Field-driven phase transitions generally arise from competition between Zeeman energy and exchange or crystal-field anisotropy. Here we present the phase diagram of a frustrated pyrochlore magnet , where crystal-field splitting is small compared to the dipolar energy. We find good agreement between zero-temperature critical fields and those obtained from a mean-field model. Here, dipolar interactions couple real space and spin space, so the transitions in arise from field-induced “cooperative anisotropy,” reflecting the broken spatial symmetries of the pyrochlore lattice.
- Received 6 August 2001
- Published 23 July 2002
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