room temperature, which should further benefit the design of AFM spintronic devices. PMID:26932164

  20. Multiple-stable anisotropic magnetoresistance memory in antiferromagnetic MnTe.

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    Kriegner, D; Výborný, K; Olejník, K; Reichlová, H; Novák, V; Marti, X; Gazquez, J; Saidl, V; Němec, P; Volobuev, V V; Springholz, G; Holý, V; Jungwirth, T

    2016-01-01

    Commercial magnetic memories rely on the bistability of ordered spins in ferromagnetic materials. Recently, experimental bistable memories have been realized using fully compensated antiferromagnetic metals. Here we demonstrate a multiple-stable memory device in epitaxial MnTe, an antiferromagnetic counterpart of common II-VI semiconductors. Favourable micromagnetic characteristics of MnTe allow us to demonstrate a smoothly varying zero-field antiferromagnetic anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) with a harmonic angular dependence on the writing magnetic field angle, analogous to ferromagnets. The continuously varying AMR provides means for the electrical read-out of multiple-stable antiferromagnetic memory states, which we set by heat-assisted magneto-recording and by changing the writing field direction. The multiple stability in our memory is ascribed to different distributions of domains with the Néel vector aligned along one of the three magnetic easy axes. The robustness against strong magnetic field perturbations combined with the multiple stability of the magnetic memory states are unique properties of antiferromagnets. PMID:27279433

  1. Antiferromagnetic proximity effect in epitaxial CoO/NiO/MgO(001) systems.

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    Li, Q; Liang, J H; Luo, Y M; Ding, Z; Gu, T; Hu, Z; Hua, C Y; Lin, H-J; Pi, T W; Kang, S P; Won, C; Wu, Y Z

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic proximity effect between two magnetic layers is an important focus of research for discovering new physical properties of magnetic systems. Antiferromagnets (AFMs) are fundamental systems with magnetic ordering and promising candidate materials in the emerging field of antiferromagnetic spintronics. However, the magnetic proximity effect between antiferromagnetic bilayers is rarely studied because detecting the spin orientation of AFMs is challenging. Using X-ray linear dichroism and magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements, we investigated antiferromagnetic proximity effects in epitaxial CoO/NiO/MgO(001) systems. We found the antiferromagnetic spin of the NiO underwent a spin reorientation transition from in-plane to out-of-plane with increasing NiO thickness, with the existence of vertical exchange spring spin alignment in thick NiO. More interestingly, the Néel temperature of the CoO layer was greatly enhanced by the adjacent NiO layer, with the extent of the enhancement closely dependent on the spin orientation of NiO layer. This phenomenon was attributed to different exchange coupling strengths at the AFM/AFM interface depending on the relative spin directions. Our results indicate a new route for modifying the spin configuration and ordering temperature of AFMs through the magnetic proximity effect near room temperature, which should further benefit the design of AFM spintronic devices.

  2. Antiferromagnetic proximity effect in epitaxial CoO/NiO/MgO(001) systems

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    Li, Q.; Liang, J. H.; Luo, Y. M.; Ding, Z.; Gu, T.; Hu, Z.; Hua, C. Y.; Lin, H.-J.; Pi, T. W.; Kang, S. P.; Won, C.; Wu, Y. Z.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic proximity effect between two magnetic layers is an important focus of research for discovering new physical properties of magnetic systems. Antiferromagnets (AFMs) are fundamental systems with magnetic ordering and promising candidate materials in the emerging field of antiferromagnetic spintronics. However, the magnetic proximity effect between antiferromagnetic bilayers is rarely studied because detecting the spin orientation of AFMs is challenging. Using X-ray linear dichroism and magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements, we investigated antiferromagnetic proximity effects in epitaxial CoO/NiO/MgO(001) systems. We found the antiferromagnetic spin of the NiO underwent a spin reorientation transition from in-plane to out-of-plane with increasing NiO thickness, with the existence of vertical exchange spring spin alignment in thick NiO. More interestingly, the Néel temperature of the CoO layer was greatly enhanced by the adjacent NiO layer, with the extent of the enhancement closely dependent on the spin orientation of NiO layer. This phenomenon was attributed to different exchange coupling strengths at the AFM/AFM interface depending on the relative spin directions. Our results indicate a new route for modifying the spin configuration and ordering temperature of AFMs through the magnetic proximity effect near room temperature, which should further benefit the design of AFM spintronic devices. PMID:26932164

  3. Multiple-stable anisotropic magnetoresistance memory in antiferromagnetic MnTe.

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    Kriegner, D; Výborný, K; Olejník, K; Reichlová, H; Novák, V; Marti, X; Gazquez, J; Saidl, V; Němec, P; Volobuev, V V; Springholz, G; Holý, V; Jungwirth, T

    2016-06-09

    Commercial magnetic memories rely on the bistability of ordered spins in ferromagnetic materials. Recently, experimental bistable memories have been realized using fully compensated antiferromagnetic metals. Here we demonstrate a multiple-stable memory device in epitaxial MnTe, an antiferromagnetic counterpart of common II-VI semiconductors. Favourable micromagnetic characteristics of MnTe allow us to demonstrate a smoothly varying zero-field antiferromagnetic anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) with a harmonic angular dependence on the writing magnetic field angle, analogous to ferromagnets. The continuously varying AMR provides means for the electrical read-out of multiple-stable antiferromagnetic memory states, which we set by heat-assisted magneto-recording and by changing the writing field direction. The multiple stability in our memory is ascribed to different distributions of domains with the Néel vector aligned along one of the three magnetic easy axes. The robustness against strong magnetic field perturbations combined with the multiple stability of the magnetic memory states are unique properties of antiferromagnets.

  4. Multiple-stable anisotropic magnetoresistance memory in antiferromagnetic MnTe

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    Kriegner, D.; Výborný, K.; Olejník, K.; Reichlová, H.; Novák, V.; Marti, X.; Gazquez, J.; Saidl, V.; Němec, P.; Volobuev, V. V.; Springholz, G.; Holý, V.; Jungwirth, T.

    2016-01-01

    Commercial magnetic memories rely on the bistability of ordered spins in ferromagnetic materials. Recently, experimental bistable memories have been realized using fully compensated antiferromagnetic metals. Here we demonstrate a multiple-stable memory device in epitaxial MnTe, an antiferromagnetic counterpart of common II–VI semiconductors. Favourable micromagnetic characteristics of MnTe allow us to demonstrate a smoothly varying zero-field antiferromagnetic anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) with a harmonic angular dependence on the writing magnetic field angle, analogous to ferromagnets. The continuously varying AMR provides means for the electrical read-out of multiple-stable antiferromagnetic memory states, which we set by heat-assisted magneto-recording and by changing the writing field direction. The multiple stability in our memory is ascribed to different distributions of domains with the Néel vector aligned along one of the three magnetic easy axes. The robustness against strong magnetic field perturbations combined with the multiple stability of the magnetic memory states are unique properties of antiferromagnets. PMID:27279433

  5. Antiferromagnetic proximity effect in epitaxial CoO/NiO/MgO(001) systems

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    Li, Q.; Liang, J. H.; Luo, Y. M.; Ding, Z.; Gu, T.; Hu, Z.; Hua, C. Y.; Lin, H.-J.; Pi, T. W.; Kang, S. P.; Won, C.; Wu, Y. Z.

    2016-03-01

    Magnetic proximity effect between two magnetic layers is an important focus of research for discovering new physical properties of magnetic systems. Antiferromagnets (AFMs) are fundamental systems with magnetic ordering and promising candidate materials in the emerging field of antiferromagnetic spintronics. However, the magnetic proximity effect between antiferromagnetic bilayers is rarely studied because detecting the spin orientation of AFMs is challenging. Using X-ray linear dichroism and magneto-optical Kerr effect measurements, we investigated antiferromagnetic proximity effects in epitaxial CoO/NiO/MgO(001) systems. We found the antiferromagnetic spin of the NiO underwent a spin reorientation transition from in-plane to out-of-plane with increasing NiO thickness, with the existence of vertical exchange spring spin alignment in thick NiO. More interestingly, the Néel temperature of the CoO layer was greatly enhanced by the adjacent NiO layer, with the extent of the enhancement closely dependent on the spin orientation of NiO layer. This phenomenon was attributed to different exchange coupling strengths at the AFM/AFM interface depending on the relative spin directions. Our results indicate a new route for modifying the spin configuration and ordering temperature of AFMs through the magnetic proximity effect near room temperature, which should further benefit the design of AFM spintronic devices.

  6. Multiple-stable anisotropic magnetoresistance memory in antiferromagnetic MnTe

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    Kriegner, D.; Výborný, K.; Olejník, K.; Reichlová, H.; Novák, V.; Marti, X.; Gazquez, J.; Saidl, V.; Němec, P.; Volobuev, V. V.; Springholz, G.; Holý, V.; Jungwirth, T.

    2016-06-01

    Commercial magnetic memories rely on the bistability of ordered spins in ferromagnetic materials. Recently, experimental bistable memories have been realized using fully compensated antiferromagnetic metals. Here we demonstrate a multiple-stable memory device in epitaxial MnTe, an antiferromagnetic counterpart of common II-VI semiconductors. Favourable micromagnetic characteristics of MnTe allow us to demonstrate a smoothly varying zero-field antiferromagnetic anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) with a harmonic angular dependence on the writing magnetic field angle, analogous to ferromagnets. The continuously varying AMR provides means for the electrical read-out of multiple-stable antiferromagnetic memory states, which we set by heat-assisted magneto-recording and by changing the writing field direction. The multiple stability in our memory is ascribed to different distributions of domains with the Néel vector aligned along one of the three magnetic easy axes. The robustness against strong magnetic field perturbations combined with the multiple stability of the magnetic memory states are unique properties of antiferromagnets.

  7. Novel alkaline earth copper germanates with ferro and antiferromagnetic S=1/2 chains

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    Brandao, Paula; Reis, Mario S; Gai, Zheng; Moreira Dos Santos, Antonio F

    2013-01-01

    Two new alkaline earth copper(II) germanates were hydrothermally synthesized: CaCuGeO4 center dot H2O (1) and BaCu2Ge3O9 center dot H2O (2), and their structures determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Compound (1) crystallizes in space group P2(1)/c with a=5.1320(2) angstrom, b=16.1637(5) angstrom, c=5.4818(2) angstrom, beta=102.609(2)degrees, V=443.76(3) angstrom(3) and Z=4. This copper germanate contains layers of composition [CuGeO4](infinity)(2-) comprising CuO4 square planes and GeO4 tetrahedra with calcium and water molecules in the inter-layer space. Compound (2) crystallizes in the Cmcm space group with a=5.5593(3) angstrom, b=10.8606(9) angstrom, c=13.5409(8) angstrom, V=817.56(9) angstrom(3) and Z=4. This structure contains GeO6 and CuO6 octahedra as well as GeO4 tetrahedra, forming a three-dimensional network of interconnecting six-membered ring channels. The magnetic susceptibility for both samples can be interpreted as S=1/2 chains, in agreement with the copper topology observed in the crystal structure. The susceptibility of (1) exhibits a Bonner-Fisher type behavior, resulting from antiferromagnetic intra-chain interactions without three-dimensional ordering down to 5 K-the lowest measured temperature. This observation, together with the absence of super-exchange paths between the copper chains, make this system particularly promising for the study of low dimensional magnetism. The magnetic properties of (2) show a very weak ferromagnetic near-neighbor interaction along the chain. In this compound a peak the chi T plot seems to indicate the onset of interchain antiferromagentic correlations. However, no ordering temperature is detected in the susceptibility data.

  8. Static and Dynamical Properties of Antiferromagnetic Skyrmions in the Presence of Applied Current and Temperature.

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    Barker, Joseph; Tretiakov, Oleg A

    2016-04-01

    Skyrmions are topologically protected entities in magnetic materials which have the potential to be used in spintronics for information storage and processing. However, Skyrmions in ferromagnets have some intrinsic difficulties which must be overcome to use them for spintronic applications, such as the inability to move straight along current. We show that Skyrmions can also be stabilized and manipulated in antiferromagnetic materials. An antiferromagnetic Skyrmion is a compound topological object with a similar but of opposite sign spin texture on each sublattice, which, e.g., results in a complete cancellation of the Magnus force. We find that the composite nature of antiferromagnetic Skyrmions gives rise to different dynamical behavior due to both an applied current and temperature effects.

  9. Static and Dynamical Properties of Antiferromagnetic Skyrmions in the Presence of Applied Current and Temperature

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    Barker, Joseph; Tretiakov, Oleg A.

    2016-04-01

    Skyrmions are topologically protected entities in magnetic materials which have the potential to be used in spintronics for information storage and processing. However, Skyrmions in ferromagnets have some intrinsic difficulties which must be overcome to use them for spintronic applications, such as the inability to move straight along current. We show that Skyrmions can also be stabilized and manipulated in antiferromagnetic materials. An antiferromagnetic Skyrmion is a compound topological object with a similar but of opposite sign spin texture on each sublattice, which, e.g., results in a complete cancellation of the Magnus force. We find that the composite nature of antiferromagnetic Skyrmions gives rise to different dynamical behavior due to both an applied current and temperature effects.

  10. Three-dimensional spin mapping of antiferromagnetic nanopyramids having spatially alternating surface anisotropy at room temperature.

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    Wang, Kangkang; Smith, Arthur R

    2012-11-14

    Antiferromagnets play a key role in modern spintronic devices owing to their ability to modify the switching behavior of adjacent ferromagnets via the exchange bias effect. Consequently, detailed measurements of the spin structure at antiferromagnetic interfaces and surfaces are highly desirable, not only for advancing technologies but also for enabling new insights into the underlying physics. Here using spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy at room-temperature, we reveal in three-dimensions an orthogonal spin structure on antiferromagnetic compound nanopyramids. Contrary to expected uniaxial anisotropy based on bulk properties, the atomic terraces are found to have alternating in-plane and out-of-plane magnetic anisotropies. The observed layer-wise alternation in anisotropy could have strong influences on future nanoscale spintronic applications.

  11. Antiferromagnetic fluctuations in a quasi-two-dimensional organic superconductor detected by Raman spectroscopy.

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    Drichko, Natalia; Hackl, Rudi; Schlueter, John A.

    2015-10-15

    Using Raman scattering, the quasi-two-dimensional organic superconductor kappa-(BEDT-TTF)(2)Cu[N(CN)(2)]Br (T-c = 11.8 K) and the related antiferromagnet kappa-(BEDT-TTF)(2)Cu[N(CN)(2)]Cl are studied. Raman scattering provides unique spectroscopic information about magnetic degrees of freedom that has been otherwise unavailable on such organic conductors. Below T = 200 K a broad band at about 500 cm(-1) develops in both compounds. We identify this band with two-magnon excitation. The position and the temperature dependence of the spectral weight are similar in the antiferromagnet and in the metallic Fermi liquid. We conclude that antiferromagnetic correlations are similarly present in the magnetic insulator and the Fermi-liquid state of the superconductor.

  12. Relativistic Néel-order fields induced by electrical current in antiferromagnets.

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    Železný, J; Gao, H; Výborný, K; Zemen, J; Mašek, J; Manchon, Aurélien; Wunderlich, J; Sinova, Jairo; Jungwirth, T

    2014-10-10

    We predict that a lateral electrical current in antiferromagnets can induce nonequilibrium Néel-order fields, i.e., fields whose sign alternates between the spin sublattices, which can trigger ultrafast spin-axis reorientation. Based on microscopic transport theory calculations we identify staggered current-induced fields analogous to the intraband and to the intrinsic interband spin-orbit fields previously reported in ferromagnets with a broken inversion-symmetry crystal. To illustrate their rich physics and utility, we consider bulk Mn(2)Au with the two spin sublattices forming inversion partners, and a 2D square-lattice antiferromagnet with broken structural inversion symmetry modeled by a Rashba spin-orbit coupling. We propose an antiferromagnetic memory device with electrical writing and reading.

  13. Exchange bias up to room temperature in antiferromagnetic hexagonal Mn3Ge

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    Qian, J. F.; Nayak, A. K.; Kreiner, G.; Schnelle, W.; Felser, C.

    2014-07-01

    Mn3.04Ge0.96 has a hexagonal crystal structure, which can be stabilized by high-temperature annealing, and shows antiferromagnetic order with a small ferromagnetic component of less than 0.1μB and a coercivity of 0.45 T. In the ordered phase, magnetization curves M(H) exhibit an exchange bias of 62 mT at T = 2 K after field cooling, which is observable up to room temperature. The exchange anisotropy is suggested to originate from the exchange interaction between the host of triangular-antiferromagnetic Mn3Ge units and embedded ferrimagnetic-like clusters. Such clusters develop when excess Mn atoms occupy empty Ge sites in the original triangular-antiferromagnetic structure of Mn3Ge.

  14. Paramagnetic molecule induced strong antiferromagnetic exchange coupling on a magnetic tunnel junction based molecular spintronics device.

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    Tyagi, Pawan; Baker, Collin; D'Angelo, Christopher

    2015-07-31

    This paper reports our Monte Carlo (MC) studies aiming to explain the experimentally observed paramagnetic molecule induced antiferromagnetic coupling between ferromagnetic (FM) electrodes. Recently developed magnetic tunnel junction based molecular spintronics devices (MTJMSDs) were prepared by chemically bonding the paramagnetic molecules between the FM electrodes along the tunnel junction's perimeter. These MTJMSDs exhibited molecule-induced strong antiferromagnetic coupling. We simulated the 3D atomic model analogous to the MTJMSD and studied the effect of molecule's magnetic couplings with the two FM electrodes. Simulations show that when a molecule established ferromagnetic coupling with one electrode and antiferromagnetic coupling with the other electrode, then theoretical results effectively explained the experimental findings. Our studies suggest that in order to align MTJMSDs' electrodes antiparallel to each other, the exchange coupling strength between a molecule and FM electrodes should be ∼50% of the interatomic exchange coupling for the FM electrodes.

  15. Dynamic selective switching in antiferromagnetically-coupled bilayers close to the spin reorientation transition

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    Fernández-Pacheco, A. Mansell, R.; Petit, D.; Lee, J. H.; Cowburn, R. P.; Ummelen, F. C.; Swagten, H. J. M.

    2014-09-01

    We have designed a bilayer synthetic antiferromagnet where the order of layer reversal can be selected by varying the sweep rate of the applied magnetic field. The system is formed by two ultra-thin ferromagnetic layers with different proximities to the spin reorientation transition, coupled antiferromagnetically using Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interactions. The different dynamic magnetic reversal behavior of both layers produces a crossover in their switching fields for field rates in the kOe/s range. This effect is due to the different effective anisotropy of both layers, added to an appropriate asymmetric antiferromagnetic coupling between them. Field-rate controlled selective switching of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy layers as shown here can be exploited in sensing and memory applications.

