Structural and magnetic modulations in CaCuxMn 7 - XO12

Institute of Experimental Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Hoża 69, PL-00 681 Warsaw, Poland.
Journal of Physics Condensed Matter (Impact Factor: 2.35). 05/2010; 22(18):186001. DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/22/18/186001
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Low temperature atomic position modulations and magnetic moment modulations are reported for CaCu(x)Mn(7 - x)O(12) (x = 0.0, 0.1 and 0.23) using neutron powder diffraction. Both modulations are described with propagation vectors (0, 0, q) parallel to the c-axis in the hexagonal setting. The present neutron diffraction studies confirm the quantitative model describing the atomic position modulations in CaCu(x)Mn(7 - x)O(12) (x = 0.0 and 0.1) as derived from synchrotron based powder x-ray diffraction studies (Sławiński et al 2009 Acta Crystallogr. B 65 535). Neutron diffraction studies confirm the relation between the atomic position modulation length L(p) and the magnetic modulation length L(m) = 2L(p) between 50 K and the Néel temperature T(N). CaCu(x)Mn(7 - x)O(12) (x = 0.1 and 0.23) shows a magnetic phase transition near 50 K associated with considerable changes of the magnetic modulation length and the magnetic coherence length, similar to that observed in the parent CaMn(7)O(12).

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