Ames Laboratory; Physics and Astronomy
Ames Laboratory, Physics and Astronomy
We have used neutron powder diffraction to demonstrate the existence of long-range antiferromagnetic order of Ising-like Dy moments in the DyCd6 quasicrystal approximant phase. This cubic compound undergoes a slight distortion to a monoclinic cell at low temperatures. The Neel temperature is 18.0(2) K and the magnetic order of the Dy sublattice may be described in the parent cubic Im (3) over bar structure using a combination of two propagation vectors, k(1) = [0 0 0] and k(2) = [1/2 0 1/2], yielding 'anti-I' order. Alternatively, when referred to the monoclinic C2/c cell, the magnetic structure may be described by a single propagation vector: k = [1 0 0].
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