  16. Monoclinic crystal structure of α -RuCl3 and the zigzag antiferromagnetic ground state

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    Johnson, R. D.; Williams, S. C.; Haghighirad, A. A.; Singleton, J.; Zapf, V.; Manuel, P.; Mazin, I. I.; Li, Y.; Jeschke, H. O.; Valentí, R.; Coldea, R.

    2015-12-01

    The layered honeycomb magnet α -RuCl3 has been proposed as a candidate to realize a Kitaev spin model with strongly frustrated, bond-dependent, anisotropic interactions between spin-orbit entangled jeff=1/2 Ru3 + magnetic moments. Here, we report a detailed study of the three-dimensional crystal structure using x-ray diffraction on untwinned crystals combined with structural relaxation calculations. We consider several models for the stacking of honeycomb layers and find evidence for a parent crystal structure with a monoclinic unit cell corresponding to a stacking of layers with a unidirectional in-plane offset, with occasional in-plane sliding stacking faults, in contrast with the currently assumed trigonal three-layer stacking periodicity. We report electronic band-structure calculations for the monoclinic structure, which find support for the applicability of the jeff=1/2 picture once spin-orbit coupling and electron correlations are included. Of the three nearest-neighbor Ru-Ru bonds that comprise the honeycomb lattice, the monoclinic structure makes the bond parallel to the b axis nonequivalent to the other two, and we propose that the resulting differences in the magnitude of the anisotropic exchange along these bonds could provide a natural mechanism to explain the previously reported spin gap in powder inelastic neutron scattering measurements, in contrast to spin models based on the three-fold symmetric trigonal structure, which predict a gapless spectrum within linear spin wave theory. Our susceptibility measurements on both powders and stacked crystals, as well as magnetic neutron powder diffraction, show a single magnetic transition upon cooling below TN≈13 K. The analysis of our neutron powder diffraction data provides evidence for zigzag magnetic order in the honeycomb layers with an antiferromagnetic stacking between layers. Magnetization measurements on stacked single crystals in pulsed field up to 60 T show a single transition around 8 T for in

  17. Large anomalous Hall effect in a non-collinear antiferromagnet at room temperature.

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    Nakatsuji, Satoru; Kiyohara, Naoki; Higo, Tomoya

    2015-11-12

    In ferromagnetic conductors, an electric current may induce a transverse voltage drop in zero applied magnetic field: this anomalous Hall effect is observed to be proportional to magnetization, and thus is not usually seen in antiferromagnets in zero field. Recent developments in theory and experiment have provided a framework for understanding the anomalous Hall effect using Berry-phase concepts, and this perspective has led to predictions that, under certain conditions, a large anomalous Hall effect may appear in spin liquids and antiferromagnets without net spin magnetization. Although such a spontaneous Hall effect has now been observed in a spin liquid state, a zero-field anomalous Hall effect has hitherto not been reported for antiferromagnets. Here we report empirical evidence for a large anomalous Hall effect in an antiferromagnet that has vanishingly small magnetization. In particular, we find that Mn3Sn, an antiferromagnet that has a non-collinear 120-degree spin order, exhibits a large anomalous Hall conductivity of around 20 per ohm per centimetre at room temperature and more than 100 per ohm per centimetre at low temperatures, reaching the same order of magnitude as in ferromagnetic metals. Notably, the chiral antiferromagnetic state has a very weak and soft ferromagnetic moment of about 0.002 Bohr magnetons per Mn atom (refs 10, 12), allowing us to switch the sign of the Hall effect with a small magnetic field of around a few hundred oersted. This soft response of the large anomalous Hall effect could be useful for various applications including spintronics--for example, to develop a memory device that produces almost no perturbing stray fields.

  18. Antiferromagnetic ordering with an anisotropy reversal in USn{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 1.5}

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    Tran, V.H. . E-mail: V.H.Tran@int.pan.wroc.pl; Bukowski, Z.; Stepien-Damm, J.; Troc, R.

    2006-05-15

    We report on single crystal growth, crystal structure refinements and on the measurements of low-temperature magnetic properties of a novel uranium intermetallic USn{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 1.5}. Single crystals were grown by means of the antimony flux technique. The crystal structure, refined from single crystal X-ray data, appears to be similar to that of USb{sub 2}, i.e., the tetragonal, anti-Cu{sub 2}Sb type unit cell with space group P4/nmm. Magnetisation and electrical resistivity measurements revealed that this compound orders antiferromagnetically below T{sub N}=177(1)K. A large magnetocrystalline anisotropy observed in the magnetic properties of USn{sub 0.5}Sb{sub 1.5} changes dramatically with decreasing temperature, switching from an easy magnetisation c-axis to an easy ab-plane at 163K. Due to the opening a superzone gap, the electrical resistivity in-plane shows a small hump just below T{sub N} in a manner resembling the formation of spin-density wave or/and charge-density wave.

  19. Persistent nonequilibrium dynamics of the thermal energies in the spin and phonon systems of an antiferromagnet

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    von Reppert, A.; Pudell, J.; Koc, A.; Reinhardt, M.; Leitenberger, W.; Dumesnil, K.; Zamponi, F.; Bargheer, M.

    2016-01-01

    We present a temperature and fluence dependent Ultrafast X-Ray Diffraction study of a laser-heated antiferromagnetic dysprosium thin film. The loss of antiferromagnetic order is evidenced by a pronounced lattice contraction. We devise a method to determine the energy flow between the phonon and spin system from calibrated Bragg peak positions in thermal equilibrium. Reestablishing the magnetic order is much slower than the cooling of the lattice, especially around the Néel temperature. Despite the pronounced magnetostriction, the transfer of energy from the spin system to the phonons in Dy is slow after the spin-order is lost.

  20. Inertia-Free Thermally Driven Domain-Wall Motion in Antiferromagnets.

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    Selzer, Severin; Atxitia, Unai; Ritzmann, Ulrike; Hinzke, Denise; Nowak, Ulrich

    2016-09-01

    Domain-wall motion in antiferromagnets triggered by thermally induced magnonic spin currents is studied theoretically. It is shown by numerical calculations based on a classical spin model that the wall moves towards the hotter regions, as in ferromagnets. However, for larger driving forces the so-called Walker breakdown-which usually speeds down the wall-is missing. This is due to the fact that the wall is not tilted during its motion. For the same reason antiferromagnetic walls have no inertia and, hence, no acceleration phase leading to higher effective mobility. PMID:27636489

  1. Lifetimes of antiferromagnetic magnons in two and three dimensions: experiment, theory, and numerics.

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    Bayrakci, S P; Tennant, D A; Leininger, Ph; Keller, T; Gibson, M C R; Wilson, S D; Birgeneau, R J; Keimer, B

    2013-07-01

    A high-resolution neutron spectroscopic technique is used to measure momentum-resolved magnon lifetimes in the prototypical two- and three-dimensional antiferromagnets Rb(2)MnF(4) and MnF(2), over the full Brillouin zone and a wide range of temperatures. We rederived theories of the lifetime resulting from magnon-magnon scattering, thereby broadening their applicability beyond asymptotically small regions of wave vector and temperature. Corresponding computations, combined with a small contribution reflecting collisions with domain boundaries, yield excellent quantitative agreement with the data. Comprehensive understanding of magnon lifetimes in simple antiferromagnets provides a solid foundation for current research on more complex magnets. PMID:23863025

  2. Antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in oxygen-deficient YBa2Cu3O(x)

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    Brewer, J. H.; Carolan, J. F.; Chaklader, A. C. D.; Hardy, W. N.; Ansaldo, E. J.

    1988-01-01

    Positive-muon spin-rotation and -relaxation measurements of the oxygen-deficient perovskite YBa2Cu3O(x) have revealed local antiferromagnetic order for x = 6.0-6.4 with a Neel temperature TN that decreases rapidly with increasing oxygen content x. For slowly annealed samples with x = 6.35-6.5 the superconducting transition temperature Tc increases smoothly with x from 25 K at x = 6.348 to 60 K at x = 6.507. Two such samples with x = 6.348 and x = 6.400 appear to 'switch' from superconductivity to antiferromagnetic order at lower temperatures.

  3. Temperature-dependent terahertz magnetic dipole radiation from antiferromagnetic GdFeO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Fu, Xiaojian; Xi, Xiaoqing; Bi, Ke; Zhou, Ji

    2013-11-18

    Temperature-dependent terahertz magnetic dipole radiation in antiferromagnetic GdFeO{sub 3} ceramic is investigated both theoretically and experimentally in this work. A two-level quantum transition mechanism is introduced to describe the excitation-radiation process, and radiative lifetime is derived analytically from the change of spin state density during this process. Terahertz spectral measurements demonstrate that the radiative frequency exhibits a red-shift and lifetime shortens as temperature increases, which is in good agreement with theoretical predictions. The temperature-sensitive radiative frequency and excellent terahertz emission mean that the antiferromagnetic ceramics show potential for application in terahertz sensors and frequency-tunable terahertz lasers.

  4. Tunnelling anisotropic magnetoresistance due to antiferromagnetic CoO tunnel barriers.

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    Wang, K; Sanderink, J G M; Bolhuis, T; van der Wiel, W G; de Jong, M P

    2015-01-01

    A new approach in spintronics is based on spin-polarized charge transport phenomena governed by antiferromagnetic (AFM) materials. Recent studies have demonstrated the feasibility of this approach for AFM metals and semiconductors. We report tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance (TAMR) due to the rotation of antiferromagnetic moments of an insulating CoO layer, incorporated into a tunnel junction consisting of sapphire(substrate)/fcc-Co/CoO/AlOx/Al. The ferromagnetic Co layer is exchange coupled to the AFM CoO layer and drives rotation of the AFM moments in an external magnetic field. The results may help pave the way towards the development of spintronic devices based on AFM insulators.

  5. Persistent nonequilibrium dynamics of the thermal energies in the spin and phonon systems of an antiferromagnet.

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    von Reppert, A; Pudell, J; Koc, A; Reinhardt, M; Leitenberger, W; Dumesnil, K; Zamponi, F; Bargheer, M

    2016-09-01

    We present a temperature and fluence dependent Ultrafast X-Ray Diffraction study of a laser-heated antiferromagnetic dysprosium thin film. The loss of antiferromagnetic order is evidenced by a pronounced lattice contraction. We devise a method to determine the energy flow between the phonon and spin system from calibrated Bragg peak positions in thermal equilibrium. Reestablishing the magnetic order is much slower than the cooling of the lattice, especially around the Néel temperature. Despite the pronounced magnetostriction, the transfer of energy from the spin system to the phonons in Dy is slow after the spin-order is lost. PMID:27679803

  6. Persistent nonequilibrium dynamics of the thermal energies in the spin and phonon systems of an antiferromagnet

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    von Reppert, A.; Pudell, J.; Koc, A.; Reinhardt, M.; Leitenberger, W.; Dumesnil, K.; Zamponi, F.; Bargheer, M.

    2016-01-01

    We present a temperature and fluence dependent Ultrafast X-Ray Diffraction study of a laser-heated antiferromagnetic dysprosium thin film. The loss of antiferromagnetic order is evidenced by a pronounced lattice contraction. We devise a method to determine the energy flow between the phonon and spin system from calibrated Bragg peak positions in thermal equilibrium. Reestablishing the magnetic order is much slower than the cooling of the lattice, especially around the Néel temperature. Despite the pronounced magnetostriction, the transfer of energy from the spin system to the phonons in Dy is slow after the spin-order is lost. PMID:27679803

  7. Inertia-Free Thermally Driven Domain-Wall Motion in Antiferromagnets.

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    Selzer, Severin; Atxitia, Unai; Ritzmann, Ulrike; Hinzke, Denise; Nowak, Ulrich

    2016-09-01

    Domain-wall motion in antiferromagnets triggered by thermally induced magnonic spin currents is studied theoretically. It is shown by numerical calculations based on a classical spin model that the wall moves towards the hotter regions, as in ferromagnets. However, for larger driving forces the so-called Walker breakdown-which usually speeds down the wall-is missing. This is due to the fact that the wall is not tilted during its motion. For the same reason antiferromagnetic walls have no inertia and, hence, no acceleration phase leading to higher effective mobility.

  8. Inertia-Free Thermally Driven Domain-Wall Motion in Antiferromagnets

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    Selzer, Severin; Atxitia, Unai; Ritzmann, Ulrike; Hinzke, Denise; Nowak, Ulrich

    2016-09-01

    Domain-wall motion in antiferromagnets triggered by thermally induced magnonic spin currents is studied theoretically. It is shown by numerical calculations based on a classical spin model that the wall moves towards the hotter regions, as in ferromagnets. However, for larger driving forces the so-called Walker breakdown—which usually speeds down the wall—is missing. This is due to the fact that the wall is not tilted during its motion. For the same reason antiferromagnetic walls have no inertia and, hence, no acceleration phase leading to higher effective mobility.

  9. Controlling the switching field in nanomagnets by means of domain-engineered antiferromagnets

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    Folven, Eric; Linder, J.; Gomonay, O. V.; Scholl, Andreas; Doran, A.; Young, A. T.; Retterer, Scott T.; Malik, V. K.; Tybell, Thomas; Takamura, Yayoi; et al

    2015-09-14

    Using soft x-ray spectromicroscopy, we investigate the magnetic domain structure in embedded nanomagnets defined in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 thin films and LaFeO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 bilayers. We find that shape-controlled antiferromagnetic domain states give rise to a significant reduction of the switching field of the rectangular nanomagnets. This is discussed within the framework of competition between an intrinsic spin-flop coupling and shape anisotropy. In conclusion, the data demonstrates that shape effects in antiferromagnets may be used to control the magnetic properties in nanomagnets.

  10. Giant electrothermal conductivity and spin-phonon coupling in an antiferromagnetic oxide.

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    Chiorescu, C; Neumeier, J J; Cohn, J L

    2008-12-19

    The application of weak electric fields ( less, similar 100 V/cm) is found to dramatically enhance the lattice thermal conductivity of the antiferromagnetic insulator CaMnO3 over a broad range of temperature about the Néel ordering point (125 K). The effect is coincident with field-induced detrapping of bound electrons, suggesting that phonon scattering associated with short- and long-ranged antiferromagnetic order is suppressed in the presence of the mobilized charge. This interplay between bound charge and spin-phonon coupling might allow for the reversible control of spin fluctuations using weak external fields.

  11. Induced antiferromagnetism in Mn doped BaMgF{sub 4}

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    Manikandan, M. Muthukumaran, A. Venkateswaran, C.

    2014-04-24

    Pure and Mn doped BaMgF{sub 4} samples have been synthesized by the hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of both the samples reveal the formation of pure BaMgF{sub 4} phase. High resolution scanning electron micrographs (HRSEM) show rectangular shape particles. At room temperature, the undoped BaMgF{sub 4} shows diamagnetic behavior where as the 5% Mn doped BaMgF{sub 4} exhibits antiferromagnetic hysteresis loop. The possible reason for room temperature antiferromagnetism and the role of dopant ion have been investigated.

  12. Tunneling between the metallic antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic phases of La(1-x)Sr(x)MnO3 near x=0.5 by digital synthesis

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    Santos, Tiffany S.; Robertson, Lee; May, Stephen J.; Bhattacharya, Anand

    2009-01-01

    We investigated cation-ordered La1 xSrxMnO3 about the half-doping level x 0.5 in superlattices of alternating, single unit-cell layers of LaMnO3 and SrMnO3. The effect of La/Sr cation order was addressed by comparing the structural, magnetic and transport properties of these superlattices with random alloy films of equivalent composition. The samples were synthesized by ozone-assisted molecular beam epitaxy onto SrTiO3 substrates. The superlattices could be tuned between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic metallic states by inserting extra single unit-cell layers of LaMnO3 and SrMnO3, respectively. For x < 0.5, a ferromagnetic, metallic phase was observed. For x = 0.50 and 0.55, A-type antiferromagnetic order was confirmed by neutron diffraction, with a N eel temperature of 300 K, significantly higher than bulk values. The enhanced N eel temperature was attributed to lattice strain rather than cation order.

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of ferrimagnetic ε-phase Mn4N and antiferromagnetic ζ-phase Mn10N thin films on MgO(001)

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    Foley, Andrew; Corbett, Joseph; Richard, Andrea L.; Alam, Khan; Ingram, David C.; Smith, Arthur R.

    2016-07-01

    Single phase ε-Mn4N and ζ-Mn10N thin films are grown on MgO(001) using molecular beam epitaxy. The films are identified and characterized using reflection high-energy electron diffraction, x-ray diffraction, back scattered electron scanning electron microscopy, atomic/magnetic force microscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. These films are found to be highly smooth with root-mean-squared roughnesses 3.39 nm and below. The quality of ε-Mn4N grown is strongly dependent on substrate temperature during growth. Epitaxial growth of substantial grains composed of the antiferromagnetic η-phase Mn3N2 side by side with ferrimagnetic ε-phase grains is observed when growth temperature is below 480 °C. Ising domains isolated within areas roughly 0.5 μm across are observed in the ferrimagnetic ε-phase grains of samples consisting of a mix of η- and ε-phase grains. Magnetic domains following semi-continuous paths, which are 0.7-7.2 μm across, are observed in single phase ε-Mn4N. Measurements of the ζ-phase detail the structure and magnetism of the material as high Mn content γ-type ζ-phase with a regular surface corrugation along the [100]-direction and antiferromagnetic.

  14. Magnetism in single-crystalline CePtSn.

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    Bordallo, H. N.; Chang, S.; Lacerda, A. H.; Nakotte, H.; Takabatake, T.; Torikachvili, M. S.

    1999-08-04

    CePtSn exhibits two antiferromagnetic transitions at low temperatures. We report on magnetoresistance and in magnetization studies of single-crystalline CePtSn in magnetic fields up to 18 T. The data were taken to establish the magnetic phase diagrams for CePtSn in fields applied along the principal directions.

  15. Low temperature magnetic transitions of single crystal HoBi

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    Fente, A.; Suderow, H.; Vieira, S.; Nemes, N. M.; Garcia-Hernandez, M.; Budko, Sergei L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2013-09-04

    We present resistivity, specific heat and magnetization measurements in high quality single crystals of HoBi, with a residual resistivity ratio of 126. We find, from the temperature and field dependence of the magnetization, an antiferromagnetic transition at 5.7 K, which evolves, under magnetic fields, into a series of up to five metamagnetic phases.

  16. High Antiferromagnetic Domain Wall Velocity Induced by Néel Spin-Orbit Torques

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    Gomonay, O.; Jungwirth, T.; Sinova, J.

    2016-07-01

    We demonstrate the possibility to drive an antiferromagnetic domain wall at high velocities by fieldlike Néel spin-orbit torques. Such torques arise from current-induced local fields that alternate their orientation on each sublattice of the antiferromagnet and whose orientation depends primarily on the current direction, giving them their fieldlike character. The domain wall velocities that can be achieved by this mechanism are 2 orders of magnitude greater than the ones in ferromagnets. This arises from the efficiency of the staggered spin-orbit fields to couple to the order parameter and from the exchange-enhanced phenomena in antiferromagnetic texture dynamics, which leads to a low domain wall effective mass and the absence of a Walker breakdown limit. In addition, because of its nature, the staggered spin-orbit field can lift the degeneracy between two 180° rotated states in a collinear antiferromagnet, and it provides a force that can move such walls and control the switching of the states.

