(U(1�x)Pu(x))Sb solid solutions. I. Magnetic configurations
Neutron and resonant x-ray magnetic scattering studies have been performed on single crystals of three compositions, x = 0.25, 0.50, and 0.75 of the (U(1)�(x)Pu(x))Sb solid solution. Neutron diffraction has established the ordering wave vector, the average magnetic moment, and the temperature dependence of the magnetic order. For the x = 0.75 sample the presence of a third-order harmonic indicates a substantial squaring of the 4+, 4� magnetic configuration. The resonant x-ray magnetic scattering experiments have been performed at the U M(4) (3.728 keV) and Pu M(4) (3.963 keV) edges, exploiting the element-specific nature of this probe. For the x = 0.50 sample, conventional long-range magnetic order is found. However, in the x = 0.75 sample the better momentum resolution of the x-ray technique (compared to neutrons) shows that the ordering is not truly long range. Both the U and Pu moments have a correlation length of some 400 Å only, even at the lowest temperature. For higher harmonics, especially the third order, the correlation length is even shorter. The observation of a second-order resonance harmonic is linked to the multi-k nature of the configurations, and its unusual temperature dependence is explained by using the phase diagram established for the x = 0.75 sample by neutron diffraction. We conclude with a discussion of the frustration effects that have been observed in the x = 0.75 sample and some suggestions for further work.
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Physical Review B, 66, 014405 (2002)
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