Role of intrinsic disorder in the structural phase transition of magnetoelectric EuTiO 3

Mattia Allieta, Marco Scavini, Leszek J. Spalek, Valerio Scagnoli, Helen C. Walker, Christos Panagopoulos, Siddharth S. Saxena, Takuro Katsufuji, Claudio Mazzoli

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    Up to now, the crystallographic structure of the magnetoelectric perovskite EuTiO 3 has been considered to remain cubic down to low temperature. Here we present high-resolution synchrotron x-ray powder-diffraction data showing the existence of a structural phase transition, from cubic Pm-3m to tetragonal I4/mcm, involving TiO 6 octahedra tilting, in analogy to the case of SrTiO 3. The temperature evolution of the tilting angle and of the full width at half maximum of the (200) cubic reflection family indicate a critical temperature T c = 235 K. This critical temperature is well below the recent anomaly reported by specific-heat measurement at T A ∼ 282 K. By performing atomic pair distribution function analysis on diffraction data, we provide evidence of a mismatch between the local (short-range) and the average crystallographic structures in this material. Below the estimated T c, the average model symmetry is fully compatible with the local environment distortion, but the former is characterized by a reduced value of the tilting angle compared to the latter. At T = 240 K, data show the presence of local octahedra tilting identical to the low-temperature one, while the average crystallographic structure remains cubic. On this basis, we propose that intrinsic lattice disorder is of fundamental importance in the understanding of EuTiO 3 properties.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number184107
    JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
    Volume85
    Issue number18
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 18

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    Phase transitions
    disorders
    critical temperature
    Temperature
    Thermal variables measurement
    diffraction
    synchrotrons
    Full width at half maximum
    Synchrotrons
    heat measurement
    Perovskite
    distribution functions
    specific heat
    Specific heat
    Distribution functions
    anomalies
    Diffraction
    high resolution
    symmetry
    X rays

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    Allieta, M., Scavini, M., Spalek, L. J., Scagnoli, V., Walker, H. C., Panagopoulos, C., ... Mazzoli, C. (2012). Role of intrinsic disorder in the structural phase transition of magnetoelectric EuTiO 3 Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 85(18), [184107]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.85.184107

    Role of intrinsic disorder in the structural phase transition of magnetoelectric EuTiO 3 . / Allieta, Mattia; Scavini, Marco; Spalek, Leszek J.; Scagnoli, Valerio; Walker, Helen C.; Panagopoulos, Christos; Saxena, Siddharth S.; Katsufuji, Takuro; Mazzoli, Claudio.

    In: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Vol. 85, No. 18, 184107, 18.05.2012.

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    Allieta, M, Scavini, M, Spalek, LJ, Scagnoli, V, Walker, HC, Panagopoulos, C, Saxena, SS, Katsufuji, T & Mazzoli, C 2012, 'Role of intrinsic disorder in the structural phase transition of magnetoelectric EuTiO 3 ', Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, vol. 85, no. 18, 184107. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.85.184107
    Allieta, Mattia ; Scavini, Marco ; Spalek, Leszek J. ; Scagnoli, Valerio ; Walker, Helen C. ; Panagopoulos, Christos ; Saxena, Siddharth S. ; Katsufuji, Takuro ; Mazzoli, Claudio. / Role of intrinsic disorder in the structural phase transition of magnetoelectric EuTiO 3 In: Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics. 2012 ; Vol. 85, No. 18.
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