The corundum-related oxides Mn2ScNbO6 and Mn2ScTaO6 were synthesized at high pressure and high temperature (6 GPa and 1475 K). Analysis of the synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction shows that Mn2ScNbO6 and Mn2ScTaO6 crystallize in Ni3TeO6-type noncentrosymmetric crystal structures with space group R3. The asymmetric crystal structure was confirmed by second harmonic generation measurement. X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopies indicate formal valence states of Mn2+ 2Sc3+Nb5+O6 and Mn2+ 2Sc3+Ta5+O6, also supported by the calculated bond valence sums. Both samples are electrically insulating. Magnetic measurements indicate that Mn2ScNbO6 and Mn2ScTaO6 order ferrimagnetically at 53 and 50 K, respectively, and Mn2ScTaO6 is found to have a field-induced magnetic transition.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry