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A novel type of splayed ferromagnetic order observed in Yb$_2$ Ti$_2$ O$_7$

A. yaouanc 1, * P. Dalmas de Réotier 1 L. Keller 2 B. Roessli 2 A. Forget 3 
* Corresponding author
1 IMAPEC - Instrumentation, Material and Correlated Electrons Physics
PHELIQS - PHotonique, ELectronique et Ingénierie QuantiqueS : DRF/IRIG/PHELIQS
3 LNO - Laboratoire Nano-Magnétisme et Oxydes
SPEC - UMR3680 - Service de physique de l'état condensé, IRAMIS - Institut Rayonnement Matière de Saclay
Abstract : The pyrochlore insulator Yb$_2$ Ti$_2$ O$_7$ has attracted the attention of experimentalists and theoreticians alike for about 15 years. Conflicting neutron diffraction data on the possible existence of magnetic Bragg reflections at low temperature have been published. Here we report the observation of magnetic Bragg reflections by neutron powder diffraction at 60 mK. The magnetic diffraction pattern is analyzed using representation theory. We find Yb$_2$ Ti$_2$ O$_7$ to be a splayed ferromagnet as reported for Yb$_2$ Sn$_2$ O$_7$, a sibling compound with also dominating ferromagnetic interactions as inferred from the positive Curie–Weiss temperature. However, the configuration of the magnetic moment components perpendicular to the easy axis is of the all-in–all-out type in Yb$_2$ Ti$_2$ O$_7$ while it is two-in–two-out in the Yb$_2$ Sn$_2$ O$_7$. An overall experimental picture of the magnetic properties emerges.
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A. yaouanc, P. Dalmas de Réotier, L. Keller, B. Roessli, A. Forget. A novel type of splayed ferromagnetic order observed in Yb$_2$ Ti$_2$ O$_7$. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, IOP Publishing, 2016, 28 (42), pp.426002. ⟨10.1088/0953-8984/28/42/426002⟩. ⟨cea-01550579⟩



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