Paradoxical Magnetic Cooling in a Structural Transition Model

von Peter Borrmann, Heinrich Stamerjohanns, Eberhard R. Hilf, David Tomanek
Journal: European Physical Journal
Volume: B 19
In contrast to the experimentally widely used isentropic demagnetization process for cooling to ultra-low temperatures we examine a particular classical model system that does not cool, but rather heats up with isentropic demagnetization. This system consists of several magnetite particles in a colloidal suspension, and shows the uncommon behavior of disordering structurally while ordering magnetically in an increasing magnetic field. For a six-particle system, we report an uncommon structural transition from a ring to a chain as a function of magnetic field and temperature.