High-pressure synthesis of the 4d and 5d transition-metal oxides with the perovskite and the perovskite-related structure and their physical properties

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Cheng, Jinguang

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A Walker-type multianvil high-pressure facility is capable of high-pressure syntheses and measurements beyond 10 GPa and has been utilized in my research to synthesize the 4d Ruthenium and Rhodium and the 5d Iridium oxides with the perovskite-related structures. Under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions, these families of oxides can be enlarged to a great extent so that enables us not only to address the long-standing problem about ferromagnetism in the perovskite ruthenates but also explore new phenomena associated with the structural and electronic properties in the iridates and rhodates. In the perovskite ruthenates ARuO₃ (A= Ca, Sr, and Ba), a systematic study of the variations of the ferromagnetic transition temperature T[subscript c] and the critical isothermal magnetization as a function of the average A-site cation size and the size variance as well as external high pressures reveals explicitly the crucial role of the local lattice strain and disorder on T[subscript c] and the nature of the localized-electron ferromagnetism. However, such a steric effect is dominated by the electronic effect in another perovskite ruthenate PbRuO₃, which is a paramagnetic metal down to 1.8 K and undergoes a first-order structural transition to a low-temperature Imma phase at Tt [almost equal to] 90 K. Bandwidth broadening due to orbital hybridization between Pb-6s and Ru-4d plays an important role in suppressing the ferromagnetism in the Sr1-zPbzRuO₃ system. The high-pressure sequence of the 9R-BaIrO₃ was explored and three more polytypes, i.e. 5H, 6H and 3C, were identified under 10 GPa. With increasing fraction of the corner- to face-sharing IrO₆/₂ octahedra, the ground states of BaIrO₃ evolve from a ferromagnetic insulator with T[subscript c] [almost equal to] 180 K in the 9R phase to a ferromagnetic metal with T[subscript c] [almost equal to] 50 K in the 5H phase, and finally to an exchange-enhanced paramagnetic metal near a quantum critical point in the 6H phase. In addition to the perovskite SrRhO₃, a new 6H polytype was synthesized for the first time under high pressure and a pressure-temperature phase diagram was given for the 6H-perovskite transformation. Restoration of the Curie-Weiss behavior in the high-temperature magnetic susceptibility chi of the perovskite SrRhO₃ resolves the puzzle about unusual dependence of [chi]⁻¹ [symbol] T² reported earlier and highlights the importance of spin-orbit coupling in the 4d and 5d transition-metal oxides.



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