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Role of commensurate and incommensurate low-energy excitations in the paramagnetic to hidden-order transition of URu$_{2}$Si$_{2}$
Niklowitz, P. G. (Corresponding author)
Dunsiger, S. R. / Pfleiderer, C. / Link, P. / Schneidewind, A. / Faulhaber, E. / Vojta, M. / Huang, Y.-K. / Mydosh, J. A.
Streumethoden; JCNS-2
Physical review / B, 92 (2015) 11, S. 115116
College Park, Md. APS 2015
Journal Article
Jülich Centre for Neutron Research (JCNS)
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We report low-energy inelastic neutron scattering data of the paramagnetic (PM) to hidden-order (HO) phase transition at T0=17.5K in URu2Si2. While confirming previous results for the HO and PM phases, our data reveal a pronounced wave-vector dependence of low-energy excitations across the phase transition. To analyze the energy scans we employ a damped harmonic oscillator model containing a fit parameter 1/Γ which is expected to diverge at a second-order phase transition. Counter to expectations the excitations at Q⃗ 1≈(1.4,0,0) show an abrupt steplike suppression of 1/Γ below T0, whereas excitations at Q⃗ 0=(1,0,0), associated with large-moment antiferromagnetism (LMAF) under pressure, show an enhancement and a pronounced peak of 1/Γ at T0. Therefore, at the critical HO temperature T0, LMAF fluctuations become nearly critical as well. This is the behavior expected of a “supervector” order parameter with nearly degenerate components for the HO and LMAF leading to nearly isotropic fluctuations in the combined order-parameter space.