High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure, and properties of In2NiMnO6 with antiferromagnetic order and field-induced phase transition.

Abstract

In2NiMnO6, a new compound extending the family of double rare-earth perovskites R2NiMnO6 (R = rare earth, Y) to smaller R ions, was prepared using a high-pressure and high-temperature technique (6 GPa and 1600 K). Its crystal structure was investigated by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction at room temperature: space group P2(1)/n (No. 14, cell choice 2), Z = 2, a = 5.13520(1) Å, b = 5.33728(1) Å, c = 7.54559(4) Å, and β = 90.1343(1)°. A significant degree of ordering of Mn(4+) and Ni(2+) ions was observed. The dc and ac magnetization and specific heat measurements showed that In2NiMnO6 is an antiferromagnet with a Néel temperature TN of 26 K. Its antiferromagnetism puts it apart from other members of the R2NiMnO6 family where a ferromagnetic ground state was observed, which is attributed to the superexchange interaction between Mn(4+) and Ni(2+) ions according to the Kanamori-Goodenough rules. A field-induced phase transition to a ferromagnetic state was observed from 18 kOe at 5 K, indicating that In2NiMnO6 is close to the antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic transition boundary. First-principles calculations allowed us to explain its antiferromagnetism and the field-induced phase transition and predict the E* type antiferromagnetic ground state.

DOI: 10.1021/ic401917h

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@article{Yi2013HighpressureSC, title={High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure, and properties of In2NiMnO6 with antiferromagnetic order and field-induced phase transition.}, author={Wei Yi and Qifeng Liang and Yoshitaka Matsushita and Masahiko Tanaka and Alexei A Belik}, journal={Inorganic chemistry}, year={2013}, volume={52 24}, pages={14108-15} }