Magnetic structure of triangular lattice compound Tb2Ni0.90Si2.94
Morozkin, A. V.
AlB 2-type ternary intermetallic compound Tb 2Ni 0.90Si 2.94 (space group P 6=mmm, hP 3, No. 191) was reported to exhibit spin freezing behaviour of the ferromagnetic clusters present in the system below T f = 9:9 K, along with the presence of spatially limited antiferromagnetic phase. In this work, on the basis of variable temperature zero-field neutron diffraction measurements, we have shown that the antiferromagnetic phase transition occurs for the compound below T N ~13 K. Neutron diffraction study indicates ab-plane non-collinear sine-modulated antiferromagnetic ordering of the system with wave vectors of k 1 = [±1/6, ±1/6, 0] and k 2 = [±1/3, ±1/3, 0] down to 1.7 K. The weak and diffuse nature of the magnetic Bragg peaks along with limited coherence length further confirm the short-range nature of the antiferromagnetic phase in this compound.