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Weak itinerant antiferromagnetism in PuIn$$_3$$ explored using $$^{115}$$In nuclear quadrupole resonance

Chudo, Hiroyuki ; Koutroulakis, G.*; Yasuoka, Hiroshi; Bauer, E. D.*; Tobash, P. H.*; Mitchell, J. N.*; Thompson, J. D.*

The results of $$^{115}$$In nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) measurements on PuIn$$_3$$ are reported. Three of the four NQR lines of $$^{115}$$In expected for nuclear spin $$I$$=9/2 are observed. The equal spacing of these lines at 20 K yields the NQR frequency of $$nu_{rm Q}$$=10.45 MHz, and the asymmetry parameter of the electric field gradient, $$eta$$=0. The NQR line profile and the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate $$1/T_1$$ display an abrupt change at 14 K, which is associated with the onset of long-range antiferromagnetic order. The temperature dependences of the staggered magnetization $$M_{rm Q}(T)$$, extracted from the NQR spectra, and $$1/T_1$$ below $$T_{rm N}$$=14 K are well explained by the self-consistent renormalization (SCR) theory for spin fluctuations. In addition, scaling between $$T_1T$$ and $$M_{rm Q}(T)/M_{rm Q}(0)$$ is also consistent with the predictions of SCR theory, providing further evidence that PuIn$$_3$$ is a weak itinerant antiferromagnet in which spin fluctuations around the antiferromagnetic wave vector play a major role in the system's behavior at finite temperatures.

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