Reentrant spin glass behavior and magnetodielectric coupling of an Ir-based double perovskite compound, La2CoIrO6
The structural, magnetic, electrical and dielectric properties of an Ir-based double perovskite compound, La2CoIrO6, have been investigated. The sample undergoes a paramagnetic–ferromagnetic transition at TC, followed by a reentrant spin-glass transition at lower temperatures. The reentrant spin glass state in La2CoIrO6 is associated with the competitions of the antiferromagnetic coupling between Ir4+ and Co2+ ions and the ferromagnetic clusters. La2CoIrO6 shows a semiconducting transport behavior in the temperature range 65 to 360 K and the transport behavior can be well described by the three-dimensional Mott variable range hopping conduction mechanism. Moreover, a strong frequency dependence of dielectric constant behavior for La2CoIrO6 is observed and the dielectric relaxation can be ascribed to the electron hopping between different transition metal ions. In addition, the isothermal magnetic field dependent dielectric constant measurements show that a clear magnetodielectric coupling effect exists in La2CoIrO6 at low temperatures.