Low-Dimensional Magnetic Semimetal Cr0.65Al1.35Se3

Madalynn Marshall, Joanna Blawat, Lingyi Xing, Michał J. Winiarski, Tomasz Klimczuk, Rongying Jin, Weiwei Xie

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While exploring novel magnetic semiconductors, the new phase Cr0.65Al1.35Se3 was discovered and characterized by both structural and physical properties. Cr0.65Al1.35Se3 was found to crystallize into orthorhombic CrGeTe3-type structure with space group Pnma (no. 62). Vacancies and mixed occupancies were tested, and the results show that one of the 4c sites accommodates a mixture of Cr and Al atoms, while the other 4c site is fully occupied by Al atoms. Unique structural features include a T-shaped channel network created from the edge-sharing Cr/Al@Se6 and Al@Se4 polyhedra and a zipper effect of the puckered Se atoms inside the columnar channels. The round peak observed in the temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility (χg) plot at ∼8(1) K corresponds to the antiferromagnetic-type transition in Cr0.65Al1.35Se3. However, the positive θCW indicates an additional ferromagnetic interaction, which is highly likely due to the complex magnetic structure arising from the mixed Cr/Al occupancies on the 4c site. Electrical resistivity measurements confirm that Cr0.65Al1.35Se3 is a semimetal with a positive magnetoresistance. Here we present the characterization and determination of the crystal structure and physical properties for this new material.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13960-13968
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 21 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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