- Search for electronic phase separation at quantum phase transitions
- Journal of Low Temperature Physics
- Volume | Issue number
- 161 | 1-2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI)
Phase separation and extreme sensitivity to disorder and defects are key features of electronic order near quantum phase transitions. Neutron depolarization imaging and neutron Larmor diffraction are new experimental techniques capable of providing detailed real-space and reciprocal-space information, respectively, on the existence and nature of phase separations. Proof-of-principle depolarization imaging in Pd1−x Ni x , CePd1−x Rh x and NbFe2 suggests distinct differences of the real-space distribution of ferromagnetic moments and Curie temperatures in materials at ferromagnetic quantum phase transitions. This compares with neutron Larmor diffraction which provides high-resolution reciprocal-space information of phase separation and the absence of quantum criticality in the itinerant helimagnet MnSi or the parasitic nature of small moment antiferromagnetism in URu2Si2.
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