Magnetic ground state and spin fluctuations in MnGe chiral magnet as studied by muon spin rotation
N. Martin, M. Deutsch, F. Bert, D. Andreica, A. Amato, P. Bonfa, R. De Renzi, U. K. Roessler, P. Bonville, L. N. Fomicheva, A. V. Tsvyashchenko, and I. Mirebeau
Phys. Rev. B 93 (2016) 174405.
We have studied by muon spin resonance the helical ground state and fluctuating chiral phase recently observed in the MnGe chiral magnet. At low temperature, the muon polarization shows double-period oscillations at short-time scales. Their analysis, akin to that recently developed for MnSi [A. Amato et al., Phys. Rev. B 89, 184425 (2014)], provides an estimation of the field distribution induced by the Mn helical order at the muon site. The refined muon position agrees nicely with ab initio calculations. With increasing temperature, an inhomogeneous fluctuating chiral phase sets in, characterized by two well-separated frequency ranges which coexist in the sample. Rapid and slow fluctuations, respectively, associated with short-range and long-range ordered helices, coexist in a large temperature range below Tn=170K. We discuss the results with respect to MnSi, taking the short helical period, metastable quenched state, and peculiar band structure of MnGe into account.