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Pressure-induced antiferromagnetic order in filled skutterudite PrFe$$_{4}$$P$$_{12}$$ studied by single-crystal high-pressure neutron diffraction

Osakabe, Toyotaka; Kuwahara, Keitaro*; Kawana, Daichi*; Iwasa, Kazuaki*; Kikuchi, Daisuke*; Aoki, Yuji*; Kogi, Masafumi*; Sato, Hideyuki*

The order parameter in the pressure-induced insulating phase of filled skutterudite compound PrFe$$_{4}$$P$$_{12}$$ has been investigated using high-pressure single-crystal neutron diffraction technique. Clear evidence of the antiferromagnetic order with the propagation vector $$vec{q}$$ = (1, 0, 0) was observed in the insulating phase above 2.7 GPa. The $$vec{q}$$ = (1, 0, 0) structure is identical with that in the non-magnetic ordered phase below 2.5 GPa and with the nesting property of the Fermi surface. The observed magnetic moment of Pr ion is 2$$mu$$B and almost pressure independent at least up to 4.2 GPa. The 2$$mu$$B magnetic moment is originated from the dipole in the low-lying quasi-quartet crystal field sate. The pressure-induced antiferromagnetic structure under 3.2 GPa is suppressed by applying magnetic field of about 1.5 T, which is interpreted as flop of magnetic moments into alignment of ferromagnetic state. This brings about the steep decrease of the resistivity due to the disappearance of the antiferromagnetic superstructure.

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