  17. Exchange bias due to defects and domains in the volume of the antiferromagnet

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    Guntherodt, Gernot

    2001-03-01

    The exchange bias (EB) coupling at ferro-/antiferromagnetic interfaces of epitaxially grown Co/CoO layers can intentionally be increased by a factor up to 4 upon introducing nonmagnetic defects in the volume of the antiferromagnet away from the interface. This leads to the stabilization of volume domains in the antiferromagnet(AF). Hence, EB is primarily not due to roughness at the interface, but rather due to a domain state (DS) in the volume of the AF. Monte Carlo simulations of a simple model of a ferromagnetic layer on a diluted Ising-type AF layer exhibit EB and qualitatively explain its dependence on dilution, temperature and cooling field as well as training effects and relaxation behavior. The experimental dependence of the EB field on the thickness t of the antiferromagnetic CoO layer is also consistent with the DS model. For nondiluted CoO layers the EB field decreases above t=5 nm, whereas for diluted CoO the EB field increases and saturates for t>20 nm. Work supported by DFG (Germany) through SFB 341 and SFB 491.

  18. From antiferromagnetic insulator to correlated metal in pressurized and doped LaMnPO.

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    Simonson, J W; Yin, Z P; Pezzoli, M; Guo, J; Liu, J; Post, K; Efimenko, A; Hollmann, N; Hu, Z; Lin, H-J; Chen, C-T; Marques, C; Leyva, V; Smith, G; Lynn, J W; Sun, L L; Kotliar, G; Basov, D N; Tjeng, L H; Aronson, M C

    2012-07-01

    Widespread adoption of superconducting technologies awaits the discovery of new materials with enhanced properties, especially higher superconducting transition temperatures T(c). The unexpected discovery of high T(c) superconductivity in cuprates suggests that the highest T(c)s occur when pressure or doping transform the localized and moment-bearing electrons in antiferromagnetic insulators into itinerant carriers in a metal, where magnetism is preserved in the form of strong correlations. The absence of this transition in Fe-based superconductors may limit their T(c)s, but even larger T(c)s may be possible in their isostructural Mn analogs, which are antiferromagnetic insulators like the cuprates. It is generally believed that prohibitively large pressures would be required to suppress the effects of the strong Hund's rule coupling in these Mn-based compounds, collapsing the insulating gap and enabling superconductivity. Indeed, no Mn-based compounds are known to be superconductors. The electronic structure calculations and X-ray diffraction measurements presented here challenge these long held beliefs, finding that only modest pressures are required to transform LaMnPO, isostructural to superconducting host LaFeAsO, from an antiferromagnetic insulator to a metallic antiferromagnet, where the Mn moment vanishes in a second pressure-driven transition. Proximity to these charge and moment delocalization transitions in LaMnPO results in a highly correlated metallic state, the familiar breeding ground of superconductivity.

  19. Enantioselective self-assembly of antiferromagnetic hexacopper(II) wheels with chiral amino acid oxamates.

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    Grancha, Thais; Ferrando-Soria, Jesús; Cano, Joan; Lloret, Francesc; Julve, Miguel; De Munno, Giovanni; Armentano, Donatella; Pardo, Emilio

    2013-07-01

    The Cu(2+)-mediated self-assembly of oxamato-based ligands derived from either the (S)- or (R)-enantiomers of the amino acid valine leads to the formation of two antiferromagnetically coupled homochiral anionic hexacopper(II) wheels in the presence of templating tetramethylammonium countercations.

  20. Superconductivity in the vicinity of antiferromagnetic order in CrAs

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    Wu, Wei; Cheng, Jinguang; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Kong, Panpan; Lin, Fukun; Jin, Changqing; Wang, Nanlin; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Luo, Jianlin

    2014-11-01

    One of the common features of unconventional superconducting systems such as the heavy-fermion, high transition-temperature cuprate and iron-pnictide superconductors is that the superconductivity emerges in the vicinity of long-range antiferromagnetically ordered state. In addition to doping charge carriers, the application of external pressure is an effective and clean approach to induce unconventional superconductivity near a magnetic quantum critical point. Here we report on the discovery of superconductivity on the verge of antiferromagnetic order in CrAs via the application of external pressure. Bulk superconductivity with Tc≈2 K emerges at the critical pressure Pc≈8 kbar, where the first-order antiferromagnetic transition at TN≈265 K under ambient pressure is completely suppressed. The close proximity of superconductivity to an antiferromagnetic order suggests an unconventional pairing mechanism for CrAs. The present finding opens a new avenue for searching novel superconductors in the Cr and other transition metal-based systems.

  1. Superconductivity in the vicinity of antiferromagnetic order in CrAs.

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    Wu, Wei; Cheng, Jinguang; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Kong, Panpan; Lin, Fukun; Jin, Changqing; Wang, Nanlin; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Luo, Jianlin

    2014-11-19

    One of the common features of unconventional superconducting systems such as the heavy-fermion, high transition-temperature cuprate and iron-pnictide superconductors is that the superconductivity emerges in the vicinity of long-range antiferromagnetically ordered state. In addition to doping charge carriers, the application of external pressure is an effective and clean approach to induce unconventional superconductivity near a magnetic quantum critical point. Here we report on the discovery of superconductivity on the verge of antiferromagnetic order in CrAs via the application of external pressure. Bulk superconductivity with Tc≈2 K emerges at the critical pressure Pc≈8 kbar, where the first-order antiferromagnetic transition at T(N)≈265 K under ambient pressure is completely suppressed. The close proximity of superconductivity to an antiferromagnetic order suggests an unconventional pairing mechanism for CrAs. The present finding opens a new avenue for searching novel superconductors in the Cr and other transition metal-based systems.

  2. Competition between supersolid phases and magnetization plateaus in the frustrated easy-axis antiferromagnet on a triangular lattice

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    Seabra, Luis; Shannon, Nic

    2011-04-01

    The majority of magnetic materials possess some degree of magnetic anisotropy, either at the level of a single ion, or in the exchange interactions between different magnetic ions. Where these exchange interactions are also frustrated, the competition between them and anisotropy can stabilize a wide variety of new phases in applied magnetic field. Motivated by the hexagonal delafossite 2H-AgNiO2, we study the Heisenberg antiferromagnet on a layered triangular lattice with competing first- and second-neighbor interactions and single-ion easy-axis anisotropy. Using a combination of classical Monte Carlo simulation, mean-field analysis, and Landau theory, we establish the magnetic phase diagram of this model as a function of temperature and magnetic field for a fixed ratio of exchange interactions, but with values of easy-axis anisotropy D extending from the Heisenberg (D=0) to the Ising (D=∞) limits. We uncover a rich variety of different magnetic phases. These include several phases which are magnetic supersolids (in the sense of Matsuda and Tsuneto or Liu and Fisher), one of which may already have been observed in AgNiO2. We explore how this particular supersolid arises through the closing of a gap in the spin-wave spectrum, and how it competes with rival collinear phases as the easy-axis anisotropy is increased. The finite temperature properties of this phase are found to be different from those of any previously studied magnetic supersolid.

  3. Transition from the Z2 spin liquid to antiferromagnetic order: Spectrum on the torus

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    Whitsitt, Seth; Sachdev, Subir

    2016-08-01

    We describe the finite-size spectrum in the vicinity of the quantum critical point between a Z2 spin liquid and a coplanar antiferromagnet on the torus. We obtain the universal evolution of all low-lying states in an antiferromagnet with global SU(2) spin rotation symmetry, as it moves from the fourfold topological degeneracy in a gapped Z2 spin liquid to the Anderson "tower-of-states" in the ordered antiferromagnet. Due to the existence of nontrivial order on either side of this transition, this critical point cannot be described in a conventional Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson framework. Instead, it is described by a theory involving fractionalized degrees of freedom known as the O (4) * model, whose spectrum is altered in a significant way by its proximity to a topologically ordered phase. We compute the spectrum by relating it to the spectrum of the O (4 ) Wilson-Fisher fixed point on the torus, modified with a selection rule on the states, and with nontrivial boundary conditions corresponding to topological sectors in the spin liquid. The spectrum of the critical O (2 N ) model is calculated directly at N =∞ , which then allows a reconstruction of the full spectrum of the O (2N ) * model at leading order in 1 /N . This spectrum is a unique characteristic of the vicinity of a fractionalized quantum critical point, as well as a universal signature of the existence of proximate Z2 topological and antiferromagnetically ordered phases, and can be compared with numerical computations on quantum antiferromagnets on two-dimensional lattices.

  4. Low-temperature specific heat and possible gap to magnetic excitations in the Heisenberg pyrochlore antiferromagnet Gd2Sn2O7

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    Del Maestro, Adrian; Gingras, Michel J. P.

    2007-08-01

    The Gd2Sn2O7 pyrochlore Heisenberg antiferromagnet displays a phase transition to a four sublattice Néel ordered state at a critical temperature Tc˜1K . The low-temperature state found via neutron scattering corresponds to that predicted by a classical model that considers nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic exchange and long-range dipolar interactions. Despite the seemingly conventional nature of the ordered state, the specific heat Cv has been found to be described in the temperature range 350mK⩽T⩽800mK by an anomalous power law Cv˜T2 . A similar temperature dependence of Cv has also been reported for Gd2Ti2O7 , another pyrochlore Heisenberg material. Such behavior is to be contrasted with the typical T3 behavior expected for a three-dimensional antiferromagnet with conventional long-range order which is then generally accompanied by an exp(-Δ/T) behavior at lower temperature where anisotropy effects induce a gap Δ to collective spin excitations. Such anomalous T2 behavior in Cv has been argued to be correlated to an unusual energy dependence of the density of states which also seemingly manifests itself in low-temperature spin fluctuations found in muon spin relaxation experiments. In this paper, we report calculations of Cv that consider spin-wave-like excitations out of the Néel order observed in Gd2Sn2O7 via neutron scattering. We argue that the parametric Cv∝T2 does not reflect the true low-energy excitations of Gd2Sn2O7 . Rather, we find that the low-energy excitations of this material are antiferromagnetic magnons gapped by single-ion and dipolar anisotropy effects, and that the lowest temperature of 350mK considered in previous specific heat measurements accidentally happens to coincide with a crossover temperature below which magnons become thermally activated and Cv takes an exponential form. We argue that further specific heat measurements that extend down to at least 100mK are required in order to ascribe an unconventional description of

  5. Partially disordered antiferromagnetism and multiferroic behavior in a frustrated Ising system CoCl2–2SC(NH2)2

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    Mun, Eundeok; Weickert, Dagmar Franziska; Kim, Jaewook; Scott, Brian L.; Miclea, Corneliu Florin; Movshovich, Roman; Wilcox, Jason; Manson, Jamie; Zapf, Vivien S.

    2016-03-01

    We investigate partially disordered antiferromagnetism in CoCl2-2SC(NH2)2, in which ab-plane hexagonal layers are staggered along the c axis rather than stacked. A robust 1/3 state forms in applied magnetic fields in which the spins are locked, varying as a function of neither temperature nor field. By contrast, in zero field and applied fields at higher temperatures, partial antiferromagnetic order occurs, in which free spins are available to create a Curie-like magnetic susceptibility. We report measurements of the crystallographic structure and the specific heat, magnetization, and electric polarization down to T = 50mK and up to μ0H = 60T. The Co2+more » S = 3/2 spins are Ising-like and form distorted hexagonal layers. The Ising energy scale is well separated from the magnetic exchange, and both energy scales are accessible to the measurements, allowing us to cleanly parametrize them. In transverse fields, a quantum Ising phase transition can be observed at 2 T. Lastly, we find that magnetic exchange striction induces changes in the electric polarization up to 3μC/m2, and single-ion magnetic anisotropy effects induce a much larger electric polarization change of 300μC/m2.« less

  6. Antiferromagnetic and xy ferro-orbital order in insulating SrRuO3 thin films with SrO termination

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    Autieri, C.

    2016-10-01

    By means of first-principles calculations we study the structural, magnetic and electronic properties of SrRuO3 surface for the SrO termination. We find that the RuO6 octahedra and the structure of the SrO layers at the surface are strongly modified as well as the Ru-O-Ru bond angles. We find in the thin films a d xy ferro-orbital order. The d xy orbital becomes the lowest in energy as in other quasitwodimensional ruthenates. Such structural rearrangement, together with a band reduction, leads to a modification of the magnetic properties. We compare the Jahn-Teller effect between the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases. We show that an insulating G-type antiferromagnetic phase takes place in SrRuO3 thin films, substituting the metallic phase experimentally found in every bulk Sr-ruthenates. The single layer SrRuO3 presents many similarities with the Ca2RuO4 low temperature phase, these similarities disappear with a larger number of layers. A study of the ground state of the as function of the number of layers is presented, the competition between bandwidth and Coulomb repulsion determines the ground state. We propose the disorder as responsible for the exchange bias effect observed.

  7. Remarkably robust and correlated coherence and antiferromagnetism in (Ce1-xLax)Cu2Ge2

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    Hodovanets, H.; Bud’ko, S. L.; Straszheim, W. E.; Taufour, V.; Mun, E. D.; Kim, H.; Flint, R.; Canfield, P. C.

    2015-06-08

    We present magnetic susceptibility, resistivity, specific heat, and thermoelectric power measurements on (Ce1-xLax)Cu2Ge2 single crystals (0 ≤ x ≤ 1). With La-substitution, the antiferromagnetic temperature TN is suppressed in an almost linear fashion and moves below 0.36 K, the base temperature of our measurements for x > 0.8. Surprisingly, in addition to robust antiferromagnetism, the system also shows low temperature coherent scattering below Tcoh up to ~0.9 of La, indicating a small percolation limit ~9% of Ce. Tcoh as a function of magnetic field was found to have different behavior for x < 0.9 and x > 0.9. Remarkably, (Tcoh)2 at H = 0 was found to be linearly proportional to TN. In conclusion, the jump in the magnetic specific heat δCm at TN as a function of TK/TN for (Ce1-xLax)Cu2Ge2 follows the theoretical prediction based on the molecular field calculation for the S = 1/2 resonant level model.

  8. External vs. ``internal'' pressure effect on the anti-ferromagnetic superexchange energy, J, in LnBa2Cu3O6 (Ln=La,Nd,...,Lu)

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    Mallett, Ben; Tallon, Jeffery; Williams, Grant; Wolf, Thomas

    2012-02-01

    What causes the difference between the effect of ``internal'' pressure, as caused by ionic substitution, and external pressure on Tc^max in the cuprates [1]? Is it the density of states, the pairing boson energy scale (φB), condensation energy (which governs fluctuations), or ...? Many models of high temperature superconductivity put the energy scale of φB as the anti-ferromagnetic super-exchange energy, J, between adjacent Cu(2) ions in the CuO2 plane. We therefore investigated Raman B1g two-magnon scattering in high quality LnBa2Cu3O6 (Ln123) single crystals, Ln(=La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Yb, Lu), at ambient pressure to determine the effect of internal pressure on J. Comparing with measurements of J under external pressure reveals that internal and external pressure have quantitatively the same effect on J. However, and most surprisingly, we find an anticorrelation between J and Tc^max when ion size or internal pressure is the implicit variable. Given the opposite effects of internal and external pressure on Tc^max, this result suggests that some energy scale other than short range anti-ferromagnetic interactions has a more dominant effect on Tc^max.[4pt] [1] e.g. M. Marezio, Physica C, 341-348, 375 (2000)

  9. Partially disordered antiferromagnetism and multiferroic behavior in a frustrated Ising system CoCl2-2 SC (NH2)2

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    Mun, Eundeok; Weickert, Franziska; Kim, Jaewook; Scott, Brian L.; Miclea, Corneliu Florin; Movshovich, Roman; Wilcox, Jason; Manson, Jamie; Zapf, Vivien S.

    2016-03-01

    We investigate partially disordered antiferromagnetism in CoCl2-2SC(NH2)2, in which a b -plane hexagonal layers are staggered along the c axis rather than stacked. A robust 1/3 state forms in applied magnetic fields in which the spins are locked, varying as a function of neither temperature nor field. By contrast, in zero field and applied fields at higher temperatures, partial antiferromagnetic order occurs, in which free spins are available to create a Curie-like magnetic susceptibility. We report measurements of the crystallographic structure and the specific heat, magnetization, and electric polarization down to T =50 mK and up to μ0H =60 T . The Co2 +S =3 /2 spins are Ising-like and form distorted hexagonal layers. The Ising energy scale is well separated from the magnetic exchange, and both energy scales are accessible to the measurements, allowing us to cleanly parametrize them. In transverse fields, a quantum Ising phase transition can be observed at 2 T. Finally, we find that magnetic exchange striction induces changes in the electric polarization up to 3 μ C /m2 , and single-ion magnetic anisotropy effects induce a much larger electric polarization change of 300 μ C /m2 .

  10. Antiferromagnetic and xy ferro-orbital order in insulating SrRuO3 thin films with SrO termination.

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    Autieri, C

    2016-10-26

    By means of first-principles calculations we study the structural, magnetic and electronic properties of SrRuO3 surface for the SrO termination. We find that the RuO6 octahedra and the structure of the SrO layers at the surface are strongly modified as well as the Ru-O-Ru bond angles. We find in the thin films a d xy ferro-orbital order. The d xy orbital becomes the lowest in energy as in other quasitwodimensional ruthenates. Such structural rearrangement, together with a band reduction, leads to a modification of the magnetic properties. We compare the Jahn-Teller effect between the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases. We show that an insulating G-type antiferromagnetic phase takes place in SrRuO3 thin films, substituting the metallic phase experimentally found in every bulk Sr-ruthenates. The single layer SrRuO3 presents many similarities with the Ca2RuO4 low temperature phase, these similarities disappear with a larger number of layers. A study of the ground state of the as function of the number of layers is presented, the competition between bandwidth and Coulomb repulsion determines the ground state. We propose the disorder as responsible for the exchange bias effect observed. PMID:27588503

  11. Intrinsic life-time and external manipulation of Néel states in antiferromagnetic adatom spins on semiconductor surfaces

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    Li, Jun; Liu, Bang-Gui

    2015-06-01

    It has been proposed that antiferromagnetic Fe adatom spins on semiconductor Cu-N surfaces can be used to store information (Loth et al 2012 Science 335 196). Here, we investigate spin dynamics of such antiferromagnetic systems through Monte Carlo simulations. We find out the temperature and size laws of switching rates of Néel states and show that the Néel states can become stable enough for the information storage when the number of spins reaches one or two dozens of the Fe spins. We also explore promising methods for manipulating the Néel states. These could help realize information storage with such antiferromagnetic spin systems.

