Low-temperature absorption spectra and electron structure of HoFe3(BO3)4 single crystal

A. V. Malakhovskii, S. L. Gnatchenko, I. S. Kachur, V. G. Piryatinskaya, I. A. Gudim
2017 Low temperature physics (Woodbury, N.Y., Print)  
Polarized absorption spectra of HoFe 3 (BO 3 ) 4 single crystal in the range of 8500-24500 cm -1 were studied as a function of temperature beginning from 2 K. The ground and excited electron states of Ho 3+ were identified. The abrupt changes of the spectra at the reorientation phase transition at 4.7 K were observed. The exchange splitting of some excited states were revealed and measured. They changed at the reorientation phase transition. Several vibronic transitions were observed. The
more » ... observed. The splitting of absorption lines corresponding to the C 2 local symmetry of the Ho ion was not observed. Moreover, spectra of some absorption bands correspond to splitting in the cubic crystal field. There are some absorption lines, whose polarization can not be explained both in D 3 and C 2 local symmetries. Some lines appear or disappear as a result of the transition from the easy axis to the easy plane state of the crystal. All these observations testify to the substantial changes of the local magnetic and structural properties in the excited states of the Ho 3+ ion and to the strong influence of the magnetic moments orientation on the polarization of the electron transitions. PACS: 78.40.Ha Absorption and reflection spectra: visible and ultraviolet, nonmetallic inorganics; 71.70.-d Level splitting and interactions.
doi:10.1063/1.4985208 fatcat:zzbgpqdg75a3vpjql5b55w3zgy