Crystal growth and characterization of the magnetically dilute kagome staircase system (Co(1-x)Mgx)(3)V2O8

Fritsch K., Ramazanoglu M. K. , Dabkowska H. A. , Gaulin B. D.

JOURNAL OF CRYSTAL GROWTH, vol.327, no.1, pp.205-208, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 327 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2011.05.008
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.205-208
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


High-quality single crystals of the magnetically dilute kagome staircase system (Co(1-x)Mgx)(3)V2O8 (x=0.029(3) and x=0.194(4)) have been grown by the optical floating zone technique. A pure Co3V2O8 single crystal was used as seed material in the growth process. The crystals obtained were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and refined in space group Cmca. Single crystal refinement shows preferential substitution of the Mg ions at the Co(2) site. Magnetization measurements show a drastic suppression of the ferromagnetic transition temperature of T=6.1 K observed in the pure material, attributed to the dilution with non-magnetic Mg ions. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.