Applied Physics A

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 215–220

First observation of ferromagnetism and ferromagnetic domains in a liquid metal

  • T. Albrecht
  • C. Bührer
  • M. Fähnle
  • K. Maier
  • D. Platzek
  • J. Reske

DOI: 10.1007/s003390050569

Cite this article as:
Albrecht, T., Bührer, C., Fähnle, M. et al. Appl Phys A (1997) 65: 215. doi:10.1007/s003390050569

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Pd20 alloy below the Curie temperature TC(l)=1257 K of the liquid state. The magnetization of the undercooled liquid sample has been measured as a function of temperature using a modified Faraday balance. Below TC(l), the magnetization of the liquid metal shows a plateau in the weak external field of μ0Hz=5.6 mT. The effect is comparable to the behaviour of the corresponding solid phase, indicating the onset of spontaneous magnetization with ferromagnetic domains. TC(l) is about 20 K lower than the Curie temperature of the solid phase TC(s).

PACS: 75.20.En; 75.30.Kz; 75.40.Cx

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Albrecht
    • 1
  • C. Bührer
    • 1
  • M. Fähnle
    • 2
  • K. Maier
    • 1
  • D. Platzek
    • 1
  • J. Reske
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Strahlen- und Kernphysik der Universität Bonn, GermanyDE
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, GermanyDE