Local order in layered NiPS3 and Ni0.7Mg 0.3PS3

D. J. Goossens, D. James, J. Dong, R. E. Whitfield, L. Norén, R. L. Withers

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    The family of two-dimensional magnetic materials MIIPS 3 where M =Mn, Fe, Ni, Mg, Zn, etc shows a wide range of fascinating magnetic behaviour. It also shows potentially useful chemical properties including intercalation of nonlinear optical molecules and lithium ions. These properties are due to a crystal structure in which the ab planes are well-ordered in the plane but poorly correlated along c. Here, the short-range ordering is modelled in NiPS3 and Ni1-xMg xPS3 (x = 0.3). X-ray diffuse scattering from NiPS3 shows pronounced streaking along c*, indicative of stacking faulting in these layered compounds. Electron diffraction from Ni1-xMg xPS3 (x = 0.3) shows substantial diffuse scattering due to short-range order within the ab plane, and this can be modelled by allowing the metal species to cluster. The possibility of clustering has implications for interpretation of the magnetic behaviour of the family, including the glassiness observed in Fe1-xMnxPS3.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number065401
    JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2011


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