  12. Elastic instabilities in an antiferromagnetically ordered phase of the orbitally frustrated spinel GeCo2O4

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    Watanabe, Tadataka; Hara, Shigeo; Ikeda, Shin-Ichi; Tomiyasu, Keisuke

    2011-07-01

    Ultrasound velocity measurements of the orbitally frustrated spinel GeCo2O4 reveal unique elastic anomalies within the antiferromagnetic phase. Temperature dependence of shear moduli exhibits a minimum within the antiferromagnetic phase, suggesting the coupling of shear acoustic phonons to molecular spin-orbit excitations. Magnetic-field dependence of elastic moduli exhibits diplike anomalies, being interpreted as magnetic-field-induced metamagnetic and structural transitions. These elastic anomalies suggest that the survival of geometrical frustration, and the interplay of spin, orbital, and lattice degrees of freedom evoke a set of phenomena in the antiferromagnetic phase.

  13. Intramolecular ferro- and antiferromagnetic interactions in oxo-carboxylate bridged digadolinium(III) complexes.

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    Cañadillas-Delgado, Laura; Fabelo, Oscar; Pasán, Jorge; Delgado, Fernando S; Lloret, Francesc; Julve, Miguel; Ruiz-Pérez, Catalina

    2010-08-21

    Two new digadolinium(III) complexes with monocarboxylate ligands, [Gd2(pac)6(H2O)4] (1) and [Gd2(tpac)6(H2O)4] (2) (Hpac = pentanoic acid and Htpac = 3-thiopheneacetic acid), have been prepared and their structures determined by X-ray diffraction on single crystals. Their structures consist of neutral and isolated digadolinium(III) units, containing six monocarboxylate ligands and four coordinated water molecules, the bridging skeleton being built by a muO(1):kappa2O(1)O(2) framework. This structural pattern has already been observed in the parent acetate-containing compound [Gd2(ac)6(H2O)4] x 4 H2O (3) whose structure and magnetic properties were reported elsewhere (L. Cañadillas-Delgado, O. Fabelo, J. Cano, J. Pasán, F. S. Delgado, M. Julve, F. Lloret and C. Ruiz-Pérez, CrystEngComm, 2009, 11, 2131). Each gadolinium(III) ion in 1 and 2 is nine-coordinated with seven carboxylate-oxygen atoms from four pac (1)/tpac (2) ligands and two water molecules (1 and 2) building a distorted monocapped square antiprism. The values of the intramolecular gadolinium-gadolinium separation are 4.1215(5) (1), 4.1255(6) (2) and 4.1589(3) A (3) and those of the angle at the oxo-carboxylate bridge (theta) are 113.16(13) (1), 112.5(2) (2) and 115.47(7) degrees (3). Magnetic susceptibility measurements in the temperature range 1.9-300 K reveal the occurrence of a weak intramolecular antiferromagnetic interaction [J = -0.032(1) (1) and -0.012(1) cm(-1) (2), the Hamiltonian being defined as H = -JS(A) x S(B)] in contrast with the intramolecular ferromagnetic coupling which occurs in 3 (J = +0.031(1) cm(-1)). The magneto-structural data of 1-3 show the relevance of the geometrical parameters at the muO(1):kappa2O(1)O(2) bridge on the nature of the magnetic coupling between two gadolinium(III) ions.

  14. Structural and magnetic properties of Fe1+dTe single crystals

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    Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu; Hamada, Kentaro; Miura, Osuke

    We have grown single crystals of Fe1+dTe by a conventional self-flux method. We obtained plate-like single crystals with dnom ≥ 0.1. The value of the magnetization increased with increasing excess Fe concentration, and a broadening of the antiferromagnetic transition was observed for dnom >1.15. Further, we noted that the antiferromagnetic transition of Fe1.134Te (dnom = 0.15) was clearly suppressed to a lower temperature, which would indicate a possibility of controllability of magnetism by excess Fe concentration.

  15. Heisenberg magnetic chain with single-ion easy-plane anisotropy: Hubbard operators approach

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    Spirin, D. V.; Fridman, Yu. A.

    2003-03-01

    We investigate the gap in excitation spectrum of one-dimensional S=1 ferro- and antiferromagnets with easy-plane single-ion anisotropy. The self-consistent modification of Hubbard operators approach which enables to account single-site term exactly is used. For antiferromagnetic model we found Haldane phase that exists up to point D=4 J (where D is anisotropy parameter, J is exchange coupling), while quadrupolar phase realizes at larger values of anisotropy. Our results specify those of Golinelli et al. (Phys. Rev. B. 45 (1992) 9798), where similar model was studied. Besides the method gives gap value closer to numerical estimations than usual spin-wave theories.

  16. Magnetostructural correlations in the antiferromagnetic Co{sub 2-x} Cu{sub x}(OH)AsO{sub 4} (x=0 and 0.3) phases

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    Pedro, I. de; Rojo, J.M.; Arriortua, M.I.

    2011-08-15

    The Co{sub 2-x}Cu{sub x}(OH)AsO{sub 4} (x=0 and 0.3) compounds have been synthesized under mild hydrothermal conditions and characterized by X-ray single-crystal diffraction and spectroscopic data. The hydroxi-arsenate phases crystallize in the Pnnm orthorhombic space group with Z=4 and the unit-cell parameters are a=8.277(2) A, b=8.559(2) A, c=6.039(1) A and a=8.316(1) A, b=8.523(2) A, c=6.047(1) A for x=0 and 0.3, respectively. The crystal structure consists of a three-dimensional framework in which M(1)O{sub 5}-trigonal bipyramid dimers and M(2)O{sub 6}-octahedral chains (M=Co and Cu) are present. Co{sub 2}(OH)AsO{sub 4} shows an anomalous three-dimensional antiferromagnetic ordering influenced by the magnetic field below 21 K within the presence of a ferromagnetic component below the ordering temperature. When Co{sup 2+} is partially substituted by Cu{sup 2+}ions, Co{sub 1.7}Cu{sub 0.3}(OH)AsO{sub 4}, the ferromagnetic component observed in Co{sub 2}(OH)AsO{sub 4} disappears and the antiferromagnetic order is maintained in the entire temperature range. Heat capacity measurements show an unusual magnetic field dependence of the antiferromagnetic transitions. This {lambda}-type anomaly associated to the three-dimensional antiferromagnetic ordering grows with the magnetic field and becomes better defined as observed in the non-substituted phase. These results are attributed to the presence of the unpaired electron in the dx{sup 2}-y{sup 2} orbital and the absence of overlap between neighbour ions. - Graphical abstract: Schematic drawing of the Co{sub 2-x}Cu{sub x}(OH)AsO{sub 4} (x=0 and 0.3) crystal structure view along the |0 1 0| direction. Polyhedra are occupied by the M(II) ions (M=Co and Cu) and the AsO{sub 4} groups are represented by tetrahedra. Open circles correspond to the oxygen atoms, and small circles show the hydrogen atoms. Highlights: > Synthesis of a new adamite-type compound, Co{sub 1.7}Cu{sub 0.3}(OH)AsO{sub 4}. > Single crystal structure

  17. Electric-field-induced spin resonance in antiferromagnetic insulators: Inverse process of the dynamical chiral magnetic effect

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    Sekine, Akihiko; Chiba, Takahiro

    2016-06-01

    We propose a realization of the electric-field-induced antiferromagnetic resonance. We consider three-dimensional antiferromagnetic insulators with spin-orbit coupling characterized by the existence of a topological term called the θ term. By solving the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation in the presence of the θ term, we show that, in contrast to conventional methods using ac magnetic fields, the antiferromagnetic resonance state is realized by ac electric fields along with static magnetic fields. This mechanism can be understood as the inverse process of the dynamical chiral magnetic effect, an alternating current generation by magnetic fields. In other words, we propose a way to electrically induce the dynamical axion field in condensed matter. We discuss a possible experiment to observe our proposal, which utilizes the spin pumping from the antiferromagnetic insulator into a heavy metal contact.

  18. Ab initio investigation of competing antiferromagnetic structures in low Si-content FeMn(PSi) alloy.

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    Li, Guijiang; Eriksson, Olle; Johansson, Börje; Vitos, Levente

    2016-06-01

    The antiferromagnetic structures of a low Si-content FeMn(PSi) alloy were investigated by first principles calculations. One possible antiferromagnetic structure in supercell along the c-axis was revealed in FeMnP0.75Si0.25 alloy. It was found that atomic disorder occupation between Fe atom on 3f and Mn atoms on 3g sites is responsible for the formation of antiferromagnetic structures. Furthermore the magnetic competition and the coupling between possible AFM supercells along the c and a-axis can promote a non-collinear antiferromagnetic structure. These theoretical investigations help to deeply understand the magnetic order in FeMn(PSi) alloys and benefit to explore the potential magnetocaloric materials in Fe2P-type alloys.

  19. Antiferromagnetic Kondo lattice in the layered compounds Re2NiGa9Ge2 (Re =Ce, Pr, Sm)

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    Zhu, Yanglin; Liu, Jinyu; Hu, Jin; Adams, Daniel; Spinu, Leonard; Mao, Zhiqiang

    Intermetallic compounds containing rare-earth/actinide elements with 4f/5f electrons have formed a special family of strongly correlated materials, i.e. heavy fermion systems. We have recently found a new layered rare earth intermetallic system showing moderate heavy fermion behavior: Re2NiGa9Ge2 (Re =Ce, Sm, Pr). The Re =Ce and Sm members were previously synthesized, while their electronic properties have not been reported. We have recently grown single crystals of Re2NiGa9Ge2 (Re =Ce, Sm, Pr) and characterized their electronic and magnetic properties. We find all these materials are antiferromagnetic, with TN = 2.5 K, 5 K, 3.4 K respectively for Re =Ce, Pr and Sm. Moreover, they also exhibit large values of electronic specific coefficient: γ ~ 101 mJ mol-Ce-1 K-2 for Re =Ce, 368 mJ mol-Pr-1 K-2 for Re =Pr, and 196.4 mJ mol-Sm-1 K-2 for Re =Sm, indicating enhanced Kondo effect and the presence of AFM Kondo lattice. Our findings suggest that Re2NiGa9Ge2 (Re =Ce, Pr, Sm) could be interesting candidate materials for exploring novel exotic properties of correlated electrons through external parameter tuning such as chemical substitution and pressure.

  20. Effects of the interplay of neighboring couplings on the possible phase transition of a two-dimensional antiferromagnetic system

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    Hu, Ai-Yuan; Wang, Huai-Yu

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the phase transition of the quantum spin-1 anisotropic antiferromagnet on a square lattice. The model is described by the Heisenberg Hamiltonian with the nearest-neighbor coupling strengths J1 a and J1 b along the x and y directions, respectively, and next-nearest-neighbor coupling J2. This model allows Néel state (AF1) and collinear state (AF2). The effects of the spatial and single-ion anisotropy on phase transformation between these two states are explored. Our results show that the two states can exist and have the same critical temperature at D >0 as long as J2=J1 b/2 . Under such parameters, a first-order phase transformation between these two states below the Néel point can occur when J1 b value is not very small and D value is within a narrow range. For J2≠J1 b/2 , although both states may exist, their Néel temperatures differ. If the Néel point of the AF1 (AF2) state is larger, then at very low temperature, the AF1 (AF2) state is more stable. Thus, in an intermediate temperature, a first-order phase transition between these two states may occur.

  1. Effects of the interplay of neighboring couplings on the possible phase transition of a two-dimensional antiferromagnetic system.

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    Hu, Ai-Yuan; Wang, Huai-Yu

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the phase transition of the quantum spin-1 anisotropic antiferromagnet on a square lattice. The model is described by the Heisenberg Hamiltonian with the nearest-neighbor coupling strengths J_{1a} and J_{1b} along the x and y directions, respectively, and next-nearest-neighbor coupling J_{2}. This model allows Néel state (AF1) and collinear state (AF2). The effects of the spatial and single-ion anisotropy on phase transformation between these two states are explored. Our results show that the two states can exist and have the same critical temperature at D>0 as long as J_{2}=J_{1b}/2. Under such parameters, a first-order phase transformation between these two states below the Néel point can occur when J_{1b} value is not very small and D value is within a narrow range. For J_{2}≠J_{1b}/2, although both states may exist, their Néel temperatures differ. If the Néel point of the AF1 (AF2) state is larger, then at very low temperature, the AF1 (AF2) state is more stable. Thus, in an intermediate temperature, a first-order phase transition between these two states may occur. PMID:27575111

  2. Application of Novel Molecular Field Theory to Helical Antiferromagnetic Ordering in EuCo2P2

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    Johnston, D. C.; Sangeetha, N. S.

    A formulation of Weiss molecular field theory (MFT) was recently advanced for antiferromagnetic (AFM) systems of identical crystallographically-equivalent local moments interacting by Heisenberg exchange that does not utilize the concept of magnetic sublattices.1 This formulation has the attractive feature that the magnetic and thermal properties in magnetic fields H --> 0 depend only on the interactions of a representative spin with its neighbors, and thus allows the properties of collinear and coplanar noncollinear AFM structures to be understood and modeled on the same footing. Neutron diffraction measurements showed that EuCo2P2 with the bct ThCr2Si2 -type structure undergoes an AFM transition to a coplanar noncollinear c-axis helical AFM structure below the ordering temperature TN = 66 . 5 K.2 Here we report the properties and apply our MFT to model the anisotropic magnetic susceptibility of single-crystal EuCo2P2 below TN. Research supported by U.S. Department of Energy, Division of Materials Science and Engineering, under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  3. Extinction of phase transition and spin transport on site diluted quantum two-dimensional antiferromagnet in Bose-Einstein condensation

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    Dos Santos Lima, Leonardo

    We study the two-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnetic model with ion single anisotropy in the square lattice in the presence of nonmagnetic impurities at T = 0 using the SU(3) Schwinger boson theory. In particular, we discuss the influence of site disorder on the quantum phase transition of this model at Dc that separates the Néel phase, D Dc . We find that the long-range order in D

  4. Unusual Magnetic-Pressure Response of an S = 1 Antiferromagnetic Linear-Chain near the D / J ~ 1 Critical Point

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    Peprah, M. K.; Quintero, P. A.; Xia, J. S.; Pérez, J. M.; Meisel, M. W.; Garcia, A.; Brown, S. E.; Manson, J. L.

    An S = 1 chain, [Ni(HF2)(3-Clpy)4]BF4 (py = pyridine), has been identified to have nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic interaction J /kB = 4 . 86 K and single-ion anisotropy D /kB = 4 . 3 K, while avoiding long-range order to 25 mK. With D / J = 0 . 88 , this system is close to the D / J ~ 1 gapless quantum critical point between the Haldane and Large- D phases. The magnetization was studied at 50 mK <= T <= 1 K and with B <= 10 T. Using a magnetometer equipped with a pressure cell, the low-field (0.1 T), high temperature (T >= 2 K) magnetic susceptibility was studied to 1.47 GPa. These data suggest the response at ambient pressure2 changes between 0.24 GPa and 0.35 GPa. These studies are being extended by 1H NMR experiments capable of varying the pressure and of spanning from 300 K to below 100 mK. Supported by the NSF via DMR-1202033 (MWM), DMR-1410343 (SEB), DMR-1306158 (JLM), DMR-1461019 (UF Physics REU support for JMP), and DMR-1157490 (NHMFL), and by the State of Florida.

  5. Electrically controllable spin conductance of zigzag silicene nanoribbons in the presence of anti-ferromagnetic exchange field

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    Pournaghavi, Nezhat; Esmaeilzadeh, Mahdi; Ahmadi, Somaieh; Farokhnezhad, Mohsen

    2016-01-01

    We study spin-dependent electron transport properties of zigzag silicene nanoribbons in the presence of anti-ferromagnetic exchange field using a nonequilibrium Green's function method. Applying a transverse electric field, spin splitting can take place and the silicene nanoribbon can work as a spin filter. The spin polarization is calculated and it is shown that the spin filtering is perfect and the spin states of electrons are fully coherent. The spin direction of transmitted electrons through the silicene filter can be easily controlled by changing the transverse electric field direction. Using Hubbard model, we take into account the electron-electron interaction and we find that although this interaction causes some changes in the electron conductance, it has no destructive effect on spin filtering properties. The effect of a single vacancy on electron transport is also investigated and it is found that, the vacancy causes to decrease the electron conductance; however, the spin-dependent properties remain the same. The vacancy in the near of the edges of nanoribbon has less destructive effect on electron conductance than that in the middle.

  6. Lattice distortion and stripelike antiferromagnetic order in Ca10(Pt3As8)(Fe2As2)5

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    Sapkota, Aashish; Tucker, Gregory S; Ramazanoglu, Mehmet; Tian, Wei; Ni, N; Cava, R J; McQueeney, Robert J; Goldman, Alan I; Kreyssig, Andreas

    2014-09-01

    Ca10(Pt3As8)(Fe2As2)5 is the parent compound for a class of Fe-based high-temperature superconductors where superconductivity with transition temperatures up to 30 K can be introduced by partial element substitution. We present a combined high-resolution high-energy x-ray diffraction and elastic neutron scattering study on a Ca10(Pt3As8)(Fe2As2)5 single crystal. This study reveals the microscopic nature of two distinct and continuous phase transitions to be very similar to other Fe-based high-temperature superconductors: an orthorhombic distortion of the high-temperature tetragonal Fe-As lattice below TS=110(2) K followed by stripelike antiferromagnetic ordering of the Fe moments below TN=96(2) K. These findings demonstrate that major features of the Fe-based high-temperature superconductors are very robust against variations in chemical constitution as well as structural imperfection of the layers separating the Fe-As layers from each other and confirms that the Fe-As layers primarily determine the physics in this class of material.

  7. CaMn2Sb2: Spin Waves Near a Tricritical Point of the Antiferromagnetic Honeycomb Lattice

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    McNally, Daniel; Simonson, Jack; Kistner-Morris, Jed; Smith, Greg; Hassinger, Julian; Debeer-Schmidt, Lisa; Kolesnikov, Alexander; Aronson, Meigan

    2015-03-01

    The classical Heisenberg model for a honeycomb lattice of spins predicts at least three tricritical points, where three different long range ordered magnetic phases co-exist, depending on the relative strength of the nearest and next-nearest exchange interactions J1,2. We performed inelastic neutron scattering at T = 5 K<single crystals of the antiferromagnetic insulator CaMn2Sb2, where the Mn spins μ = 2.8 μB/Mn form a corrugated honeycomb lattice. Spin wave excitations were observed up to E ~ 24 meV and these data were fit to the spin wave dispersion expected from the classical Heisenberg model to determine the individual exchange interactions SJ1 = 8.22 +/- 0.23 meV, SJ2 = 1.29 +/- 0.09 meV, SJc = -0.56 +/- 0.04 meV, where Jc is the exchange interaction between honeycomb planes. The quantum fluctuations resulting from proximity to the tricritical point at J2/J1 = 1/6 are responsible for the relatively low ordering temperature of CaMn2Sb2 , TN = 85 K, much reduced from the mean field ordering temperature TMFT = 2zJ1S(S+1)/3kB = 560 K. We acknowledge the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering for providing the NSSEFF funds that supported this research.

