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Uniaxial-pressure control of magnetic phase transitions in a frustrated magnet CuFe$$_{1-x}$$Ga$$_{x}$$O$$_{2}$$ ($$x$$ = 0, 0.018)

Nakajima, Taro*; Mitsuda, Setsuo*; Takahashi, Keiichiro*; Yoshitomi, Keisuke*; Masuda, Kazuya*; Kaneko, Chikafumi*; Homma, Yuki*; Kobayashi, Satoru*; Kitazawa, Hideaki*; Kosaka, Masashi*; Aso, Naofumi*; Uwatoko, Yoshiya*; Terada, Noriki*; Wakimoto, Shuichi; Takeda, Masayasu; Kakurai, Kazuhisa

We have investigated effects of applied uniaxial pressure ($$p$$) on magnetic phase transitions in a triangular lattice antiferromagnet CuFeO$$_{2}$$ (CFO) and a slightly Ga-substituted compound CuFe$$_{1-x}$$Ga$$_{x}$$O$$_{2}$$ (CFGO) with $$x$$ = 0.018 by spherical neutron polarimetry. In both of CFO and CFGO ($$x$$ = 0.018), the application of $$p$$ significantly increases the transition temperature from the paramagnetic phase to a collinear incommensurate antiferromagnetic phase. This suggests that the application of $$p$$ breaks equilateral symmetry of the triangular lattice and partially relieves geometrical spin frustration, which generally suppresses long-range magnetic orderings. Thus we demonstrated that uniaxial pressure can be an effective tool to control magnetic phase transitions in frustrated magnets.

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