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Complex magnetic ordering behavior in the frustrated perovskite Ba2MnMoO6

DOI: 10.1063/5.0144719 DOI Help

Authors: Fiona C. Coomer (Echion Technologies) , Heather M. Mutch (University of Sheffield) , Otto Mustonen (University of Birmingham) , Charlotte Pughe (University of Sheffield) , Serena A. Cussen (University of Sheffield) , Silvia Ramos (University of Ken) , Adrian D. Hillier (ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source) , Edmund J. Cussen (University of Sheffield)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Apl Materials , VOL 11

State: Published (Approved)
Published: May 2023

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Abstract: New and exotic ground states of magnetic materials are highly sought after and are extensively studied for the insights they provide into the thermodynamics of disorder and fundamental magnetic interactions. By controlling the crystal structure of an appropriate magnetic lattice, it is possible to cause the strong magnetic exchange interactions to sum to zero and so be frustrated. Due to the presence of this frustration, the lowest energy configuration that results may be crucially dependent on the tiniest of energy differences between a multitude of states that have (almost) the same energy. The keen interest in these materials arises from the fact that these finely balanced systems offer a way of probing classical or quantum mechanical interactions that are of fundamental importance but are too weak to be observed in non-frustrated systems. Here, we combine local and crystallographic probes of the cation-ordered double perovskite Ba2MnMoO6 that contains a face-centered cubic lattice of S = 5/2 Mn2+ cations. Neutron diffraction measurements below 9.27(7) K indicate that a fourfold degenerate non-collinear antiferromagnetic state exists with almost complete ordering of the Mn2+ spins. Muon spin relaxation measurements provide a local probe of the magnetic fields inside this material over the t1/2 = 2.2 µs lifetime of a muon, indicating a slightly lower Néel transition temperature of 7.9(1) K. The dc susceptibility data do not show the loss of magnetization that should accompany the onset of the antiferromagnetic order; they indicate that a strongly antiferromagnetically coupled paramagnetic state [θ = −73(3) K] persists down to 4 K, at which temperature a weak transition occurs. The behavior of this material differs considerably from the closely related compositions Ba2MnMO6 (M = W, Te), which show collinear ordering arrangements and well defined antiferromagnetic transitions in the bulk susceptibility. This suggests that the Mo6+ cation leads to a fine balance between the nearest and next-nearest neighbor superexchange in these frustrated double perovskite structures.

Subject Areas: Materials, Physics

Instruments: B18-Core EXAFS

Other Facilities: MuSR at ISIS

Added On: 20/05/2023 15:11


Discipline Tags:

Physics Magnetism Materials Science Perovskites Metallurgy

Technical Tags:

Spectroscopy X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS)