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Spin waves in CsVBr{sub 3}

Description: Inelastic neutron scattering has been used to measure spin wave excitations in the quasi-one dimensional S = 3/2 magnetic material CsVBr{sub 3}. Dispersion relations were determined using standard triple-axis methods. Fits to linear spin wave theory yield model Hamiltonian parameters describing magnetic interactions in the system.
Date: July 10, 1997
Creator: Nagler, S.E.; Mandrus, D.G. & Tennant, D.A.
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Filled skutterudite antimonides: Validation of the electron-crystal phonon-glass approach to new thermoelectric materials

Description: After a brief review of the transport and thermoelectric properties of filled skutterudite antimonides, the authors present resonant ultrasound, specific heat, and inelastic neutron scattering results that establish the existence of two low-energy vibrational modes in the filled skutterudite LaFe{sub 3}CoSb{sub 12}. It is likely that at least one of these modes represents the localized, incoherent vibrations of the La ion in an oversized atomic {open_quotes}cage{close_quotes}. These results support the usefulness of weakly bound, {open_quotes}rattling{close_quotes} ions for the improvement of thermoelectric performance.
Date: April 1, 1997
Creator: Mandrus, D.; Sales, B.C. & Keppens, V.
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Chemical and sonochemical approaches to the formation of VO{sub 2} films and VO{sub 2}-impregnated materials

Description: A new chemical and chemical/ultrasonic approach to the preparation of VO{sub 2} films and VO{sub 2}-impregnated bulk materials has been developed. In this approach, a V{sub 2}O{sub 5} sol prepared by quenching is used to coat SiO{sub 2} substrates. The resulting gel-film is heat treated in a reducing atmosphere to form a film identified as VO{sub 2} from the results of X-ray diffraction and both optical and resistivity measurements, which reveal the phase transition characteristic of vanadium dioxide. The advantage of this approach to the formation of VO{sub 2} is that the V{sub 2}O{sub 5} sol can be used to impregnate porous materials, which are then heated treated to form an optically active composite material. The switching properties of the VO{sub 2} films are investigated using optical and resistivity measurements, and the results are compared to those obtained for VO{sub 2}-films prepared by more-conventional methods.
Date: November 1, 1997
Creator: Keppens, V.; Mandrus, D. & Boatner, L.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Filled skutterudite antimonides: Validation of the electron-crystal phonon-glass approach to new thermoelectric materials

Description: After a brief review of the transport and thermoelectric properties of filled skutterudite antimonides, we present resonant ultrasound, specific heat, and inelastic neutron scattering results that establish the existence of two low-energy vibrational modes in the filled skutterudite LaFe{sub 3}CoSb{sub 12}. It is likely that at least one of these modes represents the localized, incoherent vibrations of the La ion in an oversized atomic {open_quotes}cage.{close_quotes} These results support the usefulness of weakly bound, {open_quotes}rattling{close_quotes} ions for the improvement of thermoelectric performance.
Date: April 1, 1997
Creator: Mandrus, D.; Dai, P. & Keppens, V.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Finding New Thermoelectric Compounds Using Crystallographic Data: Atomic Displacement Parameters

Description: A new structure-property relationship is discussed which links atomic displacement parameters (ADPs) and the lattice thermal conductivity of clathrate-like compounds. For many clathrate-like compounds, in which one of the atom types is weakly bound and ''rattles'' within its atomic cage, room temperature ADP information can be used to estimate the room temperature lattice thermal conductivity, the vibration frequency of the ''rattler'', and the temperature dependence of the heat capacity. Neutron data and X-ray crystallography data, reported in the literature, are used to apply this analysis to several promising classes of thermoelectric materials.
Date: August 29, 1999
Creator: Chakoumakos, B.C.; Mandrus, D.G.; Sales, B.C. & Sharp, J.W.
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Barium iron arsenide, barium cobalt arsenide, barium nickel arsenide single crystals and superconductivity upon cobalt doping

Description: The crystal structure and physical properties of BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, BaCo{sub 2}As{sub 2}, and BaNi{sub 2}As{sub 2} single crystals are surveyed. BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} gives a magnetic and structural transition at T{sub N} = 132(1) K, BaCo{sub 2}As{sub 2} is a paramagnetic metal, while BaNi{sub 2}As{sub 2} has a structural phase transition at T{sub 0} = 131 K, followed by superconductivity below {Tc} = 0.69 K. The bulk superconductivity in Co-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} below {Tc} = 22 K is demonstrated by resistivity, magnetic susceptibility, and specific heat data. In contrast to the cuprates, the Fe-based system appears to tolerate considerable disorder in the transition metal layers. First principles calculations for BaFe{sub 1.84}Co{sub 0.16}As{sub 2} inter-band scattering due to Co is weak.
Date: January 1, 2009
Creator: Ronning, Filip; Sefat, A S; Mcguire, M M; Sales, B; Jin, R & Mandrus, D
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Response of CeRh{sub 2}Si{sub 2} to pressure

Description: Under atmospheric pressure, CeRh{sub 2}Si{sub 2} orders antiferromagnetically at T{sub N} = 35 K, with magnetic entropy S = R{ell}n2 associated with the ordered groundstate. Application of modest pressure ({approx}9 kbar) to CeRh{sub 2}Si{sub 2} suppresses T{sub N} to near zero Kelvin, increases its Sommerfeld coefficient of specific heat by nearly a factor of 3.5 and induces some form of superconductivity below 400 mK that is depressed by a magnetic field at a rate of {minus}80 mK/kG.
Date: September 1, 1995
Creator: Movshovich, R.; Hundley, M.F.; Thompson, J.D.; Smith, J.L.; Graf, T.; Mandrus, D. et al.
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Structural phase transitions on non-stoichiometric oxides and other materials

Description: This is the final report of a 3-year project. Structural phase transitions (SPT) have profound effects on mechanical, magnetic, and electronic properties. In some stoichiometric compounds, SPTs are well understood and produce magnetism in ferrites and ferroelectricity in piezoelectric oxides. However, for nonstoichiometric compounds, and for stoichiometric compounds where thermally induced fluctuations produce effects analogous to those from impurities and dopants, the situation is far from clear. We are providing precise elasticity and thermal expansion data, for theories of SPTs in heavily doped or fluctuating crystals. This project has application to thermoelectric converters, ceramics, semiconductors, materials testing, and physics of condensed matter.
Date: April 1, 1996
Creator: Migilori, A.; Fisk, Z.; Lei, Ming; Mandrus, D.; Sarrao, J.; Thompson, J. et al.
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The formation of metal/metal-matrix nano-composites by the ultrasonic dispersion of immiscible liquid metals

Description: Ultrasonic energy has been used to disperse one liquid metallic component in a second immiscible liquid metal, thereby producing a metallic emulsion. Upon lowering the temperature of this emulsion below the mp of the lowest-melting constituent, a metal/metal-matrix composite is formed. This composite consists of sub-micron-to-micron- sized particles of the minor metallic phase that are embedded in a matrix consisting of the major metallic phase. Zinc-bismuth was used as a model system, and ultrasonic dispersion of a minor Bi liquid phase was used to synthesize metal/metal-matrix composites. These materials were characterized using SEM and energy-dispersive x-ray analysis.
Date: December 1, 1996
Creator: Keppens, V.M.; Mandrus, D.; Boatner, L.A. & Rankin, J.
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Layered nickel based superconductors

Description: We review the properties of Ni-based superconductors which contain Ni{sub 2}X{sub 2} (X=As, P, Bi, Si, Ge, B) planes, a common structural element to the recently discovered FeAs superconductors. We also compare the properties ofthe Ni-and Fe-based systems from a perspective ofelectronic structure as well as structure-property relations.
Date: January 1, 2009
Creator: Ronning, Filip; Bauer, Eric D; Park, Tuson; Kurita, Nobuyuki; Klimczuk, T; Movshovich, R et al.
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Structure and anisotropic properties of single crystals nickel doped barium iron arsenide

Description: The crystal structure, anisotropic electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility, as well as specific heat results of the pure single crystals of BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, BaFeNiAs{sub 2}, and BaNi{sub 2}As{sub 2} are surveyed. BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} properties demonstrate the equivalence of C(T), Fisher's d({chi}T)/dT and d{rho}/dT results in determining the antiferromagnetic transition at T{sub N} = 132(1) K. BaNi{sub 2}As{sub 2} shows a structural phase transition from a high-temperature tetragonal phase to a low-temperature triclinic pol symmetry at T{sub 0} 131 K, with superconducting critical temperature well below at {Tc} 0.69 K. BaFeNiAs{sub 2} does not show any sign of superconductivity and gives behavioral similarity to BaCo{sub 2}As{sub 2}, a renomalized paramagnetic metal.
Date: January 1, 2009
Creator: Ronning, Filip; Bauer, Eric D; Sefat, A S; Jin, R; Mcguire, M A; Sales, B C et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Magnetism in BaCoS{sub 2}

Description: BaCoS{sub 2} is a layered Mott-Hubbard insulator that orders antiferromagnetically near 300 K. We report magnetic susceptibility measurements on polycrystalline BaCoS{sub 2} from 77 K to 800 K, and in- and out-of-plane measurements on single crystals from 2 K to 350 K. We also report a powder neutron refinement of the magnetic structure of BaCoS{sub 2}. The neutron measurements indicate that the moments lie in the plane, and that the magnetic unit cell is the same as the (orthorhombic) chemical cell. The ordered moment obtained from the neutron refinement is close to 3 {mu}{sub B} indicating that the Co ions are in the high-spin (S = 3/2) configuration. The effective moment inferred from the high temperature susceptibility, p = 5.26 {mu}{sub B} is also consistent with high-spin Co{sup +2}.
Date: August 1996
Creator: Mandrus, D.; Chakoumakos, B. C.; Fernandez-Baca, J. A.; Nagler, S. E.; Sales, B. C. & Sarrao, J. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Electronic Structure of CeFeAsO1-xFx (x=0, 0.11/x=0.12) compounds

Description: We report an extensive study on the intrinsic bulk electronic structure of the high-temperature superconductor CeFeAsO{sub 0.89}F{sub 0.11} and its parent compound CeFeAsO by soft and hard x-ray photoemission, x-ray absorption and soft-x-ray emission spectroscopies. The complementary surface/bulk probing depth, and the elemental and chemical sensitivity of these techniques allows resolving the intrinsic electronic structure of each element and correlating it with the local structure, which has been probed by extended-x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The measurements indicate a predominant 4f{sup 1} (i.e. Ce{sup 3+}) initial state configuration for Cerium and an effective valence-band-to-4f charge-transfer screening of the core hole. The spectra also reveal the presence of a small Ce f{sup 0} initial state configuration, which we assign to the occurrence of an intermediate valence state. The data reveal a reasonably good agreement with the partial density of states as obtained in standard density functional calculations over a large energy range. Implications for the electronic structure of these materials are discussed.
Date: January 25, 2011
Creator: Bondino, F.; Magnano, E.; Booth, C. H.; Offi, F.; Panaccione, G.; Malvestuto, M. et al.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department