[en] x-ray diffraction ; magnetic properties ; Mossbauer spectroscopy
[en] Nd18Li8Co3FeO39–y, Nd18Li8CoFe3O39–y and Nd18Li8Co3TiO39 39–y have been synthesisd and characterised by neutron powder diffraction, magnetometry and Mossbauer spectroscopy. Their cubic structure (Pm–3n, a~11.9 Å) is based on intersecting <1 1 1 > chains comprised of alternating octahedral and trigonal-prismatic coordination sites. These chains lie within hexagonal-prismatic cavities formed by a Nd–O framework. Each compound has an incomplete oxide sublattice (y~1), with vacancies located around the octahedral sites that lie at the points of chain intersection. These sites are fully occupied by a disordered arrangement of transition-metal ion-cations but only 75% of the remaining octahedral sites are occupied. The trigonal-prismatic sites are fully occupied by lithium except in the case of Nd18Li8CoFe3O39–y where some iron is present. Antiferromagnetic interactions are present on the Nd sublattice in each composition, but a spin glass forms below 5 K when a high concentration of spins is also present on the octahedral sites.