We present a thorough 77Se nuclear-magnetic-resonance (NMR) study of a single crystal of the magnetoelectric compound Cu 2OSeO3. The temperature dependence of the local electronic moments extracted from the NMR data is fully consistent with a magnetic phase transition from the high- T paramagnetic phase to a low- T ferrimagnetic state with 3/4 of the Cu2+ ions aligned parallel and 1/4 aligned antiparallel to the applied field of 14.09 T. The transition to this 3up-1down magnetic state is not accompanied by any splitting of the NMR lines or any abrupt modification in their broadening, hence there is no observable reduction in the crystal symmetry from its high- T cubic P 213 space group. These results are in agreement with high-resolution x-ray diffraction and magnetization data on powder samples reported previously by Bos [Phys. Rev. B 78, 094416 (2008)]10.1103/PhysRevB.78.094416. We also develop a mean-field theory description of the problem based on a microscopic spin Hamiltonian with one antiferromagnetic (Jafm ≃68 K) and one ferromagnetic (J fm ≃-50 K) nearest-neighbor exchange interaction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Sep 14 2010|