Nowik, Israel and Felner, Israel and Awana, V. P. S. and Vajpayee, Arpita and Kishan, H. (2008) Fe-57 Mossbauer spectroscopy and magnetic measurement studies of oxygen deficient LaFeAsO. Journal Of Physics: Condensed Matter, 20 (29). pp. 292201-1. ISSN 0953-8984

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We report on the magnetic behavior of the oxygen deficient LaFeAsO1−x (x~0.10) compound, prepared by one-step synthesis, which crystallizes in the tetragonal (SG P4/nmm) structure at room temperature. Resistivity measurements show a strong anomaly near 150 K, which is ascribed to the spin density wave instability. On the other hand, dc magnetization data show paramagnetic-like features down to 5 K, with an effective moment of 0.83 µB/Fe. 57Fe Mössbauer studies (MS) have been performed at 95 and 200 K. The spectra at both temperatures are composed of two sub-spectra. At 200 K the major one (88%) is almost a singlet, and corresponds to those Fe nuclei which have two oxygen ions in their close vicinity. The minor one, with a large quadrupole splitting, corresponds to Fe nuclei which have vacancies in their immediate neighborhood. The spectrum at 95 K exhibits a broadened magnetic split major (84%) sub-spectrum and a very small magnetic splitting in the minor sub-spectrum. The relative intensities of the sub-spectra lead to estimating the actual amount of oxygen vacancies in the compound to be 7.0(5)%, instead of the nominal LaFeAsO0.90. These results, when compared with reported 57Fe MS of non-superconducting LaFeAsO and superconducting LaFeAsO0.9F0.1, confirm that the LaFeAsO0.93 studied is a superconductivity–magnetism crossover compound of the newly discovered Fe based superconducting family.

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