Abstract

We present magnetization (M) data of the d-metal alloy Ni1-xVx at vanadium concentrations close to xx ~ 11.4% where the onset of long-range ferromagnetic (FM) order is suppressed to zero temperature. Above xc, the temperature (T) and magnetic field (H) dependencies of the magnetization are best described by simple nonuniversal power laws. the exponents of M/H ~ T γ and M ~ Hα are related by 1-γ=α for wide temperature (10c to γ<0.1 for x=15%. This behavior is not compatible with either classical or quantum critical behavior in a clean 3D FM. Instead it closely follows the predictions for a quantum Griffiths phase associated with a quantum phase transition in a disordered metal. Deviations at the lowest temperatures hint at a freezing of large clusters and the onset of a cluster glass phase.

Department(s)

Physics

Sponsor(s)

National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Research Corporation

Keywords and Phrases

Nanocrystalline Alloys; Phase Transitions

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Ferromagnetic materials
Ferromagnetism
Magnetic fields

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Final Version

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2010 American Physical Society (APS), All rights reserved.

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