IrSr2Sm1.15Ce0.85Cu2.175O10: A reentrant spin-glass material

R. H. Colman, Abbie McLaughlin

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Abstract

A new iridium-containing layered cuprate material, Ir0.825Sr2Sm1.15Ce0.85Cu2.175O10, has been synthesized by conventional ambient-pressure solid-state techniques. The material's structure has been fully characterized by Rietveld refinement of high-resolution synchrotron x-ray diffraction data; tilts and rotations of the IrO6 octahedra are observed as a result of a bond mismatch between in-plane Ir-O and Cu-O bond lengths. DC-susceptibility measurements evidence a complex set of magnetic transitions upon cooling that are characteristic of a reentrant spin-glass ground-state. The glassy character of the lowest-temperature (T-g = 10 K) transition is further confirmed by AC-susceptibility measurements, showing a characteristic frequency dependence that can be well fitted by the Vogel-Fulcher law and yields a value of Delta T-f/[T-f Delta log(omega)] = 0.015(1), typical of dilute magnetic systems. Electronic transport measurements show the material to be semiconducting at all temperatures, so that the CuO2 planes are underdoped with no evidence of a transition to a superconducting state. Negative magnetoresistance is observed when the material is cooled below 20 K, and the magnitude of this magnetoresistance is seen to increase upon cooling to a value of MR = -9% at 8 K.

Original languageEnglish
Article number144419
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume85
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2012

Keywords

  • neutron-diffraction
  • T-C
  • superconductivity
  • magnetoresitances
  • dependence
  • conduction
  • transport
  • valence
  • oxides
  • MN

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