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On the magnetic structure of RuEu1.5Ce0.5Cu2O10 (Ru-1222)
Author(s): I. Felner
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Two magnetic transitions at TM~160 K and at TM2~80-100 K, are observed in the magneto-superconducting RuEu2-xCexSr2Cu2O10-δ (TC = 32-50 K). Below TM2, the Ru5+ moments are weakly-ferromagnetically ordered and wide ferromagnetic hysteresis loops are observed, they become narrow and disappear at ~ 60-70 K. Dc magnetic studies on c-axis oriented epitaxial thin films of Ru-1222 on (100) SrTiO3 wafers show that the easy axis of the magnetization is in the basal plane and the Ru5+ ions are in their high-spin state. Above TM2, (i) small antiferromagnetic-like hysteresis loops reappear with a peak in the coercive fields around 120 K. (ii) A small peak at ~120 K is also observed in the dc and ac susceptibility curves. The two phenomena are absent in the non-superconducting RuEuCeSr2Cu2O10-δ (x=1) samples. Two scenarios are suggested for the phenomena at TM2M. (i) For x<1, the decrease of the Ce4+ content, is compensated by non-homogeneous oxygen depletion, which may induce a reduction of Ru5+ ions to Ru4+. The higher ordering temperature, TM, which does not change with x, may result from Ru4+ nano-size rich clusters, in which the Ru4+-Ru4+ exchange interactions are stronger than the Ru5+-Ru5+ interactions. Or alternatively,(ii) The presence of nanoparticles of a minor foreign extra Ru4+ magnetic phase, such as Sr-Cu-Ru-O3, in which Cu is distributed inhomogeneously in both the Ru and Sr sites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5932, Strongly Correlated Electron Materials: Physics and Nanoengineering, 59321E (30 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617140
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I. Felner, The Hebrew Univ. (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5932:
Strongly Correlated Electron Materials: Physics and Nanoengineering
Ivan Bozovic; Davor Pavuna, Editor(s)

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