Mn2TeO6: a Distorted Inverse Trirutile Structure

Inverse trirutile Mn2TeO6 was investigated using in situ neutron and X-ray powder diffraction between 700 °C and room temperature. When the temperature was decreased, a structural phase transition was observed around 400 °C, from a tetragonal (P42/mnm) to a monoclinic phase (P21/c), involving a doubling of the cell parameter along b. This complex monoclinic structure has been solved by combining electron, neutron, and synchrotron powder diffraction techniques at room temperature. It can be described as a distorted superstructure of the inverse trirutile structure, in which compressed and elongated MnO6 octahedra alternate with more regular TeO6 octahedra, forming a herringbone-like pattern. Rietveld refinements, carried out with symmetry-adapted modes, show that the structural transition, arguably of Jahn–Teller origin, is driven by a single primary mode.