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We present the results of x-ray- and neutron-scattering studies of the temperature dependence of the magnetic scattering exhibited by the type-I, triple-Q antiferromagnet UO(2). Our neutron-scattering results are consistent with those of earlier studies, including the observation of short-ranged magnetic correlations at temperatures near and above T(N). However, it is found by x-ray diffraction that a second, longer length scale is induced near T(N) when the near-surface volume of the sample is mechanically roughened. The longitudinal and transverse widths of the additional scattering increase continuously with increasing temperature above T(N), similar to that which has been observed near the magnetic ordering transitions of Ho, Tb, and NpAs and near the tetragonal-to-cubic transitions of various perovskites. Another unusual feature of the present results for UO(2) involves the apparent shift with temperature of the magnetic scattering along the surface normal direction at the (1,1,0) reflection, but not at the (2,1,0) reflection. To our knowledge, this is the first observation of a second length scale near a first-order transition.

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Authors: WATSON G M ET AL, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York (US);GAULIN B D, McMaster University, Department of Physical and Astronomy, Hamilton (CA);LANDER G H ET AL, JRC Karlsruhe (DE);WANG S ET AL, State University of New York, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (US)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Physical Review B, Vol. 53 (1996) No 2, pp. 686-698
Record Number: 199611016 / Last updated on: 1996-09-30
Original language: en
Available languages: en