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Title: Structural phase transition in CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel

A structural transition with a reduction in symmetry of the high temperature cubic phase (sp. gr. Fd3m) to the tetragonal phase (sp. gr. I4{sub 1}/amd) and the appearance of a ferrimagnetic structure occur in CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} copper ferrite at T Almost-Equal-To 440 Degree-Sign C. It is established by an experiment on a high-resolution neutron diffractometer that the temperature at which long-range magnetic order occurs is higher than that of tetragonal phase formation. When cooling CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel from 500 Degree-Sign C, the equilibrium coexistence of both phases is observed in a fairly wide temperature range ({approx}40 Degree-Sign C). The composition studied is a completely inverse spinel in the cubic phase, and in the tetragonal phase the inversion parameter does not exceed few percent (x = 0.06 {+-} 0.04). At the same time, the phase formed upon cooling has a classical value of tetragonal distortion ({gamma} Almost-Equal-To 1.06). The character of temperature changes in the structural parameters during the transition from cubic to tetragonal phase indicates that this transition is based on the Jahn-Teller distortion of (Cu,Fe)O{sub 6} octahedra rather than the mutual migration of copper and iron atoms.
Authors:
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  1. Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22210526
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Crystallography Reports; Journal Volume: 58; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.; http://www.springer-ny.com; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; COPPER; CUBIC LATTICES; FERRITE; FERRITES; JAHN-TELLER EFFECT; NEUTRONS; SPINELS; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0400-1000 K; TETRAGONAL LATTICES