Granata, V.; Capogna, L.; Reehuis, M.; Fittipaldi, R.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Pace, S.; Cuoco, M.; Vecchione, A.: Neutron diffraction study of triple-layered Sr4Ru3O10. Journal of Physics / Condensed Matter 25 (2013), p. 056004/1-6
The magnetic properties of the triple-layered Sr4Ru3O10 have been investigated by means of neutron scattering diffraction. At zero field we find that the magnetic moments are ferromagnetically coupled and oriented along the c-axis with no signatures of either long-range antiferromagnetic order or ferromagnetic components in the ab-plane. The field dependence of the reflection intensity points to a metamagnetic response involving only the planar magnetic moments. The structural refinement indicates a distinct rearrangement of the´unit cell as a function of both temperature and in-plane applied field. We show that at the temperature T* ~ 50 K, below which the metamagnetic behavior is observed, the c-axis lattice parameter exhibits a rapid increase while the in-plane amplitude saturates. A similar upturn of the in-plane lattice parameter after the quench of the c-axis amplitude occurs above a critical magnetic field.