Fawcett, Eric Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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The ground state of a metal in which the conduction-electron-spin density has a sinusoidal variation in space, with a wavelength usually incommensurate with the crystal structure. This antiferromagnetic state normally occurs in metals, alloys, and compounds with a transition-metal component. It occurs also, however, in quasi-one-dimensional organic conductors. See also: Antiferromagnetism; Crystal structure; Electron spin
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