We present a quantitative experimental investigation of the scalar chiral magnetic order with in Nd3Sb3Mg2O14. Static magnetization reveals a net ferromagnetic ground state, and inelastic neutron scattering from the hyperfine coupled nuclear spin reveals a local ordered moment of 1.76(6) μB, just 61(2)% of the saturated moment size. The experiments exclude static disorder as the source of the reduced moment. A 38(1)μeV gap in the magnetic excitation spectrum inferred from heat capacity rules out thermal fluctuations and suggests a multipolar explanation for the moment reduction. We compare Nd3Sb3Mg2O14 to Nd pyrochlores and show that Nd2Zr2O7 is in a spin fragmented state using nuclear Schottky heat capacity.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics