Crystallographic and magnetic properties of Pb2-xBixIr2O7-δ (0≤x≤2)

M. Retuerto, T. Sarkar, M. R. Li, A. Ignatov, M. Croft, J. P. Hodges, T. Thao Tran, P. Shiv Halasyamani, M. Greenblatt

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The title series of compounds have been synthesized by solid state reaction and characterized by x-ray diffraction (PXD), neutron powder diffraction (PND), second harmonic generation (SHG), x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and magnetization measurements. The crystal structures have been refined from PND data in the centrosymmetric space group Fd3¯m with pyrochlore structure. No sign of a break of the centrosymmetry has been observed by SHG and no change of the structure to a polar space group in any component of the series, as it was previously reported for Pb2Ir2O7-δ with non-centrosymmetric F4¯3 m space group. We have determined by PND that the oxidation state of Ir is slightly decreasing from 5+-to-4+ in the Pb-rich to almost 4+ in the Bi-rich samples. This evolution is confirmed by XAS and also it explains the progression of the crystallographic parameters. All the samples are paramagnetic in the temperature range measured and the magnitude of the effective magnetic moment is enhanced with Bi content, correlated with the enhancement of Ir4+ compared to Ir5+; suggesting Ir5+ to be present in a trigonal antiprism crystal field splitting and therefore Ir4+ as the only magnetic cation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number046304
JournalMaterials Research Express
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


  • 5d elements
  • Crystallographic structure
  • Ir compounds
  • Magnetic properties
  • Pyrochlore


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