A variable temperature neutron and synchrotron diffraction study has been performed on the giant magnetoresistant oxypnictides LMnAsO (L=La, Nd). The low-temperature magnetic structures have been studied, and results show a spin reorientation of the Mn2+ spins below T-N (Nd) for NdMnAsO. The Mn2+ spins rotate from alignment along c to alignment into the basal plane, and the Mn2+ and Nd3+ moments refine to 3.54(4) mu(B) and 1.93(4) mu(B), respectively, at 2 K. In contrast, there is no change in magnetic structure with temperature for LaMnAsO. There is no evidence of a structural transition down to 2 K; however, discontinuities in the cell volume and L-O and Mn-As bond lengths are detected at similar to 150 K for both materials. This temperature coincides with the electronic transition previously reported and suggests a coupling between electronic and lattice degrees of freedom.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Physical Review B Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 29 Apr 2011|