Magnetic structure of Fe16 N2 determined by polarized neutron diffraction on thin-film samples

Xudong Hang, Masaaki Matsuda, Jacob T. Held, Jian Ping Wang, Andre Mkhoyan

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Strain-free Fe16N2 thin films were obtained on MgO (001) single-crystal substrates with Cr seed layers. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy confirmed that the film is textured in all three spatial directions with crystallographic orientation determined by epitaxial constraints from the substrate. Average grain size was estimated to be in the range of tens of nanometers. Ten pieces of 40-nm-thick Fe16N2 thin-film samples were stacked together for half-polarized neutron diffraction study at room temperature. A total of six reflections were usable, from which the magnetic structure of Fe16N2 was determined and compared to existing models. Contrary to most electronic structure calculations, the present results suggest that the magnetic moment of Fe atoms at the 8h site is large and larger than that of the 4d site. Our results support the giant magnetization of Fe16N2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number104402
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 2020

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Funding Information:
Parts of this work were carried out in the Characterization Facility, University of Minnesota, which receives partial support from NSF through the MRSEC program DMR-1420013. The HR-TEM study in this work was partially supported by UMN MRSEC program DMR-1420013. This research used resources at the High Flux Isotope Reactor, a DOE Office of Science User Facility operated by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The authors thank T. L. Held for her assistance in editing the manuscript.

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