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Electronic and magnetic properties of double perovskite slab-rocksalt layer rare earth strontium aluminates natural superlattice structure
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FIG. 1.
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FIG. 2.

Total electron density distribution at (010) plane, the exact position of the slice is (0, 0.5, 0) in fractional coordinates. (a): La2SrAl2O7; (b): Gd2SrAl2O7.

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FIG. 3.

Band structure of Ln2SrAl2O7 compounds, Ln = La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, and Dy. The dashed line is the Fermi level.

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FIG. 4.

Several possible magnetic structures of Ln2SrAl2O7 structures, for simplicity, only the sublattice of Ln3+ ions is shown. The arrows represent the spin directions, for instance, up for spin up electrons and down for spin down electrons. (a) Ferromagnetic state (FM); (b) Anti-ferromagnetic state-1 (AFM1); (c) AFM2; (d) AFM3.

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FIG. 5.

Exchange coefficients in Heisenberg model for Ln3+ sublattice, J2 and J3 are the exchange interactions of the two square lattices, and J1 is the inter-layer exchange coefficient.


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Table I.

Calculated band gaps of 5s, 5p, and 4f orbitals between spin up and spin down channels due to the exchange splitting, respectively. Both LSDA and LSDA + U methods are applied. The unit is eV.

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Table II.

Spin magnetic moments of Ln3+ ions of Ln2SrAl2O7 structures in ferromagnetic (FM) and three anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) states, and ΔE represents the energy difference between FM and AFM states. The FM state is assumed to be the ground state. The magnetic moments of Ln3+ ions in the structures are also calculated using LSDA + U method for FM state only, and the results are listed in the table. The unit for energy difference is meV/cell, and for magnetic moment that is μB, one should note that for AFM structures, negative sign of magnetic moments merely refers to spin down direction.

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Table III.

Calculated magnetic properties of Ln2SrAl2O7 compounds in ferromagnetic state, including the ground state electronic configuration of Ln3+ ions, the spin angular momentum (S), orbital angular momentum (L), total angular momentum (L), Lander factor (g), and the magnetic moments of S, L and J, are shown. The spin magnetic moments are compared with LSDA and LSDA + U calculations, the unit of magnetic moment is Bohr magnetron (μB).


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Scitation: Electronic and magnetic properties of double perovskite slab-rocksalt layer rare earth strontium aluminates natural superlattice structure