Rhombohedrally Distorted gamma-Brasses Cr1-xFexGa

TitleRhombohedrally Distorted gamma-Brasses Cr1-xFexGa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsKo H, Gourdon O, Gout D, Mun ED, Thimmaiah S, Miller GJ
Journal TitleInorganic Chemistry
Date Published12/20
ISBN Number0020-1669
Accession NumberISI:000285266800028
Keywordselectronic-structure, intergrowth compounds, intermetallic compounds, magnetism, pair distribution function, phases, quasi-crystal approximants, refinement, solids, stability

A series of rhombohedrally distorted gamma-brass structures containing a mixture of magnetically active 3d elements, Cr and Fe, Cr1-xFexGa, is investigated crystallographically. These structures consist of chains of trans-face-sharing Ga-centered transition metal icosahedra. Neutron powder diffraction specifically. on Cr0.5Fe0.5Ga, which could be prepared as a single phase material, gave lattice constants (11 K) a = 12.5172(2) angstrom and c = 7.8325(2) angstrom and a refined composition of Cr0.502(6)Fe0.498Ga = Cr6.523Fe6.477Ga13 and revealed partial ordering of Cr and Fe atoms among three crystallographic sites. Magnetic susceptibility and magnetization studies, of Cr0.5Fe0.5Ga showed the onset of magnetic ordering at ca. 25 K. Theoretical calculations suggested both site-energy and bond-energy factors influencing the Cr/Fe distribution. Heteroatomic interactions significantly affect exchange interactions and create low local magnetic moments. Models created to mimic Cr0.5Fe0.5Ga showed ferromagnet c Fe-Fe and antiferromagnetic Cr-Fe interactions, with an overall ferrimagnetic ordering.

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