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Magnetic Order and Competition with Superconductivity in (Ho-Er)Ni2B2C



Suleyman Gundogdu, J. P. Clancy, Guangyong Xu, Yang Zhao, Paul A. Dube, Tufan C. Karalar, Beong K. Cho, Jeffrey W. Lynn, M. Ramazanoglu


The rare earth magnetic order in pure and doped Er(1−x)HoxNi2B^2^C (x = 0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75, 1) single crystal samples was investigated using magnetization and neutron diffraction measurements. Superconducting quaternary borocarbides, RNi2B2C where R = Er, Ho , are both magnetic intermetallic superconductors with the transition temperatures ∼ 10 K. These compounds also develop magnetic order in the vicinity of this temperature. Depending on the rare earth composition the coupling between superconductivity and magnetism creates several phases, ranging from a reentrant superconductor with a mixture of commensurate and incommensurate antiferromagnetism to a total incommensurate antiferromagnetic spin modulation with a weak ferromagnetic state. All of these phases coexist with superconductivity. RKKY magnetic interactions are used to describe the magnetic orders in the pure compounds. However, the doping of Ho on Er (or Er on Ho) sites which have two strong magnetic moments with two different easy directions create new and complicated magnetic modulations with possible local disorder effects. One fascinating effect is the development of an induced magnetic state resembling the pure and doped R2CuO4, R = Nd and Pr.
Materials Research Express


Magnetic Superconductor, Neutron diffraction, Incommensurate Magnetic Order, Doping dependence, competition with superconductivity


Gundogdu, S. , Clancy, J. , Xu, G. , Zhao, Y. , Dube, P. , Karalar, T. , Cho, B. , Lynn, J. and Ramazanoglu, M. (2020), Magnetic Order and Competition with Superconductivity in (Ho-Er)Ni<sub>2</sub>B<sub>2</sub>C, Materials Research Express (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created November 19, 2020, Updated September 20, 2021