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Synthesis, electronic structure and physical properties of polycrystalline Ba(2)FePnSe(5) (Pn = Sb, Bi)

Abstract : We report a new synthesis route towards polycrystalline Ba(2)FePnSe(5) (Pn = Sb, Bi) chalcogenides based on ball milling and subsequent spark plasma sintering. The polycrystalline samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. We discovered that both compounds undergo rapid, radiation induced phase changes between a crystalline and an amorphous phase. Thin layers of amorphous Ba(2)FePnSe(5) (Pn = Sb, Bi) were obtained by applying 0.3 ms laser pulses (lambda = 1064 nm) on the surface of polycrystalline samples. By using a series of subsequent laser pulses at room temperature the surface of Ba2FeBiSe5 can be reversibly changed between amorphous and crystalline states. The thermal conductivity can be used to follow the amorphization and recrystallization processes as a function of laser pulses. Resistivity measurements and calculations of the electronic structure revealed band gaps of 1.04 eV (Pn = Bi) and 1.14 eV (Pn = Sb). We found anomalies in the thermal conductivity of Ba(2)FePnSe(5) (Pn = Sb, Bi) at the Neel temperature due to the antiferromagnetic ordering of the Fe spins. We also show that the distortion of the PnSe(6) octahedra is caused by stereoactive 5s(2) and 6s(2) lone pairs of Sb and Bi. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. Ail rights reserved.
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Stefan Maier, Sylvie Hebert, Houria Kabbour, Denis Pelloquin, Olivier Perez, et al.. Synthesis, electronic structure and physical properties of polycrystalline Ba(2)FePnSe(5) (Pn = Sb, Bi). Materials Chemistry and Physics, Elsevier, 2018, 203, pp.202-211. ⟨10.1016/j.matchemphys.2017.09.060⟩. ⟨hal-02174424⟩

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