Negative volume thermal expansion via orbital and magnetic orders in Ca₂Ru₁-(x)Cr(x)O₄(0 < x < 0.13).

TitleNegative volume thermal expansion via orbital and magnetic orders in Ca₂Ru₁-(x)Cr(x)O₄(0 < x < 0.13).
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume105
Issue17
Pagination177203
Date Published2010
ISSN0031-9007
Abstract

Ca₂RuO₄ undergoes a metal-insulator transition at T(MI)=357  K, followed by a well-separated transition to antiferromagnetic order at T(N)=110  K. Dilute Cr doping for Ru reduces the temperature of the orthorhombic distortion at T(MI) and induces ferromagnetic behavior at T(C). The lattice volume V of Ca₂Ru₁-(x)Cr(x)O₄ (0 < x < 0.13) abruptly expands with cooling at both T(MI) and T(C), giving rise to a total volume expansion ΔV/V ≈ 1%, which sharply contrasts the smooth temperature dependence of the few known examples of negative volume thermal expansion driven by anharmonic phonon modes. In addition, the near absence of volume thermal expansion between T(C) and T(MI) represents an Invar effect. The two phase transitions, which surprisingly mimic the classic freezing transition of water, suggest an exotic ground state driven by an extraordinary coupling between spin, orbit, and lattice degrees of freedom.

URLhttp://link.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v105/p177203
DOI10.1103/PhysRevLett.105.177203
Short TitlePhys Rev Lett
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