Volume 84, Number 6, December 2008
Article Number 67007
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 23 December 2008
EPL, 84 (2008) 67007
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/84/67007

Synthesis, crystal structure and spin-density-wave anomaly of the iron arsenide-fluoride SrFeAsF

M. Tegel1, S. Johansson1, V. Weiß1, I. Schellenberg2, W. Hermes2, R. Pöttgen2 and D. Johrendt1

1   Department Chemie und Biochemie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München - Butenandtstrasse 5-13 (Haus D), 81377 München, Germany, EU
2   Institut für Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Universität Münster - Corrensstrasse 30, D-48149 Münster, Germany, EU

received 13 October 2008; accepted in final form 12 November 2008; published December 2008
published online 23 December 2008

The new quaternary iron arsenide-fluoride SrFeAsF with the tetragonal ZrCuSiAs-type structure was synthesized and the crystal structure was determined by X-ray powder diffraction (, , = 895.46(1) pm). SrFeAsF undergoes a structural and magnetic phase transition at 175 K, accompanied by strong anomalies in the specific heat, electrical resistance and magnetic susceptibility. In the course of this transition, the space group symmetry changes from tetragonal () to orthorhombic (). Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy experiments show a single signal at room temperature at an isomer shift of 0.30(1) mm/s and magnetic hyperfine-field splitting below the phase transition temperature. Our results clearly show that SrFeAsF exhibits a spin density wave (SDW) anomaly at 175 K very similar to LaFeAsO, the parent compound of the iron arsenide-oxide superconductors and thus SrFeAsF may serve as a further parent compound for oxygen-free iron arsenide superconductors.

74.10.+v - Superconductivity: Occurrence, potential candidates.
75.30.Fv - Spin-density waves.
61.50.Ks - Crystallographic aspects of phase transformations; pressure effects.

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