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Phys Rev Lett. 2011 Feb 11;106(6):067201. Epub 2011 Feb 7.

High temperature magnetic ordering in the 4d perovskite SrTcO3.

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NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Science and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20889, USA.


We present evidence for possibly the highest magnetic ordering temperature in any compound without 3d transition elements. Neutron powder diffraction measurements, at both time-of-flight and constant wavelength sources, were performed on two independently prepared SrTcO3 powders. SrTcO3 adopts a distorted perovskite structure with G-type antiferromagnetic ordering and has a moment of 1.87(4)μB per Tc cation at room temperature with an extraordinarily high Néel point close to 750 °C. Electronic structure calculations reveal extensive mixing between the technetium 4d states and oxygen states proximal to the Fermi level. This hybridization leads to a close relationship between magnetic ordering temperature and moment formation in SrTcO3.

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