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We discuss possible magnetic structures in UPt3 based on our analysis of elastic neutron-scattering experiments in high magnetic fields at temperatures T < TN. The existing experimental data are compatible with a true antiferromagnetic order displaying a single-q antiferromagnetic structure with three independent domains. For modest in-plane spin-orbit interactions, the Zeeman coupling between the antiferromagnetic order parameter and the magnetic field induces a rotation of the magnetic moments, but not an adjustment of the propagation vector of the magnetic order. A triple-q magnetic structure is also consistent with neutron experiments, but in general leads to a nonuniform magnetization in the crystal. New experiments involving higher fields and polarized neutrons could decide between these structures. © 2000 The American Physical Society.

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Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics