Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy

 

Date of this Version

August 2001

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Published in the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. Received on August 2, 2001, published on the 16th of the same month.

Abstract

The isothermal magnetization m(H) of the metamagnet FeCl2 is measured in axial magnetic fields 0≤µ0Ha≤12 T at temperatures 34≤T≤53 K above the Néel temperature, where the system is essentially a two-dimensional Ising ferromagnet. The analysis of the data indicates experimental accessibility of the critical exponent µ of the Yang-Lee edge singularities. They manifest themselves in divergences of the density functions g(θ), which quantify the distribution of the zeros of the partition function on the Lee-Yang unit circle in the complex plane. In accordance with the hypothesis of universality, a critical exponent close to the theoretical prediction for the two-dimensional Ising ferromagnet, µ = -1/6, is found.

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