Definition of antiferromagnetic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌantēˌferōməɡˈnetik/ Pronunciation: /ˌantī-/


Designating or exhibiting a form of magnetism characterized by an antiparallel alignment of adjacent electron spins in a crystal lattice. Compare with ferrimagnetic.
Example sentences
  • In antiferromagnetic materials, the magnetic moments of the adjacent atoms point in opposite directions.
  • However, superconducting crystals that have an antiferromagnetic sub-lattice of rare-earth atoms can, and do, exist.
  • Novel materials, such as those with heavy fermions that exhibit antiferromagnetic responses, often have electronic properties that cannot be explained by current physics textbooks.

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Syllabification: an·ti·fer·ro·mag·net·ic

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