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Inorganics 2016, 4(4), 42; doi:10.3390/inorganics4040042

Single Crystal Growth and Anisotropic Magnetic Properties of Li2Sr[Li1 − xFexN]2

Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, Nöthnitzer Str. 40, D-01187 Dresden, Germany
EP VI, Center for Electronic Correlations and Magnetism, Augsburg University, D-86159 Augsburg, Germany
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Academic Editor: Rainer Niewa
Received: 25 November 2016 / Revised: 9 December 2016 / Accepted: 13 December 2016 / Published: 21 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Solid-State Nitride Materials)
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Up to now, investigation of physical properties of ternary and higher nitridometalates has been severely hampered by challenges concerning phase purity and crystal size. Employing a modified lithium flux technique, we are now able to prepare sufficiently large single crystals of the highly air and moisture sensitive nitridoferrate Li 2 Sr[Li 1 x Fe x N] 2 for anisotropic magnetization measurements. The magnetic properties are most remarkable: large anisotropy and coercivity fields of 7 Tesla at T = 2 K indicate a significant orbital contribution to the magnetic moment of iron. Altogether, the novel growth method opens a route towards interesting phases in the comparatively recent research field of nitridometalates and should be applicable to various other materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: solution growth; magnetically hard materials; unquenched orbital moment; single crystal; flux growth solution growth; magnetically hard materials; unquenched orbital moment; single crystal; flux growth

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Höhn, P.; Ballé, T.J.; Fix, M.; Prots, Y.; Jesche, A. Single Crystal Growth and Anisotropic Magnetic Properties of Li2Sr[Li1 − xFexN]2. Inorganics 2016, 4, 42.

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