Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetization, magnetic susceptibility, and low temperature heat capacity of α-Na2NpO4

Anna L. Smith, Amir Hen, Nicola Magnani, Jean Pierre Sanchez, Eric Colineau, Jean Christophe Griveau, Philippe E. Raison, Roberto Caciuffo, Rudy J M Konings, Anthony K. Cheetham

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Abstract

The physical and chemical properties at low temperatures of hexavalent disodium neptunate α-Na2NpO4 are investigated for the first time in this work using Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetization, magnetic susceptibility, and heat capacity measurements. The Np(VI) valence state is confirmed by the isomer shift value of the Mössbauer spectra, and the local structural environment around the neptunium cation is related to the fitted quadrupole coupling constant and asymmetry parameters. Moreover, magnetic hyperfine splitting is reported below 12.5 K, which could indicate magnetic ordering at this temperature. This interpretation is further substantiated by the existence of a λ-peak at 12.5 K in the heat capacity curve, which is shifted to lower temperatures with the application of a magnetic field, suggesting antiferromagnetic ordering. However, the absence of any anomaly in the magnetization and magnetic susceptibility data shows that the observed transition is more intricate. In addition, the heat capacity measurements suggest the existence of a Schottky-type anomaly above 15 K associated with a low-lying electronic doublet found about 60 cm-1 above the ground state doublet. The possibility of a quadrupolar transition associated with a ground state pseudoquartet is thereafter discussed. The present results finally bring new insights into the complex magnetic and electronic peculiarities of α-Na2NpO4.

Original languageEnglish
Article number086002
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • heat capacity
  • magnetic susceptibility
  • magnetization
  • Mössbauer spectroscopy
  • sodium neptunate

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