For the first time, we report on the low temperature Mössbauer spectroscopic study of Zn2+0.5Mn2+0.5Sm3+xFe3+2−xO4 (where x = 0.01–0.05) prepared by the modified solution combustion method using a mixture of urea and glucose as a fuel. The Mössbauer spectroscopy at room and low temperatures was applied to understand the magnetic properties of the samples. The room temperature Mössbauer spectroscopy results suggest that the occupation of the octahedral sites by Sm3+ ions leads to the distortion enhancement of 57Fe nuclei environments, which leads to an increase in quadrupole splitting Δ values of D2 and D3 doublets. The low temperature Mössbauer spectroscopy results indicate that the presence of Sm3+ ions in the octahedron sites causes the decrease in the number of Fe–O–Fe chains. The transformation of Mössbauer spectra doublets into Zeeman sextets is accompanied by a significant decrease in the magnitude IM of Mössbauer spectra intensity within the 0–1.2 mm/s velocity range normalized to its value at 300 K. This drop in the temperature dependence of IM allows one to obtain the magnetic phase transition temperature TM from the Mössbauer experiment.
- Low temperature Mössbauer spectroscopy
- Phase transition
- Zeeman sextets
- Zn-Mn ferrites
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics