A Polar Magnetic and Insulating Double Corundum Oxide: Mn2MnSbO6with Ordered Mn(II) and Mn(III) Ions

Hai L. Feng, Chang Jong Kang, Bongjae Kim, Kyoo Kim, Mark Croft, Sizhan Liu, Trevor A. Tyson, Eli Stavitski, Rui Zu, Venkatraman Gopalan, Saul H. Lapidus, Corey E. Frank, Youguo Shi, David Walker, Martha Greenblatt

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A new magnetic insulator Mn2MnSbO6 with a polar crystal structure and an ordered Mn2+ and Mn3+ arrangement was synthesized under a high pressure of 7.5 GPa and 1300 °C. The crystal structure of Mn2MnSbO6, investigated by synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction, was found to be isomorphous with that of Ni3TeO6-type, space group R3. The non-centrosymmetric structure was confirmed by the second-harmonic generation measurements. The X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy measurement confirmed the nominal oxidation states of Mn2+2Mn3+SbO6. Magnetic measurements indicate that Mn2MnSbO6 orders antiferromagnetically below 44 K and undergoes a field-induced spin-flop transition at 5 K. First-principles calculations indicate an antiferromagnetic ground state with up/up/up/down/down/down (uuuddd) spin configuration of the six crystallographically unique Mn ions in the c-axis doubled magnetic structure. The density functional theory calculations also substantiate the experimentally observed charge ordering of the Mn2+/Mn3+ ions and the insulating behavior due to a bandgap of 0.52 eV. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first double corundum oxide containing Jahn-Teller active Mn3+ ions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6522-6529
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 24 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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