We report muon spin relaxation measurements results on U Cu1.5 Sn2, which crystallizes in the Ca Be2 Ge2 -type structure. Our analysis is consistent with collinear antiferromagnetic order that occurs below 108 K, in agreement with previous reports. The Brillouin-like behavior of the temperature dependence of the magnetic response is consistent with localized 5f moments. The phase transition at TN is unusual. Critical slowing down for the paramagnetic U spin fluctuations is absent, a behavior usually observed in first-order transitions. In contrast, the temperature dependence of the local field generated by the U spins is a typical second-order feature.
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This work was supported by the NSF (Grant No. DMR-0094241). We thank S. Kreitzman, B. Hitti, and D. Arsenau (TRIUMF) for assistance during the measurements.
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