A new homologous series of lanthanum copper oxides

R. J. Cava, T. Siegrist, B. Hessen, J. J. Krajewski, W. F. Peck, B. Batlogg, H. Takagi, J. V. Waszczak, L. F. Schneemeyer, H. W. Zandbergen

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We report the synthesis and structural characterization of a new homologous series of lanthanum cuprates, with the formula La4+4nCu8+2nO14+8n. The n = 2 and n = 3 members, La2Cu2O5 and La8Cu7O19, synthesized in the bulk, are stable in very narrow temperature ranges in air and oxygen. The n = 4 member was observed by electron microscopy. The crystal structure of La2Cu2O5 consists of thin ribbons of La2CuO4 sandwiched between CuO planes of complex low dimensional geometry. The temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibilities of La2Cu2O5 and La8Cu7O19 are characteristic of low dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnets with a low exchange coupling energy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-184
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1991


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