Novel pressure-induced magnetic transition in magnetite (Fe3O4)

Yang Ding*, Daniel Haskel, Sergei G. Ovchinnikov, Yuan-Chieh Tseng, Yuri S. Orlov, Jonathan C. Lang, Ho Kwang Mao

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Fe K-edge x-ray magnetic circular dichroism of magnetite (Fe3O4) powders was measured with synchrotron radiation under variable pressure and temperature conditions in diamond anvil cell. The magnetic dichroism was observed to decrease discontinuously by ∼50% between 12 and 16 GPa, independent of temperature. The magnetic transition is attributed to a high-spin to intermediate-spin transition of Fe2+ ions in the octahedral sites and could account for previously observed structural and electrical anomalies in magnetite at this pressure range. The interpretation of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism data is supported by x-ray emission spectroscopy and theoretical cluster calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045508
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2008

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