Magnetic ordering of Pr and Cu in TlBa2PrCu2O7-y

W. T. Hsieh, K. J. Chang, W. H. Li, K. C. Lee, J. W. Lynn, C. C. Lai, H. C. Ku

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Neutron-scattering measurements have been performed to study the magnetic ordering of Pr and Cu in semiconducting TlBa2PrCu2O7-y. This compound has a nuclear structure which is similar to that of YBa2Cu3O7 but with the CuO-chain layers fully replaced by TlO layers. At low temperatures the magnetic diffraction pattern reveals magnetic Bragg peaks of the {1/21/21/2} type, which are associated with the antiferromagnetic ordering of the Pr moments. The magnetic structure consists of nearest-neighbor spins along all three crystallographic directions being antiparallel. The spin direction is along the c axis, with a saturated moment of 1.05B. The temperature dependence of the intensity of these reflections indicates a Néel temperature TN8 K, which is about half that observed in the related PrBa2Cu3O7 system. A second set of magnetic reflections, of the {1/21/21} type, are also observed, and these are associated with the Cu magnetic sublattice. This magnetic structure is identical to the plane ordering observed in the related 1:2:3 system, where the nearest-neighbor Cu spins are again antiparallel. The spin direction is in the tetragonal ab plane, with a saturated ordered moment of 0.59B. The temperature dependence indicates a Néel temperature of 370 K for the Cu spins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12200-12205
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number17
StatePublished - 1994


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