Reehuis, M.; Ulrich, C.; Maljuk, A.; Niedermayer, Ch.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Hoser, A.; Hofmann, T.; Keimer, B.: Neutron diffraction study of spin and charge ordering in SrFeO3-delta. Physical Review B 85 (2012), p. 184109/1-15
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We report a comprehensive neutron diffraction study of the crystal structure and magnetic order in a series of single-crystal and powder samples of SrFeO3-delta in the vacancy range 0 <= delta <= 0.23. The data provide detailed insights into the interplay between the oxygen vacancy order and the magnetic structure of this system. In particular, a crystallographic analysis of data on Sr8Fe8O23 revealed a structural transition between the high-temperature tetragonal and a low-temperature monoclinic phase with a critical temperature T = 75 K, which originates from charge ordering on the Fe sublattice and is associated with a metal-insulator transition. Our experiments also revealed a total of seven different magnetic structures of SrFeO3-delta in this range of delta, only two of which namely an incommensurate helix state in SrFeO3 and a commensurate, collinear antiferromagnetic state in Sr4Fe4O11) had been identified previously. We present a detailed refinement of some of the magnetic ordering patterns and discuss the relationship between the magnetotransport properties of SrFeO3-delta samples and their phase composition and magnetic microstructure.