Magnetic correlations in the Zn-Mg-rare-earth icosahedral quasicrystals

Taku J. Sato, Hiroyuki Takakura, An Pang Tsai, Kenji Ohoyama, Kaoru Shibata, Ken H. Andersen

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The previously reported magnetic long-range order has been revisited in the Zn-Mg-rare-earth systems by means of neutron diffraction, magnetic susceptibility and microstructural analysis. It was found that the long-range order is absent in icosahedral quasicrystals, where only short-range spin correlations develop even at the lowest temperatures. The long-range order was attributed to the (ZnxMg1-x)5-rare-earth crystalline phase, which was shown to be a contaminating phase in the previously used samples. The short-range spin correlations have been investigated in detail by single quasicrystal neutron scattering. A close relation has been suggested between the short-range correlations and the quasiperiodic structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-487
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Science & Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Dec 15


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