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Effects of magnetic dilution in the ferrimagnetic columnar ordered Sm2MnMnMn4-xTixO12 perovskites

PHYSICAL REVIEW B 102 (2020) ARTN 214428

AM Vibhakar, DD Khalyavin, P Manuel, R Liu, K Yamaura, AA Belik, RD Johnson

© 2020 American Physical Society. Powder neutron-diffraction experiments have been employed to establish the effects of site-selective magnetic dilution in the Sm2MnMnMn4-xTixO12 A-site columnar ordered quadruple perovskite manganites (x=1, x=2, and x=3). We show that in all three compositions the Mn ions adopt a collinear ferrimagnetic structure below 27, 62, and 34 K, respectively. An unexpected increase in the ordering temperature was observed between the x=1 and x=2 samples, which indicates a considerable departure from mean-field behavior. This result is corroborated by large reductions in the theoretical ground-state magnetic moments observed across the series, which indicate the presence of spin fluctuations and/or disorder. We show that long-range magnetic order in the x=3 sample, which occurs below the percolation threshold for B-B exchange, can only be understood to arise if it is mediated via both A-B and B-B exchange, hence confirming the importance of A-B exchange interactions in these materials. Finally, we show that site-selective magnetic dilution enables the tuning of a ferrimagnetic compensation point and the introduction of temperature-induced magnetization reversal.

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