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Synthesis, crystal structure and electronic properties of the new iron selenide Ba9Fe4Se16

Abstract : The new ternary selenide Ba9Fe4Se16 has been synthesized from the reaction of appropriate amounts of elements at high temperature in a silica sealed tube. The compound crystallizes in the tetragonal space group I41/a with a=10.0068(3) Å and c=35.6415(9) Å, Z=4. It is an isostructural compound to the sulfide α-Ba9Fe4S15, which is a high temperature polymorph of β-Ba9Fe4Se15 that belongs to the indefinitely adaptive phases series Ba3Fe1+xS5, 0≤x≤1. X-ray powder diffraction and TEM analyses of the synthesized compound were used to determine the phase composition and the structure. The crystal structure can be viewed as overlapping sections along the c axis. Those sections are formed by the coordination polyhedra around barium atoms which can be described as trigonal prisms and bidisphenoids. Within the sections formed by barium polyhedra, isolated pairs of edge sharing FeSe4 tetrahedra are found. Magnetic measurements performed on Ba9Fe4Se16 indicate an antiferromagnetic behavior with Néel temperature of ~13 K. Possible influence of air exposure on the magnetic properties is also discussed here. The electric measurements show an insulating behavior below 160 K and the dielectric permittivity and loss tangent at the lowest frequency measured reveal a change of slope very close to TN. However no magneto dielectric effect was evidenced for magnetic fields of up to 3 T. Activation energy, EA=0.18 eV, was extracted from the AC conductivity plot in the temperature range of 160–300 K.
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David Berthebaud, K.R.S. Preethi Meher, Denis Pelloquin, Antoine Maignan. Synthesis, crystal structure and electronic properties of the new iron selenide Ba9Fe4Se16. Journal of Solid State Chemistry, Elsevier, 2014, 211, pp.184-190. ⟨10.1016/j.jssc.2013.12.024⟩. ⟨hal-02264209⟩



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