Spin glass behaviour in doped and pure UPt3 — A possible key
Institut für Physik, Universität Augsburg,
Memminger Str. 6, 86159 Augsburg, Germany
Accepted: 6 June 1996
While studying doped , we employed the standard technique of measuring in both zero-field–cooled and field-cooled states to check for possible spin glass behaviour. The results of these studies lead to the discovery that nominally pure itself has a tendency towards spin glass behaviour. This instability makes for very sample-dependent properties (as is typical in spin glasses), especially for superconductivity, and is likely the long-sought "hidden parameter" linking a large number of the unusual behaviours in . Thus, the measured spin glass behaviour in reported here can explain the extreme sample dependence of , the observed aging effect on , and the destruction of superconductivity in by grinding. In addition, the discovery of spin glass behaviour in UPt 3 may have implications for understanding the small-moment magnetism below 5 K and the double superconducting transition in some samples, as well as helping to explain the known important role of defects in .
PACS: 71.27.+a – Strongly correlated electron systems / 74.62.Dh – Effects of crystal defects, doping and substitution / 74.70.Tx – Heavy-fermion superconductors
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