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  Synthesis and study of the chiral magnetic system EuIr2P2

Franco, D. G., & Geibel, C. (2021). Synthesis and study of the chiral magnetic system EuIr2P2. Physical Review B, 104(5): 054416, pp. 1-8. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.104.054416.

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Franco, D. G.1, Author              
Geibel, C.2, Author              
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1Physics of Quantum Materials, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society, ou_1863462              
2Christoph Geibel, Physics of Quantum Materials, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society, ou_1863465              

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 Abstract: Chiral materials, where no improper symmetry operations such as inversion are present, are systems prone to the appearance of a skyrmion lattice. Recently it has been shown theoretically that not only ferromagnets (FMs) but also antiferromagnets (AFMs) can host such kind of phases. In this work we study a new candidate for AFM skyrmions, EuIr2P2, by means of magnetization and specific heat measurements on poly and single crystals. X-ray diffraction confirms a trigonal chiral crystal structure, where europium ions form helices along the c direction. In spite of predominantly FM interactions, Eu2+ ions order antiferromagnetically at T-N1 = 5 K in what seems to be an incommensurate amplitude-modulated magnetic state where the moments are oriented mainly along the c direction. A second magnetic transition takes place at T-N2 = 2.9 K, involving the ordering of an in-plane component of the Eu moment likely resulting in an equal-moment structure. Specific heat data show a tail above T-N1. Accordingly the magnetic entropy at T-N1 is strongly reduced in comparison to the expected R ln 8 value. This evidences a significant amount of frustration. A simple analysis based on a Heisenberg model indicates that the observed properties imply the presence of several relevant interactions, with competing FM and AFM ones resulting in frustration. Thus EuIr2P2 is a new interesting magnetic system, where chirality and frustration might result in unconventional magnetic textures.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-08-112021-08-11
 Publication Status: Published in print
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Title: Physical Review B
  Abbreviation : Phys. Rev. B
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Publ. Info: Woodbury, NY : American Physical Society
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 104 (5) Sequence Number: 054416 Start / End Page: 1 - 8 Identifier: ISSN: 1098-0121
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925225008