  8. Magnetic dilution and domain selection in the X Y pyrochlore antiferromagnet Er2Ti2O7

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    Gaudet, J.; Hallas, A. M.; Maharaj, D. D.; Buhariwalla, C. R. C.; Kermarrec, E.; Butch, N. P.; Munsie, T. J. S.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Luke, G. M.; Gaulin, B. D.

    2016-08-01

    Below TN=1.1 K, the X Y pyrochlore Er2Ti2O7 orders into a k =0 noncollinear, antiferromagnetic structure referred to as the ψ2 state. The magnetic order in Er2Ti2O7 is known to obey conventional three-dimensional (3D) percolation in the presence of magnetic dilution, and in that sense is robust to disorder. Recently, however, two theoretical studies have predicted that the ψ2 structure should be unstable to the formation of a related ψ3 magnetic structure in the presence of magnetic vacancies. To investigate these theories, we have carried out systematic elastic and inelastic neutron scattering studies of three single crystals of Er2 -xYxTi2O7 with x =0 (pure), 0.2 (10 %Y ) and 0.4 (20 % Y ), where magnetic Er3 + is substituted by nonmagnetic Y3 +. We find that the ψ2 ground state of pure Er2Ti2O7 is significantly affected by magnetic dilution. The characteristic domain selection associated with the ψ2 state, and the corresponding energy gap separating ψ2 from ψ3, vanish for Y3 + substitutions between 10 % Y and 20 % Y , far removed from the three-dimensional percolation threshold of ˜60 % Y . The resulting ground state for Er2Ti2O7 with magnetic dilutions from 20 % Y up to the percolation threshold is naturally interpreted as a frozen mosaic of ψ2 and ψ3 domains.

  9. Metallic behavior induced by potassium doping of the trigonal antiferromagnetic insulator EuMn2As2

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    Anand, V. K.; Johnston, D. C.

    2016-07-01

    We report magnetic susceptibility χ , isothermal magnetization M , heat capacity Cp, and electrical resistivity ρ measurements on undoped EuMn2As2 and K-doped Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 and Eu0.93K0.07Mn2As2 single crystals with the trigonal CaAl2Si2 -type structure as a function of temperature T and magnetic field H . EuMn2As2 has an insulating ground state with an activation energy of 52 meV and exhibits antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering of the Eu+2 spins S =7/2 at TN 1=15 K from Cp(T ) and χ (T ) data with a likely spin-reorientation transition at TN 2=5.0 K. The Mn+23 d5 spins-5/2 exhibit AFM ordering at TN=142 K from all three types of measurements. The M (H ) isotherm and χ (T ) data indicate that the Eu AFM structure is both noncollinear and noncoplanar. The AFM structure of the Mn spins is also unclear. A 4% substitution of K for Eu in Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 is sufficient to induce a metallic ground state. Evidence is found for a difference in the AFM structure of the Eu moments in the metallic crystals from that of undoped EuMn2As2 versus both T and H . For metallic Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 and Eu0.93K0.07Mn2As2 , an anomalous S-shape T dependence of ρ related to the Mn magnetism is found. Upon cooling from 200 K, ρ exhibits a strong negative curvature, reaches maximum positive slope at the Mn TN≈150 K, and then continues to decrease but more slowly below TN. This suggests that dynamic short-range AFM order of the Mn spins above the Mn TN strongly suppresses the resistivity, contrary to the conventional decrease of ρ that is only observed upon cooling below TN of an antiferromagnet.

  10. Metallic behavior induced by potassium doping of the trigonal antiferromagnetic insulator EuMn2As2

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    Anand, V. K.; Johnston, D. C.

    2016-07-22

    Here, we report magnetic susceptibility χ, isothermal magnetization M, heat capacity Cp, and electrical resistivity ρ measurements on undoped EuMn2As2 and K-doped Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 and Eu0.93K0.07Mn2As2 single crystals with the trigonal CaAl2Si2-type structure as a function of temperature T and magnetic field H. EuMn2As2 has an insulating ground state with an activation energy of 52 meV and exhibits antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering of the Eu+2 spins S=7/2 at TN1=15 K from Cp(T) and χ(T) data with a likely spin-reorientation transition at TN2=5.0 K. The Mn+2 3d5 spins-5/2 exhibit AFM ordering at TN=142 K from all three types of measurements. The M(H) isothermmore » and χ(T) data indicate that the Eu AFM structure is both noncollinear and noncoplanar. The AFM structure of the Mn spins is also unclear. A 4% substitution of K for Eu in Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 is sufficient to induce a metallic ground state. We found evidence for a difference in the AFM structure of the Eu moments in the metallic crystals from that of undoped EuMn2As2 versus both T and H. For metallic Eu0.96K0.04Mn2As2 and Eu0.93K0.07Mn2As2, an anomalous S-shape T dependence of ρ related to the Mn magnetism is found. Upon cooling from 200 K, ρ exhibits a strong negative curvature, reaches maximum positive slope at the Mn TN≈150 K, and then continues to decrease but more slowly below TN. Finally, this suggests that dynamic short-range AFM order of the Mn spins above the Mn TN strongly suppresses the resistivity, contrary to the conventional decrease of ρ that is only observed upon cooling below TN of an antiferromagnet.« less

  11. An approach to reduce the antiferromagnetic coupling of antiphase boundaries in half-metallic magnetite films

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    Li, P.; Cui, W. Y.; Bai, H. L.

    2013-12-01

    Highly conductive (˜105 μΩ cm) Mn doped epitaxial Fe3O4 films were fabricated by reactive sputtering. The larger size of magnetic domains compared to grain size with the increasing Mn content indicates that the partial antiferromagnetic coupling across the antiphase boundaries has been weakened, which was further demonstrated by the smaller exchange bias, faster saturated magnetization, and decreasing exchange interaction JAF. The decrease of antiferromagnetic strength originates from the larger Mn-O bond length than that of Fe-O bond. The first-principle calculation shows that the half-metallic feature (100% spin polarization) of Fe3O4 was unchanged with the incorporation of Mn atoms.

  12. Spin-Chirality-Driven Ferroelectricity on a Perfect Triangular Lattice Antiferromagnet

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    Mitamura, H.; Watanuki, R.; Kaneko, Koji; Onozaki, N.; Amou, Y.; Kittaka, S.; Kobayashi, Riki; Shimura, Y.; Yamamoto, I.; Suzuki, K.; et al

    2014-10-01

    Magnetic field (B) variation of the electrical polarization Pc ( ∥c) of the perfect triangular lattice antiferromagnet RbFe(MoO4)2 is examined up to the saturation point of the magnetization for B⊥c. Pc is observed only in phases for which chirality is predicted in the in-plane magnetic structures. No strong anomaly is observed in Pc at the field at which the spin modulation along the c axis, and hence the spin helicity, exhibits a discontinuity to the commensurate state. These results indicate that the ferroelectricity in this compound originates predominantly from the spin chirality, the explanation of which would require a newmore » mechanism for magnetoferroelectricity. Lastly, the obtained field-temperature phase diagrams of ferroelectricity well agree with those theoretically predicted for the spin chirality of a Heisenberg spin triangular lattice antiferromagnet.« less

  13. Spin-Chirality-Driven Ferroelectricity on a Perfect Triangular Lattice Antiferromagnet

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    Mitamura, H.; Watanuki, R.; Kaneko, Koji; Onozaki, N.; Amou, Y.; Kittaka, S.; Kobayashi, Riki; Shimura, Y.; Yamamoto, I.; Suzuki, K.; Chi, Songxue; Sakakibara, T.

    2014-10-01

    Magnetic field (B) variation of the electrical polarization Pc ( ∥c) of the perfect triangular lattice antiferromagnet RbFe(MoO4)2 is examined up to the saturation point of the magnetization for B⊥c. Pc is observed only in phases for which chirality is predicted in the in-plane magnetic structures. No strong anomaly is observed in Pc at the field at which the spin modulation along the c axis, and hence the spin helicity, exhibits a discontinuity to the commensurate state. These results indicate that the ferroelectricity in this compound originates predominantly from the spin chirality, the explanation of which would require a new mechanism for magnetoferroelectricity. Lastly, the obtained field-temperature phase diagrams of ferroelectricity well agree with those theoretically predicted for the spin chirality of a Heisenberg spin triangular lattice antiferromagnet.

  14. Coherently controlled spin precession in canted antiferromagnetic YFeO3 using terahertz magnetic field

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    Kim, Tae Heon; Hamh, Sun Young; Han, Jeong Woo; Kang, Chul; Kee, Chul-Sik; Jung, Seonghoon; Park, Jaehun; Tokunaga, Yusuke; Tokura, Yoshinori; Lee, Jong Seok

    2014-09-01

    We investigate the details of the precessional motion of the magnetic moment in canted antiferromagnetic YFeO3, which is excited by a linearly polarized terahertz (THz) pulse at room temperature. By tuning the spectral component of the input THz pulse around the quasi-ferromagnetic mode located near 0.3 THz, we have experimentally clarified the resonance effect in the THz control of the spin state. We were able to confirm this result from the simulation based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation with the two sub-lattice model for the canted antiferromagnet. Finally, we discuss a crossover from a linear to a nonlinear magnetic response to the input THz pulse during the THz-induced precessional switching of the magnetization.

  15. Emergence of robust gaps in two-dimensional antiferromagnets via additional spin-1/2 probes

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    Ferreira, Aires; Lopes, J. Viana; Lopes dos Santos, J. M. B.

    2010-08-15

    We study the capacity of antiferromagnetic lattices of varying geometries to entangle two additional spin-1/2 probes. Analytical modeling of the quantum Monte Carlo data shows the appearance of a robust gap, allowing a description of entanglement in terms of probe-only states, even in cases where the coupling to the probes is larger than the gap of the spin lattice and cannot be treated perturbatively. We find a considerable enhancement of the temperature at which probe entanglement disappears as we vary the geometry of the bus and the coupling to the probes. In particular, the square Heisenberg antiferromagnet exhibits the best thermal robustness of all systems, whereas the three-leg ladder chain shows the best performance in the natural quantum ground state.

  16. Spin-glass transition in geometrically frustrated antiferromagnets with weak disorder

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    Andreanov, A.; Chalker, J. T.; Saunders, T. E.; Sherrington, D.

    2010-01-01

    We study the effect in geometrically frustrated antiferromagnets of weak, random variations in the strength of exchange interactions. Without disorder the simplest classical models for these systems have macroscopically degenerate ground states, and this degeneracy may prevent ordering at any temperature. Weak exchange randomness favors a small subset of these ground states and induces a spin-glass transition at an ordering temperature determined by the amplitude of modulations in interaction strength. We use the replica approach to formulate a theory for this transition, showing that it falls into the same universality class as conventional spin-glass transitions. In addition, we show that a model with a low concentration of defect bonds can be mapped onto a system of randomly located pseudospins that have dipolar effective interactions. We also present detailed results from Monte Carlo simulations of the classical Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the pyrochlore lattice with weak randomness in nearest-neighbor exchange.

  17. Robust picosecond writing of a layered antiferromagnet by staggered spin-orbit fields

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    Roy, P. E.; Otxoa, R. M.; Wunderlich, J.

    2016-07-01

    Ultrafast electrical switching by current-induced staggered spin-orbit fields, with minimal risk of overshoot is shown in layered easy-plane antiferromagnets with basal-plane anisotropies. Reliable switching is due to the fieldlike torque, relaxing stringent requirements with respect to precision in the duration of the excitation pulse. Focus is put on a system with weak planar biaxial anisotropy. We investigate the switching as a function of the spin-orbit field strength, pulse duration, rise and fall times, and damping using atomistic spin dynamics simulations and an effective equation for the antiferromagnetic order parameter. The critical spin-orbit field strength required for switching a biaxial system is determined, and we show that writing is possible at feasible current magnitudes. Finally, we discuss switching of systems exhibiting a dominant uniaxial basal-plane anisotropy.

  18. Solution of the antiferromagnetic Ising model on a tetrahedron recursive lattice.

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    Jurčišinová, E; Jurčišin, M

    2014-03-01

    We consider the antiferromagnetic spin-1/2 Ising model on the recursive tetrahedron lattice on which two elementary tetrahedrons are connected at each site. The model represents the simplest approximation of the antiferromagnetic Ising model on the real three-dimensional tetrahedron lattice which takes into account effects of frustration. An exact analytical solution of the model is found and discussed. It is shown that the model exhibits neither the first-order nor the second-order phase transitions. A detailed analysis of the magnetization of the model in the presence of the external magnetic field is performed and the existence of the magnetization plateaus for low temperatures is shown. All possible ground states of the model are found and discussed. The existence of nontrivial singular ground states is proven and exact explicit expressions for them are found.

  19. Quasi-one-dimensional antiferromagnetism and multiferroicity in CuCrO4

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    Kremer, Reinhard K.; Law, J. M.; Reuvekamp, P.; Glaum, R.; Lee, C.; Kang, J.; Whangbo, M.-H.

    2012-02-01

    The bulk magnetic properties of the new quasi-one-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet, CuCrO4, were characterized by magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, optical spectroscopy, EPR and dielectric capacitance measurements and density functional evaluations of the intra- and interchain spin exchange interactions. We found type-II multiferroicity below the N'eel temperature of 8.2(5) K, arising from competing antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbor (Jnn) and next-nearest-neighbor (Jnnn) intra-chain spin exchange interactions. Experimental and theoretical results indicate that the ratio Jnn/Jnnn is close to 2, putting CuCrO4 in the vicinity of the Majumdar-Ghosh point. First low-temperature neutron powder diffraction data are consistent with a canted magnetic structure below ˜8 K.

  20. Quasi-one-dimensional antiferromagnetism and multiferroicity in CuCrO4

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    Law, J. M.; Reuvekamp, P.; Glaum, R.; Lee, C.; Kang, J.; Whangbo, M.-H.; Kremer, R. K.

    2011-07-01

    The bulk magnetic properties of the new quasi-one-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet, CuCrO4, were characterized by magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, optical spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance and dielectric capacitance measurements, and density functional evaluations of the intrachain and interchain spin-exchange interactions. We found type-II multiferroicity below the Néel temperature of 8.2(5) K, arising from competing antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbor (Jnn) and next-nearest-neighbor (Jnnn) intrachain spin-exchange interactions. Experimental and theoretical results indicate that the ratio Jnn/Jnnn is close to 2, putting CuCrO4 in the vicinity of the Majumdar-Ghosh point.

  1. Mapping motion of antiferromagnetic interfacial uncompensated magnetic moment in exchange-biased bilayers.

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    Zhou, X; Ma, L; Shi, Z; Fan, W J; Evans, R F L; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Chantrell, R W; Mangin, S; Zhang, H W; Zhou, S M

    2015-01-01

    In this work, disordered-IrMn3/insulating-Y3Fe5O12 exchange-biased bilayers are studied. The behavior of the net magnetic moment ΔmAFM in the antiferromagnet is directly probed by anomalous and planar Hall effects, and anisotropic magnetoresistance. The ΔmAFM is proved to come from the interfacial uncompensated magnetic moment. We demonstrate that the exchange bias and rotational hysteresis loss are induced by partial rotation and irreversible switching of the ΔmAFM. In the athermal training effect, the state of the ΔmAFM cannot be recovered after one cycle of hysteresis loop. This work highlights the fundamental role of the ΔmAFM in the exchange bias and facilitates the manipulation of antiferromagnetic spintronic devices.

  2. Tunnelling anisotropic magnetoresistance due to antiferromagnetic CoO tunnel barriers

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    Wang, K.; Sanderink, J. G. M.; Bolhuis, T.; van der Wiel, W. G.; de Jong, M. P.

    2015-01-01

    A new approach in spintronics is based on spin-polarized charge transport phenomena governed by antiferromagnetic (AFM) materials. Recent studies have demonstrated the feasibility of this approach for AFM metals and semiconductors. We report tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance (TAMR) due to the rotation of antiferromagnetic moments of an insulating CoO layer, incorporated into a tunnel junction consisting of sapphire(substrate)/fcc-Co/CoO/AlOx/Al. The ferromagnetic Co layer is exchange coupled to the AFM CoO layer and drives rotation of the AFM moments in an external magnetic field. The results may help pave the way towards the development of spintronic devices based on AFM insulators. PMID:26486931

  3. An approach to reduce the antiferromagnetic coupling of antiphase boundaries in half-metallic magnetite films

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    Li, P.; Cui, W. Y.; Bai, H. L.

    2013-12-07

    Highly conductive (∼10{sup 5} μΩ cm) Mn doped epitaxial Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} films were fabricated by reactive sputtering. The larger size of magnetic domains compared to grain size with the increasing Mn content indicates that the partial antiferromagnetic coupling across the antiphase boundaries has been weakened, which was further demonstrated by the smaller exchange bias, faster saturated magnetization, and decreasing exchange interaction J{sub AF}. The decrease of antiferromagnetic strength originates from the larger Mn-O bond length than that of Fe-O bond. The first-principle calculation shows that the half-metallic feature (100% spin polarization) of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was unchanged with the incorporation of Mn atoms.

  4. Sign-problem-free quantum Monte Carlo of the onset of antiferromagnetism in metals.

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    Berg, Erez; Metlitski, Max A; Sachdev, Subir

    2012-12-21

    The quantum theory of antiferromagnetism in metals is necessary for our understanding of numerous intermetallic compounds of widespread interest. In these systems, a quantum critical point emerges as external parameters (such as chemical doping) are varied. Because of the strong coupling nature of this critical point and the "sign problem" plaguing numerical quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods, its theoretical understanding is still incomplete. Here, we show that the universal low-energy theory for the onset of antiferromagnetism in a metal can be realized in lattice models, which are free from the sign problem and hence can be simulated efficiently with QMC. Our simulations show Fermi surface reconstruction and unconventional spin-singlet superconductivity across the critical point. PMID:23258893

  5. A new reversal mode in exchange coupled antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic disks: distorted viscous vortex

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    Gilbert, Dustin A.; Ye, Li; Varea, Aïda; Agramunt-Puig, Sebastià; del Valle, Nuria; Navau, Carles; López-Barbera, José Francisco; Buchanan, Kristen S.; Hoffmann, Axel; Sánchez, Alvar; et al

    2015-04-28

    Magnetic vortices have generated intense interest in recent years due to their unique reversal mechanisms, fascinating topological properties, and exciting potential applications. In addition, the exchange coupling of magnetic vortices to antiferromagnets has also been shown to lead to a range of novel phenomena and functionalities. Here we report a new magnetization reversal mode of magnetic vortices in exchange coupled Ir20Mn80/Fe20Ni80 microdots: distorted viscous vortex reversal. In contrast to the previously known or proposed reversal modes, the vortex is distorted close to the interface and viscously dragged due to the uncompensated spins of a thin antiferromagnet, which leads to unexpectedmore » asymmetries in the annihilation and nucleation fields. These results provide a deeper understanding of the physics of exchange coupled vortices and may also have important implications for applications involving exchange coupled nanostructures.« less

  6. Breatherlike electromagnetic wave propagation in an antiferromagnetic medium with Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction

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    Kavitha, L.; Saravanan, M.; Srividya, B.; Gopi, D.

