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Title: Negative spontaneous magnetization and semi-spin glass magnetic order in mixed spinel Co{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 1.7}Mn{sub 0.3}O{sub 4}

In this paper, we establish the negative spontaneous magnetization in Mn and Zn substituted cobalt ferrite Co{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 1.7}Mn{sub 0.3}O{sub 4} (CZFMO). It is suggested that the origin of negative spontaneous magnetization is due to the substitution of small sized Mn{sup +4} ions (compared to Fe{sup +3} ions) at the octahedral B site in compound Co{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4} Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The low value of Poisson's ratio ∼0.202 for this compound possibly contributes towards the easy distortion in the bond length and bond angle, causing increase in Fe-O bond distance/decrease in Fe-O-Fe bond angle with Mn substitution, leading to considerably weak Fe-O-Fe superexchange interaction at the octahedral B site. The neutron diffraction data clearly illustrated the significant reduction in ordered magnetic moment at the B site, with the resultant negative spontaneous magnetization (M = M{sub B} − M{sub A}) in this mixed spinel system. The spin disorder also gives rise to an interesting semi-spin glass behavior in CZFMO.
Authors:
;  [1] ; ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (India)
  2. Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India)
  3. Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22492768
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 118; Journal Issue: 13; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; BOND ANGLE; BOND LENGTHS; COBALT; FERRITES; INDIUM COMPOUNDS; IRON IONS; MAGNETIC MOMENTS; MAGNETIZATION; NEUTRON DIFFRACTION; SPIN; SPIN GLASS STATE; SPINELS