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VOLUME 114 | ISSUE 9 | PAGE 627
Cu-site disorder in CuAl2O4 as studied by XPS spectroscopy
Abstract
The results of full study of X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) of spin-liquid candidate CuAl2O4 including the measurements of high-energy resolved core level (Cu 2p, Al 3p, O 1s), Cu LMM Auger and valence band (VB) spectra are presented. The comparison of obtained results with spectra of reference samples and specially performed density functional theory calculations has confirmed a finite Cu site-disorder in CuAl2O4, where about 30 % of Cu2+ ions occupy the octahedral sites. Obtained valence band spectra can be used in further theoretical studies aimed on the investigation of electronic and magnetic properties of this mysterious material.