Title: Octupolar Order in NpO2: a Specific Heat Investigation
Citation: PHYSICA B vol. 359-361 p. 1087-1089
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Publication Year: 2005
JRC N°: JRC30476
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC30476
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Resonant X-ray scattering (RXS) experiments on NpO2 provide indications for a low-temperature phase where magnetic octupole order is established in absence of magnetic dipole order. The interpretation of the RXS findings has led to a controversy about the symmetry of the primary order parameter, which has been identified either with G2 or with G5 octupoles. A consequence of long-range octupole order is that the degeneracy of the G8 crystal field ground state is removed. G8 would be split into two doublets if G2 octupoles order, and into two singlets and one doublet if the order parameter has G5 symmetry. Here we present specific heat measurements between 0.7K and 300K supporting a singlet ground state in the ordered phase below 25.5 K.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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