Spin, charge and lattice couplings in Cu-deficient oxysulphide BiOCu 0.94S

Sunil K. Karna, Chin Wei Wang, Chun Ming Wu, Chien Kang Hsu, Daniel Hsu, Chih Jen Wang, Wen Hsien Li, Raman Sankar, Fang Cheng Chou

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The electrical and magnetic properties of slightly Cu-deficient BiOCu 0.94S are investigated using neutron diffraction, ac magnetic susceptibility, magnetization and electrical resistivity measurements. The Cu spins order in a ferromagnetic arrangement below T C=250K. An antiferromagnetic component develops below 180K when the crystalline unit cell experiences a sharp thermal contraction upon cooling, resulting in a canted ferromagnetic spin arrangement at low temperatures. In the magnetically ordered state the electrical transport can be described using three-dimensional variable range hopping conduction. An applied magnetic field can effectively reduce the hopping barrier. Spincharge couplings are clearly revealed when the resistivity departs from the hopping conduction and begins to increase with increasing temperatures above 250K where the Cu spins become disordered.

Original languageEnglish
Article number266004
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number26
StatePublished - 4 Jul 2012


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