Coexistence of high electrical conductivity and weak ferromagnetism in Cr doped Y$_2$Ir$_2$O$_7$ pyrochlore iridate

11 Apr 2019  ·  Dwivedi Vinod Kumar, Mukhopadhyay Soumik ·

We report the structural, magnetic and electrical transport properties of Y$_2$Ir$_{2-x}$Cr$_x$O$_7$ pyrochlore iridates. The chemical doping leads to order of magnitude enhancement of electrical conductivity... The introduction of Cr3+ at Ir4+ site tends to distort the Ir-O6 octahedra and suppresses antiferromagnetic correlation. The X-ray photoemission spectroscopy measurements suggest the coexistence of Ir4+ and Ir5+ valence states in the Y$_2$Ir$_{2-x}$Cr$_x$O$_7$ compounds. The concentration of Ir5+ is enhanced with Cr doping, leading to weak ferromagnetism and enhanced electrical conductivity. A cluster-glass like transition is also observed at low temperature with Cr doping, possibly due to competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interaction. read more

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