Ames Laboratory; Physics and Astronomy
Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory
Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials
57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy measurements were performed on a powdered CuFe2Ge2 sample that orders antiferromagnetically at ∼175 K. Whereas a paramagnetic doublet was observed above the Néel temperature, a superposition of paramagnetic doublet and magnetic sextet (in approximately 0.5:0.5 ratio) was observed in the magnetically ordered state, suggesting a magnetic structure similar to a double-Q spin density wave with half of the Fe paramagnetic and another half bearing static moment of ∼0.5-1μB. These results call for a re-evaluation of the recent neutron scattering data and band structure calculations, as well as for deeper examination of details of sample preparation techniques.
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