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|Title: ||Structural and magnetic phase transitions of the orthovanadates RVO3 (R= Dy, Ho, Er) as seen via neutron diffraction.|
|Authors: ||Reehuis, M|
|Keywords: ||Phase transformations|
|Issue Date: ||10-Feb-2011|
|Publisher: ||American Physical Society|
|Citation: ||Reehuis, M., Ulrich, C., Prokeš, K., Mat'aš, S, Fujioka, J., Miyasaka, S., Tokura, Y., & Keimer, B. (2011). Structural and magnetic phase transitions of the orthovanadates RVO3 (R= Dy, Ho, Er) as seen via neutron diffraction. Physical Review B, 83(6), 064404. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.83.064404|
|Abstract: ||The structural and magnetic phase behavior of RVO3 with R=v Dy, Ho, and Er was studied by single-crystal neutron diffraction. Upon cooling, all three compounds show structural transitions from orthorhombic (space group Pbnm) to monoclinic (p21/b) symmetry due to the onset of orbital order at T= 188–200 K, followed by Néel transitions at T= 110–113 K due to the onset of antiferromagnetic (C-type) order of the vanadium moments. Upon further cooling, additional structural phase transitions occur for DyVO3 and ErVO3 at 60 and 56 K, respectively, where the monoclinic structure changes to an orthorhombic structure with the space group Pbnm, and the magnetic order of the V sublattice changes to a G-type structure. These transition temperatures are reduced compared to the ones previously observed for nonmagnetic R3+ ions due to exchange interactions between the V3+ and R3+ ions. For ErVO3, R-R exchange interactions drive a transition to collinear magnetic order at T= 2.5 K. For HoVO3, the onset of noncollinear, weakly ferromagnetic order of the Ho moments nearly coincides with the structural phase transition from the monoclinic to the low-temperature orthorhombic structure. This transition is characterized by an extended hysteresis between 24 and 36 K. The Dy moments in DyVO3 also exhibit noncollinear, weakly ferromagnetic order upon cooling below 13 K. With increasing temperature, the monoclinic structure of DyVO3 reappears in the temperature range between 13 and 23 K. This reentrant structural transition is associated with a rearrangement of the Dy moments. A group theoretical analysis showed that the observed magnetic states of the R3+ ions are compatible with the lattice structure. The results are discussed in the light of recent data on the magnetic field dependence of the lattice structure and magnetization of DyVO3 and HoVO3. © 2011, American Physical Society|
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