Observation of a second metastable spin-ordered state in ferrimagnet Cu2OSeO3

C. L. Huang, K. F. Tseng, C. C. Chou, S. Mukherjee, J. L. Her, Y. H. Matsuda, K. Kindo, H. Berger, H. D. Yang

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dc and ac magnetization measurements were performed on single-crystal Cu2OSeO3 under magnetic field (H) and hydrostatic pressure (P) conditions. Increasing H shifts the ferrimagnetic transition observed at TC~60 K to a higher-temperature region. Moreover, the TC increases linearly and magnetization is enhanced with P. Features of the ladder in the M-vs-H curve or the peak in the dM/dH-vs-H curve are observed at H SF~0.5 kOe, suggesting a competing ordered state under magnetic fields below TC. Remarkably, a second shoulder is observed at ∼1 kOe in the dM/dH-vs-H curve, revealing another metastable spin-ordered state in Cu2OSeO3. This state is retained and enhanced by applying pressure. As H rises to 55 T, no further slope changes in the M-H curve are observed. These magnetic properties indicate a complex spin orientation in the geometrically spin-frustrated system Cu2OSeO3.

Original languageEnglish
Article number052402
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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