Doping effect on the charge ordering in AlV 2O 4

Y. Horibe, K. Kurushima, S. Mori, T. Asada, Yasumasa Koyama, M. Shingu, Takuro Katsufuji

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    Effect of the Cr doping on the stable charge ordering (CO) in the spinal compound AlV 2O 4 was investigated by transmission electron microscopy. It is found that the stable CO is destabilized drastically by substituting Cr ions for V ones and the long-ranged CO in AlV 2O 4 becomes short ranged. The size of the CO microdomains in AlV 2-xCr xO 4 with x=0.125 was estimated to be about 10-20 nm. Furthermore, high-resolution lattice images revealed fine mixture of the CO and charge disordered microdomains in AlV 2-xCr xO 4 at room temperature. In addition, we found the presence of the characteristic diffuse scattering due to local lattice distortion induced by the Cr substitution in AlV 2-xCr xO 4. Our results suggested that doped Cr 3+ ions should serve as a quenched "charge" impurity in the CO structure of AlV 2O 4, which is characterized as the charge frustration system.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number052411
    JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2005 Feb


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    • Condensed Matter Physics

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