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Title: Magnetic Transitions in the Spin-5/2 Frustrated Magnet BiMn2PO6 and Strong Lattice Softening in BiMn2PO6 and BiZn2PO6 Below 200 K

The crystallographic, magnetic, and thermal properties of polycrystalline BiMn2PO6 and its nonmagnetic analog BiZn2PO6 are investigated by x-ray diffraction, magnetization M, magnetic susceptibility χ, heat capacity Cp, and P31 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements versus applied magnetic field H and temperature T as well as by density-functional band theory and molecular-field calculations. Both compounds show a strong monotonic lattice softening on cooling, where the Debye temperature decreases by a factor of two from ΘD~650 K at T=300 K to ΘD~300 K at T=2 K. The χ(T) data for BiMn2PO6 above 150 K follow a Curie-Weiss law with a Curie constant consistent with a Mn+2 spin S=5/2 with g factor g=2 and an antiferromagnetic (AFM) Weiss temperature θCW≃-78 K. The χ data indicate long-range AFM ordering below TN≃30 K, confirmed by a sharp λ-shaped peak in Cp(T) at 28.8 K. The magnetic entropy at 100 K extracted from the Cp(T) data is consistent with spin S=5/2 for the Mn+2 cations. The band-theory calculations indicate that BiMn2PO6 is an AFM compound with dominant interactions J1/kB≃6.7 K and J3/kB≃5.6 K along the legs and rungs of a Mn two-leg spin-ladder, respectively. However, sizable and partially frustrating interladder couplings lead to an anisotropic three-dimensionalmore » magnetic behavior with long-range AFM ordering at TN≃30 K observed in the χ, Cp, and NMR measurements. A second magnetic transition at ≈10 K is observed from the χ and NMR measurements but is not evident in the Cp data. The Cp data at low T suggest a significant contribution from AFM spin waves moving in three dimensions and the absence of a spin-wave gap. A detailed analysis of the NMR spectra indicates commensurate magnetic order between 10 and 30 K, while below 10 K additional features appear that may arise from an incommensurate modulation and/or spin canting. The commensurate order is consistent with microscopic density functional calculations that yield a collinear Néel-type AFM spin arrangement both within and between the ladders, despite the presence of multiple weak interactions frustrating this magnetic structure of the Mn spins. Frustration for AFM ordering and the one-dimensional spatial anisotropy of the three-dimensional spin interactions are manifested in the frustration ratio f=|θCW|/TN≃2.6, indicating a suppression of TN from 68 K in the absence of these effects to the observed value of about 30 K in BiMn2PO6.« less
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  1. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research
  2. Ames Laboratory
  3. National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics
Publication Date:
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Report Number(s):
IS-J 8416
Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121; PRBMDO; ArticleNumber: 024431
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; Journal Volume: 90; Journal Issue: 2
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Ames Laboratory (AMES), Ames, IA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States