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EVIDENCE FOR A DEVILS STAIRCASE IN HOLMIUM PRODUCED BY AN APPLIED MAGNETIC-FIELD

COWLEY, RA; JEHAN, DA; MCMORROW, DF; MCINTYRE, GJ; (1991) EVIDENCE FOR A DEVILS STAIRCASE IN HOLMIUM PRODUCED BY AN APPLIED MAGNETIC-FIELD. PHYS REV LETT , 66 (11) 1521 - 1524.

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Abstract

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

Type:Article
Title:EVIDENCE FOR A DEVILS STAIRCASE IN HOLMIUM PRODUCED BY AN APPLIED MAGNETIC-FIELD
Keywords:PHASES
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > London Centre for Nanotechnology

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