Triangular antiferromagnetic order in the honeycomb layer lattice of

Krämer, Karl; Güdel, Hans-Ulrich; Fischer, P.; Fauth, F.; Fernandez-Diaz, M.T.; Hauß, T. (2000). Triangular antiferromagnetic order in the honeycomb layer lattice of. European physical journal. B - condensed matter and complex systems, 18(1), pp. 39-47. EDP Sciences 10.1007/s100510070075

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ErCl3 crystallizes in the AlCl3-type layer structure. The crystal structure was refined in the paramagnetic state by powder neutron diffraction. The monoclinic lattice parameters at 1.5 K are a = 6.8040(3)Å, b = 11.7456(5)Å, c = 6.3187(3)Å and . The space group is C2/m. Short-range, predominantly in-plane, magnetic ordering occurs above 350 mK up to several Kelvin. Below mK a three-dimensional antiferromagnetic order with a propagation vector of sets in. The magnetic structure of ErCl3 was determined by powder and single-crystal neutron diffraction at temperatures down to 45 mK. The Er3+ ions are located on two-dimensional honeycomb layers in the a–b plane. There are two antiferromagnetically coupled triangular sublattices which form right- and left-handed helices along the c-axis. The magnetic moments are oriented in the a–b plane and amount to 3.3(1) at saturation. From the temperature dependence of the integrated neutron magnetic peak intensity a critical exponent (2) was derived for the magnetic phase transition.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (DCBP)

UniBE Contributor:

Krämer, Karl, Güdel-Zahler, Hans-Ulrich


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
500 Science > 540 Chemistry
500 Science > 530 Physics




EDP Sciences




Karl Krämer

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