Two kinds of cobalt-iron cyanides (Rb0.66Co1.25[Fe(CN)6]·4.3H2O and Co1.5[Fe(CN)6]·6H2O) with different electronic structures have been investigated to understand the photoinduced long-range magnetic ordering. Rb0.66Co1.25[Fe(CN)6]·4.3H2O produces a photomagnetic effect, whereas Co1.5[Fe(CN)6]·6H2O does not respond to light. FT-IR and Mossbauer studies revealed that their oxidation states are expressed as Rb0.66CoIII0.84CoII 0.41-[FeII(CN)6] and CoII1.5[FeIII(CN)6], respectively. The difference in the oxidation states of the metal atoms in these two compounds has been explained by the Co coordination with H2O or CN ligands. In the case of Rb0.66Co1.25[Fe(CN)6]·4.3H2O, more CN ligands are involved in coordination than expected in the case of Co1.5[Fe(CN)6]· 6H2O. A charge-transfer (CT) band from FeII to CoIII is observed at around 550 nm for Rb0.66Co1.25[Fe(CN)6]· 4.3H2O. The magnetism of Rb0.66Co1.25[Fe(CN)6]·4.3H2O changed from paramagnetic to ferrimagnetic due to the CT from FeII to CoIII when illuminated at low temperature. The Curie temperature after illumination was 22 K. This metastable state was stable for more than several days at 5 K. The metastable state was restored back to its original one when the sample was heated to 120 K. It is considered that the interconversion proceeded via a pronounced domain formation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry