Crystal growth and characterization of the magnetically dilute kagome staircase system (Co(1-x)Mgx)3V 2O8

K. Fritsch*, M. Ramazanoglu, H. A. Dabkowska, B. D. Gaulin

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High-quality single crystals of the magnetically dilute kagome staircase system (Co(1-x)Mgx)3V2O8 (x=0.029(3) and x=0.194(4)) have been grown by the optical floating zone technique. A pure Co3V2O8 single crystal was used as seed material in the growth process. The crystals obtained were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and refined in space group Cmca. Single crystal refinement shows preferential substitution of the Mg ions at the Co(2) site. Magnetization measurements show a drastic suppression of the ferromagnetic transition temperature of T=6.1 K observed in the pure material, attributed to the dilution with non-magnetic Mg ions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-208
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


This work was supported by NSERC of Canada. The authors wish to acknowledge G. de Silveira for EDX measurements, J. Britten for structure refinement and A. Dabkowski for helpful discussions.

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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


    • A1. Characterization
    • A1. Doping
    • A1. Solid solutions (cobaltites, vanadates)
    • A2. Floating zone technique
    • A2. Single crystal growth
    • B2. Magnetic materials


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