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Multi-step magnetic transitions in EuNiIn$$_4$$

Ikeda, Shugo*; Kaneko, Koji; Tanaka, Yuki*; Kawasaki, Takuro; Hanashima, Takayasu*; Munakata, Koji*; Nakao, Akiko*; Kiyanagi, Ryoji; Ohara, Takashi  ; Mochizuki, Kensei*; Kondo, Akihiro*; Kindo, Koichi*; Homma, Yoshiya*; Frontzek, M. D.*; Kobayashi, Hisao*

Magnetism in EuNiIn$$_4$$ has been studied by specific heat, magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, $$^{151}$$Eu M$"o$ssbauer spectroscopy, and neutron diffraction experiments. The specific heat shows two magnetic transitions at $$T_{rm N1}$$ and $$T_{rm N2}$$ at zero magnetic field. An antiferromagnetic ground state of EuNiIn$$_4$$ has a uniaxial magnetic anisotropy along the b-axis, revealed by the magnetic susceptibility and the M$"o$ssbauer spectroscopy. Single crystal neutron diffraction experiments clarify that this antiferromagnetic structure in the ground state is characterized by the commensurate propagation vector $$q$$ = (1/2, 1/2, 1/2) which reveals no distinct anomaly at $$T_{rm N2}$$. The magnetization curve along the b-axis at 2 K shows four successive magnetic field-induced transitions up to 50 kOe and, reaches 7 $${mu}_{rm B}$$/f.u. above 190 kOe, The magnetic phase diagram in EuNiIn$$_4$$ has unique characteristics with five magnetic states in low magnetic field.

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