Evolution of magnetic fluctuations through the Fe-induced paramagnetic to ferromagnetic transition in Cr2 B

D. Arčon, L. M. Schoop, R. J. Cava, C. Felser

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Abstract

In itinerant ferromagnets, the quenched disorder is predicted to dramatically affect the ferromagnetic to paramagnetic quantum phase transition driven by external control parameters at zero temperature. Here we report a study on Fe-doped Cr2B, which, starting from the paramagnetic parent, orders ferromagnetically for Fe-doping concentrations x larger than xc=2.5%. In parent Cr2B, B11 nuclear magnetic resonance data reveal the presence of both ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic fluctuations. The latter are suppressed with Fe doping, before the ferromagnetic ones finally prevail for x>xc. Indications for non-Fermi-liquid behavior, usually associated with the proximity of a quantum critical point, were found for all samples, including undoped Cr2B. The sharpness of the ferromagneticlike transition changes on moving away from xc, indicating significant changes in the nature of the magnetic transitions in the vicinity of the quantum critical point. Our data provide some constraints for understanding quantum phase transitions in itinerant ferromagnets in the limit of weak quenched disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104413
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume93
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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