Physics and Astronomy, Ames Laboratory
Journal or Book Title
Physical Review B
In the spirit of searching for Gd-based, frustrated, rare earth magnets, we have found antiferomagnetism (AF) in GdPtPb, which crystallizes in the ZrNiAl-type structure that has a distorted kagome lattice of Gd triangles. Single crystals were grown and investigated using structural, magnetic, transport, and thermodynamic measurements. GdPtPb orders antiferromagnetically at 15.5 K, arguably with a planar, noncollinear structure. The high temperature magnetic susceptibility data reveal an “anti-frustration” behavior having a frustration parameter, |f|=|Θ|/TN=0.25, which can be explained by mean field theory within a two-sublattice model. Study of the magnetic phase diagram down to T=1.8K reveals a change of magnetic structure through a metamagnetic transition at around 20 kOe and the disappearance of the AF ordering near 140 kOe. In total, our work indicates that GdPtPb can serve as an example of a planar, noncollinear AF with a distorted kagome magnetic sublattice.
American Physical Society
Manni, Soham; Bud’ko, Sergey L.; and Canfield, Paul C., "GdPtPb: A noncollinear antiferromagnet with distorted kagome lattice" (2017). Physics and Astronomy Publications. 539.