Helical Spin Structures in c-Axis Dy/Y Superlattice
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On the basis of Landau's theory of symmetry changes at continuous phase transitions, we have derived the formulae for two incommensurate helical spin structures which are symmetry allowed in Dy/Y superlattice, when the helical axis is parallel to the c-axis of the hexagonal lattice. These structures have different extinction coefficients in their cross-sections for magnetic scattering of neutrons and therefore can be distinguished by experiment. Magnetic satellite peaks around the reciprocal lattice points K + 0 are allowed for only one of these spin structures, namely that inferred from earlier experiments.
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