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Volume 20, Issue 3, Pages 169-187

Co(II) Optical Absorption in Spinels: Infrared and Ligand-Field Spectroscopic Study of the Ionicity of the bond. Magnetic Structure and Co2+→Fe3+MMCT in Ferrites. Correlation with the Magneto-Optical Properties

1ENSTIMD, 941 Rue C. Bourseul, BP 838, Douai Cedex 59508, France
2Laboratorie d'Analyse de Spectroscopie et de Traitement de Surface des Matériaux, Université de Rouen, IUT, Mont saint Aignan Cedex 76821, France

Received 13 February 1997; Accepted 13 March 1997

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The analysis of the infrared and ligand field spectra of COM2O4 spinels reveals that the ionicity of these compounds varies in the following order aluminate > gallate > ferrite and chromite > rhodite and cobaltite. A linear relation has been established between the Δ(LO-TO)1 splitting, Racah parameter and the ionic-covalent parameter SSp=ΣICP+tetraICPocta. The influence of strong superexchange interactions on the optical spectrum of cobalt ferrites has been studied. The cation distribution has been established by EXAFS and XANES measurements. The cluster (CoFeO10)15– is characterized by a large MMCT transition Co2+→Fe3+ at 1.65–1.7 eV (FWMH: 1.35–1.95 eV). The 4A24T1 (P) tetrahedral cobalt(II) in ferrimagnetic compounds is overlapped by the MMCT band. This study and the reinvestigation of the iron(III) electronic spectrum is ferrites may explain the magneto-optical properties of mixed cobalt-ferrites.