CdCr2O4 is a cubic spinel with geometrically-frustrated antiferromagnetic interactions between Cr3+ ions. We investigated the structural and magnetic phase transitions in powder samples by using magnetization and neutron diffraction measurements. An antiferromagnetic phase transition was observed at T N = 8.1 K, below which the crystallographic unit cell was tetragonal (c < a = b). Its incommensurate antiferromagnetic ordering below T N resembles dimerized spin chains in the ab planes with the propagation vector k = (0, 0.088, 1). We argue that the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and the magnetic frustration play important roles in establishing the observed magnetic ordering.
- Dzyloshinskii-Moriya exchange
- Geometrical frustration
- Incommensurate magnetic order
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