Europhys. Lett., 61 (4) , pp. 534-540 (2003)
Quantum phase transition in to collinear non-spin-flop state in magnetic field: A neutron diffraction studyV. P. Plakhty1, S. V. Maleyev1, S. V. Gavrilov1, F. Bourdarot2, 3, S. Pouget2, 3 and S. N. Barilo4
1 Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute RAS - Gatchina, 188300 St. Petersburg, Russia
2 CEA-Grenoble, DRFMC/SPSMS/MDN - 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
3 Institut Laue-Langevin - BP 156, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9, France
4 Institute for Solid State and Semiconductor Physics BYAS - 220072 Minsk, Belarus
(Received 17 July 2002; accepted in final form 4 December 2002)
In the external field applied to the tetragonal antiferromagnet , a transition is discovered from the phase with orthogonal antiferromagnetic spin subsystems along [1,0,0] and [0,1,0] to the phase with collinear spins, which are inclined about to the field. This phase is shown to be due to the interplane pseudodipolar interaction, and transforms into the spin-flop phase asymptotically at very high field. The discovered phase transition is of first order, if the field is along [1,0,0], or [0,1,0], and becomes of second order if the field is slightly inclined to these axes. It holds at T = 0 and is a quantum one, with the transition field being the critical point and the angle between two subsystems below the critical point being the order parameter.
75.25.+z - Spin arrangements in magnetically ordered materials (including neutron and spin-polarized electron studies, synchrotron-source X-ray scattering, etc.).
75.30.Kz - Magnetic phase boundaries (including magnetic transitions, metamagnetism, etc.).
75.50.Ee - Antiferromagnetics.
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