Crystal and magnetic structure of Eu4Ga8Ge16

M. Christensen, J.D. Bryan, H. Birkedal, G.D. Stucky, B. Lebech, B.B. Iversen

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    The antiferromagnetic ordering and crystal structure of the clathrate compound Eu4Ga8Ge16 was investigated using multitemperature neutron and synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction. High-resolution low-Q neutron data were measured at long wavelength (lambda=4.2 Angstrom) between 1.5 and 15 K for an accurate description of the magnetic structure, whereas high-Q diffraction patterns were collected using neutrons of wavelength 1.9 Angstrom at the same temperatures to determine the nuclear structure precisely. The structure orders antiferromagnetically at about 8 K with ferromagnetic chains parallel to the a axis. The intrachain Eu-Eu distance, 4.1216(1) Angstrom at 1.5 K, is significantly shorter than the distance observed in the ferromagnetic clathrates beta-Eu8Ga16Ge30 (5.23 Angstrom) and alpha-Eu8Ga16Ge30 (5.56 Angstrom). Antiferromagnetic coupling to the nearest and next-nearest chains at distances of 5.99 and 6.98 Angstrom, respectively, leads to an overall antiferromagnetic structure. A fit to a power law of the temperature dependence of the ordered Eu2+ magnetic moment results in a moment of 7.01(7)mu(B) at 0 K in agreement with the 7mu(B) for the free ion value of Eu2+. The temperature dependence of the crystal structure was investigated from 11 K to room temperature using synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction. Analysis of the atomic displacement parameters with Einstein and Debye models gives Theta(E)=82(3) K for the guest atom and Theta(D)=266(4) K for the framework atoms. Based on Theta(D) the lattice contribution to thermal conductivity is estimated to be 0.0125 W/cm K.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPhysical Review B Condensed Matter
    Issue number17
    Pages (from-to)174428
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2003


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