Magnetic order in RBa2Cu2O6+x (invited)

J. W. Lynn, W. H. Li

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Abstract

Neutron scattering results on the RBa2 Cu3 O 6+x (R=rare earth) class of systems are reviewed. For the oxygen-deficient systems (x<0.5), which are semiconducting, the Cu ions are observed to order with Néel temperatures as high as 500 K. The magnetic structure consists of strong nearest-neighbor antiferromagnetic couplings of the Cu spins within the Cu-O2 layers, while nearest-neighbor spins in adjacent layers are also aligned antiferromagnetically. The moments are constrained in the tetragonal plane. At lower temperatures the Cu moments in the oxygen-deficient "chain" layers also order antiferromagnetically, with a moment that can be quite substantial (∼ 1/2 μB). Both transition temperatures are very sensitive to the oxygen concentration. The magnetic heavy rare-earth compounds, on the other hand, order antiferromagnetically at very low temperatures, analogous to the "conventional" magnetic-superconductor systems such as RMo6 S8 and RRh4 B4. The ordering is not very sensitive to the oxygen concentration, and the antiferromagnetic state coexists with superconductivity. Differences in the ordering behavior are ascribed to crystal-field effects, which are briefly discussed. Finally, small-angle neutron scattering results in the vicinity of the superconducting transition temperature are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6065-6070
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume64
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988

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