Abstract: Amorphous FexZr100−x alloys display a complex magnetic phase diagram, particularly in the range 89% ≲ x ≲ 93% in which the phase transition from the paramagnetic to a soft ferromagnetic (FM) state at a critical temperature Tc precedes a second transition at Txy < Tc to a transverse spin-glass (SG) phase, with frozen spin components transverse to the magnetization. The softness of the FM phase and the coexistence of FM and SG orderings complicate exploring the low-temperature and low-field critical properties of the glassy transition. Here we study the irreversibility Almeida-Thouless (AT) line that marks the onset of the transverse SG phase in the Fe90Zr10 alloy in the low-field regime up to H = 60 Oe. While ZFC measurements give rise to an AT exponent ϕ = 4.6, similar to that of another amorphous FM compound with random local anisotropy, the induction of magnetic shiftings upon cooling the sample in a large field, − 85 kOe, displaces down the AT line and separates it into two distinct regimes: one also with ϕ = 4.6 for H above 20 Oe, nearly corresponding to the typical field to flip the remanent magnetization, and a new second regime at lower H, with field-induced remanent clusters and exponent ϕ = 3.6 that approaches the mean-field value ϕ = 3. Our findings are discussed on the light of the results from a random nonuniform anisotropy model with FM exchange interactions, which also reported the existence of a two-regimes scenario in the AT line with similar exponents. Graphical abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.].
- Solid State and Materials