We report the first observation of long-range magnetic order in the chromic compound CuMoO4 at 1.75 K by means of a specific heat measurement in zero magnetic field. Magnetization measurements performed up to 57 T at 4.2 K indicate a plateau at 1/3 of the saturated magnetization consistent with a simple magnetic model of two non-interacting Cu2+ spins and two isolated antiferromagnetic dimers (J=kB = 26 K). A large temperature-hysteresis in the magnetic susceptibility is observed to originate from the structural phase transition and to be closely related to chromism between α-CuMoO4 (green) and γ-CuMoO4 (brownish-red). This discontinuous phase transition is tunable using substitutional effects in Cu1-xZnxMoO4 (0 ≥ × ≤ 0.1) and CuMo1-yWyO4 (0 ≤y ≤0.1) over a wide range of temperatures.
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