Crystal and Magnetic Structures of Double Hexagonal Close-Packed Iron Deuteride

Hiroyuki Saitoh, Akihiko Machida, Riko Iizuka-Oku, Takanori Hattori, Asami Sano-Furukawa, Ken ichi Funakoshi, Toyoto Sato, Shin ichi Orimo, Katsutoshi Aoki

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Neutron powder diffraction profiles were collected for iron deuteride (FeDx) while the temperature decreased from 1023 to 300 K for a pressure range of 4–6 gigapascal (GPa). The ε′ deuteride with a double hexagonal close-packed (dhcp) structure, which coexisted with other stable or metastable deutrides at each temperature and pressure condition, formed solid solutions with a composition of FeD0.68(1) at 673 K and 6.1 GPa and FeD0.74(1) at 603 K and 4.8 GPa. Upon stepwise cooling to 300 K, the D-content x increased to a stoichiometric value of 1.0 to form monodeuteride FeD1.0. In the dhcp FeD1.0 at 300 K and 4.2 GPa, dissolved D atoms fully occupied the octahedral interstitial sites, slightly displaced from the octahedral centers in the dhcp metal lattice, and the dhcp sequence of close-packed Fe planes contained hcp-stacking faults at 12%. Magnetic moments with 2.11 ± 0.06 μB/Fe-atom aligned ferromagnetically in parallel on the Fe planes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9934
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Dec 1


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