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The stable phases of the Cs2CuCl4-xBrx mixed systems

By N. Krüger, S. Belz, F. Schossau, A. A. Haghighirad, P. T. Cong, B. Wolf, S. Gottlieb-Schoenmeyer, F. Ritter and W. Assmus


Starting from Cs2CuCl4 and Cs2CuBr4 our project focuses on the growth of the Cs2CuCl4-xBrx mixed crystals from aqueous solution and the investigation of the occurring structural variations. The well known orthorhombic structure (space group Pnma) of the end members of this system is interrupted within the intermediate composition range Cs2CuCl3Br1 - Cs2CuCl2Br2, if the growth takes place at room temperature. Within this range a new tetragonal phase is found (space group I4/mmm). However, in case the growth temperature will be increased to 50 {\deg}C, the existence of the orthorhombic structure can be extended over the whole Cs2CuCl4-xBrx mixed system. A detailed analysis of the composition dependence of the lattice parameters is used to draw conclusions on the incorporation of Cl- and Br-ions at different sites which is important for the magnetic interactions between the Cu-ions.Comment: 16 pages,8 figure

Topics: Condensed Matter - Strongly Correlated Electrons
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1021/cg100666t
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