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Comparative structural evolution under pressure of powder and single crystals of the layered antiferromagnet FePS3

Jarvis, DM; Coak, MJ; Hamidov, H; Haines, CRS; Lampronti, GI; Liu, C; Deng, S; ... Saxena, SS; + view all (2023) Comparative structural evolution under pressure of powder and single crystals of the layered antiferromagnet FePS3. Physical Review B , 107 (5) , Article 054106. 10.1103/PhysRevB.107.054106. Green open access

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Abstract

FePS3 is a layered magnetic van der Waals compound that undergoes a Mott insulator-metal transition under applied pressure. The transition has an associated change in the crystal symmetry and magnetic structure. Understanding the underlying physics of these transitions requires a detailed understanding of the crystal structure as a function of pressure. Two conflicting models have previously been proposed for the evolution of the structure with pressure. To settle the disagreement, we present a study of the pressure-dependent crystal structures using both single-crystal and powder x-ray diffraction measurements. We show unambiguously that the highest-pressure transition involves a collapse of the interplanar spacing, along with an increase in symmetry from a monoclinic to a trigonal space group, to the exclusion of other models. Our collected results are crucial for understanding high-pressure behavior in these materials and demonstrate a clear and complete methodology for exploring complex two-dimensional material structures under pressure.

Type: Article
Title: Comparative structural evolution under pressure of powder and single crystals of the layered antiferromagnet FePS3
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.107.054106
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.107.054106
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > London Centre for Nanotechnology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10165851
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