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|Title: ||Structural evolution of one-dimensional spin-ladder compounds Sr14−xCaxCu24O41 with Ca doping and related evidence of hole redistribution|
|Authors: ||Deng, GC|
|Issue Date: ||17-Oct-2011|
|Publisher: ||American Physical Society|
|Citation: ||Deng, G.C., Pomjakushin, V., Petricek, V., Pomjakushina, E., Kenzelmann, M., Conder, K. (2011). Structural evolution of one-dimensional spin-ladder compounds Sr(14-x)Ca(x)Cu(24)O(41) with Ca doping and related evidence of hole redistribution. Physical Review B, 84(14), Art. No. 144111.|
|Abstract: ||Incommensurate crystal structures of spin-ladder series Sr(14-x)Ca(x)Cu(24)O(41) (x = 3, 7, 11, and 12.2) were characterized by powder neutron scattering method and refined using the superspace group Xmmm(00 gamma)ss0 [ equivalent to superspace group Fmmm(0, 0, 1 + gamma)ss0; X stands for nonstandard centering (0, 0, 0, 0), (0, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2), (1/2, 1/2, 0, 0), (1/2, 0, 1/2, 1/2)] with a modulated structure model. The Ca doping effects on the lattice parameters, atomic displacement, Cu-O distances, Cu-O bond angles, and Cu bond valence sum were characterized. The refined results show that the CuO(4) planar units in both chain and ladder sublattices become closer to square shape with an increase of Ca doping. The Cu bond valence sum calculation provided new evidence for the charge transfer from the chains to ladders (approximately 0.16 holes per Cu from x = 0 to 12.2). The charge transfer was attributed to two different mechanisms: (a) the Cu-O bond distance shrinkage on the ladder and (b) increase of the interaction between two sublattices, resulting in Cu-O bonding between the chains and ladders. The low-temperature structural refinement resulted in the similar conclusion with a slight charge backflow to the chains.© 2011, American Physical Society|
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