Magnetoelastic coupling associated with vacancy ordering and ferrimagnetism in natural pyrrhotite, Fe7S8

Haines, C. R. S. ORCID:, Lampronti, G. I. and Carpenter, M. A. (2020) Magnetoelastic coupling associated with vacancy ordering and ferrimagnetism in natural pyrrhotite, Fe7S8. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 32 (38). ISSN 0953-8984

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Magnetoelastic coupling associated with the hexagonal-monoclinic transition in a natural sample of the mineral pyrrhotite, Fe7S8, has been analysed in terms of separate coupling of spontaneous strains with two discrete order parameters, q v for Fe/vacancy ordering and q m for magnetic ordering. Coupling of the two order parameters separately with strain gives rise to two terms for coupling between them, λ q m-2 q v-2 and λ q m-2q v-8, and a pattern of evolution in which q v varies continuously and q m discontinuously through a single transition point. The transition is ferrimagnetic and ferroelastic but the relatively slow relaxation rate for Fe/vacancy ordering, in comparison with magnetic ordering, results in elastic and anelastic properties which are quite different from those observed in other ferroic or multiferroic materials with two instabilities. Instead of classical elastic softening, there is stiffening of the elastic constants which scales with q m-2 and q v-2. Instead of the normal pattern of acoustic loss associated with the mobility and subsequent freezing for ferroelastic twin walls, the loss is consistently low throughout the temperature range 300 K-875 K.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fe s,pyrrhotite,magnetoelastic coupling,vacancy ordering,materials science(all),condensed matter physics ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2500
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Physics
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Photonics and Quantum Science
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2021 02:24
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2023 13:50
DOI: 10.1088/1361-648X/ab9053


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