Magnetic short-range order in the new ternary phase Mn8Pd15Si7

T Eriksson, A Mellergard, P Nordblad, A K Larsson, S Felton, J Howing, T Gustafsson, Y Andersson

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A new compound, Mn8Pd15Si7, is reported to crystallize in a face centered cubic unit cell of dimension a = 12.0141(2) angstrom, space groupFm (3) over barm, and can thus be classified as a G-phase. The crystal structure was studied by single crystal X-ray diffraction, X-ray and neutron powder diffraction and electron diffraction. A filled Mg6Cu16Si7 type structure was found, corresponding to the Sc11Ir4 type structure. The magnetic properties were investigated by magnetization measurements and Reverse Monte Carlo modeling of low temperature magnetic short-range order (SRO). Dominating near neighbor antiferromagnetic correlations were found between the Mn atoms and geometric frustration in combination with random magnetic interactions via metal sites with partial Mn occupancy were suggested to hinder formation of long-range magnetic order. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue number1-2
Early online date20 Jul 2005
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2005

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