Crystal structure and magnetic properties of the Cr-doped spiral antiferromagnet BiMnFe2O6

Dmitry Batuk, Christopher De Dobbelaere, Alexander A. Tsirlin, Artem M. Abakumov, An Hardy, Marlies K. Van Bael, Martha Greenblatt, Joke Hadermann

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We report the Cr3+ for Mn3+ substitution in the BiMnFe2O6 structure. The BiCrxMn 1-xFe2O6 solid solution is obtained by the solution-gel synthesis technique for the x values up to 0.3. The crystal structure investigation using a combination of X-ray powder diffraction and transmission electron microscopy demonstrates that the compounds retain the parent BiMnFe2O6 structure (for x = 0.3, a = 5.02010(6)Å, b = 7.06594(7)Å, c = 12.6174(1)Å, S.G. Pbcm, RI = 0.036, RP = 0.011) with only a slight decrease in the cell parameters associated with the Cr3+ for Mn3+ substitution. Magnetic susceptibility measurements suggest strong similarities in the magnetic behavior of BiCrxMn1-xFe2O 6 (x = 0.2; 0.3) and parent BiMnFe2O6. Only TN slightly decreases upon Cr doping that indicates a very subtle influence of Cr3+ cations on the magnetic properties at the available substitution rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2993-2997
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • electron microscopy
  • magnetic properties
  • oxides
  • sol-gel chemistry
  • X-ray diffraction


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