We report a resonant x-ray scattering study of the antiferromagnetic neptunium compounds NpCo Ga5 and NpRh Ga5 at the Np M4 and Ga K edges. Large resonant signals of magnetic dipole character are observed below the Néel temperatures at both edges. The signals at the Np edges confirm the behavior determined previously from neutron diffraction, i.e., moments along the c -axis in NpCo Ga5 and in NpRh Ga5 a reorientation of the moments from the c -axis direction to the ab plane. In the latter material, on application of a magnetic field of 9 T along the  direction, we observe a change in the population of different -type domains. We also observe a magnetic dipole signal at the Ga K edge, similarly to the reported U Ga3 case, that can be interpreted within a semilocalized model as an orbital polarization of the Ga 4p states induced via strong hybridization with the Np 5f valence band. Quantitative analysis of the signal shows that the Ga dipole on the two different Ga sites follows closely the Np magnetic moment reorientation in NpRh Ga5. The ratios of the signals on the two inequivalent Ga sites are not the same for the different compounds.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2008 Jan 24|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics