Department of Physics and Astronomy: Publications and Other Research


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Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 27, 022203 (2015), 5 pp.

doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/27/2/022203


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Ways to increase the Néel temperature TN in the magnetoelectric Fe2TeO6 antiferromagnet are explored with the help of first-principles calculations. Substitution of larger ions like Zr or Hf for tellurium increases the superexchange angles. The compensating O vacancies tend to form bound complexes with Zr dopants, which do not degrade the electronic band gap. TN is estimated to increase by 15% at 12.5% Te → Zr substitution with such compensation. Substitution of N for O is favorable due to the decreased charge-transfer gap. The overall effect for N3 substitution compensated by O vacancies is estimated at 3–4% TN enhancement per 1% O → N substitution. A 1% compressive (0 0 1) epitaxial strain enhances TN by about 6%.