Complex Cation and Spin Orders in the High-Pressure Ferrite CoFe3O5

Ka H. Hong, Elena Solana-madruga, Mauro Coduri, J. Paul Attfield

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A ferrite in the Sr2Tl2O5-type MFe3O5 family with M = Co has been synthesized at 12 GPa pressure. Neutron diffraction shows the sample to be Co-deficient with composition Co0.6Fe3.4O5. The Co/Fe cation distribution is found to be profoundly different from those of MFe3O5 analogs and lies between normal and inverse limits as Co2+ substitutes across trigonal prismatic and one of the two octahedral sites. CoFe3O5 shows complex magnetic behavior with weak ferromagnetism below TC1 ≈ 300 K and a second transition to ferrimagnetic order at TC2 ≈100 K. Spin scattering of carriers leads a substantial increase in the hopping activation energy below TC1, and a small negative magnetoresistance is observed at low temperatures.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Early online date1 Nov 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes


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