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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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}

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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. Multiferroics with spiral spin orders.

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    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

  10. Multiferroic Two-Dimensional Materials.

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    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

  11. Multiferroicity in Perovskite Manganite Superlattice

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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. Low energy consumption spintronics using multiferroic heterostructures

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    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.

  17. Non-collinear magnetism in multiferroic perovskites.

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    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

  18. Probing the evolution of antiferromagnetism in multiferroics

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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. Multiferroic properties of CaMn7O12

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    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.

  8. High pressure and Multiferroics materials. A happy marriage

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    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.

  9. Growth of large single crystals of the orthorhombic paracetamol

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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. Van vleck paramagnetism in orthorhombic TiO2 (Brookite)

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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. Orthorhombic C32: a novel superhard sp3 carbon allotrope.

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    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

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

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    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.

  14. Synthesis and Structural Characterization of Orthorhombic Vanadium Oxide Nanorods

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    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.

  15. Prediction of Weyl semimetal in orthorhombic MoTe2

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    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.

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

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    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. Synthetic magnetoelectric coupling in a nanocomposite multiferroic

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    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

  18. Spin dynamics in driven composite multiferroics

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    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.

  19. Synthetic magnetoelectric coupling in a nanocomposite multiferroic.

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    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

  20. Spin dynamics in driven composite multiferroics

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    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.

  1. Conduction at domain walls in oxide multiferroics

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    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.

  2. Nonlinear magnetoelectric effect in composite multiferroics

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    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.

  3. Coupling Magnetism to Electricity in Multiferroic Heterostructures

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    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

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    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

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    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. Biquadratic and ring exchange interactions in orthorhombic perovskite manganites

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  9. Magnetoelectric domain control in multiferroic TbMnO3

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

  20. Caloric and multicaloric effects in oxygen ferroics and multiferroics

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    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.

  1. Multiferroic bismuth ferrite material core based inductive displacement sensor

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    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.

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

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    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

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    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)

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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}).

  11. Multiferroicity in B-site ordered double perovskite Y2MnCrO6

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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. Electrically controllable spontaneous magnetism in nanoscale mixed phase multiferroics.

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  6. Multiferroic properties of nanocrystalline BaTiO 3

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

  10. Multiferroic properties of nanostructured barium doped bismuth ferrite

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  13. Raman phonons in multiferroic FeVO4 crystals

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    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).

  14. Multiferroic thin-film integration onto semiconductor devices.

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    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

  15. Evidence of multiferroicity in NdMn2O5

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    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.

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

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    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.

  17. Magnetic structures in potential multiferroic GdCrO3

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    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.

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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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}

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    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

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    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. Voltage-dependent ferromagnetic resonance in epitaxial multiferroic nanocomposites

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    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.

  12. Room-Temperature Multiferroic Hexagonal LuFeO3

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  15. Magnetoelectroelastic control of magnetism in an artificial multiferroic

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    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.

  16. Ferroelectric control of anisotropic damping in multiferroic tunnel junctions

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    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.

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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. Multiferroic properties of stretchable BiFeO3 nano-composite film

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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)

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    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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  3. Separating read and write units in multiferroic devices.

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    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

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

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    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.

  5. Separating read and write units in multiferroic devices

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    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. Prediction of a novel magnetoelectric switching mechanism in multiferroics.

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    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

  7. Magnetoelastic interaction in a ferromagnet-multiferroic system

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    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.

  8. Electrically Controllable Spontaneous Magnetism in Nanoscale Mixed Phase Multiferroics

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  13. 93Nb Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance in Orthorhombic Phase of Niobium Pentabromide

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    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.

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

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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}

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    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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO3

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    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

  16. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO 3

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    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

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

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    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).

  18. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO3.

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    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

  19. Multicaloric effect in bi-layer multiferroic composites

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    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.

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

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    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.

  1. Thermal generation of spin current in a multiferroic helimagnet

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    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.

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

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    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

  3. Magnetic and Ferroelectric Anisotropy in Multiferroic FeVO4

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    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.

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

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    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.

  5. Effect of periodicity on order parameters of multiferroic superlattices

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    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

  6. Multicaloric effect in bi-layer multiferroic composites

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

  11. Perovskite solid solutions with multiferroic morphotropic phase boundaries and property enhancement

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    Algueró, M.; Amorín, H.; Fernández-Posada, C. M.; Peña, O.; Ramos, P.; Vila, E.; Castro, A.

    2016-05-01

    Recently, large phase-change magnetoelectric response has been anticipated by a first-principles investigation of phases in the BiFeO3-BiCoO3 perovskite binary system, associated with the existence of a discontinuous morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) between multiferroic polymorphs of rhombohedral and tetragonal symmetries. This might be a general property of multiferroic phase instabilities, and a novel promising approach for room temperature magnetoelectricity. We review here our current investigations on the identification and study of additional material systems, alternative to BiFeO3-BiCoO3 that has only been obtained by high pressure synthesis. Three systems, whose phase diagrams were, in principle, liable to show multiferroic MPBs have been addressed: the BiMnO3-PbTiO3 and BiFeO3-PbTiO3 binary systems, and the BiFeO3-BiMnO3-PbTiO3 ternary one. A comprehensive study of multiferroism across different solid solutions was carried out based on electrical and magnetic characterizations, complemented with mechanical and electromechanical measurements. An in-depth structural analysis was also accomplished when necessary.

  12. Hydrodynamics of domain walls in ferroelectrics and multiferroics: Impact on memory devices

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    Scott, J. F.; Evans, D. M.; Gregg, J. M.; Gruverman, A.

    2016-07-01

    The standard "Kittel Law" for the thickness and shape of ferroelectric, ferroelastic, or ferromagnet domains assumes mechanical equilibrium. The present paper shows that such domains may be highly nonequilibrium, with unusual thicknesses and shapes. In lead germanate and multiferroic lead zirconate titanate iron tantalate domain wall instabilities resemble hydrodynamics (Richtmyer-Meshkov and Helfrich-Hurault, respectively).

  13. Effects of Nickel Doping on the Multiferroic and Magnetic Phases of MnWO 4

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    Poudel, N.; Lorenz, B.; Lv, B.; Wang, Y. Q.; Ye, F.; Wang, Jinchen; Fernandez-baca, J. A.; Chu, C. W.

    2015-12-15

    There are various orders in multiferroic materials with a frustrated spiral spin modulation inducing a ferroelectric state are extremely sensitive to small perturbations such as magnetic and electric fields, external pressure, or chemical substitutions. A classical multiferroic, the mineral Hubnerite with chemical formula MnWO4, shows three different magnetic phases at low temperature. The intermediate phase between 7.5K < T < 12.7K is multiferroic and ferroelectricity is induced by an inversion symmetry breaking spiral Mn-spin order and strong spin-lattice interactions. Furthermore, the substitution of Ni2+ (spin 1) for Mn2+ (spin 5/2) in MnWO4 and its effects on the magnetic and multiferroicmore » phases are studied. The ferroelectric phase is stabilized for low Ni content (up to 10%). Upon further Ni doping, the polarization in the ferroelectric phase is quickly suppressed while a collinear and commensurate magnetic phase, characteristic of the magnetic structure in NiWO4, appears first at higher temperature, gradually extends to lower temperature, and becomes the ground state above 30% doping. Between 10% and 30%, the multiferroic phase coexists with the collinear commensurate phase. In this concentration region, the spin spiral plane is close to the a-b plane which explains the drop of the ferroelectric polarization. Finally, the phase diagram of Mn1-xNixWO4 is derived by a combination of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, electric polarization, and neutron scattering measurements.« less

  14. Magnetic dispersion and anisotropy in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Matsuda, Masaaki; Fishman, Randy Scott; Hong, Tao; Lee, C. H.; Ushiyama, T.; Yanagisawa, Y.; Tomioka, Y.; Ito, T.

    2012-01-01

    We have determined the full magnetic dispersion relations of multiferroic BiFeO3. In particular, two excitation gaps originating from magnetic anisotropies have been clearly observed. The direct observation of the gaps enables us to accurately determine the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interaction and the single ion anisotropy. The DM interaction supports a sizable magneto-electric coupling in this compound.

  15. Magnetoelectric coupling characteristics in multiferroic heterostructures with different thickness of nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy

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    Chen, Lei; Wang, Yao

    2016-05-01

    Magnetoelectric(ME) coupling characteristics in multiferroic heterostructures with different thickness of nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy has been investigated at low frequency. The ME response with obvious hysteresis, self-biased and dual-peak phenomenon is observed for multiferroic heterostructures, which results from strong magnetic interactions between two ferromagnetic materials with different magnetic properties, magnetostrictions and optimum bias magnetic fields Hdc,opti. The proposed multiferroic heterostructures not only enhance ME coupling significantly, but also broaden dc magnetic bias operating range and overcomes the limitations of narrow bias range. By optimizing the thickness of nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloy Tf, a significantly zero-biased ME voltage coefficient(MEVC) of 14.8mV/Oe (185 mV/cmṡ Oe) at Tf = 0.09 mm can be obtained, which is about 10.8 times as large as that of traditional PZT/Terfenol-D composite with a weak ME coupling at zero bias Hdc,zero. Furthermore, when Tf increases from 0.03 mm to 0.18 mm, the maximum MEVC increases nearly linearly with the increased Tf at Hdc,opti. Additionally, the experimental results demonstrate the ME response for multiferroic heterostructures spreads over a wide magnetic dc bias operating range. The excellent ME performance provides a promising and practicable application for both highly sensitive magnetic field sensors without bias and ME energy harvesters.

  16. Multiferroic Domain Walls in Ferroelectric PbTiO3 with Oxygen Deficiency.

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    Xu, Tao; Shimada, Takahiro; Araki, Yasumitsu; Wang, Jie; Kitamura, Takayuki

    2016-01-13

    Atomically thin multiferroics with the coexistence and cross-coupling of ferroelectric and (anti)ferromagnetic order parameters are promising for novel magnetoelectric nanodevices. However, such ferroic order disappears at a critical thickness in nanoscale. Here, we show a potential path toward ultrathin multiferroics by engineering an unusual domain wall (DW)-oxygen vacancy interaction in nonmagnetic ferroelectric PbTiO3. We demonstrate from first-principles that oxygen vacancies formed at the DW unexpectedly bring about magnetism with a localized spin moment around the vacancy. This magnetism originates from the orbital symmetry breaking of the defect electronic state due to local crystal symmetry breaking at the DW. Moreover, the energetics of defects shows the self-organization feature of oxygen vacancies at the DW, resulting in a planar-arrayed concentration of magnetic oxygen vacancies, which consequently changes the deficient DWs into multiferroic atomic layers. This DW-vacancy engineering opens up a new possibility for novel ultrathin multiferroic. PMID:26654475

  17. Multiferroic phase of doped delafossite CuFeO2 identified using inelastic neutron scattering

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    Haraldsen, Jason T; Ye, Feng; Fishman, Randy Scott; Fernandez-Baca, Jaime A; Yamaguchi, Y.; Kimura, K.; Kimura, T.

    2010-01-01

    Multiferroic materials allow the electric polarization to be controlled by switching the direction of magnetic ordering and consequently offer prospects for many new technological applications [1 4]. Because multiferroic behavior has been found in materials that exhibit complex (non-collinear and incommensurate) magnetic order, it is essential to know the spin arrangement of the ground states in these materials [4 9]. In many cases, elastic neutron scattering measurements alone are not sufficient to distinguish among several potential complex magnetic states. We report inelastic neutron scattering (INS) measurements that provide a distinct dynamical fingerprint for the multiferroic ground state of 3.5% Ga-doped CuFeO2. The complex ground state is stabilized by the displacement of the oxygen atoms [10], which are also responsible for the multiferroic coupling predicted by Arima [8]. By comparing the observed and calculated spectrum of spin excitations, we conclude that the magnetic ground state is a distorted screwtype spin configuration. The exchange interactions that stabilize this structure are consistent with those obtained from inelastic measurements [11, 12] on undoped CuFeO2.

  18. The formation mechanism of a time order in the activated BiFeO3 multiferroic

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    Godovikov, S. K.; Nikitin, S. M.

    2015-10-01

    It was established experimentally that internal local pressure is the physical cause of the previously observed phenomenon of self-organization of atomic displacements in multiferroics of BiFeO3 type, activated by an external impulse action. Mössbauer spectroscopy on nuclei 57Fe was used as the main research method.

  19. Complexity of High-Pressure Orthorhombic Iron Oxides, the Characterization of Fe5O6

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    Lavina, B.; Meng, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Occurring as accessory minerals in most rocks and forming large deposits of considerable economical importance, iron oxides have a major petrological importance. Their role as oxygen buffers, in differentiation processes and as magnetic phases summarize the critical importance of iron oxides in most petrological contexts, independently of their abundance.The discovery of a new compound in the Fe-O system, Fe4O5[1], reshaped our assumptions on the behavior of iron oxides in the Earth's deep interior, where phases of FeO and Fe3O4 were considered the sole plausible players. Further studies found that Fe4O5 is stable in a wide compositional range[2] and can accept a wide extent of isomorphic substitutions[3].We used laser heating synthesis in diamond anvil cell and microdiffraction mapping with high brilliance synchrotron x-ray[4] to explore the complexity of the Fe-O system at high pressure and temperature. We found coexistence of two to three oxides in most of the samples we investigated. By means of a careful exploration of diffraction effects in the reciprocal space, we singled-out the diffraction peaks of a few grains in multiphase diffraction patterns. These allowed a reliable characterization of yet a new iron oxide, Fe5O6. This compound, synthesized between 10 and 20 GPa, is also orthorhombic and can be described with the same building blocks of the other known orthorhombic iron oxides. A comparison of compressibility and lattice parameters of the latest iron oxides will be presented. [1] Lavina, B. et al. Discovery of the recoverable high-pressure iron oxide Fe4O5. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108, 17281-5 (2011).[2] Woodland, A. B., Frost, D. J., Trots, D. M., Klimm, K. & Mezouar, M. In situ observation of the breakdown of magnetite (Fe3O4) to Fe4O5 and hematite at high pressures and temperatures. Am Mineral 97, 1808-1811 (2012).[3] Woodland, A. B. et al. Fe4O5 and its solid solutions in several simple systems. Cotrib Mineral Petrol 166, 1677-1686 (2013

  20. First-principles study of the electronic and magnetic structures of the tetragonal and orthorhombic phases of Ca3Mn2O7

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    Matar, S. F.; Eyert, V.; Villesuzanne, A.; Whangbo, M.-H.

    2007-08-01

    On the basis of density functional theory electronic band structure calculations using the augmented spherical wave method, the electronic and magnetic properties of the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases of Ca3Mn2O7 were investigated and the spin exchange interactions of the orthorhombic phase were analyzed. Our calculations show that the magnetic insulating states are more stable than the nonmagnetic metallic state for both polymorphs of Ca3Mn2O7 , the orthorhombic phase is more stable than the tetragonal phase, and the ground state of the orthorhombic phase is antiferromagnetic. The total energies calculated for the three spin states of the orthorhombic phase of Ca3Mn2O7 led to estimates of the spin exchange interactions Jnn=-3.36meV and Jnnn=-0.06meV . The accuracy of these estimates was tested by calculating the Curie-Weiss temperature within the mean-field approximation.

  1. Phase transformations in multiferroic Bi{sub 1−x}La{sub x}Fe{sub 1−y}Ti{sub y}O{sub 3} ceramics probed by temperature dependent Raman scattering

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    Xu, L. P.; Zhang, X. L.; Zhang, J. Z.; Hu, Z. G. Chu, J. H.; Zhang, L. L.; Yu, J.

    2014-10-28

    Optical phonons and phase transitions of Bi{sub 1−x}La{sub x}Fe{sub 1−y}Ti{sub y}O{sub 3} (BLFTO, 0.02 ≤ x ≤ 0.12, 0.01 ≤ y ≤ 0.08) ceramics have been investigated by Raman scattering in the temperature range from 80 to 680 K. Four phase transitions around 140, 205, 570, and 640 K can be observed. The Raman modes are sensitive to the spin reorientation around 140 and 205 K, owing to the strong magnon-phonon coupling. The transformation around 570 K is a structural transition from rhombohedral to orthorhombic phase due to an external pressure induced by the chemical substitution. The anomalies of the phonon frequencies near Néel temperature T{sub N} have been discussed in the light of the multiferroicity. Moreover, it was found that the structural transition temperature and T{sub N} of BLFTO ceramics decrease towards room temperature with increasing doping composition as a result of size mismatch between substitution and host cations.

  2. Ferroelectric BaTiO3 phase of orthorhombic crystal structure contained in nanoparticles

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    Ram, S.; Jana, A.; Kundu, T. K.

    2007-09-01

    Ferroelectric BaTiO3 phase of a Pnma orthorhombic crystal structure is synthesized from a chemical method using a polymer complex of Ba2+ and Ti4+ with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). After burning out the polymer at temperature as high as 550 °C in air for 2 h results in an average 15 nm crystallite BaTiO3 size, with lattice parameters a =0.6435 nm, b =0.5306 nm, c =0.8854 nm, and density 5.124 g/cm3. The relationship between dielectric constant ɛr and temperature showed a single Curie transition temperature TC=131 °C, with as large a ɛr value as 263 at TC. A low value of dissipation factor tan δ, as small as 0.033 at room temperature (frequency f =1 kHz), with good insulating properties made the sample promising for use in uncooled infrared detectors and thermal imaging applications. The ɛr value is nearly independent of f value up to 100 kHz. A spectrum of sharp EPR signals of g values 2.21 to 1.88 characterizes three major kinds of VBa-, VTi3-, and Ti3+-Vo2+ paramagnetic species present in the imperfections.

  3. High-Pressure Orthorhombic Ferromagnesite as a Potential Deep-Mantle Carbon Carrier

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    Liu, Jin; Lin, Jung-Fu; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2015-01-01

    Knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of candidate deep-carbon carriers such as ferromagnesite [(Mg,Fe)CO3] at high pressure and temperature of the deep mantle is necessary for our understanding of deep-carbon storage as well as the global carbon cycle of the planet. Previous studies have reported very different scenarios for the (Mg,Fe)CO3 system at deep-mantle conditions including the chemical dissociation to (Mg,Fe)O+CO2, the occurrence of the tetrahedrally-coordinated carbonates based on CO4 structural units, and various high-pressure phase transitions. Here we have studied the phase stability and compressional behavior of (Mg,Fe)CO3 carbonates up to relevant lower-mantle conditions of approximately 120 GPa and 2400 K. Our experimental results show that the rhombohedral siderite (Phase I) transforms to an orthorhombic phase (Phase II with Pmm2 space group) at approximately 50 GPa and 1400 K. The structural transition is likely driven by the spin transition of iron accompanied by a volume collapse in the Fe-rich (Mg,Fe)CO3 phases; the spin transition stabilizes the high-pressure phase II at much lower pressure conditions than its Mg-rich counterpart. It is conceivable that the low-spin ferromagnesite phase II becomes a major deep-carbon carrier at the deeper parts of the lower mantle below 1900 km in depth. PMID:25560542

  4. Charge density waves in individual nanoribbons of orthorhombic-TaS₃.

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    Farley, Katie E; Shi, Zhenzhong; Sambandamurthy, G; Banerjee, Sarbajit

    2015-07-28

    Orthorhombic-TaS3 is a quasi-1D material that undergoes a Peierls' transition to become a charge density wave conductor at low temperatures. Electrical transport measurements of individual single-crystalline TaS3 nanoribbons prepared by a novel bottom-up method from elemental precursors indicate a depression of the Peierls' ordering temperature to 205 K, broadening of the electric-field-induced depinning of the charge density wave below the Peierls' transition temperature, and a greatly increased threshold voltage for nucleation of charge density wave dislocations posited to be a result of surface confinement and finite size effects. Single-nanoribbon measurements of broad-band noise indicate discrete phase slip events near the depinning threshold. Three distinct regimes are identified with the normalized noise spectrum showing a distinctive maxima near the threshold voltage for depinning of the charge density wave, corresponding to sampling of different metastable states that balance ordered and sliding charge density waves. PMID:26104129

  5. High-pressure orthorhombic ferromagnesite as a potential deep-mantle carbon carrier

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    Liu, Jin; Lin, Jung -Fu; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2015-01-06

    In this study, knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of candidate deep-carbon carriers such as ferromagnesite [(Mg,Fe)CO3] at high pressure and temperature of the deep mantle is necessary for our understanding of deep-carbon storage as well as the global carbon cycle of the planet. Previous studies have reported very different scenarios for the (Mg,Fe)CO3 system at deep-mantle conditions including the chemical dissociation to (Mg,Fe)O+CO2, the occurrence of the tetrahedrally-coordinated carbonates based on CO4 structural units, and various high-pressure phase transitions. Here we have studied the phase stability and compressional behavior of (Mg,Fe)CO3 carbonates up to relevant lower-mantle conditions ofmore » approximately 120 GPa and 2400 K. Our experimental results show that the rhombohedral siderite (Phase I) transforms to an orthorhombic phase (Phase II with Pmm2 space group) at approximately 50 GPa and 1400 K. The structural transition is likely driven by the spin transition of iron accompanied by a volume collapse in the Fe-rich (Mg,Fe)CO3 phases; the spin transition stabilizes the high-pressure phase II at much lower pressure conditions than its Mg-rich counterpart. It is conceivable that the low-spin ferromagnesite phase II becomes a major deep-carbon carrier at the deeper parts of the lower mantle below 1900 km in depth.« less

  6. Electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic SrLiAs

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    Guo, Li Bin; Wang, Yuan Xu Yan, Yu Li; Yang, Gui; Yang, Jue Ming; Feng, Zhen Zhen

    2014-07-21

    The electronic structure and the transport properties of orthorhombic SrLiAs were investigated using first-principles calculations and the semiclassical Boltzmann theory. It is found that the electrical conductivity along the y-direction is higher than those along other two directions, which is most likely originated from the covalent ladder-like structure formed by the Li and As atoms. Moreover, the transport properties of n-type SrLiAs are better than those of p-type one, due to the large band dispersion along the y-direction near the Fermi level. Further, the value of power factor with respect to relaxation time achieves 9.2 × 10{sup 11} W K{sup −2} m{sup −1} s{sup −1} for n-type SrLiAs along the y-direction at 1000 K with an optimal carrier concentration of 6.5 × 10{sup 20 }cm{sup −3}. The obtained minimum lattice thermal conductivity is comparable to those of other Zintl phase compounds.

  7. Lattice dynamics and vibrational spectra of the orthorhombic, tetragonal, and cubic phases of methylammonium lead iodide

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    Brivio, Federico; Frost, Jarvist M.; Skelton, Jonathan M.; Jackson, Adam J.; Weber, Oliver J.; Weller, Mark T.; Goñi, Alejandro R.; Leguy, Aurélien M. A.; Barnes, Piers R. F.; Walsh, Aron

    2015-10-01

    The hybrid halide perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 exhibits a complex structural behavior, with successive transitions between orthorhombic, tetragonal, and cubic polymorphs around 165 and 327 K. Herein we report first-principles lattice dynamics (phonon spectrum) for each phase of CH3NH3PbI3 . The equilibrium structures compare well to solutions of temperature-dependent powder neutron diffraction. By following the normal modes, we calculate infrared and Raman intensities of the vibrations, and compare them to the measurement of a single crystal where the Raman laser is controlled to avoid degradation of the sample. Despite a clear separation in energy between low-frequency modes associated with the inorganic (PbI3-)n network and high-frequency modes of the organic CH3NH3+ cation, significant coupling between them is found, which emphasizes the interplay between molecular orientation and the corner-sharing octahedral networks in the structural transformations. Soft modes are found at the boundary of the Brillouin zone of the cubic phase, consistent with displacive instabilities and anharmonicity involving tilting of the PbI6 octahedra around room temperature.

  8. Search for half-metallic ferromagnetism in orthorhombic Ce(Fe/Cr)O3 perovskites

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    Abbad, A.; Benstaali, W.; Bentounes, H. A.; Bentata, S.; Benmalem, Y.

    2016-02-01

    The full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FPLAPW) method based on the density functional theory within the GGA and GGA+U, is used to investigate the structural, magnetic and half-metallic properties of the Pnma orthorhombic Cerium orthoferrite (CeFeO3) and Cerium orthochromite (CeCrO3). The calculated densities of states presented in this study identify the metallic behavior CeFeO3 when we use the GGA scheme, whereas when we use the GGA+U, we see that its exhibits half-metallic character with an integer magnetic moment of 24 μB per formula unit at its equilibrium volume. CeCrO3 is half-metallic for both approaches and of n type conductivity for GGA but p type conductivity for GGA+U. It is found that the majority of the magnetic moments of both compounds originate from the cerium sites since the f states of Ce are spin polarized. From the band structure and the densities of states analysis, we find that CeCrO3 and CeFeO3 are strong candidates for spintronic applications.

  9. Defect processes in orthorhombic LnBaCo2O5.5 double perovskites.

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    Seymour, I D; Chroneos, A; Kilner, J A; Grimes, R W

    2011-09-01

    Static atomistic simulations based on the Born model were used to investigate intrinsic defect processes in orthorhombic LnBaCo(2)O(5.5) (Ln = Y, La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, and Yb) double perovskites. It was found that Ln/Ba antisite disorder is the lowest energy defect reaction, with the large Ln cations giving rise to smaller antisite energies. On the oxygen sublattice the oxygen Frenkel disorder dominates and also decreases in energy with increasing Ln cation size. The lowest energy oxygen vacancy and interstitial positions are in the LnO(0.5) and CoO(2) layers respectively. Interestingly, the calculations indicate that oxygen vacancies cluster with Ba antisite defects (occupying Ln sites). This suggests that the transport of oxygen vacancies will be influenced not only by the oxygen Frenkel energy but also the antisite energy. We propose that PrBaCo(2)O(5.5) most efficiently balances these two competing effects as it has an oxygen Frenkel energy of just 0.24 eV per defect combined with a high antisite energy (0.94 eV), which ensures that the A cation sublattice will remain more ordered. PMID:21769361

  10. The compressibility of cubic white, orthorhombic black and rhombohedral black phosphorus

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    Clark, S; Zaug, J M

    2009-06-05

    The effect of pressure on the crystal structure of white phosphorus has been studied up to 22.4 GPa. The {alpha} phase was found to transform into the {alpha}' phase at 0.87 {+-} 0.04 GPa with a volume change of 0.1 {+-} 0.3 cc/mol. A fit of a second order Birch-Murghanan equation to the data gave Vo = 16.94 {+-} 0.08 cc/mol and K{sub o} = 6.7 {+-} 0.5 GPa for the {alpha} phase and Vo = 16.4 {+-} 0.1 cc/mol and K{sub o} = 9.1 {+-} 0.3 GPa for the {alpha}' phase. The {alpha}' phase was found to transform to the A17 phase of black phosphorus at 2.68 {+-} 0.34 GPa and then with increasing pressure to the A7 and then simple cubic phase of black phosphorus. A fit of a second order Birch-Murnaghan equation to our orthorhombic and rhombohedral black phosphorus data gave Vo = 11.43 {+-} 0.02 cc/mol and K{sub o} = 34.7 {+-} 0.5 GPa for the A17 phase and Vo = 9.62 {+-} 0.01 cc/mol and K{sub o} = 65.0 {+-} 0.6 GPa for the A7 phase.

  11. Thermal evolution of the crystal structure of the orthorhombic perovskite LaFeO{sub 3}

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    Dixon, Charlotte A.L.; Kavanagh, Christopher M.; Knight, Kevin S.; Kockelmann, Winfried; Morrison, Finlay D.; Lightfoot, Philip

    2015-10-15

    The thermal evolution of the crystal structure of the prototypical orthorhombic perovskite LaFeO{sub 3} has been studied in detail by powder neutron diffraction in the temperature range 25

  12. Effect of uniaxial strain on the structural, electronic and elastic properties of orthorhombic BiMnO3

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    Yang, Pei; Haibin, Wu

    2015-03-01

    We study the elastic constants and electronic properties of orthorhombic BiMnO3 under uniaxial strain along the c-axis using the first-principles method. It is found that, beyond the range -0.025 < ɛ < 0.055, the predicted stiffness constants cij cannot demand the Born stability criteria and the compliance constant s44 shows abrupt changes, which accompany phase transition. In addition, the results for magnetism moments and polycrystalline properties are also reported. Additionally, under compressive strain, a band gap transition from the indirect to the direct occurs within -0.019 < ɛ < -0.018. Furthermore, the response of the band gap of orthorhombic BiMnO3 to uniaxial strain is studied.

  13. Influence of downsizing of zeolite crystals on the orthorhombic ↔ monoclinic phase transition in pure silica MFI-type

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    Kabalan, Ihab; Michelin, Laure; Rigolet, Séverinne; Marichal, Claire; Daou, T. Jean; Lebeau, Bénédicte; Paillaud, Jean-Louis

    2016-08-01

    The impact of crystal size on the transition orthorhombic ↔ monoclinic phase in MFI-type purely silica zeolites is investigated between 293 and 473 K using 29Si MAS NMR and powder X-ray diffraction. Three silicalite-1 zeolites are synthesized: a material constituted of micron-sized crystals, pseudospherical nanometer-sized crystals and hierarchical porous zeolites with a mesoporous network created by the use of a gemini-type diquaternary ammonium surfactant giving nanosheet zeolites. Our results show for the first time that the orthorhombic ↔ monoclinic phase transition already known for micron-sized particles also occurs in nanometer-sized zeolite crystals whereas our data suggest that the extreme downsizing of the zeolite crystal to one unit cell in thickness leads to an extinction of the phase transition.

  14. The effect of aluminium on the formation of orthorhombic plates in the Nb-Ti-Al ternary system

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    Hoelzer, D.T.; Ebrahimi, F.

    1997-12-31

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to study the phase transformation in an alloy containing 33Ti-27Nb-40Al (at.%). The results showed that the BCC {beta} phase was present at high temperatures, which ordered to the B 2 phase, and finally was martensitically transformed to a plate microstructure during quenching. The plates possessed an orthorhombic crystal structure and a substructure that consisted of both coarse and fine anti-phase domain boundaries (APDBs). These APDBs were consistent with three sublattices that were derived from the inherited site occupancy of the B2 matrix and a subsequent disorder to order transition. The CBED analysis of the plates showed that the site occupancy of this orthorhombic phase was consistent with the Al{sub 2}NbTi stoichiometry with Al occupying the 8g, Nb the 4cl, and Ti the 4c2 Wyckoff sites.

  15. Ultrafast structural dynamics of the orthorhombic distortion in the Fe-pnictide parent compound BaFe2As2

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    Rettig, L.; Mariager, S. O.; Ferrer, A.; Grübel, S.; Johnson, J. A.; Rittmann, J.; Wolf, T.; Johnson, S. L.; Ingold, G.; Beaud, P.; Staub, U.

    2016-01-01

    Using femtosecond time-resolved hard x-ray diffraction, we investigate the structural dynamics of the orthorhombic distortion in the Fe-pnictide parent compound BaFe2As2. The orthorhombic distortion analyzed by the transient splitting of the (1 0 3) Bragg reflection is suppressed on an initial timescale of 35 ps, which is much slower than the suppression of magnetic and nematic order. This observation demonstrates a transient state with persistent structural distortion and suppressed magnetic/nematic order which are strongly linked in thermal equilibrium. We suggest a way of quantifying the coupling between structural and nematic degrees of freedom based on the dynamics of the respective order parameters. PMID:27158636

  16. Theoretical study on stability, mechanical properties and thermodynamic parameters of the orthorhombic-A2N2O (A=C, Si and Ge)

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    Ding, Yingchun

    2012-06-01

    The structural stability, mechanical properties and thermodynamic parameters such as Debye temperature, minimum thermal conductivities of orthorhombic-A2N2O (A=C, Si and Ge) are calculated by first principles calculations based on density functional theory. The calculated lattice parameters, elastic constants of Si2N2O and Ge2N2O using PBEsol function are consisted with the experimental data and other calculated values. The full set elastic constants of the orthorhombic-A2N2O (A=C, Si and Ge) are calculated by stress-strain method. The mechanical moduli (bulk modulus, shear modulus and Young's modulus) are evaluated by the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approach. The orthorhombic-C2N2O exhibits larger mechanical moduli than the other two structures. The hardness of orthorhombic-A2N2O (A=C, Si and Ge) is evaluated according to the intrinsic hardness calculation theory of covalent crystal relying on Mulliken overlap population. The results indicate that the orthorhombic-C2N2O is a super hard material. Furthermore, the mechanical anisotropy, Debye temperature and minimum thermal conductivity of the orthorhombic-A2N2O (A=C, Si and Ge) have been estimated by empirical methods. The orthorhombic-Ge2N2O shows the lowest thermal conductivity, which may have useful applications as gas turbine engines and diesel engines.

  17. High-pressure orthorhombic ferromagnesite as a potential deep-mantle carbon carrier

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    Liu, Jin; Lin, Jung -Fu; Prakapenka, Vitali B.

    2015-01-06

    In this study, knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of candidate deep-carbon carriers such as ferromagnesite [(Mg,Fe)CO3] at high pressure and temperature of the deep mantle is necessary for our understanding of deep-carbon storage as well as the global carbon cycle of the planet. Previous studies have reported very different scenarios for the (Mg,Fe)CO3 system at deep-mantle conditions including the chemical dissociation to (Mg,Fe)O+CO2, the occurrence of the tetrahedrally-coordinated carbonates based on CO4 structural units, and various high-pressure phase transitions. Here we have studied the phase stability and compressional behavior of (Mg,Fe)CO3 carbonates up to relevant lower-mantle conditions of approximately 120 GPa and 2400 K. Our experimental results show that the rhombohedral siderite (Phase I) transforms to an orthorhombic phase (Phase II with Pmm2 space group) at approximately 50 GPa and 1400 K. The structural transition is likely driven by the spin transition of iron accompanied by a volume collapse in the Fe-rich (Mg,Fe)CO3 phases; the spin transition stabilizes the high-pressure phase II at much lower pressure conditions than its Mg-rich counterpart. It is conceivable that the low-spin ferromagnesite phase II becomes a major deep-carbon carrier at the deeper parts of the lower mantle below 1900 km in depth.

  18. Structural and Ferromagnetic Properties of an Orthorhombic Phase of MnBi Stabilized with Rh Additions

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    Taufour, Valentin; Thimmaiah, Srinivasa; March, Stephen; Saunders, Scott; Sun, Kewei; Lamichhane, Tej Nath; Kramer, Matthew J.; Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2015-07-01

    The article addresses the possibility of alloy elements in MnBi which may modify the thermodynamic stability of the NiAs-type structure without significantly degrading the magnetic properties. The addition of small amounts of Rh and Mn provides an improvement in the thermal stability with some degradation of the magnetic properties. The small amounts of Rh and Mn additions in MnBi stabilize an orthorhombic phase whose structural and magnetic properties are closely related to the ones of the previously reported high-temperature phase of MnBi (HT MnBi). To date, the properties of the HT MnBi, which is stable between 613 and 719 K, have not been studied in detail because of its transformation to the stable low-temperature MnBi (LT MnBi), making measurements near and below its Curie temperature difficult. The Rh-stabilized MnBi with chemical formula Mn1.0625 -xRhx Bi [x =0.02 (1 ) ] adopts a new superstructure of the NiAs /Ni2In structure family. It is ferromagnetic below a Curie temperature of 416 K. The critical exponents of the ferromagnetic transition are not of the mean-field type but are closer to those associated with the Ising model in three dimensions. The magnetic anisotropy is uniaxial; the anisotropy energy is rather large, and it does not increase when raising the temperature, contrary to what happens in LT MnBi. The saturation magnetization is approximately 3 μB/f .u . at low temperatures. While this exact composition may not be application ready, it does show that alloying is a viable route to modifying the stability of this class of rare-earth-free magnet alloys.

  19. Structural and ferromagnetic properties of an orthorhombic phase of MnBi stabilized with Rh additions

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    Taufour, Valentin; Thimmaiah, Srinivasa; March, Stephen; Saunders, Scott; Sun, Kewei; Lamichhane, Tej Nath; Kramer, Matthew J.; Bud’ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2015-07-28

    The article addresses the possibility of alloy elements in MnBi which may modify the thermodynamic stability of the NiAs-type structure without significantly degrading the magnetic properties. The addition of small amounts of Rh and Mn provides an improvement in the thermal stability with some degradation of the magnetic properties. The small amounts of Rh and Mn additions in MnBi stabilize an orthorhombic phase whose structural and magnetic properties are closely related to the ones of the previously reported high-temperature phase of MnBi (HT MnBi). The properties of the HT MnBi, which is stable between 613 and 719 K, have notmore » been studied in detail because of its transformation to the stable low-temperature MnBi (LT MnBi), making measurements near and below its Curie temperature difficult. The Rh-stabilized MnBi with chemical formula Mn1.0625–xRhxBi [x=0.02(1)] adopts a new superstructure of the NiAs/Ni2In structure family. It is ferromagnetic below a Curie temperature of 416 K. The critical exponents of the ferromagnetic transition are not of the mean-field type but are closer to those associated with the Ising model in three dimensions. The magnetic anisotropy is uniaxial; the anisotropy energy is rather large, and it does not increase when raising the temperature, contrary to what happens in LT MnBi. The saturation magnetization is approximately 3μB/f.u. at low temperatures. Thus, while this exact composition may not be application ready, it does show that alloying is a viable route to modifying the stability of this class of rare-earth-free magnet alloys.« less

  20. Structure and electronic properties of the orthorhombic MoRuP superconductor prepared at high pressure

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Ching, W. Y.; Xu, Yong-Nian; Kaduk, J. A.; Shirotani, I.; Swartzendruber, L.

    2003-04-01

    The orthorhombic superconductor MoRuP (o-MoRuP) was prepared under high pressure, and its structure was refined using the x-ray Rietveld technique. The grayish-black sample of o-MoRuP is a superconductor with Tc=15.5 K and having space group Pnma and lattice parameters a=6.03503(16) Å, b=3.85311(8) Å, and c=6.94355(17) Å, V=161.463(7) Å.3 The structure of o-MoRuP is characterized by layers (parallel to the ac plane) of Mo, Ru, and P atoms. Based on the accurately determined crystal structure, the band structure and the density of states (DOS) of o-MoRuP were calculated by a first-principles density-functional method and compared with those of the isostructural superconductor o-ZrRuP (Tc=4 K). It is shown that the high Tc in o-MoRuP is directly related to the higher level of the DOS at the Fermi level (EF) and is traced to be predominantly from the Mo 4d orbitals. The calculated values of the DOS at EF are 0.46 and 0.33 states/eV atom for the Mo and Zr analogs, respectively. The electronic bonding in these two crystals is analyzed in terms of the Mulliken effective charge and the bond order values. The bonding in o-MoRuP differs from that in o-ZrRuP in that there is a short (2.44 Å) Mo-P bond. The x-ray reference pattern of o-MoRuP prepared using a Rietveld decomposition technique has been submitted to the International Center for Diffraction Data to be included in the Powder Diffraction File.

  1. Structural and ferromagnetic properties of an orthorhombic phase of MnBi stabilized with Rh additions

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    Taufour, Valentin; Thimmaiah, Srinivasa; March, Stephen; Saunders, Scott; Sun, Kewei; Lamichhane, Tej Nath; Kramer, Matthew J.; Bud’ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2015-07-28

    The article addresses the possibility of alloy elements in MnBi which may modify the thermodynamic stability of the NiAs-type structure without significantly degrading the magnetic properties. The addition of small amounts of Rh and Mn provides an improvement in the thermal stability with some degradation of the magnetic properties. The small amounts of Rh and Mn additions in MnBi stabilize an orthorhombic phase whose structural and magnetic properties are closely related to the ones of the previously reported high-temperature phase of MnBi (HT MnBi). The properties of the HT MnBi, which is stable between 613 and 719 K, have not been studied in detail because of its transformation to the stable low-temperature MnBi (LT MnBi), making measurements near and below its Curie temperature difficult. The Rh-stabilized MnBi with chemical formula Mn1.0625–xRhxBi [x=0.02(1)] adopts a new superstructure of the NiAs/Ni2In structure family. It is ferromagnetic below a Curie temperature of 416 K. The critical exponents of the ferromagnetic transition are not of the mean-field type but are closer to those associated with the Ising model in three dimensions. The magnetic anisotropy is uniaxial; the anisotropy energy is rather large, and it does not increase when raising the temperature, contrary to what happens in LT MnBi. The saturation magnetization is approximately 3μB/f.u. at low temperatures. Thus, while this exact composition may not be application ready, it does show that alloying is a viable route to modifying the stability of this class of rare-earth-free magnet alloys.

  2. One-step hydrothermal synthesis, characterization and magnetic properties of orthorhombic PrCrO{sub 3} cubic particles

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    Zhang, Youjin Yao, Chengpeng; Fan, Yun; Zhou, Maozhong

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Orthorhombic PrCrO{sub 3} cubic particles were prepared by a simple and facile one-step hydrothermal method. • The possible formation mechanism of PrCrO{sub 3} cubic particles was proposed. • The as-synthesized PrCrO{sub 3} exhibited behaviors of magnetic transition and negative magnetization. - Abstract: Orthorhombic PrCrO{sub 3} cubic particles were synthesized by a simple and facile one-step hydrothermal method of processing temperature 280 °C for 7 days. The products prepared in this paper have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The magnetic properties of the final sample are also studied. The XRD pattern shows the pure orthorhombic phase for PrCrO{sub 3} particles, the XPS and FTIR results further demonstrate the purity and composition of the product. FESEM images show cubic morphology for the PrCrO{sub 3} particles. The possible growth mechanism for PrCrO{sub 3} cubic particles is proposed. Through the investigation of magnetic properties, it can be seen that the orthorhombic PrCrO{sub 3} cubic particles exhibit behaviors of magnetic transition and negative magnetization. The Néel temperature is about 232 K and the magnetic hysteresis loop under 4 K shows that the coercivity (H{sub C}) and remanence (M{sub r}) is about 1728 Oe and 4.88 emu/g, respectively.

  3. Orthorhombic 11C Pyrrhotite from Michałkowa, Góry Sowie Block, The Sudetes, Poland - Preliminary Report

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    Rybicki, Maciej; Krzykawski, Tomasz

    2014-09-01

    This study provides the preliminary report about first occurrence of orthorhombic 11C pyrrhotite (Fe(i-x)S) from the Sudetes, Poland. Samples of pyrrhotite-containing two-pyroxene gabbro were found in a classic pegmatite locality in Michałkowa near Walim in the Góry Sowie Block. Based on microscopic methods, pyrrhotite is associated with pentlandite, chalcopyrite, chromite, ilmenite, gersdorffite, magnetite, biotite, magnesiohornblende, clinochlore, lizardite and talc. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) indicate that pyrrhotite has orthorhombic 11C structure and it is characterized by: a = 3.433(9) Å, b = 5.99(2) Å, c = 5.7432(5) Å, ß = 90° and d 102 = 2.06906 Å. Mössbauer studies confirmed the XRD data. Pyrrhotite has three sextets with hyperfine parameter values 30.8 T for sextet A, 27.9 T and 25.8 T for sextets B and C respectively, indicating orthorhombic structure, the composition near Fe10S11 and x = 0.0909.

  4. Orthorhombic 11C pyrrhotite from Michałkowa, Góry Sowie Block, The Sudetes, Poland - preliminary report

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    Rybicki, Maciej; Krzykawski, Tomasz

    2014-09-01

    This study provides the preliminary report about first occurrence of orthorhombic 11C pyrrhotite (Fe(1-x)S) from the Sudetes, Poland. Samples of pyrrhotite-containing two-pyroxene gabbro were found in a classic pegmatite locality in Michałkowa near Walim in the Góry Sowie Block. Based on microscopic methods, pyrrhotite is associated with pentlandite, chalcopyrite, chromite, ilmenite, gersdorffite, magnetite, biotite, magnesiohornblende, clinochlore, lizardite and talc. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) indicate that pyrrhotite has orthorhombic 11C structure and it is characterized by: a = 3.433(9) Å, b = 5.99(2) Å, c = 5.7432(5) Å, β = 90º and d102 = 2.06906 Å. Mössbauer studies confirmed the XRD data. Pyrrhotite has three sextets with hyperfine parameter values 30.8 T for sextet A, 27.9 T and 25.8 T for sextets B and C respectively, indicating orthorhombic structure, the composition near Fe10S11 and x = 0.0909

  5. Photo-enhanced salt-water splitting using orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes in photoelectrochemical cells

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    Cheng, Kong-Wei; Tsai, Wei-Tseng; Wu, Yu-Hsuan

    2016-06-01

    Orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes are prepared on various substrates via reactive sulfurization using the radio-frequency magnetron sputtering of silver-tin metal precursors. Evaluations of the photoelectrochemical performances of Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes with various levels of silver content are carried out in various aqueous solutions. X-ray diffraction patterns and Hall measurements of samples after a three-stage sulfurization process show that all samples are the pure orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 phase with n-type conductivity. The energy band gaps, carrier concentrations, and mobilities of samples on glass substrates are 1.31-1.33 eV, 7.07 × 1011-8.52 × 1012 cm-3, and 74.9-368 cm2 V-1 s-1, respectively, depending on the [Ag]/[Ag+Sn] molar ratio in samples. The highest photoelectrochemical performances of orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes in aqueous 0.35 M Na2S + 0.25 M K2SO3 and 0.5 M NaCl solutions are respectively 2.09 and 2.5 mA cm-2 at an applied voltages of 0.9 and 1.23 V vs. a reversible hydrogen electrode under light irradiation with a light intensity of 100 mW cm-2 from a 300-W Xe lamp.

  6. Orthorhombic WO 3Formed via a Ti-Stabilized WO 3· {1}/{3}H 2O Phase

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    Pecquenard, B.; Lecacheux, H.; Livage, J.; Julien, C.

    1998-01-01

    Stable solutions of WO3precursors have been prepared via the dissolution of tungstic acid, H2WO4, in hydrogen peroxide. A crystalline peroxopolytungstic acid WO3·H2O2·nH2O (n≈0.1) is obtained upon drying. Peroxo groups decompose at 200°C, giving an amorphous tungsten oxide that crystallizes into the stable monoclinic WO3around 400°C. Completely different results are obtained when Ti(OPri)4is added to the precursor solution. The orthorhombic phase WO3·{1}/{3}H2O is first obtained. As is well known, this hydrated oxide leads to h-WO3and m-WO3upon heating. However, in the presence of TiIV, a new metastable orthorhombic tungsten oxide is formed around 400°C. It then transforms irreversibly upon further heating into the stable monoclinic WO3. The presence of TiIVseems to stabilize this new orthorhombic phase.

  7. Facile Route to the Controlled Synthesis of Tetragonal and Orthorhombic SnO2 Films by Mist Chemical Vapor Deposition.

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    Bae, Jae-Yoon; Park, Jozeph; Kim, Hyun You; Kim, Hyun-Suk; Park, Jin-Seong

    2015-06-10

    Two types of tin dioxide (SnO2) films were grown by mist chemical vapor deposition (Mist-CVD), and their electrical properties were studied. A tetragonal phase is obtained when methanol is used as the solvent, while an orthorhombic structure is formed with acetone. The two phases of SnO2 exhibit different electrical properties. Tetragonal SnO2 behaves as a semiconductor, and thin-film transistors (TFTs) incorporating this material as the active layer exhibit n-type characteristics with typical field-effect mobility (μ(FE)) values of approximately 3-4 cm(2)/(V s). On the other hand, orthorhombic SnO2 is found to behave as a metal-like transparent conductive oxide. Density functional theory calculations reveal that orthorhombic SnO2 is more stable under oxygen-rich conditions, which correlates well with the experimentally observed solvent effects. The present study paves the way for the controlled synthesis of functional materials by atmospheric pressure growth techniques. PMID:25984757

  8. Polar atomic displacements in multiferroics observed via anomalous x-ray diffraction

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    Azimonte, C.; Granado, E.; Terashita, H.; Park, S.; Cheong, S.-W.

    2010-01-01

    The minute polar atomic displacements in multiferroics are shown to be within the reach of crystallography. A nonconventional methodology with anomalous x-ray diffraction is employed to investigate such displacements in DyMn2O5 with giant magnetoelectric coupling and two distinct Mn3+ and Mn4+ sites. Intensity differences of a selected Bragg reflection were measured as the direction of electric polarization is switched by a poling field. A significant differential effect, which is strongly enhanced at energies near and above the MnK edge, was observed near and below the ferroelectric transition temperature, Tc˜40K . The direct participation of ionic displacements in the ferroelectric polarization, particularly the Mn3+ sublattice, is demonstrated, dismissing a purely electronic mechanism for the multiferroicity.

  9. Electric Field Control of the Resistance of Multiferroic Tunnel Junctions with Magnetoelectric Antiferromagnetic Barriers

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    Merodio, P.; Kalitsov, A.; Chshiev, M.; Velev, J.

    2016-06-01

    Based on model calculations, we predict a magnetoelectric tunneling electroresistance effect in multiferroic tunnel junctions consisting of ferromagnetic electrodes and magnetoelectric antiferromagnetic barriers. Switching of the antiferromagnetic order parameter in the barrier in applied electric field by means of the magnetoelectric coupling leads to a substantial change of the resistance of the junction. The effect is explained in terms of the switching of the orientations of local magnetizations at the barrier interfaces affecting the spin-dependent interface transmission probabilities. Magnetoelectric multiferroic materials with finite ferroelectric polarization exhibit an enhanced resistive change due to polarization-induced spin-dependent screening. These results suggest that devices with active barriers based on single-phase magnetoelectric antiferromagnets represent an alternative nonvolatile memory concept.

  10. Multiferroicity in ZnO nanodumbbell/BiFeO3 nanoparticle heterostructures

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    Mahesh, Dabbugalla; Mandal, Swapan K.

    2016-04-01

    We report here on the multiferroic properties of ZnO-BiFeO3 (BiFeO3 referred hereinafter as BFO) nanocomposite structures obtained by using a facile solution-based synthesis route. ZnO is found to grow in the form of well-crystallized and self-assembled dumbbell-like structures. BFO nanoparticles (NPs) are deposited onto ZnO nanodumbbells (NDs) to obtain ZnO-BFO heterostructures. The nanocomposites show prominent ferroelectric polarization hysteresis loop along with enhanced magnetization in comparison to pure BFO NPs. The ordered alignment of spins along with the suppression of Fe-O-Fe antiferromagnetic super-exchange interactions at the ZnO/BFO interface plausibly gives rise to observed multiferroic properties.

  11. Low-field Switching Four-state Nonvolatile Memory Based on Multiferroic Tunnel Junctions

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    Yau, H. M.; Yan, Z. B.; Chan, N. Y.; Au, K.; Wong, C. M.; Leung, C. W.; Zhang, F.Y.; Gao, X. S.; Dai, J. Y.

    2015-01-01

    Multiferroic tunneling junction based four-state non-volatile memories are very promising for future memory industry since this kind of memories hold the advantages of not only the higher density by scaling down memory cell but also the function of magnetically written and electrically reading. In this work, we demonstrate a success of this four-state memory in a material system of NiFe/BaTiO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 with improved memory characteristics such as lower switching field and larger tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR). Ferroelectric switching induced resistive change memory with OFF/ON ratio of 16 and 0.3% TMR effect have been achieved in this multiferroic tunneling structure. PMID:26239505

  12. Multiferroicity and Magnetoelectric Coupling in TbMnO3 Thin Films.

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    Hu, Ni; Lu, Chengliang; Xia, Zhengcai; Xiong, Rui; Fang, Pengfei; Shi, Jing; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2015-12-01

    In this work, we report the growth and functional characterizations of multiferroic TbMnO3 thin films grown on Nb-doped SrTiO3 (001) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. By performing detailed magnetic and ferroelectric properties measurements, we demonstrate that the multiferroicity of spin origin known in the bulk crystals can be successfully transferred to TbMnO3 thin films. Meanwhile, anomalous magnetic transition and unusual magnetoelectric coupling related to Tb moments are observed, suggesting a modified magnetic configuration of Tb in the films as compared to the bulk counterpart. In addition, it is found that the magnetoelectric coupling enabled by Tb moments can even be seen far above the Tb spin ordering temperature, which provides a larger temperature range for the magnetoelectric control involving Tb moments. PMID:26573085

  13. Simultaneous occurrence of multiferroism and short-range magnetic order in DyFeO3

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    Wang, Jinchen; Liu, Juanjuan; Sheng, Jieming; Luo, Wei; Ye, Feng; Zhao, Zhiying; Sun, Xuefeng; Danilkin, Sergey A.; Deng, Guochu; Bao, Wei

    2016-04-06

    In this paper, we present a combined neutron scattering and magnetization study on the multiferroic DyFeO3, which shows a very strong magnetoelectric effect. Applying magnetic field along the c axis, the weak ferromagnetic order of the Fe ions is quickly recovered from a spin reorientation transition, and the long-range antiferromagnetic order of Dy becomes a short-range one. We found that the short-range order concurs with the multiferroic phase and is responsible for its sizable hysteresis. In conclusion, our H-T phase diagram suggests that the strong magnetoelectric effect in DyFeO3 has to be understood with not only the weak ferromagnetism ofmore » Fe but also the short-range antiferromagnetic order of Dy.« less

  14. Effects of transition metal doping on multiferroic ordering in nickel vanadate and iron orthovanadate

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    Kumarasiri, Akila

    We have studied the effects of doping both non-magnetic and magnetic ions on the phase transitions and multiferroic ordering in two multiferroic oxides; Ni3V2O8 and FeVO4. Magnetic, dielectric, specific heat, polarization and AC susceptibility measurements were used to track changes in phase transition temperatures. We found that the two higher temperature magnetic transitions in Ni3V2O 8; TH = 9.1 K and TL = 6.3 K are suppressed to lower temperatures with all transition metal dopants. For Zn doping, the rates of the suppression of both TH and TL with dopant fraction are consistent with simple site dilution for two-dimensional spin systems, with the suppression of TH consistent with Ising spins and the suppression of TL consistent with Heisenberg spins. However, samples remain multiferroic at least up to 15% Zn doping. Conversely, spin-1/2 Cu doping strongly suppresses both transitions, for which the multiferroic magnetic structure is completely suppressed at only 10% Cu doping. However, below 10% Cu doping, the samples show enhanced ferroelectric polarization, and a sizable net magnetization also develops. With spin-3/2 Co doping, suppression is very small, with the multiferroic transition persisting even at 30% doping and the material showing Ni 3V2O8 magnetic characteristics up to 80% doping. On the Co rich side of the composition, we find that the magnetic ordering temperatures for Co3V2O8 are suppressed rapidly with Ni doping. With higher spin dopants (e.g. spin-2 Fe and spin-5/2 Mn), suppression remains fairly low. We also present phase diagrams for (Ni 1-xMx)3V2O8 (M = Zn, Cu, Co, Fe and Mn). These studies suggest that the spin structures in Ni3V 2O8 responsible for the development of ferroelectric order are relatively robust against perturbations produced by both magnetic and non-magnetic dopants, with the most significant disruption of the magnetic structure developing for Cu doping. In the case of FeVO4, we find that the magnetoelectric coupling in FeVO4

  15. Gigantic directional asymmetry of luminescence in multiferroic CuB 2O 4

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    Toyoda, S.; Abe, N.; Arima, T.

    2016-05-01

    In multiferroic materials, luminescence intensities can be direction dependent, i.e., different between the opposite propagating directions of emitted light. However, the effect has not been thought to be used for technological applications, since only small directional asymmetry has been reported so far. Here we show that the effect is robust in multiferroic CuB2O4 . The luminescence intensity changes by about 70 % between the opposite directions of the emission, which is about 100 times larger than the previously reported values. We demonstrate that such a gigantic directional asymmetry of luminescence can be applied to the imaging of canted antiferromagnetic domains. The observation of the effect and its application to magnetic domain imaging are important for a deeper understanding of light-matter interactions as well as technological applications such as optical reading techniques for magnetic memory devices.

  16. Film size-dependent voltage-modulated magnetism in multiferroic heterostructures

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    Hu, J.-M.; Shu, L.; Li, Z.; Gao, Y.; Shen, Y.; Lin, Y. H.; Chen, L. Q.; Nan, C. W.

    2014-01-01

    The electric-voltage-modulated magnetism in multiferroic heterostructures, also known as the converse magnetoelectric (ME) coupling, has drawn increasing research interest recently owing to its great potential applications in future low-power, high-speed electronic and/or spintronic devices, such as magnetic memory and computer logic. In this article, based on combined theoretical analysis and experimental demonstration, we investigate the film size dependence of such converse ME coupling in multiferroic magnetic/ferroelectric heterostructures, as well as exploring the interaction between two relating coupling mechanisms that are the interfacial strain and possibly the charge effects. We also briefly discuss some issues for the next step and describe new device prototypes that can be enabled by this technology. PMID:24421375

  17. Enhanced multiferroic characteristics in Fe-doped BiTiO ceramics

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    Chen, X. Q.; Yang, F. J.; Cao, W. Q.; Wang, H.; Yang, C. P.; Wang, D. Y.; Chen, K.

    2010-07-01

    Modification of Bi 4Ti 3O 12 multiferroic ceramics prepared by a conventional solid state reaction method were investigated by substituting Ti partly with Fe. The introduction of Fe does not change the layered perovskite structure of Bi 4Ti 3O 12. Upon increasing Fe content, the remnant polarization of the samples is enhanced. The magnetism of the ceramics at room temperature develops from diamagnetism to weak ferromagnetism with increasing Fe doping. The largest variations of 15% and 6% in remnant polarization and magnetization, achieved in a Bi 4Ti 1Fe 2O 12-δ sample after poling it in a magnetic field at 1 T and a DC electric field at 30 kV/cm for 10 min, are evidence of magnetoelectric coupling between the electric dipoles and magnetic dipoles at room temperature. The present results suggest a new candidate for a room temperature multiferroic material with enhanced properties.

  18. Theory of magnetic-field-induced polarization flop in spin-spiral multiferroics

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    Mochizuki, Masahito

    2015-12-01

    The magnetic-field-induced 90∘ flop of ferroelectric polarization P in a spin-spiral multiferroic material TbMnO3 is theoretically studied based on a microscopic spin model. I find that the direction of the P flop or the choice of +Pa or -Pa after the flop is governed by magnetic torques produced by the applied magnetic field H acting on the Mn spins and thus is selected in a deterministic way, in contradistinction to the naively anticipated probabilistic flop. This mechanism resolves a puzzle of the previously reported memory effect in the P direction depending on the history of the magnetic-field sweep, and enables controlled switching of multiferroic domains by externally applied magnetic fields. My Monte-Carlo analysis also uncovers that the magnetic structure in the P ∥a phase under H ∥b is not a previously anticipated simple a b -plane spin cycloid but a conical spin structure.

  19. Structural transformation and magnetoelectric behaviour in Bi1-xGdxFeO3 multiferroics

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    Lazenka, V. V.; Zhang, G.; Vanacken, J.; Makoed, I. I.; Ravinski, A. F.; Moshchalkov, V. V.

    2012-03-01

    The crystal structure, dielectric, magnetic and magnetoelectric (ME) properties of Bi1-xGdxFeO3 (BGFO, x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2) multiferroic ceramics have been studied. The substitution of bismuth by gadolinium induces a R3c\\to {Pnma} phase structural transition at x > 0.1, which leads to the suppression of the spiral modulated spin structure and develops weak ferromagnetic properties in the BiFeO3-based materials. Through studying the temperature/magnetic field dependence of the ME coefficient, we have revealed the effect of the substitution of Gd3+ ions on the ME properties, and have demonstrated the possibility of manipulating the electric state in BGFO multiferroics by applying magnetic field at room temperature.

  20. Competition of magneto-dipole, anisotropy and exchange interactions in composite multiferroics.

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    Belemuk, A M; Udalov, O G; Chtchelkatchev, N M; Beloborodov, I S

    2016-03-31

    We study the competition of magneto-dipole, anisotropy and exchange interactions in composite three-dimensional multiferroics. Using Monte Carlo simulations we show that magneto-dipole interaction does not suppress the ferromagnetic state caused by the interaction of the ferroelectric matrix and magnetic subsystem. However, the presence of the magneto-dipole interaction influences the order-disorder transition: depending on the strength of magneto-dipole interaction the transition from the ferromagnetic to the superparamagnetic state is accompanied either by the creation of vortices or domains of opposite magnetization. An unusual temperature hysteresis loop occurs in composite multiferroics due to non-monotonic behavior of exchange interaction versus temperature. The origin of this hysteresis is related to the presence of stable magnetic domains which are robust against thermal fluctuations. PMID:26909471

  1. Phase transition of BiMnO3 multiferroic thin film by Landau-Ginzburg theory

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    Alrub, Ahmad Musleh; Ong, Lye-Hock; Chew, K.-H.; Khoshman, J. M.; Al Shabaan, Ghadeer N.; Abu Hilaleh, Rawa'Ah

    2016-05-01

    Magnetoelectric (ME) multiferroic bismuth manganite (BiMnO3) has ferroelectric (FE) and ferromagnetic order parameters that coupled biquadratically. Landau free energy expression in these order parameters is proposed to investigate the phase transition and thermodynamic properties of a BiMnO3 film. The surface energy term is included in the free energy. We find that the ME coupling enhances the magnetic transition temperature. The magnetization and polarization order parameters are both increased strongly below the new magnetic transition temperature. The curves for magnetization and polarization versus temperature show that the phase transition is second-order. The entropy, free energy, and specific heat of the BiMnO3 multiferroic are calculated. Thickness-driven phase transitions for magnetization and polarization of BiMnO3 thin film are clearly indicated.

  2. First-principles approach to investigate toroidal property of magnetoelectric multiferroic GaFeO3

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    Nie, Yung-mau

    2016-01-01

    A first-principles approach incorporating the concept of toroidal moments as a measure of the spin vortex is proposed and applied to simulate the toroidization of magnetoelectric multiferroic GaFeO3. The nature of space-inversion and time-reversal violations of ferrotoroidics is reproduced in the simulated magnetic structure of GaFeO3. For undoped GaFeO3, a toroidal moment of -22.38 μB Å per unit cell was obtained, which is the best theoretical estimate till date. Guided by the spin vortex free-energy minimization perturbed by an externally applied field, it was discovered that the minority spin markedly biases the whole toroidization. In summary, this approach not only calculates the toroidal moment but provides a way to understand the toroidal nature of magnetoelectric multiferroics.

  3. Multiferroicity in vanadium-doped La2Ti2O7: insights from first principles

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    Scarrozza, Marco; Filippetti, Alessio; Fiorentini, Vincenzo

    2013-04-01

    We explore an unconventional route in the search for multiferroicity investigating the magnetic doping of La2Ti2O7 (LTO), a ferroelectric layered perovskite, by density functional calculations. We find that substitution of Ti (in the 3 d 0 configuration) by V (3 d 1) produces: (i) robust ferromagnetic (FM) order, achieving multiferroicity; (ii) structural and magnetic anisotropy, as the dopants cluster in magnetic chains. Moreover, the FM V-chains possess antiferro orbital ordering. We show that the origin of the strong FM coupling lies in the fruitful host-dopant combination: the layered structure of the host prewires the orbitals t 2 g with d xy and d xz lower in energy, the V dopants provide the full occupancy of the bonding levels. We further address the stability of chains vs. temperature and the role of oxygen vacancies in undoped as well as Sc-doped and V-doped LTO.

  4. Temperature dependences of the electric polarization and wave number of incommensurate structures in multiferroics

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    Pikin, S. A.

    2016-05-01

    It is shown that the electric polarization and wave number of incommensurate modulations, proportional to each other, increase according to the Landau law in spin multiferroic cycloids near the Néel temperature. In this case, the constant magnetization component (including the one for a conical spiral) is oriented perpendicular to the spin incommensurability wave vector. A similar temperature behavior should manifest itself for spin helicoids, the axes of which are oriented parallel to the polarization vector but their spin rotation planes are oriented perpendicular to the antiferromagnetic order plane. When the directions of axes of the magnetization helicoid and polarization vector coincide, the latter is quadratic with respect to magnetization and linearly depends on temperature, whereas the incommensurate-modulation wave number barely depends on temperature. Structural distortions of unit cells for multiferroics of different types determine their axial behavior.

  5. Low-field Switching Four-state Nonvolatile Memory Based on Multiferroic Tunnel Junctions.

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    Yau, H M; Yan, Z B; Chan, N Y; Au, K; Wong, C M; Leung, C W; Zhang, F Y; Gao, X S; Dai, J Y

    2015-01-01

    Multiferroic tunneling junction based four-state non-volatile memories are very promising for future memory industry since this kind of memories hold the advantages of not only the higher density by scaling down memory cell but also the function of magnetically written and electrically reading. In this work, we demonstrate a success of this four-state memory in a material system of NiFe/BaTiO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 with improved memory characteristics such as lower switching field and larger tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR). Ferroelectric switching induced resistive change memory with OFF/ON ratio of 16 and 0.3% TMR effect have been achieved in this multiferroic tunneling structure. PMID:26239505

  6. The dielectric behavior of perovskite-related manganese oxides with stretched bonds or multiferroic properties

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    Denyszyn, Jonathan Charles

    This dissertation presents two investigations into the dielectric behavior of non-d0 perovskite-related manganese oxides: the first investigation probes the unique multiferroic properties of the hexagonal-perovskite series RMn1-xGaxO3 (R = Y, Ho) and the second explores the importance of lattice stress and the effect of the metal-cation d n-character on the dielectric properties of the perovskite series SryCa1-yMn1-xBxO3-delta (B = Ti, Zr). In the hexagonal-perovskite series, doping the Mn-site with Ga increased the c lattice constant and diluted the magnetic interactions in the ab plane. The interplay of these two effects perturbed the ferrielectric, antiferromagnetic, and multiferroic interactions. The change in these interactions demonstrated chemical control of the multiferroic interactions in the hexagonal-perovskite system for the first time and highlighted the structural mechanism behind the multiferroic properties. In the second investigation, the relationship between the tensile stress on the (Mn--O) bond and the ionic dielectric constant of SryCa 1-yMnO3-delta proved difficult to quantify because the small band gap and chemical activity of the Mn4+ cation made samples with y ≥ 0.5 too conducting to measure the dielectric relaxations. To explore the ionic contribution to the dielectric behavior by an alternate path, a doping scheme was devised to decrease the sample conductivity of SrMnO 3-delta at the expense of some of the tensile stress on the (Mn--O) bond. Doping the Mn site with larger 4+ cations (Ti and Zr) reduced the dielectric constant; however, the reduction of the dielectric constant cannot be explained by the effect of the tensile stress on the (Mn--O) bond alone.

  7. Control of multiferroic domains by external electric fields in TbMnO3

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    Stein, J.; Baum, M.; Holbein, S.; Cronert, T.; Hutanu, V.; Komarek, A. C.; Braden, M.

    2015-11-01

    The control of multiferroic domains through external electric fields has been studied by dielectric measurements and by polarized neutron diffraction on single-crystalline TbMnO3. Full hysteresis cycles were recorded by varying an external field of the order of several kV mm-1 and by recording the chiral magnetic scattering as well as the charge in a sample capacitor. Both methods yield comparable coercive fields that increase upon cooling.

  8. Control of multiferroic domains by external electric fields in TbMnO₃.

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    Stein, J; Baum, M; Holbein, S; Cronert, T; Hutanu, V; Komarek, A C; Braden, M

    2015-11-11

    The control of multiferroic domains through external electric fields has been studied by dielectric measurements and by polarized neutron diffraction on single-crystalline TbMnO3. Full hysteresis cycles were recorded by varying an external field of the order of several kV mm(-1) and by recording the chiral magnetic scattering as well as the charge in a sample capacitor. Both methods yield comparable coercive fields that increase upon cooling. PMID:26452106

  9. Dual control of spin-electromagnetic wave chaos in active ring oscillators based on artificial multiferroics

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    Kondrashov, A. V.; Ustinov, A. B.; Lähderanta, E.; Pakhomov, O. V.; Nikitin, A. A.; Kalinikos, B. A.

    2015-12-01

    Properties of spin-electromagnetic wave chaos developed in active ring oscillators have been investigated. A multiferroic structure composed of yttrium iron garnet film and barium strontium titanate (BST) slab served as a nonlinear dispersive medium of the oscillator. Dual control of the fractal dimension of the chaotic signal attractor was realized by variation of the ring gain and dielectric permittivity of the BST slab.

  10. Polar-graded multiferroic SrMnO3 thin films

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    Lupini, Andrew R.; Guzman, Roger; Maurel, Laura; Langenberg, Eric; Algarabel, Pedro A.; Pardo, Jose A.; Magen, Cesar

    2016-03-21

    Engineering defects and strains in oxides provides a promising route for the quest of thin film materials with coexisting ferroic orders, multiferroics, with efficient magnetoelectric coupling at room temperature. Precise control of the strain gradient would enable custom tailoring of the multiferroic properties but presently remains challenging. Here we explore the existence of a polar-graded state in epitaxially strained antiferromagnetic SrMnO3 thin films, whose polar nature was predicted theoretically and recently demonstrated experimentally. By means of aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy we map the polar rotation of the ferroelectric polarization with atomic resolution, both far from and near the domainmore » walls, and find flexoelectricity resulting from vertical strain gradients. The origin of this particular strain state is a gradual distribution of oxygen vacancies across the film thickness, according to electron energy loss spectroscopy. Furthermore, we present a chemistry-mediated route to induce polar rotations in oxygen-deficient multiferroic films, resulting in flexoelectric polar rotations and with potentially enhanced piezoelectricity.« less

  11. Polar-Graded Multiferroic SrMnO3 Thin Films.

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    Guzmán, Roger; Maurel, Laura; Langenberg, Eric; Lupini, Andrew R; Algarabel, Pedro A; Pardo, José A; Magén, César

    2016-04-13

    Engineering defects and strains in oxides provides a promising route for the quest of thin film materials with coexisting ferroic orders, multiferroics, with efficient magnetoelectric coupling at room temperature. Precise control of the strain gradient would enable custom tailoring of the multiferroic properties but presently remains challenging. Here we explore the existence of a polar-graded state in epitaxially strained antiferromagnetic SrMnO3 thin films, whose polar nature was predicted theoretically and recently demonstrated experimentally. By means of aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy we map the polar rotation of the ferroelectric polarization with atomic resolution, both far from and near the domain walls, and find flexoelectricity resulting from vertical strain gradients. The origin of this particular strain state is a gradual distribution of oxygen vacancies across the film thickness, according to electron energy loss spectroscopy. Herein we present a chemistry-mediated route to induce polar rotations in oxygen-deficient multiferroic films, resulting in flexoelectric polar rotations and with potentially enhanced piezoelectricity. PMID:26999643

  12. Experimental observation of ferrielectricity in multiferroic DyMn2O5

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    Zhao, Z. Y.; Liu, M. F.; Li, X.; Lin, L.; Yan, Z. B.; Dong, S.; Liu, J. -M.

    2014-01-01

    One of the major breakthroughs associated with multiferroicity in recent years is the discovery of ferroelectricity generated by specific magnetic structures in some magnetic insulating oxides such as rare-earth manganites RMnO3 and RMn2O5. An unresolved issue is the small electric polarization. Relatively large electric polarization and strong magnetoelectric coupling have been found in those manganites of double magnetic ions: magnetic rare-earth R ion and Mn ion, due to the strong R-Mn (4f-3d) interactions. DyMn2O5 is a representative example. We unveil in this work the ferrielectric nature of DyMn2O5, in which the two ferroelectric sublattices with opposite electric polarizations constitute the ferrielectric state. One sublattice has its polarization generated by the symmetric exchange striction from the Mn-Mn interactions, while the polarization of the other sublattice is attributed to the symmetric exchange striction from the Dy-Mn interactions. We present detailed measurements on the electric polarization as a function of temperature, magnetic field, and measuring paths. The present experiments may be helpful for clarifying the puzzling issues on the multiferroicity in DyMn2O5 and other RMn2O5 multiferroics. PMID:24496324

  13. Degenerate rhombohedral and orthorhombic states in Ca-substituted Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3

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    Ranjan, Rajeev; Kothai, V.; Garg, Rohini; Agrawal, Anupriya; Senyshyn, Anatoliy; Boysen, Hans

    2009-07-01

    Neutron powder diffraction and temperature dependent dielectric studies were carried out on Ca-substituted Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3, i.e., (Na0.5Bi0.5)1-xCaxTiO3. Stabilization of an orthorhombic phase even at a low Ca concentration (0.05orthorhombic distortion. The orthorhombic and rhombohedral phases coexist for x =0.10, suggesting these phases to be nearly degenerate. The orthorhombic distortion favoring tendency of Ca assists in promoting the inherent instability with regard to this structure in pure NBT, which was reported recently.

  14. Multiferroic nature of intrinsic point defects in BiFeO3: A hybrid Hartree-Fock density functional study

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    Shimada, Takahiro; Matsui, Takahiro; Xu, Tao; Arisue, Kou; Zhang, Yajun; Wang, Jie; Kitamura, Takayuki

    2016-05-01

    To achieve a fundamental understanding of the multiferroic behavior and electronic properties of intrinsic vacancies in BiFe O3 , here we performed first-principles calculations based on hybrid Hartree-Fock density functional theories, which can accurately describe defect electronic structures. Oxygen vacancies, which behave as deep donors with high concentrations under oxygen-poor conditions, reduce the magnetic moments at neighboring Fe ions in the neutral state, while charged oxygen vacancies induce additional ferroelectric polarizations. Cation vacancies, on the other hand, are likely to form under oxygen-rich conditions and result in multiferroic properties distinct from those induced by oxygen vacancies. Bi vacancies act as triple-shallow acceptors and strongly suppress spontaneous polarization regardless of charge states, while Fe vacancies locally interfere with both electric and spin polarization and are thus regarded as multiferroic singular points in BiFe O3 . A rich variety of the multiferroic behavior of vacancies can be systematically understood from the localized/delocalized features of defect states, and the different formation conditions for vacancies provide a strategy to tailor the multiferroic properties of BiFe O3 through control of the concentration and charge states of vacancies.

  15. Electric-field control of electromagnon propagation and spin-wave injection in a spiral multiferroic/ferromagnet composite

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    Chen, Hong-Bo; Li, You-Quan; Berakdar, Jamal

    2015-01-28

    We consider theoretically a composite chain consisting of a multiferroic helimagnet coupled to a conventional ferromagnet and inspect the conversion of electromagnon excitation into spin waves and vice versa. We demonstrate an electric-field control of spin-wave injection realized by electrically exciting an electromagnon that propagates with an intrinsic frequency larger than the gap of the spin wave in the ferromagnet. The efficiency of the conversion of the electromagnon into spin waves depends strongly on the strength of the magnetoelectric coupling at the interface and the intrinsic frequency of the multiferroic helimagnets. The phenomena predicted here suggest that a multiferroic/ferromagnet composite offers new opportunities for spin-wave injection, conversion, and control using electric field.

  16. Application of a generalized matrix averaging method for the calculation of the effective properties of thin multiferroic layers

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    Starkov, A. S.; Starkov, I. A.

    2014-11-15

    It is proposed to use a generalized matrix averaging (GMA) method for calculating the parameters of an effective medium with physical properties equivalent to those of a set of thin multiferroic layers. This approach obviates the need to solve a complex system of magnetoelectroelasticity equations. The required effective characteristics of a system of multiferroic layers are obtained using only operations with matrices, which significantly simplifies calculations and allows multilayer systems to be described. The proposed approach is applicable to thin-layer systems, in which the total thickness is much less than the system length, radius of curvature, and wavelengths of waves that can propagate in the system (long-wave approximation). Using the GMA method, it is also possible to obtain the effective characteristics of a periodic structure with each period comprising a number of thin multiferroic layers.

  17. Brillouin light scattering study of transverse mode coupling in confined yttrium iron garnet/barium strontium titanate multiferroic

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    Sadovnikov, A. V. Nikitov, S. A.; Beginin, E. N.; Bublikov, K. V.; Grishin, S. V.; Sheshukova, S. E.; Sharaevskii, Yu. P.

    2015-11-28

    Using the space-resolved Brillouin light scattering spectroscopy we study the transformation of dynamic magnetization patterns in a bilayer multiferroic structure. We show that in the comparison with a single yttrium iron garnet (YIG) film magnetization distribution is transformed in the bilayer structure due to the coupling of waves propagating both in an YIG film (magnetic layer) and in a barium strontium titanate slab (ferroelectric layer). We present a simple electrodynamic model using the numerical finite element method to show the transformation of eigenmode spectrum of confined multiferroic. In particular, we demonstrate that the control over the dynamic magnetization and the transformation of spatial profiles of transverse modes in magnetic film of the bilayer structure can be performed by the tuning of the wavevectors of transverse modes. The studied confined multiferroic stripe can be utilized for fabrication of integrated dual tunable functional devices for magnonic applications.

  18. TE and TM modes polaritons in multilayer system comprise of a PML-type magnetoelectric multiferroics and ferroelectrics

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    Gunawan, Vincensius; Widiyandari, Hendri

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we report our study on both bulk and surface polaritons generated in Multilayer system. The multilayer consists of ferroelectric and multiferroic with canted spins structure. The effective medium approximation is employed to derive the dispersion relation for both bulk and surface modes. Surface and bulk polaritons are calculated numerically for the case of Transverse electric (TE) and Transverse magnetic (TM) modes. Example results are presented using parameters appropriate for BaMnF4/BaAl2O4. We found in both TE and TM modes, that the region where the surface modes may exist is affected by the volume fraction of the multiferroics. The region of the surface modes decrease when the volume fraction of the multiferroic is reduced. This region decrement suppress the surface polariton curves which result in shortening the surface modes curves.

  19. Strain effect on electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic SnSe: A first principles study

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    Cuong, Do Duc; Rhim, S. H.; Lee, Joo-Hyong; Hong, Soon Cheol

    2015-11-01

    Strain effect on thermoelectricity of orthorhombic SnSe is studied using density function theory. The Seebeck coefficients are obtained by solving Boltzmann Transport equation (BTE) with interpolated band energies. As expected from the crystal structure, calculated Seebeck coefficients are highly anisotropic, and agree well with experiment. Changes in the Seebeck coefficients are presented, when strain is applied along b and c direction with strength from -3% to +3%, where influence by band gaps and band dispersions are significant. Moreover, for compressive strains, the sign change of Seebeck coefficients at particular direction suggests that the bipolar transport is possible for SnSe.

  20. Strain effect on electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic SnSe: A first principles study

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    Cuong, Do Duc; Rhim, S. H. Hong, Soon Cheol; Lee, Joo-Hyong

    2015-11-15

    Strain effect on thermoelectricity of orthorhombic SnSe is studied using density function theory. The Seebeck coefficients are obtained by solving Boltzmann Transport equation (BTE) with interpolated band energies. As expected from the crystal structure, calculated Seebeck coefficients are highly anisotropic, and agree well with experiment. Changes in the Seebeck coefficients are presented, when strain is applied along b and c direction with strength from -3% to +3%, where influence by band gaps and band dispersions are significant. Moreover, for compressive strains, the sign change of Seebeck coefficients at particular direction suggests that the bipolar transport is possible for SnSe.

  1. Orthorhombic intermediate state in the zinc blende to rocksalt transformation path of SiC at high pressure.

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    Catti, M

    2001-07-16

    The mechanism of the B3/B1 phase transition of SiC has been investigated by periodic LCAO-DFT least-enthalpy calculations. A new transformation pathway, based on a Pmm2 orthorhombic intermediate state with two SiC units per cell, is found to be energetically favored over the traditional R3m mechanism. The computed activation enthalpy is 0.75 eV/SiC unit at the predicted transition pressure of 92 GPa (B3LYP functional). Activation enthalpy and activation volume vs pressure are analyzed to characterize the kinetic aspects of the transformation. PMID:11461567

  2. Polarization-dependent x-ray absorption spectroscopy of hexagonal and orthorhombic TbMnO3 thin films

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    Wu, K. H.; Gou, I. C.; Luo, C. W.; Uen, T. M.; Lin, J.-Y.; Juang, J. Y.; Kobayashi, T.; Chen, C. K.; Lee, J. M.; Chen, J. M.

    2010-01-01

    Pure phase TbMnO3 manganite thin films with hexagonal (h-TMO) and orthorhombic (o- TMO) crystal structures were prepared by pulsed laser deposition. The distinctive orientation alignments between film and substrate obtained here have allowed us to perform the x-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES) measurements with the electric field applied along the three major crystallographic directions. The XANES results, as expected, display significantly different spectral features for the h-TMO and o-TMO films. In addition, the XANES spectra also exhibit strong polarization dependence at O K and Mn L edges for both samples.

  3. Observation of spontaneous ferroelectric polarization reversal in multiferroic Mn1-xNixWO4 (x ≈ 0.16)

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    Song, Young-Sang; Chung, Jae-Ho; Woo Shin, Kwang; Hoon Kim, Kee; Hwan Oh, In

    2014-06-01

    In this Letter, we report the effect of replacing Mn2+ ions with Ni2+ on the ferroelectricity of multiferroic MnWO4 single crystals. When the amount of substitution was close to 16%, the sign of ferroelectric polarization spontaneously became negative with respect to initial dc poling field at a few degrees below TC. Neutron diffraction intensities revealed a sudden change in the underlying spiral spin ordering that occurred coincidentally with the observed sign reversal. This unusual behavior in zero magnetic fields suggests that strong competitions between the two different magnetic ions may provide an efficient route to manipulation of existing multiferroics.

  4. Uniaxial-stress control of spin-driven ferroelectricity in multiferroic Ba(2)CoGe(2)O(7).

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    Nakajima, Taro; Tokunaga, Yusuke; Kocsis, Vilmos; Taguchi, Yasujiro; Tokura, Yoshinori; Arima, Taka-Hisa

    2015-02-13

    We have demonstrated that spin-driven ferroelectricity in a tetragonal multiferroic Ba(2)CoGe(2)O(7) is controlled by applying uniaxial stress. We found that the application of compressive stress along the [110] direction leads to a 45° or 135° rotation of the sublattice magnetization of the staggered antiferromagnetic order in this system. This allows the spontaneous electric polarization to appear along the c axis. The present study suggests that an application of anisotropic stress, which is the simplest way to control symmetry of matter, can induce a variety of cross-correlated phenomena in spin-driven multiferroics. PMID:25723241

  5. All-thin-film multilayered multiferroic structures with a slot-line for spin-electromagnetic wave devices

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    Nikitin, Andrey A.; Ustinov, Alexey B.; Semenov, Alexander A.; Kalinikos, Boris A.; Lähderanta, E.

    2014-03-03

    Spin-electromagnetic waves propagating in thin-film multilayered multiferroic structures containing a slot transmission line have been investigated both experimentally and theoretically. The thin-film structure was composed of a ferrite film, a ferroelectric film, and a slot-line. It was shown that the spectrum of the spin-electromagnetic wave was formed as a result of hybridization of the spin wave in the ferrite film with the electromagnetic wave in the slot-line and was electrically and magnetically tunable. For the experimental investigations, a microwave phase shifter based on the multiferroic structure has been fabricated. Performance characteristics are presented.

  6. Lattice dynamical investigation of force constants, Raman, and infrared wavenumbers in SrCeO3 orthorhombic perovskite.

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    Singh, Manoj Kumar; Gupta, H. C.; Tiwari, L. M.

    2003-03-01

    At room temperature SrCeO3 has a orthorhombic perovskite structure with space group ( Pbnm) . Further it exhibits a first order phase transition at different pressures. Such phase transition has been reported recently by S. Lorident et al. [J. Phys. Chem. Solids,63(2002) 1983] using Raman spectroscopy. Hence in this work, a short-range force constant model (SRFCM) and Wilson G.F. matrix method have been applied for the first time to investigate the phonons in SrCeO3 perovskite in the orthorhombic phase. Here, we consider two types of short-range forces. They are stretching forces and bending forces. Ten stretching and ten bending force constants are obtained by having a best fitting to the measured Raman frequencies. The stretching force constants Ce - O are dominated over Sr O. It was also observed that the bending force constants O-Ce-O are larger than O-Sr-O. The calculations with the nine stretching and five bending force constants (using iteration method) provide a good agreement for the observed Raman frequencies. All 24 Raman modes (7A_g, 5B_1g, 7B:2g, 5B_3g) and 25 infrared (9B_1u, 7B_2u, 9B_3u) frequencies have been calculated and assigned. The infrared frequencies have been calculated for the first time and assign in their specific mode of vibrations.

  7. Phase stability, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of orthorhombic and trigonal MgSiN2: an ab initio study

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    Arab, Fahima; Sahraoui, F. Ali; Haddadi, Khelifa; Bouhemadou, Abdelmadjid; Louail, Layachi

    2016-05-01

    Structural stability and mechanical and thermodynamic properties of the orthorhombic and trigonal MgSiN2 polymorphs (or-MgSiN2 and tr-MgSiN2) were investigated through density functional theory and quasi-harmonic Debye model (QHDM). Our calculations show that or-MgSiN2 is energetically the stable polymorph at low pressure, in agreement with previous experimental and theoretical study. Under pressure, a crystallographic transition from the orthorhombic structure to the trigonal one occurs around 25, 17.45 and 19.05 GPa as obtained from the generalized gradient approximation of Perdew-Wang (GGA-PW91), the generalized gradient approximation parameterized recently by Perdew et al (GGA-PBEsol) and the local density approximation developed by Ceperley and Alder and parameterized by Perdew and Zunger (LDA-CAPZ), respectively. Single-crystalline and polycrystalline elastic constants and related properties, namely Vickers hardness, acoustic Grüneisen parameter, minimum thermal conductivity, isotropic sound velocities and Debye temperature, were numerically estimated for both or-MgSiN2 and tr-MgSiN2. We have showed that the hardness of tr-MgSiN2 is comparable to that of the harder materials like c-BN and B6O. Temperature and pressure dependencies of volume, bulk modulus, thermal expansion, Grüneisen parameter, heat capacities and Debye temperature were investigated using QHDM.

  8. Theoretical investigation of optical and paramagnetic resonance spectra of [NiF6]4- clusters with orthorhombic symmetry

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    Fang, Wang; Shao, Chang-Sheng; Cheng, Wen-De; Tang, Hai-Yan; Zheng, Wen-Chen

    2013-11-01

    The ground state absorption spectra of [NiF6]4- clusters with orthorhombic symmetry (Ni2+ in NiF2 crystal and Ni2+-doped ZnF2 crystal, D2h point group) are theoretically calculated and assigned by diagonalization of 45 × 45 complete energy matrix for 3d8 configuration and the spin-Hamiltonian (SH) parameters (zero-field splitting D and E, and g factors gx, gy, gz) are studied by use of high-order perturbation method, in the frame of semi-empirical molecular orbital (MO) scheme based on strong crystal field framework. In those energy matrix, all the configuration interactions though the cubic crystal field (CF), the orthorhombic crystal field, the Coulomb interaction are taken into account. The calculated results are in good agreement with the experimental data. The local structure (bond length and bond angle) of [NiF6]4- clusters are determined, and the results shows that the structure data given by Stout are more plausible than those given by Baur.

  9. First-principles calculations of properties of orthorhombic iron carbide Fe7C3 at the Earth's core conditions

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    Raza, Zamaan; Shulumba, Nina; Caffrey, Nuala M.; Dubrovinsky, Leonid; Abrikosov, Igor A.

    2015-06-01

    A recently discovered phase of orthorhombic iron carbide o-Fe7C3 [Prescher et al., Nat. Geosci. 8, 220 (2015), 10.1038/ngeo2370] is assessed as a potentially important phase for interpretation of the properties of the Earth's core. In this paper, we carry out first-principles calculations on o-Fe7C3 , finding properties to be in broad agreement with recent experiments, including a high Poisson's ratio (0.38). Our enthalpy calculations suggest that o-Fe7C3 is more stable than Eckstrom-Adcock hexagonal iron carbide (h-Fe7C3 ) below approximately 100 GPa. However, at 150 GPa, the two phases are essentially degenerate in terms of Gibbs free energy, and further increasing the pressure towards Earth's core conditions stabilizes h-Fe7C3 with respect to the orthorhombic phase. Increasing the temperature tends to stabilize the hexagonal phase at 360 GPa, but this trend may change beyond the limit of the quasiharmonic approximation.

  10. Theoretical investigation of optical and paramagnetic resonance spectra of [NiF6](4-) clusters with orthorhombic symmetry.

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    Fang, Wang; Shao, Chang-Sheng; Cheng, Wen-De; Tang, Hai-Yan; Zheng, Wen-Chen

    2013-11-01

    The ground state absorption spectra of [NiF6](4-) clusters with orthorhombic symmetry (Ni(2+) in NiF2 crystal and Ni(2+)-doped ZnF2 crystal, D2h point group) are theoretically calculated and assigned by diagonalization of 45×45 complete energy matrix for 3d(8) configuration and the spin-Hamiltonian (SH) parameters (zero-field splitting D and E, and g factors gx, gy, gz) are studied by use of high-order perturbation method, in the frame of semi-empirical molecular orbital (MO) scheme based on strong crystal field framework. In those energy matrix, all the configuration interactions though the cubic crystal field (CF), the orthorhombic crystal field, the Coulomb interaction are taken into account. The calculated results are in good agreement with the experimental data. The local structure (bond length and bond angle) of [NiF6](4-) clusters are determined, and the results shows that the structure data given by Stout are more plausible than those given by Baur. PMID:23871975

  11. Electronic and Elastic Properties of CrO2 in the Orthorhombic CaCl2-TYPE Structure

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    Wu, H. Y.; Chen, Y. H.; Deng, C. R.; Su, X. F.

    2012-07-01

    The structure, electronic and elastic properties of CrO2 in the high pressure orthorhombic CaCl2 (Pnnm) phase are investigated by first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). Our calculated crystal parameters are in good agreement with the available experimental data. The electronic band structure, density of state (DOS) and projected density of state (PDOS) at 14 GPa are studied within local spin density approximation (LSDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) in details. The CaCl2 phase of CrO2 still has the half metal character, which is in accordance with previous theoretical predictions. The elastic constants, bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus and Poisson ratio under pressures are successfully obtained for the orthorhombic CaCl2 phase of CrO2. This structure is mechanically stable at our applied range of pressures. The calculated elastic anisotropic factors show that the CaCl2 phase of CrO2 is provided with high elastic anisotropy and the elastic anisotropy decreases with increasing pressures. The propagation speed of transverse, longitudinal elastic wave together with associated Debye temperatures are also estimated.

  12. Orbital Reconstruction Enhanced Exchange Bias in La0.6Sr0.4MnO3/Orthorhombic YMnO3 Heterostructures

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    Zheng, Dongxing; Jin, Chao; Li, Peng; Wang, Liyan; Feng, Liefeng; Mi, Wenbo; Bai, Haili

    2016-01-01

    The exchange bias in ferromagnetic/multiferroic heterostructures is usually considered to originate from interfacial coupling. In this work, an orbital reconstruction enhanced exchange bias was discovered. As La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 (LSMO) grown on YMnO3 (YMO) suffers a tensile strain (a > c), the doubly degenerate eg orbital splits into high energy 3z2 − r2 and low energy x2 − y2 orbitals, which makes electrons occupy the localized x2 − y2 orbital and leads to the formation of antiferromagnetic phase in LSMO. The orbital reconstruction induced antiferromagnetic phase enhances the exchange bias in the LSMO/YMO heterostructures, lightening an effective way for electric-field modulated magnetic moments in multiferroic magnetoelectric devices. PMID:27090614

  13. Orbital Reconstruction Enhanced Exchange Bias in La0.6Sr0.4MnO3/Orthorhombic YMnO3 Heterostructures

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    Zheng, Dongxing; Jin, Chao; Li, Peng; Wang, Liyan; Feng, Liefeng; Mi, Wenbo; Bai, Haili

    2016-04-01

    The exchange bias in ferromagnetic/multiferroic heterostructures is usually considered to originate from interfacial coupling. In this work, an orbital reconstruction enhanced exchange bias was discovered. As La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 (LSMO) grown on YMnO3 (YMO) suffers a tensile strain (a > c), the doubly degenerate eg orbital splits into high energy 3z2 ‑ r2 and low energy x2 ‑ y2 orbitals, which makes electrons occupy the localized x2 ‑ y2 orbital and leads to the formation of antiferromagnetic phase in LSMO. The orbital reconstruction induced antiferromagnetic phase enhances the exchange bias in the LSMO/YMO heterostructures, lightening an effective way for electric-field modulated magnetic moments in multiferroic magnetoelectric devices.

  14. Sensitivity Enhancement in Magnetic Sensors Based on Ferroelectric-Bimorphs and Multiferroic Composites.

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    Sreenivasulu, Gollapudi; Qu, Peng; Petrov, Vladimir; Qu, Hongwei; Srinivasan, Gopalan

    2016-01-01

    Multiferroic composites with ferromagnetic and ferroelectric phases have been studied in recent years for use as sensors of AC and DC magnetic fields. Their operation is based on magneto-electric (ME) coupling between the electric and magnetic subsystems and is mediated by mechanical strain. Such sensors for AC magnetic fields require a bias magnetic field to achieve pT-sensitivity. Novel magnetic sensors with a permanent magnet proof mass, either on a ferroelectric bimorph or a ferromagnetic-ferroelectric composite, are discussed. In both types, the interaction between the applied AC magnetic field and remnant magnetization of the magnet results in a mechanical strain and a voltage response in the ferroelectric. Our studies have been performed on sensors with a Nd-Fe-B permanent magnet proof mass on (i) a bimorph of oppositely-poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT) platelets and (ii) a layered multiferroic composite of PZT-Metglas-Ni. The sensors have been characterized in terms of sensitivity and equivalent magnetic noise N. Noise N in both type of sensors is on the order of 200 pT/√Hz at 1 Hz, a factor of 10 improvement compared to multiferroic sensors without a proof mass. When the AC magnetic field is applied at the bending resonance for the bimorph, the measured N ≈ 700 pT/√Hz. We discuss models based on magneto-electro-mechanical coupling at low frequency and bending resonance in the sensors and theoretical estimates of ME voltage coefficients are in very good agreement with the data. PMID:26907290

  15. Magnetization dynamics, Bennett clocking and associated energy dissipation in multiferroic logic.

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    Fashami, Mohammad Salehi; Roy, Kuntal; Atulasimha, Jayasimha; Bandyopadhyay, Supriyo

    2011-04-15

    It has been recently shown that the magnetization of a multiferroic nanomagnet, consisting of a magnetostrictive layer elastically coupled to a piezoelectric layer, can be rotated by a large angle if a tiny voltage of a few tens of millivolts is applied to the piezoelectric layer. The potential generates stress in the magnetostrictive layer and rotates its magnetization by ~90° to implement Bennett clocking in nanomagnetic logic chains. Because of the small voltage needed, this clocking method is far more energy efficient than those that would employ spin transfer torque or magnetic fields to rotate the magnetization. In order to assess if such a clocking scheme can also be reasonably fast, we have studied the magnetization dynamics of a multiferroic logic chain with nearest-neighbor dipole coupling using the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation. We find that clock rates of 2.5 GHz are feasible while still maintaining the exceptionally high energy efficiency. For this clock rate, the energy dissipated per clock cycle per bit flip is ~52,000 kT at room temperature in the clocking circuit for properly designed nanomagnets. Had we used spin transfer torque to clock at the same rate, the energy dissipated per clock cycle per bit flip would have been ~4 x 10⁸ kT, while with current transistor technology we would have expended ~10⁶ kT. For slower clock rates of 1 GHz, stress-based clocking will dissipate only ~200 kT of energy per clock cycle per bit flip, while spin transfer torque would dissipate about 10⁸ kT. This shows that multiferroic nanomagnetic logic, clocked with voltage-generated stress, can emerge as a very attractive technique for computing and signal processing since it can be several orders of magnitude more energy efficient than current technologies. PMID:21389584

  16. Magnetization dynamics, Bennett clocking and associated energy dissipation in multiferroic logic

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    Salehi Fashami, Mohammad; Roy, Kuntal; Atulasimha, Jayasimha; Bandyopadhyay, Supriyo

    2011-04-01

    It has been recently shown that the magnetization of a multiferroic nanomagnet, consisting of a magnetostrictive layer elastically coupled to a piezoelectric layer, can be rotated by a large angle if a tiny voltage of a few tens of millivolts is applied to the piezoelectric layer. The potential generates stress in the magnetostrictive layer and rotates its magnetization by ~ 90° to implement Bennett clocking in nanomagnetic logic chains. Because of the small voltage needed, this clocking method is far more energy efficient than those that would employ spin transfer torque or magnetic fields to rotate the magnetization. In order to assess if such a clocking scheme can also be reasonably fast, we have studied the magnetization dynamics of a multiferroic logic chain with nearest-neighbor dipole coupling using the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation. We find that clock rates of 2.5 GHz are feasible while still maintaining the exceptionally high energy efficiency. For this clock rate, the energy dissipated per clock cycle per bit flip is ~ 52 000 kT at room temperature in the clocking circuit for properly designed nanomagnets. Had we used spin transfer torque to clock at the same rate, the energy dissipated per clock cycle per bit flip would have been ~ 4 × 108 kT, while with current transistor technology we would have expended ~ 106 kT. For slower clock rates of 1 GHz, stress-based clocking will dissipate only ~ 200 kT of energy per clock cycle per bit flip, while spin transfer torque would dissipate about 108 kT. This shows that multiferroic nanomagnetic logic, clocked with voltage-generated stress, can emerge as a very attractive technique for computing and signal processing since it can be several orders of magnitude more energy efficient than current technologies.

  17. Sensitivity Enhancement in Magnetic Sensors Based on Ferroelectric-Bimorphs and Multiferroic Composites

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    Sreenivasulu, Gollapudi; Qu, Peng; Petrov, Vladimir; Qu, Hongwei; Srinivasan, Gopalan

    2016-01-01

    Multiferroic composites with ferromagnetic and ferroelectric phases have been studied in recent years for use as sensors of AC and DC magnetic fields. Their operation is based on magneto-electric (ME) coupling between the electric and magnetic subsystems and is mediated by mechanical strain. Such sensors for AC magnetic fields require a bias magnetic field to achieve pT-sensitivity. Novel magnetic sensors with a permanent magnet proof mass, either on a ferroelectric bimorph or a ferromagnetic-ferroelectric composite, are discussed. In both types, the interaction between the applied AC magnetic field and remnant magnetization of the magnet results in a mechanical strain and a voltage response in the ferroelectric. Our studies have been performed on sensors with a Nd-Fe-B permanent magnet proof mass on (i) a bimorph of oppositely-poled lead zirconate titanate (PZT) platelets and (ii) a layered multiferroic composite of PZT-Metglas-Ni. The sensors have been characterized in terms of sensitivity and equivalent magnetic noise N. Noise N in both type of sensors is on the order of 200 pT/√Hz at 1 Hz, a factor of 10 improvement compared to multiferroic sensors without a proof mass. When the AC magnetic field is applied at the bending resonance for the bimorph, the measured N ≈ 700 pT/√Hz. We discuss models based on magneto-electro-mechanical coupling at low frequency and bending resonance in the sensors and theoretical estimates of ME voltage coefficients are in very good agreement with the data. PMID:26907290

  18. A Local Approach to Solid State Problems: Pseudo Jahn-Teller origin of Ferroelectricity and Multiferroicity

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    Bersuker, I. B.

    2013-04-01

    This is a partially review paper in which, in continuation of previous work, it is shown that in perovskite crystals of ABO3 type the spontaneous polarization is triggered by local vibronic interactions, the pseudo Jahn-Teller effect (PJTE). The driving force of the latter is added covalency by distortion, which is essentially of local (chemical) origin. The local origin of polar instability in crystals is confirmed by the theorem of structural instability proved earlier. For crystals of BaTiO3 type local PJT interactions of the metal ion with the oxygen environment results in a peculiar adiabatic potential energy surface (APES) which has eight trigonal [111] type minima, twelve [110] type saddle points between them, six higher in energy [100] type saddle points at the top of the barrier connecting four minima, and a maximum at the cubic symmetry. The temperature dependence of the free energy with this potential explains the origin of all the four phases in such crystals; only the lowest rhombohedral phase is fully ordered, the other two ones at higher temperatures are partially disordered, and the paraelectric phase is fully (three-dimensionally) disordered. For BaTiO3 this picture is confirmed by numerical estimates and ab initio DFT calculations. An important further development of this theory was reached recently by showing that not only B ions with electronic d0 configurations are subject to the PJTE instability to produce ferroelectricity in perovskite crystals ("the d0 mystery"), but some other specific dn configurations with unpaired electrons may be dipolar active too, the crystal being thus both magnetic and ferroelectric (multiferroic), and the necessary conditions for such multiferroicity are formulated for the whole d0-dn variety of perovskites. Moreover, the condition of multiferroicity was shown to depend also on the spin state, high-spin or low-spin, which in conditions of spin crossover leads to a magnetic-ferroelectric crossover that can be

  19. Intertwining of Frustration with Magneto-Elastic Coupling in the Multiferroic LuMnO3

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    Yano, Shin-ichiro; Louca, Despina; Chi, Songxue; Matsuda, Masaaki; Copley, John R. D.; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2014-01-01

    Residual magnetic frustration in the multiferroic LuMnO3 may be key towards understanding magneto-elastic coupling in hexagonal manganites. Critical magnetic scattering present well above the magnetic ordering temperature TN persists below, as observed by inelastic neutron scattering. The magnetic fluctuations are confined in two dimensions implied by the characteristic wavevector dependence of the magnetic structure factor that changes from symmetric to asymmetric across TN. The low dimensionality of the magnetic structure is also evident in the temperature dependence of the commensurate antiferromagnetic intensity which follows a mean field exponent of 0.2.

  20. Polarization and magnetization dynamics of a field-driven multiferroic structure.

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    Sukhov, Alexander; Jia, Chenglong; Horley, Paul P; Berakdar, Jamal

    2010-09-01

    We consider a multiferroic chain with a linear magnetoelectric coupling induced by electrostatic screening at the ferroelectric/ferromagnet interface. We study theoretically the dynamic ferroelectric and magnetic response to external magnetic and electric fields by utilizing an approach based on coupled Landau-Khalatnikov and finite-temperature Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equations. Additionally, we make comparisons with Monte Carlo calculations. It is demonstrated that for material parameters corresponding to BaTiO(3)/Fe the polarization and the magnetization are controllable by external magnetic and electric fields, respectively. PMID:21403274

  1. High tunability of the SERS response with a metal-multiferroic composite

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    Xu, Xiaoying; Zhang, Zhenyu; Gu, Baohua; Shen, Jian; Xu, Xiaoshan; Ivanov, Ilia N; Abu Hatab, Nahla A; Hsueh, Chun-Hway; Yin, Lifeng; Cheng, Zhaohua; Zhang, Xiangqun; Seal, Katyayani

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate active control of the plasmonic response from Au nanostructures by the use of a novel multiferroic substrate LuFe2O4 (LFO) to tune the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) response in real time. From both experiments and numerical simulations based on the finite-difference time-domain method, a threshold field is observed, above which the optical response of the metal nanostructure can be strongly altered through changes in the dielectric properties of LFO. This offers the potential of optimizing the SERS detection sensitivity in real-time as well as the unique functionality of detecting multiple species of Raman active molecules with the same template.

  2. Exchange bias effect modified asymmetric magnetization reversal in Ni/YMnO3 multiferroic bilayers

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    Gong, Junlu; Zheng, Dongxing; Li, Dong; Jin, Chao; Li, Peng; Feng, Liefeng; Bai, Haili

    2016-04-01

    Exchange bias (EB) effect modified asymmetric magnetization reversal in Ni/YMnO3 multiferroic bilayers was investigated by combining anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) with free energy methods. The promotion and inhibition effects of EB field on magnetization rotation result in the asymmetry of magnetization reversal. The AMR curves exhibit shape transition from arc-like to sin2θH-dependence with increasing external fields due to the competition between Zeeman energy and interfacial coupling energy. The phase shift and asymmetric behaviors become weak as the EB field decreases. Our work suggests that controlling the EB effect can be an alternative way to manipulate the magnetization reversal in exchange biased systems.

  3. Dielectric properties and magnetostriction of the collinear multiferroic spinel CdV2O4

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    Giovannetti, G.; Stroppa, A.; Picozzi, S.; Baldomir, D.; Pardo, V.; Blanco-Canosa, S.; Rivadulla, F.; Jodlauk, S.; Niermann, D.; Rohrkamp, J.; Lorenz, T.; Streltsov, S.; Khomskii, D. I.; Hemberger, J.

    2011-02-01

    By studying the dielectric properties of the geometrically frustrated spinel CdV2O4, we observe ferroelectricity developing at the transition into the collinear antiferromagnetic ground state. In this multiferroic spinel, ferroelectricity is driven by local exchange striction and not by the more common scenario of spiral magnetism. The experimental findings are corroborated by ab initio calculations of the electric polarization and the underlying spin and orbital order. The results point toward a charge rearrangement due to dimerization, where electronic correlations and the proximity to the insulator-metal transition play an important role.

  4. Theory of magneto-optical effects in helical multiferroic materials via toroidal magnon excitation

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    Miyahara, S.; Furukawa, N.

    2014-05-01

    We investigate dynamical magnetoelectric effect owing to Nambu-Goldstone magnon resonance in helical multiferroic materials. Using the spin wave expansion, we analyzed magneto- and electroactive modes in the J1-J2 Heisenberg model through the spin-current mechanism. Under external magnetic field, the Nambu-Goldstone magnons accompany dynamical toroidal moments, i.e., toroidal magnons, and their resonant absorption shows anomalous features such as nonreciprocal directional dichroism and natural circular dichroism. The estimation indicates that such effects are gigantic in helical magnets.

  5. Effect of Y doping on thermal properties of multiferroic BiCrO3

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    Parey, Vanshree; Shukla, Aarti; Parveen, Atahar; Gaur, N. K.

    2016-05-01

    The effect of Yttrium doping (0.01 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) on elastic and thermal properties of multiferroic BiCrO3 has been investigated using the Modified Rigid Ion Model (MRIM). We have computed the specific heat and volume thermal expansion coefficient for pure and doped BiCrO3 as a function of temperature (1K ≤ T ≤ 300K). The specific heat results are in good agreement with the available experimental data. A check on thermal stability of the pure and doped compounds is made by computing other properties like Debye temperature, cohesive energy and bulk modulus.

  6. Giant Effect of Uniaxial Pressure on Magnetic Domain Populations in Multiferroic Bismuth Ferrite

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    Ramazanoglu, M.; Ratcliff, W., II; Yi, H. T.; Sirenko, A. A.; Cheong, S.-W.; Kiryukhin, V.

    2011-08-01

    Neutron diffraction is used to show that small (˜7MPa, or 70 bar) uniaxial pressure produces significant changes in the populations of magnetic domains in a single crystal of 2% Nd-doped bismuth ferrite. The magnetic easy plane of the domains converted by the pressure is rotated 60° relative to its original position. These results demonstrate extreme sensitivity of the magnetic properties of multiferroic bismuth ferrite to tiny (less than 10-4) elastic strain, as well as weakness of the forces pinning the domain walls between the cycloidal magnetic domains in this material.

  7. Identifying the Magnetoelectric Modes of Multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Fishman, Randy Scott; Furukawa, N.; Haraldsen, Jason T.; Matsuda, Masaaki; Miyahara, Shinya

    2012-01-01

    We have identified three of the four magnetoelectric modes of multiferroic BiFeO3 measured using THz spectroscopy. Excellent agreement with the observed peaks is obtained by including the effects of easy-axis anisotropy along the direction of the electric polarization. By distorting the cycloidal spin state, anisotropy splits the 1 mode into peaks at 20 and 21.5 cm 1 and activates the lower 2 mode at 27 cm 1 (T = 200 K). An electromagnon is identified with the upper 1 mode at 21.5 cm 1. Our results also explain recent Raman and inelastic neutron-scattering measurements.

  8. Three-dimensional magnetic correlations in multiferroic LuFe2O4

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    Christianson, Andrew D; Lumsden, Mark D; Angst, Manuel; Yamani, Z.; Tian, Wei; Jin, Rongying; Payzant, E Andrew; Nagler, Stephen E; Sales, Brian C; Mandrus, David

    2008-01-01

    We present single crystal neutron diffraction measurements on multiferroic LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Magnetic reflections are observed below transitions at 240 and 175 K indicating that the magnetic interactions in LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} are three-dimensional in character. The magnetic structure is refined as a ferrimagnetic spin configuration below the 240 K transition. Below 175 K a significant broadening of the magnetic peaks is observed along with the buildup of a diffuse component to the magnetic scattering.

  9. Polarity-tunable spin transport in all-oxide multiferroic tunnel junctions

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    Soni, Rohit; Petraru, Adrian; Nair, Harikrishnan S.; Vavra, Ondrej; Ziegler, Martin; Kim, Seong Keun; Jeong, Doo Seok; Kohlstedt, Hermann

    2016-05-01

    A multiferroic tunnel junction (MFTJ) promisingly offers multinary memory states in response to electric- and magnetic-fields, referring to tunneling electroresistance (TER) and tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR), respectively. In spite of recent progress, a substantial number of questions concerning the understanding of these two intertwined phenomena still remain open, e.g. the role of microstructural/chemical asymmetry at the interfaces of the junction and the effect of an electrode material on the MFTJ properties. In this regard, we look into the multiferroic effect of all-complex-oxide MFTJ (La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/Pb(Zr0.3Ti0.7)O3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3). The results reveal apparent TER-TMR interplay--captured by the reversible electric-field control of the TMR effect. Finally, microscopy analysis on the MFTJ revealed that the observed TER-TMR interplay is perhaps mediated by microstructural and chemical asymmetry in our nominally symmetric MFTJ.A multiferroic tunnel junction (MFTJ) promisingly offers multinary memory states in response to electric- and magnetic-fields, referring to tunneling electroresistance (TER) and tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR), respectively. In spite of recent progress, a substantial number of questions concerning the understanding of these two intertwined phenomena still remain open, e.g. the role of microstructural/chemical asymmetry at the interfaces of the junction and the effect of an electrode material on the MFTJ properties. In this regard, we look into the multiferroic effect of all-complex-oxide MFTJ (La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/Pb(Zr0.3Ti0.7)O3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3). The results reveal apparent TER-TMR interplay--captured by the reversible electric-field control of the TMR effect. Finally, microscopy analysis on the MFTJ revealed that the observed TER-TMR interplay is perhaps mediated by microstructural and chemical asymmetry in our nominally symmetric MFTJ. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr01277a

  10. THz generation via optical rectification from multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Talbayev, Diyar; Taylor, Antoinette J

    2008-01-01

    We detected broadband coherent terahertz (THz) emission from multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} after illuminating a high-quality bulk single ferroelectric domain crystal with a {approx}100 fs optical pulse. The dependence of the emitted THz waveform on the energy and polarization of the optical pulse is consistent with the optical rectification mechanism of THz emission. The THz emission provides a sensitive probe of the electric polarization state of BiFeO{sub 3}, enabling applications in ferroelectric memories and ferroelectric domain imaging. We also report room-temperature THz optical constants of BiFeO{sub 3}.

  11. Enhanced Multiferroic Properties of BiFeO3 Ceramics by mo Doping

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    Zhang, X.; Zhang, G. Q.; Miao, J.; Xu, X. G.; Jiang, Y.

    We have investigated the magnetic and electrical properties of multiferroic BiFe1-xMoxO3 ceramics (BFMO, x = 0.0%, 0.2%, 0.5% and 0.8%) prepared by the sol-gel method. The phase structure of BFMO samples were confirmed by X-ray diffraction. It was found that the substitution of Mo is responsible for the increasing of the magnetization in BFMO ceramics. Moreover, both dielectric and polarization-electric field properties suggest that the Mo doping could improve the dielectric and ferroelectric properties in BFMO ceramic.

  12. Theory of antisymmetric spin-pair-dependent electric polarization in multiferroics

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    Miyahara, S.; Furukawa, N.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate magnetoelectric couplings between an electric polarization and an antisymmetric spin pair, Si×Sj , in a multiorbital Hubbard model on a distorted lattice. We microscopically derive a generic form of the electric polarization, pAS=d ̂(Si×Sj) , with a tensor, d ̂, which includes the electric polarization induced by the Katsura-Nagaosa-Balatsky formula as a subset. The origin and nature of these magnetoelectric couplings are clarified in a unified way; the results indicate that various noncollinear magnetic structures, such as canted antiferromagnetic, proper screw, and 120∘ spin structures, show multiferroic behaviors owing to non-Katsura-Nagaosa-Balatsky coupling.

  13. Fabrication of multiferroic GdMnO3 thin film by pulsed laser deposition technique

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    Negi, Puneet; Agrawal, H. M.; Srivastava, R. C.; Asokan, K.

    2012-06-01

    Here, we report the fabrication of GdMnO3 multiferroic thin film on SrTiO3 (110) substrate by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The target sample was synthesized using modified solgel route. The thickness of the film observed by Talystep profilometer, is about 200 nm. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic techniques were used to investigate the structure of the target as well as of the film. The surface topography of the film was investigated by atomic force microscopy.

  14. Study of epitaxial multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} films

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    Kothari, Deepti; Reddy, V. Raghavendra; Gupta, Ajay

    2010-12-01

    Multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} epitaxial thin films are prepared using pulsed laser deposition method on single crystal SrTiO{sub 3}(001) substrates. The prepared films are characterized by [001] growth and the in-plane {phi}-scans haven shown that the films are characterized by ''cube-on-cube'' epitaxial growth. The photoelectron spectroscopy results confirm the presence of Fe{sup 3+} only. Better magnetic properties are observed in the case of less thickness BiFeO{sub 3} film as compared to higher thickness, which could be due to the in-plane strain effect.

  15. Tuning of magnetoelectric coupling in (1-y)Bi0.8Dy0.2FeO3-yNi0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 multiferroic composites

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    Mazumdar, S. C.; Khan, M. N. I.; Islam, Md. Fakhrul; Hossain, A. K. M. Akther

    2016-03-01

    Magnetoelectric composites (1-y)Bi0.8Dy0.2FeO3 (BDFO)-yNi0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 (NZFO) with y=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5 and 1.0 are synthesized by conventional solid state reaction route. The X-ray diffraction analysis confirms the coexistence of orthorhombic perovskite BDFO and spinel NZFO phases with no third phase. Microstructural and surface morphology are studied by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy. Quantitative elemental analysis of the samples is carried out by Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy. The real part of the initial permeability increases and relative quality peak broadens with the ferrite content in the composites. Dielectric constant, loss tangent, relative quality factor and ac conductivity are measured as a function of frequency at room temperature. The dielectric constant shows usual dielectric dispersion at lower frequencies due to Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization. The complex impedance spectroscopy is used to distinguish between the grain and grain boundary contribution to the total resistance. The modulus study reveals the ease of polaron hopping and negligibly small contribution of electrode effect. The magnetic hysteresis has been studied to know the response of NZFO phase to the applied magnetic field in the composite. The saturation and remanent magnetization are found to increase with increase in NZFO in the composite. The magnetoelectric voltage coefficient, αME is measured as a function of applied dc magnetic field. The tuning of ferrite percentage and dc magnetic field results in highest αME (~66 mV/cm Oe) for the composite with 40% NZFO at 4.7 kOe which is attributed to the enhanced mechanical coupling between the two phases. The incorporation of BDFO and NZFO enhances the multiferroic properties in the present composite which are quite promising from application point of view.

  16. Effect of Al{sup 3+} substitution on the structural, magnetic, and electric properties in multiferroic Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} ceramics

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    Huang, S.; Shi, L.R.; Tian, Z.M.; Yuan, S.L.; Zhu, C.M.; Gong, G.S.; Qiu, Y.

    2015-07-15

    Structural, magnetic, and electric properties have been investigated in polycrystalline Bi{sub 2}(Fe{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 4}O{sub 9} (0≤x≤0.25) ceramics synthesized by a modified Pechini method. Structural analysis reveals that Al{sup 3+} doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9} crystallizes in orthorhombic structure with Pbnm space group. Surface morphology of the end products is examined by scanning electron microscopy and the grain size has a tendency to decrease with increase in Al{sup 3+} doping level. Compared with pure Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}, room temperature coexistent multiferroic-like behavior is observed in Al{sup 3+} doped Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}. By analyzing magnetic properties, the Néel temperature monotonously shifts to low temperatures from ~260 K (x=0) to ~35 K (x=0.25). Moreover, the spin dynamic measured by the shift in ac magnetic susceptibility as a function of frequency provides a possibility of spin-glass-like behavior, which is further confirmed by fitting the critical slowing down power law and memory effect. - Graphical abstract: Compared with pure Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 9}, room temperature weak ferromagnetic property and enhanced ferroelectric-like behavior can be achieved simultaneously with proper Al{sup 3+} doping. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}(Fe{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 4}O{sub 9} (0≤x≤0.25) ceramics are fabricated via a Pechini method. • Weak ferromagnetic and ferroelectric behaviors can be achieved simultaneously. • Spin-glass-like behavior is detected with proper Al{sup 3+} doping. • The memory and aging effects are observed with proper Al{sup 3+} doping.

  17. Magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 composite nanofibers via electrospinning

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    Fu, Bi; Lu, Ruie; Gao, Kun; Yang, Yaodong; Wang, Yaping

    2015-07-01

    Magnetoelectric (ME) coupling in Pb-based multiferroic composites has been widely investigated due to the excellent piezoelectric property of lead zirconate titanate (PZT). In this letter, we report a strategy to create a hybrid Pb-free ferroelectric and ferromagnetic material and detect its ME coupling at the nanoscale. Hybrid Pb-free multiferroic BaTiO3-CoFe2O4 (BTO-CFO) composite nanofibers (NFs) were generated by sol-gel electrospinning. The perovskite structure of BTO and the spinel structure of CFO nanograins were homogenously distributed in the composite NFs and verified by bright-field transmission electron microscopy observations along the perovskite [111] zone axis. Multiferroicity was confirmed by amplitude-voltage butterfly curves and magnetic hysteresis loops. ME coupling was observed in terms of a singularity on a dM/dT curve at the ferroelectric Curie temperature (TC) of BaTiO3. The lateral ME coefficient was investigated by the evolution of the piezoresponse under an external magnetic field of 1000 Oe and was estimated to be α31 =0.78× 104 \\text{mV cm}-1 \\text{Oe}-1 . These findings could enable the creation of nanoscale Pb-free multiferroic composite devices.

  18. Hexagonal phase stabilization and magnetic orders of multiferroic L u1 -xS cxFe O3

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    Lin, L.; Zhang, H. M.; Liu, M. F.; Shen, Shoudong; Zhou, S.; Li, D.; Wang, X.; Yan, Z. B.; Zhang, Z. D.; Zhao, Jun; Dong, Shuai; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-02-01

    Hexagonal LuFe O3 has drawn a lot of research attention due to its contentious room-temperature multiferroicity. Due to the instability of hexagonal phase in the bulk form, most experimental studies focused on LuFe O3 thin films which can be stabilized by strain using proper substrates. Here we report on the hexagonal phase stabilization, magnetism, and magnetoelectric coupling of bulk LuFe O3 by partial Sc substitution of Lu. First, our first-principles calculations show that the hexagonal structure can be stabilized by partial Sc substitution, while the multiferroic properties, including the noncollinear magnetic order and geometric ferroelectricity, remain robustly unaffected. Therefore, L u1 -xS cxFe O3 can act as a platform to check the multiferroicity of LuFe O3 and related materials in the bulk form. Second, the magnetic characterizations on bulk L u1 -xS cxFe O3 demonstrate a magnetic anomaly (probable antiferromagnetic ordering) above room temperature, ˜425-445 K, followed by magnetic transitions in low temperatures (˜167-172 K). In addition, a magnetoelectric response is observed in the low-temperature region. Our study provides useful information on the multiferroic physics of hexagonal R Fe O3 and related systems.

  19. Trends in orthorhombic crystal field parameters for trivalent rare-earth ions in high-Tc superconductors REBa₂Cu₃O₇-δ - correct interpretation based on standardization.

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    Rudowicz, Czesław; Lewandowska, Monika

    2013-02-15

    Trends in orthorhombic crystal field parameters (CFPs) reported for RE(3+) ions in high-T(c) superconductors REBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-)(δ) are considered. The cases of trends based on the CFP sets belonging to different regions of CF parameter space are identified and clarified. The crucial feature of such correlated alternative CFP sets is their intrinsic incompatibility. This makes meaningless direct comparisons of such CFP sets and thus presentations of CFP trends involving a mixture of alternative CFP sets. The aim of this paper is to ascertain that correct interpretation of trends in orthorhombic CFPs must be based on standardization. Examples of graphs inappropriately representing trends in orthorhombic CFPs reported for REBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-)(δ) compounds are considered and the corrected graphs based on the standardized CFP sets are provided. PMID:23261624

  20. Preparation of orthorhombic Ba sub 2 YCu sub 3 O sub 7 powder by single-step calcining

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    Spann, J.R.; Kahn, M. ); Lloyd, I.K. . Engineering Materials Group); Chase, M.T. )

    1990-02-01

    A single calcination step, solid-state process that provides orthohombic Ba{sub 2}YCu{sub 3}O{sub 7} powder is described. BaCO{sub 3}, Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and CuO are used as precursor materials. The only phase identifiable by x-ray diffraction is the orthorhombic Ba{sub 2}YCu{sub 3}O{sub 7}. The use of a vacuum during the initial stages of the calcining process promotes complete decomposition of the carbonate, and no residual carbonate is observed. An oxygen atmosphere during the later stages of calcining ensures proper oxidation to Ba{sub 2}YCu{sub 3}O{sub 7}. The use of a similar combination vacuum-oxygen calcining schedule should also be beneficial in the preparation of chemically derived powders.

  1. Cooperative effects of lattice and spin-orbit coupling on the electronic structure of orthorhombic SrIrO₃.

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    Singh, Vijeta; Pulikkotil, J J

    2015-08-26

    Orthorhombic SrIrO3 subjected to strain shows tunable transport properties. With underlying symmetry remaining invariant, these properties are associated with IrO6 octahedral tilting. Adopting first-principles methods, the effects of crystal field, spin-orbit coupling (SOC), and Coulomb correlations, on comparable interaction length scales, are discussed. While tilting induces a t(2g) - e(g) crystal-field splitting and band narrowing, SOC induces a partial splitting of the J(eff) bands rendering SrIrO3 a semi-metallic ground state. The SOC enhanced hybridization of Ir-O orbitals serves as an explanation as to why the critical Hubbard correlation strength increases with increasing SOC strength in SrIrO3 to induce an insulating phase. PMID:26235235

  2. Theoretical investigations of the optical and EPR spectra for trivalent cerium and ytterbium ions in orthorhombic YF3 crystal

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    Liu, Hong-Gang; Zheng, Wen-Chen

    2016-09-01

    The optical spectra and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) parameters (g factors and hyperfine structure constants A) for trivalent cerium and ytterbium ions in YF3 crystal with orthorhombic structure are investigated together by the complete diagonalization (of energy matrix) method (CDM). The obtained results are in reasonable agreement with the experimental ones. More importantly, two magnetically nonequivalent centers in YF3 crystal observed in EPR experiments are confirmed and ascribed to their specific positions in a unit cell by our calculations based on superposition model (SPM) analysis. Such identification of local sites with different magnetic properties would help us to understand not only the EPR spectra and magnetic susceptibility of other lanthanide ions doped in crystals with the same structure as YF3 but also the energy transfer scheme between two lanthanide ions occupying such two sites. All results are discussed carefully.

  3. Scattering of an electromagnetic plane wave by a homogeneous sphere made of an orthorhombic dielectric-magnetic material.

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    Ulfat Jafri, A D; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

    2014-01-01

    An exact transition matrix was formulated for electromagnetic scattering by an orthorhombic dielectric-magnetic sphere whose permeability dyadic is a scalar multiple of its permittivity dyadic. Calculations were made for plane waves incident on the sphere. As the size parameter increases, the role of anisotropy evolves; multiple lobes appear in the plots of the differential scattering efficiency in any scattering plane; the total scattering, extinction, and forward-scattering efficiencies exhibit a prominent maximum each; and the absorption efficiency generally increases with weak undulations. Certain orientations of the sphere with respect to the directions of propagation and the electric field of the incident plane wave make it highly susceptible to detection in a monostatic configuration, whereas other orientations make it much less vulnerable to detection. Impedance match to the ambient free space decreases backscattering efficiency significantly, although anisotropy prevents null backscattering. PMID:24561944

  4. AFM observation of the surface morphology and impurity effects on orthorhombic hen egg-white lysozyme crystals

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    Matsuzuki, Y.; Kubota, T.; Liu, X. Y.; Ataka, M.; Takano, K. J.

    2002-07-01

    Cation-exchange high performance liquid chromatography at pH 6, developed originally to purify human lysozyme, was applied to hen egg-white lysozyme. We could remove at least three kinds of impurities from the commercial product. The impurities were considered to be modified lysozyme molecules, mostly based on N-terminal amino acid analyses. Atomic force microscopic observation was made on the crystals both from the purified and non-purified solutions. The (1 1 0) faces of the orthorhombic crystals grown at 40°C from the purified solution contained linear steps, while most of the linear edges became round and rugged on the crystals from non-purified solutions. A similar change in step morphology is known to occur on insulin crystals when two amino acids were mutated from the wild type. On the (0 1 0) face, elongated, round steps became rugged when crystals grew from non-purified solutions.

  5. Elastic Softening in HoFe2Al10 due to the Quadrupole Interaction under an Orthorhombic Crystal Electric Field

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    Kamikawa, Shuhei; Ishii, Isao; Noguchi, Yoshihito; Goto, Hiroki; Fujita, Takahiro K.; Nakagawa, Fumiya; Tanida, Hiroshi; Sera, Masafumi; Suzuki, Takashi

    2016-07-01

    To investigate 4f electronic states in HoFe2Al10 under an orthorhombic crystal electric field (CEF), we measured the specific heat, magnetic susceptibility, magnetization, and elastic modulus of single-crystalline samples. We found elastic softening of the transverse elastic moduli C55 and C66 below 20 and 130 K, respectively. With further decreasing temperature, C66 shows further elastic softening below 5 K. We observed two Schottky peaks in the specific heat at 2.2 and 20 K and small anisotropy of the magnetic susceptibility and magnetization in the paramagnetic region. By analyzing these experimental data, we obtained the CEF parameters of HoFe2Al10. From the analysis, we clarified that the softening of C55 and C66 originates from indirect quadrupole interactions of Ozx and Oxy, and propose that the overall CEF splitting is about 85 K.

  6. Synthesis, photoluminescence and Judd-Ofelt parameters of LiNa3P2O7:Eu3+ orthorhombic microstructures

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    Munirathnam, K.; Dillip, G. R.; Raju, B. Deva Prasad; Joo, S. W.; Dhoble, S. J.; Nagabhushana, B. M.; Hari Krishna, R.; Ramesh, K. P.; Varadharaj Perumal, S.; Prakashbabu, D.

    2015-09-01

    We report, for the first time, the photoluminescence properties of Eu3+-doped LiNa3P2O7 phosphor, synthesized by a facile solid-state reaction method in air atmosphere. The crystal structure and phase purity of the phosphors were analyzed by X-ray diffraction analysis. Orthorhombic structural morphology was identified by scanning electron microscopy. The phosphate groups in the phosphor were confirmed by Fourier transform infrared analysis. Bandgap of the phosphor was calculated from the diffuse reflectance spectra data using Kubelka-Munk function. Under 395-nm UV excitation, the phosphors show signs of emitting red color due to the 5D0 → 7F2 transition. In accordance with Judd-Ofelt theory, spectroscopic parameters such as oscillator intensity parameter Ω t ( t = 2), spontaneous emission probabilities, fluorescence branching ratios and radiative lifetimes were calculated and analyzed for the first time in this system.

  7. A concept for a magnetic field detector underpinned by the nonlinear dynamics of coupled multiferroic devices

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    Beninato, A.; Baglio, S.; Andò, B.; Emery, T.; Bulsara, A. R.; Jenkins, C.; Palkar, V.

    2013-12-09

    Multiferroic (MF) composites, in which magnetic and ferroelectric orders coexist, represent a very attractive class of materials with promising applications in areas, such as spintronics, memories, and sensors. One of the most important multiferroics is the perovskite phase of bismuth ferrite, which exhibits weak magnetoelectric properties at room temperature; its properties can be enhanced by doping with other elements such as dysprosium. A recent paper has demonstrated that a thin film of Bi{sub 0.7}Dy{sub 0.3}FeO{sub 3} shows good magnetoelectric coupling. In separate work it has been shown that a carefully crafted ring connection of N (N odd and N ≥ 3) ferroelectric capacitors yields, past a critical point, nonlinear oscillations that can be exploited for electric (E) field sensing. These two results represent the starting point of our work. In this paper the (electrical) hysteresis, experimentally measured in the MF material Bi{sub 0.7}Dy{sub 0.3}FeO{sub 3}, is characterized with the applied magnetic field (B) taken as a control parameter. This yields a “blueprint” for a magnetic (B) field sensor: a ring-oscillator coupling of N = 3 Sawyer-Tower circuits each underpinned by a mutliferroic element. In this configuration, the changes induced in the ferroelectric behavior by the external or “target” B-field are quantified, thus providing a pathway for very low power and high sensitivity B-field sensing.

  8. Magnetic structure and multiferroic coupling in pyroxene NaFeSi2O6

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    Baum, M.; Komarek, A. Â. C.; Holbein, S.; Fernández-Díaz, M. Â. T.; André, G.; Hiess, A.; Sidis, Y.; Steffens, P.; Becker, P.; Bohatý, L.; Braden, M.

    2015-06-01

    By comprehensive neutron diffraction measurements we have studied the magnetic structure of aegirine (NaFeSi2O6) in and above its multiferroic phase. Natural aegirine exhibits two magnetic transitions into incommensurate magnetic order with a propagation vector of k⃗inc=(0 ,˜0.78 ,0 ) . Between 9 and 6 K, we find a transverse spin-density wave with moments pointing near the c direction. Below 6 K, magnetic order becomes helical and spins rotate in the a c plane. The same irreducible representation is involved in the two successive transitions. In addition, the ferroelectric polarization P ⃗ appearing along the b direction cannot be described by the most common multiferroic mechanism but follows P ⃗∝S⃗i×S⃗j . Synthetic NaFeSi2O6 does not exhibit the pure incommensurate helical order but shows coexistence of this order with a commensurate magnetic structure. By applying moderate pressure to natural aegirine, we find that the incommensurate magnetic ordering partially transforms to the commensurate one, underlining the nearly degenerate character of the two types of order in NaFeSi2O6 .

  9. A concept for a magnetic field detector underpinned by the nonlinear dynamics of coupled multiferroic devices

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    Beninato, A.; Emery, T.; Baglio, S.; Andò, B.; Bulsara, A. R.; Jenkins, C.; Palkar, V.

    2013-12-01

    Multiferroic (MF) composites, in which magnetic and ferroelectric orders coexist, represent a very attractive class of materials with promising applications in areas, such as spintronics, memories, and sensors. One of the most important multiferroics is the perovskite phase of bismuth ferrite, which exhibits weak magnetoelectric properties at room temperature; its properties can be enhanced by doping with other elements such as dysprosium. A recent paper has demonstrated that a thin film of Bi0.7Dy0.3FeO3 shows good magnetoelectric coupling. In separate work it has been shown that a carefully crafted ring connection of N (N odd and N ≥ 3) ferroelectric capacitors yields, past a critical point, nonlinear oscillations that can be exploited for electric (E) field sensing. These two results represent the starting point of our work. In this paper the (electrical) hysteresis, experimentally measured in the MF material Bi0.7Dy0.3FeO3, is characterized with the applied magnetic field (B) taken as a control parameter. This yields a "blueprint" for a magnetic (B) field sensor: a ring-oscillator coupling of N = 3 Sawyer-Tower circuits each underpinned by a mutliferroic element. In this configuration, the changes induced in the ferroelectric behavior by the external or "target" B-field are quantified, thus providing a pathway for very low power and high sensitivity B-field sensing.

  10. Magnetization dynamics and frustration in the multiferroic double perovskite Lu2MnCoO6

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    Zapf, Vivien S.; Ueland, B. G.; Laver, Mark; Lonsky, Martin; Pohlit, Merlin; Muller, Jens; Lancaster, Tom; Moller, Johannes S.; Blundell, Stephen J.; Singleton, John; et al

    2016-04-29

    Here, we investigate the magnetic ordering and the magnetization dynamics (from kHz to THz time scales) of the double perovskite Lu2MnCoO6 using elastic neutron diffraction, muon spin relaxation, and micro-Hall magnetization measurements. This compound is known to be a type II multiferroic with the interesting feature that a ferromagneticlike magnetization hysteresis loop couples to an equally hysteretic electric polarization in the bulk of the material despite a zero-field magnetic ordering of the type ↑↑↓↓ along Co-Mn spin chains. Here we explore the unusual dynamics of this compound and find extremely strong fluctuations, consistent with the axial next-nearest-neighbor Ising (ANNNI) modelmore » for frustrated spin chains. We identify three temperature scales in Lu2MnCoO6 corresponding to the onset of highly fluctuating long-range order below TN = 50±3 K identified from neutron scattering, the onset of magnetic and electric hysteresis, with change in kHz magnetic and electric dynamics below a 30 K temperature scale, and partial freezing of ~MHz spin fluctuations in the muon spin relaxation data below 12 ± 3 K. Our results provide a framework for understanding the multiferroic behavior of this compound and its hysteresis and dynamics.« less

  11. Superior electro-optic response in multiferroic bismuth ferrite nanoparticle doped nematic liquid crystal device.

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    Nayek, Prasenjit; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-01-01

    A superior electro-optic (E-O) response has been achieved when multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3/BFO) nanoparticles (NPs) were doped in nematic liquid crystal (NLC) host E7 and the LC device was addressed in the large signal regime by an amplitude modulated square wave signal at the frequency of 100 Hz. The optimized concentration of BFO is 0.15 wt%, and the corresponding total optical response time (rise time + decay time) for a 5 μm-thick cell is 2.5 ms for ~7 V(rms). This might be exploited for the construction of adaptive lenses, modulators, displays, and other E-O devices. The possible reason behind the fast response time could be the visco-elastic constant and restoring force imparted by the locally ordered LCs induced by the multiferroic nanoparticles (MNPs). Polarized optical microscopic textural observation shows that the macroscopic dislocation-free excellent contrast have significant impact on improving the image quality and performance of the devices. PMID:26041701

  12. Polarity-tunable spin transport in all-oxide multiferroic tunnel junctions.

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    Soni, Rohit; Petraru, Adrian; Nair, Harikrishnan S; Vavra, Ondrej; Ziegler, Martin; Kim, Seong Keun; Jeong, Doo Seok; Kohlstedt, Hermann

    2016-05-19

    A multiferroic tunnel junction (MFTJ) promisingly offers multinary memory states in response to electric- and magnetic-fields, referring to tunneling electroresistance (TER) and tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR), respectively. In spite of recent progress, a substantial number of questions concerning the understanding of these two intertwined phenomena still remain open, e.g. the role of microstructural/chemical asymmetry at the interfaces of the junction and the effect of an electrode material on the MFTJ properties. In this regard, we look into the multiferroic effect of all-complex-oxide MFTJ (La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/Pb(Zr0.3Ti0.7)O3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3). The results reveal apparent TER-TMR interplay-captured by the reversible electric-field control of the TMR effect. Finally, microscopy analysis on the MFTJ revealed that the observed TER-TMR interplay is perhaps mediated by microstructural and chemical asymmetry in our nominally symmetric MFTJ. PMID:27166713

  13. Nanoscale Skyrmions in a Nonchiral Metallic Multiferroic: Ni2MnGa.

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    Phatak, Charudatta; Heinonen, Olle; De Graef, Marc; Petford-Long, Amanda

    2016-07-13

    Magnetic skyrmions belong to a set of topologically nontrivial spin textures at the nanoscale that have received increased attention due to their emergent behavior and novel potential spintronic applications. Discovering materials systems that can host skyrmions at room temperature in the absence of external magnetic field is of crucial importance not only from a fundamental aspect, but also from a technological point of view. So far, the observations of skyrmions in bulk metallic ferromagnets have been limited to low temperatures and to materials that exhibit strong chiral interactions. Here we show the formation of nanoscale skyrmions in a nonchiral multiferroic material, which is ferromagnetic and ferroelastic, Ni2MnGa at room temperature without the presence of external magnetic fields. By using Lorentz transmission electron microscopy in combination with micromagnetic simulations, we elucidate their formation, behavior, and stability under applied magnetic fields at room temperature. The formation of skyrmions in a multiferroic material with no broken inversion symmetry presents new exciting opportunities for the exploration of the fundamental physics of topologically nontrivial spin textures. PMID:27186990

  14. Thermally assisted electric field control of magnetism in flexible multiferroic heterostructures

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    Liu, Yiwei; Zhan, Qingfeng; Dai, Guohong; Zhang, Xiaoshan; Wang, Baomin; Liu, Gang; Zuo, Zhenghu; Rong, Xin; Yang, Huali; Zhu, Xiaojian; Xie, Yali; Chen, Bin; Li, Run-Wei

    2014-01-01

    Thermal and electrical control of magnetic anisotropy were investigated in flexible Fe81Ga19 (FeGa)/Polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) multiferroic heterostructures. Due to the large anisotropic thermal deformation of PVDF (α1 = −13 × 10−6 K−1 and α2 = −145 × 10−6 K−1), the in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy (UMA) of FeGa can be reoriented 90° by changing the temperature across 295 K where the films are magnetically isotropic. Thus, the magnetization of FeGa can be reversed by the thermal cycling between 280 and 320 K under a constant magnetic field lower than coercivity. Moreover, under the assistance of thermal deformation with slightly heating the samples to the critical temperature, the electric field of ± 267 kV cm−1 can well align the UMA along the two orthogonal directions. The new route of combining thermal and electrical control of magnetic properties realized in PVDF-based flexible multiferroic materials shows good prospects in application of flexible thermal spintronic devices and flexible microwave magnetic materials. PMID:25370605

  15. Absence of Evidence ≠ Evidence of Absence: Statistical Analysis of Inclusions in Multiferroic Thin Films

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    Schmidt, Michael; Amann, Andreas; Keeney, Lynette; Pemble, Martyn E.; Holmes, Justin D.; Petkov, Nikolay; Whatmore, Roger W.

    2014-01-01

    Assertions that a new material may offer particularly advantageous properties should always be subjected to careful critical evaluation, especially when those properties can be affected by the presence of inclusions at trace level. This is particularly important for claims relating to new multiferroic compounds, which can easily be confounded by unobserved second phase magnetic inclusions. We demonstrate an original methodology for the detection, localization and quantification of second phase inclusions in thin Aurivillius type films. Additionally, we develop a dedicated statistical model and demonstrate its application to the analysis of Bi6Ti2.8Fe1.52Mn0.68O18 (B6TFMO) thin films, that makes it possible to put a high, defined confidence level (e.g. 99.5%) to the statement of ‘new single phase multiferroic materials’. While our methodology has been specifically developed for magnetic inclusions, it can easily be adapted to any other material system that can be affected by low level inclusions. PMID:25026969

  16. One-dimensional multiferroic bismuth ferrite fibers obtained by electrospinning techniques.

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    Baji, Avinash; Mai, Yiu-Wing; Li, Qian; Wong, Shing-Chung; Liu, Yun; Yao, Q W

    2011-06-10

    We report the fabrication of novel multiferroic nanostructured bismuth ferrite (BiFeO(3)) fibers using the sol-gel based electrospinning technique. Phase pure BiFeO(3) fibers were prepared by thermally annealing the electrospun BiFeO(3)/polyvinylpyrrolidone composite fibers in air for 1 h at 600 °C. The x-ray diffraction pattern of the fibers (BiFeO(3)) obtained showed that their crystalline structures were rhombohedral perovskite structures. Both scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images revealed that the BiFeO(3) fibers were composed of fine grained microstructures. The grains were self-assembled and self-organized to yield dense and continuous fibrous structures. The magnetic hysteresis loops of these nanostructured fibers displayed the expected ferromagnetic behavior, whereby a coercivity of ∼ 250 Oe and a saturation magnetization of ∼ 1.34 emu g(-1) were obtained. The ferroelectricity and ferroelectric domain structures of the fibers were confirmed using piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM). The piezoelectric hysteresis loops and polar domain switching behavior of the fibers were examined. Such multiferroic fibers are significant for electroactive applications and nano-scale devices. PMID:21483046

  17. Synthesis of multiferroic Er-Fe-O thin films by atomic layer and chemical vapor deposition

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    Mantovan, R. Vangelista, S.; Wiemer, C.; Lamperti, A.; Tallarida, G.; Chikoidze, E.; Dumont, Y.; Fanciulli, M.

    2014-05-07

    R-Fe-O (R = rare earth) compounds have recently attracted high interest as potential new multiferroic materials. Here, we report a method based on the solid-state reaction between Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe layers, respectively grown by atomic layer deposition and chemical vapor deposition, to synthesize Er-Fe-O thin films. The reaction is induced by thermal annealing and evolution of the formed phases is followed by in situ grazing incidence X-ray diffraction. Dominant ErFeO{sub 3} and ErFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} phases develop following subsequent thermal annealing processes at 850 °C in air and N{sub 2}. Structural, chemical, and morphological characterization of the layers are conducted through X-ray diffraction and reflectivity, time-of-flight secondary ion-mass spectrometry, and atomic force microscopy. Magnetic properties are evaluated by magnetic force microscopy, conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer, being consistent with the presence of the phases identified by X-ray diffraction. Our results constitute a first step toward the use of cost-effective chemical methods for the synthesis of this class of multiferroic thin films.

  18. Superior electro-optic response in multiferroic bismuth ferrite nanoparticle doped nematic liquid crystal device

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    Nayek, Prasenjit; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-01-01

    A superior electro-optic (E-O) response has been achieved when multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3/BFO) nanoparticles (NPs) were doped in nematic liquid crystal (NLC) host E7 and the LC device was addressed in the large signal regime by an amplitude modulated square wave signal at the frequency of 100 Hz. The optimized concentration of BFO is 0.15 wt%, and the corresponding total optical response time (rise time + decay time) for a 5 μm-thick cell is 2.5 ms for ~7 Vrms. This might be exploited for the construction of adaptive lenses, modulators, displays, and other E-O devices. The possible reason behind the fast response time could be the visco-elastic constant and restoring force imparted by the locally ordered LCs induced by the multiferroic nanoparticles (MNPs). Polarized optical microscopic textural observation shows that the macroscopic dislocation-free excellent contrast have significant impact on improving the image quality and performance of the devices. PMID:26041701

  19. Multiferroic property of colloidal crystals with three-dimensional solid-solid phase transitions

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    Huang, J. P.; Shen, X. Y.; Chen, Y. X.

    2015-08-01

    It is a challenge to understand the dynamics of ubiquitous solid-solid phase transitions in three dimensions. In this direction, colloidal crystals are often adopted as a model system for investigation, because they contain highly ordered arrays of colloidal microparticles, analogous to atomic or molecular counterparts with appropriate scaling. Here, by resorting to the Ewald-Kornfeld formulation, we describe a type of solid-solid phase transitions from the body-centered tetragonal lattice, to the face-centered cubic lattice, and then to subsequent lattices, which have been experimentally demonstrated in electro-magnetorheological fluids (which contain suspended microparticles enabling the formation of crystalline structures) subjected to crossed electric and magnetic fields. As a result, we find that each lattice exhibits specific multiferroic properties at room temperature. The findings are further confirmed by independent finite-element simulations. Despite some limitations (e.g., the specific value of change in magnetization is small during phase transitions), this work suggests a way to real-time measure the microscopic dynamics of three-dimensional solid-solid phase transitions in colloidal crystals by detecting their multiferroic properties.

  20. Effect of transition metal doping on multiferroic ordering in FeV O4

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    Kumarasiri, A.; Abdelhamid, E.; Dixit, A.; Lawes, G.

    2015-01-01

    FeV O4 is a multiferroic that undergoes two antiferromagnetic transitions at TN 1˜21 K and TN 2˜15 K , with a small ferroelectric polarization developing at the 15-K transition. We have studied the effect of magnetic and nonmagnetic transition metal dopants on these magnetic phase transitions in order to investigate the microscopic mechanisms for magnetoelectric coupling in this system as well as probing the evolution of the phase transitions. We have synthesized polycrystalline F e1 -xT MxV O4(T M =Zn ,Cr ,Mn ) samples up to x =0.2 and studied dynamics of these two ferroic phase transitions using thermodynamic, magnetic, and pyrocurrent measurements. We find that the magnetic ordering temperatures in FeV O4 are remarkably stable, showing only a minimal suppression in transition temperatures even for larger doping fractions. We also observe clear reversible polarization at x =0.05 for all samples, which also persists to the largest doping for Zn, suggesting that the multiferroic order persists over a large range of compositions.

  1. Room temperature multiferroic properties of Eu doped BiFeO3

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    Uniyal, P.; Yadav, K. L.

    2009-04-01

    We have studied the multiferroic properties of Bi1-xEuxFeO3, x =0.03, 0.05, 0.07, and 0.1 ceramics prepared by conventional solid state reaction method. The substitution of Eu in place of Bi increases the magnetization at room temperature. An anomaly in the dielectric constant is observed at ˜400 °C which corresponds to TN. Room-temperature dielectric polarization-electric field (P-E) curves indicate that higher doped compositions exhibit saturated P-E loops with Pr (remnant polarization) of these BFO-based samples increasing with the degree of Eu modification. As a result, improved multiferroic properties of the Bi0.9Eu0.1FeO3 ceramics with remnant polarization and magnetization (Pr and Mr) of 11 μC/cm2 and 0.0347 emu/g, respectively, were obtained. The evidence of weak ferromagnetism and saturated ferroelectric hysteresis loops in Bi1-xEuxFeO3 system at room temperature makes it a good candidate for potential applications.

  2. Eu doping in multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics studied by Mossbauer and EXAFS spectroscopy.

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    Kothari, Deepti; Raghavendra Reddy, V; Gupta, Ajay; Meneghini, Carlo; Aquilanti, Giuliana

    2010-09-01

    Bismuth ferrite ceramics (BiFeO(3)) are multifunctional materials classified as multiferroics for their special magnetic and electric properties that can be modified by substitutional doping at the Bi and/or Fe sites. Understanding the relation between magnetoelectric response and structural/electronic modification upon doping is a relevant issue. In this work, the structure of Eu-doped multiferroic systems (Bi(1-x)Eu(x)FeO(3), x = 0, 0.5, 0.1, 0.15) as well as the valence state of Fe and Eu ions have been investigated combining Mossbauer and x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy techniques. The Eu(3+) doping at the Bi site results in better magnetic properties. High temperature (57)Fe Mossbauer data and Fe K-edge XAFS results show that FeO(6) octahedron distortions reduce with Eu(3+) doping. It is conclusively shown that the observed magnetic properties in BiFeO(3) with chemical substitution (Eu) are mainly due to the structural distortions and not due to Fe multiple valence. (151)Eu Mossbauer measurements show that the Eu(3+)(Bi(3+)) site is magnetically inactive in BiFeO(3). PMID:21403301

  3. Eu doping in multiferroic BiFeO3 ceramics studied by Mossbauer and EXAFS spectroscopy

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    Kothari, Deepti; Raghavendra Reddy, V.; Gupta, Ajay; Meneghini, Carlo; Aquilanti, Giuliana

    2010-09-01

    Bismuth ferrite ceramics (BiFeO3) are multifunctional materials classified as multiferroics for their special magnetic and electric properties that can be modified by substitutional doping at the Bi and/or Fe sites. Understanding the relation between magnetoelectric response and structural/electronic modification upon doping is a relevant issue. In this work, the structure of Eu-doped multiferroic systems (Bi1 - xEuxFeO3, x = 0, 0.5, 0.1, 0.15) as well as the valence state of Fe and Eu ions have been investigated combining Mossbauer and x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy techniques. The Eu3 + doping at the Bi site results in better magnetic properties. High temperature 57Fe Mossbauer data and Fe K-edge XAFS results show that FeO6 octahedron distortions reduce with Eu3 + doping. It is conclusively shown that the observed magnetic properties in BiFeO3 with chemical substitution (Eu) are mainly due to the structural distortions and not due to Fe multiple valence. 151Eu Mossbauer measurements show that the Eu3 + (Bi3 + ) site is magnetically inactive in BiFeO3.

