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Cycloidal magnetic order in the compound IrMnSi
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Materials Chemistry.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences.
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2005 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 71, no 17, 174420- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A new compound, IrMnSi, has been synthesized, and its crystal structure and magnetic properties have been investigated by means of neutron powder diffraction, magnetization measurements, and first-principles theory. The crystal structure is found to be of the TiNiSi type (ordered Co2P, space group Pnma). The Mn-projected electronic states are situated at the Fermi level, giving rise to metallic binding, whereas a certain degree of covalent character is observed for the chemical bond between the Ir and Si atoms. A cycloidal, i.e., noncollinear, magnetic structure was observed below 460 K, with the propagation vector q=[0,0,0.4530(5)] at 10 K. The magnetism is dominated by large moments on the Mn sites, 3.8μB∕atom from neutron diffraction. First-principles theory reproduces the propagation vector of the experimental magnetic structure as well as the angles between the Mn moments. The calculations further result in a magnetic moment of 3.2μB for the Mn atoms, whereas the Ir and Si moments are negligible, in agreement with observations. A calculation that more directly incorporates electron-electron interactions improves the agreement between the theoretical and experimental magnetic moments. A band mechanism is suggested to explain the observed magnetic order.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 71, no 17, 174420- p.
National Category
Inorganic Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93494DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.71.174420OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-93494DiVA: diva2:166985
Available from: 2005-09-22 Created: 2005-09-22 Last updated: 2013-06-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Tunable Magnetic Properties of Transition Metal Compounds
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2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The magnetic properties of transition metal compounds have been studied using SQUID-magnetometry, magnetic force microscopy and Lorentz transmission electron microscopy. New magnetic materials have been found and their magnetic properties have been determined. How the magnetic properties of a material can be changed through e.g. chemical substitution of magnetic and nonmagnetic atoms and shape and size effects have also been studied. Three different sets of samples have been investigated: three new Mn-compounds, two substitution series of layered magnetic structures and ferromagnetic micronsized thin film elements.

The three Mn-compounds, Mn3IrSi, IrMnSi and Mn8Pd15Si7, show different magnetic ordering. Mn3IrSi orders 'antiferromagnetically' at 210 K. IrMnSi forms a double cycloidal spin spiral below 460 K. Mn8Pd15Si7 only shows short-range magnetic ordering.

Substituting Se with S in TlCo2Se2-xSx changes the magnetic order from a spin spiral to a colinear ferromagnet for a composition of x=1.75. An intermediate region exists where the compound is neither a pure ferromagnet, nor purely a spin spiral, as evidenced by the magnetization versus field measurements for the x=1.3 and 1.5 samples. This is also seen in the temperature dependent susceptibility measurements. For the TlCu2-xFexSe2 compounds it was found that the ordering temperature and saturation magnetic moment per Fe-atom changed with composition x.

Ferromagnetic micronsized thin film elements in permalloy, Fe20Ni80, and epitaxial Fe/Co multilayers were studied. For the Fe/Co multilayer thin film elements it was found that it is possible to change the magnetization reversal process, by aligning the easy shape anisotropy axis with either the easy or the hard magnetocrystalline anisotropy axis. In the permalloy elements the effect of inter-elemental distance was found to determine the interval of fields where multidomain states were stable, so that for shorter inter-elemental distances multidomain states were stable for a shorter interval of fields. The domain structure of permalloy elements in rotating magnetic fields was also studied. Higher applied fields led to a broader interval of angles in which saturated states were stable.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2005. viii, 58 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 95
Keyword
Magnetic properties, Transition metal compounds, Magnetic structure, Domain structure, SQUID-magnetometry, MFM
National Category
Condensed Matter Physics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5939 (URN)91-554-6346 (ISBN)
Public defence
2005-10-14, Polhemsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:00
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Available from: 2005-09-22 Created: 2005-09-22 Last updated: 2015-09-14Bibliographically approved
2. The Structural Basis for Magnetic Order in New Manganese Compounds
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2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Materials with new or improved properties are crucial for technological development. To provide the foundation for future successful products, it is important to prepare and characterise new chemical compounds that could show unusual properties. The properties of magnetic materials are closely related to their crystal, magnetic and electronic structures. This thesis focuses on the novel synthesis and structural characterisation of a number of new ternary or pseudo-ternary silicides and germanides of manganese with iridium, cobalt or palladium. To provide a more complete picture of the complex magnetic properties, crystal and magnetic structure refinements by the Rietveld method of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data are complemented by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction, magnetisation measurements and Reverse Monte Carlo simulations of magnetic short-range order. The experimental results are corroborated by first-principles electronic structure and total energy calculations.

