Successive magnetic transitions in TbNiAl2 studied by neutron diffraction

D P Rojas, J Sánchez Marcos, J Rodríguez Fernández
2014 Journal of Physics, Conference Series  
We report measurements of DC (AC) magnetic susceptibility and neutron diffraction on TbNiAl2 alloy. The Rietveld refinements of the x-ray and neutron diffraction data are consistent with an orthorhombic structure of the type MgCuAl2 (space group Cmcm). The results of DC (AC)-magnetic susceptibility show two successive magnetic transitions at 20 K and 11.7 K with antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic (or ferrimagnetic) features, respectively. On the other hand, neutron diffraction patterns show
more » ... on patterns show that, below 20 K and down to 12 K, new reflexions appear, confirming the antiferromagnetic character of the transition observed in the macroscopic measurements. Also, at least one of these new reflexions, located at Q = 1.2Å −1 , shifts to higher angles when the temperature decreases, indicating an incommensurate magnetic structure. Below 11 K, many reflexions disappear and new reflexions increase, evidencing a new magnetic transition.
doi:10.1088/1742-6596/549/1/012020 fatcat:ort4hxehtbehvdsjfavmbbt4zu