A neutron powder diffraction study of the helimagnetic structure of TlCo2Se2−xSx
2010 (English)In: Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, ISSN 0304-8853, Vol. 322, no 6, 681-685 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The magneti clayer structure of TlCo2Se2-xSx has been thoroughly re-investigated with neutron powder diffraction. The cobalt magnetic moments are ferromagnetically arranged with in the layers, but the interlayer coupling differs profoundly with varying composition (x): the spins in TlCo2Se2 form a helix along the c-axis with a turning-angle of similar to 119 degrees at 1.4 K. This kind of helical structure prevails for 0 <= x <= 1.5 with a gradual decrease of the angle with increasing sulphur content, down to 34 degrees, showing an almost linear relationship with the interlayer distance of Co-Co. For x >= 1.75 the interlayer couplingchanges to ferromagnetic. Unexpectedly, two helices were found to coexist at x = 0.5 and x = 1.0. The interaction between adjacent cobalt layers is there characterized by an incommensurate angle (106 degrees, resp., 73 degrees) together with a commensurate angle of 90 degrees. The magnetic structures have been refined as two magnetic phases, each having a characteristic wave vector. A tentative model where the symmetry of the structure and the interlayer distance compete is considered for explaining the simultaneous occurrence of the two kinds of diffraction profile satellites.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 322, no 6, 681-685 p.
Layered magnetic structure; ThCr2Si2 type; Coexisting magnetic helix; TlCo2S2; TlCo2Se2
Research subject Inorganic Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-93543DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2009.10.040ISI: 000273434300022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-93543DiVA: diva2:167051