Magnetism and structure of Lix Co O2 and comparison to Nax Co O2

J. T. Hertz, Q. Huang, T. McQueen, T. Klimczuk, J. W.G. Bos, L. Viciu, R. J. Cava

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The magnetic properties and structure of Lix Co O2 for 0.5<x<1.0 are reported. Co4+ is found to be high spin in Lix Co O2 for 0.94≤x≤1.00 and low spin for 0.50≤x≤0.78. Weak antiferromagnetic coupling is observed, and at x 0.65 the temperature-independent contribution to the magnetic susceptibility and the electronic contribution to the specific heat are largest. Neutron diffraction analysis reveals that the lithium oxide layer expands perpendicular to the basal plane and the Li ions displace from their ideal octahedral sites with decreasing x. Comparison of the structures of Nax Co O2 and Lix Co O2 reveals that the Co O2 layer changes substantially with alkali content in the former but is relatively rigid in the latter, and that the Co O6 octahedra in Lix Co O2 are less distorted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number075119
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Feb 19 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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