Science.gov

Sample records for multiferroic orthorhombic dymno3

  1. Large rotating magnetocaloric effect in the orthorhombic DyMnO3 single crystal

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Balli, M.; Mansouri, S.; Jandl, S.; Fournier, P.; Dimitrov, D. Z.

    2016-07-01

    A large magnetocaloric effect can be obtained around TN, Dy ̴8 K simply by spinning the orthorhombic DyMnO3 single crystal within the cb-plane in a constant magnetic field, instead of the standard magnetization-demagnetization process. Under 7 T, the maximum rotating entropy change (-ΔSR, cb) and the associated adiabatic temperature change (ΔTad, cb) are 16.3 J/kg K and 11 K, respectively. The corresponding refrigerant capacity is 440 J/kg, with no thermal and field hysteresis losses. Our findings show that the orthorhombic DyMnO3 could be used as a good refrigerant in more compact and efficient cryomagnetocaloric refrigerators.

  2. Continuous Magnetoelectric Control in Multiferroic DyMnO3 Films with Twin-like Domains

    PubMed Central

    Lu, Chengliang; Deniz, Hakan; Li, Xiang; Liu, Jun-Ming; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic control of ferroelectric polarization is currently a central topic in the multiferroic researches, owing to the related gigantic magnetoelectric coupling and fascinating physics. Although a bunch of novel magnetoelectric effect have been discovered in multiferroics of magnetic origin, the manipulation of polarization was found to be fundamentally determined by the microscopic origin in a certain multiferroic phase, hindering the development of unusual magnetoelectric control. Here, we report emergent magnetoelectric control in DyMnO3/Nb:SrTiO3 (001) films showing twin-like domain structure. Our results demonstrate interesting magnetically induced partial switch of polarization due to the coexistence of polarizations along both the a-axis and c-axis enabled by the twin-like domain structure in DyMnO3 films, despite the polarization-switch was conventionally believed to be a one-step event in the bulk counterpart. Moreover, a continuous and periodic control of macroscopic polarization by an in-plane rotating magnetic field is evidenced in the thin films. This distinctive magnetic manipulation of polarization is the consequence of the cooperative action of the twin-like domains and the dual magnetic origin of polarization, which promises additional applications using the magnetic control of ferroelectricity. PMID:26829899

  3. Continuous Magnetoelectric Control in Multiferroic DyMnO3 Films with Twin-like Domains.

    PubMed

    Lu, Chengliang; Deniz, Hakan; Li, Xiang; Liu, Jun-Ming; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic control of ferroelectric polarization is currently a central topic in the multiferroic researches, owing to the related gigantic magnetoelectric coupling and fascinating physics. Although a bunch of novel magnetoelectric effect have been discovered in multiferroics of magnetic origin, the manipulation of polarization was found to be fundamentally determined by the microscopic origin in a certain multiferroic phase, hindering the development of unusual magnetoelectric control. Here, we report emergent magnetoelectric control in DyMnO3/Nb:SrTiO3 (001) films showing twin-like domain structure. Our results demonstrate interesting magnetically induced partial switch of polarization due to the coexistence of polarizations along both the a-axis and c-axis enabled by the twin-like domain structure in DyMnO3 films, despite the polarization-switch was conventionally believed to be a one-step event in the bulk counterpart. Moreover, a continuous and periodic control of macroscopic polarization by an in-plane rotating magnetic field is evidenced in the thin films. This distinctive magnetic manipulation of polarization is the consequence of the cooperative action of the twin-like domains and the dual magnetic origin of polarization, which promises additional applications using the magnetic control of ferroelectricity. PMID:26829899

  4. Continuous Magnetoelectric Control in Multiferroic DyMnO3 Films with Twin-like Domains

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lu, Chengliang; Deniz, Hakan; Li, Xiang; Liu, Jun-Ming; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2016-02-01

    The magnetic control of ferroelectric polarization is currently a central topic in the multiferroic researches, owing to the related gigantic magnetoelectric coupling and fascinating physics. Although a bunch of novel magnetoelectric effect have been discovered in multiferroics of magnetic origin, the manipulation of polarization was found to be fundamentally determined by the microscopic origin in a certain multiferroic phase, hindering the development of unusual magnetoelectric control. Here, we report emergent magnetoelectric control in DyMnO3/Nb:SrTiO3 (001) films showing twin-like domain structure. Our results demonstrate interesting magnetically induced partial switch of polarization due to the coexistence of polarizations along both the a-axis and c-axis enabled by the twin-like domain structure in DyMnO3 films, despite the polarization-switch was conventionally believed to be a one-step event in the bulk counterpart. Moreover, a continuous and periodic control of macroscopic polarization by an in-plane rotating magnetic field is evidenced in the thin films. This distinctive magnetic manipulation of polarization is the consequence of the cooperative action of the twin-like domains and the dual magnetic origin of polarization, which promises additional applications using the magnetic control of ferroelectricity.

  5. Prominent role of oxygen in the multiferroicity of DyMnO3 and TbMnO3: A resonant soft x-ray scattering spectroscopy study

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Huang, S. W.; Lee, J. M.; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Shao, YuCheng; Wray, L. Andrew; Chen, J. M.; Qiao, R.; Yang, W. L.; Cao, Y.; Lin, J.-Y.; Schoenlein, R. W.; Chuang, Y.-D.

    2016-07-01

    Oxygen is known to play an important role in the multiferroicity of rare earth manganites; however, how this role changes with rare earth elements is still not fully understood. To address this question, we have used resonant soft x-ray scattering spectroscopy to study the F -type (0 ,τ ,0 ) diffraction peak from the antiferromagnetic order in DyMnO3 and TbMnO3. We focus on the measurements at O K edge of these two manganites, supplemented by the results at Mn L2 and Dy M5 edge of DyMnO3. We show that the electronic states of different elements are coupled more strongly in DyMnO3 than in TbMnO3, presumably due to the stronger lattice distortion and the tendency to develop E-type antiferromagnetism in the ferroelectric state that promote the orbital hybridization. We also show that the anomaly in the correlation length of (0 ,τ ,0 ) peak in DyMnO3 signifies the exchange interaction between Mn and rare earth spins. Our findings reveal the prominent role of oxygen orbitals in the multiferroicity of rare earth manganites and the distinct energetics between them.

  6. The prominent role of oxygen in the multiferroicity of DyMnO3 and TbMnO3: a resonant soft x-ray scattering spectroscopy study

    DOE PAGESBeta

    S. W. Huang; Lee, J. M.; Jeng, H. -T.; Shao, Y.; Wray, L. A.; Chen, J. M.; Qiao, R.; Yang, W. L.; Cao, Y.; Lin, J. -Y.; et al

    2016-07-21

    Oxygen is known to play an important role in the multiferroicity of rare earth manganites; however, how this role changes with rare earth elements is still not fully understood. To address this question, we have used resonant soft x-ray scattering spectroscopy to study the F-type (0; ; 0) diffraction peak from the antiferromagnetic order in DyMnO3 and TbMnO3. We focus on the measurements at O K-edge of these two manganites, supplemented by the results at Mn L2- and Dy M5-edge of DyMnO3. We show that the electronic states of di erent elements are coupled more strongly in DyMnO3 than inmore » TbMnO3, presumably due to the stronger lattice distortion and the tendency to develop E-type antiferromagnetism in the ferroelectric state that promote the orbital hybridization. We also show that the anomaly in the correlation length of (0; ; 0) peak in DyMnO3 signifies the exchange interaction between Mn and rare earth spins, which is absent in TbMnO3. Our findings reveal the prominent role of oxygen orbitals in the multiferroicity of rare earth manganites and the distinct energetics between them.« less

  7. Study of crystal-field excitations and infrared active phonons in the multiferroic hexagonal DyMnO3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jandl, S.; Mansouri, S.; Vermette, J.; Mukhin, A. A.; Ivanov, V. Yu; Balbashov, A.; Orlita, M.

    2013-11-01

    In hexagonal DyMnO3, Dy3+ crystal-field excitations are studied as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field. They are complemented with the measurements of infrared active phonon frequency shifts under applied magnetic field at T = 4.2 K. Between TN = 68 K and T = 10 K, the absence of Dy3+ Kramers doublet splittings at either the C3 or the C3v site symmetries indicates that the Mn3+ magnetic order effective exchange field has no component parallel to the c-axis at either site. Below T = 10 K, the ground state Kramers doublet splits under the Dy3+ internal effective field as well as the applied magnetic field. Also, relatively strong infrared active phonon energy shifts are observed in magneto-infrared reflectance measurements at T = 4.2 K, allowing the calculation of the induced electric polarization changes as a function of the applied magnetic field. Such changes are associated with a large magnetoelectric effect in DyMnO3, arising from a charge transfer between Dy3+ and apical oxygen ions.

  8. Static and dynamic magnetic properties and interplay of Dy3+, Gd3+ and Mn3+ spins in orthorhombic DyMnO3 and GdMnO3 nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Das, Raja; Jaiswal, Adhish; Poddar, Pankaj

    2013-01-01

    Single-phase orthorhombic DyMnO3 and GdMnO3 nanoparticles in the size range 60-70 and 35-45 nm, respectively, were synthesized using a modified hydrothermal method. The magnetic property measurements of DyMnO3 nanocrystals show anomalies around ˜43 K (antiferromagnetic (AFM) coupling between Mn3+ spins) and at 7 K in the form of a peak in the zero-field-cooled curve (AFM coupling between Dy3+ spins). Whereas, GdMnO3 undergoes a phase transition at ˜42 K from paramagnetic to an incommensurate-antiferromagnetic phase (ICAFM) followed by a second anomaly at ˜22 K, which could be associated with the transition from ICAFM into a canted A-type AFM ordering of the Mn3+ spins. This transition is followed by a long-range ordering of the Gd3+ moments at 6 K yielding the canting of the Gd3+ spins with a ferromagnetic (FM) component antiparallel to the FM moment of the canted Mn3+ spins. No anomaly near the Néel temperature of the Mn moments for both DyMnO3 and GdMnO3 nanoparticles was observed in ac magnetization which were observed in dc magnetization. The room temperature Raman spectra of DyMnO3 shows two most intense Raman modes at 480 and 609 cm-1 which can be assigned to an antisymmetric Jahn-Teller stretching mode and a symmetric or breathing stretching mode, respectively, involving Mn-O bond stretching.

  9. Multiferroic properties of uniaxially compressed orthorhombic HoMnO3 thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shimamoto, K.; Windsor, Y. W.; Hu, Y.; Ramakrishnan, M.; Alberca, A.; Bothschafter, E. M.; Rettig, L.; Lippert, Th.; Staub, U.; Schneider, C. W.

    2016-03-01

    Multiferroic properties of orthorhombic HoMnO3 (Pbnm space group) are significantly modified by epitaxial compressive strain along the a-axis. We are able to focus on the effect of strain solely along the a-axis by using an YAlO3 (010) substrate, which has only a small lattice mismatch with HoMnO3 along the other in-plane direction (the c-axis). Multiferroic properties of strained and relaxed HoMnO3 thin films are compared with those reported for bulk, and are found to differ widely. A relaxed film exhibits bulk-like properties such as ferroelectricity below 25 K and an incommensurate antiferromagnetic order below 39 K, with an ordering wave vector of (0 qb 0) with qb ≈ 0.41 at ˜10 K. A strained film becomes ferroelectric already at 37.5 K and has an incommensurate magnetic order with qb ≈ 0.49 at ˜10 K.

  10. Synthesis and magnetic properties of DyMnO3 nanoparticles in mesoporous silica

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tajiri, Takayuki; Kohno, Atsushi; Hamamoto, Kenta; Ando, Yuhki; Deguchi, Hiroyuki; Mito, Masaki

    2013-08-01

    We synthesized nanoparticles of the perovskite manganite DyMnO3 in pores of mesoporous silica SBA-15 and investigated their magnetic properties. X-ray diffraction patterns of the nanoparticles indicated successful synthesis of the DyMnO3 nanoparticles with a particle size of about 10 nm in the pores of SBA-15. The temperature dependence of the DC magnetic susceptibility for the DyMnO3 nanoparticles exhibited a pronounced magnetic irreversibility between the field-cooling and the zero-field-cooling susceptibility due to the blocking phenomena and indicated a change of the magnetic exchange interactions from those for the bulk crystal. The in-phase susceptibility χ' and the out-of-phase susceptibility χ″ of the AC susceptibility for the nanoparticles exhibited a peak at the blocking temperature, and that peak shifted toward higher temperature with increasing frequency. Magnetization curves for the nanoparticles were reproduced by using a Langevin function and exhibited a hysteresis loop at temperatures below the blocking temperature. Magnetic size effects and superparamagnetic behaviors were observed in the DyMnO3 nanoparticles.

  11. Magnetic Order and Ferroelectricity in RMnO3 Multiferroic Manganites: Coupline Between R- and Mn-spins

    SciTech Connect

    Aliouane, N.; Prokhnenko, O; Feyerherm, R; Mostovoy, M; Strempfer, J; Habicht, K; Rule, K; Dudzik, E; Wolter, A; et. al.

    2008-01-01

    Combining polarized and unpolarized neutron scattering techniques with x-ray resonant magnetic scattering we have studied the coupling between the Mn- and R-spin-ordering in the multiferroic RMnO3, R = Tb and Dy. Polarized neutron diffraction reveals the moment orientation associated with the various modes describing the complex magnetic ordering observed in TbMnO3, while neutron diffraction in high magnetic fields allows the identification of the origin (Mn versus Tb) of the various modes. In this way we identify significant Cx and Fz contributions from Tb arising from the coupling of Tb moments to the Mn cycloidal ordering. The x-ray studies give further insight into this coupling. In the ferroelectric phase, both TbMnO3 and DyMnO3 show an induced ordering of the R-ion with a propagation vector clamped to the Mn ordering. While in TbMnO3 this clamping leads to a ground state in which the two propagation vectors tTb and tMn obey the relation 3tTb-tMn = 1, in DyMnO3 the ferroelectric polarization is effectively enhanced. The theoretical analysis of these effects not only explains the observed behavior for R = Tb and Dy but can also be applied to understand the Mn-R interaction in the related compounds with R = Gd and Ho. Finally we show both experimentally and theoretically how the Mn-R coupling can enhance the ferroelectric polarization in this manganite's multiferroics.

  12. PREFACE: Multiferroics Multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Loidl, Alois; von Loehneysen, Hilbert; Kalvius, G. Michael

    2008-10-01

    This special issue deals with the simultaneous occurrence of at least two primary ferroic properties, namely of ferroelectricity, ferromagnetism, ferrotoroidicity or ferroelasticity in one single homogeneous phase. The question of how different ferroic states can coexist in a single-phase material is an important issue and is outlined in detail using symmetry arguments and Landau theory for continuous phase transitions, which shows that the spin structure alone can break spatial inversion symmetry leading to ferroelectric order. The main focus of this special issue lies on single-phase materials that are magnetic and ferroelectric. They promise control of electric properties by magnetic fields and the control of magnetic properties by electric fields. The magnetoelectric coupling will allow the design of materials with novel electronic properties and in selected cases bring them to application. Ferromagnetic ferroelectrics are scarce in nature. This is because the conventional mechanism for ferroelectricity, namely an off-centering of the cations, which can be achieved best in ions with empty d shells, contradicts the formation of magnetic order in materials with partly filled d shells [1, 2]. Ferroelectricity in specific cases is achieved via the stereochemical activity of lone pairs in magnetic oxides. But in these cases the coupling between ferroelectricty and magnetism is weak. There have been a number of studies on multiferroics, especially in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly in the former Soviet Union [3, 4], but these activities faded away, most probably due to the lack of materials with strong magnetoelectric coupling and high ordering temperature, although the enormous potential of multiferroics for technological important applications was recognized early on [5]. An intense revival and the return of multiferroicity to the forefront of condensed matter research has been triggered by the invention of a number of frustrated magnets, like manganite rare

  13. Topological multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Scarrozza, Marco; Maccioni, Maria Barbara; Lopez, Giorgia M.; Fiorentini, Vincenzo

    2015-10-01

    Based on first-principles calculations, we explore an unconventional type of multiferroicity obtained via magnetic doping of wide-gap layered-perovskite ferroelectrics of the family A?Ti?O?. Using the ? member La?Ti?O? as home base, we substitute 3d atoms for Ti. The highlights of our results are that (1) low-concentration substitution of Ti by V produces robust unidirectional ferromagnetic (FM) order, resulting in a small-gap proper multiferroic, which in addition has electrically switchable magnetization, and (2) the isovalent substitution of Mn for Ti produces multiferroicity with weak FM order due to canting of antiferromagnetic Mn spins, and larger-than-usual linear magnetoelectric coupling.

  14. The evolution of multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fiebig, Manfred; Lottermoser, Thomas; Meier, Dennis; Trassin, Morgan

    2016-08-01

    Materials with a coexistence of magnetic and ferroelectric order — multiferroics — provide an efficient route for the control of magnetism by electric fields. The study of multiferroics dates back to the 1950s, but in recent years, key discoveries in theory, synthesis and characterization techniques have led to a new surge of interest in these materials. Different mechanisms, such as lone-pair, geometric, charge-ordering and spin-driven effects, can support multiferroicity. The general focus of the field is now shifting into neighbouring research areas, as we discuss in this Review. Multiferroic thin-film heterostructures, device architectures, and domain and interface effects are explored. The violation of spatial and inversion symmetry in multiferroic materials is a key feature because it determines their properties. Other aspects, such as the non-equilibrium dynamics of multiferroics, are underrated and should be included in the topics that will define the future of the field.

  15. Multiferroic BaCoF4 in Thin Film Form: Ferroelectricity, Magnetic Ordering, and Strain.

    PubMed

    Borisov, Pavel; Johnson, Trent A; García-Castro, Andrés Camilo; KC, Amit; Schrecongost, Dustin; Cen, Cheng; Romero, Aldo H; Lederman, David

    2016-02-01

    Multiferroic materials have simultaneous magnetic and ferroelectric long-range orders and can be potentially useful for a wide range of applications. Conventional ferroelectricity in oxide perovskites favors nonmagnetic electronic configurations of transition metal ions, thus limiting the number of intrinsic multiferroic materials. On the other hand, this is not necessarily true for multiferroic fluorides. Using molecular beam epitaxy, we demonstrate for the first time that the multiferroic orthorhombic fluoride BaCoF4 can be synthesized in thin film form. Ferroelectric hysteresis measurements and piezoresponse force microscopy show that the films are indeed ferroelectric. From structural information, magnetic measurements, and first-principles calculations, a modified magnetic ground state is identified which can be represented as a combination of bulk collinear antiferromagnetism with two additional canted spin orders oriented along orthogonal axes of the BaCoF4 unit cell. The calculations indicate that an anisotropic epitaxial strain is responsible for this unusual magnetic ground state. PMID:26745210

  16. Multiferroics of spin origin.

    PubMed

    Tokura, Yoshinori; Seki, Shinichiro; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2014-07-01

    Multiferroics, compounds with both magnetic and ferroelectric orders, are believed to be a key material system to achieve cross-control between magnetism and electricity in a solid with minute energy dissipation. Such a colossal magnetoelectric (ME) effect has been an issue of keen interest for a long time in condensed matter physics as well as a most desired function in the emerging spin-related electronics. Here we begin with the basic mechanisms to realize multiferroicity or spin-driven ferroelectricity in magnetic materials, which have recently been clarified and proved both theoretically and experimentally. According to the proposed mechanisms, many families of multiferroics have been explored, found (re-discovered), and newly developed, realizing a variety of colossal ME controls. We overview versatile multiferroics from the viewpoints of their multiferroicity mechanisms and their fundamental ME characteristics on the basis of the recent advances in exploratory materials. One of the new directions in multiferroic science is the dynamical ME effect, namely the dynamical and/or fast cross-control between electric and magnetic dipoles in a solid. We argue here that the dynamics of multiferroic domain walls significantly contributes to the amplification of ME response, which has been revealed through the dielectric spectroscopy. Another related issue is the electric-dipole-active magnetic resonance, called electromagnons. The electromagnons can provide a new stage of ME optics via resonant coupling with the external electromagnetic wave (light). Finally, we give concluding remarks on multiferroics physics in the light of a broader perspective from the emergent electromagnetism in a solid as well as from the possible application toward future dissipationless electronics. PMID:24994716

  17. Dual Nature of Improper Ferroelectricity in a Magnetoelectric Multiferroic

    SciTech Connect

    Picozzi, S.; Yamauchi, K.; Sanyal, B.; Sergienko, Ivan A; Dagotto, Elbio R

    2007-01-01

    Using first-principles calculations, we study the microscopic origin of ferroelectricity (FE) induced by magnetic order in the orthorhombic HoMnO3. We obtain the largest ferroelectric polarization observed in the whole class of improper magnetic ferroelectrics to date. We find that the two proposed mechanisms for FE in multiferroics, lattice and electronic based, are simultaneously active in this compound: a large portion of the ferroelectric polarization arises due to quantum-mechanical effects of electron orbital polarization, in addition to the conventional polar atomic displacements. An interesting mechanism for switching the magnetoelectric domains by an electric field via a 180 coherent rotation of Mn spins is also proposed.

  18. Orthorhombic Zr2Co11 phase revisited

    SciTech Connect

    Li, X. -Z.; Zhang, W. Y.; Sellmyer, D. J.; Zhao, X.; Nguyen, M. C.; Wang, C. Z.; Ho, K. M.

    2014-10-01

    The structure of the orthorhombic Zr2Co11 phase was revisited in the present work. Selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) and high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM) techniques were used to investigate the structure. They show the orthorhombic Zr2Co11 phase has a 1-D incommensurate modulated structure. The structure can be approximately described as a B-centered orthorhombic lattice. The lattice parameters of the orthorhombic Zr2Co11 phase have been determined by a tilt series of SAED patterns. A hexagonal network with a modulation wave has been observed in the HREM image and the hexagonal motif is considered as the basic structural unit.

  19. Biquadratic and ring exchange interactions in orthorhombic perovskite manganites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fedorova, Natalya; Ederer, Claude; Spaldin, Nicola; Scaramucci, Andrea

    We use ab initio electronic structure calculations within the GGA+U approximation to density functional theory (DFT) to determine the microscopic exchange interactions in the series of orthorhombic rare-earth manganites (o-RMnO3). Our motivation is to construct a model Hamiltonian (excluding effects due to spin-orbit coupling), which can provide an accurate description of the magnetism in these materials. First we map the exchange couplings for several representatives of o-RMnO3 series onto a Heisenberg Hamiltonian and find a clear deviation from the Heisenberg-like behavior. We demonstrate that this deviation can be explained only by the presence of relatively strong higher order exchange interactions (biquadratic and four-spin ring couplings) and show that they have the strongest effect in compounds, where nearest-neighbor exchange interactions are weakened due to the presence of large GdFeO3-type distortion. Finally we discuss how these higher order terms determine magnetic ground states, influence magnetic excitations and define the multiferroic properties of o-RMnO3.

  20. Structural morphology of orthorhombic sulphur

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hartman, P.

    1984-10-01

    Using an interatomic potential function specific surface energies, attachment energies and slice energies have been calculated for 7 F faces and 18 S faces of orthorhombic sulphur. These energies are compared with statistical parameters ( P values) for the frequency of occurrence of these faces on natural sulphur. It is found that P values are not correlated with the specific surface energies, except for the most important F faces. There is a positive correlation ( r=0.881) with the surface energy per mol although this quantity has no physical meaning. It is supposed that an S face is due to alternating periods of dissolution (or evaporation) and growth, so that it occurs as a narrow face on the site of a previous edge. An excellent correlation ( r=0.951) is found between the P value of an S face and a quantity P 1 P 2ξ h, where P 1 and P 2 are the P values of neighbouring faces that constitute the S face, ξ is proportional to the slice energy and h a distance determined by the interfacial angles of the three faces. This process should hold for the morphological development of any mineral, provided that no face-specific adsorption of cosolutes occurs.

  1. Dissipationless multiferroic magnonics.

    PubMed

    Chen, Wei; Sigrist, Manfred

    2015-04-17

    We propose that the magnetoelectric effect in multiferroic insulators with a coplanar antiferromagnetic spiral order, such as BiFeO_{3}, enables electrically controlled magnonics without the need of a magnetic field. Applying an oscillating electric field in these materials with a frequency as low as household frequency can activate Goldstone modes that manifest fast planar rotations of spin, whose motion is essentially unaffected by crystalline anisotropy. Combining with spin ejection mechanisms, such a fast planar rotation can deliver electricity at room temperature over a distance of the magnetic domain, which is free from energy loss due to Gilbert damping in an impurity-free sample. PMID:25933337

  2. Dissipationless Multiferroic Magnonics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Wei; Sigrist, Manfred

    2015-04-01

    We propose that the magnetoelectric effect in multiferroic insulators with a coplanar antiferromagnetic spiral order, such as BiFeO3 , enables electrically controlled magnonics without the need of a magnetic field. Applying an oscillating electric field in these materials with a frequency as low as household frequency can activate Goldstone modes that manifest fast planar rotations of spin, whose motion is essentially unaffected by crystalline anisotropy. Combining with spin ejection mechanisms, such a fast planar rotation can deliver electricity at room temperature over a distance of the magnetic domain, which is free from energy loss due to Gilbert damping in an impurity-free sample.

  3. Mechanisms and origin of multiferroicity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Barone, Paolo; Picozzi, Silvia

    2015-03-01

    Motivated by the potential applications of their intrinsic cross-coupling properties, the interest in multiferroic materials has constantly increased recently, leading to significant experimental and theoretical advances. From the theoretical point of view, recent progresses have allowed one to identify different mechanisms responsible for the appearance of ferroelectric polarization coexisting-and coupled-with magnetic properties. This chapter aims at reviewing the fundamental mechanisms devised so far, mainly in transition-metal oxides, which lie at the origin of multiferroicity.

  4. Designing asymmetric multiferroics with strong magnetoelectric coupling

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lu, X. Z.; Xiang, H. J.

    2014-09-01

    Multiferroics offer exciting opportunities for electric-field control of magnetism. Single-phase multiferroics suitable for such applications at room temperature need much more study. Here, we propose the concept of an alternative type of multiferroics, namely, the "asymmetric multiferroic." In asymmetric multiferroics, two locally stable ferroelectric states are not symmetrically equivalent, leading to different magnetic properties between these two states. Furthermore, we predict from first principles that a Fe-Cr-Mo superlattice with the LiNbO3-type structure is such an asymmetric multiferroic. The strong ferrimagnetism, high ferroelectric polarization, and significant dependence of the magnetic transition temperature on polarization make this asymmetric multiferroic an ideal candidate for realizing electric-field control of magnetism at room temperature. Our study suggests that the asymmetric multiferroic may provide an alternative playground for voltage control of magnetism and find its applications in spintronics and quantum computing.

  5. Designing asymmetric multiferroics with strong magnetoelectric coupling

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lu, Xuezeng; Xiang, Hongjun; Rondinelli, James; Materials Theory; Design Group Team

    2015-03-01

    Multiferroics offer exciting opportunities for electric-field control of magnetism. Single-phase multiferroics suitable for such applications at room temperature need much more study. Here, we propose the concept of an alternative type of multiferroics, namely, the ``asymmetric multiferroic.'' In asymmetric multiferroics, two locally stable ferroelectric states are not symmetrically equivalent, leading to different magnetic properties between these two states. Furthermore, we predict from first principles that a Fe-Cr-Mo superlattice with the LiNbO3-type structure is such an asymmetric multiferroic. The strong ferrimagnetism, high ferroelectric polarization, and significant dependence of the magnetic transition temperature on polarization make this asymmetric multiferroic an ideal candidate for realizing electric-field control of magnetism at room temperature. Our study suggests that the asymmetric multiferroic may provide an alternative playground for voltage control of magnetism and find its applications in spintronics and quantum computing.

  6. Multiferroics. Magnetoelectric domain control in multiferroic TbMnO₃.

    PubMed

    Matsubara, Masakazu; Manz, Sebastian; Mochizuki, Masahito; Kubacka, Teresa; Iyama, Ayato; Aliouane, Nadir; Kimura, Tsuyoshi; Johnson, Steven L; Meier, Dennis; Fiebig, Manfred

    2015-06-01

    The manipulation of domains by external fields in ferroic materials is of major interest for applications. In multiferroics with strongly coupled magnetic and electric order, however, the magnetoelectric coupling on the level of the domains is largely unexplored. We investigated the field-induced domain dynamics of TbMnO3 in the multiferroic ground state and across a first-order spin-flop transition. In spite of the discontinuous nature of this transition, the reorientation of the order parameters is deterministic and preserves the multiferroic domain pattern. Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert simulations reveal that this behavior is intrinsic. Such magnetoelectric correlations in spin-driven ferroelectrics may lead to domain wall-based nanoelectronics devices. PMID:26045431

  7. Engineering charge ordering into multiferroicity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    He, Xu; Jin, Kui-juan

    2016-04-01

    Multiferroic materials have attracted great interest but are rare in nature. In many transition-metal oxides, charge ordering and magnetic ordering coexist, so that a method of engineering charge-ordered materials into ferroelectric materials would lead to a large class of multiferroic materials. We propose a strategy for designing new ferroelectric or even multiferroic materials by inserting a spacing layer into each two layers of charge-ordered materials and artificially making a superlattice. One example of the model demonstrated here is the perovskite (LaFeO3)2/LaTiO3 (111) superlattice, in which the LaTiO3 layer acts as the donor and the spacing layer, and the LaFeO3 layer is half doped and performs charge ordering. The collaboration of the charge ordering and the spacing layer breaks the space inversion symmetry, resulting in a large ferroelectric polarization. As the charge ordering also leads to a ferrimagnetic structure, (LaFeO3)2/LaTiO3 is multiferroic. It is expected that this work can encourage the designing and experimental implementation of a large class of multiferroic structures with novel properties.

  8. Multiferroic properties of o-LuMnO3 controlled by b-axis strain.

    PubMed

    Windsor, Y W; Huang, S W; Hu, Y; Rettig, L; Alberca, A; Shimamoto, K; Scagnoli, V; Lippert, T; Schneider, C W; Staub, U

    2014-10-17

    Strain is a leading candidate for controlling magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroics. Here, we use x-ray diffraction to study the coupling between magnetic order and structural distortion in epitaxial films of the orthorhombic (o-) perovskite LuMnO(3). An antiferromagnetic spin canting in the E-type magnetic structure is shown to be related to the ferroelectrically induced structural distortion and to a change in the magnetic propagation vector. By comparing films of different orientations and thicknesses, these quantities are found to be controlled by b-axis strain. It is shown that compressive strain destabilizes the commensurate E-type structure and reduces its accompanying ferroelectric distortion. PMID:25361276

  9. Electromagnetically controlled multiferroic thermal diode

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chotorlishvili, L.; Etesami, S. R.; Berakdar, J.; Khomeriki, R.; Ren, Jie

    2015-10-01

    We propose an electromagnetically tunable thermal diode based on a two-phase multiferroic composite. Analytical and full numerical calculations for a prototypical heterojunction composed of iron on barium titanate in the tetragonal phase demonstrate a strong heat rectification effect that can be controlled externally by a moderate electric field. This finding is important for thermally based information processing and sensing and can also be integrated in (spin) electronic circuits for heat management and recycling.

  10. Multiferroic fluoride BaCoF4 Thin Films Grown Via Molecular Beam Epitaxy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Borisov, Pavel; Johnson, Trent; García-Castro, Camilo; Kc, Amit; Schrecongost, Dustin; Cen, Cheng; Romero, Aldo; Lederman, David

    Multiferroic materials exhibit exciting physics related to the simultaneous presence of multiple long-range orders, in many cases consisting of antiferromagnetic (AF) and ferroelectric (FE) orderings. In order to provide a new, promising route for fluoride-based multiferroic material engineering, we grew multiferroic fluoride BaCoF4 in thin film form on Al2O3 (0001) substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The films grow with the orthorhombic b-axis out-of-plane and with three in-plane structural twin domains along the polar c-axis directions. The FE ordering in thin films was verified by FE remanent hysteresis loops measurements at T = 14 K and by room temperature piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). An AF behavior was found below Neel temperature TN ~ 80 K, which is in agreement with the bulk properties. At lower temperatures two additional magnetic phase transitions at 19 K and 41 K were found. First-principles calculations demonstrated that the growth strain applied to the bulk BaCoF4 indeed favors two canted spin orders, along the b- and a-axes, respectively, in addition to the main AF spin order along the c-axis. Supported by FAME (Contract 2013-MA-2382), WV Research Challenge Grant (HEPC.dsr.12.29), and DMREF-NSF 1434897.

  11. A new (Ba, Ca) (Ti, Zr)O3 based multiferroic composite with large magnetoelectric effect

    PubMed Central

    Naveed-Ul-Haq, M.; Shvartsman, Vladimir V.; Salamon, Soma; Wende, Heiko; Trivedi, Harsh; Mumtaz, Arif; Lupascu, Doru C.

    2016-01-01

    The lead-free ferroelectric 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3 − 0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BCZT) is a promising component for multifunctional multiferroics due to its excellent room temperature piezoelectric properties. Having a composition close to the polymorphic phase boundary between the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases, it deserves a case study for analysis of its potential for modern electronics applications. To obtain magnetoelectric coupling, the piezoelectric phase needs to be combined with a suitable magnetostrictive phase. In the current article, we report on the synthesis, dielectric, magnetic, and magnetoelectric characterization of a new magnetoelectric multiferroic composite consisting of BCZT as a piezoelectric phase and CoFe2O4 (CFO) as the magnetostrictive phase. We found that this material is multiferroic at room temperature and manifests a magnetoelectric effect larger than that of BaTiO3 −CoFe2O4 bulk composites with similar content of the ferrite phase. PMID:27555563

  12. A new (Ba, Ca) (Ti, Zr)O3 based multiferroic composite with large magnetoelectric effect.

    PubMed

    Naveed-Ul-Haq, M; Shvartsman, Vladimir V; Salamon, Soma; Wende, Heiko; Trivedi, Harsh; Mumtaz, Arif; Lupascu, Doru C

    2016-01-01

    The lead-free ferroelectric 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3 - 0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 (BCZT) is a promising component for multifunctional multiferroics due to its excellent room temperature piezoelectric properties. Having a composition close to the polymorphic phase boundary between the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases, it deserves a case study for analysis of its potential for modern electronics applications. To obtain magnetoelectric coupling, the piezoelectric phase needs to be combined with a suitable magnetostrictive phase. In the current article, we report on the synthesis, dielectric, magnetic, and magnetoelectric characterization of a new magnetoelectric multiferroic composite consisting of BCZT as a piezoelectric phase and CoFe2O4 (CFO) as the magnetostrictive phase. We found that this material is multiferroic at room temperature and manifests a magnetoelectric effect larger than that of BaTiO3 -CoFe2O4 bulk composites with similar content of the ferrite phase. PMID:27555563

  13. Polarization in RMnO3 multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Pirogov, A N

    2016-02-01

    Some comments on the review by Sim et al. [(2016). Acta Cryst. B72, 3-19] are given. The review is devoted to hexagonal multiferroics RMnO3, in which there are ferroelectric and magnetic orders. Strong interaction between these orders causes a series of interesting properties of multiferroics. PMID:26830791

  14. Functional domain walls in multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Meier, Dennis

    2015-11-01

    During the last decade a wide variety of novel and fascinating correlation phenomena has been discovered at domain walls in multiferroic bulk systems, ranging from unusual electronic conductance to inseparably entangled spin and charge degrees of freedom. The domain walls represent quasi-2D functional objects that can be induced, positioned, and erased on demand, bearing considerable technological potential for future nanoelectronics. Most of the challenges that remain to be solved before turning related device paradigms into reality, however, still fall in the field of fundamental condensed matter physics and materials science. In this topical review seminal experimental findings gained on electric and magnetic domain walls in multiferroic bulk materials are addressed. A special focus is put on the physical properties that emerge at so-called charged domain walls and the added functionality that arises from coexisting magnetic order. The research presented in this review highlights that we are just entering a whole new world of intriguing nanoscale physics that is yet to be explored in all its details. The goal is to draw attention to the persistent challenges and identify future key directions for the research on functional domain walls in multiferroics.

  15. Functional domain walls in multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Meier, Dennis

    2015-11-25

    During the last decade a wide variety of novel and fascinating correlation phenomena has been discovered at domain walls in multiferroic bulk systems, ranging from unusual electronic conductance to inseparably entangled spin and charge degrees of freedom. The domain walls represent quasi-2D functional objects that can be induced, positioned, and erased on demand, bearing considerable technological potential for future nanoelectronics. Most of the challenges that remain to be solved before turning related device paradigms into reality, however, still fall in the field of fundamental condensed matter physics and materials science. In this topical review seminal experimental findings gained on electric and magnetic domain walls in multiferroic bulk materials are addressed. A special focus is put on the physical properties that emerge at so-called charged domain walls and the added functionality that arises from coexisting magnetic order. The research presented in this review highlights that we are just entering a whole new world of intriguing nanoscale physics that is yet to be explored in all its details. The goal is to draw attention to the persistent challenges and identify future key directions for the research on functional domain walls in multiferroics. PMID:26523728

  16. Multiferroic oxide thin films and heterostructures

    SciTech Connect

    Lu, Chengliang E-mail: Tao.Wu@kaust.edu.sa; Hu, Weijin; Wu, Tom E-mail: Tao.Wu@kaust.edu.sa; Tian, Yufeng

    2015-06-15

    Multiferroic materials promise a tantalizing perspective of novel applications in next-generation electronic, memory, and energy harvesting technologies, and at the same time they also represent a grand scientific challenge on understanding complex solid state systems with strong correlations between multiple degrees of freedom. In this review, we highlight the opportunities and obstacles in growing multiferroic thin films with chemical and structural integrity and integrating them in functional devices. Besides the magnetoelectric effect, multiferroics exhibit excellent resistant switching and photovoltaic properties, and there are plenty opportunities for them to integrate with other ferromagnetic and superconducting materials. The challenges include, but not limited, defect-related leakage in thin films, weak magnetism, and poor control on interface coupling. Although our focuses are Bi-based perovskites and rare earth manganites, the insights are also applicable to other multiferroic materials. We will also review some examples of multiferroic applications in spintronics, memory, and photovoltaic devices.

  17. An organic approach for nanostructured multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Qin, Wei; Xu, Beibei; Ren, Shenqiang

    2015-05-28

    Multiferroics are materials that simultaneously exhibit more than one ferroic order parameters, such as ferroelectricity, ferroelasticity and ferromagnetism. Recently, multiferroicity has received a significant revival of interest due to the colossal magnetoelectric coupling effect for the development of nano-ferronics. In this mini-review, we focus on a recent study of ferroelectricity, magnetism and magnetoelectric coupling within the newly discovered organic charge-transfer complexes. A systemic understanding of the origin of organic ferroelectricity and magnetism is provided. Furthermore, based on the recent mechanism of the magnetoelectric coupling effect: spin-ordering-induced electric polarization and ferroelectricity-induced spin alignment, we further present the recent progress in organic charge-transfer multiferroics and metal-organic framework multiferroics. The coexistence of polarization and magnetism at room temperature of organic charge-transfer complexes will be critical for the development of all-organic multiferroics. PMID:25927549

  18. Multiferroicity due to Charge Ordering

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    van den Brink, Jeroen

    2012-02-01

    In this contribution I discuss multiferroicity that is driven by different forms of charge ordering, presenting first the generic mechanisms by which charge ordering can induce ferroelectricity in magnetic systems. In type-I multiferroics [1], ferroelectricity and magnetism have different origins and occur at different temperatures. There is a number of specific classes of materials for which this is relevant. Discussed will be in some detail (i) perovskite manganites of the type (PrCa)MnO3 [2,3], (ii) the complex and interesting situation in magnetite Fe3O4, (iii) strongly ferroelectric frustrated LuFe2O4 and (iv) an example of a quasi-one-dimensional organic system [4]. In type-II multiferroics [1], ferroelectricity is completely due to magnetism, but with charge ordering playing an important role [5], such as (v) multiferroic Ca3CoMnO6, (vi) possible ferroelectricity in rare earth perovskite nickelates of the type RNiO3 [6,7], (vii) multiferroic properties of manganites of the type RMn2O5 [8], (viii) perovskite manganites with magnetic E-type ordering. [4pt] [1] J. van den Brink and D. Khomskii, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 20, 434217 (2008).[0pt] [2] D.V. Efremov, J. van den Brink and D.I. Khomskii, Nature Materials 3, 853 (2004).[0pt] [3] G. Giovannetti, S. Kumar, J. van den Brink, S. Picozzi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 037601 (2009).[0pt] [4] G. Giovannetti, S. Kumar, A. Stroppa, J. van den Brink and S. Picozzi, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 266401 (2009). [0pt] [5] J. Betouras G. Giovannetti and J. van den Brink, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 257602 (2007).[0pt] [6] G. Giovannetti, S. Kumar, D. Khomskii, S. Picozzi and J. van den Brink, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 156401 (2009).[0pt] [7] S. Kumar, G. Giovannetti, J. van den Brink and S. Picozzi, Phys. Rev. B 82, 134429 (2010).[0pt] [8] G. Giovannetti and J. van den Brink, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 227603 (2008).

  19. Preparation, structures, and multiferroic properties of single phase Bi1-xLaxFeO3 (x=0-0.40) ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Shan-Tao; Pang, Ling-Hua; Zhang, Yi; Lu, Ming-Hui; Chen, Yan-Feng

    2006-12-01

    A simple and effective method that solid state reaction followed by quenching process is developed to prepare multiferroic La-substituted BiFeO3 (Bi1-xLaxFeO3 (BLFOx) with x =0-0.40) ceramics. X-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and inductively coupled plasma studies show that the ceramics prepared under the optimized conditions are single phase. A phase transition from rhombohedral to orthorhombic phase is observed near x =0.30. This transition has great effects on the multiferroic properties. Magnetic and electric measurements reveal that the BLFO0.30 has enhanced multiferroic properties with two times remnant magnetization and polarization of 0.041emu/g and 22.4μC/cm2, respectively. The enhanced multiferroic properties are attributed to the enhanced magnetoelectric interaction, which results from the La substitution-induced destruction of the spin cycloid. These results show that BiFeO3-based perovskite solid solution with no other ferroelectric end member can have improved multiferroic properties via enhancing magnetoelectric interaction. This work may provide some guidelines for further study on BiFeO3 and BiFeO3-based solid solutions.

  20. Ferroelectricity and competing interactions in Ho-deficient non-stoichiometric orthorhombic HoMnO{sub 3}

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, J. X.; Yan, Z. B.; Xie, Y. L.; Zhou, X. H.; Liu, J.-M.

    2015-05-07

    We investigate the consequences of the Ho-deficient non-stoichiometry in orthorhombic HoMnO{sub 3} in terms of microscopic mechanisms for ferroelectricity modulation. It is suggested that the Ho-deficiency (then Mn excess) results in Ho-vacancies and then Mn occupation of the Ho-site with increasing non-stoichiometry. The Ho-deficiency enhances the Mn-Mn symmetric exchange striction by suppressing the independent Ho-Ho interaction, and thus benefits to the induced Ho spin ordering against the independent Ho spin ordering. The symmetric Ho-Mn exchange striction is thus enhanced by this induced Ho spin ordering, leading to remarkably enhanced ferroelectric polarization as observed. This work presents an alternative scheme to modulate the multiferroicity in rare-earth manganites of strong 4f-3d coupling.

  1. Conversion acoustic resonances in orthorhombic crystals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lyubimov, V. N.; Bessonov, D. A.; Alshits, V. I.

    2016-05-01

    A classification of acoustic-beam reflection resonances in orthorhombic crystals under conditions where a proximity to conversion is implemented in the vicinity of total internal reflection is proposed. In this case, the energy from the incident pump beam falls almost entirely into a narrow intense reflected beam propagating at a small angle with respect to the surface. The crystal boundary is parallel to one of the elastic symmetry planes, and the excited beam propagates near one of axes 2 in this plane. Depending on the relations between the elastic moduli and the chosen propagation geometry, 18 types of resonances may occur, but no more than three in each crystal. The developed theory combines an approximate analytical description and accurate computer analysis. The relations between the elastic moduli providing minimum energy loss over the parasite reflected wave are determined. Some crystals with resonant excitation very close to conversion are revealed.

  2. Observation of Anomalous Phonons in Orthorhombic Rare-earth Manganites

    SciTech Connect

    P Gao; H Chen; T Tyson; Z Liu; J Bai; L Wang; Y Chio; S Cheong

    2011-12-31

    We observe the appearance of a phonon near the lock-in temperature in orthorhombic REMnO{sub 3} (RE denotes rare earth) (RE: Lu and Ho) and anomalous phonon hardening in orthorhombic LuMnO{sub 3}. The anomalous phonon occurs at the onset of spontaneous polarization. No such changes were found in incommensurate orthorhombic DyMnO{sub 3}. These observations directly reveal different electric polarization mechanisms in the E-type and incommensurate-type orthorhombic REMnO{sub 3}.

  3. Room Temperature Multiferroicity of Charge Transfer Crystals.

    PubMed

    Qin, Wei; Chen, Xiaomin; Li, Huashan; Gong, Maogang; Yuan, Guoliang; Grossman, Jeffrey C; Wuttig, Manfred; Ren, Shenqiang

    2015-09-22

    Room temperature multiferroics has been a frontier research field by manipulating spin-driven ferroelectricity or charge-order-driven magnetism. Charge-transfer crystals based on electron donor and acceptor assembly, exhibiting simultaneous spin ordering, are drawing significant interests for the development of all-organic magnetoelectric multiferroics. Here, we report that a remarkable anisotropic magnetization and room temperature multiferroicity can be achieved through assembly of thiophene donor and fullerene acceptor. The crystal motif directs the dimensional and compositional control of charge-transfer networks that could switch magnetization under external stimuli, thereby opening up an attractive class of all-organic nanoferronics. PMID:26257033

  4. Structural Secrets of Multiferroic Interfaces

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Meyerheim, H. L.; Klimenta, F.; Ernst, A.; Mohseni, K.; Ostanin, S.; Fechner, M.; Parihar, S.; Maznichenko, I. V.; Mertig, I.; Kirschner, J.

    2011-02-01

    We present an experimental and theoretical study of the geometric structure of ultrathin BaTiO3 films grown on Fe(001). Surface x-ray diffraction reveals that the films are terminated by a BaO layer, while the TiO2 layer is next to the top Fe layer. Cations in termination layers have incomplete oxygen shells inducing strong vertical relaxations. Onset of polarization is observed at a minimum thickness of two unit cells. Our findings are supported by first-principles calculations providing a quantitative insight into the multiferroic properties on the atomic scale.

  5. Charge-transfer magnetoelectrics of polymeric multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Qin, Wei; Jasion, Daniel; Chen, Xiaomin; Wuttig, Manfred; Ren, Shenqiang

    2014-04-22

    The renaissance of multiferroics has yielded a deeper understanding of magneto-electric coupling of inorganic single-phase multiferroics and composites. Here, we report charge-transfer polymeric multiferroics, which exhibit external field-controlled magnetic, ferroelectric, and microwave response, as well as magneto-dielectric coupling. The charge-transfer-controlled ferroic properties result from the magnetic field-tunable triplet exciton which has been validated by the dynamic polaron-bipolaron transition model. In addition, the temperature-dependent dielectric discontinuity and electric-field-dependent polarization confirms room temperature ferroelectricity of crystalline charge-transfer polymeric multiferroics due to the triplet exciton, which allows the tunability of polarization by the photoexcitation. PMID:24654686

  6. Solitons of electric polarization in multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kiselev, V. V.; Raskovalov, A. A.

    2016-03-01

    Complete analysis of the properties of breathers in spiral multiferroic structures in the sine-Gordon model has been presented. The methods of the excitation and detection of the breathers in the external electric and magnetic fields have been discussed.

  7. Niobia and tantala codoped orthorhombic zirconia ceramics

    SciTech Connect

    Hoeftberger, M.; Gritzner, G.

    1995-04-15

    During recent studies it was found that codoping of zirconia with niobia and tantala yielded very corrosion resistant, orthorhombic zirconia ceramics. The powders for those novel ceramics were made via the sol-gel technique by hydrolysis of the respective metal propoxides; a method which required dry-box techniques during the preparation of the alkoxides. In these studies the authors investigated the fabrication of precursor material from aqueous solutions. The preparation of aqueous solutions of salts of zirconium, niobium and tantalum is hampered by rapid hydrolysis. Premature hydrolysis of the chlorides and oxichlorides of niobium, tantalum and zirconium can be, however, prevented in aqueous solutions of oxalic acid. Thus the authors investigated the coprecipitation of hydroxides as precursors by reacting oxalic acid solutions of the respective cations with aqueous ammonia. In addition they studied the effects of calcination and of hydrothermal conversion of the hydroxides to oxides on the powder characteristics and on the mechanical properties of the niobia and tantala codoped zirconia ceramics.

  8. Voltage control of magnetism in multiferroic heterostructures

    PubMed Central

    Liu, Ming; Sun, Nian X.

    2014-01-01

    Electrical tuning of magnetism is of great fundamental and technical importance for fast, compact and ultra-low power electronic devices. Multiferroics, simultaneously exhibiting ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism, have attracted much interest owing to the capability of controlling magnetism by an electric field through magnetoelectric (ME) coupling. In particular, strong strain-mediated ME interaction observed in layered multiferroic heterostructures makes it practically possible for realizing electrically reconfigurable microwave devices, ultra-low power electronics and magnetoelectric random access memories (MERAMs). In this review, we demonstrate this remarkable E-field manipulation of magnetism in various multiferroic composite systems, aiming at the creation of novel compact, lightweight, energy-efficient and tunable electronic and microwave devices. First of all, tunable microwave devices are demonstrated based on ferrite/ferroelectric and magnetic-metal/ferroelectric composites, showing giant ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) tunability with narrow FMR linewidth. Then, E-field manipulation of magnetoresistance in multiferroic anisotropic magnetoresistance and giant magnetoresistance devices for achieving low-power electronic devices is discussed. Finally, E-field control of exchange-bias and deterministic magnetization switching is demonstrated in exchange-coupled antiferromagnetic/ferromagnetic/ferroelectric multiferroic hetero-structures at room temperature, indicating an important step towards MERAMs. In addition, recent progress in electrically non-volatile tuning of magnetic states is also presented. These tunable multiferroic heterostructures and devices provide great opportunities for next-generation reconfigurable radio frequency/microwave communication systems and radars, spintronics, sensors and memories. PMID:24421373

  9. Multiferroic Two-Dimensional Materials.

    PubMed

    Seixas, L; Rodin, A S; Carvalho, A; Castro Neto, A H

    2016-05-20

    The relation between unusual Mexican-hat band dispersion, ferromagnetism, and ferroelasticity is investigated using a combination of analytical, first-principles, and phenomenological methods. The class of material with Mexican-hat band edge is studied using the α-SnO monolayer as a prototype. Such a band edge causes a van Hove singularity diverging with 1/sqrt[E], and a charge doping in these bands can lead to time-reversal symmetry breaking. Herein, we show that a material with Mexican-hat band dispersion, α-SnO, can be ferroelastic or paraelastic depending on the number of layers. Also, an unexpected multiferroic phase is obtained in a range of hole density for which the material presents ferromagnetism and ferroelasticity simultaneously. PMID:27258881

  10. Multiferroics with spiral spin orders.

    PubMed

    Tokura, Yoshinori; Seki, Shinichiro

    2010-04-12

    Cross correlation between magnetism and electricity in a solid can host magnetoelectric effects, such as magnetic (electric) induction of polarization (magnetization). A key to attain the gigantic magnetoelectric response is to find the efficient magnetism-electricity coupling mechanisms. Among those, recently the emergence of spontaneous (ferroelectric) polarization in the insulating helimagnet or spiral-spin structure was unraveled, as mediated by the spin-exchange and spin-orbit interactions. The sign of the polarization depends on the helicity (spin rotation sense), while the polarization direction itself depends on further details of the mechanism and the underlying lattice symmetry. Here, we describe some prototypical examples of the spiral-spin multiferroics, which enable some unconventional magnetoelectric control such as the magnetic-field-induced change of the polarization direction and magnitude as well as the electric-field-induced change of the spin helicity and magnetic domain. PMID:20496385

  11. Multiferroicity in Perovskite Manganite Superlattice

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tao, Yong-Mei; Jiang, Xue-Fan; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2016-08-01

    Multiferroic properties of short period perovskite type manganite superlattice ((R1MnO3)n/(R2MnO3)n (n=1,2,3)) are considered within the framework of classical Heisenberg model using Monte Carlo simulation. Our result revealed the interesting behaviors in Mn spins structure in superlattice. Apart from simple plane spin cycloid structure which is shown in all manganites including bulk, film, and superlattice here in low temperature, a non-coplanar spiral spin structure is exhibited in a certain temperature range when n equals 1, 2 or 3. Specific heat, spin-helicity vector, spin correlation function, spin-helicity correlation function, and spin configuration are calculated to confirm this non-coplanar spiral spin structure. These results are associated with the competition among exchange interaction, magnetic anisotropy, and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Grant No. 11447136

  12. Symmetry conditions for type II multiferroicity in commensurate magnetic structures.

    PubMed

    Perez-Mato, J M; Gallego, S V; Elcoro, L; Tasci, E; Aroyo, M I

    2016-07-20

    Type II multiferroics are magnetically ordered phases that exhibit ferroelectricity as a magnetic induced effect. We show that in single-k magnetic phases the presence in the paramagnetic phase of non-symmorphic symmetry combined with some specific type of magnetic propagation vector can be sufficient for the occurrence of this type of multiferroic behaviour. Other symmetry scenarios especially favourable for spin driven multiferroicity are also presented. We review and classify known type II multiferroics under this viewpoint. In addition, some other magnetic phases which due to their symmetry properties can exhibit type II multiferroicity are pointed out. PMID:27218611

  13. Symmetry conditions for type II multiferroicity in commensurate magnetic structures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Perez-Mato, J. M.; Gallego, S. V.; Elcoro, L.; Tasci, E.; Aroyo, M. I.

    2016-07-01

    Type II multiferroics are magnetically ordered phases that exhibit ferroelectricity as a magnetic induced effect. We show that in single-k magnetic phases the presence in the paramagnetic phase of non-symmorphic symmetry combined with some specific type of magnetic propagation vector can be sufficient for the occurrence of this type of multiferroic behaviour. Other symmetry scenarios especially favourable for spin driven multiferroicity are also presented. We review and classify known type II multiferroics under this viewpoint. In addition, some other magnetic phases which due to their symmetry properties can exhibit type II multiferroicity are pointed out.

  14. Investigation of multiferroic behaviour of TbMnO{sub 3} nanoplates

    SciTech Connect

    Acharya, S.A. Khule, S.M.; Gaikwad, V.M.

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Hydrothermal synthesis of TbMnO{sub 3} nanoplate. • Morphology induced defects detected by Raman spectroscopy. • Magnetic and dielectric anomalies confirmed multiferroic behavior is retained in TbMnO{sub 3} nanoplates. - Abstract: In the present study, hydrothermally prepared TbMnO{sub 3} in plates-like morphology at nanoscale are investigated in multiferroic view point. X-ray diffraction study confirms the orthorhombic phase of as-synthesized TbMnO{sub 3}. Microstructural features studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy show the plates-like morphology of as-synthesized TbMnO{sub 3} at nanoscale. Local distortions investigated by FT-Raman exhibits redshift in T mode by about 20 cm{sup −1} as compared to that of the single crystal. The redshift in T mode is mainly due to defect by tilting of octahedra and respective changes in bond angle of Mn–O(1)–Mn. This is assigned to the size-morphology induced defects. The temperature dependent zero-field-cooled and field-cooled magnetization are measured at H = 50 Oe and in the temperature range 2–300 K. The anomalies in magnetization are obtained at 8 and 42 K. Bifurcation of the ZFC and FC curves are observed very close to magnetic transition temperature 42 K. The 42 K anomaly is related to the sine wave ordering of Mn{sup 3+} moment; and 8 K anomaly is associated with magnetic ordering of the Tb{sup 3+}-sublattice propagation vector. The anomalies in the electric properties, ϵ′ (T), tan δ (T), which are noticed within the 28 K range, coincide with the temperature of incommensurate–commensurate (or lock-in) magnetic transition of TbMnO{sub 3.} This study confirms that multiferroic behavior is retained in TbMnO{sub 3} nanoplates.

  15. Multiferroic crossover in perovskite oxides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Weston, L.; Cui, X. Y.; Ringer, S. P.; Stampfl, C.

    2016-04-01

    The coexistence of ferroelectricity and magnetism in A B O3 perovskite oxides is rare, a phenomenon that has become known as the ferroelectric "d0 rule." Recently, the perovskite BiCoO3 has been shown experimentally to be isostructural with PbTiO3, while simultaneously the d6Co3 + ion has a high-spin ground state with C -type antiferromagnetic ordering. It has been suggested that the hybridization of Bi 6 s states with the O 2 p valence band stabilizes the polar phase, however, we have recently demonstrated that Co3 + ions in the perovskite structure can facilitate a ferroelectric distortion via the Co 3 d -O 2 p covalent interaction [L. Weston, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 247601 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.247601]. In this paper, using accurate hybrid density functional calculations, we investigate the atomic, electronic, and magnetic structure of BiCoO3 to elucidate the origin of the multiferroic state. To begin with, we perform a more general first-principles investigation of the role of d electrons in affecting the tendency for perovskite materials to exhibit a ferroelectric distortion; this is achieved via a qualitative trend study in artificial cubic and tetragonal La B O3 perovskites. We choose La as the A cation so as to remove the effects of Bi 6 s hybridization. The lattice instability is identified by the softening of phonon modes in the cubic phase, as well as by the energy lowering associated with a ferroelectric distortion. For the La B O3 series, where B is a d0-d8 cation from the 3 d block, the trend study reveals that increasing the d orbital occupation initially removes the tendency for a polar distortion, as expected. However, for high-spin d5-d7 and d8 cations a strong ferroelectric instability is recovered. This effect is explained in terms of increased pseudo-Jahn-Teller (PJT) p -d vibronic coupling. The PJT effect is described by the competition between a stabilizing force (K0) that favors the cubic phase, and a vibronic term that

  16. Non-collinear magnetism in multiferroic perovskites.

    PubMed

    Bousquet, Eric; Cano, Andrés

    2016-03-31

    We present an overview of the current interest in non-collinear magnetism in multiferroic perovskite crystals. We first describe the different microscopic mechanisms giving rise to the non-collinearity of spins in this class of materials. We discuss, in particular, the interplay between non-collinear magnetism and ferroelectric and antiferrodistortive distortions of the perovskite structure, and how this can promote magnetoelectric responses. We then provide a literature survey on non-collinear multiferroic perovskites. We discuss numerous examples of spin cantings driving weak ferromagnetism in transition metal perovskites, and of spin-induced ferroelectricity as observed in the rare-earth based perovskites. These examples are chosen to best illustrate the fundamental role of non-collinear magnetism in the design of multiferroicity. PMID:26912212

  17. Low energy consumption spintronics using multiferroic heterostructures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Trassin, Morgan

    2016-01-01

    We review the recent progress in the field of multiferroic magnetoelectric heterostructures. The lack of single phase multiferroic candidates exhibiting simultaneously strong and coupled magnetic and ferroelectric orders led to an increased effort into the development of artificial multiferroic heterostructures in which these orders are combined by assembling different materials. The magnetoelectric coupling emerging from the created interface between the ferroelectric and ferromagnetic layers can result in electrically tunable magnetic transition temperature, magnetic anisotropy or magnetization reversal. The full potential of low energy consumption magnetic based devices for spintronics lies in our understanding of the magnetoelectric coupling at the scale of the ferroic domains. Although the thin film synthesis progresses resulted into the complete control of ferroic domain ordering using epitaxial strain, the local observation of magnetoelectric coupling remains challenging. The ability to imprint ferroelectric domains into ferromagnets and to manipulate those solely using electric fields suggests new technological advances for spintronics such as magnetoelectric memories or memristors.

  18. Probing the evolution of antiferromagnetism in multiferroics

    SciTech Connect

    Holcomb, M.; Martin, L.; Scholl, A.; He, Q.; Yu, P.; Yang, C.-H.; Yang, S.; Glans, P.-A.; Valvidares, M.; Huijben, M.; Kortright, J.; Guo,, J.; Chu, Y.-H.; Ramesh, R.

    2010-06-09

    This study delineates the evolution of magnetic order in epitaxial films of the room-temperature multiferroic BiFeO3 system. Using angle- and temperature-dependent dichroic measurements and spectromicroscopy, we have observed that the antiferromagnetic order in the model multiferroic BiFeO3 evolves systematically as a function of thickness and strain. Lattice-mismatch-induced strain is found to break the easy-plane magnetic symmetry of the bulk and leads to an easy axis of magnetization which can be controlled through strain. Understanding the evolution of magnetic structure and how to manipulate the magnetism in this model multiferroic has significant implications for utilization of such magnetoelectric materials in future applications.

  19. Crystallization conditions and formation of orthorhombic paracetamol from ethanolic solution.

    PubMed

    Al-Zoubi, N; Nikolakakis, I; Malamataris, S

    2002-03-01

    Orthorhombic paracetamol exhibits far better tabletability than the monoclinic form and its bulk crystallization from solution attracts much interest. In this study, temperature changes in supersaturated ethanolic solution have been recorded after seeding with orthorhombic crystals under different cooling temperatures (Tc) and agitation rates (AR). Average cooling rate (CR), time for maximum temperature deviation (tmax) and area confined between curves of measured and reference temperature plots (AUC) were calculated and correlated with crystal yield (Y). The micromeritic (size and shape) and the compression properties, the density and the orthorhombic content of the crystalline product were evaluated and related to the main crystallization conditions applied (Tc and AR). Conditions for optimal crystal yield and orthorhombic content were elucidated. It was found that crystal yield (Y) increased with AR and decreased with Tc. The ratio tmax/CR provided good prediction of crystal yield (Y = 58.92-1.386 tmax/CR, r2 = 0.964 and P = 0.0001). Tc and AR linearly affected crystal size and the size distribution, probably due to alterations in supersaturation, but they did not affect the crystal shape significantly. Density and compression properties (yield pressure and elastic recovery) were determined by the content of the orthorhombic form, which increased linearly with AR (P = 0.009) and with Tc (P = 0.039) when agitation was between 300 and 500 rev min(-1), while tmax decreased. At 700 rev min(-1) orthorhombic content was maximized and became independent to Tc. Higher orthorhombic content and crystal yield was expected for lower Tc and for lower tmax, which corresponded to higher AR and might have also been affected by alteration of seeding and harvesting procedure. PMID:11902798

  20. Bismuth-based perovskites as multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Guennou, Mael; Viret, Michel; Kreisel, Jens

    2015-03-01

    This review devoted to multiferroic properties of bismuth-based perovskites is divided into two parts. The first one focuses on BiFeO3 and summarizes the recent progress made in the studies of its pressure-temperature phase diagram and magnetoelectric coupling phenomena. The second part discusses in a more general way the issue of polar-and multiferroic-phases in Bi BO3 perovskites and the competition between ferroelectricity and other structural instabilities, from an inventory of recently synthesized compounds.

  1. Graphene-multiferroic interfaces for spintronics applications.

    PubMed

    Zanolli, Zeila

    2016-01-01

    Graphene and magnetoelectric multiferroics are promising materials for spintronic devices with high performance and low energy consumption. A very long spin diffusion length and high carrier mobility make graphene attractive for spintronics. The coupling between ferroelectricity and magnetism, which characterises magnetoelectrics, opens the way towards unique device architectures. In this work, we combine the features of both materials by investigating the interface between graphene and BaMnO3, a magnetoelectric multiferroic. We show that electron charge is transferred across the interface and magnetization is induced in the graphene sheet due to the strong interaction between C and Mn. Depending on the relative orientation of graphene and BaMnO3, a quasi-half-metal or a magnetic semiconductor can be obtained. A remarkably large proximity induced spin splitting of the Dirac cones (~300 meV) is achieved. We also show how doping with acceptors can make the high-mobility region of the electronic bands experimentally accessible. This suggests a series of possible applications in spintronics (e.g. spin filters, spin injectors) for hybrid organic-multiferroic materials and reveals hybrid organic-multiferroics as a new class of materials that may exhibit exotic phenomena such as the quantum anomalous Hall effect and a Rashba spin-orbit induced topological gap. PMID:27550389

  2. Graphene-multiferroic interfaces for spintronics applications

    PubMed Central

    Zanolli, Zeila

    2016-01-01

    Graphene and magnetoelectric multiferroics are promising materials for spintronic devices with high performance and low energy consumption. A very long spin diffusion length and high carrier mobility make graphene attractive for spintronics. The coupling between ferroelectricity and magnetism, which characterises magnetoelectrics, opens the way towards unique device architectures. In this work, we combine the features of both materials by investigating the interface between graphene and BaMnO3, a magnetoelectric multiferroic. We show that electron charge is transferred across the interface and magnetization is induced in the graphene sheet due to the strong interaction between C and Mn. Depending on the relative orientation of graphene and BaMnO3, a quasi-half-metal or a magnetic semiconductor can be obtained. A remarkably large proximity induced spin splitting of the Dirac cones (~300 meV) is achieved. We also show how doping with acceptors can make the high-mobility region of the electronic bands experimentally accessible. This suggests a series of possible applications in spintronics (e.g. spin filters, spin injectors) for hybrid organic-multiferroic materials and reveals hybrid organic-multiferroics as a new class of materials that may exhibit exotic phenomena such as the quantum anomalous Hall effect and a Rashba spin-orbit induced topological gap. PMID:27550389

  3. Structural, electrical and multiferroic properties of La-doped mullite Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Raghavan, C.M.; Kim, J.W.; Kim, J.-W.; Kim, S.S.

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Chemical solution deposited La-doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} thin film. • Structural, electrical and multiferroic properties were investigated. • La-doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} exhibited enhanced electrical and multiferroic properties. - Abstract: Thin films of (Bi{sub 2−x}La{sub x})Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} (x = 0 and x = 0.05) were prepared on Pt(1 1 1)/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si(1 0 0) substrates by using a chemical solution deposition method to investigate structural, microstructural, electrical and multiferroic properties. Both the thin films were crystallized in mullite type phases with orthorhombic structures containing no secondary and impurity phases, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy studies. The (Bi{sub 1.95}La{sub 0.05})Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} thin film exhibited improved electrical and multiferroic properties at room-temperature. The leakage current density of the (Bi{sub 1.95}La{sub 0.05})Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} thin film was one order of magnitude lower than that of the Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} thin film. Furthermore, in the thin film form, (Bi{sub 2−x}La{sub x})Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} exhibited better stability against electrical breakdowns and enhanced multiferroic properties.

  4. Sintering time effect on crystal structure and magnetic properties of Bi0.8La0.2FeO3 multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Singh, Ompal; Agarwal, Ashish; Sanghi, Sujata; Singh, Jogender

    2016-05-01

    Effect of sintering time over the structure and magnetic properties has been studid in Bi0.8La0.2FeO3 multiferroic ceramics prepared by solid state reaction technique. The structure changes with the advent mixed phase rhombohedral and orthorhombic symmetry to immaculate orthorhombic structure with sintering time from 2 to 3 hour, as revealed by means of the simulation of XRD patterns via Rietveld analysis through FullProf software. The M - H plots depict decent enhancement in magnetization with values of remnant magnetization (Mr) from 0.01868emu/g to 0.09357emu/g while the sintering time is varied from 2 to 3 hour. The metamagnetic transition may be attributed to the crumpling of the modulated spin cycloid existing inherently in the pristine compound. The presented study may have considerable impact in commercial as well as advanced electronic applications.

  5. High pressure and multiferroics materials: a happy marriage

    PubMed Central

    Gilioli, Edmondo; Ehm, Lars

    2014-01-01

    The community of material scientists is strongly committed to the research area of multiferroic materials, both for the understanding of the complex mechanisms supporting the multiferroism and for the fabrication of new compounds, potentially suitable for technological applications. The use of high pressure is a powerful tool in synthesizing new multiferroic, in particular magneto-electric phases, where the pressure stabilization of otherwise unstable perovskite-based structural distortions may lead to promising novel metastable compounds. The in situ investigation of the high-pressure behavior of multiferroic materials has provided insight into the complex interplay between magnetic and electronic properties and the coupling to structural instabilities. PMID:25485138

  6. High pressure and multiferroics materials: a happy marriage.

    PubMed

    Gilioli, Edmondo; Ehm, Lars

    2014-11-01

    The community of material scientists is strongly committed to the research area of multiferroic materials, both for the understanding of the complex mechanisms supporting the multiferroism and for the fabrication of new compounds, potentially suitable for technological applications. The use of high pressure is a powerful tool in synthesizing new multiferroic, in particular magneto-electric phases, where the pressure stabilization of otherwise unstable perovskite-based structural distortions may lead to promising novel metastable compounds. The in situ investigation of the high-pressure behavior of multiferroic materials has provided insight into the complex interplay between magnetic and electronic properties and the coupling to structural instabilities. PMID:25485138

  7. High pressure and Multiferroics materials. A happy marriage

    SciTech Connect

    Gilioli, Edmondo; Ehm, Lars

    2014-10-31

    We found that the community of material scientists is strongly committed to the research area of multiferroic materials, both for the understanding of the complex mechanisms supporting the multiferroism and for the fabrication of new compounds, potentially suitable for technological applications. The use of high pressure is a powerful tool in synthesizing new multiferroic, in particular magneto-electric phases, where the pressure stabilization of otherwise unstable perovskite-based structural distortions may lead to promising novel metastable compounds. Moreover, the in situ investigation of the high-pressure behavior of multiferroic materials has provided insight into the complex interplay between magnetic and electronic properties and the coupling to structural instabilities.

  8. Multiferroic properties of CaMn7O12

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, Guoquan; Dong, Shuai; Yang, Zhibo; Guo, Yanyan; Zhang, Qinfang; Yunoki, Seiji; Dagotto, Elbio R; Liu, J.-M.

    2011-01-01

    We report that CaMn7O12 is a new magnetic multiferroic material. The appearance of a ferroelectric polarization coinciding with the magnetic phase transition ( 90 K) suggests the presence of ferroelectricity induced by magnetism, further confirmed by its strong magnetoelectric response. With respect to other known magnetic multiferroics, CaMn7O12 displays attractive multiferroic properties, such as a high ferroelectric critical temperature and large polarization. More importantly, these results open a new avenue to search for magnetic multiferroics in the catalog of doped oxides.

  9. Growth of large single crystals of the orthorhombic paracetamol

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mikhailenko, M. A.

    2004-05-01

    A new procedure for the growth of large (cm-range) single crystals of the metastable orthorhombic (s.g. Pcab) polymorph of paracetamol is described. The crystals were grown by very slow cooling of hot water solutions under the conditions, when the multiple nucleation was prevented. The samples were characterized by DSC and X-ray diffraction.

  10. Nanoparticles induced multiferroicity in liquid crystal

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ganguly, Prasun; Kumar, Ajay; Muralidhar, K.; Biradar, A. M.

    2016-05-01

    Soft multiferroic character has been observed in a ferroelectric liquid crystal (FLC) dispersed with nickel nanoparticles (Ni NPs). A suitable amount of ferromagnetic Ni NPs has been added into FLC material, and the co-existence of ferroelectric and ferromagnetic ordering is examined using P-E and M-H hysteresis measurements. The magnitude of ferromagnetic order is found to depend strongly on the concentration of Ni NPs. Our theoretical approach indicated a strong dependence of helical pitch of FLC on the doping concentration of Ni NPs. We proposed that the intrinsic magnetic field of Ni NPs has been coupled with that of director field of the FLC molecules to result in the observed multiferroic behavior.

  11. Large directional optical anisotropy in multiferroic ferroborate

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kuzmenko, A. M.; Dziom, V.; Shuvaev, A.; Pimenov, Anna; Schiebl, M.; Mukhin, A. A.; Ivanov, V. Yu.; Gudim, I. A.; Bezmaternykh, L. N.; Pimenov, A.

    2015-11-01

    One of the most fascinating and counterintuitive recent effects in multiferroics is directional anisotropy, the asymmetry of light propagation with respect to the direction of propagation. In such case the absorption in a material can be different for opposite directions. Besides absorption, different velocities of light for different directions of propagation may be also expected, which is termed directional birefringence. In this work, we demonstrate large directional anisotropy in multiferroic samarium ferroborate. The effect is observed for linear polarization of light in the range of millimeter wavelengths, and it survives down to low frequencies. The dispersion and absorption close to the electromagnon resonance can be controlled by external magnetic field and are fully suppressed in one direction. By changing the geometry of the external field, samarium ferroborate shows giant optical activity, which makes this material a universal tool for optical control: with a magnetic field as an external parameter it allows switching between two functionalities: polarization rotation and directional anisotropy.

  12. Nonlinear multiferroic phase shifters for microwave frequencies

    SciTech Connect

    Ustinov, Alexey B.; Kalinikos, Boris A.; Srinivasan, G.

    2014-02-03

    A nonlinear microwave phase shifter based on a planar multiferroic composite has been studied. The multiferroic structure is fabricated in the form of a bilayer consisting of yttrium iron garnet and barium strontium titanate. The principle of operation of the device is based on the linear and nonlinear control of the phase shift of the hybrid spin-electromagnetic waves propagating in the bilayer. The linear control is realized with magnetic and electric fields. The nonlinear control is provided by the input power of microwave signal. The device showed a nonlinear phase shift up to 250°, electric field induced phase shift up to 330°, and magnetic field induced phase shift of more than 180°.

  13. Self-assembled Oniontype Multiferroic Nanostructures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ren, Shenqiang; Briber, Robert M.; Wuttig, Manfred

    2009-03-01

    Spontaneously self-assembled oniontype multiferroic nanostructures based on block copolymers as templating materials are reported. Diblock copolymer containing two different magnetoelectric precursors separately segregated to the two microdomains have been shown to form well-ordered templated lamellar structures. Onion-type multilamellar ordered multiferroic (PZT/CoFe2O4) nanostructures have been induced by room temperature solvent annealing in a magnetic field oriented perpendicular to the plane of the film. The evolution of the onion-like microstructure has been characterized by AFM, MFM, and TEM. The structure retains lamellar periodicity observed at zero field. The onion structure is superparamagnetic above and antiferromagnetic below the blocking temperature. This templating process opens a route for nanometer-scale patterning of magnetic toroids by means of self-assembly on length scales that are difficult to obtain by standard lithography techniques.

  14. Fe3+ doping effects on the structure and multiferroicity of Fe1+xV2-xO4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4) spinels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liu, N.; Zhao, K. H.; Shi, X. L.; Zhang, L. W.

    2012-06-01

    We studied the evolution of the structural, electric, magnetic, and multiferroic properties with x in Fe1+xV2-xO4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4) spinels. For x = 0, three successive phase transitions occur from high to low temperatures: cubic-tetragonal (c < a) at TS, tetragonal (c < a) paramagnetic-orthorhombic ferrimagnetic at TN1, and orthorhombic collinear spin-tetragonal (c > a) noncollinear spin at TN2. Below TN2, magnetic field dependent ferroelectricity was observed. With increasing x from 0 to 0.3, TN1 was increased, while TS and TN2 was decreased with ferroelectricity weakened. For x = 0.4, TN2 together with ferroelectricity disappeared. The critical composition xc is around 0.3. Below xc, the resistivity follows the variable range hopping model, while above xc, the resistivity obeys nearest neighbor hooping model. Our observations evidence the strong couplings among the lattice, charge, orbital, and spin degrees of freedom as well as their effects on the structural, electric, magnetic and multiferroic properties in Fe1+xV2-xO4 spinels.

  15. Phase transitions and domain structures in multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vlahos, Eftihia

    2011-12-01

    Thin film ferroelectrics and multiferroics are two important classes of materials interesting both from a scientific and a technological prospective. The volatility of lead and bismuth as well as environmental issues regarding the toxicity of lead are two disadvantages of the most commonly used ferroelectric random access memory (FeRAM) materials such as Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 and SrBi2Ta2O9. Therefore lead-free thin film ferroelectrics are promising substitutes as long as (a) they can be grown on technologically important substrates such as silicon, and (b) their T c and Pr become comparable to that of well established ferroelectrics. On the other hand, the development of functional room temperature ferroelectric ferromagnetic multiferroics could lead to very interesting phenomena such as control of magnetism with electric fields and control of electrical polarization with magnetic fields. This thesis focuses on the understanding of material structure-property relations using nonlinear optical spectroscopy. Nonlinear spectroscopy is an excellent tool for probing the onset of ferroelectricity, and domain dynamics in strained ferroelectrics and multiferroics. Second harmonic generation was used to detect ferroelectricity and the antiferrodistortive phase transition in thin film SrTiO3. Incipient ferroelectric CaTiO3 has been shown to become ferroelectric when strained with a combination of SHG and dielectric measurements. The tensorial nature of the induced nonlinear polarization allows for probing of the BaTiO3 and SrTiO3 polarization contributions in nanoscale BaTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices. In addition, nonlinear optics was used to demonstrate ferroelectricity in multiferroic EuTiO3. Finally, confocal SHG and Raman microscopy were utilized to visualize polar domains in incipient ferroelectric and ferroelastic CaTiO3.

  16. Dynamical magnetoelectric phenomena of multiferroic skyrmions.

    PubMed

    Mochizuki, Masahito; Seki, Shinichiro

    2015-12-23

    Magnetic skyrmions, vortex-like swirling spin textures characterized by a quantized topological invariant, realized in chiral-lattice magnets are currently attracting intense research interest. In particular, their dynamics under external fields is an issue of vital importance both for fundamental science and for technical application. Whereas observations of magnetic skyrmions has been limited to metallic magnets so far, their realization was also discovered in a chiral-lattice insulating magnet Cu2OSeO3 in 2012. Skyrmions in the insulator turned out to exhibit multiferroic nature with spin-induced ferroelectricity. Strong magnetoelectric coupling between noncollinear skyrmion spins and electric polarizations mediated by relativistic spin-orbit interaction enables us to drive motion and oscillation of magnetic skyrmions by application of electric fields instead of injection of electric currents. Insulating materials also provide an environment suitable for detection of pure spin dynamics through spectroscopic measurements owing to the absence of appreciable charge excitations. In this article, we review recent theoretical and experimental studies on multiferroic properties and dynamical magnetoelectric phenomena of magnetic skyrmions in insulators. We argue that multiferroic skyrmions show unique coupled oscillation modes of magnetizations and polarizations, so-called electromagnon excitations, which are both magnetically and electrically active, and interference between the electric and magnetic activation processes leads to peculiar magnetoelectric effects in a microwave frequency regime. PMID:26624202

  17. New design strategy for realizing multiferroic materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Puggioni, Danilo; Giovannetti, Gianluca; Capone, Massimo; Rondinelli, James

    Ferroelectricity is a property that only insulating materials can exhibit. For this reason, nearly all searches for new multiferroic compounds, those simultaneously exhibiting ferroelectric and magnetic order, have focused on insulating magnetic oxides. Here, we propose a different approach: Start from a conducting oxide with broken inversion symmetry and search for routes to induce long-range magnetic order. Using density-functional and dynamical mean-field theories, we investigate the electronic properties of the polar metallic oxide LiOsO3. We show that a multiferroic state can be engineered by enclosing LiOsO3 between an insulating material, LiNbO3. We predict that the 1/1 superlattice of LiOsO3 and LiNbO3 exhibits strong coupling between magnetic and ferroelectric degrees of freedom with a ferroelectric polarization of 41.2 μCcm-2, Curie temperature of 927 K, and Néel temperature of 379 K. Our results show that one can start with polar metallic oxides to make multiferroics.

  18. The influence of Er, Ti co-doping on the multiferroic properties of BiFeO3 thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ma, Yinina; Xing, Wenyu; Chen, Jieyu; Bai, Yulong; Zhao, Shifeng; Zhang, Hao

    2016-02-01

    The pure and Er, Ti co-doped BiFeO3 thin films were prepared by chemistry solution deposition. Enhanced ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties were obtained, which is mainly attributed to that the effect of co-doping Er and Ti leads to the drastic crystal structural transformation from rhombohedral phase to orthorhombic phase. Thus crystal structural transformation not only changes the switching behavior of the polarization path to improve the ferroelectric polarization, but also suppresses the original spiral spin structure to release the locked magnetization. At the same time, the leakage current density is decreased after doping Er3+ and Ti4+, which results from that the crystal structural transformation changes the leakage current mechanism. The present work provides an available way on improving the multiferroic properties of BiFeO3 thin films.

  19. Substitution-induced phase transition and enhanced multiferroic properties of Bi1-xLaxFeO3 ceramics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Shan-Tao; Zhang, Yi; Lu, Ming-Hui; Du, Chao-Ling; Chen, Yan-Feng; Liu, Zhi-Guo; Zhu, Yong-Yuan; Ming, Nai-Ben; Pan, X. Q.

    2006-04-01

    Single-phase, insulating Bi1-xLaxFeO3 (BLFOx, x =0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.30, and 0.40) ceramics were prepared. An obvious phase transition from rhombohedral to orthorhombic phase was observed near x =0.30. It is found that the phase transition destructs the spin cycloid of BiFeO3 (BFO), and therefore, releases the locked magnetization and enhances magnetoelectric interaction. As a result, improved multiferroic properties of the BLFO0.30 ceramics with remnant polarization and magnetization (2Pr and 2Mr) of 22.4μC /cm2 and 0.041emu/g, respectively, were established.

  20. Auxeticity in nano/microtubes produced from orthorhombic crystals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Goldstein, Robert V.; Gorodtsov, Valentin A.; Lisovenko, Dmitry S.; Volkov, Mikhail A.

    2016-05-01

    A solution for the tension and torsion problems for the curvilinearly anisotropic nano/microtubes made of orthorhombic crystals in the framework of the Saint-Venant’s approach is given. We find that the number of partial auxetics among the tubes is twice as frequent among the rectilinearly anisotropic crystals, at the same time about one third of 136 orthorhombic crystals are auxetics. It is shown that the torsion causes extension of the nano/microtubes even in the absence of a longitudinal tensile force. This Poynting’s effect substantially depends on the chiral angle, and in particular, it disappears when the chiral angle vanishes. We also investigate an inverse Poynting’s effect when the extension of the nano/microtubes is accompanied by their twisting. It is shown that the signs of Poynting’s effect and Poisson’s ratio are changed several times with the change of the chiral angle.

  1. Specific features of nonvalent interactions in orthorhombic perovskites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Serezhkin, V. N.; Pushkin, D. V.; Serezhkina, L. B.

    2014-07-01

    It is established that isostructural orthorhombic perovskites ABO3 (sp. gr. Pnma in different systems, no. 62, Z = 4), depending on the specificity of nonvalent interactions (which determine the combinatorial-topological type of the Voronoi-Dirichlet polyhedra (VDPs) of four basis atoms), are divided into ten different stereotypes. It is shown by the example of 259 perovskites belonging to the DyCrO3 stereotype that VDP characteristics can be used to quantitatively estimate the distortion of BO6 octahedra, including that caused by the Jahn-Teller effect. It is found that one of the causes of the distortion of the coordination polyhedra of atoms in the structure of orthorhombic perovskites is heteroatomic metal-metal interactions, for which the interatomic distances are much shorter than the sum of the Slater radii of A and B atoms.

  2. Lattice dynamics and spin-phonon coupling in orthorhombic Eu1-xHoxMnO3 (x ≤0.3 ) studied by Raman spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Elsässer, S.; Geurts, J.; Mukhin, A. A.; Balbashov, A. M.

    2016-02-01

    Eu1-xHoxMnO3 with x <0.5 has an orthorhombic perovskite structure, where the partial substitution of europium by holmium increases the orthorhombic distortion and changes the low-temperature magnetic structure from canted antiferromagnetic to the multiferroic ground state with cycloidal spin arrangement for x >0.2 . We employ polarized, temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopy to study the lattice dynamics and spin-phonon coupling (SPC) effects for the two representative compositions x =0.1 and x =0.3 . We observe an enhancement of phonon frequencies by Ho3+ substitution and we use the Ag(4 ) mode as a measure to evaluate the orthorhombic distortion angle θ . SPC manifests itself as mode-specific softening for T <100 K, induced by the magnetic ordering of Mn3+ spins. Furthermore, we present evidence that the hitherto elusive Raman peak at ≈650 cm-1 is a phonon of B3 g symmetry and ascribe it to the B3 g(1 ) out-of-phase MnO6-breathing mode. We show that this mode has the strongest SPC effect of all observed phonon modes, a fact which we explain by the participation of the apical O(1) ions, modulating the Mn-O(1)-Mn bond whose SPC contribution was hitherto not accessible. Finally, we present a quantitative evaluation of the SPC contribution by the antiferromagnetic plane-to-plane coupling through the Mn-O(1)-Mn bonds and discriminate if from the in-plane ferromagnetic Mn-O(2)-Mn part.

  3. Electronic and magnetic properties of orthorhombic iron selenide

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lovesey, S. W.

    2016-02-01

    Iron orbitals in orthorhombic iron selenide (FeSe) can produce chargelike multipoles that are polar (parity-odd). Orbitals in question include Fe (3 d ), Fe (4 p ), and p -type ligands that participate in transport properties and bonding. The polar multipoles may contribute weak, space-group forbidden Bragg spots to diffraction patterns collected with x rays tuned in energy to a Fe atomic resonance (Templeton & Templeton scattering). Ordering of conventional, axial magnetic dipoles does not accompany the tetragonal-orthorhombic structural phase transition in FeSe, unlike other known iron-based superconductors. We initiate a new line of inquiry for this puzzling property of orthorhombic FeSe, using a hidden magnetic order that belongs to the m'm'm' magnetic crystal class. It is epitomized by the absence of ferromagnetism and axial magnetic dipoles and the appearance of magnetic monopoles and magnetoelectric quadrupoles. A similar magnetic order occurs in cuprate superconductors, yttrium barium copper oxide and Hg1201, where it was unveiled with the Kerr effect and in Bragg diffraction patterns revealed by polarized neutrons.

  4. Oxyhalides: A new class of high-TC multiferroic materials

    PubMed Central

    Zhao, Li; Fernández-Díaz, Maria Teresa; Tjeng, Liu Hao; Komarek, Alexander C.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetoelectric multiferroics have attracted enormous attention in the past years because of their high potential for applications in electronic devices, which arises from the intrinsic coupling between magnetic and ferroelectric ordering parameters. The initial finding in TbMnO3 has triggered the search for other multiferroics with higher ordering temperatures and strong magnetoelectric coupling for applications. To date, spin-driven multiferroicity is found mainly in oxides, as well as in a few halogenides. We report multiferroic properties for synthetic melanothallite Cu2OCl2, which is the first discovery of multiferroicity in a transition metal oxyhalide. Measurements of pyrocurrent and the dielectric constant in Cu2OCl2 reveal ferroelectricity below the Néel temperature of ~70 K. Thus, melanothallite belongs to a new class of multiferroic materials with an exceptionally high critical temperature. Powder neutron diffraction measurements reveal an incommensurate magnetic structure below TN, and all magnetic reflections can be indexed with a propagation vector [0.827(7), 0, 0], thus discarding the claimed pyrochlore-like “all-in–all-out” spin structure for Cu2OCl2, and indicating that this transition metal oxyhalide is, indeed, a spin-induced multiferroic material. PMID:27386552

  5. Ultrafast transient dynamics in composite multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jia, Chenglong; Zhang, Ning; Sukhov, Alexander; Berakdar, Jamal

    2016-02-01

    We investigate theoretically the dynamic multiferroic (MF) response of coupled ferroelectric (FE)/ferromagnetic (FM) composites upon excitation by a photo-induced acoustic strain pulse. Two magnetoelectric (ME) mechanisms are considered: interface strain- and charge-mediated ME couplings. The former results in demagnetization, depolarization and repolarization within tens of picoseconds via respectively magnetostriction and piezoelectricity. Charge ME interaction affects the FE/FM feedback response leading to magnetization recovery. Experimental realization based on time-resolved x-ray diffraction is suggested. The findings indicate the potential of composite MF for photo-steered, high-speed, multi-state electronic devices.

  6. An orthorhombic polymorph of 10,11-dihydrocarbamazepine.

    PubMed

    Harrison, William T A; Yathirajan, H S; Anilkumar, H G

    2006-05-01

    The title compound (systematic name: 10,11-dihydro-5H-dibenz[b,f]azepine-5-carboxamide), C15H14N2O, is shown to crystallize as an orthorhombic polymorph to complement the known monoclinic form. The molecular conformations of both forms are very similar, involving a bent conformation for the seven-membered azepine ring and an overall ;butterfly' shape. The molecules assemble into chains by way of N-H...O bonds and N-H...pi interactions in both crystal modifications. The two polymorphs appear to form due to different van der Waals interactions between the layer-like sheets of molecules. PMID:16679591

  7. Van vleck paramagnetism in orthorhombic TiO2 (Brookite)

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Senftle, F.E.; Thorpe, A.N.

    1968-01-01

    The magnetic susceptibility of the orthorhombic form of titanium dioxide has been measured from 5 to 300??K. After deducting the temperature-dependent component, which is probably due to defects or impurities, and the free-ion diamagnetic component, the Van Vleck paramagnetism was estimated to be 33??10-6 emu/mole. Comparison is made between this value and the Van Vleck paramagnetism of strontium titanate and the two tetragonal forms of titanium dioxide: rutile and anatase. ?? 1968 The American Physical Society.

  8. Structure of the orthorhombic form of human inosine triphosphate pyrophosphatase

    SciTech Connect

    Porta, Jason; Kolar, Carol; Kozmin, Stanislav G.; Pavlov, Youri I.; Borgstahl, Gloria E. O.

    2006-11-01

    X-ray crystallographic analysis of human inosine triphosphate pyrophosphohydrolase provided the secondary structure and active-site structure at 1.6 Å resolution in an orthorhombic crystal form. The structure gives a framework for future structure–function studies employing site-directed mutagenesis and for the identification of substrate/product-binding sites. The structure of human inosine triphosphate pyrophosphohydrolase (ITPA) has been determined using diffraction data to 1.6 Å resolution. ITPA contributes to the accurate replication of DNA by cleansing cellular dNTP pools of mutagenic nucleotide purine analogs such as dITP or dXTP. A similar high-resolution unpublished structure has been deposited in the Protein Data Bank from a monoclinic and pseudo-merohedrally twinned crystal. Here, cocrystallization of ITPA with a molar ratio of XTP appears to have improved the crystals by eliminating twinning and resulted in an orthorhombic space group. However, there was no evidence for bound XTP in the structure. Comparison with substrate-bound NTPase from a thermophilic organism predicts the movement of residues within helix α1, the loop before α6 and helix α7 to cap off the active site when substrate is bound.

  9. Probing of Strain Mediated Hybrid Multiferroic Devices

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fohtung, Edwin; Kim, J.; Marsh, M.; Lei, Na; Chen, S.; Sinha, S.; Ravelosona, D.; Fullerton, Eric; Shpyrko, Oleg

    2012-02-01

    Smart materials for sensor technology, (non) volatile device memories for information technology, and ultrasound generators in medical imaging have one thing in common, their active elements consist of ferroelectrics (FE) driven by voltages or ferromagnetics (FM) driven by magnetization. In the quest to design high functionality devices to meet today's consumer technological demands, high focus has been given to multiferroic [1]. However, the coexistence of magnetic order and ferroelectric polarization combined in a single-phase material has proven to be rear as most of these materials tend to have low magnetic ordering temperatures and are often antiferromagnets, in which the magnetoelectric (ME) coupling effect is intrinsically small. We utilize an alternative approach to design multiferroic-hybrid devices based on FE-FM composites where the ME coupling emerges from strain-mediated interaction between individual phases [2]. We develop a nonlinear thermodynamic theory for strain-mediated direct ME effect and Bragg Ptychographic Coherent Diffraction Imaging (BCDI) serves as the unique tool of choice for sub-nanometer resolution nondestructive probing of the order parameters in the devices [1] N. Spaldin and M. Fiebig, Science 309, 391 (2005). [2] E. Fohtung et al., submitted (2012)

  10. High pressure and Multiferroics materials. A happy marriage

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Gilioli, Edmondo; Ehm, Lars

    2014-10-31

    We found that the community of material scientists is strongly committed to the research area of multiferroic materials, both for the understanding of the complex mechanisms supporting the multiferroism and for the fabrication of new compounds, potentially suitable for technological applications. The use of high pressure is a powerful tool in synthesizing new multiferroic, in particular magneto-electric phases, where the pressure stabilization of otherwise unstable perovskite-based structural distortions may lead to promising novel metastable compounds. Moreover, the in situ investigation of the high-pressure behavior of multiferroic materials has provided insight into the complex interplay between magnetic and electronic properties andmore » the coupling to structural instabilities.« less

  11. Enhancing magnetoelectric effect in multiferroic composite bilayers via flexoelectricity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Chunli; Zhang, Lingli; Shen, Xudong; Chen, Weiqiu

    2016-04-01

    We employ the flexoelectricity to enhance the magnetoelectric (ME) (coupling) effect in multiferroic (MF) composites and structures. An analytical model is presented to predict the ME effect in a MF composite bilayer consisting of piezomagnetic and piezoelectric layers. The flexoelectric effect in the piezoelectric layer is taken into account. The static ME effect in the MF composite bilayer with free boundary conditions is investigated. The results indicate that flexoelectricity can dramatically enhance the ME effect in multiferroic composites and structures.

  12. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Orthorhombic Vanadium Oxide Nanorods

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Garcia, L. M.; Chavira, E.; Santiago-Jacinto, P.; Rendon, L.; Marinero, E. E.; Tejada, A.; Fregoso-Israel, E.; Flores, C.

    2012-02-01

    Nanorod structures for Li storage are of interest for rechargeable battery applications. Vanadium pentoxide is a promising battery cathode material and in this work we report on the synthesis of V2O5 orthorhombic single crystal and polycrystalline nanorods by the sol-gel polymerizing acryl amide method via ethylenediamine tetra acetic acid EDTA assisted hydrothermal process. In order to determine the thermodynamic stability of nanostructured polymorphs vanadates, heat treatments were performed from 450 C to 500 ^oC with annealing times ranging from 48 to 72 h. The morphologies and structures of the nanorods were characterized by XRD, SEM and HRTEM. Thermo Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) was employed to monitor reaction mass losses during the course of the synthesis. Nanorod diameters ranging from 50 to 150 nm were observed. The lengths and diameter of the rods depended on the conditions of the preparation, such as concentration, and reaction time.

  13. Prediction of Weyl semimetal in orthorhombic MoTe2

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sun, Yan; Wu, Shu-Chun; Ali, Mazhar N.; Felser, Claudia; Yan, Binghai

    2015-10-01

    We investigate the orthorhombic phase (Td) of the layered transition-metal dichalcogenide MoTe2 as a Weyl semimetal candidate. MoTe2 exhibits four pairs of Weyl points lying slightly above (˜6 meV ) the Fermi energy in the bulk band structure. Different from its cousin WTe2, which was recently predicted to be a type-II Weyl semimetal, the spacing between each pair of Weyl points is found to be as large as 4% of the reciprocal lattice in MoTe2 (six times larger than that of WTe2). When projected onto the surface, the Weyl points are connected by Fermi arcs, which can be easily accessed by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy due to the large Weyl point separation. In addition, we show that the correlation effect or strain can drive MoTe2 from a type-II to a type-I Weyl semimetal.

  14. Orthorhombic C32: a novel superhard sp3 carbon allotrope.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Miao; Liu, Hanyu; Du, Yonghui; Zhang, Xinxin; Wang, Yanchao; Li, Quan

    2013-09-01

    Using a recently developed 'Crystal structure AnaLYsis by Particle Swarm Optimization' (CALYPSO) algorithm on a structural search, we predicted a novel sp(3) carbon allotrope possessing an orthorhombic lattice with the space group Cmmm (oC32). The calculated elastic constants and the simulated hardness revealed that oC32 simultaneously possesses ultra-incompressible and superhard properties with a high bulk modulus of 457 GPa and a high Vickers hardness of 96.2 GPa. This oC32 phase is dynamically stable and energetically more preferable than the experientially observed cold-compressed carbon, thus oC32 is expected to be experimentally synthesizable under extreme conditions. These results further expand the list of meta-stable carbon allotropes and superhard materials under atmospheric and extreme conditions. PMID:23872724

  15. Columnar epitaxy of hexagonal and orthorhombic silicides on Si(111)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fathauer, R. W.; Nieh, C. W.; Xiao, Q. F.; Hashimoto, Shin

    1990-01-01

    Columnar grains of PtSi and CrSi2 surrounded by high-quality epitaxial silicon are obtained by ultrahigh vacuum codeposition of Si and metal in an approximately 10:1 ratio on Si(111) substrates heated to 610-840 C. This result is similar to that found previously for CoSi2 (a nearly-lattice-matched cubic-fluorite crystal) on Si(111), in spite of the respective orthorhombic and hexagonal structures of PtSi and CrSi2. The PtSi grains are epitaxial and have one of three variants of the relation defined by PtSi(010)/Si(111), with PtSi 001 line/Si 110 line type.

  16. Polycrystalline ferroelectric or multiferroic oxide articles on biaxially textured substrates and methods for making same

    SciTech Connect

    Goyal, Amit; Shin, Junsoo

    2015-03-31

    A polycrystalline ferroelectric and/or multiferroic oxide article includes a substrate having a biaxially textured surface; at least one biaxially textured buffer layer supported by the substrate; and a biaxially textured ferroelectric or multiferroic oxide layer supported by the buffer layer. Methods for making polycrystalline ferroelectric and/or multiferroic oxide articles are also disclosed.

  17. Spin dynamics in driven composite multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Zidong; Grimson, Malcolm J.

    2015-09-01

    A spin dynamics approach has been used to study the behavior of the magnetic spins and the electric pseudo-spins in a 1-D composite multiferroic chain with a linear magneto-electric coupling at the interface. The response is investigated with either external magnetic or electric fields driving the system. The spin dynamics is based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. A Gaussian white noise is later added into the dynamic process to include the thermal effects. The interface requires a closer inspection of the magneto-electric effects. Thus, we construct a 2-D ladder model to describe the behavior of the magnetic spins and the electric pseudo-spins with different magneto-electric couplings.

  18. Synthetic magnetoelectric coupling in a nanocomposite multiferroic

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Jain, P.; Wang, Q.; Roldan, M.; Glavic, A.; Lauter, V.; Urban, C.; Bi, Z.; Ahmed, T.; Zhu, J.; Varela, M.; et al

    2015-03-13

    Given the paucity of single phase multiferroic materials (with large ferromagnetic moment), composite systems seem an attractive solution to realize magnetoelectric coupling between ferromagnetic and ferroelectric order parameters. Despite having antiferromagnetic order, BiFeO₃ (BFO) has nevertheless been a key material due to excellent ferroelectric properties at room temperature. We studied a superlattice composed of 8 repetitions of 6 unit cells of La₀.₇Sr₀.₃MnO₃ (LSMO) grown on 5 unit cells of BFO. Significant net uncompensated magnetization in BFO, an insulating superlattice, is demonstrated using polarized neutron reflectometry. Remarkably, the magnetization enables magnetic field to change the dielectric properties of the superlattice, whichmore » we cite as an example of synthetic magnetoelectric coupling. Importantly, controlled creation of magnetic moment in BFO is a much needed path toward design and implementation of integrated oxide devices for next generation magnetoelectric data storage platforms.« less

  19. Spin dynamics in driven composite multiferroics

    SciTech Connect

    Wang, Zidong Grimson, Malcolm J.

    2015-09-28

    A spin dynamics approach has been used to study the behavior of the magnetic spins and the electric pseudo-spins in a 1-D composite multiferroic chain with a linear magneto-electric coupling at the interface. The response is investigated with either external magnetic or electric fields driving the system. The spin dynamics is based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. A Gaussian white noise is later added into the dynamic process to include the thermal effects. The interface requires a closer inspection of the magneto-electric effects. Thus, we construct a 2-D ladder model to describe the behavior of the magnetic spins and the electric pseudo-spins with different magneto-electric couplings.

  20. Synthetic magnetoelectric coupling in a nanocomposite multiferroic.

    PubMed

    Jain, P; Wang, Q; Roldan, M; Glavic, A; Lauter, V; Urban, C; Bi, Z; Ahmed, T; Zhu, J; Varela, M; Jia, Q X; Fitzsimmons, M R

    2015-01-01

    Given the paucity of single phase multiferroic materials (with large ferromagnetic moment), composite systems seem an attractive solution to realize magnetoelectric coupling between ferromagnetic and ferroelectric order parameters. Despite having antiferromagnetic order, BiFeO3 (BFO) has nevertheless been a key material due to excellent ferroelectric properties at room temperature. We studied a superlattice composed of 8 repetitions of 6 unit cells of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) grown on 5 unit cells of BFO. Significant net uncompensated magnetization in BFO, an insulating superlattice, is demonstrated using polarized neutron reflectometry. Remarkably, the magnetization enables magnetic field to change the dielectric properties of the superlattice, which we cite as an example of synthetic magnetoelectric coupling. Importantly, controlled creation of magnetic moment in BFO is a much needed path toward design and implementation of integrated oxide devices for next generation magnetoelectric data storage platforms. PMID:25766205

  1. Nonlinear magnetoelectric effect in composite multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Filippov, D. A.; Laletin, V. M.; Firsova, T. O.

    2014-05-01

    The theoretical and experimental studies of the nonlinear magnetoelectric effect in composite multiferroics in the low-frequency spectral region and in the electromechanical resonance region have been performed. It has been shown that such structures demonstrate a nonlinear magnetoelectric effect, which is quadratic in ac magnetic field strength at weak magnetic fields. In the region of the electromechanical resonance, the resonance excitation of an electric field occurs by means of ac magnetic field at a frequency lower than the resonance frequency by a factor of two. In the low-frequency spectral region, there is a difference of amplitude values of two neighboring voltage maxima due to the superposition of signals from the linear and nonlinear effects, and the difference is proportional to the dc magnetic field strength in weak fields. The results of the experimental study of the two-layer permendur-lead zirconate titanate structure are presented.

  2. Conduction at domain walls in oxide multiferroics

    SciTech Connect

    Seidel, Jan; Martin, Lane W; He, Q; Zhan, Q; Rother, A; Hawkridge, M. E.; Maksymovych, Petro; Yu, Pu; Gajek, Martin; Balke, Nina; Kalinin, Sergei V; Gemming, S; Catalan, G; Scott, J F; Spalding, Nicola A; Orenstein, J; Ramesh, R.

    2009-01-01

    Domain walls may play an important role in future electronic devices, given their small size as well as the fact that their location can be controlled. Here, we report the observation of room-temperature electronic conductivity at ferroelectric domain walls in the insulating multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3}. The origin and nature of the observed conductivity are probed using a combination of conductive atomic force microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and first-principles density functional computations. Our analyses indicate that the conductivity correlates with structurally driven changes in both the electrostatic potential and the local electronic structure, which shows a decrease in the bandgap at the domain wall. Additionally, we demonstrate the potential for device applications of such conducting nanoscale features.

  3. Coupling Magnetism to Electricity in Multiferroic Heterostructures

    SciTech Connect

    Ramesh, R

    2012-02-15

    Complex perovskite oxides exhibit a rich spectrum of functional responses, including magnetism, ferroelectricity, highly correlated electron behavior, superconductivity, etc. The basic materials physics of such materials provide the ideal playground for interdisciplinary scientific exploration. Over the past decade we have been exploring the science of such materials (for example, colossal magnetoresistance, ferroelectricity, etc) in thin-film form by creating epitaxial heterostructures and nanostructures. Among the large number of materials systems, there exists a small set of materials which exhibit multiple order parameters; these are known as multiferroics. Using our work in the field of ferroelectric and ferromagnetic oxides as the background, we are now exploring such materials as epitaxial thin films, as well as nanostructures. Specifically, we are studying the role of thin-film growth, heteroepitaxy, and processing on the basic properties as well as the magnitude of the coupling between the order parameters. In our work we are exploring the switchability of the antiferromagnetic order using this coupling. What is the importance of this work? Antiferromagnets are pervasive in the recording industry. They are used as exchange biasing layers in magnetic tunnel junctions, etc. However, to date there has been no antiferomagnet that is electrically tunable. We believe that the multiferroic BiFeO3 is one compound where this can be observed at room temperature. The next step is to explore the coupling of a ferromagnet to this antiferromagnet through the exchange biasing concept. Ultimately, this will give us the opportunity to switch the magnetic state in a ferromagnet (and therefore the spin polarization direction) by simply applying an electric field to the underlying antiferromagnetic ferroelectric. In this talk, I will describe our progress to date on this exciting possibility.

  4. Structure-property relationships of multiferroic materials: A nano perspective

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bai, Feiming

    The integration of sensors, actuators, and control systems is an ongoing process in a wide range of applications covering automotive, medical, military, and consumer electronic markets. Four major families of ceramic and metallic actuators are under development: piezoelectrics, electrostrictors, magnetostrictors, and shape-memory alloys. All of these materials undergo at least two phase transformations with coupled thermodynamic order parameters. These transformations lead to complex domain wall behaviors, which are driven by electric fields (ferroelectrics), magnetic fields (ferromagnetics), or mechanical stress (ferroelastics) as they transform from nonferroic to ferroic states, contributing to the sensing and actuating capabilities. This research focuses on two multiferroic crystals, Pb(Mg1/3Nb 2/3)O3-PbTiO3 and Fe-Ga, which are characterized by the co-existence and coupling of ferroelectric polarization and ferroelastic strain, or ferro-magnetization and ferroelastic strain. These materials break the conventional boundary between piezoelectric and electrostrictors, or magnetostrictors and shape-memory alloys. Upon applying field or in a poled condition, they yield not only a large strain but also a large strain over field ratio, which is desired and much benefits for advanced actuator and sensor applications. In this thesis, particular attention has been given to understand the structure-property relationships of these two types of materials from atomic to the nano/macro scale. X-ray and neutron diffraction were used to obtain the lattice structure and phase transformation characteristics. Piezoresponse and magnetic force microscopy were performed to establish the dependence of domain configurations on composition, thermal history and applied fields. It has been found that polar nano regions (PNRs) make significant contributions to the enhanced electromechanical properties of PMN-x%PT crystals via assisting intermediate phase transformation. With increasing PT

  5. Enhanced magnetization and polarization in chemically modified multiferroic (1-x)BiFeO3-xDyFeO3 solid solution

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhu, W.-M.; Su, L. W.; Ye, Z.-G.; Ren, W.

    2009-04-01

    In order to develop multiferroics with large magnetization and polarization, we have prepared the (1-x)BiFeO3-xDyFeO3 (BF-DF) solid solution and systematically studied its properties. A morphotropic phase transition from rhombohedral perovskite (R3c) to orthorhombic orthoferrite (Pbnm) was found at x around 0.1. The magnetic properties of BiFeO3 were improved by the introduction of Dy3+ on the perovskite A site. Chemically modified Bi0.9Dy0.1Fe1-xTixO3+x/2 ceramics by aliovalent ionic substitution of Ti4+ for Fe3+ with excess Bi2O3 exhibit weak ferromagnetism and a typical ferroelectric hysteresis loop with a large remnant polarization of 23 μC/cm2 at room temperature and a large saturated magnetization (Ms=0.5 μB/f.u.) at 2 K. These properties entitle the BF-DF solid solution one of few multiferroic materials that exhibit both decent magnetization and electric polarization.

  6. Thermal Decomposition Characteristics of Orthorhombic Ammonium Perchlorate (o-AP)

    SciTech Connect

    Behrens, R.; Minier, L.

    1999-03-01

    Preliminary STMBMS and SEM results of the thermal decomposition of AP in the orthorhombic phase are presented. The overall decomposition is shown to be complex and controlled by both physical and chemical processes. The data show that the physical and chemical processes can be probed and characterized utilizing SEM and STMBMS. The overall decomposition is characterized by three distinguishing features: an induction period, and accelerator period and a deceleratory period. The major decomposition event occurs in the subsurface of the AP particles and propagates towards the center of the particle with time. The amount of total decomposition is dependent upon particle size and increases from 23% for {approximately}50{micro}m-diameter AP to 33% for {approximately}200{micro}m-diameter AP. A conceptual model of the physical processes is presented. Insight into the chemical processes is provided by the gas formation rates that are measured for the gaseous products. To our knowledge, this is the first presentation of data showing that the chemical and physical decomposition processes can be identified from one another, probed and characterized at the level that is required to better understand the thermal decomposition behavior of AP. Future work is planned with the goal of obtaining data that can be used to develop a mathematical description for the thermal decomposition of o-AP.

  7. Biquadratic and ring exchange interactions in orthorhombic perovskite manganites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fedorova, Natalya S.; Ederer, Claude; Spaldin, Nicola A.; Scaramucci, Andrea

    2015-04-01

    We use ab initio electronic structure calculations within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA+U) to density functional theory to determine the microscopic exchange interactions in the series of orthorhombic rare-earth manganites, o-R MnO3 . Our motivation is to construct a model Hamiltonian (excluding effects due to spin-orbit coupling), which can provide an accurate description of the magnetism in these materials. First, we consider TbMnO3, which exhibits a spiral magnetic order at low temperatures. We map the exchange couplings in this compound onto a Heisenberg Hamiltonian and observe a clear deviation from the Heisenberg-like behavior. We consider first the coupling between magnetic and orbital degrees of freedom as a potential source of non-Heisenberg behavior in TbMnO3, but conclude that it does not explain the observed deviation. We find that higher order magnetic interactions (biquadratic and four-spin ring couplings) should be taken into account for a proper treatment of the magnetism in TbMnO3 as well as in the other representatives of the o-R MnO3 series with small radii of the R cation.

  8. Orthorhombic Titanium Matrix Composite Subjected to Simulated Engine Mission Cycles

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gabb, Timothy P.

    1997-01-01

    Titanium matrix composites (TMC's) are commonly made up of a titanium alloy matrix reinforced by silicon carbide fibers that are oriented parallel to the loading axis. These composites can provide high strength at lower densities than monolithic titanium alloys and superalloys in selected gas turbine engine applications. The use of TMC rings with unidirectional SiC fibers as reinforcing rings within compressor rotors could significantly reduce the weight of these components. In service, these TMC reinforcing rings would be subjected to complex service mission loading cycles, including fatigue and dwell excursions. Orthorhombic titanium aluminide alloys are of particular interest for such TMC applications because their tensile and creep strengths are high in comparison to those of other titanium alloys. The objective of this investigation was to assess, in simulated mission tests at the NASA Lewis Research Center, the durability of a SiC (SCS-6)/Ti-22Al-23Nb (at.%) TMC for compressor ring applications, in cooperation with the Allison Engine Company.

  9. Magnetoelectric domain control in multiferroic TbMnO3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Matsubara, Masakazu; Manz, Sebastian; Mochizuki, Masahito; Kubacka, Teresa; Iyama, Ayato; Aliouane, Nadir; Kimura, Tsuyoshi; Johnson, Steven L.; Meier, Dennis; Fiebig, Manfred

    2015-06-01

    The manipulation of domains by external fields in ferroic materials is of major interest for applications. In multiferroics with strongly coupled magnetic and electric order, however, the magnetoelectric coupling on the level of the domains is largely unexplored. We investigated the field-induced domain dynamics of TbMnO3 in the multiferroic ground state and across a first-order spin-flop transition. In spite of the discontinuous nature of this transition, the reorientation of the order parameters is deterministic and preserves the multiferroic domain pattern. Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert simulations reveal that this behavior is intrinsic. Such magnetoelectric correlations in spin-driven ferroelectrics may lead to domain wall-based nanoelectronics devices.

  10. Multiferroic Vacancies at Ferroelectric PbTiO(3) Surfaces.

    PubMed

    Shimada, Takahiro; Wang, Jie; Araki, Yasumitsu; Mrovec, Matous; Elsässer, Christian; Kitamura, Takayuki

    2015-09-01

    Multiferroics in nanoscale dimensions are promising for novel functional device paradigms, such as magnetoelectric memories, due to an intriguing cross-coupling between coexisting ferroelectric and (anti)ferromagnetic order parameters. However, the ferroic order is inevitably destroyed below the critical dimension of several nanometers. Here, we demonstrate a new path towards atomic-size multiferroics while resolving the controversial origin of dilute ferromagnetism that unexpectedly emerges in nanoparticles of nonmagnetic ferroelectric PbTiO(3). Systematic exploration using predictive quantum-mechanical calculations demonstrates that oxygen vacancies formed at surfaces induce ferromagnetism due to local nonstoichiometry and orbital symmetry breaking. The localized character of the emerged magnetization allows an individual oxygen vacancy to act as an atomic-scale multiferroic element with a nonlinear magnetoelectric effect that involves rich ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic-nonmagnetic phase transitions in response to switching of the spontaneous polarization. PMID:26382700

  11. Anisotropic symmetric exchange as a new mechanism for multiferroicity

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Feng, J. S.; Xiang, H. J.

    2016-05-01

    Discovering new magnetoelectric multiferroics is an exciting research area. Very recently, a collinear antiferromagnetic spin order was found to induce a ferroelectric polarization in a highly symmetric cubic perovskite LaMn3Cr4O12 . This spin-driven ferroelectricity could not be explained by any of the existing multiferroic models. Here, we put forward a new model, i.e., anisotropic symmetric exchange, to understand this phenomenon, which was confirmed by density functional calculations and tight-binding simulations. Furthermore, our perturbation analysis shows that the anisotropic symmetric exchange term can be even stronger than the conventional contributions in some 5 d systems. Our multiferroic model can not only explain the experimental results, but also may open a new avenue for exploring exotic magnetoelectric coupling effects.

  12. Spin polarization of excitons in organic multiferroic composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Han, Shixuan; Yang, Liu; Gao, Kun; Xie, Shijie; Qin, Wei; Ren, Shenqiang

    2016-06-01

    Recently, the discovery of room temperature magnetoelectricity in organic charge transfer complexes has reignited interest in the multiferroic field. The solution processed, large-area and low cost organic semiconductor materials offer new possibilities for the functional all organic multiferroic devices. Here we report the spin polarization of excitons and charge transfer states in organic charge transfer composites by using extended Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model including Coulomb interaction and spin-flip effect. With the consideration of spin polarization, we suggest a possible mechanism for the origin of excited ferromagnetism.

  13. Spin polarization of excitons in organic multiferroic composites

    PubMed Central

    Han, Shixuan; Yang, Liu; Gao, Kun; Xie, Shijie; Qin, Wei; Ren, Shenqiang

    2016-01-01

    Recently, the discovery of room temperature magnetoelectricity in organic charge transfer complexes has reignited interest in the multiferroic field. The solution processed, large-area and low cost organic semiconductor materials offer new possibilities for the functional all organic multiferroic devices. Here we report the spin polarization of excitons and charge transfer states in organic charge transfer composites by using extended Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model including Coulomb interaction and spin-flip effect. With the consideration of spin polarization, we suggest a possible mechanism for the origin of excited ferromagnetism. PMID:27334680

  14. Atomistic molecular dynamic simulations of multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Wang, Dawei; Weerasinghe, Jeevaka; Bellaiche, L

    2012-08-10

    A first-principles-based approach is developed to simulate dynamical properties, including complex permittivity and permeability in the GHz-THz range, of multiferroics at finite temperatures. It includes both structural degrees of freedom and magnetic moments as dynamic variables in Newtonian and Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equations within molecular dynamics, respectively, with the couplings between these variables being incorporated. The use of a damping coefficient and of the fluctuation field in the LLG equations is required to obtain equilibrated magnetic properties at any temperature. No electromagnon is found in the spin-canted structure of BiFeO3. On the other hand, two magnons with very different frequencies are predicted via the use of this method. The smallest-in-frequency magnon corresponds to oscillations of the weak ferromagnetic vector in the basal plane being perpendicular to the polarization while the second magnon corresponds to magnetic dipoles going in and out of this basal plane. The large value of the frequency of this second magnon is caused by static couplings between magnetic dipoles with electric dipoles and oxygen octahedra tiltings. PMID:23006300

  15. Atomistic Molecular Dynamic Simulations of Multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Dawei; Weerasinghe, Jeevaka; Bellaiche, L.

    2012-08-01

    A first-principles-based approach is developed to simulate dynamical properties, including complex permittivity and permeability in the GHz-THz range, of multiferroics at finite temperatures. It includes both structural degrees of freedom and magnetic moments as dynamic variables in Newtonian and Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equations within molecular dynamics, respectively, with the couplings between these variables being incorporated. The use of a damping coefficient and of the fluctuation field in the LLG equations is required to obtain equilibrated magnetic properties at any temperature. No electromagnon is found in the spin-canted structure of BiFeO3. On the other hand, two magnons with very different frequencies are predicted via the use of this method. The smallest-in-frequency magnon corresponds to oscillations of the weak ferromagnetic vector in the basal plane being perpendicular to the polarization while the second magnon corresponds to magnetic dipoles going in and out of this basal plane. The large value of the frequency of this second magnon is caused by static couplings between magnetic dipoles with electric dipoles and oxygen octahedra tiltings.

  16. Hollandites as a new class of multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Liu, Shuangyi; Akbashev, Andrew R; Yang, Xiaohao; Liu, Xiaohua; Li, Wanlu; Zhao, Lukas; Li, Xue; Couzis, Alexander; Han, Myung-Geun; Zhu, Yimei; Krusin-Elbaum, Lia; Li, Jackie; Huang, Limin; Billinge, Simon J L; Spanier, Jonathan E; O'Brien, Stephen

    2014-01-01

    Discovery of new complex oxides that exhibit both magnetic and ferroelectric properties is of great interest for the design of functional magnetoelectrics, in which research is driven by the technologically exciting prospect of controlling charges by magnetic fields and spins by applied voltages, for sensors, 4-state logic, and spintronics. Motivated by the notion of a tool-kit for complex oxide design, we developed a chemical synthesis strategy for single-phase multifunctional lattices. Here, we introduce a new class of multiferroic hollandite Ba-Mn-Ti oxides not apparent in nature. BaMn3Ti4O14.25, designated BMT-134, possesses the signature channel-like hollandite structure, contains Mn(4+) and Mn(3+) in a 1:1 ratio, exhibits an antiferromagnetic phase transition (TN ~ 120 K) with a weak ferromagnetic ordering at lower temperatures, ferroelectricity, a giant dielectric constant at low frequency and a stable intrinsic dielectric constant of ~200 (1-100 MHz). With evidence of correlated antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric order, the findings point to an unexplored family of structures belonging to the hollandite supergroup with multifunctional properties, and high potential for developing new magnetoelectric materials. PMID:25160888

  17. Structural, Electrical, and Dielectric Properties of Multiferroic-Spinel Ferrite Composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nazir, Muhammad Aamir; Ul-Islam, Misbah; Ali, Irshad; Ali, Hassan; Ahmad, Bashir; Ramay, Shahid M.; Raza, Nadeem; Ehsan, Muhammad Fahad; Ashiq, Muhammad Naeem

    2016-02-01

    The present work reports development towards magnetoelectric ceramic composites, i.e., (1- x)Bi0.7Al0.3Mn0.3Fe0.7O3- xLi0.3Zn0.4Fe2.3O4 with x = 0.0, 0.25, 0.35, 0.45, and 1.0. Al- and Mn-doped bismuth multiferroic Bi0.7Al0.3Mn0.3Fe0.7O3 (AMBFO) and Zn-doped lithium ferrite Li0.3Zn0.4 Fe2.3O4 (LZF) were synthesized by the coprecipitation and sol-gel method, respectively. The composite system was synthesized by the conventional solid-state reaction technique followed by heat treatment at 700°C for 6 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the formation of orthorhombic and face-centered cubic phase structure in AMBFO and LZF, respectively. The presence of peaks from both systems in the XRD pattern confirmed composite formation. The metal-to-semiconductor transition temperature decreased from 340 K to 330 K with increase in the LZF content, being mainly due to spin canting and phase structure conversion. The direct-current (DC) electrical resistivity was found to be highest for pure AMBFO and then started to decrease with increase in the Li-Zn ferrite (LZF) content in the composites. The dielectric constant decreased with increase in frequency for all samples, in accordance with Koop's phenomenological theory and the Debye relaxation model. However, the alternating-current (AC) conductivity increased with increase in frequency for all samples, which can be attributed to the conduction mechanism of polaron hopping. These composites open a new approach towards magnetoelectric applications, high-frequency devices, and semiconductor-based solar energy conversion systems.

  18. Theory of spin-phonon coupling in multiferroic manganese perovskites RMnO3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mochizuki, Masahito; Furukawa, Nobuo; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2011-10-01

    Magnetoelectric phase diagrams of the rare-earth (R) Mn perovskites RMnO3 are theoretically studied by focusing on crucial roles of the symmetric magnetostriction or the Peierls-type spin-phonon coupling through extending our previous work [M. Mochizuki , Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.105.037205 105, 037205 (2010)]. We first construct a microscopic classical Heisenberg model for RMnO3 including the frustrated spin exchanges, single-ion anisotropy, and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. We also incorporate the lattice degree of freedom coupled to the Mn spins via the Peierls-type magnetostriction. By analyzing this model using the replica-exchange Monte Carlo technique, we reproduce the entire phase diagram of RMnO3 in the plane of temperature and magnitude of the orthorhombic lattice distortion. Surprisingly it is found that in the ab-plane spiral spin phase, the (S·S)-type magnetostriction plays an important role for the ferroelectric order with polarization P∥a whose contribution is comparable to or larger than the contribution from the (S×S)-type magnetostriction, whereas in the bc-plane spiral phase, the ferroelectric order with P∥c is purely of (S×S) origin. This explains much larger P in the ab-plane spiral phase than the bc-plane spiral phase as observed experimentally and gives a clue how to enhance the magnetoelectric coupling in the spin-spiral-based multiferroics. We also predict a noncollinear deformation of the E-type spin structure resulting in the finite (S×S) contribution to the ferroelectric order with P∥a, and a wide coexisting regime of the commensurate E and incommensurate spiral states, which resolve several experimental puzzles.

  19. Caloric and multicaloric effects in oxygen ferroics and multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Flerov, I. N.; Mikhaleva, E. A.; Gorev, M. V.; Kartashev, A. V.

    2015-03-01

    The main problems of the current state-of-the-art research into the caloric effects observed in oxygen ferroics, multiferroics, and composites, as well as the influence of different factors (anisotropy, dimensional parameters, direct and indirect interferroic interactions) on these effects, have been considered. Possible ways to increase the caloric efficiency of materials have been analyzed.

  20. Multiferroic bismuth ferrite material core based inductive displacement sensor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rajeswari, R.; Biswal, M. R.; Nanda, J.; Mishra, N. C.

    2012-07-01

    In this research, an inductive displacement sensor with multiferroic bismuth ferrite core has been realized. The bismuth ferrite sample is synthesized and its structural and dielectric properties are studied. A rod-shaped bismuth ferrite core is prepared and displaced through the inductor of a RLC circuit. The performance of the prepared bismuth ferrite core has been compared with a commercially available ferrite core.

  1. Anomalous Electronic Anisotropy Triggered by Ferroelastic Coupling in Multiferroic Heterostructures.

    PubMed

    Ju, Changcheng; Yang, Jan-Chi; Luo, Cheng; Shafer, Padraic; Liu, Heng-Jui; Huang, Yen-Lin; Kuo, Ho-Hung; Xue, Fei; Luo, Chih-Wei; He, Qing; Yu, Pu; Arenholz, Elke; Chen, Long-Qing; Zhu, Jinsong; Lu, Xiaomei; Chu, Ying-Hao

    2016-02-01

    The ferroelastic strain coupling in multiferroic heterostructures is explored aiming at novel physical effects and fascinating functionality. Ferroelastic domain walls in manganites induced by a stripe BiFeO3 template can modulate the electronic transfer and sufficiently block the magnetic ordering, creating a vast anisotropy. The findings suggest the great importance of ferroelastic strain engineering in material modifications. PMID:26640119

  2. Multiferroic grain boundaries in oxygen-deficient ferroelectric lead titanate.

    PubMed

    Shimada, Takahiro; Wang, Jie; Ueda, Taku; Uratani, Yoshitaka; Arisue, Kou; Mrovec, Matous; Elsässer, Christian; Kitamura, Takayuki

    2015-01-14

    Ultimately thin multiferroics arouse remarkable interest, motivated by the diverse utility of coexisting ferroelectric and (anti)ferromagnetic order parameters for novel functional device paradigms. However, the ferroic order is inevitably destroyed below a critical size of several nanometers. Here, we demonstrate a new path toward realization of atomically thin multiferroic monolayers while resolving a controversial origin for unexpected "dilute ferromagnetism" emerged in nanocrystals of nonmagnetic ferroelectrics PbTiO3. The state-of-the-art hybrid functional of Hartree-Fock and density functional theories successfully identifies the origin and underlying physics; oxygen vacancies interacting with grain boundaries (GBs) bring about (anti)ferromagnetism with localized spin moments at the neighboring Ti atoms. This is due to spin-polarized defect states with broken orbital symmetries at GBs. In addition, the energetics of oxygen vacancies indicates their self-assembling nature at GBs resulting in considerably high concentration, which convert the oxygen-deficient GBs into multiferroic monolayers due to their atomically thin interfacial structure. This synthetic concept that realizes multiferroic and multifunctional oxides in a monolayered geometry through the self-assembly of atomic defects and grain boundary engineering opens a new avenue for promising paradigms of novel functional devices. PMID:25485474

  3. Magnetic properties of the orthorhombic NdPd

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dhar, Vijay; Provino, A.

    2016-09-01

    The equiatomic NdPd compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic CrB structure type (oS8, Cmcm, No. 63). The NdPd phase melts congruently at 1240 °C, as observed by differential thermal analysis; one further sharp thermal effect detected at 1040 °C is very likely due to a structural transition. We confirm the CrB prototype for the low-temperature form of NdPd. The lattice parameters of this compound are a=3.842(2) Å, b=10.776(7) Å, c=4.605(2) Å, as obtained from Guinier powder pattern; those for the corresponding iso-structural LaPd compound, prepared as non-magnetic reference, are a=3.947(2) Å, b=11.036(3) Å, c=4.663(2) Å. Despite the fact that NdPd has been known since long, its physical properties have not been investigated till date. Here we report the results of magnetization, heat capacity and electrical resistivity measurements performed on this compound. NdPd undergoes a single ferromagnetic transition close to 15 K, inferred from a sharp upturn in the magnetization at lower temperatures and from Arrott plots measured at selected temperatures between 1.9 and 18 K. The coercive field and remnant magnetization at 1.9 K are 320 Oe and 0.24 μB/f.u., which become negligible at 15 K. A sharp peak in the heat capacity at ≈15 K confirms the bulk magnetic transition. Isothermal magnetization at 2 K shows a tendency to saturation, reaching a value of 1.9 μB/f.u. at the maximum applied field of 70 kOe. The zero field resistivity shows an anomaly near 15 K, in correspondence with the magnetic and heat capacity data. A negative magnetoresistivity, typical of a ferromagnet, is observed in the magnetically ordered state in an applied magnetic field of 50 kOe. LaPd is a typical Pauli paramagnet with a Sommerfeld coefficient γ=3.9 mJ/mol K2.

  4. Magnetoelectric imaging of multiferroic heterostructures (Presentation Recording)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ghidini, Massimo; Lesaine, Arnaud; Zhu, Bonan; Moya, Xavier; Yan, Wenjing; Crossley, Sam; Nair, Bhasi; Mansell, Rhodri; Cowburn, Russell P.; Barnes, Crispin H. W.; Kronast, Florian; Valencia, Sergio; Maccherozzi, Francesco; Dhesi, Sarnjeet S.; Mathur, Neil

    2015-09-01

    Electrical control of magnetism has been demonstrated in multiferroic compounds and ferromagnetic semiconductors, but electrical switching of a substantial net magnetization at room temperature has not been demonstrated in these materials. This goal has instead been achieved in heterostructures comprising ferromagnetic films in which electrically driven magnetic changes arise due to strain or exchange bias from ferroic substrates, or due to charge effects induced by a gate. However, previous work focused on electrical switching of an in-plane magnetization or involved the assistance of applied magnetic fields. In heterostructures made of juxtaposed ferroelectric and ferromagnetic layers, we have shown electrical control with no applied magnetic field of the perpendicular magnetization of small features [1] and of magnetic stripe domains patterns [2]. Here we investigate Ni81Fe19 films on ferroelectric substrates with and without buffer layers of Cu, whose presence precludes charge-mediated coupling. Ni81Fe19 has virtually zero magnetostriction, but sufficiently thin films show large magnetostriction, and thus, on increasing film thickness through the threshold for zero magnetostriction, we have seeked the crossover from charge- to strain-mediated coupling. We will then show that strain associated with the motion of 90°- ferroelectric domain walls in a BaTiO3 substrate, can switch the magnetization of an array of overlying single-domain Ni dots. [1] M. Ghidini, R. Pellicelli, J. L. Prieto, X. Moya, J. Soussi, J. Briscoe, S. Dunn and N. D. Mathur, Nature Communications 4 (2013) 1453. [2] M. Ghidini, F.Maccherozzi, X. Moya, L. C. Phillips, W.Yan, J. Soussi, N. Métallier, M.Vickers, , N. -J.Steinke, R. Mansell, C. H. W. Barnes, S. S. Dhesi, and N. D. Mathur, Adv. Mater.doi: 10.1002/adma.201404799 (2015).

  5. Dynamical investigations of multiferroics: hexagonal manganites and a hexaferrite.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Talbayev, Diyar

    2010-03-01

    The electrodynamic response of magnetoelectric multiferroics can provide significant insight in the microscopic origin of multiferroicity. Hexagonal manganite HoMnO3 is a robust room temperature ferroelectric with frustrated triangular antiferromagnetic order of Mn spins setting in at 72 K. Strong magnetoelectric effects were observed in HoMnO3 and related hexa-manganites, the most intriguing of which is the control of magnetization by an applied electric field. The magnetic exchange interaction between the Ho and Mn ions was identified as a possible mechanism responsible for the observation, even though the detailed knowledge about this interaction was lacking. To fill this void, we studied magnetic excitations in HoMnO3 by far-infrared spectroscopy and elucidated the ferromagnetic nature of the rare-earth/Mn exchange. Hexaferrites that display room-temperature magnetic order are also good candidates for room temperature multiferroics. We present a study of magnetic excitations in the hexaferrite Ba0.6Sr1.4Zn2Fe12O22 using optical pump-probe spectroscopy. Pump-probe spectroscopy is known as an excellent tool for manipulating and probing magnons and phonons and for studying dynamic magnetoelectric effects. In Ba0.6Sr1.4Zn2Fe12O22, we have observed a magnetic resonance using time domain pump-probe reflectance spectroscopy, revealing a modulation of the dielectric tensor by magnetization precession. The magnetic motion in the hexaferrite modifies the dielectric constant at visible wavelengths, providing a novel manifestation of the dynamic magnetoelectric coupling and a new way of detecting magnetic motion in multiferroics. Our results highlight that magnetoelectric dynamics manifests from the far-infrared through the visible and that both time-integrated and time-resolved spectroscopy are important tools in elucidating the microscopic properties of multiferroics.

  6. Bi deficiency-tuned functionality in multiferroic Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 films

    PubMed Central

    Chen, Jingyi; Wang, Yao; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Shuangmei; Deng, Yuan

    2016-01-01

    Structural evolution and ferroelectric (FE)-to-antiferroelectric (AFE) transition behaviors were observed in Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 (100)-textured films with a carefully controlled Bi deficiency concentration δ. Raman spectra revealed an orthorhombic structural transition induced by Mn substitution. The polarization-electric field hysteresis loops and capacitance-voltage loops of Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 films clearly demonstrated antiferroelectric behavior with increasing δ. The responses of the domain structure of the Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 film under positive and negative applied voltages directly suggested the coexistence of FE and AFE phases. The existence of (100) superstructure reflections and antiparallel displacements of the Bi atoms along the [100] direction observed by transmission electron microscopy unambiguously reveal the AFE phase. The chemical substitution-induced orthorhombic structural transition in BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 film implies that as the δ concentration increases, the changes in Bi-O bonding and the stereochemical activity of Bi 6s lone pair affect both the ferroelectric distortion and the antiferrodistortive rotation and therefore drive the Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 crystal lattice to form a PbZrO3-type orthorhombic phase with an AFE order. A continuing increase in Bi deficiency creates defect dipole complexes which produce an internal field leading to a preferred direction of the ferroelectric domain. The Bi deficiency in multiferroic BiFeO3 provides a new route by which to tune functionality. PMID:26775621

  7. Bi deficiency-tuned functionality in multiferroic Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Jingyi; Wang, Yao; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Shuangmei; Deng, Yuan

    2016-01-01

    Structural evolution and ferroelectric (FE)-to-antiferroelectric (AFE) transition behaviors were observed in Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 (100)-textured films with a carefully controlled Bi deficiency concentration δ. Raman spectra revealed an orthorhombic structural transition induced by Mn substitution. The polarization-electric field hysteresis loops and capacitance-voltage loops of Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 films clearly demonstrated antiferroelectric behavior with increasing δ. The responses of the domain structure of the Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 film under positive and negative applied voltages directly suggested the coexistence of FE and AFE phases. The existence of (100) superstructure reflections and antiparallel displacements of the Bi atoms along the [100] direction observed by transmission electron microscopy unambiguously reveal the AFE phase. The chemical substitution-induced orthorhombic structural transition in BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 film implies that as the δ concentration increases, the changes in Bi-O bonding and the stereochemical activity of Bi 6s lone pair affect both the ferroelectric distortion and the antiferrodistortive rotation and therefore drive the Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 crystal lattice to form a PbZrO3-type orthorhombic phase with an AFE order. A continuing increase in Bi deficiency creates defect dipole complexes which produce an internal field leading to a preferred direction of the ferroelectric domain. The Bi deficiency in multiferroic BiFeO3 provides a new route by which to tune functionality.

  8. Bi deficiency-tuned functionality in multiferroic Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 films.

    PubMed

    Chen, Jingyi; Wang, Yao; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Shuangmei; Deng, Yuan

    2016-01-01

    Structural evolution and ferroelectric (FE)-to-antiferroelectric (AFE) transition behaviors were observed in Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 (100)-textured films with a carefully controlled Bi deficiency concentration δ. Raman spectra revealed an orthorhombic structural transition induced by Mn substitution. The polarization-electric field hysteresis loops and capacitance-voltage loops of Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 films clearly demonstrated antiferroelectric behavior with increasing δ. The responses of the domain structure of the Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 film under positive and negative applied voltages directly suggested the coexistence of FE and AFE phases. The existence of (100) superstructure reflections and antiparallel displacements of the Bi atoms along the [100] direction observed by transmission electron microscopy unambiguously reveal the AFE phase. The chemical substitution-induced orthorhombic structural transition in BiFe0.95Mn0.05O3 film implies that as the δ concentration increases, the changes in Bi-O bonding and the stereochemical activity of Bi 6s lone pair affect both the ferroelectric distortion and the antiferrodistortive rotation and therefore drive the Bi1-δFe0.95Mn0.05O3 crystal lattice to form a PbZrO3-type orthorhombic phase with an AFE order. A continuing increase in Bi deficiency creates defect dipole complexes which produce an internal field leading to a preferred direction of the ferroelectric domain. The Bi deficiency in multiferroic BiFeO3 provides a new route by which to tune functionality. PMID:26775621

  9. Effect of Previous Milling of Precursors on Magnetoelectric Effect in Multiferroic {Bi5Ti3FeO_{15}} Ceramic

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dercz, J.; Bartkowska, J.; Dercz, G.; Stoch, P.; Łukasik, M.

    2013-04-01

    Bi5Ti3FeO_{15} magnetoelectric (ME) ceramics have been synthesized and investigated. The ME effect can be described as an induced electric polarization under an external magnetic field or an induced magnetization under an external electric field. The materials in the ME effect are called ME materials, and they are considered to be a kind of new promising materials for sensors, processors, actuators, and memory systems. Multiferroics, the materials in which both ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity can coexist, are the prospective candidates which can potentially host the gigantic ME effect. Bi5Ti3FeO_{15}, an Aurivillius compound, was synthesized by sintering a mixture of Bi2O3, Fe2O3, and TiO2 oxides. The precursor materials were prepared in a high-energy attritorial mill for (1, 5, and 10) h. The orthorhombic Bi5Ti3FeO_{15} ceramics were obtained by a solid-state reaction process at 1313 K. The ME voltage coefficient (α _ME) was measured using the dynamic lock-in method. The highest ME voltage coefficient (α _ME = 8.28 mV{\\cdot } cm^{-1}{\\cdot } Oe^{-1}) is obtained for the sample milled for 1 h at H_DC = 4 Oe (1 Oe = 79.58 A{\\cdot }m^{-1}).

  10. The low-temperature crystal structure of the multiferroic melilite Ca2CoSi2O7.

    PubMed

    Sazonov, Andrew; Hutanu, Vladimir; Meven, Martin; Roth, Georg; Kézsmárki, István; Murakawa, Hiroshi; Tokura, Yoshinori; Náfrádi, Bálint

    2016-02-01

    In the antiferromagnetic ground state, below TN ≃ 5.7 K, Ca2CoSi2O7 exhibits strong magnetoelectric coupling. For a symmetry-consistent theoretical description of this multiferroic phase, precise knowledge of its crystal structure is a prerequisite. Here we report the results of single-crystal neutron diffraction on Ca2CoSi2O7 at temperatures between 10 and 250 K. The low-temperature structure at 10 K was refined assuming twinning in the orthorhombic space group P2(1)2(1)2 with a 3 × 3 × 1 supercell [a = 23.52 (1), b = 23.52 (1), c = 5.030 (3) Å] compared with the high-temperature normal state [tetragonal space group P42(1)m, a = b ≃ 7.86, c ≃ 5.03 Å]. The precise structural parameters of Ca2CoSi2O7 at 10 K are presented and compared with the literature X-ray diffraction results at 130 and 170 K (low-temperature commensurate phase), as well as at ∼ 500 K (high-temperature normal phase). PMID:26830804

  11. Multiferroicity in B-site ordered double perovskite Y2MnCrO6

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fang, Yong; Yan, Shi-Ming; Qiao, Wen; Wang, Wei; Wang, Dun-Hui; Du, You-Wei

    2014-11-01

    Double perovskite manganite Y2MnCrO6 ceramic is synthesized and its multiferroic properties are investigated. Novel multiferroic properties are displayed with respect to other multiferroics, such as high ferroelectric phase transition temperature, and the coexistence of ferrimagnetism and ferroelectricity. Moreover, the ferroelectric polarization of Y2MnCrO6 below the magnetic phase temperature can be effectively tuned by an external magnetic field, showing a remarkable magnetoelectric effect. These results open an effective avenue to explore magnetic multiferroics with spontaneous magnetization and ferroelectricity, as well as a high ferroelectric transition temperature.

  12. Influence of Fe substitution on the Jahn-Teller distortion and orbital anisotropy in orthorhombic Y(Mn1-xFex)O3 epitaxial films.

    PubMed

    Haw, Shu-Chih; Lee, Jenn-Min; Chen, Shin-Ann; Lu, Kueih-Tzu; Lee, Ming-Tao; Pi, Tun-Wen; Lee, Chih-Hao; Hu, Zhiwei; Chen, Jin-Ming

    2016-08-01

    Multiferroic YMn1-xFexO3(020) (x = 0.125, 0.25, 0.50) epitaxial thin films with an orthorhombic structure (space group Pbnm) were prepared on a YAlO3(010) substrate by pulsed-laser deposition. Upon Fe substitution, the b-axis was clearly shortened, whereas the a- and c-axes were slightly lengthened based on XRD analysis. To understand the influence of orbital polarization and the Jahn-Teller effect of Mn(3+) on Fe substitution and also the local octahedral-site distortion of Fe(3+) in an environment of Jahn-Teller-active Mn(3+) ions in YMn1-xFexO3 films, we measured the polarization-dependent X-ray absorption spectra at the Mn-L2,3 and Fe-L2,3 edges, and also simulated the experimental spectra using configuration-interaction multiplet calculations. Although Δeg for the Mn(3+) ion decreased from 0.9 eV in pure YMnO3 to 0.6 eV in the half-Fe-substituted sample, a single eg electron was still strongly constrained to the d3y(2)-r(2) orbital for all the Fe concentrations tested. The largest Δeg, 0.5 eV, for the Fe(3+) ion was derived for a sample with 12.5% Fe substitution, and gradually decreased to 0.15 eV for the half-Fe-substituted sample. The local octahedral-site distortion of the Fe(3+) ion inside the YMnO3 lattice was similar to that of the Mn(3+) ion, whereas the Jahn-Teller distortion and GdFeO3-type distortion of the Mn(3+) ion were decreased by the spherical high-spin Fe(3+) ions. The combination of the experimental and theoretical data provides both profound insight into the variation of the Jahn-Teller distortion and orbital anisotropy and instructive information about the magnetic structures in these orthorhombic YMn1-xFexO3 thin films. PMID:27430045

  13. Ultrafast optical pump-probe spectroscopy is used to reveal the coexistence of coupled antiferromagnetic (AFM)/ferroelectric (FE) and ferromagnetic (FM) orders in multiferroic TbMnO3 films, which can guide researchers in creating new kinds of multiferroic materials.

    SciTech Connect

    Qi, Jingbo; Zhu, Jianxin; Trugman, Stuart A.; Taylor, Antoinette; Jia, Quanxi; Prasankumar, Rohit

    2012-07-06

    Multiferroic materials have attracted much interest in the past decade, due not only to their novel device applications, but also their manifestations of coupling and interactions between different order parameters (particularly electric polarization and magnetic order). Recently, much attention has been focused on perovskite manganites, RMnO{sub 3} (R = rare earth ions), due to the discovery of a large magnetoelectric effect in these materials. The first member of this family to be discovered was TbMnO{sub 3} (TMO), which is now well established as a typical magnetoelectric multiferroic. Extensive experimental and theoretical studies have already been done on single crystal TMO (SC-TMO). In brief, SC-TMO, with a distorted orthorhombic perovskite structure, has an antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase transition at T{sub N} {approx}40 K with sinusoidally ordered Mn moments. Below T{sub FE} {approx} 28 K, ferroelectric (FE) order develops owing to the appearance of cycloidal spiral spin structure. In contrast, there are relatively few reports describing the properties of TMO thin films (typically grown on SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) substrates). In general, thin films can enable new functionality in materials, as their physical parameters can be changed by modifying their structure via strain imposed by the substrate. Strain in particular has the potential to directly couple FE and FM orders, which is very rare. This could benefit electronic device applications by providing low power consumption, high speed operation, and greater electric/magnetic field controllability. Previous investigations of magnetic properties in TMO films revealed an unexpected ferromagnetic (FM) order, in contrast to SC-TMO. However, several important questions regarding these films are still unanswered for instance: (1) What mechanism induces FM order? (2) Can FM, sinusoidal AFM and spiral AFM (or FE) orders coexist? (3) Can FM order be coupled to FE order? To fully understand these unique materials

  14. Preparation and properties of zinc blende and orthorhombic SnS films by chemical bath deposition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gao, Chao; Shen, Honglie; Sun, Lei

    2011-05-01

    SnS (stannous sulfide) films were prepared by chemical bath deposition in which a novel chelating reagent ammonium citrate was used. The film has a zinc blende structure or an orthorhombic structure which is determined by the pH value and the temperature of the deposition solution. The reason for this result is considered to be that SnS films prepared under different conditions have different deposition mechanisms (ion-by-ion mechanism for the zinc blende structured SnS and hydroxide cluster mechanism for the orthorhombic structured SnS). The prepared SnS films are homogeneous and well adhered. SEM images show that the SnS films with different structures have different surface morphologies. Electrical test shows that the resistivity of the films is as low as 420 Ω cm and 3300 Ω cm for orthorhombic and zinc blende SnS films, respectively, which are much lower than the ever reported values. Persistent photoconductivity (PPC) phenomena are observed for both the films with zinc blende and orthorhombic structures by photo-current responses measurement. The optical bandgaps of the SnS films are determined to be 1.75 eV and 1.15 eV for zinc blende structure and orthorhombic structure, respectively.

  15. Topological Structures in Multiferroics - Domain Walls, Skyrmions and Vortices

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Seidel, Jan; Vasudevan, Rama K.; Valanoor, Nagarajan

    2015-12-15

    Topological structures in multiferroic materials have recently received considerable attention because of their potential use as nanoscale functional elements. Their reduced size in conjunction with exotic arrangement of the ferroic order parameter and potential order parameter coupling allows for emergent and unexplored phenomena in condensed matter and functional materials systems. This will lead to exciting new fundamental discoveries as well as application concepts that exploit their response to external stimuli such as mechanical strain, electric and magnetic fields. In this review we capture the current development of this rapidly moving field with specific emphasis on key achievements that have castmore » light on how such topological structures in multiferroic materials systems can be exploited for use in complex oxide nanoelectronics and spintronics.« less

  16. Helical bunching and symmetry lowering inducing multiferroicity in Fe langasites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chaix, L.; Ballou, R.; Cano, A.; Petit, S.; de Brion, S.; Ollivier, J.; Regnault, L.-P.; Ressouche, E.; Constable, E.; Colin, C. V.; Zorko, A.; Scagnoli, V.; Balay, J.; Lejay, P.; Simonet, V.

    2016-06-01

    The chiral Fe-based langasites represent model systems of triangle-based frustrated magnets with a strong potential for multiferroicity. We report neutron-scattering measurements for the multichiral Ba3M Fe3Si2O14 (M =Nb ,Ta ) langasites revealing new important features of the magnetic order of these systems: the bunching of the helical modulation along the c axis and the in-plane distortion of the 120∘ Fe-spin arrangement. We discuss these subtle features in terms of the microscopic spin Hamiltonian and provide the link to the magnetically induced electric polarization observed in these systems. Thus, our findings put the multiferroicity of this attractive family of materials on solid ground.

  17. Electrically controllable spontaneous magnetism in nanoscale mixed phase multiferroics.

    PubMed

    He, Q; Chu, Y-H; Heron, J T; Yang, S Y; Liang, W I; Kuo, C Y; Lin, H J; Yu, P; Liang, C W; Zeches, R J; Kuo, W C; Juang, J Y; Chen, C T; Arenholz, E; Scholl, A; Ramesh, R

    2011-01-01

    Magnetoelectrics and multiferroics present exciting opportunities for electric-field control of magnetism. However, there are few room-temperature ferromagnetic-ferroelectrics. Among the various types of multiferroics the bismuth ferrite system has received much attention primarily because both the ferroelectric and the antiferromagnetic orders are quite robust at room temperature. Here we demonstrate the emergence of an enhanced spontaneous magnetization in a strain-driven rhombohedral and super-tetragonal mixed phase of BiFeO₃. Using X-ray magnetic circular dichroism-based photoemission electron microscopy coupled with macroscopic magnetic measurements, we find that the spontaneous magnetization of the rhombohedral phase is significantly enhanced above the canted antiferromagnetic moment in the bulk phase, as a consequence of a piezomagnetic coupling to the adjacent tetragonal-like phase and the epitaxial constraint. Reversible electric-field control and manipulation of this magnetic moment at room temperature is also shown. PMID:21407191

  18. Room-temperature magnetoelectric multiferroic thin films and applications thereof

    SciTech Connect

    Katiyar, Ram S; Kuman, Ashok; Scott, James F.

    2014-08-12

    The invention provides a novel class of room-temperature, single-phase, magnetoelectric multiferroic (PbFe.sub.0.67W.sub.0.33O.sub.3).sub.x (PbZr.sub.0.53Ti.sub.0.47O.sub.3).sub.1-x (0.2.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.8) (PFW.sub.x-PZT.sub.1-x) thin films that exhibit high dielectric constants, high polarization, weak saturation magnetization, broad dielectric temperature peak, high-frequency dispersion, low dielectric loss and low leakage current. These properties render them to be suitable candidates for room-temperature multiferroic devices. Methods of preparation are also provided.

  19. Topological Structures in Multiferroics - Domain Walls, Skyrmions and Vortices

    SciTech Connect

    Seidel, Jan; Vasudevan, Rama K.; Valanoor, Nagarajan

    2015-12-15

    Topological structures in multiferroic materials have recently received considerable attention because of their potential use as nanoscale functional elements. Their reduced size in conjunction with exotic arrangement of the ferroic order parameter and potential order parameter coupling allows for emergent and unexplored phenomena in condensed matter and functional materials systems. This will lead to exciting new fundamental discoveries as well as application concepts that exploit their response to external stimuli such as mechanical strain, electric and magnetic fields. In this review we capture the current development of this rapidly moving field with specific emphasis on key achievements that have cast light on how such topological structures in multiferroic materials systems can be exploited for use in complex oxide nanoelectronics and spintronics.

  20. Design of a Mott Multiferroic from a Nonmagnetic Polar Metal.

    PubMed

    Puggioni, Danilo; Giovannetti, Gianluca; Capone, Massimo; Rondinelli, James M

    2015-08-21

    We examine the electronic properties of the newly discovered "ferroelectric metal" LiOsO3 combining density-functional and dynamical mean-field theories. We show that the material is close to a Mott transition and that electronic correlations can be tuned to engineer a Mott multiferroic state in the 1/1 superlattice of LiOsO3 and LiNbO3. We use electronic structure calculations to predict that the (LiOsO3)1/(LiNbO3)1 superlattice exhibits strong coupling between magnetic and ferroelectric degrees of freedom with a ferroelectric polarization of 41.2  μC cm(-2), Curie temperature of 927 K, and Néel temperature of 379 K. Our results support a route towards high-temperature multiferroics, i.e., driving nonmagnetic polar metals into correlated insulating magnetic states. PMID:26340204

  1. Electric field control of magnetization dynamics in multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Risinggard, Vetle; Kulagina, Iryna; Linder, Jacob

    Multiferroics with a strong magnetoelectric coupling hold great promise in spintronics because they enable magnetic control of the electric polarization as well as electric control of the magnetization. We take an analytical approach, using the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation to describe the dynamic state of the magnetization. In particular, we show that in insulating multiferroics which exhibit the inhomogeneous magnetoelectric effect there exists an electrically controlled magnon-induced torque that acts even on a homogeneous magnetization. Unlike the magnon-induced torques that arise from Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions or in the proximity of a topological insulator, the strength and direction of this torque is tunable by the externally applied electric field.

  2. Modeling of efficient solid-state cooler on layered multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Starkov, Ivan; Starkov, Alexander

    2014-08-01

    We have developed theoretical foundations for the design and optimization of a solid-state cooler working through caloric and multicaloric effects. This approach is based on the careful consideration of the thermodynamics of a layered multiferroic system. The main section of the paper is devoted to the derivation and solution of the heat conduction equation for multiferroic materials. On the basis of the obtained results, we have performed the evaluation of the temperature distribution in the refrigerator under periodic external fields. A few practical examples are considered to illustrate the model. It is demonstrated that a 40-mm structure made of 20 ferroic layers is able to create a temperature difference of 25K. The presented work tries to address the whole hierarchy of physical phenomena to capture all of the essential aspects of solid-state cooling. PMID:25073143

  3. Spin Model of Magnetostrictions in Multiferroic Mn Perovskites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mochizuki, Masahito; Furukawa, Nobuo; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2010-07-01

    We theoretically study origins of the ferroelectricity in the multiferroic phases of the rare-earth (R) Mn perovskites, RMnO3, by constructing a realistic spin model including the spin-phonon coupling, which reproduces the entire experimental phase diagram in the plane of temperature and Mn-O-Mn bond angle for the first time. Surprisingly we reveal a significant contribution of the symmetric (S·S)-type magnetostriction to the ferroelectricity even in a spin-spiral-based multiferroic phase, which can be larger than the usually expected antisymmetric (S×S)-type contribution. This explains well the nontrivial behavior of the electric polarization. We also predict the noncollinear deformation of the E-type spin structure and a wide coexisting regime of the E and spiral states, which resolve several experimental puzzles.

  4. Spin model of magnetostrictions in multiferroic Mn perovskites.

    PubMed

    Mochizuki, Masahito; Furukawa, Nobuo; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2010-07-16

    We theoretically study origins of the ferroelectricity in the multiferroic phases of the rare-earth (R) Mn perovskites, RMnO(3), by constructing a realistic spin model including the spin-phonon coupling, which reproduces the entire experimental phase diagram in the plane of temperature and Mn-O-Mn bond angle for the first time. Surprisingly we reveal a significant contribution of the symmetric (S·S)-type magnetostriction to the ferroelectricity even in a spin-spiral-based multiferroic phase, which can be larger than the usually expected antisymmetric (S×S)-type contribution. This explains well the nontrivial behavior of the electric polarization. We also predict the noncollinear deformation of the E-type spin structure and a wide coexisting regime of the E and spiral states, which resolve several experimental puzzles. PMID:20867801

  5. Multiferroic properties of nanocrystalline BaTiO 3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mangalam, R. V. K.; Ray, Nirat; Waghmare, Umesh V.; Sundaresan, A.; Rao, C. N. R.

    2009-01-01

    Some of the Multiferroics [H. Schmid, Ferroelectrics 162 (1994) 317] form a rare class of materials that exhibit magneto-electric coupling arising from the coexistence of ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity, with potential for many technological applications [J.F. Scott, Nat. Mater. 6 (2007) 256; N.A. Spaldin, M. Fiebig, Science 309 (2005) 391]. Over the last decade, an active research on multiferroics has resulted in the identification of a few routes that lead to multiferroicity in bulk materials [C. Ederer, N.A. Spaldin, Nat. Mater. 3 (2004) 849; D.V. Efremov, J. van den Brink, D.I. Khomskii, Nat. Mater. 3 (2004) 853; N. Hur, S. Park, P.A. Sharma, J.S. Ahn, S. Guha, S.W. Cheong, Nature 429 (2004) 392]. While ferroelectricity in a classic ferroelectric such as BaTiO 3 is expected to diminish with the reducing particle size, [C.H. Ahn, K.M. Rabe, J.M. Triscone, Science 303 (2004) 488; J. Junquera, P. Ghosez, Nature 422 (2003) 506] ferromagnetism cannot occur in its bulk form [N.A. Hill, J. Phys. Chem. B 104 (2000) 6694]. Here, we use a combination of experiment and first-principles simulations to demonstrate that multiferroic nature emerges in intermediate size nanocrystalline BaTiO 3, ferromagnetism arising from the oxygen vacancies at the surface and ferroelectricity from the core. A strong coupling between a surface polar phonon and spin is shown to result in a magnetocapacitance effect observed at room temperature, which can open up possibilities of new electro-magneto-mechanical devices at the nano-scale.

  6. Changing Dielectrics into Multiferroics---Alchemy Enabled by Strain

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schlom, Darrell

    2011-03-01

    Ferroelectric ferromagnets are exceedingly rare, fundamentally interesting multiferroic materials. The properties of what few compounds simultaneously exhibit these phenomena pale in comparison to useful ferroelectrics or ferromagnets: their spontaneous polarizations (Ps) or magnetizations (Ms) are smaller by a factor of 1000 or more. The same holds for (magnetic or electric) field-induced multiferroics. Recently, however, Fennie and Rabe proposed a new route to ferroelectric ferromagnets---transforming magnetically ordered insulators that are neither ferroelectric nor ferromagnetic, of which there are many, into ferroelectric ferromagnets using a single control parameter: strain. The system targeted, EuTi O3 , was predicted to simultaneously exhibit strong ferromagnetism (Ms ~ ~ ~7~μB /Eu) and strong ferroelectricity (Ps ~ ~ ~10~ μ C/cm2) under large biaxial compressive strain. These values are orders of magnitude higher than any known ferroelectric ferromagnet and rival the best materials that are solely ferroelectric or ferromagnetic. Hindered by the absence of an appropriate substrate to provide the desired compression, we show 3 both experimentally and theoretically the emergence of a multiferroic state under biaxial tension with the unexpected benefit that even lower misfits are required, thereby enabling higher quality crystalline films. The resulting genesis of a strong ferromagnetic ferroelectric points the way to high temperature manifestations of this spin-phonon coupling mechanism. Our work demonstrates that a single experimental parameter, strain, simultaneously controls multiple order parameters and is a viable alternative tuning parameter to composition for creating multiferroics. C.J. Fennie and K.M. Rabe, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97 (2006) 267602.

  7. Magnetoelectric coupling effects in multiferroic complex oxide composite structures.

    PubMed

    Vaz, Carlos A F; Hoffman, Jason; Ahn, Charles H; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy

    2010-07-20

    The study of magnetoelectric materials has recently received renewed interest, in large part stimulated by breakthroughs in the controlled growth of complex materials and by the search for novel materials with functionalities suitable for next generation electronic devices. In this Progress Report, we present an overview of recent developments in the field, with emphasis on magnetoelectric coupling effects in complex oxide multiferroic composite materials. PMID:20414887

  8. Thermally mediated mechanism to enhance magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Chang, C-M; Mani, B K; Lisenkov, S; Ponomareva, I

    2015-05-01

    The main roadblock on the way to practical realization of magnetoelectric devices is the lack of multiferroics with strong magnetoelectric coupling. We propose an unusual route to dramatically enhance this coupling through a thermally mediated mechanism. Such a thermally mediated magnetoelectric effect is quantified by an isentropic rather than isothermal magnetoelectric response and is computed here from first principles. A robust enhancement of the magnetoelectric coupling is predicted for both naturally occurring and heterostructured materials. PMID:25978260

  9. Ultra-low-energy analog straintronics using multiferroic composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Roy, Kuntal

    2014-03-01

    Multiferroic devices, i.e., a magnetostrictive nanomagnet strain-coupled with a piezoelectric layer, are promising as binary switches for ultra-low-energy digital computing in beyond Moore's law era [Roy, K. Appl. Phys. Lett. 103, 173110 (2013), Roy, K. et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 063108 (2011), Phys. Rev. B 83, 224412 (2011), Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group) 3, 3038 (2013), J. Appl. Phys. 112, 023914 (2012)]. We show here that such multiferroic devices, apart from performing digital computation, can be also utilized for analog computing purposes, e.g., voltage amplification, filter etc. The analog computing capability is conceived by considering that magnetization's mean orientation shifts gradually although nanomagnet's potential minima changes abruptly. Using tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) measurement, a continuous output voltage while varying the input voltage can be produced. Stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation in the presence of room-temperature (300 K) thermal fluctuations is solved to demonstrate the analog computing capability of such multiferroic devices. This work was supported in part by FAME, one of six centers of STARnet, a Semiconductor Research Corporation program sponsored by MARCO and DARPA.

  10. Size effects on magnetoelectric response of multiferroic composite with inhomogeneities

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yue, Y. M.; Xu, K. Y.; Chen, T.; Aifantis, E. C.

    2015-12-01

    This paper investigates the influence of size effects on the magnetoelectric performance of multiferroic composite with inhomogeneities. Based on a simple model of gradient elasticity for multiferroic materials, the governing equations and boundary conditions are obtained from an energy variational principle. The general formulation is applied to consider an anti-plane problem of multiferroic composites with inhomogeneities. This problem is solved analytically and the effective magnetoelectric coefficient is obtained. The influence of the internal length (grain size or particle size) on the effective magnetoelectric coefficients of piezoelectric/piezomagnetic nanoscale fibrous composite is numerically evaluated and analyzed. The results suggest that with the increase of the internal length of piezoelectric matrix (PZT and BaTiO3), the magnetoelectric coefficient increases, but the rate of increase is ratcheting downwards. If the internal length of piezoelectric matrix remains unchanged, the magnetoelectric coefficient will decrease with the increase of internal length scale of piezomagnetic nonfiber (CoFe2O3). In a composite consisiting of a piezomagnetic matrix (CoFe2O3) reinforced with piezoelectric nanofibers (BaTiO3), an increase of the internal length in the piezomagnetic matrix, results to a decrease of the magnetoelectric coefficient, with the rate of decrease diminishing.

  11. TOPICAL REVIEW: Multiferroic thin-film integration onto semiconductor devices

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Thomas, Reji; Scott, J. F.; Bose, Dwarka N.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2010-10-01

    This review deals with thin films of single-phase materials which exhibit two primary ferroic properties, namely ferroelectricity and (anti)ferromagnetism, deposited directly or through buffer layers onto semiconductors. It is the electrical control of ferromagnetism and magnetic control of ferroelectricity at room temperature and resulting device functionality that served as the driving force for the recent widespread research activities in this field. Although Gilbert demonstrated in 1600 that electrostatics (amber) do not couple to magnetostatics (compass needles), charges in motion certainly couple to magnetism, as shown later by Oersted and epitomized by Maxwell's theoretical derivation of the properties of electromagnetic waves. We survey the important contributions of various eminent physicists, from Curie to Dzyaloshinskii and Astrov to Schmid, without whom this field of research might not have developed. Most of the known multiferroic materials are classified into different groups, primarily based on Khomskii's classification of oxide multiferroics. We follow this with a brief discussion on the device application of multiferroics with semiconductor integration.

  12. Multiferroic properties of nanostructured barium doped bismuth ferrite

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    El-Desoky, M. M.; Ayoua, M. S.; Mostafa, M. M.; Ahmed, M. A.

    2016-04-01

    Multiferroic nanoparticles of Bi1-xBaxFeO3 (x=0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25 mol%) samples were prepared using conventional solid-state method. The nanostructural, multiferroic properties of the prepared samples was investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns show the formation of BiBaFeO3 with single-phase rhombohedral-hexagonal structure. Spin canting or impurity phase could be a probable reason for the origin of ferromagnetism. At room temperature, remnant magnetization increased 18 times more than its initial value. A change in the magnetization is observed around 742-833 K. Néel temperature (TN) registers an increase of 30 times of Ba-doped BiFeO3 in comparison with undoped BiFeO3. The dielectric properties were affected by the properties of the substitutional ions as well as the crystalline structure of the present samples. Substitution with Ba2+ ions also improved the ferroelectric polarization with remanent polarization of 89 μC/cm2. The simultaneous occurrence of ferromagnetism and ferroelectric hysteresis loops in BiBaFeO3 multiferroic nanoparticles system at room temperature makes it a potential candidate for information storage and spintronics.

  13. Evidence of multiferroicity in NdMn2O5

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chattopadhyay, S.; Balédent, V.; Damay, F.; Gukasov, A.; Moshopoulou, E.; Auban-Senzier, P.; Pasquier, C.; André, G.; Porcher, F.; Elkaim, E.; Doubrovsky, C.; Greenblatt, M.; Foury-Leylekian, P.

    2016-03-01

    Recently, R Mn2O5 (R =rare earth, Bi, Y) type multiferroics have drawn considerable attention, because of magnetically induced ferroelectricity along with an extremely large magnetoelectric coupling. Here, we present a detailed study on NdMn2O5 which is a crucial composition between the nonferroelectric PrMn2O5 and ferroelectric SmMn2O5 . We report the results of heat capacity, magnetization, dielectric permittivity, and electric polarization measurements along with an accurate description of the structural and microscopic magnetic properties obtained from high resolution x-ray and neutron diffraction studies. We show that NdMn2O5 is ferroelectric, although the magnitude of polarization is much weaker than that of the other multiferroic members. The direction of the polarization is along the crystallographic b axis and its magnitude can be tuned with the application of a magnetic field. Moreover, unlike the other multiferroic members of this series, ferroelectricity in NdMn2O5 emerges in an incommensurate magnetic state. The present study also provides evidence in support of the influence of the rare-earth size on the magnetoelectric phase diagram.

  14. Coupled Polarization/magnetization Dynamics in Composite Multiferroics: AN Overview

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sukhov, A.; Chotorlishvili, L.; Jia, C. L.; Berakdar, J.

    In this chapter we present a theoretical approach for modeling the coupled polarization-magnetization dynamics in composite multiferroic nanostructures. The free energy functional is based on coupling established expressions for the the Ginzburg-Landau-Devonshire polarization free energy density with the Landau-Ginzburg magnetization free energy density. The polarization/magnetization coupling term depends on the nature of the underlying magnetoelectric interaction. As an example we inspect the role of an emerging non-collinear spin order at the ferroelectric/magnetic interface and discuss how this mechanism is reflected in the total free energy density. We present and analyze numerical results for the coupled polarization and magnetization dynamics driven by external electric and magnetic fields and show how this dynamics can be accessed experimentally via ferromagnetic resonance in nanostructured multiferroic BaTiO3/Fe or BaTiO3/Co composites. As a way for robust signal transmission and conversion, solitonic excitations are envisaged. The finding is that initially prepared magnetic (electric) solitonic signals propagate towards the interface where they are efficiently converted into electric (magnetic) signals. In a further section we explore the potential of multiferroics for quantum information applications.

  15. Magnetic structures in potential multiferroic GdCrO3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Manuel, Pascal; Chapon, Laurent; Khalyavin, Dmitry; Xueyun, Wang; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2015-03-01

    For the past decade, multiferroics materials have atracted a lot of attention in the condensed matter community because of potential applications for devices. A somewhat ambiguous addition to the multiferroics family was recently reported in the peroskite based GdCrO3 in both bulk and thin film samples. Indeed, ferroelectricity was evidenced by a strong enhancement of the capacitance in a field but significant leakage and no well developed P-E hysteresis blurred the picture. Our own measurements clearly indicate the existence of a polar phase below 2K. To complete the understanding of this material, the determination of the magnetic structure is required but is hampered by the fact Gd is a strong neutron absorber. We will present some neutron diffraction data collected on an isotopic 160GdCrO3 sample at the WISH diffractometer at ISIS which confirm the presence of three successive magnetic phases, previously only seen by magnetization, as a function of temperature. We will compare our determined structures against predictions based on group theoretical considerations and experimental work on other rare-earth ortho-chromates and discuss the mechanism for multiferroicity.

  16. Raman phonons in multiferroic FeVO4 crystals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, An-Min; Liu, Kai; Ji, Jian-Ting; He, Chang-Zhen; Tian, Yong; Jin, Feng; Zhang, Qing-Ming

    2015-12-01

    Multiferroic materials are promising candidates for next-generation multi-functional devices, because of the coexistence of multi-orders and the coupling between the orders. FeVO4 has been confirmed to be a multiferroic compound, since it exhibits both ferroelectricity and antiferromagnetic ordering at low temperatures. In this paper, we have performed careful Raman scattering measurements on high-quality FeVO4 single crystals. The compound has a very rich phonon structure due to its low crystal symmetry (P - 1) and at least 47 Raman-active phonon modes have been resolved in the low and hightemperature spectra. Most of the observed modes are well assigned with aid of first-principles calculations and symmetry analysis. The present study provides an experimental basis for exploring spin-lattice coupling and the mechanism of multiferroicity in FeVO4 Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB921701), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11174367 and 11004243), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, and the Research Funds of Renmin University of China (Grant Nos. 10XNI038, 14XNLF06, and 14XNLQ03).

  17. Multiferroic thin-film integration onto semiconductor devices.

    PubMed

    Thomas, Reji; Scott, J F; Bose, Dwarka N; Katiyar, Ram S

    2010-10-27

    This review deals with thin films of single-phase materials which exhibit two primary ferroic properties, namely ferroelectricity and (anti)ferromagnetism, deposited directly or through buffer layers onto semiconductors. It is the electrical control of ferromagnetism and magnetic control of ferroelectricity at room temperature and resulting device functionality that served as the driving force for the recent widespread research activities in this field. Although Gilbert demonstrated in 1600 that electrostatics (amber) do not couple to magnetostatics (compass needles), charges in motion certainly couple to magnetism, as shown later by Oersted and epitomized by Maxwell's theoretical derivation of the properties of electromagnetic waves. We survey the important contributions of various eminent physicists, from Curie to Dzyaloshinskii and Astrov to Schmid, without whom this field of research might not have developed. Most of the known multiferroic materials are classified into different groups, primarily based on Khomskii's classification of oxide multiferroics. We follow this with a brief discussion on the device application of multiferroics with semiconductor integration. PMID:21403306

  18. Dipole-field sums and Lorentz factors for orthorhombic lattices, and implications for polarizable molecules

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Purvis, C. K.; Taylor, P. L.

    1982-01-01

    A method for computing the Lorentz tensor components in single crystals via rapidly convergent sums of Bessels functions is developed using the relationship between dipole-field sums and the tensor components. The Lorentz factors for simple, body-centered, and base-centered orthorhombic lattices are computed using this method, and the derivative Lorentz factors for simple orthorhombic lattices are also determined. Both the Lorentz factors and their derivatives are shown to be very sensitive to a lattice structure. The equivalent of the Clausius-Mossotti relation for general orthorhombic lattices is derived using the Lorentz-factor formalism, and the permanent molecular dipole moment is related to crystal polarization for the case of a ferroelectric of polarizable point dipoles. It is concluded that the polarization enhancement due to self-polarization familiar from classical theory may actually be a reduction in consequences of negative Lorentz factors in one or two lattice directions for noncubic crystals.

  19. Phase transformation in multiferroic Bi{sub 5}Ti{sub 3}FeO{sub 15} ceramics by temperature-dependent ellipsometric and Raman spectra: An interband electronic transition evidence

    SciTech Connect

    Jiang, P. P.; Duan, Z. H.; Xu, L. P.; Zhang, X. L.; Li, Y. W.; Hu, Z. G. Chu, J. H.

    2014-02-28

    Thermal evolution and an intermediate phase between ferroelectric orthorhombic and paraelectric tetragonal phase of multiferroic Bi{sub 5}Ti{sub 3}FeO{sub 15} ceramic have been investigated by temperature-dependent spectroscopic ellipsometry and Raman scattering. Dielectric functions and interband transitions extracted from the standard critical-point model show two dramatic anomalies in the temperature range of 200–873 K. It was found that the anomalous temperature dependence of electronic transition energies and Raman mode frequencies around 800 K can be ascribed to intermediate phase transformation. Moreover, the disappearance of electronic transition around 3 eV at 590 K is associated with the conductive property.

  20. The induced magnetic and electric fields' paradox leading to multicaloric effects in multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vopson, Melvin M.

    2016-04-01

    Magneto-electric effect in multiferroics implies that an applied magnetic field induces an electric polarization change in a multiferroic solid and vice versa, an applied electric field modifies its magnetization. The magneto-electric effect is a powerful feature of multiferroics and has attracted huge interest due to potential technological applications. One such possible application is the multicaloric effect in multiferroics. However, a closer examination of this effect and its derivation leads to a paradox, in which the predicted changes in one of the order phase at a constant applied field are due to the excitation by the same field. Here this apparent paradox is first explained in detail and then solved. Understanding how electric and magnetic fields can be induced in multiferroic materials is an essential tool enabling their theoretical modeling as well as facilitating the introduction of future applications.

  1. Cross coupling between electric and magnetic orders in a multiferroic metal-organic framework.

    PubMed

    Tian, Ying; Stroppa, Alessandro; Chai, Yisheng; Yan, Liqin; Wang, Shouguo; Barone, Paolo; Picozzi, Silvia; Sun, Young

    2014-01-01

    The coexistence of both electric and magnetic orders in some metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) has yielded a new class of multiferroics beyond inorganic materials. However, the coupling between two orders in multiferroic MOFs has not been convincingly verified yet. Here we present clear experimental evidences of cross coupling between electric and magnetic orders in a multiferroic MOF [(CH3)2NH2]Fe(HCOO)3 with a perovskite structure. The dielelectric constant exhibit a hump just at the magnetic ordering temperature TN. Moreover, both the direct (magnetic field control of dielectric properties) and converse (electric field control of magnetization) magnetoelectric effects have been observed in the multiferroic state. This work opens up new insights on the origin of ferroelectricity in MOFs and highlights their promise as magnetoelectric multiferroics. PMID:25317819

  2. Crystallization of the Focal Adhesion Kinase Targeting (FAT) Domain in a Primitive Orthorhombic Space Group

    SciTech Connect

    Magis,A.; Bailey, K.; Kurenova, E.; Hernandez Prada, J.; Cance, W.; Ostrov, D.

    2008-01-01

    X-ray diffraction data from the targeting (FAT) domain of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) were collected from a single crystal that diffracted to 1.99 Angstroms resolution and reduced to the primitive orthorhombic lattice. A single molecule was predicted to be present in the asymmetric unit based on the Matthews coefficient. The data were phased using molecular-replacement methods using an existing model of the FAK FAT domain. All structures of human focal adhesion kinase FAT domains solved to date have been solved in a C-centered orthorhombic space group.

  3. Quantitative investigation of magnetoelectric coupling in various forms of multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kim, Kee Hoon

    2009-03-01

    Magnetoelectric susceptibility (MES) is probably the most direct way of estimating the magnitude of magnetoelectric coupling in many forms of magnetoelectric and/or multiferroic materials. Historically, the MES has been measured in numerous existing magnetoelectric materials in broad field, frequency, and temperature ranges and their MES values have been tabulated [1]. With growing interest worldwide toward applications of multiferroics for novel memory and sensor devices, however, there have been ever-increasing demands to measure quantitatively the MES of multiferroic thin films. Yet, the measurements of thin film MES become challenging in spite of its large MES value because the magnetoelectric voltages, proportional to the film thickness, usually get too small to be measured reliably. Herein, we introduce a highly sensitive magnetoelectric susceptometer that can detect the charge variation down to ˜10-17C in a few gauss oscillating magnetic field. Using this specific setup, we could measure the MES of multiferroic thin films or single crystals with unprecedented accuracy and sensitivity in cryogenic (down to 2 K) and magnetic field (up to 9 T) environments. In this talk, we summarize a number of key results based on this technique; (1) MES of a 300 nm BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 nanopillar structure as well as those of a 250 nm BiFeO3 film and of a BiFeO3 single crystal. (2) MES of (Pb,Zr)TiO3-NiFe2O4 nanocomposite films, and (3) temperature- and field-dependent MES in representative multiferroic crystals/films including TbMn2O5 , GaFeO3, and Cr2O3. In particular, we demonstrate that the MES of the film with the nanopillar structure is enhanced by approximately one order of magnitude reaching 2×10-10 s/m at room temperature, compared with those of a pure BiFeO3 film and a single crystal. Furthermore, based on detailed field and temperature dependent MES studies, we show that magnetoelectric coupling in TbMn2O5 has been mediated and amplified by the large magnetoelastic

  4. High-efficient thermoelectric materials: The case of orthorhombic IV-VI compounds

    PubMed Central

    Ding, Guangqian; Gao, Guoying; Yao, Kailun

    2015-01-01

    Improving the thermoelectric efficiency is one of the greatest challenges in materials science. The recent discovery of excellent thermoelectric performance in simple orthorhombic SnSe crystal offers new promise in this prospect [Zhao et al. Nature 508, 373 (2014)]. By calculating the thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic IV-VI compounds GeS,GeSe,SnS, and SnSe based on the first-principles combined with the Boltzmann transport theory, we show that the Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity of orthorhombic SnSe are in agreement with the recent experiment. Importantly, GeS, GeSe, and SnS exhibit comparative thermoelectric performance compared to SnSe. Especially, the Seebeck coefficients of GeS, GeSe, and SnS are even larger than that of SnSe under the studied carrier concentration and temperature region. We also use the Cahill's model to estimate the lattice thermal conductivities at the room temperature. The large Seebeck coefficients, high power factors, and low thermal conductivities make these four orthorhombic IV-VI compounds promising candidates for high-efficient thermoelectric materials. PMID:26045338

  5. Oxyhalides: A new class of high-T C multiferroic materials.

    PubMed

    Zhao, Li; Fernández-Díaz, Maria Teresa; Tjeng, Liu Hao; Komarek, Alexander C

    2016-05-01

    Magnetoelectric multiferroics have attracted enormous attention in the past years because of their high potential for applications in electronic devices, which arises from the intrinsic coupling between magnetic and ferroelectric ordering parameters. The initial finding in TbMnO3 has triggered the search for other multiferroics with higher ordering temperatures and strong magnetoelectric coupling for applications. To date, spin-driven multiferroicity is found mainly in oxides, as well as in a few halogenides. We report multiferroic properties for synthetic melanothallite Cu2OCl2, which is the first discovery of multiferroicity in a transition metal oxyhalide. Measurements of pyrocurrent and the dielectric constant in Cu2OCl2 reveal ferroelectricity below the Néel temperature of ~70 K. Thus, melanothallite belongs to a new class of multiferroic materials with an exceptionally high critical temperature. Powder neutron diffraction measurements reveal an incommensurate magnetic structure below T N, and all magnetic reflections can be indexed with a propagation vector [0.827(7), 0, 0], thus discarding the claimed pyrochlore-like "all-in-all-out" spin structure for Cu2OCl2, and indicating that this transition metal oxyhalide is, indeed, a spin-induced multiferroic material. PMID:27386552

  6. Antiferroelectric Materials, Applications and Recent Progress on Multiferroic Heterostructures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhou, Ziyao; Yang, Qu; Liu, Ming; Zhang, Zhiguo; Zhang, Xinyang; Sun, Dazhi; Nan, Tianxiang; Sun, Nianxiang; Chen, Xing

    2015-04-01

    Antiferroelectric (AFE) materials with adjacent dipoles oriented in antiparallel directions have a double polarization hysteresis loops. An electric field (E-field)-induced AFE-ferroelectric (FE) phase transition takes place in such materials, leading to a large lattice strain and energy change. The high dielectric constant and the distinct phase transition in AFE materials provide great opportunities for the realization of energy storage devices like super-capacitors and energy conversion devices such as AFE MEMS applications. Lots of work has been done in this field since 60-70 s. Recently, the strain tuning of the spin, charge and orbital orderings and their interactions in complex oxides and multiferroic heterostructures have received great attention. In these systems, a single control parameter of lattice strain is used to control lattice-spin, lattice-phonon, and lattice-charge interactions and tailor properties or create a transition between distinct magnetic/electronic phases. Due to the large strain/stress arising from the phase transition, AFE materials are great candidates for integrating with ferromagnetic (FM) materials to realize in situ manipulation of magnetism and lattice-ordered parameters by voltage. In this paper, we introduce the AFE material and it's applications shortly and then review the recent progress in AFEs based on multiferroic heterostructures. These new multiferroic materials could pave a new way towards next generation light, compact, fast and energy efficient voltage tunable RF/microwave, spintronic and memory devices promising approaches to in situ manipulation of lattice-coupled order parameters is to grow epitaxial oxide films on FE/ferroelastic substrates.

  7. Strong magnetoelectric coupling at microwave frequencies in metallic magnetic film/lead zirconate titanate multiferroic composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pettiford, C.; Lou, J.; Russell, L.; Sun, N. X.

    2008-03-01

    Strong magnetoelectric coupling was observed at microwave frequencies in metallic magnetic film/lead zirconate titanate [Pb(Zr,Ti)O3] multiferroic composites, in which the magnetic films were either FeCoB or FeGaB with relatively high saturation magnetostriction constants between 40 and 70ppm and narrow ferromagnetic resonance linewidths of ˜20Oe at 10GHz. Large electrostatically induced ferromagnetic resonance frequency shifts of 50-110MHz at ˜2.3GHz were observed. These metallic magnetic film/Pb(Zr ,Ti)O3 multiferroic composites with large electrostatic tunability of the ferromagnetic resonance frequency provide great opportunities for integrated microwave multiferroic devices.

  8. Striped Multiferroic Phase in Double-Exchange Model for Quarter-Doped Manganites

    SciTech Connect

    Dong, Shuai; Yu, Rong; Liu, J.-M.; Dagotto, Elbio R

    2009-01-01

    The phase diagram of quarter-hole-doped perovskite manganites is investigated using the doubleexchange model. An exotic striped type-II multiferroic phase, where 25% of the nearest-neighbor spin couplings are orthogonal to each other, is found in the narrow-bandwidth region. Comparing with the spiral-spin ordering phase of undoped manganites, the multiferroic Curie temperature of the new phase is estimated to be 4 times higher, while the ferroelectric polarization is similar in magnitude. Our study provides a path for noncollinear spin multiferroics based on electronic self-organization, different from the traditional approach based on superexchange frustration.

  9. Spin-driven multiferroics in BaYFeO{sub 4}

    SciTech Connect

    Cong, Jun-Zhuang; Shen, Shi-Peng; Chai, Yi-Sheng; Yan, Li-Qin; Shang, Da-Shan; Wang, Shou-Guo; Sun, Young

    2015-05-07

    We report on the spin-driven multiferroic property and magnetoelectric effect in the lately synthesized compound BaYFeO{sub 4}. Due to its peculiar crystal structure, the system exhibits complex magnetic phases with multiple transitions. The dielectric and pyroelectric measurements evidence a spin-driven multiferroic state raised by the cycloidal spin structure below T{sub 1} = 36 K. Strong magnetoelectric effect has also been observed in the multiferroic state. The origin of noncollinear cycloidal spin structure in BaYFeO{sub 4} is believed to arise from the interactions between low-dimensional magnetic columns.

  10. Orthorhombic faults system at the onset of the Late Mesozoic-Cenozoic Barents Sea rifting

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Collanega, Luca; Breda, Anna; Massironi, Matteo

    2016-04-01

    The structures of the Late Mesozoic/Cenozoic Barents Sea rifting have been investigated with multichannel 3D seismics, covering an area of 7700 sqKm in the Hoop Fault Complex, a transitional area between the platform and the marginal basins. The main structural lineaments have been mapped in a time domain 3D surface and their activity ranges have been constrained through the sin-sedimentary thickness variations detected in time-thickness maps. Two main fault systems have been identified: an orthorhombic fault system consisting of two fault sets trending almost perpendicularly one to the other (WNW-ESE and NNE-SSW) and a graben/half-graben system, elongated approximately N-S in the central part of the study area. While the graben/half-graben system can be explained through the theory of Anderson, this landmark theory fails to explain the simultaneous activity of the two fault sets of the orthorhombic system. So far, the models that can better explain orthorhombic fault arrangements are the slip model by Reches (Reches, 1978; Reches, 1983; Reches and Dieterich, 1983) and the odd-axis model by Krantz (Krantz, 1988). However, these models are not definitive and a strong quest to better understand polymodal faulting is actual (Healy et al., 2015). In the study area, the presence of both a classical Andersonian and an orthorhombic system indicates that these models are not alternative but are both effective and necessary to explain faulting in different circumstances. Indeed, the Andersonian plain strain and the orthorhombic deformation have affected different part of the succession during different phases of the rifting. In particular, the orthorhombic system has affected only the Late Mesozoic-Cenozoic interval of the succession and it was the main active system during the initial phase of the rifting. On the other hand, the graben/half-graben system has affected the whole sedimentary succession, with an increasing activity during the development of the rifting. It has

  11. Room-Temperature Multiferroic Hexagonal LuFeO3

    SciTech Connect

    Cheng, Xuemei; Balke, Nina; Chi, Miaofang; Gai, Zheng; Keavney, David; Lee, Ho Nyung; Shen, Jian; Snijders, Paul C; Wang, Wenbin; Ward, Thomas Z; Xu, Xiaoshan; Yi, Jieyu; Zhu, Leyi; Christen, Hans M; Zhao, Jun

    2013-01-01

    We observed the coexistence of ferroelectricity and weak ferromagnetism at room temperature in the hexagonal phase of LuFeO3 stabilized by epitaxial thin film growth. While the ferroelectricity in hexagonal LuFeO3 can be understood as arising from its polar structure, the observation of weak ferromagnetism at room temperature is remarkable considering the frustrated triangular spin structure. An explanation of the room temperature weak ferromagnetism is proposed in terms of a subtle lattice distortion revealed by the structural characterization. The combination of ferroelectricity and weak ferromagnetism in epitaxial films at room temperature offers great potential for the application of this novel multiferroic material in next generation devices.

  12. Unfolding of Vortices into Topological Stripes in a Multiferroic Material

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, X.; Mostovoy, M.; Han, M. G.; Horibe, Y.; Aoki, T.; Zhu, Y.; Cheong, S.-W.

    2014-06-01

    Multiferroic hexagonal RMnO3 (R =rare earths) crystals exhibit dense networks of vortex lines at which six domain walls merge. While the domain walls can be readily moved with an applied electric field, the vortex cores so far have been impossible to control. Our experiments demonstrate that shear strain induces a Magnus-type force pulling vortices and antivortices in opposite directions and unfolding them into a topological stripe domain state. We discuss the analogy between this effect and the current-driven dynamics of vortices in superconductors and superfluids.

  13. Voltage-dependent ferromagnetic resonance in epitaxial multiferroic nanocomposites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Benatmane, Nadjib; Crane, S. P.; Zavaliche, F.; Ramesh, R.; Clinton, T. W.

    2010-02-01

    We demonstrate electrical control of the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) in multiferroic nanostructures. A series of heteroepitaxial BiFeO3-NiFe2O4 nanocomposites of varying thickness are characterized using a microwave probe with magnetic and electric sensitivity. We apply an electric field to a sample and observe voltage-driven shifts in the FMR frequency, reflecting a change in magnetic anisotropy. The voltage dependence of the FMR linewidths is even more pronounced, indicating the electric polarization can induce relatively large magnetic nonuniformity in the material. These characteristics may lead to a class of rf filters where both frequency and bandwidth are electrically tunable.

  14. Magnetoelectroelastic control of magnetism in an artificial multiferroic

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Heidler, J.; Fechner, M.; Chopdekar, R. V.; Piamonteze, C.; Dreiser, J.; Jenkins, C. A.; Arenholz, E.; Rusponi, S.; Brune, H.; Spaldin, N. A.; Nolting, F.

    2016-07-01

    We study the coexistence of strain- and charge-mediated magnetoelectric coupling in a cobalt (0-7 nm) wedge on ferroelectric (011)-oriented [Pb(Mg1/3/Nb2 /3) O3] 0.68-[PbTiO3]0.32 using surface-sensitive x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy at the Co L3 ,2 edges. Three distinct electric field driven remanent magnetization states can be set in the Co film at room temperature. Ab initio density functional theory calculations unravel the relative contributions of both strain and charge to the observed magnetic anisotropy changes illustrating magnetoelectroelastic coupling at artificial multiferroic interfaces.

  15. Ferroelectric control of anisotropic damping in multiferroic tunnel junctions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Yan; Zhang, Ning; Berakdar, Jamal; Jia, Chenglong

    2015-10-01

    The magnetoelectric effect on nonlocal magnetization dynamics is theoretically investigated in normal-metal/ferroelectric-insulator/ferromagnetic tunnel junctions. In addition to the Rashba spin-orbit interaction (SOI) originating from loss of parity symmetry at the interfaces, the topology of interfacial spiral spins triggered by ferroelectric polarization acts with an effective SOI that is electrically controllable. These spin-dependent interactions result in an anisotropic Gilbert damping with C2 v symmetry. The findings are of a direct relevance for the utilization of composite multiferroics for devices that rely on electrically controlled magnetic switching.

  16. Dynamic response in a finite size composite multiferroic thin film

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Zidong; Grimson, Malcolm J.

    2016-03-01

    Composite multiferroics, heterostructures of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials, are characterized by a remarkable magnetoelectric effect at the interface. Previous work has supported the ferromagnetic structure with magnetic spins and the ferroelectric with pseudospins which act as electric dipoles in a microscopic model, coupled with a magnetoelectric interaction [Wang and Grimson, J. Appl. Phys. 118, 124109 (2015)]. In this work, by solving the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation, the electric-field-induced magnetization switching in a twisted boundary condition has been studied, and a behavior of domain wall in the ferromagnetic structure is discussed.

  17. Large scale and fast synthesis of multiferroic TbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} single-crystalline nanorods

    SciTech Connect

    An, Xiaoxin; Wang, You; Deng, Jinxia; Chen, Jun Xing, Xianran

    2014-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pure TbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} phase was synthesized in a wide temperature range for a short time. • Smooth and uniform single-crystalline nanorods were obtained. • The element Mn in TbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} exhibits a mix Mn{sup 3+/4+} valence state with an average value of 3.5+, and the element Tb exhibits Tb{sup 3+}. - Abstract: Crystalline multiferroic TbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanorods were successfully synthesized by a facile and scalable molten salt synthesis with NaCl–Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} eutectic salts used in the temperature range of 750–900 °C for only 2 h. The obtained TbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} could be indexed to an orthorhombic phase by the results of XRD patterns. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), combined with high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and EDS, have been employed to investigate the morphology, size, crystallinity, structure, and composition of the as-synthesized TbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanorods. The TbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} product exhibits smooth, uniform and crystalline nanorods with diameters of 30–70 nm, and length of varying from 3 to 6 μm. The results of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis indicate that the elements Mn and Tb in TbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} exhibit Mn{sup 3+/4+} and Tb{sup 3+}, respectively. The magnetic properties of the as-prepared TbMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanorods have been also characterized by physical properties measurement system (PPMS)

  18. Photocatalytic water splitting for hydrogen generation on cubic, orthorhombic, and tetragonal KNbO3 microcubes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Tingting; Zhao, Kun; Yu, Jiaguo; Jin, Jian; Qi, Yang; Li, Huiquan; Hou, Xinjuan; Liu, Gang

    2013-08-01

    Potassium niobate (KNbO3) microcubes with orthorhombic and tetragonal phases were hydrothermally prepared and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, micro-Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The photoreactivity of the as-prepared KNbO3 samples was evaluated regarding the hydrogen evolution from aqueous methanol under UV, and the results were compared with that of cubic KNbO3 microcubes. The photocatalytic reactivity was shown to be phase-dependent, following the order cubic > orthorhombic > tetragonal. Insight into the phase-dependent photocatalytic properties was gained by first-principles density functional calculations. The best photocatalytic performance of cubic KNbO3 is ascribed to it having the highest symmetry in the bulk structure and associated unique electronic structure. Further, the surface electronic structure plays a key role leading to the discrepancy in photoreactivity between orthorhombic and tetragonal KNbO3. The results from this study are potentially applicable to a range of perovskite-type mixed metal oxides useful in water splitting as well as other areas of heterogeneous photocatalysis.Potassium niobate (KNbO3) microcubes with orthorhombic and tetragonal phases were hydrothermally prepared and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, micro-Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The photoreactivity of the as-prepared KNbO3 samples was evaluated regarding the hydrogen evolution from aqueous methanol under UV, and the results were compared with that of cubic KNbO3 microcubes. The photocatalytic reactivity was

  19. Spontaneous Ferroelectric Order in a Bent-Core Smectic Liquid Crystal of Fluid Orthorhombic Layers

    SciTech Connect

    R Reddy; C Zhu; R Shao; E Korblova; T Gong; Y Shen; M Glaser; J Maclennan; D Walba; N Clark

    2011-12-31

    Macroscopic polarization density, characteristic of ferroelectric phases, is stabilized by dipolar intermolecular interactions. These are weakened as materials become more fluid and of higher symmetry, limiting ferroelectricity to crystals and to smectic liquid crystal stackings of fluid layers. We report the SmAP{sub F}, the smectic of fluid polar orthorhombic layers that order into a three-dimensional ferroelectric state, the highest-symmetry layered ferroelectric possible and the highest-symmetry ferroelectric material found to date. Its bent-core molecular design employs a single flexible tail that stabilizes layers with untilted molecules and in-plane polar ordering, evident in monolayer-thick freely suspended films. Electro-optic response reveals the three-dimensional orthorhombic ferroelectric structure, stabilized by silane molecular terminations that promote parallel alignment of the molecular dipoles in adjacent layers.

  20. Superconductivity in MgPtSi: An orthorhombic variant of MgB2

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kudo, Kazutaka; Fujimura, Kazunori; Onari, Seiichiro; Ota, Hiromi; Nohara, Minoru

    2015-05-01

    A ternary compound, MgPtSi, was synthesized by solid-state reaction. An examination of the compound by powder x-ray diffraction revealed that it crystallizes in the orthorhombic TiNiSi-type structure with the P n m a space group. The structure comprises alternately stacked layers of Mg and PtSi honeycomb network, which is reminiscent of MgB2, and the buckling of the honeycomb network causes orthorhombic distortion. Electrical and magnetic studies revealed that MgPtSi exhibited superconductivity with a transition temperature of 2.5 K. However, its isostructural compounds, namely, MgRhSi and MgIrSi, were not found to exhibit superconductivity.

  1. The Solubility of Orthorhombic Lysozyme Crystals Obtained at High pH

    SciTech Connect

    Aldabaibeh, Naser; Jones, Matthew J.; Myerson, Allan S.; Ulrich, Joachim

    2009-07-06

    The high pH region of the phase diagram of lysozyme with NaCl as a precipitant was determined. In this region of the phase diagram, lysozyme crystallizes in one of two different orthorhombic modifications, the low and high temperature orthorhombic modifications. The solubility of two modifications was measured at different temperatures, pH values, and NaCl concentrations. Both modifications show a similar dependence on the solution conditions where solubility increases with temperature and decreases with pH and NaCl concentration. The transition temperature between the two modifications was determined from the solubility curves and was shown to increase with pH and NaCl concentration. At pH values close to the isoelectric point (pH 11), the transition temperature becomes independent of NaCl concentration.

  2. Monoclinic and orthorhombic polymorphs of paracetamol—solid state linear dichroic infrared spectral analysis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ivanova, Bojidarka B.

    2005-03-01

    Solid-state linear dichroic infrared (IR-LD) spectral analysis of both monoclinic (form I) and orthorhombic (form II) polymorphs of paracetamol was carried out using an orientation technique as a nematic liquid crystal suspension. The so-called reducing-difference procedure for polarized spectra interpretation was applied and the obtained supramolecular stereo structural data of both modifications were compared with known crystallographic ones. A detailed vibration assignment of characteristic frequencies of forms I and II was also applied. A quantitative FT-IR spectral approach for monoclinic form determination in mixtures by the intensity ratio of 1610 cm -1 peak (characteristic for both forms) to 1666 cm -1 one (attributed to orthorhombic modification) was presented, as well.

  3. Composite domain walls in a multiferroic perovskite ferrite.

    PubMed

    Tokunaga, Yusuke; Furukawa, Nobuo; Sakai, Hideaki; Taguchi, Yasujiro; Arima, Taka-hisa; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2009-07-01

    Controlling ferromagnetism by an external electric field has been a great challenge in materials physics, for example towards the development of low-power-consumption spintronics devices. To achieve an efficient mutual control of electricity and magnetism, the use of multiferroics--materials that show both ferroelectric and ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic order--is one of the most promising approaches. Here, we show that GdFeO(3), one of the most orthodox perovskite oxides, is not only a weak ferromagnet but also possesses a ferroelectric ground state, in which the ferroelectric polarization is generated by the striction through the exchange interaction between the Gd and Fe spins. Furthermore, in this compound, ferroelectric polarization and magnetization are successfully controlled by magnetic and electric fields, respectively. This unprecedented mutual controllability of electricity and magnetism is attributed to the unique feature of composite domain wall clamping of the respective domain walls for electric and magnetic orders. This domain wall feature generally determines the efficiency of the mutual controllability and thus could have an important role towards the application of multiferroics to practical devices. PMID:19503067

  4. Multiferroicity Broken by Commensurate Magnetic Ordering in Terbium Orthomanganite.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Hao; Flacau, Roxana; Du, Xin; Manuel, Pascal; Cong, Junzhuang; Sun, Young; Sun, Junliang; Yang, Sihai; Li, Guobao; Liao, Fuhui; Lin, Jianhua

    2016-04-18

    TbMnO3 is an important multiferroic material with strong coupling between magnetic and ferroelectric orderings. Incommensurate magnetic ordering is suggested to be vital for this coupling in TbMnO3 , which can be modified by doping at the site of Tb and/or Mn. Our study shows that a self-doped solid solution Tb1-x Mny MnO3 (y≤x) can be formed with Mn doped into the site of Tb of TbMnO3 . When y is small Tb1-x Mny MnO3 shows both ferroelectric and incommensurate magnetic orders at low temperature, which is similar to TbMnO3 . However, if y is large enough, a commensurate antiferromagnetic ordering appears along with the incommensurate magnetic ordering to prevent the appearance of multiferroicity in Tb1-x Mny MnO3 . That is to say, the magnetoeletric coupling can be broken by the co-existence of a commensurate antiferromagnetic ordering. This finding may be useful to the study of TbMnO3 . PMID:26833883

  5. One-way electromagnetic waveguide using multiferroic Fibonacci superlattices

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tang, Zhenghua; Lei, Dajun; Huang, Jianquan; Jin, Gui; Qiu, Feng; Yan, Wenyan

    2015-12-01

    The multiferroic Fibonacci superlattices (MFSs) are composed of single-phase multiferroic domains with polarization and magnetization according to the rule of Fibonacci sequence. We propose to construct a one-way electromagnetic waveguide by the MFSs. The forbidden band structures of the MFSs for the forward and backward electromagnetic waves are not completely overlapped, and an obvious translation between them occurs around the fixed point ω bar = 1 with broken time-reversal and space inversion symmetries (TRSIS), which indicates the existence of one-way electromagnetic modes in the MFSs. Transmission spectrum is utilized to present this property and to indicate further one-way electromagnetic modes lying within the polaritonic band gap. The maximum forbidden bandwidth (divided by midgap frequency) of 5.4% for the backward electromagnetic wave (BEW) is found, in which the forward electromagnetic wave (FEW) can pass. The functions of one-way propagation modes and polaritonic band gap integrated into the MFSs can miniaturize the one-way photonic devices. The properties can also be applied to construct compact microwave isolators.

  6. Electric-field control of magnetism in multiferroic heterostructures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhao, Yonggang; Zhang, Sen; Li, Peisen; Chen, Aitian; Li, Dalai; Yang, Lifeng; Rizwan, S.; Liu, Y.; Xiao, Xia; Wu, Yizheng; Jin, Xiaofeng; Han, Xiufeng; Zhang, Huiyun; Zhu, Meihong

    2015-03-01

    We have studied electric-field control of magnetism in different multiferroic heterostructures, composed of ferromagnetic (FM) and ferroelectric (FE) materials such as Co40Fe40B20(CoFeB)/Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.7Ti0.3O3(PMN-PT) and magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ) on PMN-PT, etc. A giant electric-field control of magnetization as well as magnetic anisotropy was observed in a CoFeB/PMN-PT structure at room temperature with a maximum relative magnetization change up to 83 percent and a 90° rotation of the easy axis. In MTJ of CoFeB/AlOx/CoFeB grown on PMN-PT, we demonstrate a reversible, continuous magnetization rotation and manipulation of tunneling magnetoresistance at room temperature by electric fields without the assistance of a magnetic field. These results show the interesting new physics and potential applications of the FM/FE multiferroic heterostructures.

  7. CoFe2/Al2O3/PMNPT multiferroic heterostructures by atomic layer deposition

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhou, Ziyao; Grocke, Garrett; Yanguas-Gil, Angel; Wang, Xinjun; Gao, Yuan; Sun, Nianxiang; Howe, Brandon; Chen, Xing

    2016-05-01

    Multiferroic materials and applications allow electric bias control of magnetism or magnetic bias control of polarization, enabling fast, compact, energy-efficient devices in RF/microwave communication systems such as filters, shifters, and antennas; electronics devices such as inductors and capacitors; and other magnetic material related applications including sensors and memories. In this manuscript, we utilize atomic layer deposition technology to grow magnetic CoFe metallic thin films onto PMNPT, with a ˜110 Oe electric field induced ferromagnetic resonance field shift in the CoFe/Al2O3/PMNPT multiferroic heterostructure. Our work demonstrates an atomic layer deposition fabricated multiferroic heterostructure with significant tunability and shows that the unique thin film growth mechanism will benefit integrated multiferroic application in near future.

  8. Multiferroic properties of stretchable BiFeO3 nano-composite film

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hwang, J. S.; Cho, J. Y.; Park, S. Y.; Yoo, Y. J.; Yoo, P. S.; Lee, B. W.; Lee, Y. P.

    2015-02-01

    We present a simple drop-casting method for preparing multiferroic nano-composite film where BiFeO3 (BFO) nanoparticles (NPs) were evenly dispersed into polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) polymer. BFO NPs used in this work were synthesized by the conventional sol-gel method, having diameter of tens of nm and being in good crystallinity. The BFO NPs were loaded into a highly insulating PVA polymer solution as filler. The multiferroic properties of the film reveal ferromagnetic ordering due to the uncompensated spiral ordering and saturated ferroelectric curves due to the cut-off of current leakage. Moreover, the prepared films show high flexibility and their multiferroicities are preserved well even in a high curved condition, reflecting the possibility for fabricating wearable devices based on multiferroic materials.

  9. Thermodynamics of multicaloric effects in multiferroic materials: application to metamagnetic shape-memory alloys and ferrotoroidics.

    PubMed

    Planes, Antoni; Castán, Teresa; Saxena, Avadh

    2016-08-13

    We develop a general thermodynamic framework to investigate multicaloric effects in multiferroic materials. This is applied to the study of both magnetostructural and magnetoelectric multiferroics. Landau models with appropriate interplay between the corresponding ferroic properties (order parameters) are proposed for metamagnetic shape-memory and ferrotoroidic materials, which, respectively, belong to the two classes of multiferroics. For each ferroic property, caloric effects are quantified by the isothermal entropy change induced by the application of the corresponding thermodynamically conjugated field. The multicaloric effect is obtained as a function of the two relevant applied fields in each class of multiferroics. It is further shown that multicaloric effects comprise the corresponding contributions from caloric effects associated with each ferroic property and the cross-contribution arising from the interplay between these ferroic properties.This article is part of the themed issue 'Taking the temperature of phase transitions in cool materials'. PMID:27402925

  10. Designing room-temperature multiferroic materials in a single-phase solid-solution film

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mao, H. J.; Song, C.; Cui, B.; Peng, J. J.; Li, F.; Xiao, L. R.; Pan, F.

    2016-09-01

    The search for multiferroic materials with simultaneous ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties in a single phase at room temperature continues to be fuelled from the perspective of developing multifunctional devices. Here we design a single-phase multiferroic La0.67Sr0.33MnO3-BaTiO3 film, which possesses epitaxial single-crystal and solid-solution structure, high magnetic Curie temperature (~640 K) as well as switchable ferroelectric polarization. Moreover, a notable strain-mediated magnetoelectric coupling at room temperature in the way of modulating the magnetism with an external applied voltage is also observed. The synthetic solid-solution multiferroic film may open an extraordinary avenue for exploring a series of room-temperature multiferroic materials.

  11. Magnetic switching of ferroelectric domains at room temperature in multiferroic PZTFT

    PubMed Central

    Evans, D.M.; Schilling, A.; Kumar, Ashok; Sanchez, D.; Ortega, N.; Arredondo, M.; Katiyar, R.S.; Gregg, J.M.; Scott, J.F.

    2013-01-01

    Single-phase magnetoelectric multiferroics are ferroelectric materials that display some form of magnetism. In addition, magnetic and ferroelectric order parameters are not independent of one another. Thus, the application of either an electric or magnetic field simultaneously alters both the electrical dipole configuration and the magnetic state of the material. The technological possibilities that could arise from magnetoelectric multiferroics are considerable and a range of functional devices has already been envisioned. Realising these devices, however, requires coupling effects to be significant and to occur at room temperature. Although such characteristics can be created in piezoelectric-magnetostrictive composites, to date they have only been weakly evident in single-phase multiferroics. Here in a newly discovered room temperature multiferroic, we demonstrate significant room temperature coupling by monitoring changes in ferroelectric domain patterns induced by magnetic fields. An order of magnitude estimate of the effective coupling coefficient suggests a value of ~1 × 10−7 sm−1. PMID:23443562

  12. Lattice dynamics of proton conductor SrZrO{sub 3} in orthorhombic phase

    SciTech Connect

    Sharma, Anupam Deep; Sinha, M. M.

    2014-04-24

    In the this paper, we are presenting the results of our theoretical investigation on the zone centre phonon frequencies and phonon dispersion relation of SrZrO{sub 3} in its orthorhombic phase by using lattice dynamical simulation method based on short range force constant model to understand the role of phonon in this system. The calculations involves interatomic force constants upto third neighbour. The calculated zone centre phonon frequencies in Raman mode, agrees well with available existing results.

  13. Stabilization of orthorhombic phase in single-crystal ZnSnN2 films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Senabulya, Nancy; Feldberg, Nathaniel; Makin, Robert. A.; Yang, Yongsoo; Shi, Guangsha; Jones, Christina M.; Kioupakis, Emmanouil; Mathis, James; Clarke, Roy; Durbin, Steven M.

    2016-07-01

    We report on the crystal structure of epitaxial ZnSnN2 films synthesized via plasma-assisted vapor deposition on (111) yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and (001) lithium gallate (LiGaO2) substrates. X-ray diffraction measurements performed on ZnSnN2 films deposited on LiGaO2 substrates show evidence of single-crystal, phase-pure orthorhombic structure in the Pn21a symmetry [space group (33)], with lattice parameters in good agreement with theoretically predicted values. This Pn21a symmetry is imposed on the ZnSnN2 films by the LiGaO2 substrate, which also has orthorhombic symmetry. A structural change from the wurtzite phase to the orthorhombic phase in films grown at high substrate temperatures ˜550°C and low values of nitrogen flux ˜10-5 Torr is observed in ZnSnN2 films deposited on YSZ characterized by lattice contraction in the basal plane and a 5.7% expansion of the out-of-plane lattice parameter.

  14. Secondary cell with orthorhombic alkali metal/manganese oxide phase active cathode material

    DOEpatents

    Doeff, Marca M.; Peng, Marcus Y.; Ma, Yanping; Visco, Steven J.; DeJonghe, Lutgard C.

    1996-01-01

    An alkali metal manganese oxide secondary cell is disclosed which can provide a high rate of discharge, good cycling capabilities, good stability of the cathode material, high specific energy (energy per unit of weight) and high energy density (energy per unit volume). The active material in the anode is an alkali metal and the active material in the cathode comprises an orthorhombic alkali metal manganese oxide which undergoes intercalation and deintercalation without a change in phase, resulting in a substantially linear change in voltage with change in the state of charge of the cell. The active material in the cathode is an orthorhombic structure having the formula M.sub.x Z.sub.y Mn.sub.(1-y) O.sub.2, where M is an alkali metal; Z is a metal capable of substituting for manganese in the orthorhombic structure such as iron, cobalt or titanium; x ranges from about 0.2 in the fully charged state to about 0.75 in the fully discharged state, and y ranges from 0 to 60 atomic %. Preferably, the cell is constructed with a solid electrolyte, but a liquid or gelatinous electrolyte may also be used in the cell.

  15. Secondary cell with orthorhombic alkali metal/manganese oxide phase active cathode material

    DOEpatents

    Doeff, M.M.; Peng, M.Y.; Ma, Y.; Visco, S.J.; DeJonghe, L.C.

    1996-09-24

    An alkali metal manganese oxide secondary cell is disclosed which can provide a high rate of discharge, good cycling capabilities, good stability of the cathode material, high specific energy (energy per unit of weight) and high energy density (energy per unit volume). The active material in the anode is an alkali metal and the active material in the cathode comprises an orthorhombic alkali metal manganese oxide which undergoes intercalation and deintercalation without a change in phase, resulting in a substantially linear change in voltage with change in the state of charge of the cell. The active material in the cathode is an orthorhombic structure having the formula M{sub x}Z{sub y}Mn{sub (1{minus}y)}O{sub 2}, where M is an alkali metal; Z is a metal capable of substituting for manganese in the orthorhombic structure such as iron, cobalt or titanium; x ranges from about 0.2 in the fully charged state to about 0.75 in the fully discharged state, and y ranges from 0 to 60 atomic %. Preferably, the cell is constructed with a solid electrolyte, but a liquid or gelatinous electrolyte may also be used in the cell. 11 figs.

  16. High temperature far-infrared dynamics of orthorhombic NdMnO3: emissivity and reflectivity.

    PubMed

    Massa, Néstor E; del Campo, Leire; Meneses, Domingos De Sousa; Echegut, Patrick; Martínez-Lope, María Jesús; Alonso, José Antonio

    2013-06-12

    We report on near normal far- and mid-infrared emission and reflectivity of NdMnO3 perovskite from room temperature to sample decomposition above 1800 K. At 300 K the number of infrared active phonons is in close agreement with the 25 calculated for the orthorhombic D(2h)(16)-Pbnm (Z = 4) space group. Their number gradually decreases as we approach the temperature of orbital disorder at ~1023 K where the orthorhombic O' lower temperature cooperative phase coexists with the cubic orthorhombic O. At above ~1200 K, the three infrared active phonons coincide with that expected for cubic Pm-3m (Z = 1) in the high temperature insulating regime. Heating samples in dry air triggers double exchange conductivity by Mn(3+) and Mn(4+) ions and a small polaron mid-infrared band. Fits to the optical conductivity single out the octahedral antisymmetric and symmetric vibrational modes as the main phonons in the electron-phonon interactions at 875 K. For 1745 K, it is enough to consider the symmetric stretching internal mode. An overdamped defect induced Drude component is clearly outlined at the highest temperatures. We conclude that rare earth manganite eg electrons are prone to spin, charge, orbital, and lattice couplings in an intrinsic orbital distorted perovskite lattice, favoring embryonic low energy collective excitations. PMID:23676242

  17. James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials Talk: A theorist's-eye view of multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Spaldin, Nicola

    2010-03-01

    I will summarize the evolution of the field of multiferroics -- that is materials that show multiple simultaneous ferroic orderings -- since their ``renaissance'' in the late 1990s. In particular, I will illustrate how first-principles electronic structure calculations have contributed to progress in the field, and conversely, how fascinating questions in multiferroics have prompted the development of improved electronic structure methods. Finally I will share my ideas on the most exciting open problems and emerging directions in multiferroics and beyond.

  18. Mueller matrix ellipsometry studies of the optical phonons and crystal field excitations in multiferroic orthoferrites RFeO3 (R=Tb,Dy)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Martinez, V. A.; Stanislavchuk, T. N.; Sirenko, A. A.; Litvinchuk, A. P.; Wang, Yazhong; Cheong, S. W.

    Optical properties of multiferroic orthoferrites RFeO3 (R=Tb,Dy) bulk crystals have been studied in the far-infrared range from 50 to 1000 cm-1 and temperatures from 7 K to 300 K. Mueller matrix and rotating analyzer ellipsometry measurements were carried out at the U4IR beamline of the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Lab. Optical phonon spectra and crystal field excitations were measured for all three orthorhombic axes of RFeO3. In the experimental temperature dependencies of the phonon frequencies we found non-Grüneisen behavior caused by the electron-phonon and spin-phonon interactions. We determined the symmetries and selection rules for the crystal field transitions in Tb3+ and Dy3+ ions. Magnetic field dependencies of the optical spectra allowed us to determine anisotropy of the crystal field g-factors for Tb3+ and Dy3+ ions. This Project is supported by collaborative DOE Grant DE-FG02-07ER46382 between Rutgers U. and NJIT. Use of NSLS-BNL was supported by DOE DE-AC02-98CH10886. V.A. Martinez was supported by NEU NSF-1343716.

  19. Magnetic field-induced ferroelectric domain structure evolution and magnetoelectric coupling for [110]-oriented PMN-PT/Terfenol-D multiferroic composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fang, F.; Jing, W. Q.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic field-induced polarization rotation and magnetoelectric coupling effects are studied for [110]-oriented (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3/Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe2(PMN-xPT/Terfenol-D) multiferroic composites. Two compositions of the [110]-oriented relaxor ferroelectric single crystals, PMN-28PT and PMN-33PT, are used. In [110]-oriented PMN-28PT, domains of rhombohedral (R) and monoclinic (MB) phases coexist prior to the magnetic loadings. Upon the applied magnetic loadings, phase transition from monoclinic MB to R phase occurs. In [110]-oriented PMN-33PT, domains are initially of mixed orthorhombic (O) and MB phases, and the phase transition from O to MB phase takes place upon the external magnetic loading. Compared to PMN-28PT, the PMN-33PT single crystal exhibits much finer domain boundary structure prior to the magnetic loadings. Upon the magnetic loadings, more domain variants are induced via the phase transition in PMN-33PT than that in PMN-28PT single crystal. The finer domain band structure and more domain variants contribute to stronger piezoelectric activity. As a result, the composite of PMN-33PT/Terfenol-D manifests a stronger ME coupling than PMN-28PT/Terfenol-D composite.

  20. Magnetoelectric and multiferroic properties in layered 3D transition metal oxides

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hwang, Jungmin

    Functional ferroelectric and magnetic materials have played an important role of modern technology in the sensor or storage device industries. Ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism emerge from different origins. However, it is discovered that these two seemingly unrelated phenomena can actually coexist in materials called multiferroics. Since current trends toward device miniaturization have increased interests in combining electronic and magnetic properies into multifunctional materials, multiferroics have attracted great attention. Ferromagnetic ferroelectric multiferroics are especially fascinating not only because they have both ferroic properties, but also because of the magnetoelectric coupling which leads the interaction between the magnetic and electric polarization. Recent theoretical breakthroughs in understanding the coexistence of magnetic and electrical ordering have regenerated a great interests in research of such magnetoelectric multiferroics. The long-sought control of electric polarization by magnetic fields was recently discovered in 'frustrated magnets', for example the perovskites RMnO3, RMn 2O5 (R: rare earth elements), Ni3V 2O8, delafossite CuFeO2, spinel CoCr2O 4, MnWO4, etc. In this dissertation, I have explored several magnetoelectric materials and multiferroics, which show significant magnetoelectric interactions between electric and magnetic orderings. The objects of my projects are focused on understanding the origins of such magnetoelectric couplings and establishing the magnetic/electric phase diagrams and the spin structures. I believe that my works would help to understand the mechanisms of magnetoelectric effects and multiferroics.

  1. High-temperature scintillation properties of orthorhombic Gd2Si2O7 aiming at well logging

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tsubota, Youichi; Kaneko, Junichi H.; Higuchi, Mikio; Nishiyama, Shusuke; Ishibashi, Hiroyuki

    2015-06-01

    Scintillation and luminescence properties of orthorhombic Gd2Si2O7:Ce (GPS:Ce) single-crystal scintillators were investigated for temperatures ranging from room temperature (RT) to 573 K. Orthorhombic GPS crystals were grown by using a top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method. The scintillation light yield of the orthorhombic GPS at RT was ∼2.9 times higher than that of Gd2SiO5:Ce (GSO). The light yield values of the orthorhombic GPS (Ce = 2.5%) were almost unchanged for temperatures ranging from RT to 523 K, and at 523 K, were higher than twice the light yield of GSO at RT. These GPS scintillators are expected to contribute to oil exploration at greater depths.

  2. High-Pressure Studies on Synthetic Orthorhombic Cubanite (CuFe{sub 2}S{sub 3})

    SciTech Connect

    Chandra, Usha; Singh, Nihal; Sharma, Pooja; Parthasarathy, G.

    2011-07-15

    We report here the successful synthesis of orthorhombic cubanite using microwave heating and characterization for its orthorhombic phase by powder X-ray diffraction, Micro-Raman, Thermal and high pressure electrical resistivity measurements. The unique physico-chemical conditions prevent successful synthesis under laboratory conditions, however the mineral occurs in nature in its orthorhombic form. A distinct endothermic dip in Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) at 280 deg. C is in agreement with the DTA data reported for natural cubanite. An irreversible first order phase transformation from orthorhombic to NiAs structure is seen at 4 GPa/200 deg. C. High pressure electrical resistivity and micro-Raman spectroscopic measurements on the synthetic sample exhibit transformation to isocubanite.

  3. Interface-modification-enhanced tunnel electroresistance in multiferroic tunnel junctions

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mao, H. J.; Miao, P. X.; Cong, J. Z.; Song, C.; Cui, B.; Peng, J. J.; Li, F.; Wang, G. Y.; Zhao, Y. G.; Sun, Y.; Xiao, L. R.; Pan, F.

    2014-08-01

    We report a large tunnel electroresistance (TER) effect up to ˜104% in La0.67Sr0.33MnO3/BaTiO3/Co (LSMO/BTO/Co) multiferroic tunnel junctions (MFTJs), which couples with well-defined tunnel magnetoresistance. The large TER is related to (LaAlO3)0.3(LaSrTaO6)0.7 substrates which guarantee a high-quality LSMO/BTO interface and robust ferroelectricity in BTO. The insert of 0.5 nm-thick Pt between the Co electrode and BTO barrier further enhances the TER value to 105% and improves the endurance of the MFTJs, ascribed to the shortened screening length and reduced oxidation of BTO/Co interface. Their use would advance the process towards practical MFTJs with four resistance states.

  4. Electrically Controllable Spontaneous Magnetism in Nanoscale Mixed Phase Multiferroics

    SciTech Connect

    He, Q.; Chu, Y. H.; Heron, J. T.; Yang, S. Y.; Wang, C. H.; Kuo, C. Y.; Lin, H. J.; Yu, P.; Liang, C. W.; Zeches, R. J.; Chen, C. T.; Arenholz, E.; Scholl, A.; Ramesh, R.

    2010-08-02

    The emergence of enhanced spontaneous magnetic moments in self-assembled, epitaxial nanostructures of tetragonal (T-phase) and rhombohedral phases (R-phase) of the multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} system is demonstrated. X-ray magnetic circular dichroism based photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) was applied to investigate the local nature of this magnetism. We find that the spontaneous magnetization of the R-phase is significantly enhanced above the canted antiferromagnetic moment in the bulk phase, as a consequence of a piezomagnetic coupling to the adjacent T-phase and the epitaxial constraint. Reversible electric field control and manipulation of this magnetic moment at room temperature is shown using a combination of piezoresponse force microscopy and PEEM studies.

  5. Separating read and write units in multiferroic devices.

    PubMed

    Roy, Kuntal

    2015-01-01

    Strain-mediated multiferroic composites, i.e., piezoelectric-magnetostrictive heterostructures, hold profound promise for energy-efficient computing in beyond Moore's law era. While reading a bit of information stored in the magnetostrictive nanomagnets using a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), a material selection issue crops up since magnetostrictive materials in general cannot be utilized as the free layer of the MTJ. This is an important issue since we need to achieve a high magnetoresistance for technological applications. We show here that magnetically coupling the magnetostrictive nanomagnet and the free layer e.g., utilizing the magnetic dipole coupling between them can circumvent this issue. By solving stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation of magnetization dynamics in the presence of room-temperature thermal fluctuations, we show that such design can eventually lead to a superior energy-delay product. PMID:26086736

  6. Magnetoelastic interaction in a ferromagnet-multiferroic system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vinokurov, D. L.

    2015-05-01

    The contribution of the elastic interaction to the total interaction energy of a ferromagnetic nanolayer with a BiFeO3 multiferroic nanolayer has been investigated. It has been shown that this contribution amounts to less than 10% and the main contribution to the energy comes from the exchange interaction. The lower limit for the minimum size of a bit of magnetoresistive memory with electric-field writing (magnetoelectric random-access memory (MERAM)), which is associated with the existence of a superparamagnetic limit, has been found. If the writing is based on exchange interaction between the ferromagnetic and electrosensitive layers, the minimum bit size is 7 nm, which indicates prospects for this type of MERAM.

  7. Prediction of a novel magnetoelectric switching mechanism in multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Yang, Yurong; Iñiguez, Jorge; Mao, Ai-Jie; Bellaiche, L

    2014-02-01

    We report a first-principles study of the recently predicted Pmc21 phase of the multiferroic BiFeO3 material, revealing a novel magnetoelectric effect that makes it possible to control magnetism with an electric field. The effect can be viewed as a two-step process: Switching the polarization first results in the change of the sense of the rotation of the oxygen octahedra, which in turn induces the switching of the secondary magnetic order parameter. The first step is governed by an original trilinear-coupling energy between polarization, octahedral tilting, and an antiferroelectric distortion. The second step is controlled by another trilinear coupling, this one involving the predominant and secondary magnetic orders as well as the oxygen octahedral tilting. In contrast with other trilinear-coupling effects in the literature, the present ones occur in a simple ABO3 perovskite and involve a large polarization. PMID:24580626

  8. Separating read and write units in multiferroic devices

    PubMed Central

    Roy, Kuntal

    2015-01-01

    Strain-mediated multiferroic composites, i.e., piezoelectric-magnetostrictive heterostructures, hold profound promise for energy-efficient computing in beyond Moore’s law era. While reading a bit of information stored in the magnetostrictive nanomagnets using a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), a material selection issue crops up since magnetostrictive materials in general cannot be utilized as the free layer of the MTJ. This is an important issue since we need to achieve a high magnetoresistance for technological applications. We show here that magnetically coupling the magnetostrictive nanomagnet and the free layer e.g., utilizing the magnetic dipole coupling between them can circumvent this issue. By solving stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation of magnetization dynamics in the presence of room-temperature thermal fluctuations, we show that such design can eventually lead to a superior energy-delay product. PMID:26086736

  9. Large anisotropy in the magnetodielectric effect of orthorhombic HoMnO3 thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lee, S.-H.; Jung, M.-H.; Yang, C.-H.; Koo, T. Y.; Jeong, Y. H.

    2010-01-01

    Orthorhombic HoMnO3 thin films of thickness 80 nm were grown epitaxially on Nb-doped SrTiO3(111) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. Magnetization and dielectric constant measurements reveal that antiferromagnetic Mn3+ spin ordering occurs at approximately 40 K while Ho3+ ordering does at about 13 K. The films show sizable magnetodielectric effects (MDE) below 25 K and, in particular, they manifest a large directional anisotropy in the MDE, that is, the MDE depends sensitively on the relative direction of an external magnetic field with respect to the film normal.

  10. Temperature and Pressure Sensors Based on Spin-Allowed Broadband Luminescence of Doped Orthorhombic Perovskite Structures

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Eldridge, Jeffrey I. (Inventor); Chambers, Matthew D. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Systems and methods that are capable of measuring pressure or temperature based on luminescence are discussed herein. These systems and methods are based on spin-allowed broadband luminescence of sensors with orthorhombic perovskite structures of rare earth aluminates doped with chromium or similar transition metals, such as chromium-doped gadolinium aluminate. Luminescence from these sensors can be measured to determine at least one of temperature or pressure, based on either the intense luminescence of these sensors, even at high temperatures, or low temperature techniques discussed herein.

  11. Observation of lattice defects in orthorhombic hen-egg white lysozyme crystals with laser scattering tomography

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sato, K.; Fukuba, Y.; Mitsuda, T.; Hirai, K.; Moriya, K.

    1992-08-01

    The effectivity of using laser scattering tomography (LST) as a nondestructive technique for finding lattice defects in protein crystals is demonstrated using an orthorhombic egg-white lysozyme crystal grown by a batch method. It was found that LST figures could be observed from the crystal portions where no defects were detectable by the naked eye or optical microscopy; the number of microdefects revealed in the LST patterns increased on approaching the crystal surface. Two types of defects were differentiated by polarization analysis: (1) point-type defects, assumed to be microdefects such as vacancies, precipitates, or impurities, and (2) bulk-type defects, assumed to correspond to inclusions.

  12. 93Nb Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance in Orthorhombic Phase of Niobium Pentabromide

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Okubo, Noriaki; Abe, Yoshihito

    1982-05-01

    The 93Nb NQR has been investigated in one phase of NbBr5 which was identified to be orthorhombic by the X-ray analysis. The resonance frequencies have been measured between 4.2 K and 423 K, its melting point. The coupling constant showed a positive temperature dependence up to melting point. The temperature dependence of the coupling constant is compared between NbBr5 and NbCl5 from the view point of π-bond character.

  13. Hysteresis in the rhombohedral-orthorhombic phase transition of KNbO3 under inhomogeneous strain

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Baier-Saip, J. A.; Gutierrez, M. H.; Cabrera, A. L.; Baier, P. A.

    2013-01-01

    The influence of the heating rate on the low temperature phase transition (PT) of the piezoelectric crystal potassium niobate (KNO) was studied by micro-Raman spectroscopy. It is found that crystallographic defects are more important than the heating rate for the onset of the PT. If the strain shifts the transition temperature (TT) from the rhombohedral to the orthorhombic phase to lower values, then it also shifts the reverse PT to higher temperatures. The PT on heating is more sensitive to the rate than the PT on cooling.

  14. Synthesis and induced multiferroicity of perovskite PbTiO3; a review

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bhatti, Humaira Safdar; Hussain, Syed Tajammul; Khan, Feroz Alam; Hussain, Shahzad

    2016-03-01

    Multiferroics are multifunctional materials possessing particularly two significant ferroic orders i.e. ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism. Owing to the technological importance of the multiferroics in a variety of electromagnetic appliances, intensive research has been focused on exploring co-existence and coupling of ferroelectricity and magnetism at room temperature and above. PbTiO3 is a ferroelectric material with the highest spontaneous polarization Ps among all the ferroelectric perovskites. Due to scarcity of multiferroic materials, PbTiO3 is being extensively studied for induction of magnetism. This review deals with the synthesis and study of induced multiferroic behavior in ferroelectric PbTiO3. A variety of synthesis techniques have been discussed for PbTiO3 powders and films which can be modified to tune the electric and magnetic properties in the material. A detailed discussion is presented on the induction and enhancement of multiferroicity in PbTiO3 by substitution of suitable transition-metal dopants and tailoring the size and morphologies. Device applications of the material have been briefly discussed to illustrate its technological importance. Finally the review has been concluded with future perspectives.

  15. Surface morphology of orthorhombic Mo2C catalyst and high coverage hydrogen adsorption

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Tao; Tian, Xinxin; Yang, Yong; Li, Yong-Wang; Wang, Jianguo; Beller, Matthias; Jiao, Haijun

    2016-09-01

    High coverage hydrogen adsorption on twenty two terminations of orthorhombic Mo2C has been systematically studied by using density functional theory and ab initio thermodynamics. Hydrogen stable coverage on the surfaces highly depends on temperatures and H2 partial pressure. The estimated hydrogen desorption temperatures under ultra-high vacuum condition on Mo2C are in reasonable agreement with the available temperature-programmed desorption data. Obviously, hydrogen adsorption can affect the surface stability and therefore modify the surface morphology of Mo2C. Upon increasing the chemical potential of hydrogen which can be achieved by increasing the H2 partial pressure and/or decreasing the temperature, the proportions of the (001), (010), (011) and (100) surfaces increase, while those of the (101), (110) and (111) surfaces decrease. Among these surfaces, the (100) surface is most sensitive upon hydrogen adsorption and the (111) surface is most exposed under a wide range of conditions. Our study clearly reveals the role of hydrogen on the morphology of orthorhombic Mo2C catalyst in conjugation with hydro-treating activity.

  16. Metallic single-unit-cell orthorhombic cobalt diselenide atomic layers: robust water-electrolysis catalysts.

    PubMed

    Liang, Liang; Cheng, Hao; Lei, Fengcai; Han, Jun; Gao, Shan; Wang, Chengming; Sun, Yongfu; Qamar, Shaista; Wei, Shiqiang; Xie, Yi

    2015-10-01

    The bottleneck in water electrolysis lies in the kinetically sluggish oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Herein, conceptually new metallic non-metal atomic layers are proposed to overcome this drawback. Metallic single-unit-cell CoSe2 sheets with an orthorhombic phase are synthesized by thermally exfoliating a lamellar CoSe2 -DETA hybrid. The metallic character of orthorhombic CoSe2 atomic layers, verified by DFT calculations and temperature-dependent resistivities, allows fast oxygen evolution kinetics with a lowered overpotential of 0.27 V. The single-unit-cell thickness means 66.7 % of the Co(2+) ions are exposed on the surface and serve as the catalytically active sites. The lowered Co(2+) coordination number down to 1.3 and 2.6, gives a lower Tafel slope of 64 mV dec(-1) and higher turnover frequency of 745 h(-1) . Thus, the single-unit-cell CoSe2 sheets have around 2 and 4.5 times higher catalytic activity compared with the lamellar CoSe2 -DETA hybrid and bulk CoSe2 . PMID:26235276

  17. Growth of epitaxial orthorhombic YO{sub 1.5}-substituted HfO{sub 2} thin film

    SciTech Connect

    Shimizu, Takao; Katayama, Kiliha; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2015-07-20

    YO{sub 1.5}-substituted HfO{sub 2} thin films with various substitution amounts were grown on (100) YSZ substrates by the pulsed laser deposition method directly from the vapor phase. The epitaxial growth of film with different YO{sub 1.5} amounts was confirmed by the X-ray diffraction method. Wide-area reciprocal lattice mapping measurements were performed to clarify the crystal symmetry of films. The formed phases changed from low-symmetry monoclinic baddeleyite to high-symmetry tetragonal/cubic fluorite phases through an orthorhombic phase as the YO{sub 1.5} amount increased from 0 to 0.15. The additional annular bright-field scanning transmission electron microscopy indicates that the orthorhombic phase has polar structure. This means that the direct growth by vapor is of polar orthorhombic HfO{sub 2}-based film. Moreover, high-temperature X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the film with a YO{sub 1.5} amount of 0.07 with orthorhombic structure at room temperature only exhibited a structural phase transition to tetragonal phase above 450 °C. This temperature is much higher than the reported maximum temperature of 200 °C to obtain ferroelectricity as well as the expected temperature for real device application. The growth of epitaxial orthorhombic HfO{sub 2}-based film helps clarify the nature of ferroelectricity in HfO{sub 2}-based films (186 words/200 words)

  18. Microfluidic synthesis of multiferroic Janus particles with disk-like compartments

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yu, Xiaolei; Zhang, Cancan; You, Sujian; Liu, Huiqin; Zhang, Lingling; Liu, Wei; Guo, Shi-Shang; Zhao, Xing-Zhong

    2016-02-01

    Aiming to synthesize multiferroic materials in microscale, a microfluidic device capable of generating multiferroic Janus microparticles is demonstrated. Through bonding two polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) layers "face to face," laminar flow containing an upper layer and a lower layer can be realized. Accordingly, poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) ferroelectric polymers and Fe3O4 ferromagnetic particles are separately encapsulated in the two layers of a single droplet. Numerical simulation enables the analysis of cross-mixing between the two counterparts and helps to find an optimized location for adding subsequent ultraviolet treatment, which will polymerize the droplets into Janus particles without any side effect. By modulation of the flow rate, the size of the Janus particles can be precisely tuned. Finally, the ferroelectricity and magnetism of the Janus particles are verified by the magnetization and polarization measurements, indicating the multiferroic nature.

  19. Combining intra- and intermolecular charge-transfer: a new strategy towards molecular ferromagnets and multiferroics

    PubMed Central

    Di Maiolo, Francesco; Sissa, Cristina; Painelli, Anna

    2016-01-01

    Organic ferroelectric materials are currently a hot research topic, with mixed stack charge transfer crystals playing a prominent role with their large, electronic-in-origin polarization and the possibility to tune the transition temperature down to the quantum limit and/or to drive the ferroelectric transition via an optical stimulus. By contrast, and in spite of an impressive research effort, organic ferromagnets are rare and characterized by very low transition temperatures. Coexisting magnetic and electric orders in multiferroics offer the possibility to control magnetic (electric) properties by an applied electric (magnetic) field with impressive technological potential. Only few examples of multiferroics are known today, based on inorganics materials. Here we demonstrate that, by decorating mixed stack charge transfer crystals with organic radicals, a new family of robust molecular ferromagnets can be designed, stable up to ambient temperature, and with a clear tendency towards multiferroic behaviour. PMID:26790963

  20. Combining intra- and intermolecular charge-transfer: a new strategy towards molecular ferromagnets and multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    di Maiolo, Francesco; Sissa, Cristina; Painelli, Anna

    2016-01-01

    Organic ferroelectric materials are currently a hot research topic, with mixed stack charge transfer crystals playing a prominent role with their large, electronic-in-origin polarization and the possibility to tune the transition temperature down to the quantum limit and/or to drive the ferroelectric transition via an optical stimulus. By contrast, and in spite of an impressive research effort, organic ferromagnets are rare and characterized by very low transition temperatures. Coexisting magnetic and electric orders in multiferroics offer the possibility to control magnetic (electric) properties by an applied electric (magnetic) field with impressive technological potential. Only few examples of multiferroics are known today, based on inorganics materials. Here we demonstrate that, by decorating mixed stack charge transfer crystals with organic radicals, a new family of robust molecular ferromagnets can be designed, stable up to ambient temperature, and with a clear tendency towards multiferroic behaviour.

  1. Combining intra- and intermolecular charge-transfer: a new strategy towards molecular ferromagnets and multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Di Maiolo, Francesco; Sissa, Cristina; Painelli, Anna

    2016-01-01

    Organic ferroelectric materials are currently a hot research topic, with mixed stack charge transfer crystals playing a prominent role with their large, electronic-in-origin polarization and the possibility to tune the transition temperature down to the quantum limit and/or to drive the ferroelectric transition via an optical stimulus. By contrast, and in spite of an impressive research effort, organic ferromagnets are rare and characterized by very low transition temperatures. Coexisting magnetic and electric orders in multiferroics offer the possibility to control magnetic (electric) properties by an applied electric (magnetic) field with impressive technological potential. Only few examples of multiferroics are known today, based on inorganics materials. Here we demonstrate that, by decorating mixed stack charge transfer crystals with organic radicals, a new family of robust molecular ferromagnets can be designed, stable up to ambient temperature, and with a clear tendency towards multiferroic behaviour. PMID:26790963

  2. Evidence for room temperature electric polarization in RMn(2)O(5) multiferroics.

    PubMed

    Balédent, V; Chattopadhyay, S; Fertey, P; Lepetit, M B; Greenblatt, M; Wanklyn, B; Saouma, F O; Jang, J I; Foury-Leylekian, P

    2015-03-20

    It is established that the multiferroics RMn(2)O(5) crystallize in the centrosymmetric Pbam space group and that the magnetically induced electric polarization appearing at low temperature is accompanied by a symmetry breaking. However, both our present x-ray study-performed on compounds with R=Pr,Nd,Gd,Tb, and Dy-and first-principles calculations unambiguously rule out this picture. Based on structural refinements, geometry optimization, and physical arguments, we demonstrate in this Letter that the actual space group is likely to be Pm. This turns out to be of crucial importance for RMn(2)O(5) multiferroics since Pm is not centrosymmetric. Ferroelectricity is thus already present at room temperature, and its enhancement at low temperature is a spin-enhanced process. This result is also supported by direct observation of optical second harmonic generation. This fundamental result calls into question the actual theoretical approaches that describe the magnetoelectric coupling in this multiferroic family. PMID:25839307

  3. Orientation control and domain structure analysis of {100}-oriented epitaxial ferroelectric orthorhombic HfO2-based thin films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Katayama, Kiliha; Shimizu, Takao; Sakata, Osami; Shiraishi, Takahisa; Nakamura, Shogo; Kiguchi, Takanori; Akama, Akihiro; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Uchida, Hiroshi; Funakubo, Hiroshi

    2016-04-01

    Orientation control of {100}-oriented epitaxial orthorhombic 0.07YO1.5-0.93HfO2 films grown by pulsed laser deposition was investigated. To achieve in-plane lattice matching, indium tin oxide (ITO) and yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) were selected as underlying layers. We obtained (100)- and (001)/(010)-oriented films on ITO and YSZ, respectively. Ferroelastic domain formation was confirmed for both films by X-ray diffraction using the superlattice diffraction that appeared only for the orthorhombic symmetry. The formation of ferroelastic domains is believed to be induced by the tetragonal-orthorhombic phase transition upon cooling the films after deposition. The present results demonstrate that the orientation of HfO2-based ferroelectric films can be controlled in the same manner as that of ferroelectric films composed of conventional perovskite-type material such as Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 and BiFeO3.

  4. Spin correlated dielectric memory and rejuvenation in multiferroic CuCrS{sub 2}

    SciTech Connect

    Karmakar, A.; Dey, K.; Majumdar, S.; Giri, S.; Chatterjee, S.

    2014-02-03

    We report a rare consequence of memory effect in dielectric response (ϵ) and magnetic field induced rejuvenation in a relaxor-type multiferroic chalcogenide, CuCrS{sub 2}. Despite reasonably high conductivity, we are able to detect significant spontaneous polarization using an improvised technique verifying ferroelectric (FE) order. Concomitant appearance of both FE and antiferromagnetic orders authenticates multiferroicity. A smeared out FE transition and strong frequency dependence of the broadened peak in ϵ obeying Dynamical scaling law signify relaxor properties. We discuss the role of geometrical frustration in the antiferromagnetically coupled layered triangular lattice and metal ligand hybridization for these unusual properties.

  5. An introduction to the use of representation analysis for studying magnetoelectrics and multiferroics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chapon, L. C.

    2012-03-01

    This lecture is an introduction to the theory of representations applied to the study of magnetoelectric and multiferroic materials. It is intended for students or newcomers in the field and explains the key concepts required to understand phenomenologically the coupling between magnetic phase transitions in crystals and dielectric properties. Symmetry properties of some prototypal magnetoelectrics and multiferroics are analysed, including the treatment of incommensurate spin-driven ferroelectrics. It is deliberately written with a minimal use of mathematical formulation or a strict group theoretical approach.

  6. Simultaneous imaging of the ferromagnetic and ferroelectric structure in multiferroic heterostructures

    SciTech Connect

    Unguris, J. Pierce, D. T.; Bowden, S. R.; Trassin, M.; Ramesh, R.; Cheong, S.-W.; Fackler, S.; Takeuchi, I.

    2014-07-01

    By measuring the spin polarization of secondary electrons and the intensity of backscattered electrons generated in a scanning electron microscope, we are able to simultaneously image the ferromagnetic domain structure of a ferromagnetic thin film and the ferroelectric domain structure of the underlying ferroelectric substrate upon which it is grown. Simultaneous imaging allows straightforward, quantitative measurements of the correlations in these complex multiferroic systems. We have successfully imaged domains in CoFe/BFO and Fe/BTO, two systems with very different ferromagnet/ferroelectric coupling mechanisms, demonstrating how this technique provides a new local probe of magneto electric/strictive effects in multiferroic heterostructures.

  7. Body-Centered Orthorhombic C16 : A Novel Topological Node-Line Semimetal

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wang, Jian-Tao; Weng, Hongming; Nie, Simin; Fang, Zhong; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Chen, Changfeng

    2016-05-01

    We identify by ab initio calculations a novel topological semimetal carbon phase in all-s p2 bonding networks with a 16-atom body-centered orthorhombic unit cell, termed bco-C16. Total-energy calculations show that bco-C16 is comparable to solid fcc-C60 in energetic stability, and phonon and molecular dynamics simulations confirm its dynamical stability. This all-s p2 carbon allotrope can be regarded as a three-dimensional modification of graphite, and its simulated x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern matches well a previously unexplained diffraction peak in measured XRD spectra of detonation and chimney soot, indicating its presence in the specimen. Electronic band structure calculations reveal that bco-C16 is a topological node-line semimetal with a single nodal ring. These findings establish a novel carbon phase with intriguing structural and electronic properties of fundamental significance and practical interest.

  8. Body-Centered Orthorhombic C_{16}: A Novel Topological Node-Line Semimetal.

    PubMed

    Wang, Jian-Tao; Weng, Hongming; Nie, Simin; Fang, Zhong; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki; Chen, Changfeng

    2016-05-13

    We identify by ab initio calculations a novel topological semimetal carbon phase in all-sp^{2} bonding networks with a 16-atom body-centered orthorhombic unit cell, termed bco-C_{16}. Total-energy calculations show that bco-C_{16} is comparable to solid fcc-C_{60} in energetic stability, and phonon and molecular dynamics simulations confirm its dynamical stability. This all-sp^{2} carbon allotrope can be regarded as a three-dimensional modification of graphite, and its simulated x-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern matches well a previously unexplained diffraction peak in measured XRD spectra of detonation and chimney soot, indicating its presence in the specimen. Electronic band structure calculations reveal that bco-C_{16} is a topological node-line semimetal with a single nodal ring. These findings establish a novel carbon phase with intriguing structural and electronic properties of fundamental significance and practical interest. PMID:27232027

  9. Quasi-one-dimensional electronic structure in orthorhombic RbC[sub 60

    SciTech Connect

    Chauvet, O.; Oszlanyi, G.; Forro, L. ); Stephens, P.W. ); Tegze, M.; Faigel, G.; Janossy, A. )

    1994-04-25

    X-ray diffraction studies show that the stable phase of the alkali fullerene RbC[sub 60] is orthorhombic ([ital o]-RbC[sub 60]) below 350 K. C[sub 60] molecules form chains along [bold a] with an unusually short spacing of 9.12 A and magnetic properties suggest that [ital o]-RbC[sub 60] is a quasi-1D metal with a transition to a spin density wave ground state at 50 K. The high temperature fcc phase of RbC[sub 60] may be stabilized below 300 K by quenching from 500 K; it is paramagnetic above 300 K and transforms into a nonmagnetic ground state beween 300 and 250 K.

  10. Enhancement of the antimicrobial properties of orthorhombic molybdenum trioxide by thermal induced fracturing of the hydrates.

    PubMed

    Shafaei, Shahram; Van Opdenbosch, Daniel; Fey, Tobias; Koch, Marcus; Kraus, Tobias; Guggenbichler, Josef Peter; Zollfrank, Cordt

    2016-01-01

    The oxides of the transition metal molybdenum exhibit excellent antimicrobial properties. We present the preparation of molybdenum trioxide dihydrate (MoO3 × 2H2O) by an acidification method and demonstrate the thermal phase development and morphological evolution during and after calcination from 25 °C to 600 °C. The thermal dehydration of the material was found to proceed in two steps. Microbiological roll-on tests using Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were performed and exceptional antimicrobial activities were determined for anhydrous samples with orthorhombic lattice symmetry and a large specific surface area. The increase in the specific surface area is due to crack formation and to the loss of the hydrate water after calcination at 300 °C. The results support the proposed antimicrobial mechanism for transition metal oxides, which based on a local acidity increase as a consequence of the augmented specific surface area. PMID:26478404

  11. Failure development around a borehole in an orthorhombic thermo-elastoplastic rock medium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Piłacik, Alicja; Dąbrowski, Marcin

    2016-04-01

    The elastic anisotropy of a rock medium is one of the main factors affecting stress distribution around the borehole. It governs the initiation and propagation of the technologically induced compressive and tensile failure zones, and reopening of natural mechanical discontinuities. We conducted a two-dimensional analysis of failure around a pressurized horizontal borehole in an orthorhombic elastic rock medium subject to variable far-field loads. The analytical solution to the thermoelastic problem was derived. An elastoplastic finite element method code was developed using MILAMIN platform (milamin.org) and implemented in MATLAB. Various yield functions were used, including von Mises, Mohr-Coulomb, Drucker-Prager and Hoek-Brown failure criteria. The analysis was augmented by introducing rock heterogeneities and discrete mechanical discontinuities in the vicinity of the borehole.

  12. Colloidal nanocrystals of orthorhombic Cu2ZnGeS4: phase-controlled synthesis, formation mechanism and photocatalytic behavior

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fan, Cong-Min; Regulacio, Michelle D.; Ye, Chen; Lim, Suo Hon; Lua, Shun Kuang; Xu, Qing-Hua; Dong, Zhili; Xu, An-Wu; Han, Ming-Yong

    2015-02-01

    The orthorhombic polymorph of Cu2ZnGeS4 (CZGS) is a metastable wurtzite-derived phase that can only be prepared in the bulk form by extensive heating at high temperatures (>=790 °C) when using the conventional solid-state reaction route. By employing a facile solution-based synthetic strategy, we were able to obtain phase-pure orthorhombic CZGS in nanocrystalline form at a much lower reaction temperature. Prior to this work, the colloidal synthesis of single-phase orthorhombic CZGS on the nanoscale has never been reported. We find that the use of an appropriate combination of coordinating solvents and precursors is crucial to the sole formation of this metastable phase in solution. A possible formation mechanism is proposed on the basis of our experimental results. Because CZGS consists of environmentally benign metal components, it is regarded as a promising alternative material to the technologically useful yet toxic cadmium-containing semiconductors. The orthorhombic CZGS nanocrystals display strong photon absorption in the visible spectrum and are photocatalytically active in dye degradation under visible-light illumination.The orthorhombic polymorph of Cu2ZnGeS4 (CZGS) is a metastable wurtzite-derived phase that can only be prepared in the bulk form by extensive heating at high temperatures (>=790 °C) when using the conventional solid-state reaction route. By employing a facile solution-based synthetic strategy, we were able to obtain phase-pure orthorhombic CZGS in nanocrystalline form at a much lower reaction temperature. Prior to this work, the colloidal synthesis of single-phase orthorhombic CZGS on the nanoscale has never been reported. We find that the use of an appropriate combination of coordinating solvents and precursors is crucial to the sole formation of this metastable phase in solution. A possible formation mechanism is proposed on the basis of our experimental results. Because CZGS consists of environmentally benign metal components, it is

  13. The scattering potential of partial derivative wavefields in 3D elastic orthorhombic media: An inversion prospective

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Oh, Ju-Won; Alkhalifah, Tariq

    2016-07-01

    Multi-parameter full waveform inversion (FWI) applied to an elastic orthorhombic model description of the subsurface requires in theory a nine-parameter representation of each pixel of the model. Even with optimal acquisition on the Earth surface that includes large offsets, full azimuth, and multi component sensors, the potential for tradeoff between the elastic orthorhombic parameters are large. The first step to understanding such trade-off is analysing the scattering potential of each parameter, and specifically, its scattering radiation patterns. We investigate such radiation patterns for diffraction and for scattering from a horizontal reflector considering a background isotropic model. The radiation patterns show considerable potential for trade-off between the parameters and the potentially limited resolution in their recovery. The radiation patterns of C11, C22 and C33 are well separated so that we expect to recover these parameters with limited trade-offs. However, the resolution of their recovery represented by recovered range of model wavenumbers varies between these parameters. We can only invert for the short wavelength components (reflection) of C33 while we can mainly invert for the long wavelength components (transmission) of the elastic coefficients C11 and C22 if we have large enough offsets. The elastic coefficients C13, C23 and C12 suffer from strong trade-offs with C55, C44 and C66, respectively. The trade-offs between C13 and C55, as well as C23 and C44, can be partially mitigated if we acquire P-SV and SV-SV waves. However, to reduce the trade-offs between C12 and C66, we require credible SH-SH waves. The analytical radiation patterns of the elastic constants are supported by numerical gradients of these parameters.

  14. The scattering potential of partial derivative wavefields in 3-D elastic orthorhombic media: an inversion prospective

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Oh, Ju-Won; Alkhalifah, Tariq

    2016-09-01

    Multiparameter full waveform inversion (FWI) applied to an elastic orthorhombic model description of the subsurface requires in theory a nine-parameter representation of each pixel of the model. Even with optimal acquisition on the Earth surface that includes large offsets, full azimuth, and multicomponent sensors, the potential for trade-off between the elastic orthorhombic parameters are large. The first step to understanding such trade-off is analysing the scattering potential of each parameter, and specifically, its scattering radiation patterns. We investigate such radiation patterns for diffraction and for scattering from a horizontal reflector considering a background isotropic model. The radiation patterns show considerable potential for trade-off between the parameters and the potentially limited resolution in their recovery. The radiation patterns of C11, C22, and C33 are well separated so that we expect to recover these parameters with limited trade-offs. However, the resolution of their recovery represented by recovered range of model wavenumbers varies between these parameters. We can only invert for the short wavelength components (reflection) of C33 while we can mainly invert for the long wavelength components (transmission) of the elastic coefficients C11 and C22 if we have large enough offsets. The elastic coefficients C13, C23, and C12 suffer from strong trade-offs with C55, C44, and C66, respectively. The trade-offs between C13 and C55, as well as C23 and C44, can be partially mitigated if we acquire P-SV and SV-SV waves. However, to reduce the trade-offs between C12 and C66, we require credible SH-SH waves. The analytical radiation patterns of the elastic constants are supported by numerical gradients of these parameters.

  15. Effect of periodicity on order parameters of multiferroic superlattices

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kumari, Shalini; Ortega, Nora; Kumar, Ashok; Katiyar, Ram

    2015-03-01

    Superlattice (SL) structures with alternating perovskite oxide layers have attracted enormous attention due to involved fascinating physics and technology. The half-metallic oxide La0.67Sr0.33MnO3(LSMO) and multiferroic Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)0.60 (Fe0.5Ta0.5)0.40 O3(PZTFT) materials have been chosen to fabricate SLs by pulsed laser deposition technique on cubic LSAT substrates with LSMO or LaNiO3 as bottom electrodes. X-ray diffraction studies revealed superlattice structure with satellite peaks modulated around main peaks. Atomic force microscopy studies disclosed a systematic decrease in grain size with decrease of modulation periodicity (Λ) in SLs. Piezo force microscopy studies of SL films confirmed ferroelectricity at a nanoscale level. XPS studies of SLs with Λ = 5 nm confirmed the existence of all elements in the films. A relatively small reduction in saturation magnetization from 28 to 20 emu/cm3at H =5 kOe, remanant polarization from 21 to 10 μC/cm2 and increase in dielectric constant from 530 to 743 were observed with decrease of Λ.The observed features will be explained in context of finite size, interfaces, stress, lattice distortion, and grain sizes effects. NSF Grant EPS-01002410

  16. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO3.

    PubMed

    Wang, Shanmin; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Yi; Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Jianzhong; Wang, Wendan; Bai, Ligang; Qian, Jiang; Yin, Liang; Sullivan, Neil S; Jin, Changqing; He, Duanwei; Xu, Jian; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-12-15

    The Mott insulator in correlated electron systems arises from classical Coulomb repulsion between carriers to provide a powerful force for electron localization. Turning such an insulator into a metal, the so-called Mott transition, is commonly achieved by "bandwidth" control or "band filling." However, both mechanisms deviate from the original concept of Mott, which attributes such a transition to the screening of Coulomb potential and associated lattice contraction. Here, we report a pressure-induced isostructural Mott transition in cubic perovskite PbCrO3. At the transition pressure of ∼3 GPa, PbCrO3 exhibits significant collapse in both lattice volume and Coulomb potential. Concurrent with the collapse, it transforms from a hybrid multiferroic insulator to a metal. For the first time to our knowledge, these findings validate the scenario conceived by Mott. Close to the Mott criticality at ∼300 K, fluctuations of the lattice and charge give rise to elastic anomalies and Laudau critical behaviors resembling the classic liquid-gas transition. The anomalously large lattice volume and Coulomb potential in the low-pressure insulating phase are largely associated with the ferroelectric distortion, which is substantially suppressed at high pressures, leading to the first-order phase transition without symmetry breaking. PMID:26604314

  17. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO3

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Shanmin; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Yi; Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Jianzhong; Wang, Wendan; Bai, Ligang; Qian, Jiang; Yin, Liang; Sullivan, Neil S.; Jin, Changqing; He, Duanwei; Xu, Jian; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-01-01

    The Mott insulator in correlated electron systems arises from classical Coulomb repulsion between carriers to provide a powerful force for electron localization. Turning such an insulator into a metal, the so-called Mott transition, is commonly achieved by “bandwidth” control or “band filling.” However, both mechanisms deviate from the original concept of Mott, which attributes such a transition to the screening of Coulomb potential and associated lattice contraction. Here, we report a pressure-induced isostructural Mott transition in cubic perovskite PbCrO3. At the transition pressure of ∼3 GPa, PbCrO3 exhibits significant collapse in both lattice volume and Coulomb potential. Concurrent with the collapse, it transforms from a hybrid multiferroic insulator to a metal. For the first time to our knowledge, these findings validate the scenario conceived by Mott. Close to the Mott criticality at ∼300 K, fluctuations of the lattice and charge give rise to elastic anomalies and Laudau critical behaviors resembling the classic liquid–gas transition. The anomalously large lattice volume and Coulomb potential in the low-pressure insulating phase are largely associated with the ferroelectric distortion, which is substantially suppressed at high pressures, leading to the first-order phase transition without symmetry breaking. PMID:26604314

  18. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO 3

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Wang, Shanmin; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Yi; Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Jianzhong; Wang, Wendan; Bai, Ligang; Qian, Jiang; Yin, Liang; Sullivan, Neil S.; et al

    2015-11-24

    The Mott insulator in correlated electron systems arises from classical Coulomb repulsion between carriers to provide a powerful force for electron localization. When turning such an insulator into a metal, the so-called Mott transition, is commonly achieved by "bandwidth" control or "band filling." However, both mechanisms deviate from the original concept of Mott, which attributes such a transition to the screening of Coulomb potential and associated lattice contraction. We report a pressure-induced isostructural Mott transition in cubic perovskite PbCrO3. At the transition pressure of similar to 3 GPa, PbCrO3 exhibits significant collapse in both lattice volume and Coulomb potential. Concurrentmore » with the collapse, it transforms from a hybrid multiferroic insulator to a metal. For the first time to our knowledge, these findings validate the scenario conceived by Mott. Close to the Mott criticality at similar to 300 K, fluctuations of the lattice and charge give rise to elastic anomalies and Laudau critical behaviors resembling the classic liquid-gas transition. Moreover, the anomalously large lattice volume and Coulomb potential in the low-pressure insulating phase are largely associated with the ferroelectric distortion, which is substantially suppressed at high pressures, leading to the first-order phase transition without symmetry breaking.« less

  19. Origin and Dynamics of Morphotropic Phase Boundary in Multiferroic Films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Jinxing; Zeches, Robert; Sheng, Guang; Seidel, Jan; Yu, Pu; He, Qing; Yang, Chanho; Chu, Yinghao; Chen, Longqing; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy

    2010-03-01

    Materials with morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) compositions attract people's interests because of their huge electromechanical response. The ambiguity of crystal structure, phases and physics behind presents a challenge to interpret the origin of abnormally high piezoelectric coefficient. Recently, epitaxial strain can be used to stabilize the MPB in BiFeO3. [1] However, to better understand the origin of MPB in multiferroic perovskite, it is essential to probe into the strain/polarization coupling mechanism. In this abstract, origin and dynamics of the phase transition in BiFeO3 near MPB have been investigated by exploring the ferroelectric domains. Careful analysis of domain configurations across the phase boundary reveals the rotation of ferroelectric vectors from phase to phase, a new strain/polarization coupling state in nature. The phase transition dynamics are assisted by the re-orientation of ferroelectric polarizations. Phase-field simulation further proves the origin of this MPB is the strain-driven rotation and re-orientation of ferroelectric vectors. This investigation provides new insight into the study of high electromechanical response in MPB-like crystal and helps engineer other lead free-ferroelectrics. Reference: 1. R. J. Zeches, et al., Science 326, 977 (2009).

  20. Multicaloric effect in bi-layer multiferroic composites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vopson, M. M.; Zhou, D.; Caruntu, G.

    2015-11-01

    The multicaloric effect was theoretically proposed in 2012 and, despite numerous follow up studies, the effect still awaits experimental confirmation. The main limitation is the fact that the multicaloric effect is only observed at a temperature equal to the transition temperature of the magnetic and electric phases coexisting within a multiferroic (MF) (i.e., T ≈ Tcm ≈ Tce). Such condition is hard to fulfill in single phase MFs and a solution is to develop suitable composite MF materials. Here, we examine the multicaloric effect in a bi-layer laminated composite MF in order to determine the optimal design parameters for best caloric response. We show that magnetically induced multicaloric effect requires magnetic component of heat capacity smaller than that of the electric phase, while the layer thickness of the magnetic phase must be at least 5 times the thickness of the electric phase. The electrically induced multicaloric effect requires the magnetic layer to be 10% of the electric phase thickness, while its heat capacity must be larger than that of the electric phase. These selection rules are generally applicable to bulk as well as thin film MF composites for optimal multicaloric effect.

  1. Anharmonic lattice interactions in improper ferroelectrics for multiferroic design.

    PubMed

    Young, Joshua; Stroppa, Alessandro; Picozzi, Silvia; Rondinelli, James M

    2015-07-22

    The design and discovery of new multiferroics, or materials that display both ferroelectricity and long-range magnetic order, is of fundamental importance for new electronic technologies based on low-power consumption. Far too often, however, the mechanisms causing these properties to arise are incompatible or occur at ordering temperatures below room temperature. One design strategy which has gained considerable interest is to begin with a magnetic material, and find novel ways to induce a spontaneous electric polarization within the structure. To this end, anharmonic interactions coupling multiple lattice modes have been used to lift inversion symmetry in magnetic dielectrics. Here we provide an overview of the microscopic mechanisms by which various types of cooperative atomic displacements result in ferroelectricity through anharmonic multi-mode coupling, as well as the types of materials most conducive to these lattice instabilities. The review includes a description of the origins of the displacive modes, a classification of possible non-polar lattice modes, as well as how their coupling can produce spontaneous polarizations. We then survey the recent improper ferroelectric literature, and describe how the materials discussed fall within a proposed classification scheme, offering new directions for the theoretical design of magnetic ferroelectrics. Finally, we offer prospects for the future discovery of new magnetic improper ferroelectrics, as well as detail remaining challenges and open questions facing this exciting new field. PMID:26125654

  2. Magnetic and Ferroelectric Anisotropy in Multiferroic FeVO4

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abdelhamid, Ehab; Dixit, Ambesh; Kimura, Kenta; Kimura, Tsuyoshi; Jayakumar, Onattu; Naik, Vaman; Naik, Ratna; Lawes, Gavin; Nadgorny, Boris

    FeVO4 has been studied as a model system for understanding the magnetoelectric interaction mechanisms in low symmetry multiferroics. Triclinic FeVO4 is characterized by two antiferromagnetic phase transitions, occurring at TN 1 = 22 K and TN 2 = 15 K, with the latter transition signaling a break in the space inversion symmetry, accompanied by the development of a non-collinear magnetic order which induces ferroelectricity. Earlier measurements on polycrystalline FeVO4 doped with magnetic (Cr and Mn) as well as non magnetic (Zn) dopants indicate the stability of the two antiferromagnetic transition temperatures. In this work, single crystals of both undoped and doped FeVO4 were grown from flux. To track the changes in lattice parameters induced by changing the doping concentration (measured by EDAX), XRD and Raman spectra were obtained. By recording the magnetization along two different crystal orientations, we were able to confirm the easy magnetic axis in this structure. Finally, we obtain the crystal's ferroelectric polarization along two different directions in an attempt to further understand the mechanism responsible for the ferroelectric transition. This work is supported by the NSF under DMR-1306449.

  3. An oxygen-deficiency modulated multiferroic: Cobalt-substituted perovskite

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Florez, Juan Manuel

    In this work, we use density functional theory to model recently demonstrated room temperature ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity in polycrystalline and single crystal Cobalt-substituted SrTiO3 thin films (SrTi0.70Co0.30O3-d), deposited at different oxygen pressures to change their oxygen vacancy concentration. The modeling indicates an origin for both magnetism and electric polarization in the interactions between oxygen vacancies and the B-site cations. The magnetization saturation increases with the oxygen deficiency as a result of valence spin states changes, which depend on whether the oxygen octahedral of the respective local B-site cations are complete or not. On the other hand, a finite electric polarization appears as a result of a non-centrosymmetric distribution of different resulting local charges and such a polarization increases when the oxygen vacancies increase. Increasing of both order parameters, magnetic and ferroelectric, are analyzed respect to all possible Co-sites and O-vacancies distributions, showing that these results suggest a class of multiferroic materials with properties controlled by their oxygen stoichiometry. Agreement and discrepancies between experiments and modeling are discussed. 1J M Florez and P Vargas thank Fondecyt 1130950 and 11130128, all authors thank the MISTI MIT-Chile, and CAR thanks the (S3TEC) and DoE under DE-SC0001299.

  4. Multicaloric effect in bi-layer multiferroic composites

    SciTech Connect

    Vopson, M. M.; Zhou, D.; Caruntu, G.

    2015-11-02

    The multicaloric effect was theoretically proposed in 2012 and, despite numerous follow up studies, the effect still awaits experimental confirmation. The main limitation is the fact that the multicaloric effect is only observed at a temperature equal to the transition temperature of the magnetic and electric phases coexisting within a multiferroic (MF) (i.e., T ≈ T{sub c}{sup m} ≈ T{sub c}{sup e}). Such condition is hard to fulfill in single phase MFs and a solution is to develop suitable composite MF materials. Here, we examine the multicaloric effect in a bi-layer laminated composite MF in order to determine the optimal design parameters for best caloric response. We show that magnetically induced multicaloric effect requires magnetic component of heat capacity smaller than that of the electric phase, while the layer thickness of the magnetic phase must be at least 5 times the thickness of the electric phase. The electrically induced multicaloric effect requires the magnetic layer to be 10% of the electric phase thickness, while its heat capacity must be larger than that of the electric phase. These selection rules are generally applicable to bulk as well as thin film MF composites for optimal multicaloric effect.

  5. Converse magneto-electric coefficient of concentric multiferroic composite ring

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chavez, Andres C.; Lopez, Mario; Youssef, George

    2016-06-01

    The converse magnetoelectric (CME) coefficient of an artificial, multiferroic composite cylinder was determined for two interface boundary conditions; specifically epoxy-bonded and shrink-fit. The composite consists of two concentrically bonded rings with the inner and outer rings made from Terfenol-D and lead zirconate titanate, respectively. The diameter of the inner annulus was 25 mm, and the outer ring diameter was 30 mm. Electric fields ranging from 20 kV/m to 80 kV/m with AC components cycling at frequencies from 4 kHz to 50 kHz were applied for actuation of the composite. A magnetic bias field from 0 Oe to 2300 Oe was applied for enhancement of the CME coefficient. It has been found that the maximum CME for epoxy-bonded rings occurs at lower bias magnetic field than shrink-fitted rings. Resonance for the epoxy-bonded composite was found to be 36 kHz whereas the resonant frequency for the shrink-fit structure was 34 kHz. The maximum CME coefficients were approximately 535 mG/V at 100 Vpp and 330 mG/V at 400 Vpp for the epoxy-bonded and shrink-fit configurations, respectively.

  6. Thermal generation of spin current in a multiferroic helimagnet

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Takagi, R.; Tokunaga, Y.; Ideue, T.; Taguchi, Y.; Tokura, Y.; Seki, S.

    2016-03-01

    We report the experimental observation of longitudinal spin Seebeck effect in a multiferroic helimagnet Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2Fe12O22. Temperature gradient applied normal to Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2Fe12O22/Pt interface generates inverse spin Hall voltage of spin current origin in Pt, whose magnitude was found to be proportional to bulk magnetization of Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2Fe12O22 even through the successive magnetic transitions among various helimagnetic and ferrimagnetic phases. This finding demonstrates that the helimagnetic spin wave can be an effective carrier of spin current. By controlling the population ratio of spin-helicity domains characterized by clockwise/counter-clockwise manner of spin rotation with use of poling electric field in the ferroelectric helimagnetic phase, we found that spin-helicity domain distribution does not affect the magnitude of spin current injected into Pt. The results suggest that the spin-wave spin current is rather robust against the spin-helicity domain wall, unlike the case with the conventional ferromagnetic domain wall.

  7. In situ study of electric field-induced magnetization in multiferroic BiFeO(3) nanowires.

    PubMed

    Prashanthi, K; Thundat, T

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we have studied electric field-induced magnetization effect of multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) nanowires in situ using magnetic force microscopy (MFM). Changes in magnetic domain contrast have been observed in the MFM phase images under applied electric potential, which indicate local magnetoelectric (ME) coupling in the nanowires. The values of saturation and magnetization at different applied electric fields were evaluated. These results suggest that one-dimensional multiferroic BFO nanowires are potential candidates for realizing multiferroic devices at nanoscale with unique functionalities. PMID:23637049

  8. Colloidal nanocrystals of orthorhombic Cu2ZnGeS4: phase-controlled synthesis, formation mechanism and photocatalytic behavior.

    PubMed

    Fan, Cong-Min; Regulacio, Michelle D; Ye, Chen; Lim, Suo Hon; Lua, Shun Kuang; Xu, Qing-Hua; Dong, Zhili; Xu, An-Wu; Han, Ming-Yong

    2015-02-21

    The orthorhombic polymorph of Cu2ZnGeS4 (CZGS) is a metastable wurtzite-derived phase that can only be prepared in the bulk form by extensive heating at high temperatures (≥790 °C) when using the conventional solid-state reaction route. By employing a facile solution-based synthetic strategy, we were able to obtain phase-pure orthorhombic CZGS in nanocrystalline form at a much lower reaction temperature. Prior to this work, the colloidal synthesis of single-phase orthorhombic CZGS on the nanoscale has never been reported. We find that the use of an appropriate combination of coordinating solvents and precursors is crucial to the sole formation of this metastable phase in solution. A possible formation mechanism is proposed on the basis of our experimental results. Because CZGS consists of environmentally benign metal components, it is regarded as a promising alternative material to the technologically useful yet toxic cadmium-containing semiconductors. The orthorhombic CZGS nanocrystals display strong photon absorption in the visible spectrum and are photocatalytically active in dye degradation under visible-light illumination. PMID:25619770

  9. Phase-controlled synthesis of orthorhombic and tetragonal AgGaSe2 nanocrystals with high quality.

    PubMed

    Bai, Tianyu; Xing, Shanghua; Li, Chunguang; Shi, Zhan; Feng, Shouhua

    2016-06-30

    High-quality AgGaSe2 nanocrystals with a novel orthorhombic structure have been successfully prepared via a facile colloidal synthesis method, and the crystalline phase can be tuned by adjusting the concentration of oleylamine and the reactant mole ratio of selenium. PMID:27320080

  10. Pressure-induced amorphization in orthorhombic Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}: An intrinsic character of crystal

    SciTech Connect

    Li, Quanjun; Zhang, Huafang; Cheng, Benyuan; Liu, Ran; Liu, Bo; Zou, Bo; Cui, Tian; Liu, Bingbing; Liu, Jing; Chen, Zhiqiang

    2014-05-21

    The phase transition of orthorhombic Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} was investigated by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The orthorhombic phase transforms into an amorphous form completely at 24.7 GPa. A bulk modulus B{sub 0} = 139 (9) GPa for the orthorhombic Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} is derived from the P-V data. We suggest that the pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) in Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} can be attributed to the unstability of the a axis under high pressure leads to the connections of polyhedral breaking down and even triggers disorder of the whole crystal frame. These results demonstrate that the PIA is an intrinsic character of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} which depends on its orthorhombic crystal structure rather than nanosize effects. This study provides a new kind of bulk material for investigating PIA in metal oxides.