Ba 2LnMoO 6 double perovskites have been recently shown to display a wide range of interesting magnetic and structural properties; Ba 2 154SmMoO 6 exhibits simultaneous antiferromagnetic order and a Jahn-Teller distortion. Here we report a high temperature neutron diffraction study of Ba 2 154SmMoO 6 from 353 to 877 K. The results evidence a tetragonal to cubic phase transition at 423 K. Above this temperature the thermal displacement parameters of the oxygen atoms are modelled anisotropically as a result of a transverse vibration of the bridging oxygen. A smooth increase in the cell parameter a is observed with temperature for Ba 2 154SmMoO 6.
We acknowledge STFC for beam time provision and the University of Aberdeen for provision of a studentship (TKW)
- Double perovskite
- Neutron diffraction
- Phase transition