Ames Laboratory; Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering, Ames Laboratory
Journal of Alloys and Compounds
Magnetization measurements reveal the onset of magnetic ordering at TC = 65 K followed by three additional magnetic anomalies at T1 = 47 K, T2 = 28 K, and T3 = 11 K in Gd117Co56.4Sn114.3 – a compound with a giant cubic unit cell that crystallizes in the Dy117Co56Sn112 structure type with space group Fm3¯m and lattice parameter a = 30.186 Å. The magnetic ordering temperature increases with applied magnetic field; however, the analysis of magnetic data indicates that antiferromagnetic interactions also play a role in the ground state. AC magnetic susceptibility confirms multiple magnetic anomalies and shows minor frequency dependence. The local magnetic ordering below 60 K is supported by the Mössbauer spectroscopy. A single broad anomaly is detected at T3 in the heat capacity; we suggest that magnetic domains form below this temperature. These data highlight unique features of magnetism in this and, potentially, other rare-earth intermetallics crystallizing with giant unit-cells where the exchange correlation lengths are much shorter when compared to the periodicity of the crystal lattice.
Department of Energy Subject Categories
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
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