7-11 July 2014
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Probing the antiferromagnetism in (Cr<sub>84</sub>Re<sub>16</sub>)<sub>100-<i>y</i></sub>V<sub><i>y</i></sub> alloys using neutron diffraction

9 Jul 2014, 17:10
1h 50m
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D Ring ground level

Board: A.74
Poster Presentation Track A - Division for Physics of Condensed Matter and Materials Poster2


Mrs Bincy Susan Jacobs (University Of Johannesburg)

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Prof ARE Prinsloo
University of Johannesburg

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Sommerfeld coefficient (γ), obtained from fitting the low temperature specific heat (Cp) data to the equation Cp = γT+ βT3, has previously been used to identify the region of critical concentration in Cr1-xVx [1] and in (Cr84Re16)100-yVy [2] alloys. The effects of spin fluctuations and nature of the nesting bands on physical properties of Cr1-xVx alloys were explored using specific heat measurements and the corresponding trends in the γx curve [1]. In the (Cr84Re16)100-yVyalloy system, γ shows anomalous trends close to the critical concentration as well as at y ≈ 4 [2]. The decrease in γ observed at y ≈ 4 may correspond to the transition from one magnetic phase to another. At y = 0, the alloy system is expected to be in the commensurate spin-density-wave (CSDW) phase [3]. On increasing the V concentration, the incommensurate (I) SDW phase may prevail due to the mismatch between the electron and hole sheets. In order to clarify this conjecture, neutron diffraction studies are proposed. Neutron diffraction is an ideal tool to explore the magnetic phases in an alloy and was successfully used in the Cr1-xRux system to establish the types of antiferromagnetic order in the system [4]. This paper reports on the preliminary results of neutron diffraction on the (Cr84Re16)100-yVy alloy system, with y = 0, 4.2 and 6.2. Results indicate that at room temperature, the Cr84Re16 alloy is in the CSDW phase. Possible magnetic satellites indicative of the ISDW phase were observed in the alloys with y = 4.2 and 6.2 as envisaged.
[1] Takeuchi J et al., J. Phys. Soc. Japan 49, 508 (1980)
[2] Jacobs B S et al., J. Appl. Phys. 113, 17E126 (2013)
[3] Fawcett E et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 66 25 (1994)
[4] Papoular R et al., J. Magn. Magn. Mater.24 106-110 (1981)

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Mrs Bincy Susan Jacobs (University Of Johannesburg)


Prof. Aletta Prinsloo (University of Johannesburg) Dr Andrew Venter (Necsa Limited) Dr Charles Sheppard (University of Johannesburg) Dr Helen Maynard-Casely (Australian Nuclear Science and Techonology Organisation, Australia)

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