Static Magnetic Order inTb2Sn2O7Revealed by Muon Spin Relaxation with Exterior Muon Implantation Academic Article uri icon

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  • Tb2Sn2O7 has been proposed as an ordered spin ice, but the precise nature of the low temperature magnetic state remains uncertain. Recent independent muon spin relaxation (microSR) investigations suggest the possibility of exotic ground states with static order precluded on time scales longer than 10(-6) s. Here the more conventional hypothesis of canted ferromagnetism is tested by means of microSR with the muons stopped outside the sample, as well as ultralow field bulk magnetization measurements. The field cooled state shows conventional static order, while the zero field cooled state may be interpreted in terms of conventional closed domains. These results rule out purely dynamical ground states and illustrate the value of exterior muon implantation as a complement to the conventional technique.


  • Giblin, SR
  • Champion, JDM
  • Zhou, HD
  • Wiebe, Christopher
  • Gardner, JS
  • Terry, I
  • Calder, S
  • Fennell, T
  • Bramwell, ST

publication date

  • December 5, 2008