Structural, magnetic and electrical properties of the hexagonal ferrites MFeO3 (M=Y, Yb, In)

DOWNIE, Lewis J., GOFF, Richard J., KOCKELMANN, Winfried, FORDER, Sue, PARKER, Julia E., MORRISON, Finlay D. and LIGHTFOOT, Philip (2012). Structural, magnetic and electrical properties of the hexagonal ferrites MFeO3 (M=Y, Yb, In). Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 190, 52-60.

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The hexagonal ferrites MFeO3 (M=Y, Yb, In) have been studied using a combination of neutron and X-ray powder diffraction, magnetic susceptibility, dielectric measurements and 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. This study confirms the previously reported crystal structure of InFeO3 (YAlO3 structure type, space group P63/mmc), but YFeO3 and YbFeO3 both show a lowering of symmetry to at most P63cm (ferrielectric YMnO3 structure type). However, Mössbauer spectroscopy shows at least two distinct Fe sites for both YFeO3 and YbFeO3 and we suggest that the best model to rationalise this involves phase separation into more than one similar hexagonal YMnO3-like phase. Rietveld analysis of the neutron diffraction data was carried out using two hexagonal phases as a simplest case scenario. In both YFeO3 and YbFeO3, distinct dielectric anomalies are observed near 130 K and 150 K, respectively. These are tentatively correlated with weak anomalies in magnetic susceptibility and lattice parameters, for YFeO3 and YbFeO3, respectively, which may suggest a weak magnetoelectric effect. Comparison of neutron and X-ray powder diffraction shows evidence of long-range magnetic order in both YFeO3 and YbFeO3 at low temperatures. Due to poor sample crystallinity, the compositional and structural effects underlying the phase separation and possible magnetoelectric phenomena cannot be ascertained.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Advanced Coatings and Composites Research Centre > Polymers, Composites and Spectroscopy Group
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Page Range: 52-60
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2012 13:01
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:31

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