EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 233, 2020Portuguese Condensed Matter Physics National Conference (CMPNC 2019)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||16 April 2020|
Magnetic studies of monoclinic Cu4O(SeO3)3, a copper-oxo-selenite derivative
1 CFisUC, Department of Physics, University of Coimbra, Rua Larga, 3004-516 Coimbra, Portugal
2 C²TN, DECN, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Estrada Nacional 10, 2695-066 Bobadela LRS, Portugal
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Published online: 16 April 2020
Cu4O(SeO3)3 is a copper-oxo-selenite belonging to the CuxO(SeO3)(x–1) family of the topological chiral magnet Cu2OSeO3. We report magnetometry and specific heat data measured in a monoclinic Cu4O(SeO3)3 single crystal grown through a Chemical Vapour Transport (CVT) reaction. Our study shows a typical antiferromagnetic behaviour, with a Néel temperature TN = 58 K, similar to that of the Cu2OSeO3 and an additional transition at 13 K. The effective magnetic moment per Cu atom is 1.84 μB, close to the expected theoretical value for Cu2+. The low-temperature M(H) curves, show a transition starting at Hc1 ~ 400 Oe at 1.8 K shifting to a lower value of ~ 280 Oe at 30 K, likely from a helical into a conical intermediate phase, and a second transition at Hc2 ~ 1 kOe, above which the net moment increases linearly with applied field. The magnetisation moment value in a 90 kOe field is 0.053 μB/Cu at 1.8 K and attains a maximum value of 0.061 μB at 13 K. Low-temperature specific heat measurements confirm the presence of the magnetic transition at 13 K, slightly shifting to lower temperatures under an applied magnetic field.
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