Coexistence of short-range ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic correlations in Ge-rich Gd5(SixGe1−x)4 alloys

Fèlix Casanova, Sophie de Brion, Amílcar Labarta, Xavier Batlle
2005 Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics  
Isothermal magnetization curves up to 23 T were measured in Gd 5 (Si x Ge 1−x ) 4 alloys for x 0.1. We show that a field-induced transition occurs from the antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase to a state in which competing short-range AFM and ferromagnetic (FM) correlations are present. This is based on the abrupt change in the slope of the high-temperature magnetization isotherms at high fields (∼14-15 T). Results suggest that the transition is due to the breaking of the long-range AFM ordering by
more » ... AFM ordering by the magnetic field. This induces short-range FM correlations favouring the formation of coexisting FM and AFM clusters. A further increase of the magnetic field leads to the percolation of the former, giving rise to long-range FM order.
doi:10.1088/0022-3727/38/18/002 fatcat:j7ojjqydxfdtpd2phcmjiuy2gm