Synthesis, structure, magnetic and transport properties of LnFeSb 3 (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, and Tb) - Tuning of anisotropic long-range magnetic order as a function of Ln

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Single crystals of LnFeSb3 (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, and Tb) have been grown from excess Sb flux. The crystal structure consists of ∞2[FeSb2] octahedra separated by layers of Ln atoms and nearly square planar nets of ∞2[Sb2]. These compounds are metallic and display anisotropic magnetic properties. Long-range antiferromagnetic order is observed in the Sm, Gd, and Tb samples when the magnetic field is applied along the crystallographic a-axis. Evidence of magnetic ordering in all the samples is observed for the field applied parallel to the layers. The magnetic properties are well-described by considering only the magnetic interactions between the Ln 4f moments, with no contribution from the Fe sublattice. Herein, we report the crystal growth, structure, magnetization, transport, and chemical stabilities of the title compounds. © The Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Dalton Transactions

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