Critical x-ray scattering studies of Jahn-Teller phase transitions inTbV1−xAsxO4 Academic Article uri icon

  •  
  • Overview
  •  
  • Research
  •  
  • Identity
  •  
  • Additional Document Info
  •  
  • View All
  •  

abstract

  • The critical behaviour associated with cooperative Jahn-Teller phase transitions in TbV$_{1-x}$As$_{x}$O$_{4}$ (where \textit{x} = 0, 0.17, 1) single crystals have been studied using high resolution x-ray scattering. These materials undergo continuous tetragonal $\to$ orthorhombic structural phase transitions driven by Jahn-Teller physics at T$_C$ = 33.26(2) K, 30.32(2) K and 27.30(2) K for \textit{x} = 0, 0.17 and 1 respectively. The orthorhombic strain was measured close to the phase transition and is shown to display mean field behavior in all three samples. Pronounced fluctuation effects are manifest in the longitudinal width of the Bragg scattering, which diverges as a power law, with an exponent given by $x=0.45 \pm 0.04$, on approaching the transition from either above or below. All samples exhibited twinning; however the disordered x = 0.17 sample showed a broad distribution of twins which were stable to relatively low temperatures, well below T$_C$. This indicates that while the orthorhombic strain continues to develop in a conventional mean field manner in the presence of disorder, twin domains are easily pinned by the quenched impurities and their associated random strains.

publication date

  • April 1, 2008