Superconductivity in the high-transition-temperature (high-Tc) copper oxides competes with other possible ground states1,2. The physical explanation for superconductivity can be constrained by determining the nature of the closest competing ground state, and establishing if that state is universal among the high-Tc materials. Antiferromagnetism has been theoretically predicted3,4 to be the competing ground state. A competing ground state is revealed when superconductivity is destroyed by the application of a magnetic field, and antiferromagnetism has been observed in hole-doped materials under the influence of modest fields5-12. None of the previous experiments have revealed the quantum phase transition from the superconducting state to the antiferromagnetic state, because they failed to reach the upper critical field Bc2. Here we report the results of transport and neutron-scattering experiments on electrondoped Nd1.85Ce0.15CUO4 (refs 13, 14), where Bc2 can be reached15. The applied field reveals a static, commensurate, anomalously conducting long-range ordered antiferromagnetic state, in which the induced moment scales approximately linearly with the field strength until it saturates at Bc2. This and previous experiments on the hole-doped materials therefore establishes antiferromagnetic order as a competing ground state in the high-Tc copper oxide materials, irrespective of electron or hole doping.
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