Magnetic-field-induced avalanches in magnetization and magnetoresistance of La0.9Ce0.1Fe12B6 compound
Université de Lorraine, CNRS, IJL, 54000, Nancy, France
2 Université Grenoble Alpes, Institut NEEL CNRS, 25 rue des martyrs, 38042, Grenoble, France
Accepted: 5 August 2021
Published online: 13 August 2021
Competition between paramagnetic (PM), antiferromagnetic (AFM) and ferromagnetic (FM) phases in La0.9Ce0.1Fe12B6 itinerant-electron metamagnetic system is studied by a combination of magnetic, electrical resistivity and magnetoresistance measurements. La0.9Ce0.1Fe12B6 is an antiferromagnet below the Néel temperature (35 K) and presents two consecutive magnetic transitions AFM–FM and FM–PM during warming under certain applied magnetic field values. We further demonstrate that both AFM and PM phases may be converted into the FM phase irreversibly and reversibly via a first-order metamagnetic transition accompanied by a large magnetic field hysteresis. At very low temperatures, the magnetic-field-driven AFM–FM metamagnetic transformation is discontinuous and proceeds by multiple abrupt steps in magnetization and magnetoresistance. In addition, an extraordinarily large negative magnetoresistance (MR) effect of −77% is observed. The consistency found in the magnetotransport and magnetization data suggests strong correlations between charge and spin degrees of freedom in La0.9Ce0.1Fe12B6 system.
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