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Peschke, Simon; Weippert, Valentin; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Mühlbauer, Martin Johann; Janka, Oliver; Pöttgen, Rainer; Holenstein, Stefan; Luetkens, Hubertus; Johrendt, Dirk (2017): Flux Synthesis, Crystal Structures, and Magnetic Ordering of the Rare-Earth Chromium(II) Oxyselenides RE2CrSe2O2 (RE = La-Nd). In: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 56, No. 4: pp. 2241-2247
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Abstract

The rare-earth chromium(II) oxyselenides RE2CrSe2O2 (RE = La Nd) were synthesized in eutectic NaI/KI fluxes, and their crystal structures were determined by single -crystal and powder X-ray diffraction (Pb2HgCl2O2-type, C2/m, Z = 2). The magnetic structure of La2CrSe2O2 was solved and refined from neutron powder diffraction data. Main building blocks are chains of edge -sharing CrSe4O2 octahedra linked together by two edge-sharing ORE3Cr tetrahedra forming infinite ribbons. The Jahn Teller instability of divalent Cr2+ (d(4)) leads to structural phase transitions at 200 and 130 K in La2CrSe2O2 and Ce2CrSe2O2, respectively. RE2CrSe2O2 are Curie Weiss paramagnetic above TN C -Z-.% 14-17 K. Neutron powder diffraction reveals anti -ferromagnetic ordering of the Cr2+ moments in La2CrSe2O2 below T-N = 12.7(3) K with an average ordered moment of 3.40(4) mu(B)/Cr2+ at 4 K, which was confirmed by muon spin rotation experiments.