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  A neutron diffraction study of crystal and low-temperature magnetic structures within the (Na,Li)FeGe2O6 pyroxene-type solid solution series

Redhammer, G. J., Senyshyn, A., Lebernegg, S., Tippelt, G., Dachs, E., & Roth, G. (2017). A neutron diffraction study of crystal and low-temperature magnetic structures within the (Na,Li)FeGe2O6 pyroxene-type solid solution series. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 44(9), 669-684. doi:10.1007/s00269-017-0892-3.

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Redhammer, Günther J.1, Author
Senyshyn, Anatoliy1, Author
Lebernegg, S.2, Author           
Tippelt, Gerold1, Author
Dachs, Edgar1, Author
Roth, Georg1, Author
1External Organizations, ou_persistent22              
2Physics of Quantum Materials, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Max Planck Society, ou_1863462              


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 Abstract: Solid solution compounds along the -Li1-xNaxFeGe2O6 clinopyroxene series have been prepared by solid state ceramic sintering and investigated by bulk magnetic and calorimetric methods; the Na-rich samples with x(Na) > 0.7 were also investigated by low-temperature neutron diffraction experiments in a temperature range of 4-20 K. For samples with x(Na) > 0.76 the crystal structure adopts the C2/c symmetry at all measuring temperatures, while the samples display P2(1)/c symmetry for smaller Na contents. Magnetic ordering is observed for all samples below 20 K with a slight decrease of TN with increasing Na content. The magnetic spin structures change distinctly as a function of chemical composition: up to x(Na) = 0.72 the magnetic structure can be described by a commensurate arrangement of magnetic spins with propagation vector k = (1/2, 0 0), an antiferromagnetic (AFM) coupling within the -Fe3+ O-6 octahedra zig-zag chains and an alternating AFM and ferromagnetic (FM) interaction between the chains, depending on the nature of the tetrahedral -GeO4 chains. The magnetic structure can be described in magnetic space group P(a)2(1)/c. Close to the structural phase transition for sample with x(Na) = 0.75, magnetic ordering is observed below 15 K; however, it becomes incommensurately modulated with k = (0.344, 0, 0.063). At 4 K, the magnetic spin structure best can be described by a cycloidal arrangement within the M1 chains, the spins are within the a-c plane. Around 12 K the cycloidal structure transforms to a spin density wave (SDW) structure. For the C2/c structures, a coexistence of a simple collinear and an incommensurately modulated structure is observed down to lowest temperatures. For 0.78 <= x(Na) <= 0.82, a collinear magnetic structure with k = (0 1 0), space group P(C)2(1)/c and an AFM spin structure within the M1 chains and an FM one between the spins is dominating, while the incommensurately modulated structure becomes dominating the collinear one in the samples with x(Na) = 0.88. Here the magnetic propagation vector is k = (0.28, 1, 0.07) and the spin structure corresponds again to a cycloidal structure within the M1 chains. As for the other samples, a transition from the cycloidal to a SDW structure is observed. Based on the neutron diffraction data, the appearance of two peaks in the heat capacity of Na-rich samples can now be interpreted as a transition from a cycloidal magnetic structure to a spin density wave structure of the magnetically ordered phase for the Na-rich part of the solid solution series.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2017-05-122017-05-12
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: ISI: 000412822400005
DOI: 10.1007/s00269-017-0892-3
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Title: Physics and Chemistry of Minerals
  Abbreviation : Phys. Chem. Miner.
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: Heidelberg : Springer-Verlag Heidelberg
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 44 (9) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 669 - 684 Identifier: ISSN: 0342-1791
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925519637