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Title: Mössbauer Spectral Properties of Yttrium Iron Garnet, Y3Fe5O12, and its Isovalent and Nonisovalent Yttrium-Substituted Solid Solutions

Several high-resolution Mössbauer spectra of yttrium iron garnet, Y3Fe5O12, have been fit as a function of temperature with a new model based on a detailed analysis of the spectral changes that result from a reduction from the cubic Ia–3d space group to the trigonal R–3 space group. These spectral fits, which are all statistically identical, indicate that the magnetic sextet arising from the 16a site in cubic symmetry is subdivided into three sextets arising from the 6f, and the 3d, 3d, and the 1a, 1b, and 2c sites in rhombohedral-axis trigonal symmetry. The 24d site in cubic symmetry is subdivided into four sextets arising from four different 6f sites in R–3 rhombohedral-axis trigonal symmetry, sites that differ only by the angles between the principal axis of the electric field gradient tensor and the magnetic hyperfine field assumed to be parallel with the magnetic easy axis. This analysis, when applied to the potential nuclear waste storage compounds, Y3-xCa0.5xTh0.5xFe5O12 and Y3- xCa0.5xCe0.5xFe5O12, indicates virtually no perturbation of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties upon substitution of small amounts of calcium(II) and thorium(IV) or cerium(IV) onto the yttrium(III) 24c site as compared with Y3Fe5O12. The observed broadening of the four different 6f sitesmore » derived from the 24d site results from the substitution of yttrium(III) by calcium(II) and thorium(IV) or cerium(IV) cations on the next-nearest neighbor 24c site. In contrast, the same analysis, when applied to Y2.8Ce0.2Fe5O12, indicates a local perturbation of the magnetic exchange pathways as a result of the presence of cerium(IV) in the 24c next-nearest neighbor site of the iron(III) 24d site.« less
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Journal ID: ISSN 0020-1669; 47956; KP1704020
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Journal Name: Inorganic Chemistry; Journal Volume: 55; Journal Issue: 7
American Chemical Society (ACS)
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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United States
Mossbauer; spectral; Yttrium Iron Garnet; isovalent; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory