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Static magnetic order in Tb2Sn2O7 revealed by muon spin relaxation with exterior muon implantation

Giblin, Sean ORCID:, Champion, J. D. M., Zhou, H. D., Wiebe, C. R., Gardner, J. S., Terry, I., Calder, S., Fennell, T. and Bramwell, S. T. 2008. Static magnetic order in Tb2Sn2O7 revealed by muon spin relaxation with exterior muon implantation. Physical Review Letters 101 (23) , 237201. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.237201

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Tb2Sn2O7 has been proposed as an ordered spin ice, but the precise nature of the low temperature magnetic state remains uncertain. Recent independent muon spin relaxation (μSR) investigations suggest the possibility of exotic ground states with static order precluded on time scales longer than 10-6  s. Here the more conventional hypothesis of canted ferromagnetism is tested by means of μSR with the muons stopped outside the sample, as well as ultralow field bulk magnetization measurements. The field cooled state shows conventional static order, while the zero field cooled state may be interpreted in terms of conventional closed domains. These results rule out purely dynamical ground states and illustrate the value of exterior muon implantation as a complement to the conventional technique.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Publisher: American Physical Society
ISSN: 0031-9007
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:50

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