High magnetic field properties in Ru2-xFexCrSi with antiferromagnetic and spin-glass states

Masahiko Hiroi, Sora Nishiinoue, Iduru Shigeta, Masakazu Ito, Keiichi Koyama, Akihiro Kondo, Koichi Kindo, Isao Watanabe, Muneaki Fujii, Shojiro Kimura, Hirotaka Manaka, Norio Terada

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We report experimental studies on Ru2-xFexCrSi focusing on properties related to antiferromagnetism in Ru2CrSi and spin glass (SG) in Ru1.9Fe0.1CrSi. By measuring the temperature dependence of magnetization M(T), specific heat C(T), electrical resistivity ρ(T), and muon spin relaxation (μSR), we observed that Ru2CrSi exhibited an antiferromagnetic (AF) transition at a temperature TN of ∼13 K, and Ru1.9Fe0.1CrSi showed SG properties that could be interpreted as successive SG transitions, where the spin-freezing occurred at temperature Tg, and below that strong irreversibility in M(T) and a gradual peak of M(T) at T∗(>Tg) appeared. When the data for 0≤x≤0.1 were compared, by substituting Fe the AF order was rapidly destroyed and it appeared to change to two anomalies at T∗ and Tg. With increasing x, there was a slight change in Tg from TN for x=0; however, T∗ increased, suggesting that the AF and the SG states are closely related. Furthermore, the results of specific heat, resistivity, and magnetization in high fields were presented and compared. For Ru2CrSi in specific heat under high magnetic fields up to 14 T, the peak shape around TN and the TN value were constant. The resistivity and magnetization in pulsed fields suggested that TN of Ru2CrSi was constant up to over 50 T. These results demonstrated the unusual robustness of the AF transition to magnetic fields. In Ru1.9Fe0.1CrSi, unusual hysteresis in magnetoresistance was observed in static and pulsed magnetic fields, although their appearances differed. These hystereses were considered a manifestation of the curious properties of the SG state with strong irreversibility.

Original languageEnglish
Article number094428
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar 19


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