Plasticity-induced magnetization in amorphous magnetic solids
1 Department of Physics, Emory University - Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
2 Department of Chemical Physics, The Weizmann Institute of Science - Rehovot 76100, Israel
Received: 14 January 2014
Accepted: 3 February 2014
Amorphous magnetic solids, like metallic glasses, exhibit a novel effect: the growth of magnetic order as a function of mechanical strain under athermal conditions in the presence of a magnetic field. The magnetic moment increases in steps whenever there is a plastic event. Thus, plasticity induces the magnetic ordering, acting as the effective noise driving the system towards equilibrium. We present results of atomistic simulations of this effect in a model of a magnetic amorphous solid subjected to pure shear and a magnetic field. To elucidate the dependence on external strain and magnetic field we offer a mean-field theory that provides an adequate qualitative understanding of the observed phenomenon.
PACS: 75.50.Kj – Amorphous and quasicrystalline magnetic materials
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