Strong short-range magnetic order in a frustrated FCC lattice and its possible role in the iron structural transformation

A. N. Ignatenko, A. A. Katanin, V. Yu Irkhin

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Abstract

The magnetic properties of a frustrated Heisenberg antiferromagnet with the fcc lattice and exchange interaction between the nearest (J 1) and next-to-nearest (J 2) neighbors are studied in this work. For the collinear phase with the wave vector Q= (π,π,π), the equations of the self-consistent spin-wave theory are obtained and solved numerically for the sublattice magnetization and the averaged short-range order parameter. The dependence of the Néel temperatureT N on the ratio J 2/J 1 is found. It is shown that, in the case of a sufficiently strong frustration, strong short-range magnetic order persists over a wide temperature range above T N. The possible application of this result to the mechanism of structural phase transition from α-Fe to γ-Fe is considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)555-559
Number of pages5
JournalJETP Letters
Volume87
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes

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