Crystal Structure and Chemical Characterization of La0.7Sr0.3Mn0.7Ti0.3-xAlxO3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) Compounds
I.O. Troyanchuka, M.V. Bushinsky a, N.V. Tereshko a, V.V. Fedotova a and J. Partyka b
aScientific-Practical Materials Research Center of NAS of Belarus, Str. P. Brovka 19, 220072 Minsk, Belarus
bLublin University of Technology, Nadbystrzycka 38a, 20-618 Lublin, Poland
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Neutron powder diffraction and magnetization measurements have been performed for La0.7Sr0.3Mn0.7Ti0.3-xAlxO3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) stoichiometric compounds. Increase of the Al3+ content enlarges the Mn4+ ions fraction from 0% (x=0) up to around 20% (x=0.15). The x=0 composition around 150 K exhibits a structural transition from the rhombohedral phase to the orthorhombic one whereas the crystal structure of the compounds with x=0.1 and 0.15 remains to be rhombohedral down to 2 K. The substitution of Ti4+ by Al3+ ions is accompanied by a gradual increase in the bond angle Mn-O-Mn and decrease in the Mn-O bond length which lead to enhancement of the covalent component of the chemical bond. All these compounds exhibit ferromagnetic components below 100 K. Magnetic moments estimated per manganese from the neutron powder diffraction data are found to be around 1.3 μB (x=0) and 1.7 μB (x=0.1 and 0.15) at 2 K. It is suggested that ferromagnetism is originated predominantly from the Mn3+-O-Mn3+ and Mn3+-O-Mn4+ superexchange interactions whereas bond angles fluctuation leads to magnetic frustrations. Enhancement of covalence slightly increases ferromagnetism.

DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.132.240
PACS numbers:, 68.37.Hk, 71.70.Ej, 75.30.Et