The crystal structure and magnetic properties of the spin-1 triangular-lattice antiferromagnet Ba2La2NiTe2O12 are reported. Its crystal structure is trigonal R3, which is the same as that of Ba2La2NiW2O12 [Y. Doi, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 29, 365802 (2017)10.1088/1361-648X/aa7c9b]. However, the exchange interaction J/kB≃19 K is much greater than that observed in the tungsten system. At zero magnetic field, Ba2La2NiTe2O12 undergoes successive magnetic phase transitions at TN1=9.8 K and TN2=8.9 K. The ground state is accompanied by a weak ferromagnetic moment. These results indicate that the ground-state spin structure is a triangular structure in a plane perpendicular to the triangular lattice owing to the small easy-axis-type anisotropy. The magnetization curve exhibits the one-third plateau characteristic of a two-dimensional triangular-lattice Heisenberg-like antiferromagnet. Exchange constants are also evaluated using density functional theory (DFT). The DFT results demonstrate the large difference in the exchange constants between tellurium and tungsten systems and the good two-dimensionality of the tellurium system.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics