Crystal structures and phase transition in (Sr0.8Ce 0.2)(Mn1-yCoy)O3 (y = 0 and 0.2): The influence of Jahn-Teller distortion

Zhaoming Zhang, Christopher J. Howard, Brendan J. Kennedy, Motohide Matsuda, Michihiro Miyake

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We have studied the crystal structures of (Sr0.8Ce 0.2)(Mn1-yCoy)O3 (y = 0 and 0.2) using neutron diffraction. Both (Sr0.8Ce0.2)MnO 3 and (Sr0.8Ce0.2)(Mn0.8Co 0.2)O3 have a tetragonal structure in space group I4/mcm at room temperature, and the octahedral tilt angle around the c-axis is nearly the same. The only significant difference is the shape of the Mn(Co)O 6 octahedron: it is elongated in (Sr0.8Ce 0.2)MnO3 due to the cooperative Jahn-Teller (JT) effect, but essentially regular in (Sr0.8Ce0.2)(Mn 0.8Co0.2)O3 due to the absence of JT-active Mn3+ ions. With increasing temperature, both compounds undergo a continuous phase transition at around 400 °C to a cubic structure in , with no indication of a distinct transition in (Sr0.8Ce 0.2)MnO3 from the removal of the static JT distortion. In addition, the temperature dependence of the octahedral tilt angle is very similar in the two samples, implying that the JT distortion has minimal effect on the octahedral tilting and the phase transition to cubic. X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) analysis indicates that the Ce oxidation state is predominantly 4+ in both samples. The electrical conductivity is higher in (Sr0.8Ce0.2)MnO3 than in (Sr 0.8Ce0.2)(Mn0.8Co0.2)O3 in the temperature range studied (100-900 °C).

Original languageEnglish
Article number124218
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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