XANES investigation of novel lanthanide-doped CuCr0.99Ln0.01S2 (Ln = La, Ce) solid solutions


The study of the valence state, local environment structure and magnetic properties of novel type CuCr0.99Ln0.01S2 (Ln = La, Ce) solid solutions was carried out using X-ray absorption spectroscopy, finite difference method simulations and static magnetic susceptibility measurements. The good agreement between experimental and calculated data indicates that cationic substitution does not lead to significant changes in the copper, chromium and sulfur local environment character and electronic density distribution. The copper atoms were found to be in Cu+ oxidation state, the sulfur atoms—in S2− oxidation state and the chromium atoms—in Cr3+ state. The cationic substitution of chromium by lanthanum and cerium in CuCrS2 does not significantly affect the effective magnetic moment and exchange interactions character. The lanthanum-doped CuCr0.99Ln0.01S2 solid solution demonstrates the Seebeck coefficient value 4 times greater than for CuCrS2-matrix at 500 K.

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The study was carried out with a funding from the Russian Science Foundation (Project No. 19-73-10073). The X-ray absorption spectra were measured using the shared research center SSTRC on the basis of the Novosibirsk VEPP-4 - VEPP-2000 complex at BINP SB RAS, using equipment supported by Project RFMEFI62119X0022.

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Korotaev, E.V., Syrokvashin, M.M., Filatova, I.Y. et al. XANES investigation of novel lanthanide-doped CuCr0.99Ln0.01S2 (Ln = La, Ce) solid solutions. Appl. Phys. A 126, 537 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00339-020-03715-y

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  • Finite difference method
  • X-ray techniques
  • Simulation and modeling
  • Functional materials
  • Electronic materials
  • Magnetic properties
  • Seebeck coefficient