Neutron measurements show that superconducting ErNi2B2C (TC = 11 K) develops antiferromagnetic spin density wave magnetic order (TN = 6 K), which squares up with decreasing temperature yielding a series of higher-order magnetic Bragg peaks with odd harmonics. Below TWFM = 2.3 K where magnetization indicates a net moment develops, even-order Bragg peaks develop which low field (∼3 Oe) polarized beam measurements show are magnetic in origin. The data directly demonstrate the existence of a net magnetization with a periodicity of 20a, confirming the microscopic coexistence of spontaneous weak ferromagnetism with superconductivity.
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