Single crystal neutron diffraction studies have been performed on the S=3/2 kagome staircase compound Co 3V 2O 8 with a magnetic field applied along the magnetization easy-axis (). Previous zero-field measurements (Chen Y etal 2006 Phys. Rev. B 74 014430) reported a rich variety of magnetic phases, with a ferromagnetic ground state as well as incommensurate, transversely polarized spin density wave (SDW) phases (with a propagation vector of ) interspersed with multiple commensurate lock-in transitions. The magnetic phase diagram with adds further complexity. For small applied fields, 0H0.05T, the commensurate lock-in phases are destabilized in favor of the incommensurate SDW ones, while slightly larger applied fields restore the commensurate lock-in phase with =1/2 and yield a new commensurate phase with =2/5. For measurements in an applied field, higher-order scattering is observed that corresponds to the second harmonic.
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- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics