Tetragonal crystal structure of molybdenum oxytribromide, MoOBr3, consists of non-planar Mo2Br6 units joined by non-equidistant Mo-O-Mo bonds into infinite ladders, which are connected to each other by the van der Waals forces. Within unit cell, the apical Mo atoms in any given ladder are shifted along the c axis either above (+z) or below (−z) the basal ab plane of the Br atoms. Magnetic susceptibility taken at various frequencies χac(T) and magnetic fields χdc(T) as well as specific heat Cp(T) data evidence the formation of a long-range antiferromagnetic order at TN = 34 ± 1 K with largely reduced effective magnetic moments µeff = 1.3 ± 0.1 µB. First principles GGA+U calculations point to the predominance of intra-ladder ferromagnetic exchange interaction on both rungs Jrung = − 10 meV and legs Jleg = − 1 meV of the ladder, while much weaker inter-ladder antiferromagnetic exchange interaction Jinter = 0.2 meV couples the ladders. The anisotropic part of the exchange K = 0.6 meV in combination with Jinter allows estimating the spin-flop transition field µ0Hspin-flop ∼ 6 T in good correspondence with the magnetization M(H) data.
Original languageEnglish
Article number172072
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023

    WoS ResearchAreas Categories

  • Chemistry, Physical
  • Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
  • Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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