Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur: Volume 43, Number 5 (May 2017), p. 702-706    ( to contents , go back )

Ultrasound propagation in bond frustrated HgCr2S4 spinel in magnetic fields

V. Felea1, L. Prodan1, E. Stefanet1, P.T. Cong2, S. Zherlitsyn2, and V. Tsurkan1,3

1Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, MD-2028, Chişinǎu, R. Moldova

2Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden (HLD-EMFL), Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, D-01314 Dresden, Germany

3Experimental Physics V, Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg, D 86159 Augsburg, Germany

Received October 17, 2016


Ultrasound and magnetization studies of bond frustrated spinel HgCr2S4 are performed as a function of temperature in static magnetic fields. Beside the anharmonic effect, the sound velocity shows pronounced anomaly at the antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition at TN = 23 K with an additional significant increase of the order of 0.5% indicating a strong spin-lattice coupling. External magnetic fields enhance the ferromagnetic (FM) correlations and shift the anomalies to lower temperatures concomitantly with the reduction of the Néel temperature. The constructed H–T phase diagram beside the long-range AFM states reveals the state with induced FM order and regimes with short-range AFM and FM correlations as well.

PACS: 43.35.+d Ultrasonics, quantum acoustics, and physical effects of sound;
PACS: 62.65.+k Acoustical properties of solids;
PACS: 72.55.+s Magnetoacoustic effects;
PACS: 75.50.Ee Antiferromagnetics;
PACS: 75.60.Jk Magnetization reversal mechanisms.

Key words: geometrical frustration, HT phase diagram, spinel, magnetization.

Published online: March 24, 2017

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