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Self-radiation effects and glassy nature of magnetic transition in AmO$$_2$$ revealed by $$^{17}$$O-NMR

Tokunaga, Yo; Nishi, Tsuyoshi; Nakada, Masami; Ito, Akinori*; Sakai, Hironori; Kambe, Shinsaku; Homma, Yoshiya*; Honda, Fuminori*; Aoki, Dai*; Walstedt, R. E.*

The magnetic phase transition near $$T_0=8.5$$ K in AmO$$_2$$ has been investigated microscopically by means of $$^{17}$$O NMR. To avoid complexities arising from sample aging associated with the alpha decay of $$^{243}$$Am, all measurements have been performed within 40 days after sample synthesis. Even during such a short period, however, a rapid change of NMR line shape has been observed at 1.5 K, suggesting that the ground state of AmO$$_2$$ is very sensitive to disorder. We have also confirmed the loss of $$^{17}$$O NMR signal intensity over a wide temperature range below $$T_0$$, and more than half of oxygen nuclei are undetectable at 1.5 K. This behavior reveals the persistence of slow and distributed spin fluctuations down to temperatures well below $$T_0$$. In the paramagnetic state, strong NMR line broadening and spatially inhomogeneous spin fluctuations have been observed. The results are all indicative of short-range, spin-glass-like character for the magnetic transition in this system.



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Category:Materials Science, Multidisciplinary



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