Spin and Dipole Ordering in Ni2InSbO6 and Ni2ScSbO6 with Corundum-Related Structure
2013 (English)In: Chemistry of Materials, ISSN 0897-4756, E-ISSN 1520-5002, Vol. 25, no 6, 935-945 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The complex metal oxides Ni2InSbO6 (NISO) and Ni2ScSbO6 (NSSO) have been prepared in the form of polycrystalline powders by a solid state reaction route. The crystal structure and magnetic properties of the compounds were investigated using a combination of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction, electron microscopy, calorimetric, and magnetic measurements. The compounds adopt a trigonal structure, space group R3, of the corundum related Ni3TeO6 (NTO) type. Only one of the octahedral Ni positions (Ni(2)) of the NTO structure was found to be occupied by In (Sc). NTO has noncentrosymmetric structure and is ferroelectric below 1000 K; dielectric and second harmonic measurements suggest that also NISO and NSSO are correspondingly ferroelectric. Magnetization measurements signified antiferromagnetic ordering below T-N = 60 K (NSSO) and 76 K (NISO). The magnetic structure is formed by two antiferromagnetically coupled incommensurate helices with the spiral axis along the b-axis and propagation vector k = [0, k(y),0] with k(y) = 0.036(1) (NSSO) and k(y) = 0.029(1) (NISO). The observed structural and magnetic properties of NISO and NSSO are discussed and compared with those of NTO.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 25, no 6, 935-945 p.
neutron scattering, crystal structure, magnetic properties, ferroelectricity
Natural Sciences Engineering and Technology
Research subject Engineering Science with specialization in Solid State Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-199468DOI: 10.1021/cm304095sISI: 000316847100017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-199468DiVA: diva2:620272