The transition between the antiferromagnetic (AF) and the ferromagnetic (F) states has been investigated with regard to the magnetovolume effect and the spin-fluctuation characteristics in La(FexAl1-x) 13 compounds. The volume V and amplitude of the local magnetic moment Mloc are different between the AF and F states. In the AF state, the field-induced first-order AF-F transition appears and the transition proceeds with two steps in higher Fe concentration regions. The complex temperature dependence of the AF-F transition field is explained by the contribution from both the magnetic and elastic energies caused by the significant temperature variation of amplitude of Mloc. For the two-step transitions, the spin-floplike transition and the increase in amplitude of Mloc occur at the first- and second-step transitions, respectively. In other words, both the localized moment and the itinerant-electron characteristics are concurrently observed.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2004 Dec|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics