Under the influence of a suitable uniaxial stress, the quenching of the electronic angular momentum of the low-lying threefold degenerate Γ5g level of Fe2+ in cubic MgO has been observed by Mössbauer spectroscopy. The result is consistent with Ham's model for the appearance of a quadrupole doublet at low temperatures. A value for the strain coefficient of Fe2+ in MgO has been obtained: G11=585 cm-1.



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