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Title: Calcium substitution in rare-earth metal germanides with the hexagonal Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3} structure type. structural characterization of the extended series RE{sub 5–x}Ca{sub x}Ge{sub 3} (RE=Rare-earth metal)

Reported are the synthesis and the structural characterization of an extended family of rare-earth metal–germanides with a general formula RE{sub 5–x}Ca{sub x}Ge{sub 3} (RE=Y, Ce–Nd, Sm, Gd–Tm and Lu; x<2). All twelve phases are isotypic, crystallizing with the Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3} structure type (Pearson index hP16, hexagonal space group P6{sub 3}/mcm); they are the Ca-substituted variants of the corresponding RE{sub 5}Ge{sub 3} binaries. Across the series, despite some small variations in the Ca-uptake, the unit cell volumes decrease monotonically, following the lanthanide contraction. Temperature dependent DC magnetization measurements reveal paramagnetic behavior in the high temperature range, and the obtained effective moments are consistent with free-ion RE{sup 3+} ground state, as expected from prior studies of the binary RE{sub 5}Ge{sub 3} phases. The onset of magnetic ordering is observed in the low temperature range, and complex magnetic interactions (ferromagnetic/ferrimagnetic) can be inferred, different from the binary phases RE{sub 5}Ge{sub 3}, which are known as antiferromagnetic. In order to understand the role of Ca in the bonding, the electronic structures of the La{sub 5}Ge{sub 3} and the hypothetical compounds La{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Ge{sub 3} and La{sub 3}Ca{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} with ordered metal atoms are compared and discussed. - Graphical abstract: The family ofmore » rare-earth metal–calcium–germanides with the general formula RE{sub 5–x}Ca{sub x}Ge{sub 3} (RE=Y, Ce–Nd, Sm, Gd–Tm and Lu) crystallize in the hexagonal space group P6{sub 3}/mcm (No. 193, Pearson symbol hP16) with a structure that is a variant of the Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3} structure type. - Highlights: • The newly synthesized RE{sub 5–x}Ca{sub x}Ge{sub 3} (RE=Y, Ce–Nd, Sm, Gd–Tm and Lu) constitute an extended family. • The structure is a substitution variant of the hexagonal Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3} structure type. • Ca-uptake is the highest in the early members, and decreases for the late rare-earth metal analogs. • Experimental and theoretical work suggest limiting solubility range RE{sub ≈3}Ca{sub ≈2}Ge{sub 3}.« less
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OSTI Identifier:
22443397
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 217; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ANTIFERROMAGNETISM; CALCIUM; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; CRYSTAL STRUCTURE; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; GERMANIDES; GERMANIUM; GROUND STATES; INTERACTIONS; MAGNETIZATION; MONOCRYSTALS; PARAMAGNETISM; RARE EARTHS; RHENIUM IONS; SPACE GROUPS; SYNTHESIS; X-RAY DIFFRACTION