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Title: Transformation of Structure, Electrical Conductivity, and Magnetism in AA'Fe 2O 6-δ, A = Sr, Ca and A' = Sr

The ability to control electrical properties and magnetism by varying the crystal structure using the effect of the A-site cation in oxygen-deficient perovskites has been studied in AA’Fe 2O 6-δ, where A=Sr, Ca and A’= Sr. The structure of Sr 2Fe 2O 6-δ, synthesized at 1250 °C in air, contains dimeric units of FeO 5 square-pyramids separated by FeO 6 octahedra. Here we show that this ordering scheme can be transformed by changing the A-site cations from Sr to Ca. This leads to a structure where layers of corner-sharing FeO 6 octahedra are separated by chains of FeO 4 tetrahedra. Through systematic variation of the A-site cations, we have determined the average ionic radius required for this conversion to be ~1.41 Å. We have demonstrated that the magnetic structure is also transformed. The Sr 2 compound has an incommensurate magnetic structure, where magnetic moments are in spin-density wave state, aligning perpendicular to the body diagonal of the unit cell. With the aid of neutron diffraction experiments at 10 K and 300 K, we have shown that the magnetic structure is converted into a long-range G-type antiferromagnetic system when one Sr is replaced by Ca. In this G-type ordering scheme, themore » magnetic moments align in the 001 direction, antiparallel to their nearest neighbors. We have also performed variable-temperature electrical conductivity studies on these materials in the temperature range 298 – 1073 K. These studies have revealed the transformation of charge transport properties, where the metallic behavior of the Sr 2-compound is converted into semiconductivity in the CaSr-material. The trend of conductivity as a function of temperature is reversed upon changing the A-site cation. The conductivity of the Sr 2 compound shows a downturn, while the conductivity of the CaSr material increases as a function of temperature. We have also shown that the CaSr-compound exhibits temperature-dependent behavior typical of a mixed ionic-electronic conducting system.« less
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  1. Univ. of Louisville, KY (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Inorganic Chemistry
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Journal Volume: 56; Journal Issue: 16; Journal ID: ISSN 0020-1669
American Chemical Society (ACS)
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Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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United States
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