Room temperature antiferromagnetic order in superconducting XyFe2−xSe2 (X = Rb, K): a neutron powder diffraction study

V. Yu. Pomjakushin , E. V. Pomjakushina , Anna Krztoń-Maziopa , K. Conder , Z. Shermadini


Magnetic and crystal structures of superconducting XyFe2 − xSe2 (X = Rb and K with Tc = 31.5 and 29.5 K) have been studied by neutron powder diffraction at room temperature. Both crystals show an ordered iron vacancy pattern and the crystal structure is well described by the I4/m space group with the lattice constants a = 8.799, c = 14.576 and a = 8.730, c = 14.115 Å and the refined stoichiometry x = 0.30(1), y = 0.83(2) and x = 0.34(1), y = 0.83(1) for Rb and K crystals, respectively. The structure contains one fully occupied iron position and one almost empty vacancy position. Assuming that the iron moment is ordered only on the fully occupied site we have sorted out all eight irreducible representations (irreps) for the propagation vector k = 0 and have found that irreps τ2 and τ7 fit the experimental data well with the moments along the c axis. The moment amplitudes amounted to 2.15(3) µB, 2.55(3) μB for τ2 and 2.08(6) μB, 2.57(3) μB for τ7 for Rb and K crystals, respectively. Irrep τ2 corresponds to the Shubnikov group I4/m' and gives a constant moment antiferromagnetic configuration, whereas τ7 does not have a Shubnikov counterpart and allows two different magnetic moments in the structure.
Author V. Yu. Pomjakushin
V. Yu. Pomjakushin,,
, E. V. Pomjakushina
E. V. Pomjakushina,,
, Anna Krztoń-Maziopa KChNTCS
Anna Krztoń-Maziopa,,
- Chair Of Inorganic Chemistry And Solid State Technology
, K. Conder
K. Conder,,
, Z. Shermadini
Z. Shermadini,,
Journal seriesJournal of Physics-Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984
Issue year2011
Languageen angielski
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