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Phase Separation and Phase Transitions in Multiferroic K0.58FeF3 with the TTB Structure

DOI: 10.1021/cm202713n DOI Help

Authors: Sandra Reisinger (University of St Andrews) , Marc Leblanc (Laboratoire des Oxydes et Fluorures) , Anne-marie Mercier (Laboratoire des Oxydes et Fluorures) , Chiu C. Tang (Diamond Light Source) , Julia E. Parker (Diamond Light Source) , Finlay D. Morrison (University of St Andrews) , Philip Lightfoot (University of St Andrews)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Chemistry Of Materials , VOL 23 (24)

State: Published (Approved)
Published: November 2011

Abstract: The tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) structure multiferroic fluoride K0.58FeF3 (alternatively K3–xFe5F15 (x ? 0.1)) has been studied using variable temperature high-resolution synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction. The as-made sample occurs as a mixture of two closely related TTB phases, one tetragonal (aTTB ? 12.68 Å, cTTB ? 3.98 Å) and one orthorhombic (a ? 12.70 Å, b ? 12.66 Å, c ? 3.98 Å). Heating above 340 K produces a single metrically tetragonal phase, but the phase separation reproducibly reappears on cooling. Below 300 K the tetragonal phase undergoes a structural phase transition to a second orthorhombic phase (with a ? b ? ?2 aTTB) and these two different orthorhombic phases continue to coexist down to at least 125 K. These results are discussed in the context of previous studies, which sometimes suggest conflicting structural details within this system.

Journal Keywords: Tetragonal Tungsten Bronze Structure; Phase Transition; Phase Separation; Multiferroic

Subject Areas: Chemistry

Instruments: I11-High Resolution Powder Diffraction