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Title: New insulating antiferromagnetic quaternary iridates MLa 10Ir 4O 24 (M=Sr, Ba)

Recently, oxides of Ir 4+ have received renewed attention in the condensed matter physics community, as it has been reported that certain iridates have a strongly spin-orbital coupled (SOC) electronic state, J eff = ½, that defines the electronic and magnetic properties. The canonical example is the Ruddlesden-Popper compound Sr 2IrO 4, which has been suggested as a potential route to a new class of high temperature superconductor due to the formal analogy between J eff = ½ and the S = ½ state of the cuprate superconductors. The quest for other iridium oxides that present tests of the underlying SOC physics is underway. In this spirit, here we report the synthesis and physical properties of two new quaternary tetravalent iridates, MLa 10Ir 4O 24 (M = Sr, Ba). The crystal structure of both compounds features isolated IrO 6 octahedra in which the electronic configuration of Ir is d 5. As a result, both compounds order antiferromagnetically despite the lack of obvious superexchange pathways, and resistivity measurement shows that SrLa 10Ir 4O 24 is an insulator.
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  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai (China)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Univ. of Chicago, Chicago, IL (United States)
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Scientific Reports
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2045-2322
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; electronic materials; structure of solids and liquids
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OSTI ID: 1357034