Neutron diffraction study on the antiferromagnetic insulating ground state of β-Na 0:33V 2O 5

Satoshi Nagai, Masakazu Nishi, Kazuhisa Kakurai, Yasuaki Oohara, Hideki Yoshizawa, Hiroyuki Kimura, Yukio Noda, Beatrice Grenier, Touru Yamauchi, Jun Ichi Yamaura, Masahiko Isobe, Yutaka Ueda, Kazuma Hirota

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The magnetic structure of the antiferromagnetically ordered state of a quasi-one-dimensional conductor β-Na 0:33V 2O 5 below T N = 24K was examined by neutron diffraction. The presence of magnetic Bragg reflections at (h; k ± 1/6, 0), h + k = odd below T N indicates that the amplitudes of the magnetic moments at the V sites in three types of V-O chains are modulated with a period of 3b along the chain direction (∥ b). On the other hand, it was confirmed that the lattice modulation along the b direction occurs at ∼244K and at ∼131 K with a period of 2b and 6b, respectively. Although the latter structural transition had been attributed to a "charge ordering" transition, which would result in a charge disproportionation in the V 3d orbitals with a period of 6b, the 3b periodicity in the amplitude of magnetic moments strongly suggests that the charge disproportionation occurs with a period of 3b, not 6b. The 6b lattice modulation developing below 131 K is therefore attributed to an instability in the V 3d band to form 3b charge modulation on the preexistent 2b lattice modulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1297-1308
Number of pages12
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Apr


  • Charge ordering
  • Magnetic structure
  • Neutron diffraction
  • Vanadium bronze

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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