In general, any magnetic ordering breaks the symmetry of the system, and
structural distortions compatible with the new symmetry can happen due
to magneto-structural coupling. Often this coupling is too weak to be
detected, but in other cases like NiO is strong enough.

And this is indeed what happens for bcc Cr (where the initial question was about). Quoting from pages 173-174 of "Phase diagrams of the elements" (David A. Young):

"At room pressure and temperature, Cr is bcc. This structure is modified very slightly by two first order magnetic phase transitions. From 0 to 123 K, Cr is antiferromagnetic with a small tetragonal distortion of the bcc lattice. From 123 K to 311 K, Cr is antiferromagnetic with as small orthorhombic distortion of the bcc lattice."

The original experiments can be found in http://journals.aps.org/prl/pdf/10.1103/PhysRevLett.23.979

Stefaan


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