Weak ferromagnetic spin and charge stripe order in La5/3Sr1/3NiO4

R. Klingeler, B. Büchner, S. W. Cheong, M. Hücker

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We present magnetization and specific heat data of a La5/3Sr1/3NiO4 single crystal in high magnetic fields. From the charge and spin stripe ordering temperatures, as well as a magnetic low temperature transition, we have constructed the electronic phase diagram for fields up to 14Tesla. While the charge stripe ordering temperature TCO is independent of the magnetic field, there is a significant shift of the spin stripe ordering temperature TSO of about 1.5K/Tesla, if the magnetic fields are applied parallel to the NiO2-planes. The specific heat measurements indicate a large anomalous entropy change at TCO. In contrast, no significant entropy change is observed at the spin stripe transition. The high field magnetization experiments reveal the presence of in-plane weak ferromagnetic moments in the charge stripe ordered phase. From a phenomenological analysis, the magnetic correlation length of these moments is determined. We suggest that the weak ferromagnetism is due either to the presence of bond-centered charge stripes or to double exchange interactions across site-centered charge stripes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104424
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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