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Jamming Behavior of Domains in a Spiral Antiferromagnetic System

Abstract : Using resonant magnetic x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy, we show that the domains of a spiral antiferromagnet enter a jammed state at the onset of long-range order. We find that the slow thermal fluctuations of the domain walls exhibit a compressed exponential relaxation with an exponent of 1.5 found in a wide variety of solidlike jammed systems and can be qualitatively explained in terms of stress release in a stressed network. As the temperature decreases, the energy barrier for fluctuations becomes large enough to arrest further domain wall fluctuations, and the domains freeze into a spatial configuration within 10 K of the Ne´el temperature. The relaxation times can be fitted with the Vogel-Fulcher law as observed in polymers, glasses, and colloids, thereby indicating that the dynamics of domain walls in an ordered antiferromagnet exhibit some of the universal features associated with jamming behavior.
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S. Chen, H. Guo, K. Seu, Karine Dumesnil, Sylvaine Roy, et al.. Jamming Behavior of Domains in a Spiral Antiferromagnetic System. Physical Review Letters, 2013, 110 (21), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.217201⟩. ⟨hal-01381288⟩



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