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Iron fluorides with tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) structure, having general formula of K x Fe x II Fe 1− x III F 3 with 0.4< x< 0.6, are possible candidates for complete multiferroism (elastic, electric, and magnetic orders) coupled with charge ordering phenomena. Following the indication of a previous general work, we concentrated our attention on the potassium rich region of these bronzes where an orthorhombic distortion of the fundamental TTB structure takes place. We tried to define the complex phase diagram of K 0.6 FeF 3, involving the different ordering phenomena in the range of 5–600 K, by using a series of characterization techniques such as transmission electron microscopy, x-ray and neutron diffractions, and magnetic measurements. The results revealed the coexistence of all these orders below the magnetic transition occurring at 118 K, showing the unique behavior of a system that can be considered …
American Physical Society
Publication date: 
15 Aug 2008

F Mezzadri, S Fabbrici, E Montanari, L Righi, G Calestani, E Gilioli, F Bolzoni, A Migliori

Biblio References: 
Volume: 78 Issue: 6 Pages: 064111
Physical Review B