    2011-12-15

    We investigate the nature of propagation of electromagnetic waves (EMWs) in an antiferromagnetic medium with Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya (DM) interaction environment. The interplay of bilinear and DM exchange spin coupling with the magnetic field component of the EMW has been studied by solving Maxwell's equations coupled with a nonlinear spin equation for the magnetization of the medium. We made a nonuniform expansion of the magnetization and magnetic field along the direction of propagation of EMW, in the framework of reductive perturbation method, and the dynamics of the system is found to be governed by a generalized derivative nonlinear Schroedinger (DNLS) equation. We employ the Jacobi-elliptic function method to solve the DNLS equation, and the electromagnetic wave propagation in an antiferromagnetic medium is governed by the breatherlike spatially and temporally coherent localized modes under the influence of DM interaction parameter.

  7. Cumulative interface roughness and magnetization in antiferromagnetically coupled NiCo/Cu multilayers

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    Meng, X.; Bian, X.; Abdouche, R.; Muir, W. B.; Stroem-Olsen, J. O.; Altounian, Z.; Sutton, M.

    1994-11-01

    Cumulative interface roughness and its influence on the magnetization process in antiferromagnetically coupled (Ni80Co20/Cu) x N multilayers is studied. In these multilayers, Cu and Ni80Co20 thicknesses are fixed at 20 and 15 A, respectively, in order to obtain the antiferromagnetic coupling at the second oscillation peak of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) versus Cu thickness. Low-angle x-ray reflectivity measurements show that cumulative interface roughness increases with increasing bilayer number N. In-plane magnetization hysteresis measured with both superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and surface magneto-optic Kerr effect (SMOKE) magnetometers are compared. When the cumulative interface roughness is significant, SMOKE hysteresis loops, which are sensitive to the top 5 or 6 magnetic layers, display nonlinear plateau region at small fields. Comparison of low-angle x-ray, and SMOKE results show that interfaces of relatively high quality in top layers only exist for sputtered multilayer with N less than 10.

  8. A new reversal mode in exchange coupled antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic disks: distorted viscous vortex

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    Gilbert, Dustin A.; Ye, Li; Varea, Aïda; Agramunt-Puig, Sebastià; del Valle, Nuria; Navau, Carles; López-Barbera, José Francisco; Buchanan, Kristen S.; Hoffmann, Axel; Sánchez, Alvar; Sort, Jordi; Liu, Kai; Nogués, Josep

    2015-04-28

    Magnetic vortices have generated intense interest in recent years due to their unique reversal mechanisms, fascinating topological properties, and exciting potential applications. In addition, the exchange coupling of magnetic vortices to antiferromagnets has also been shown to lead to a range of novel phenomena and functionalities. Here we report a new magnetization reversal mode of magnetic vortices in exchange coupled Ir20Mn80/Fe20Ni80 microdots: distorted viscous vortex reversal. In contrast to the previously known or proposed reversal modes, the vortex is distorted close to the interface and viscously dragged due to the uncompensated spins of a thin antiferromagnet, which leads to unexpected asymmetries in the annihilation and nucleation fields. These results provide a deeper understanding of the physics of exchange coupled vortices and may also have important implications for applications involving exchange coupled nanostructures.

  9. Spatial manipulation of magnetic damping in ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic films by ion irradiation

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    McCord, Jeffrey; Strache, Thomas; Mönch, Ingolf; Mattheis, Roland; Fassbender, Jürgen

    2011-06-01

    The spatial manipulation of the effective magnetic damping parameter in ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic film systems is shown. By applying ultrathin antiferromagnetic layers in Ni81Fe19/IrMn/Ni81Fe19 sandwich structures in combination with low fluence Ni-ion irradiation, a lateral control of the effective magnetic damping parameter is achieved. With irradiation, an interfacial intermixing and roughening is introduced, by which the interfacial coupling mechanisms and the magnetic state of the interlayer are altered. We find an exponential decay of all relevant magnetic property parameters with irradiation. Local irradiation is then applied to generate a magnetic layer with spatially distributed regions of different values of damping. The resulting overall relaxation time of the mixed property film is a direct superposition of the individual relaxation contributions. Thereby, the ratio of the phases with individual damping parameter determines the resulting overall damping.

  10. The effect of surface and interface on Neel transition temperature of low-dimensional antiferromagnetic materials

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    Zhang, Wen; Zhou, Zhaofeng Zhong, Yuan; Zhang, Ting; Huang, Yongli; Sun, Changqing

    2015-11-15

    Incorporating the bond order-length-strength (BOLS) notion with the Ising premise, we have modeled the size dependence of the Neel transition temperature (T{sub N}) of antiferromagnetic nanomaterials. Reproduction of the size trends reveals that surface atomic undercoordination induces bond contraction, and interfacial hetero-coordination induces bond nature alteration. Both surface and interface of nanomaterials modulate the T{sub N} by adjusting the atomic cohesive energy. The T{sub N} is related to the atomic cohesive/exchange energy that is lowered by the coordination number (CN) imperfection of the undercoordinated atoms near the surface and altered by the changed bond nature of epitaxial interface. A numerical match between predictions and measurements reveals that the T{sub N} of antiferromagnetic nanomaterials declines with reduced size and increases with both the strengthening of heterogeneous bond and the increase of the bond number.

  11. Controlling the switching field in nanomagnets by means of domain-engineered antiferromagnets

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    Folven, Eric; Linder, J.; Gomonay, O. V.; Scholl, Andreas; Doran, A.; Young, A. T.; Retterer, Scott T.; Malik, V. K.; Tybell, Thomas; Takamura, Yayoi; Grepstad, Jostein K.

    2015-09-14

    Using soft x-ray spectromicroscopy, we investigate the magnetic domain structure in embedded nanomagnets defined in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 thin films and LaFeO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 bilayers. We find that shape-controlled antiferromagnetic domain states give rise to a significant reduction of the switching field of the rectangular nanomagnets. This is discussed within the framework of competition between an intrinsic spin-flop coupling and shape anisotropy. In conclusion, the data demonstrates that shape effects in antiferromagnets may be used to control the magnetic properties in nanomagnets.

  12. Crystal structure dependence of antiferromagnetic coupling in Fe/Si multilayers

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    Michel, R.P.; Chaiken, A.; Wall, M.A.

    1995-04-01

    Recent reports of temperature dependent antiferromagnetic coupling in Fe/Si multilayers have motivated the generalization of models describing magnetic coupling in metal/metal multilayers to metal/insulator and metal/semiconductor layered systems. Interesting dependence of the magnetic properties on layer thickness and temperature are predicted. We report measurements that show the antiferromagnetic (AF) coupling observed in Fe/Si multilayers is strongly dependent on the crystalline coherence of the silicide interlayer. Electron diffraction images show the silicide interlayer has a CsCl structure. It is not clear at this time whether the interlayer is a poor metallic conductor or a semiconductor so the relevance of generalized coupling theories is unclear.

  13. Magnetic Interaction in the Geometrically Frustrated Triangular LatticeAntiferromagnet CuFeO2

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    Ye, Feng; Fernandez-Baca, Jaime A; Fishman, Randy Scott; Ren, Y.; Kang, H. J.; Qiu, Y.; Kimura, T.

    2007-01-01

    The spin wave excitations of the geometrically frustrated triangular lattice antiferromagnet (TLA) CuFeO2 have been measured using high resolution inelastic neutron scattering. Antiferromagnetic interactions up to third nearest neighbors in the ab plane (J1, J2, J3, with J2=J1 0:44 and J3=J1 0:57), as well as out-of-plane coupling (Jz, with Jz=J1 0:29) are required to describe the spin wave dispersion relations, indicating a three dimensional character of the magnetic interactions. Two energy deeps in the spin wave dispersion occur at the incommensurate wavevectors associated with multiferroic phase, and can be interpreted as dynamic precursors to the magnetoelectric behavior in this system.

  14. Antiferromagnetism and superfluidity of a dipolar Fermi gas in a two-dimensional optical lattice

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    Liu Bo; Yin Lan

    2011-10-15

    In a dipolar Fermi gas, the dipole-dipole interaction between fermions can be turned into a dipolar Ising interaction between pseudospins in the presence of an ac electric field. When trapped in a two-dimensional optical lattice, this dipolar Fermi gas has a very rich phase diagram at zero temperature, due to the competition between antiferromagnetism and superfluidity. At half-filling, the antiferromagnetic state is the favored ground state. The superfluid state appears as the ground state at a smaller filling factor. In between there is a phase-separated region. The order parameter of the superfluid state can display different symmetries depending on the filling factor and interaction strength, including the d-wave (d), the extended s-wave (xs), or their linear combination (xs+id). Implications for the current experiment are discussed.

  15. Current driven spin–orbit torque oscillator: ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic coupling

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    Johansen, Øyvind; Linder, Jacob

    2016-09-01

    We consider theoretically the impact of Rashba spin–orbit coupling on spin torque oscillators (STOs) in synthetic ferromagnets and antiferromagnets that have either a bulk multilayer or a thin film structure. The synthetic magnets consist of a fixed polarizing layer and two free magnetic layers that interact through the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction. We determine analytically which collinear states along the easy axis that are stable, and establish numerically the phase diagram for when the system is in the STO mode and when collinear configurations are stable, respectively. It is found that the Rashba spin–orbit coupling can induce anti-damping in the vicinity of the collinear states, which assists the spin transfer torque in generating self-sustained oscillations, and that it can substantially increase the STO part of the phase diagram. Moreover, we find that the STO phase can extend deep into the antiferromagnetic regime in the presence of spin–orbit torques.

  16. Current driven spin–orbit torque oscillator: ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic coupling

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    Johansen, Øyvind; Linder, Jacob

    2016-01-01

    We consider theoretically the impact of Rashba spin–orbit coupling on spin torque oscillators (STOs) in synthetic ferromagnets and antiferromagnets that have either a bulk multilayer or a thin film structure. The synthetic magnets consist of a fixed polarizing layer and two free magnetic layers that interact through the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction. We determine analytically which collinear states along the easy axis that are stable, and establish numerically the phase diagram for when the system is in the STO mode and when collinear configurations are stable, respectively. It is found that the Rashba spin–orbit coupling can induce anti-damping in the vicinity of the collinear states, which assists the spin transfer torque in generating self-sustained oscillations, and that it can substantially increase the STO part of the phase diagram. Moreover, we find that the STO phase can extend deep into the antiferromagnetic regime in the presence of spin–orbit torques. PMID:27653357

  17. Deconfined quantum criticality and conformal phase transition in two-dimensional antiferromagnets

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    Nogueira, Flavio S.; Sudbø, Asle

    2013-12-01

    Deconfined quantum criticality of two-dimensional SU(2) quantum antiferromagnets featuring a transition from an antiferromagnetically ordered ground state to a so-called valence-bond solid state, is governed by a non-compact CP1 model with a Maxwell term in 2+1 spacetime dimensions. We introduce a new perspective on deconfined quantum criticality within a field-theoretic framework based on an expansion in powers of \\epsilon=4-d for fixed number N of complex matter fields. We show that in the allegedly weak first-order transition regime, a so-called conformal phase transition leads to a genuine deconfined quantum critical point. In such a transition, the gap vanishes when the critical point is approached from above and diverges when it is approached from below. We also find that the spin stiffness has a universal jump at the critical point.

  18. Mapping motion of antiferromagnetic interfacial uncompensated magnetic moment in exchange-biased bilayers

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    Zhou, X.; Ma, L.; Shi, Z.; Fan, W. J.; Evans, R. F. L.; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Chantrell, R. W.; Mangin, S.; Zhang, H. W.; Zhou, S. M.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, disordered-IrMn3/insulating-Y3Fe5O12 exchange-biased bilayers are studied. The behavior of the net magnetic moment ΔmAFM in the antiferromagnet is directly probed by anomalous and planar Hall effects, and anisotropic magnetoresistance. The ΔmAFM is proved to come from the interfacial uncompensated magnetic moment. We demonstrate that the exchange bias and rotational hysteresis loss are induced by partial rotation and irreversible switching of the ΔmAFM. In the athermal training effect, the state of the ΔmAFM cannot be recovered after one cycle of hysteresis loop. This work highlights the fundamental role of the ΔmAFM in the exchange bias and facilitates the manipulation of antiferromagnetic spintronic devices. PMID:25777540

  19. Origin of in-plane anisotropic resistivity in the antiferromagnetic phase of Fe1 +xTe

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    Kaneshita, Eiji; Tohyama, Takami

    2016-07-01

    Motivated by a recent experimental report on in-plane anisotropic resistivity in the double-striped antiferromagnetic phase of FeTe, we theoretically calculate in-plane resistivity by applying a memory function approach to the ordered phase. We find that the resistivity is larger along an antiferromagnetically ordered direction than along a ferromagnetically ordered one, consistent with experimental observation. The anisotropic results are mainly contributed from Drude weight, whose behavior is attributed to Fermi surface topology of the ordered phase.

  20. The role of antiferromagnetic exchange interactions in dinuclear Cr(III) dithiocarbamates and a stepwise behavior of magnetic moment

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    Aytekin, O.; Bayri, A.

    2012-12-01

    In this study the role of the antiferromagnetic interactions in recently synthesized dinuclear Cr(III) complex has been investigated. Since there was not enough structural information for the characterization of the synthesis, we claim that there should be antiferromagnetic interactions between the dinuclear Fe(III) ions, if the proposed structure is the real structure. A new experiment is proposed to test the predictions of this theoretical investigation.

  1. Magnetoelectric response of the antiferromagnetic insulator phase in a three-dimensional correlated system with spin-orbit coupling

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    Sekine, Akihiko; Nomura, Kentaro

    2015-03-01

    We theoretically investigate the antiferromagnetic insulator phase in a threedimensional correlated system with spin-orbit coupling, the Fu-Kane-Mele-Hubbard model at half-filling. We focus on the topological magnetoelectric effect which is described by the theta term. A low-energy effective Hamiltonian is derived in the antiferromagnetic insulator phase. Then with the use of a field-theoretical method, the theta term is derived as a consequence of the chiral anomaly.

  2. Study of the Antiferromagnetic Blume-Capel Model on kagomé Lattice

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    Hwang, Chi-Ok; Park, Sojeong; Kwak, Wooseop

    2016-09-01

    We study the anti-ferromagnetic (AF) Ising model and the AF Blume-Capel (BC) model on the kagomé lattice. Using the Wang-Landau sampling method, we estimate the joint density functions for both models on the lattice, and we obtain the exact critical magnetic fields at zero temperature by using the micro-canonical analysis. We also show the patterns of critical lines for the models from micro-canonical analysis.

  3. Influence of a Magnetic Field on the Antiferromagnetic Order in UPt_3

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    Lussier, Benoit; Taillefer, Louis; Buyers, William J. L.; Mason, Thom E.; Petersen, Thom

    1996-03-01

    A neutron diffraction experiment was performed to investigate the effect of a magnetic field in the basal plane on the antiferromagnetic order in the heavy fermion superconductor UPt_3. Our results show that a field of 3.2 T, higher than H_c2(0), has no effect : it can neither select a domain nor rotate the moment. This has a direct impact on current theories for the superconducting phase diagram based on a coupling to the magnetic order.

  4. Electronic Structures of Anti-Ferromagnetic Tetraradicals: Ab Initio and Semi-Empirical Studies.

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    Zhang, Dawei; Liu, Chungen

    2016-04-12

    The energy relationships and electronic structures of the lowest-lying spin states in several anti-ferromagnetic tetraradical model systems are studied with high-level ab initio and semi-empirical methods. The Full-CI method (FCI), the complete active space second-order perturbation theory (CASPT2), and the n-electron valence state perturbation theory (NEVPT2) are employed to obtain reference results. By comparing the energy relationships predicted from the Heisenberg and Hubbard models with ab initio benchmarks, the accuracy of the widely used Heisenberg model for anti-ferromagnetic spin-coupling in low-spin polyradicals is cautiously tested in this work. It is found that the strength of electron correlation (|U/t|) concerning anti-ferromagnetically coupled radical centers could range widely from strong to moderate correlation regimes and could become another degree of freedom besides the spin multiplicity. Accordingly, the Heisenberg-type model works well in the regime of strong correlation, which reproduces well the energy relationships along with the wave functions of all the spin states. In moderately spin-correlated tetraradicals, the results of the prototype Heisenberg model deviate severely from those of multi-reference electron correlation ab initio methods, while the extended Heisenberg model, containing four-body terms, can introduce reasonable corrections and maintains its accuracy in this condition. In the weak correlation regime, both the prototype Heisenberg model and its extended forms containing higher-order correction terms will encounter difficulties. Meanwhile, the Hubbard model shows balanced accuracy from strong to weak correlation cases and can reproduce qualitatively correct electronic structures, which makes it more suitable for the study of anti-ferromagnetic coupling in polyradical systems. PMID:26963572

  5. Co nanodot arrays grown on a GdAu2 template: substrate/nanodot antiferromagnetic coupling.

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    Fernández, Laura; Blanco-Rey, María; Ilyn, Maxim; Vitali, Lucia; Magaña, Ana; Correa, Alexander; Ohresser, Philippe; Ortega, J Enrique; Ayuela, Andrés; Schiller, Frederik

    2014-06-11

    Controlling anisotropy and exchange coupling in patterned magnetic nanostructures is the key for developing advanced magnetic storage and spintronic devices. We report on the antiferromagnetic interaction between a Co nanodot array and its supporting GdAu2 nanotemplate that induces large anisotropy values in individual Co nanodots. In clear contrast with nonmagnetic Au substrates, GdAu2 triggers an earlier switch from out-of-plane anisotropy in monatomic high dots to in-plane when the dot height becomes biatomic.

  6. Adiabatic demagnetization of the antiferromagnetic spin-1/2 Heisenberg hexagonal cluster

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    Deb, Moumita; Ghosh, Asim Kumar

    2016-05-01

    Exact analytic expressions of eigenvalues of the antiferromagnetic spin-1/2 Heisenberg hexagon in the presence of uniform magnetic field have been obtained. Magnetization process, nature of isentrops and properties of magneto caloric effect in terms of adiabatic demagnetization have been investigated. Theoretical results have been used to study the magneto caloric effect of the spin-1/2 Heisenberg hexagonal compound Cu3WO6.

  7. Tower of states and the entanglement spectrum in a coplanar antiferromagnet

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    Rademaker, Louk

    2015-10-01

    I extend the analytical arguments of Metlitski and Grover (arXiv:1112.5166) to compute the entanglement spectrum and entanglement entropy of coplanar antiferromagnets with S O (3 ) order parameter symmetry. The low-energy states in the entanglement spectrum exhibit the tower-of-states structure, as is expected for systems that undergo spontaneous symmetry breaking. My results are consistent with numerical results on the triangular and Kagomé lattice.

  8. Micromagnetic analysis of Heusler alloy-based perpendicular double barrier synthetic antiferromagnetic free layer MTJs

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    Ghosh, Bahniman; Dwivedi, Kshitij

    2015-07-01

    We investigate spin transfer torque switching in a perpendicular double barrier synthetic antiferromagnetic free layer MTJ stack using micromagnetic simulations. For the material used in free layers, we use two different Cobalt-based Heusler alloys and compare their performance on the basis of switching speed, thermal stability and Tunnel magnetoresistance. We show that for Heusler alloys switching from one state to other is significantly faster but they suffer from the drawback of low thermal stability.

  9. Correlation functions of the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model using a modified Lanczos method

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    Gagliano, Eduardo R.; Dagotto, Elbio; Moreo, Adriana; Alcaraz, Francisco C.

    1986-08-01

    Using a modified Lanczos algorithm, we study the correlation functions in the ground state of the one-dimensional antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model. We obtain numerical results for rings up to 24 sites. There are no indications of the anomalous behavior of these correlation functions recently observed in chains with 16 sites. We also present a pedagogical description of the hashing technique which is an efficient algorithm for searching and storage purposes.

  10. Electric field modulation of tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance in tunnel junctions with antiferromagnetic electrodes

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    Goto, Minori; Nawaoka, Kohei; Miwa, Shinji; Hatanaka, Shohei; Mizuochi, Norikazu; Suzuki, Yoshishige

    2016-08-01

    We present electric field modulation of tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance (TAMR) in MnIr|MgO|Ta tunnel junctions. TAMR enables direct observation of the antiferromagnetic spin direction at the MnIr|MgO interface. We found that the shape of magnetoresistance (MR) curve can be modulated by an electric field, which can be explained by electric field modulation of the interfacial magnetic anisotropy at MnIr|MgO.

  11. Interconnections between magnetic state and transport currents in antiferromagnetic Sr2IrO4

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    Tsoi, Maxim

    Interconnections between magnetic state and transport currents in ferromagnetic (F) heterostructures are the basis for spintronic applications, e.g. tunneling magnetoresistance and spin-transfer torque phenomena provide a means to read and write information in magnetic memory devices like STTRAM. Similar interconnections were proposed to occur in systems where F-components are replaced with antiferromagnets (AFM). We demonstrated experimentally the existence of such interconnections in antiferromagnetic Mott insulator Sr2IrO4: first, we found a very large anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) which can be used to monitor (read) the magnetic state of AFM; second, we demonstrated the feasibility of reversible resistive switching driven by high-density currents/high electric fields which can be used for writing in AFM memory applications. These results support the feasibility of AFM spintronics where antiferromagnets are used in place of ferromagnets. This work was supported in part by C-SPIN, one of six centers of STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program, sponsored by MARCO and DARPA, and by NSF grants DMR-1207577, DMR-1265162 and DMR-1122603.

  12. The effect of magnetic field on the susceptibility maximum in the spatially anisotropic Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Xiang, Ying; Chen, Yuan; Chen, Qi-Zhou; Zhang, Jun; Liu, Yi-Kun

    2008-12-01

    The effect of magnetic field h on the longitudinal susceptibility in a spin S=1/2 exchange anisotropic three-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet, is studied by the double-time Green's function method within Tyablikov approximation. The calculation results indicated that the height χ(Tm) and position Tm of the maximum of the longitudinal susceptibility display different behaviors related to the magnetic fields and exchange anisotropic parameters. These behaviors are very different from that in the exchange anisotropic Heisenberg ferromagnet in the magnetic field. The results are: (1) When the field h is weak, in a antiferromagnet, the height χ(Tm) is a constant χ0 which is independent of field and exchange anisotropy, but the position Tm is only a function of the exchange anisotropy. While in a ferromagnet, both χ(Tm) and Tm are a function of field and the exchange anisotropy. (2) When the field h is strong, in a antiferromagnet, χ(Tm) becomes dependent of field and the exchange anisotropy, and χ(Tm) and Tm are fitted satisfactory to power laws: χ(Tm)-χ0∝hd and TN-Tm∝hc, respectively. Here TN is the Neel temperature. On the contrary, in a ferromagnet, χ(Tm) and Tm are fitted to power laws: χ(Tm)∝h and Tm-Tc∝h, where Tc is the Curie temperature. The above results are very useful in studying the magnetic property of coordination polymers.

  13. Room-temperature tetragonal non-collinear Heusler antiferromagnet Pt2MnGa.

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    Singh, Sanjay; D'Souza, S W; Nayak, J; Suard, E; Chapon, L; Senyshyn, A; Petricek, V; Skourski, Y; Nicklas, M; Felser, C; Chadov, S

    2016-01-01

    Antiferromagnetic spintronics is a rapidly growing field, which actively introduces new principles of magnetic storage. Despite that, most applications have been suggested for collinear antiferromagnets. In this study, we consider an alternative mechanism based on long-range helical order, which allows for direct manipulation of the helicity vector. As the helicity of long-range homogeneous spirals is typically fixed by the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions, bi-stable spirals (left- and right-handed) are rare. Here, we report a non-collinear room-temperature antiferromagnet in the tetragonal Heusler group. Neutron diffraction reveals a long-period helix propagating along its tetragonal axis. Ab-initio analysis suggests its pure exchange origin and explains its helical character resulting from a large basal plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy. The actual energy barrier between the left- and right-handed spirals is relatively small and might be easily overcome by magnetic pulse, suggesting Pt2MnGa as a potential candidate for non-volatile magnetic memory.

  14. Antiferromagnetic order in the Cd6R (R = rare earth) quasicrystal approximants

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    Goldman, Alan; Kim, Min Gyu; Beutier, Guillaume; Kreyssig, Andreas; Hiroto, Takanobu; Yamada, Tsunetomo; Kim, Jong Woo; de Boissieu, Marc; Tamura, Ryuji

    2013-03-01

    Many theoretical treatments of spins on aperiodic lattices support the notion of long-range antiferromagnetic order. However, to date, there has been no experimental confirmation of long-range magnetic order in quasicrystalline systems. The absence of long-range magnetic order extends to crystalline approximant phases of the icosahedral structures as well. Surprisingly, the 1/1 approximant to the Cd-Mg-R icosahedral phases, Cd6 R , appears to be an exception to the rule. Here, we report on the results of x-ray resonant magnetic scattering measurements on Cd6 R approximants which show that long range antiferromagnetic order is, indeed, realized. For R = Tb and Ho, viewing the structure as a body-centered cubic packing of Tsai clusters, we find that the R ions associated with the icosahedral cluster at the corner of the unit cell are antiferromagnetically correlated with the R ions associated with the icosahedral cluster at the body-center of the unit cell. Work at the Ames Laboratory was supported by the Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US Department of Energy. Work at the Tokyo University of Science was supported by KAKENHI (Grant No. 20045017)

  15. Electrostatic doping as a source for robust ferromagnetism at the interface between antiferromagnetic cobalt oxides

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    Li, Zi-An; Fontaíña-Troitiño, N.; Kovács, A.; Liébana-Viñas, S.; Spasova, M.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.; Müller, M.; Doennig, D.; Pentcheva, R.; Farle, M.; Salgueiriño, V.

    2015-01-01

    Polar oxide interfaces are an important focus of research due to their novel functionality which is not available in the bulk constituents. So far, research has focused mainly on heterointerfaces derived from the perovskite structure. It is important to extend our understanding of electronic reconstruction phenomena to a broader class of materials and structure types. Here we report from high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and quantitative magnetometry a robust – above room temperature (Curie temperature TC ≫ 300 K) – environmentally stable- ferromagnetically coupled interface layer between the antiferromagnetic rocksalt CoO core and a 2–4 nm thick antiferromagnetic spinel Co3O4 surface layer in octahedron-shaped nanocrystals. Density functional theory calculations with an on-site Coulomb repulsion parameter identify the origin of the experimentally observed ferromagnetic phase as a charge transfer process (partial reduction) of Co3+ to Co2+ at the CoO/Co3O4 interface, with Co2+ being in the low spin state, unlike the high spin state of its counterpart in CoO. This finding may serve as a guideline for designing new functional nanomagnets based on oxidation resistant antiferromagnetic transition metal oxides. PMID:25613569

  16. Canted antiferromagnetic and optical properties of nanostructures of Mn2O3 prepared by hydrothermal synthesis

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    Qurat-ul-ain, Javed; Wang, Feng-Ping; M. Yasir, Rafique; Arbab, Mohammad Toufiq; M. Zubair, Iqbal

    2012-11-01

    We have reported new magnetic and optical properties of Mn2O3 nanostructures. The nanostructures have been synthesized by the hydrothermal method combined with the adjustment of pH values in the reaction system. The particular characteristics of the nanostructures have been analyzed by employing X-Ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy (RS), UV—visible spectroscopy, and the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Structural investigation manifests that the synthesized Mn2O3 nanostructures are orthorhombic crystal. Magnetic investigation indicates that the Mn2O3 nanostructures are antiferromagnetic and the antiferromagnetic transition temperature is at TN = 83 K. Furthermore, the Mn2O3 nanostructures possess canted antiferromagnetic order below the Neel temperature due to spin frustration, resulting in hysteresis with large coercivity (1580 Oe) and remnant magnetization (1.52 emu/g). The UV—visible spectrophotometry was used to determine the transmittance behaviour of Mn2O3 nanostructures. A direct optical band gap of 1.2 eV was acquired by using the Davis—Mott model. The UV—visible spectrum indicates that the absorption is prominent in the visible region, and transparency is more than 80% in the UV region.

  17. Room-temperature tetragonal non-collinear Heusler antiferromagnet Pt2MnGa

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    Singh, Sanjay; D'Souza, S. W.; Nayak, J.; Suard, E.; Chapon, L.; Senyshyn, A.; Petricek, V.; Skourski, Y.; Nicklas, M.; Felser, C.; Chadov, S.

    2016-01-01

    Antiferromagnetic spintronics is a rapidly growing field, which actively introduces new principles of magnetic storage. Despite that, most applications have been suggested for collinear antiferromagnets. In this study, we consider an alternative mechanism based on long-range helical order, which allows for direct manipulation of the helicity vector. As the helicity of long-range homogeneous spirals is typically fixed by the Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya interactions, bi-stable spirals (left- and right-handed) are rare. Here, we report a non-collinear room-temperature antiferromagnet in the tetragonal Heusler group. Neutron diffraction reveals a long-period helix propagating along its tetragonal axis. Ab-initio analysis suggests its pure exchange origin and explains its helical character resulting from a large basal plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy. The actual energy barrier between the left- and right-handed spirals is relatively small and might be easily overcome by magnetic pulse, suggesting Pt2MnGa as a potential candidate for non-volatile magnetic memory. PMID:27561795

  18. Exchange bias and magnetization reversal in ferromagnet/antiferromagnet antidot arrays

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    Luo, An; Ma, Fenghua; Hu, Yong

    2016-09-01

    Exchange bias and coercivity in ferromagnet/antiferromagnet antidot arrays magnetized perpendicularly are simulated to demonstrate the mechanism of their variations in specific nanostructures, using a modified Monte Carlo Metropolis algorithm. Three kinds of antidot array models characterized by different morphologies in the vicinity of pore are established and their magnetization behaviors are compared with that in the continuous film. An increase in the exchange bias field with a suppressed coercivity is obtained if the antiferromagnet covers the wall of pore entirely. By means of the results of the spin configurations, it is found that only the heterostructure component, e.g., the antiferromagnet can cut off the domain in the ferromagnet layer into small sizes effectively, and thus increases the pinning effect to the ferromagnet and changes the nucleation field. Moreover, the thermal stability of exchange bias in the antidot arrays is not enhanced and the coercivity is nonmonotonic with increasing temperature probably due to the magnetic field applied perpendicular to the film plane. We suggest that our numerical findings are also suitable for other nanostructures.

  19. Electrostatic doping as a source for robust ferromagnetism at the interface between antiferromagnetic cobalt oxides

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    Li, Zi-An; Fontaíña-Troitiño, N.; Kovács, A.; Liébana-Viñas, S.; Spasova, M.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.; Müller, M.; Doennig, D.; Pentcheva, R.; Farle, M.; Salgueiriño, V.

    2015-01-01

    Polar oxide interfaces are an important focus of research due to their novel functionality which is not available in the bulk constituents. So far, research has focused mainly on heterointerfaces derived from the perovskite structure. It is important to extend our understanding of electronic reconstruction phenomena to a broader class of materials and structure types. Here we report from high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and quantitative magnetometry a robust - above room temperature (Curie temperature TC >> 300 K) - environmentally stable- ferromagnetically coupled interface layer between the antiferromagnetic rocksalt CoO core and a 2-4 nm thick antiferromagnetic spinel Co3O4 surface layer in octahedron-shaped nanocrystals. Density functional theory calculations with an on-site Coulomb repulsion parameter identify the origin of the experimentally observed ferromagnetic phase as a charge transfer process (partial reduction) of Co3+ to Co2+ at the CoO/Co3O4 interface, with Co2+ being in the low spin state, unlike the high spin state of its counterpart in CoO. This finding may serve as a guideline for designing new functional nanomagnets based on oxidation resistant antiferromagnetic transition metal oxides.

  20. Magnetic-field-driven surface electromagnetic states in the graphene-antiferromagnetic photonic crystal system

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    Averkov, Yu. O.; Tarapov, S. I.; Yakovenko, V. M.; Yampol'skii, V. A.

    2015-04-01

    The surface electromagnetic states (SEMSs) on graphene, which has a linear carrier dispersion law and is placed in an antiferromagnetic photonic crystal, are theoretically studied in the terahertz frequency range. The unit cell of such a crystal consists of layers of a nonmagnetic insulator and a uniaxial antiferromagnet, the easy axis of which is parallel to the crystal layers. A dc magnetic field is parallel to the easy axis of the antiferromagnet. An expression that relates the SEMS frequencies to the structure parameters is obtained. The problem of SEMS excitation by an external TE-polarized electromagnetic wave is solved, and the dependences of the transmission coefficient on the dc magnetic field and the carrier concentration are constructed. These dependences are shown to differ substantially from the case of a conventional two-dimensional electron gas with a quadratic electron dispersion law. Thus, the positions of the transmission coefficient peaks related to resonance SEMS excitation can be used to determine the character of carrier dispersion law in a two-dimensional electron gas.

  1. Room-temperature tetragonal non-collinear Heusler antiferromagnet Pt2MnGa

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    Singh, Sanjay; D'Souza, S. W.; Nayak, J.; Suard, E.; Chapon, L.; Senyshyn, A.; Petricek, V.; Skourski, Y.; Nicklas, M.; Felser, C.; Chadov, S.

    2016-08-01

    Antiferromagnetic spintronics is a rapidly growing field, which actively introduces new principles of magnetic storage. Despite that, most applications have been suggested for collinear antiferromagnets. In this study, we consider an alternative mechanism based on long-range helical order, which allows for direct manipulation of the helicity vector. As the helicity of long-range homogeneous spirals is typically fixed by the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions, bi-stable spirals (left- and right-handed) are rare. Here, we report a non-collinear room-temperature antiferromagnet in the tetragonal Heusler group. Neutron diffraction reveals a long-period helix propagating along its tetragonal axis. Ab-initio analysis suggests its pure exchange origin and explains its helical character resulting from a large basal plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy. The actual energy barrier between the left- and right-handed spirals is relatively small and might be easily overcome by magnetic pulse, suggesting Pt2MnGa as a potential candidate for non-volatile magnetic memory.

  2. Using the ground state of an antiferromagnetic spin-1 atomic condensate for Heisenberg-limited metrology

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    Wu, Ling-Na; You, L.

    2016-03-01

    We show that the ground state of a spin-1 atomic condensate with antiferromagnetic interactions constitutes a useful resource for quantum metrology upon approaching the Heisenberg limit. Unlike a ferromagnetic condensate state where individual atomic spins are aligned in the same direction, the antiferromagnetic ground-state condensate is a condensate of spin-singlet atom pairs. The inherent correlation between paired atoms allows for parameter estimation at precisions beyond the standard quantum limit (SQL) for uncorrelated atoms. The degree of improvement over the SQL is measured by the scaled quantum Fisher information (QFI), whose dependence on the ratio of linear Zeeman shift p to spin-dependent atomic interaction c is studied. At a typical value of p =0.4 c , which corresponds to a magnetic field of 28.6 μ G for c =50 h Hz (for 23Na atom condensate in the F =1 state at a typical density of ˜1014cm-3 ), the scaled QFI can reach ˜0.48 N , which approaches the limit of 0.5 N for the twin-Fock state |N/2 > +|N/2 > - . Our work encourages experimental efforts to reach the ground state of an antiferromagnetic condensate at a extremely low magnetic field.

  3. The ground state of a spin-1 anti-ferromagnetic atomic condensate for Heisenberg limited metrology

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    Wu, Ling-Na; You, Li

    2016-05-01

    The ground state of a spin-1 atomic condensate with anti-ferromagnetic interaction can be applied to quantum metrology approaching the Heisenberg limit. Unlike a ferromagnetic condensate state where individual atomic spins are aligned in the same direction, atoms in an anti-ferromagnetic ground state condensate exist as spin singlet pairs, whose inherent correlation promises metrological precisions beyond the standard quantum limit (SQL) for uncorrelated atoms. The degree of improvement over the SQL is measured by quantum Fisher information (QFI), whose dependence on the ratio of linear Zeeman shift p to spin-dependent atomic interaction c is studied. At a typical value of p = 0 . 4 c corresponding to a magnetic field of 28 . 6 μ G with c = h × 50 Hz (for 23 Na atom condensate in the F = 1 state at a typical density of ~1014cm-3), the scaled QFI can reach ~ 0 . 48 N , which is close to the limits of N for NooN state, or 0 . 5 N for twin-Fock state. We hope our work will stimulate experimental efforts towards reaching the anti-ferromagnetic condensate ground state at extremely low magnetic fields.

  4. Magnetization Process of Spin-1/2 Heisenberg Antiferromagnets on a Layered Triangular Lattice

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    Yamamoto, Daisuke; Marmorini, Giacomo; Danshita, Ippei

    2016-02-01

    We study the magnetization process of the spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model on a layered triangular lattice by means of a numerical cluster mean-field method with a scaling scheme (CMF+S). It has been known that antiferromagnetic spins on a two-dimensional (2D) triangular lattice with quantum fluctuations exhibit a one-third magnetization plateau in the magnetization curve under magnetic field. We demonstrate that the CMF+S quantitatively reproduces the magnetization curve including the stabilization of the plateau. We also discuss the effects of a finite interlayer coupling, which is unavoidable in real quasi-2D materials. It has been recently argued for a model of the layered-triangular-lattice compound Ba3CoSb2O9 that such interlayer coupling can induce an additional first-order transition at a strong field. We present the detailed CMF+S results for the magnetization and susceptibility curves of the fundamental Heisenberg Hamiltonian in the presence of magnetic field and weak antiferromagnetic interlayer coupling. The extra first-order transition appears as a quite small jump in the magnetization curve and a divergence in the susceptibility at a strong magnetic field ˜0.712 of the saturation field.

