Orbital ordering in UGa3: Detection by 69Ga NMR

S. Kambe, H. Kato, H. Sakai, R. E. Walstedt, D. Aoki, Y. Haga, Y. Ônuki

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69Ga NMR spectra are reported and analyzed for the paramagnetic and antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered states of UGa3(TN=67 K). Ordered-state splitting of the NMR lines indicates that the fourfold symmetry of the Ga-site hyperfine (HF) coupling is broken in the AFM state. A striking change in the Ga HF coupling constant also occurs at TN. These effects are attributed to uranium (5f) orbital ordering, which appears to set in just below TN. Orientation of the U moments has been determined as [11δ](0<δ<1) for 40 K<T<TN and [α,β,γ] (α,β,γ≠) for T<40 K. Electric-field gradients and field-dependent HF effects are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number220403
Pages (from-to)2204031-2204034
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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