Structure, charge ordering and physical properties of Yb2Fe3O7
Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of
Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100190, Beijing, P.R. China
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Revised: 27 April 2010
Published online: 19 May 2010
The structural and physical properties of the layered Yb2Fe3O7 have been extensively investigated. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations at room temperature reveal the presence of diffuse zigzag-type streaks at 1/3(h h l) running along the c* axis direction, suggesting the presence of a charge ordered state with a shorter coherence length in comparison with that in Lu2Fe3O7. The measurements of magnetization demonstrate that the replacement of Lu3+ by the magnetic Yb3+ ion in this layered system could result in visible effects on the low-temperature magnetic properties: the ferrimagnetic phase transition temperature decreases and an additional magnetic anomaly possibly attributed to antiferromagnetic coupling between Yb and Fe layers appears at around 50 K. Analysis of the dielectric properties shows that the Yb2Fe3O7 material in general has a large dielectric constant of about 5000 at room temperature, and a broader relaxation time distribution in comparison with ErFe2O4.
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