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Title: Magnetic and Structural Phase Transitions in the Spinel Compound Fe1+xCr2 xO4

Neutron diffraction, X-ray diffraction, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat measurements have been used to investigate the magnetic and structural phase transitions of the spinel system Fe1+xCr2 xO4 (0.0 x 1.0). The temperature versus Fe concentration (x) phase diagram contains two magnetically ordered phases and four structural phases below 420 K. The complicated transitions are closely related to the change in the spin and orbital degrees of freedom induced by substitution of Fe ions for Cr ions. The systematic change in the crystal structure is explained by the combined effects of Jahn-Teller distortion, spin-lattice interaction, Fe2+-Fe3+ hopping, and disorder among Fe2+, Fe3+, and Cr3+ ions.
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  1. ORNL
  2. University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)
  3. Florida State University, Tallahassee
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Physical Review B; Journal Volume: 89; Journal Issue: 13
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS); High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)
Sponsoring Org:
SC USDOE - Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States