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Ferroic multipolar order and disorder in cyanoelpasolite molecular perovskites

DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2018.0219 DOI Help

Authors: C. S. Coates (University of Oxford) , H. J. Gray (University of Oxford) , J. M. Bulled (University of Oxford) , H. L. B. Bostroem (University of Oxford) , A. Simonov (University of Oxford) , A. L. Goodwin (University of Oxford)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical And Engineering Sciences , VOL 377

State: Published (Approved)
Published: May 2019

Abstract: We use a combination of variable-temperature high-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction measurements and Monte Carlo simulations to characterize the evolution of two different types of ferroic multipolar order in a series of cyanoelpasolite molecular perovskites. We show that ferroquadrupolar order in [C3N2H5]2Rb[Co(CN)6] is a first-order process that is well described by a four-state Potts model on the simple cubic lattice. Likewise, ferrooctupolar order in [NMe4]2B[Co(CN)6] (B = K, Rb, Cs) also emerges via a first-order transition that now corresponds to a six-state Potts model. Hence, for these particular cases, the dominant symmetry breaking mechanisms are well understood in terms of simple statistical mechanical models. By varying composition, we find that the effective coupling between multipolar degrees of freedom—and hence the temperature at which ferromultipolar order emerges—can be tuned in a chemically sensible manner.

Journal Keywords: mineralomimesis; hybrid perovskites; multipolar order; phase transitions

Subject Areas: Chemistry, Materials


Instruments: I11-High Resolution Powder Diffraction