Neutron diffraction study of monoclinic brannerite-type CoV 2O 6

Mikael Markkula, Angel M. Arevalo-Lopez, J. Paul Attfield*

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A variable-temperature powder neutron diffraction study of the monoclinic brannerite-type CoV2O6 (space group C2/m, a=9.2531(2), b=3.5040(1), c=6.6201(1) Å and β=111.617(1)° at 300 K) is reported. No structural transition is observed down to 4 K, but a magnetostriction accompanying antiferromagnetic order at TN =15 K is discovered. Antiferromagnetic order observed below TN has an a×b×2c supercell in which Co2 moments of magnitude 4.77(4) μB at 4 K lie in the ac plane and are ferromagnetically coupled within chains of edge-sharing CoO6 octahedra parallel to b. Ferromagnetic chains are coupled antiferromagnetically to neighbouring chains in the a and c directions, and a model for the interchain order in the reported 1/3 magnetization plateau region is proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)390-393
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Early online date3 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012


  • Magnetic order
  • Neutron diffraction
  • Transition metal oxides


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