Diffraction from ordered states of higher multipoles

Y. Kuramoto, H. Kusunose, A. Kiss

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Possible ways of identification are discussed of an electronic order of higher multipoles such as octupoles and hexadecapoles. A particularly powerful method is resonant X-ray scattering (RXS) using quadrupolar resonance processes called E2. The characteristic azimuthal angle dependence of Ce0.7 La0.3 B6 is interpreted as evidence of antiferro-octupole order. For PrRu4 P12, eight-fold pattern against azimuthal angle is predicted if its metal-insulator transition is a consequence of a hexadecapole order. In non-resonant superlattice Bragg scattering, hexadecapole contribution may also be identified because of absence of quadrupole component.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug 15
Externally publishedYes


  • CeB
  • Hidden order
  • Multipole
  • Octupole
  • Quadrupole
  • Skutterudite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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