Cage electron-hydroxyl complex state as electron donor in mayenite

M. Hiraishi, K. M. Kojima, M. Miyazaki, I. Yamauchi, H. Okabe, A. Koda, R. Kadono, S. Matsuishi, H. Hosono

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It is inferred from the chemical shift of muon spin rotation (μSR) spectra that muons implanted in pristine (fully oxidized) mayenite, [Ca12Al14O32]2+[□5O2-] (C12A7, with □ referring to the vacant cage), are bound to O2- at the cage center to form OMu- (where Mu represents muonium, a muonic analog of the H atom). However, an isolated negatively charged state (Mu-, an analog of H-) becomes dominant when the compound approaches the state of electride [Ca12Al14O32]2+[□42e-] as a result of the reduction process. Moreover, the OMu- state in the pristine specimen exhibits depolarization of paramagnetic origin at low temperatures (below ∼30 K), indicating that OMu- accompanies a loosely bound electron in the cage that can be thermally activated. This suggests that interstitial muons (and hence H) forming a "cage electron-hydroxyl" complex can serve as electron donors in C12A7.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121201
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 9
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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