Oxygen-vacancy tuning of magnetism in SrTi$_{0.75}$Fe$_{0.125}$Co$_{0.125}$O$_{3-\delta}$ perovskite

12 Jul 2019  ·  Opazo Mariel A., Ong Shyue Ping, Vargas P., Ross C. A., Florez Juan M. ·

We use density functional theory to calculate the structure, band-gap and magnetic properties of oxygen-deficient SrTi$_{1-x-y}$Fe$_x$Co$_y$O$_{3-\delta}$ with x = y = 0.125 and ${\delta}$ = (0,0.125,0.25). The valence and the high or low spin-states of the Co and Fe ions, as well as the lattice distortion and the band-gap, depend on the oxygen deficiency, the locations of the vacancies, and on the direction of the Fe-Co axis... A charge redistribution that resembles a self-regulatory response lies behind the valence spin-state changes. Ferromagnetism dominates, and both the magnetization and the band gap are greatest at ${\delta}$ = 0.125. This qualitatively mimics the previously reported magnetization measured for SrTiFeO$_{3-\delta}$, which was maximum at an intermediate deposition pressure of oxygen. read more

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