Volume 82, Number 4, May 2008
Article Number 47012
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 16 May 2008
EPL, 82 (2008) 47012
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/82/47012

Possible 2$\frac{1}{2}$-order magnetic phase transition in the Gd1-xYx system

A. Vl. Andrianov and O. A. Savelieva

Department of Physics, Moscow State University - Moscow 119991, Russia

received 22 November 2007; accepted in final form 31 March 2008; published May 2008
published online 16 May 2008

The magnetic phase transition "helical antiferromagnet-ferromagnet" in the Gd0.66Y0.34 and Gd0.65Y0.35 samples was examined by means of the specific heat, resistivity and magnetic susceptibility vs. temperature. The characteristic anomaly on the temperature dependence of the specific heat suggests that this phase transition in both the samples is not a second-order phase transition as might be expected, but a so-called second-and-a-half$\hbox{--}$order phase transition. The phenomenon is due to the change in the Fermi surface topology with temperature that is also responsible for the change in the magnetic structure.

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.).
71.18.+y - Fermi surface: calculations and measurements: effective mass, g factor.

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