Crystal and magnetic structures of the double perovskite La2CoRuO6

Jan-Willem G Bos, J Paul Attfield

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The crystal and magnetic structures of the double perovskite La2CoRuO6 have been investigated using neutron powder diffraction. La2CoRuO6 has a monoclinic P2(1)/n superstructure (a = 5.5724(3) Angstrom, b = 5.6288( 3) Angstrom, c = 7.8843( 4) Angstrom and beta = 89.99( 2) degrees) with a rocksalt ordered arrangement of Co and Ru over the perovskite B sites ( showing 10% Co/Ru inversion). Bond valence sums indicate the presence of Co2+ and Ru4+. Magnetization and transport measurements confirm La2CoRuO6 is an antiferromagnetic variable range hopping semiconductor with a Neel temperature of 25 K. The antiferromagnetic ordering is described by a (1/2 0 1/2) magnetic propagation vector but the spin directions cannot be determined unambiguously from neutron powder diffraction data because of the high pseudosymmetry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-720
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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