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Title: Band gap tuning and orbital mediated electron–phonon coupling in HoFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1)

We report on the evidenced orbital mediated electron–phonon coupling and band gap tuning in HoFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) compounds. From the room temperature Raman scattering, it is apparent that the electron-phonon coupling is sensitive to the presence of both the Fe and Cr at the B-site. Essentially, an A{sub g} like local oxygen breathing mode is activated due to the charge transfer between Fe{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} at around 670 cm{sup −1}, this observation is explained on the basis of Franck-Condon mechanism. Optical absorption studies infer that there exists a direct band gap in the HoFe{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) compounds. Decrease in band gap until x = 0.5 is ascribed to the broadening of the oxygen p-orbitals as a result of the induced spin disorder due to Fe{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} at B-site. In contrast, the increase in band gap above x = 0.5 is explained on the basis of the reduction in the available unoccupied d-orbitals of Fe{sup 3+} at the conduction band. We believe that above results would be helpful for the development of the optoelectronic devices based on the ortho-ferrites.
Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Magnetic Materials and Device Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Sangareddy 502285 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22492718
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 118; Journal Issue: 12; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ABSORPTION; CHROMIUM IONS; ELECTRON-PHONON COUPLING; FERRITES; IRON IONS; OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICES; OXYGEN; PHONONS; RAMAN EFFECT; RESPIRATION; SPIN; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0273-0400 K; TUNING