Below TN=289 K, the antiferromagnet CoO exhibits magnetic long-range order described by a propagation vector along the trigonal axis, whereas the lattice is distorted monoclinicly along both the tetragonal and the trigonal axes. In order to elucidate this inconsistency, we performed neutron and synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments on single crystals of CoO, and found a series of magnetic reflections represented by a propagation vector along the tetragonal axis below TN. These results suggest an altered magnetic structure of CoO, which includes both the trigonal and the tetragonal propagation vectors, has a monoclinic symmetry, and which is in accordance with the distorted lattice symmetry.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics