In the(1-x)PbFe0.5Nb0.5O3 - xPbCr0.5Nb0.5O3 (PFN-xPCN) ceramics fabricated by a usual solid state synthesis route the content of the pyrochlore phase increases dramatically with x, exceeding 50% for x = 0.3 composition. Synthesis under high (6 GPa) pressure enabled us to obtain perovskite PFN-xPCN ceramics, though for compositions with x ≥ 0.4 an admixture of the pyrochlore phase was still present. Both the pseudocubic lattice parameter and ferroelectric phase transition temperature decrease monotonically as x grows. The composition dependence of the antiferromagnetic phase transition temperature for PFN-xPCN is very similar to that in the PFN-PbMO3 (M-Ti, Zr, Sn) solid solution systems implying the lack of magnetic exchange between Fe3+ and Cr3+ ions.
- Mossbauer spectra
- high-pressure synthesis