Physical Review B - CMMP

Induced noncollinear magnetic order of Nd3+ in NdNi O3 observed by resonant soft x-ray diffraction

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Soft x-ray resonant magnetic diffraction at the Nd M edges was performed on a NdNi O3 epitaxial film to investigate the magnetic ordering of the Nd ions below the metal-insulator transition. A noncollinear magnetic structure induced by the Ni magnetic moments best describes the azimuthal angle dependency of the (1 2,0,1 2) reflection. This confirms the Ni spin structure observed with soft x-ray diffraction experiments performed at the Ni L edge, providing further evidence of charge disproportionation without orbital order below the metal-insulator transition in NdNi O3. © 2008 The American Physical Society.