Volume 80, Number 1, October 2007
Article Number 17004
Number of page(s) 6
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 07 September 2007
EPL, 80 (2007) 17004
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/80/17004

Imaging of time evolution of the first-order magneto-structural transition in Fe-Rh alloy using magnetic force microscopy

M. Manekar1, C. Mukherjee2 and S. B. Roy1

1  Magnetic and Superconducting Materials Section, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology - Indore 452 013, M.P., India
2  Laser Systems Engineering Division, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology - Indore 452 013, M. P., India

received 6 July 2007; accepted in final form 10 August 2007; published October 2007
published online 7 September 2007

Cooperative lattice distortion can lead to phase coexistence at micrometer scales across a first-order magneto-structural transition. Using magnetic force microscopy we show such a phase coexistence across an antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic transition coupled with a structural distortion in the intermetallic alloy of Fe-Rh. Our results provide direct evidence of strong coupling between the elastic and electronic degrees of freedom seen across this first-order magneto-structural transition. Theoretical frameworks based on long-range strain disorder coupling proposed originally for explaining phase coexistence in manganese oxide compounds with colossal magnetoresistance also appear to be applicable for other systems, like intermetallics, undergoing magneto-structural transitions.

75.30.Kz - Magnetic phase boundaries (including magnetic transitions, metamagnetism, etc.).

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