Spin-Lattice Instability in the Chromium Sulfur Spinel Fe0.5Cu0.5Cr2S4
2008 (English)In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984, E-ISSN 1361-648X, Vol. 20, no 25, 252204- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Zero field mu SR spectroscopy was applied to a polycrystalline sample of the ferrimagnetic sulfur spinel Fe0.5Cu0.5Cr2S4 between 5 and 315 K. The temperature dependence of the interstitial magnetic field B-mu as well as the transverse and longitudinal relaxation rates were deduced. At around 100 K, the temperature dependence of the interstitial field exhibits a strong deviation from the expected Brillouin-like behavior together with a maximum of the transverse relaxation rate. These features are characteristic for a spin reorientation transition. This instability of the ferrimagnetic spin-lattice has not been reported previously. Fe-57 Mossbauer data from the same sample show no irregularity in the temperature dependence of the Fe hyperfine field which could indicate that the spin reorientation involves primarily the Cr sublattice. Above and below the spin reorientation regime, disorder in the spin-lattice is sizable, but not excessive. At low temperatures, the spins are essentially static, spin dynamics sets in above the reorientation range. The mu SR data are also complemented by new susceptibility and magnetization data taken on similar material.
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2008. Vol. 20, no 25, 252204- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-101214DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/20/25/252204ISI: 000256560000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-101214DiVA: diva2:212079