  5. Room-temperature tetragonal non-collinear Heusler antiferromagnet Pt2MnGa.

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    Singh, Sanjay; D'Souza, S W; Nayak, J; Suard, E; Chapon, L; Senyshyn, A; Petricek, V; Skourski, Y; Nicklas, M; Felser, C; Chadov, S

    2016-01-01

    Antiferromagnetic spintronics is a rapidly growing field, which actively introduces new principles of magnetic storage. Despite that, most applications have been suggested for collinear antiferromagnets. In this study, we consider an alternative mechanism based on long-range helical order, which allows for direct manipulation of the helicity vector. As the helicity of long-range homogeneous spirals is typically fixed by the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions, bi-stable spirals (left- and right-handed) are rare. Here, we report a non-collinear room-temperature antiferromagnet in the tetragonal Heusler group. Neutron diffraction reveals a long-period helix propagating along its tetragonal axis. Ab-initio analysis suggests its pure exchange origin and explains its helical character resulting from a large basal plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy. The actual energy barrier between the left- and right-handed spirals is relatively small and might be easily overcome by magnetic pulse, suggesting Pt2MnGa as a potential candidate for non-volatile magnetic memory. PMID:27561795

  6. Exchange-bias in amorphous ferromagnetic and polycrystalline antiferromagnetic bilayers: Structural study and micromagnetic modeling

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    Kohn, A.; Dean, J.; Kovacs, A.; Zeltser, A.; Carey, M. J.; Geiger, D.; Hrkac, G.; Schrefl, T.; Allwood, D.

    2011-04-01

    We study the role of the structure of antiferromagnetic polycrystalline metallic films in determining the magnetic properties of an exchange-coupled amorphous ferromagnetic layer. The bilayers are sputter-deposited, highly textured {111} Ir22Mn78 and Co65.5Fe14.5B20 thin films. We focus on structural characterization of Ir22Mn78 as a function of layer thickness in the range having the strongest influence over the exchange-bias field and training effect. We have used transmission electron microscopy to characterize defects in the form of interface steps and roughness, interdiffusion, twin- and grain-boundaries. Such defects can result in uncompensated magnetic spins in the antiferromagnet, which then contribute to exchange-bias. These experimental results form the basis of a general model, which uses finite element micromagnetic simulations. The model incorporates the experimental structural parameters of the bilayer by implementing a surface integral technique that allows numerical calculations to solve the transition from an amorphous to a granular structure. As a result, a detailed calculation of the underlying magnetic structure within the antiferromagnetic material is achieved. These calculations are in good agreement with micromagnetic imaging using Lorentz transmission electron microscopy and the macro-magnetic properties of these bilayers.

  7. Magnetic-field-driven surface electromagnetic states in the graphene-antiferromagnetic photonic crystal system

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    Averkov, Yu. O. Tarapov, S. I.; Yakovenko, V. M.; Yampol’skii, V. A.

    2015-04-15

    The surface electromagnetic states (SEMSs) on graphene, which has a linear carrier dispersion law and is placed in an antiferromagnetic photonic crystal, are theoretically studied in the terahertz frequency range. The unit cell of such a crystal consists of layers of a nonmagnetic insulator and a uniaxial antiferromagnet, the easy axis of which is parallel to the crystal layers. A dc magnetic field is parallel to the easy axis of the antiferromagnet. An expression that relates the SEMS frequencies to the structure parameters is obtained. The problem of SEMS excitation by an external TE-polarized electromagnetic wave is solved, and the dependences of the transmission coefficient on the dc magnetic field and the carrier concentration are constructed. These dependences are shown to differ substantially from the case of a conventional two-dimensional electron gas with a quadratic electron dispersion law. Thus, the positions of the transmission coefficient peaks related to resonance SEMS excitation can be used to determine the character of carrier dispersion law in a two-dimensional electron gas.

  8. Probing the antiferromagnetic long-range order with Glauber spin states

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    Cabrera, Guillermo G.

    1994-01-01

    It is well known that the ground state of low-dimensional antiferromagnets deviates from Neel states due to strong quantum fluctuations. Even in the presence of long-range order, those fluctuations produce a substantial reduction of the magnetic moment from its saturation value. Numerical simulations in anisotropic antiferromagnetic chains suggest that quantum fluctuations over Neel order appear in the form of localized reversal of pairs of neighboring spins. In this paper, we propose a coherent state representation for the ground state to describe the above situation. In the one-dimensional case, our wave function corresponds to a two-mode Glauber state, when the Neel state is used as a reference, while the boson fields are associated to coherent flip of spin pairs. The coherence manifests itself through the antiferromagnetic long-range order that survives the action of quantum fluctuations. The present representation is different from the standard zero-point spin wave state, and is asymptotically exact in the limit of strong anisotropy. The fermionic version of the theory, obtained through the Jordan-Wigner transformation, is also investigated.

  9. Nature of strong hole pairing in doped Mott antiferromagnets.

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    Zhu, Zheng; Jiang, Hong-Chen; Sheng, D N; Weng, Zheng-Yu

    2014-06-24

    Cooper pairing instability in a Fermi liquid is well understood by the BCS theory, but pairing mechanism for doped Mott insulators still remains elusive. Previously it has been shown by density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method that a single doped hole is always self-localized due to the quantum destructive interference of the phase string signs hidden in the t-J ladders. Here we report a DMRG investigation of hole binding in the same model, where a novel pairing-glue scheme beyond the BCS realm is discovered. Specifically, we show that, in addition to spin pairing due to superexchange interaction, the strong frustration of the phase string signs on the kinetic energy gets effectively removed by pairing the charges, which results in strong binding of two holes. By contrast, if the phase string signs are "switched off" artificially, the pairing strength diminishes significantly even if the superexchange coupling remains the same. In the latter, unpaired holes behave like coherent quasiparticles with pairing drastically weakened, whose sole origin may be attributed to the resonating-valence-bond (RVB) pairing of spins. Such non-BCS pairing mechanism is therefore beyond the RVB picture and may shed important light on the high-T(c) cuprate superconductors.

  10. Nature of strong hole pairing in doped Mott antiferromagnets

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    Zhu, Zheng; Jiang, Hong-Chen; Sheng, D. N.; Weng, Zheng-Yu

    2014-06-01

    Cooper pairing instability in a Fermi liquid is well understood by the BCS theory, but pairing mechanism for doped Mott insulators still remains elusive. Previously it has been shown by density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method that a single doped hole is always self-localized due to the quantum destructive interference of the phase string signs hidden in the t-J ladders. Here we report a DMRG investigation of hole binding in the same model, where a novel pairing-glue scheme beyond the BCS realm is discovered. Specifically, we show that, in addition to spin pairing due to superexchange interaction, the strong frustration of the phase string signs on the kinetic energy gets effectively removed by pairing the charges, which results in strong binding of two holes. By contrast, if the phase string signs are ``switched off'' artificially, the pairing strength diminishes significantly even if the superexchange coupling remains the same. In the latter, unpaired holes behave like coherent quasiparticles with pairing drastically weakened, whose sole origin may be attributed to the resonating-valence-bond (RVB) pairing of spins. Such non-BCS pairing mechanism is therefore beyond the RVB picture and may shed important light on the high-Tc cuprate superconductors.

  11. Nature of strong hole pairing in doped Mott antiferromagnets.

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    Zhu, Zheng; Jiang, Hong-Chen; Sheng, D N; Weng, Zheng-Yu

    2014-01-01

    Cooper pairing instability in a Fermi liquid is well understood by the BCS theory, but pairing mechanism for doped Mott insulators still remains elusive. Previously it has been shown by density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method that a single doped hole is always self-localized due to the quantum destructive interference of the phase string signs hidden in the t-J ladders. Here we report a DMRG investigation of hole binding in the same model, where a novel pairing-glue scheme beyond the BCS realm is discovered. Specifically, we show that, in addition to spin pairing due to superexchange interaction, the strong frustration of the phase string signs on the kinetic energy gets effectively removed by pairing the charges, which results in strong binding of two holes. By contrast, if the phase string signs are "switched off" artificially, the pairing strength diminishes significantly even if the superexchange coupling remains the same. In the latter, unpaired holes behave like coherent quasiparticles with pairing drastically weakened, whose sole origin may be attributed to the resonating-valence-bond (RVB) pairing of spins. Such non-BCS pairing mechanism is therefore beyond the RVB picture and may shed important light on the high-T(c) cuprate superconductors. PMID:24957467

  12. Static and Dynamical Properties of the Spin-1/2 Equilateral Triangular-Lattice Antiferromagnet Ba_{3}CoSb_{2}O_{9}.

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    Ma, J; Kamiya, Y; Hong, Tao; Cao, H B; Ehlers, G; Tian, W; Batista, C D; Dun, Z L; Zhou, H D; Matsuda, M

    2016-02-26

    We present single-crystal neutron scattering measurements of the spin-1/2 equilateral triangular-lattice antiferromagnet Ba_{3}CoSb_{2}O_{9}. Besides confirming that the Co^{2+} magnetic moments lie in the ab plane for zero magnetic field and then determining all the exchange parameters of the minimal quasi-2D spin Hamiltonian, we provide conclusive experimental evidence of magnon decay through observation of intrinsic line broadening. Through detailed comparisons with the linear and nonlinear spin-wave theories, we also point out that the large-S approximation, which is conventionally employed to predict magnon decay in noncollinear magnets, is inadequate to explain our experimental observation. Thus, our results call for a new theoretical framework for describing excitation spectra in low-dimensional frustrated magnets under strong quantum effects. PMID:26967439

  13. Thermal transport and spin-phonon coupling in the one-dimensional antiferromagnetic spin chain compound CuSb2O6

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    Prasai, Narayan; Cohn, Joshua; Rebello, Alwyn; Smith, Michael; Neumeier, John J.

    2014-03-01

    We report thermal conductivity (κ) measurements on single crystals of the S = 1 / 2 antiferromagnetic spin-chain compound CuSb2O6 over the temperature range 5 K <= T <= 300 K . Similar measurements on the non-magnetic analog compound, ZnSb2O6, allow for a comparison of the lattice thermal conductivities. The role of spin-phonon coupling and twinning on the anisotropic thermal transport of CuSb2O6 will be discussed. This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences grant DE-FG02-12ER46888 (Univ. Miami) and the National Science Foundation under grant DMR-0907036 (Mont. St. Univ.).

  14. Turning antiferromagnetic Sm(0.34)Sr(0.66)MnO3 into a 140 K ferromagnet using a nanocomposite strain tuning approach.

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    Suwardi, Ady; Prasad, Bhagwati; Lee, Shinbuhm; Choi, Eun-Mi; Lu, Ping; Zhang, Wenrui; Li, Leigang; Blamire, Mark; Jia, Quanxi; Wang, Haiyan; Yao, Kui; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L

    2016-04-21

    Ferromagnetic insulating thin films of Sm(0.34)Sr(0.66)MnO3 (SSMO) on (001) SrTiO3 substrates with a T(C) of 140 K were formed in self-assembled epitaxial nanocomposite thin films. High T(C) ferromagnetism was enabled through vertical epitaxy of the SSMO matrix with embedded, stiff, ∼40 nm Sm2O3 nanopillars giving a c/a ratio close to 1 in the SSMO. In contrast, bulk and single phase SSMO films of the same composition have much stronger tetragonal distortion, the bulk having c/a >1 and the films having c/a <1, both of which give rise to antiferromagnetic coupling. The work demonstrates a unique and simple route to creating ferromagnetic insulators for spintronics applications where currently available ferromagnetic insulators are either hard to grow and/or have very low T(C).

  15. Static and dynamical properties of the spin-1/2 equilateral triangular-lattice antiferromagnet Ba3CoSb2O9

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    Ma, Jie; Kamiya, Yoshitomo; Hong, Tao; Cao, H. B.; Ehlers, Georg; Tian, Wei; Batista, C. D.; Dun, Z. L.; Zhou, H. D.; Matsuda, Masaaki

    2016-02-24

    We present single-crystal neutron scattering measurements of the spin-1/2 equilateral triangular-lattice antiferromagnet Ba3CoSb2O9. Besides confirming that the Co2+ magnetic moments lie in the ab plane for zero magnetic field and then determining all the exchange parameters of the minimal quasi-2D spin Hamiltonian, we provide conclusive experimental evidence of magnon decay through observation of intrinsic line broadening. Through detailed comparisons with the linear and nonlinear spin-wave theories, we also point out that the large-S approximation, which is conventionally employed to predict magnon decay in noncollinear magnets, is inadequate to explain our experimental observation. Hence, our results call for a new theoreticalmore » framework for describing excitation spectra in low-dimensional frustrated magnets under strong quantum effects.« less

  16. Turning antiferromagnetic Sm(0.34)Sr(0.66)MnO3 into a 140 K ferromagnet using a nanocomposite strain tuning approach.

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    Suwardi, Ady; Prasad, Bhagwati; Lee, Shinbuhm; Choi, Eun-Mi; Lu, Ping; Zhang, Wenrui; Li, Leigang; Blamire, Mark; Jia, Quanxi; Wang, Haiyan; Yao, Kui; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L

    2016-04-21

    Ferromagnetic insulating thin films of Sm(0.34)Sr(0.66)MnO3 (SSMO) on (001) SrTiO3 substrates with a T(C) of 140 K were formed in self-assembled epitaxial nanocomposite thin films. High T(C) ferromagnetism was enabled through vertical epitaxy of the SSMO matrix with embedded, stiff, ∼40 nm Sm2O3 nanopillars giving a c/a ratio close to 1 in the SSMO. In contrast, bulk and single phase SSMO films of the same composition have much stronger tetragonal distortion, the bulk having c/a >1 and the films having c/a <1, both of which give rise to antiferromagnetic coupling. The work demonstrates a unique and simple route to creating ferromagnetic insulators for spintronics applications where currently available ferromagnetic insulators are either hard to grow and/or have very low T(C). PMID:27020599

  17. Dynamics of a central electron spin coupled to an anti-ferromagnetic spin bath driven by a variable magnetic field in the Landau-Zener scenario

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    Fouokeng, Georges Collince; Tchoffo, Martin; Ateuafack, Mathurin Esouague; Fai, Lukong Cornelius

    2014-07-01

    The Landau-Zener (LZ) transition probability of a two-level crossing in a single quantum dot driven by a two-state auto-correlated (TSAC) noise is studied. The model used isolates a central electron spin (CES) system bathed with TSAC noise and an anti-ferromagnetic spin bath. This model turnes into the LZ formalism in the limit of weak-excitation magnetic field. The effects of noise and of the coupling with the spin chain, on the LZ-transition probability are studied. In the weak coupling regime of the CES with the bath, it is seen that the TSAC noise effect can be compared with that of a deterministic sinusoidal oscillating function. In the strong coupling regime this effect decreases and alters the noise process on the LZ-transition probability.

  18. MAGNETIC EXCITATIONS AND DOUBLE GAP IN THE S=1/2 LINEAR CHAIN QUANTUM ANTIFERROMAGNET BaCu{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 7}

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    RAYMOND,S.; ZHELUDEV,A.; MASUDA,T.; KAKURAI,K.; RESSOUCHE,E.; WILDES,A.

    2000-03-16

    The magnetic excitation spectrum of the ideal S=1/2 1-dimensional quantum antiferromagnet (AF), contains no single-mode contributions, and, in fact, can be described as a 2-particle continuum of spinons. Chain-MF theory predicts that a weakly coupled chains system becomes ordered at low temperatures. In the ordered state a sharp magnon excitation is present. The continuum persists, but is separated from the magnon branch by an appreciable energy gap. On the other hand, if weakly coupled chains are described through the 1/S expansion of the conventional Holstein-Primakov spin wave theory, one finds a longitudinal 2-magnon continuum and a transverse 3-magnon continuum that start immediately above the spin wave energy.

  19. Electron density analysis of the layered antiferromagnetic compound Cu{sub 2}(OH){sub 3}NO{sub 3}: Relationship with the magnetic interaction mechanism

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    Pillet, Sebastien; Souhassou, Mohamed; Lecomte, Claude; Rabu, Pierre; Drillon, Marc; Massobrio, Carlo

    2006-03-15

    The electronic properties of the antiferromagnetic layer compound copper hydroxonitrate [Cu{sub 2}(OH){sub 3}NO{sub 3}] are investigated by high-resolution single-crystal x-ray diffraction at 114 K. A pseudoatomic multipolar model is used to reconstruct the experimental electron density (ED) distribution, whose quantitative analysis is performed through the quantum theory of atoms in molecules. The topological properties of the ED indicate indirect Cu{center_dot}{center_dot}{center_dot}Cu bonds mediated by the hydroxo and nitrate ions among the two-dimensional (2D) copper lattice. A mean charge transfer of 0.4 electrons from the copper atoms to the hydroxo groups and of 0.76 electrons to the nitrate ion is determined via numerical integration of the ED over the atomic basins. Low but nonetheless significant Cu-O partial covalent bonds do also exist. Interplane interaction pathways are furthermore localized and characterized.

  20. Single crystal and magnetic structures of maricite-type AgMnVO{sub 4}

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    Ben Yahia, Hamdi; Shikano, Masahiro; Gaudin, Etienne; Avdeev, Maxim; Ling, Chris D.

    2015-01-15

    Single crystals of the ternary manganese vanadate AgMnVO{sub 4}, were grown using AgVO{sub 3} flux. The structure was determined from single crystal X-ray diffraction data. The magnetic structure and properties of AgMnVO{sub 4} were characterized by magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, and low-temperature neutron powder diffraction measurements. AgMnVO{sub 4} crystallizes in the maricite-type structure with space group Pnma, a=9.5393(12), b=6.8132(9), c=5.3315(7) Å and Z=4. AgMnVO{sub 4} contains MnO{sub 4} chains made up of edge-sharing MnO{sub 6} octahedra, and these chains are interlinked by the VO{sub 4} and AgO{sub 4} tetrahedra. The specific heat measurements indicate a 3D-antiferromagnetic ordering at ∼12.1 K and the neutron powder diffraction measurements at 5 K show that the Mn{sup 2+}magnetic moments are antiferromagnetically coupled within the chains which are antiferromagnetically coupled to each other. - Graphical abstract: The AgMnVO{sub 4} crystals could be grown in AgVO{sub 3} flux and the magnetic structure was determined from neutron powder diffraction data. The spins in each MnO{sub 4} chain along [0 1 0] are antiferromagnetically coupled, while these antiferromagnetic chains are antiferromagnetically coupled along [0 0 1] but have a non-collinear arrangement along [1 0 1]. - Highlights: • We have been able to grow AgMnVO{sub 4} single crystals, using AgVO{sub 3} flux. • We solved its crystal structure using single crystal data. • We carried out magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements. • We solved the magnetic structure from low-temperature neutron powder diffraction data. • We compared the magnetic structure to that of NaFePO{sub 4}.