How ‘frustrated’ magnets escape magnetic deadlock at low temperatures

Magnetism in a material arises from how its electrons behave, which is influenced by the material’s structure and the way that atoms and magnetic ‘spins’ of electrons are ordered within it. Frustrated magnets are a special type of magnet in which the crystal structure prevents the most energetically favorable arrangement of magnetic spins from being achieved, resulting in a magnet that is deadlocked in an unfavorable state.

from Phys.org: Physics News http://ift.tt/1lPXI0w

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