A commensurate non-collinear antiferromagnetic structure is found for most compounds of the solid solution Mn3Ir1-yCoySi1-xGex. The non-collinearity is a result of geometric frustration in a crystal structure with magnetic Mn atoms located on a three-dimensional network of triangles. The close structural similarity to the β-modification of elemental manganese, which does not order magnetically, inspired a closer theoretical comparison of the Mn3Ir1-yCoySi1-xGex propertieswith β-Mn.

Magnetic frustration is also observed for Mn4Ir7-xMnxGe6, and is an important factor underlying the dramatic change from commensurate antiferromagnetic order to spin glass properties induced by a small variation in Mn concentration. Magnetic short-range order with dominant antiferromagnetic correlation is observed for Mn8Pd15Si7, and results from a random distribution of Mn atoms in-between the geometrically frustrated magnetic moments on the Mn octahedra.

An incommensurate cycloidal magnetic structure, observed for IrMnSi, is stabilised by an electronic structure effect, which also accounts for the non-collinearity of the Mn3IrSi type magnetic structure.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2005. 65 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 42
Keyword
Inorganic chemistry, Crystal structure, Magnetic structure, Manganese compounds, Transition metal silicides, Transition metal germanides, Magnetic frustration, Neutron powder diffraction, X-ray diffraction, Magnetisation measurements, DFT, Oorganisk kemi
National Category
Inorganic Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5746 (URN)91-554-6215-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2005-05-12, Häggsalen, The Ångström Laboratory, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:15
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Available from: 2005-04-19 Created: 2005-04-19 Last updated: 2013-06-20Bibliographically approved
3. Electronic Structure and Statistical Methods Applied to Nanomagnetism, Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors and Spintronics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Electronic Structure and Statistical Methods Applied to Nanomagnetism, Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors and Spintronics
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is divided in three parts. In the first part, a study of materials aimed for spintronics applications is presented. More specifically, calculations of the critical temperature in diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS) and half-metallic ferromagnets are presented using a combination of electronic structure and statistical methods. It is shown that disorder and randomness of the magnetic atoms in DMS materials play a very important role in the determination of the critical temperature.

The second part treats materials in reduced dimensions. Studies of multilayer and trilayer systems are presented. A theoretical model that incorporates interdiffusion in a multilayer is developed that gives better agreement with experimental observations. Using Monte Carlo simulations, the observed magnetic properties in the trilayer system Ni/Cu/Co at finite temperatures are qualitatively reproduced.

In the third part, electronic structure calculations of complex Mn-based compounds displaying noncollinear magnetism are presented. The calculations reproduce with high accuracy the observed magnetic properties in these compounds. Furthermore, a model based on the electronic structure of the necessary conditions for noncollinear magnetism is presented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2005. x+70 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 32
Keyword
Materials science, spintronics, magnetism, Monte Carlo, critical temperature, exchange interactions, percolation, disorder, noncollinear, electronic structure, Materialvetenskap
National Category
Materials Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5732 (URN)91-554-6202-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2005-04-29, Room 4001, Ångströmlaboratoriet, 10:15
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Available from: 2005-04-08 Created: 2005-04-08 Last updated: 2013-06-20Bibliographically approved

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