  4. Electric modulation of conduction in multiferroic Ca-doped BiFeO3 films

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    Yang, Chan Ho; Seidel, Jan; Kim, S. Y.; Rossen, P. B.; Yu, Pu; Gajek, Martin; Chu, Ying-Hao; Martin, Lane W; Holcromb, M. B.; He, Q; Maksymovych, Petro; Balke, Nina; Kalinin, Sergei V; Baddorf, Arthur P; Basu, S. R.; Scullin, M. L.; Ramesh, R.

    2009-01-01

    Many interesting materials phenomena such as the emergence of high-T{sub c} superconductivity in the cuprates and colossal magnetoresistance in the manganites arise out of a doping-driven competition between energetically similar ground states. Doped multiferroics present a tantalizing evolution of this generic concept of phase competition. Here, we present the observation of an electronic conductor-insulator transition by control of band-filling in the model antiferromagnetic ferroelectric BiFeO{sub 3} through Ca doping. Application of electric field enables us to control and manipulate this electronic transition to the extent that a p-n junction can be created, erased and inverted in this material. A 'dome-like' feature in the doping dependence of the ferroelectric transition is observed around a Ca concentration of {approx} 1/8, where a new pseudo-tetragonal phase appears and the electric modulation of conduction is optimized. Possible mechanisms for the observed effects are discussed on the basis of the interplay of ionic and electronic conduction. This observation opens the door to merging magnetoelectrics and magnetoelectronics at room temperature by combining electronic conduction with electric and magnetic degrees of freedom already present in the multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3}.

  5. High-temperature electromagnons in the magnetically induced multiferroic cupric oxide driven by intersublattice exchange.

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    Jones, S P P; Gaw, S M; Doig, K I; Prabhakaran, D; Hétroy Wheeler, E M; Boothroyd, A T; Lloyd-Hughes, J

    2014-01-01

    Magnetically induced ferroelectric multiferroics present an exciting new paradigm in the design of multifunctional materials, by intimately coupling magnetic and polar order. Magnetoelectricity creates a novel quasiparticle excitation--the electromagnon--at terahertz frequencies, with spectral signatures that unveil important spin interactions. To date, electromagnons have been discovered at low temperature (<70 K) and predominantly in rare-earth compounds such as RMnO3. Here we demonstrate using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy that intersublattice exchange in the improper multiferroic cupric oxide (CuO) creates electromagnons at substantially elevated temperatures (213-230 K). Dynamic magnetoelectric coupling can therefore be achieved in materials, such as CuO, that exhibit minimal static cross-coupling. The electromagnon strength and energy track the static polarization, highlighting the importance of the underlying cycloidal spin structure. Polarized neutron scattering and terahertz spectroscopy identify a magnon in the antiferromagnetic ground state, with a temperature dependence that suggests a significant role for biquadratic exchange. PMID:24777198

  6. Understanding the spin-driven polarizations in Bi MO3 (M = 3 d transition metals) multiferroics

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    Kc, Santosh; Lee, Jun Hee; Cooper, Valentino R.

    Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) , a promising multiferroic, stabilizes in a perovskite type rhombohedral crystal structure (space group R3c) at room temperature. Recently, it has been reported that in its ground state it possess a huge spin-driven polarization. To probe the underlying mechanism of this large spin-phonon response, we examine these couplings within other Bi based 3 d transition metal oxides Bi MO3 (M = Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) using density functional theory. Our results demonstrate that this large spin-driven polarization is a consequence of symmetry breaking due to competition between ferroelectric distortions and anti-ferrodistortive octahedral rotations. Furthermore, we find a strong dependence of these enhanced spin-driven polarizations on the crystal structure; with the rhombohedral phase having the largest spin-induced atomic distortions along [111]. These results give us significant insights into the magneto-electric coupling in these materials which is essential to the magnetic and electric field control of electric polarization and magnetization in multiferroic based devices. Research is supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering Division and the Office of Science Early Career Research Program (V.R.C) and used computational resources at NERSC.

  7. Electric-field-induced spin wave generation using multiferroic magnetoelectric cells

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    Cherepov, Sergiy; Khalili Amiri, Pedram; Alzate, Juan G.; Wong, Kin; Lewis, Mark; Upadhyaya, Pramey; Nath, Jayshankar; Bao, Mingqiang; Wang, Kang L.; Bur, Alexandre; Wu, Tao; Carman, Gregory P.; Khitun, Alexander

    2014-02-24

    In this work, we report on the demonstration of voltage-driven spin wave excitation, where spin waves are generated by multiferroic magnetoelectric (ME) cell transducers driven by an alternating voltage, rather than an electric current. A multiferroic element consisting of a magnetostrictive Ni film and a piezoelectric [Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}]{sub (1−x)}–[PbTiO{sub 3}]{sub x} substrate was used for this purpose. By applying an AC voltage to the piezoelectric, an oscillating electric field is created within the piezoelectric material, which results in an alternating strain-induced magnetic anisotropy in the magnetostrictive Ni layer. The resulting anisotropy-driven magnetization oscillations propagate in the form of spin waves along a 5 μm wide Ni/NiFe waveguide. Control experiments confirm the strain-mediated origin of the spin wave excitation. The voltage-driven spin wave excitation, demonstrated in this work, can potentially be used for low-dissipation spin wave-based logic and memory elements.

  8. Synthesis of magnetic and multiferroic materials from polyvinyl alcohol-based gels

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    Lisnevskaya, I. V.; Bobrova, I. A.; Lupeiko, T. G.

    2016-01-01

    This review article summarizes results on the synthesis of the magnetic materials including modified nickel ferrite (Ni0.9Co0.1Cu0.1Fe1.9O4-δ), yttrium iron garnet (Y3Fe5O12), lanthanum-containing manganites (MxLa1-xMnO3 (M=Pb, Ba or Sr; x=0.3-0.35)), and multiferroics (BiFeO3 and BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3) from polyvinyl alcohol-based gels. It is shown that the ammonium nitrate accelerates destruction of organic components of xerogels and thus Ni0.9Co0.1Cu0.1Fe1.9O4-δ and BiFeO3 can be prepared at record low temperatures (100 and 250 °C, respectively) which are 200-300 °C lower compared to the process where air is used as an oxidizing agent. As for the synthesis of Y3Fe5O12, MxLa1-xMnO3 and BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3, the presence of NH4NO3 favors formation of foreign phases, which ultimately complicate reaction mechanisms and lead to the higher temperature to synthesize target products. Developed methods provide nanoscale magnetic and multiferroic materials with an average particle size of ∼20-50 nm.

  9. Magnetization dynamics and frustration in the multiferroic double perovskite Lu2MnCoO6

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    Zapf, Vivien S.; Ueland, B. G.; Laver, Mark; Lonsky, Martin; Pohlit, Merlin; Müller, Jens; Lancaster, Tom; Möller, Johannes S.; Blundell, Stephen J.; Singleton, John; Mira, Jorge; Yañez-Vilar, Susana; Señarís-Rodríguez, Maria Antonia

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the magnetic ordering and the magnetization dynamics (from kHz to THz time scales) of the double perovskite Lu2MnCoO6 using elastic neutron diffraction, muon spin relaxation, and micro-Hall magnetization measurements. This compound is known to be a type II multiferroic with the interesting feature that a ferromagneticlike magnetization hysteresis loop couples to an equally hysteretic electric polarization in the bulk of the material despite a zero-field magnetic ordering of the type ↑↑↓↓ along Co-Mn spin chains. Here we explore the unusual dynamics of this compound and find extremely strong fluctuations, consistent with the axial next-nearest-neighbor Ising (ANNNI) model for frustrated spin chains. We identify three temperature scales in Lu2MnCoO6 corresponding to the onset of highly fluctuating long-range order below TN=50 ±3 K identified from neutron scattering, the onset of magnetic and electric hysteresis, with change in kHz magnetic and electric dynamics below a 30 K temperature scale, and partial freezing of ˜MHz spin fluctuations in the muon spin relaxation data below 12 ±3 K. Our results provide a framework for understanding the multiferroic behavior of this compound and its hysteresis and dynamics.

  10. Elastic Moduli of detwinned orthorhombic optimally doped LSCO (La2-0.16 Sr 0.16 CuO4)

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    Fanelli, Victor; Betts, Jonathan; Migliori, Albert; Suzuki, Yoko; Yan, Jiaqiang

    2010-03-01

    Accurate elastic modulus characterization of the superconducting phase transition (SC) in La2-0.16 Sr 0.16 CuO4 is difficult because the discontinuities in moduli are much smaller than fluctuations from twin boundary motion. Thus detwinning is required for a useful measurement and was achieved using mechanical stress along the tetragonal [110] direction (or equivalently, along the orthorhombic [100] direction) below the orthorhombic phase transition that is well below ambient temperature. Using resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) on the detwinned monocrystal, the discontinuities and moduli around the SC transition were measured.

  11. Microstructure and plastic deformation of orthorhombic titanium aluminides Ti2AlNb. IV. Formation of the transformation twins upon the α2 → O phase transformation

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    Kazantseva, N. V.; Demakov, S. L.; Popov, A. A.

    2007-04-01

    X-ray diffraction transmission electron microscopy, and measurements of microhardness and resistivity were used to study the formation of the orthorhombic O phase upon the α2 → O phase transformation. It has been found that the orthorhombic O phase is formed by the diffusion mechanism in the form of thin lamellar precipitates (domains). Upon subsequent growth, these domains form packets of twins with a twinning plane {110}. It is shown that the (130) twinning plane is not realized directly, but it appears as a result of joining of twin packets. No formation of an intermediate metastable phase was observed upon this transformation.

  12. Effects of Nickel Doping on the Multiferroic and Magnetic Phases of MnWO 4

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    Poudel, N.; Lorenz, B.; Lv, B.; Wang, Y. Q.; Ye, F.; Wang, Jinchen; Fernandez-baca, J. A.; Chu, C. W.

    2015-12-15

    There are various orders in multiferroic materials with a frustrated spiral spin modulation inducing a ferroelectric state are extremely sensitive to small perturbations such as magnetic and electric fields, external pressure, or chemical substitutions. A classical multiferroic, the mineral Hubnerite with chemical formula MnWO4, shows three different magnetic phases at low temperature. The intermediate phase between 7.5K < T < 12.7K is multiferroic and ferroelectricity is induced by an inversion symmetry breaking spiral Mn-spin order and strong spin-lattice interactions. Furthermore, the substitution of Ni2+ (spin 1) for Mn2+ (spin 5/2) in MnWO4 and its effects on the magnetic and multiferroic phases are studied. The ferroelectric phase is stabilized for low Ni content (up to 10%). Upon further Ni doping, the polarization in the ferroelectric phase is quickly suppressed while a collinear and commensurate magnetic phase, characteristic of the magnetic structure in NiWO4, appears first at higher temperature, gradually extends to lower temperature, and becomes the ground state above 30% doping. Between 10% and 30%, the multiferroic phase coexists with the collinear commensurate phase. In this concentration region, the spin spiral plane is close to the a-b plane which explains the drop of the ferroelectric polarization. Finally, the phase diagram of Mn1-xNixWO4 is derived by a combination of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, electric polarization, and neutron scattering measurements.

  13. Photo-and pressure-induced transformations in the linear orthorhombic polymer of C{sub 60}

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    Meletov, K. P. Davydov, V. A.; Arvanitidis, J.; Christofilos, D.; Andrikopoulos, K. S.; Kourouklis, G. A.

    2008-10-15

    Stability of the linear orthorhombic polymer of C{sub 60} under pressure and laser irradiation is studied by Raman scattering and X-ray diffraction measurements. The Raman spectrum at ambient pressure remains unchanged, in the time scale of the experiment, up to an intensity of 3200 W/cm{sup 2} of the 514.5 nm line of an Ar{sup +} laser, but irreversible changes are observed at higher intensities. The Raman spectra recorded at increased pressure show similar irreversible changes even at the laser intensity as low as 470 W/cm{sup 2}. The X-ray diffraction and Raman measurements of the pressure-treated samples, performed after pressure release, show that the nonirradiated material does not exhibit any changes in the crystal structure and phonon spectra. This behavior indicates a pressure-enhanced photo-induced transformation to a new polymeric phase characterized by a Raman spectrum that differs from those of the other known polymeric phases of C{sub 60}. The Raman spectra of the phototransformed linear orthorhombic polymer of C{sub 60} were measured at a pressure of up to 29 GPa. The pressure dependence of the Raman mode frequencies show singularities near 4 GPa and 15 GPa, respectively, related to a reversible phase transition and an irreversible transformation to a metastable disordered phase. The diffuse Raman spectrum of the disordered phase does not exhibit substantial changes with an increase in pressure up to 29 GPa. The high-pressure phase transforms to a mixture of pristine and dimerized C{sub 60}, after pressure release and exposure to ambient conditions for 30 h.

  14. Formation of (111) orientation-controlled ferroelectric orthorhombic HfO2 thin films from solid phase via annealing

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

    2016-08-01

    0.07YO1.5-0.93HfO2 (YHO7) films were prepared on various substrates by pulse laser deposition at room temperature and subsequent heat treatment to enable a solid phase reaction. (111)-oriented 10 wt. % Sn-doped In2O3(ITO)//(111) yttria-stabilized zirconia, (111)Pt/TiOx/SiO2/(001)Si substrates, and (111)ITO/(111)Pt/TiOx/SiO2/(001)Si substrates were employed for film growth. In this study, X-ray diffraction measurements including θ-2θ measurements, reciprocal space mappings, and pole figure measurements were used to study the films. The film on (111)ITO//(111)yttria-stabilized zirconia was an (111)-orientated epitaxial film with ferroelectric orthorhombic phase; the film on (111)ITO/(111)Pt/TiOx/SiO2/(001)Si was an (111)-oriented uniaxial textured film with ferroelectric orthorhombic phase; and no preferred orientation was observed for the film on the (111)Pt/TiOx/SiO2/(001)Si substrate, which does not contain ITO. Polarization-hysteresis measurements confirmed that the films on ITO covered substrates had saturated ferroelectric hysteresis loops. A remanent polarization (Pr) of 9.6 and 10.8 μC/cm2 and coercive fields (Ec) of 1.9 and 2.0 MV/cm were obtained for the (111)-oriented epitaxial and uniaxial textured YHO7 films, respectively. These results demonstrate that the (111)-oriented ITO bottom electrodes play a key role in controlling the orientation and ferroelectricity of the phase formation of the solid films deposited at room temperature.

  15. A new phase in the system lithium-aluminum: Characterization of orthorhombic Li{sub 2}Al

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    Puhakainen, Kati; Bostroem, Magnus; Groy, Thomas L.; Haeussermann, Ulrich

    2010-11-15

    Investigation of the Li rich part of the binary Li-Al system revealed the existence of a new phase, orthorhombic Li{sub 2}Al, which is isostructural to Li{sub 2}Ga and Li{sub 2}In. The crystal structure was determined from single crystal X-ray diffraction data (Cmcm, a=4.658(2) A, b=9.767(4) A, c=4.490(2) A, Z=4). Refinement of atomic position site occupancies yielded a composition Li{sub 1.92}Al{sub 1.08} (64 at% Li) indicating a small homogeneity range, Li{sub 2-x}Al{sub 1+x}. Li{sub 2}Al is the peritectic decomposition product of the stoichiometric compound Li{sub 9}Al{sub 4}, which is stable below 270{+-}2 {sup o}C. Li{sub 2}Al itself decomposes peritectically to Li{sub 3}Al{sub 2} and Li rich melt at 335{+-}2 {sup o}C. The discovery of Li{sub 2}Al (Li{sub 2-x}Al{sub 1+x}) settles a long standing inconsistency in the Li-Al phase diagram which was based on the assumption that Li{sub 9}Al{sub 4} possesses a high temperature modification. - Graphical abstract: A new phase, Li{sub 2}Al, has been discovered in the binary Li-Al system. The structure of orthorhombic Li{sub 2}Al is closely related to that of the established monoclinic phase Li{sub 9}Al{sub 4}.

  16. Structure, bonding and physical properties of tetragonal and orthorhombic SiS{sub 2} from (hybrid) DFT calculations

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    Zwijnenburg, Martijn A. Bell, Robert G.; Cora, Furio

    2008-09-15

    The energetics, structure and physical properties of tetragonal and orthorhombic SiS{sub 2} were calculated by periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations, using both localized orbital and projected augmented wave basis-sets. All methods applied agree upon the relative energies of the different polymorphs but show differences in the predicted geometries, which are minimized upon improving the basis-set quality. The hybrid PBE0 functional was found to give the best match between experimental and calculated structures. When comparing SiS{sub 2} with its much better studied oxide analog silica, we observe that upon substituting sulphur for oxygen, the energy landscape changes dramatically. Other effects of changing S for O are found to be smaller Si-X-Si angles, a broader distribution of X-Si-X angles, a more flexible framework and a significantly reduced band gap. The latter is in line with the experimental observation of photoluminescence in related GaGeS{sub 2} compounds and suggests that SiS{sub 2} might find application in UV light emitting diodes. Finally, a comparison of the maximally localized Wannier functions demonstrates that the Si-S bonds in SiS{sub 2} have a considerably more covalent character than the Si-O bonds in silica. - Graphical abstract: Periodic DFT calculations were employed to study the (physical) properties of tetragonal and orthorhombic SiS{sub 2}. The results obtained were compared with those for SiS{sub 2} better studied oxide analog silica and demonstrate large changes in the materials' energy landscape, nature of bonding, flexibility and band gap, upon substitution of sulphur for oxygen.

  17. Magnetic excitations and anomalous spin-wave broadening in multiferroic FeV2O4

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    Zhang, Qiang; Ramazanoglu, Mehmet; Chi, Songxue; Liu, Yong; Lograsso, Thomas A.; Vaknin, David

    2014-06-01

    We report on the different roles of two orbital-active Fe2+ at the A site and V3+ at the B site in the magnetic excitations and on the anomalous spin-wave broadening in FeV2O4. FeV2O4 exhibits three structural transitions and successive paramagnetic (PM)–collinear ferrimagnetic (CFI)–noncollinear ferrimagnetic (NCFI)/ferroelectric transitions. The high-temperature tetragonal/PM–orthorhombic/CFI transition is accompanied by the appearance of a large energy gap in the magnetic excitations due to strong spin-orbit-coupling-induced anisotropy at the Fe2+ site. While there is no measurable increase in the energy gap from the orbital ordering of V3+ at the orthorhombic/CFI–tetragonal/NCFI transition, anomalous spin-wave broadening is observed in the orthorhombic/CFI state due to V3+ spin fluctuations at the B site. The spin-wave broadening is also observed at the zone boundary without softening in the NCFI/ferroelectric phase, which is discussed in terms of magnon-phonon coupling. Our study also indicates that the Fe2+ spins without the frustration at the A site may not play an important role in inducing ferroelectricity in the tetragonal/NCFI phase of FeV2O4.

  18. Layered-structural monoclinic–orthorhombic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} to orthorhombic LaTiO{sub 3} phase transition and their microstructure characterization

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    Herrera, G.; Jiménez-Mier, J.; Chavira, E.

    2014-03-01

    The layered-structural ceramics, such as lanthanum titanate (La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}), have been known for their good temperature and low dielectric loss at microwave frequencies that make them good candidate materials for high frequency applications. However, few studies have been conducted on the synthesis optimization by sol gel reaction, in particular by acrylamide polymerization route. The interest in La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} ceramic has been greatly increased recently due to the effect of oriented grains. This anisotropy of the microstructure leads to anisotropy in dielectric, electrical and mechanical properties. In this study, grain oriented lanthanum titanate was produced by the sol–gel acrylamide polymerization route. The characterizations of the samples were achieved by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). X-ray diffraction indicates that the formation of monoclinic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanocrystals is a necessary first step to obtain orthorhombic LaTiO{sub 3} nanocomposites (with space group Pbnm). In this work we identified that the monoclinic perovskite La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} with space group P2{sub 1} transforms its structure into one with the orthorhombic space group Cmc2{sub 1} at approximately 1073 K. The microstructure associated consisted of flaky monoclinic La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} nanocomposites in comparison with round-shaped LaTiO{sub 3} nanocomposites. - Highlights: • The flaky-like La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} compound was synthesized by sol–gel acrylamide route. • Simultaneous monitoring of the DTA and XRD with temperature was performed. • Phase transformation characterization of La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} has been carried out. • The variation of the La{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} and LaTiO{sub 3} grain morphology has been compared.

  19. Uniaxial contribution to the magnetic anisotropy of La 0.67Sr 0.33MnO 3 thin films induced by orthorhombic crystal structure

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    Boschker, Hans; Mathews, Mercy; Brinks, Peter; Houwman, Evert; Vailionis, Arturas; Koster, Gertjan; Blank, Dave H. A.; Rijnders, Guus

    2011-11-01

    La 0.67Sr 33MnO 3 (LSMO) thin films under compressive strain have an orthorhombic symmetry with (1 1¯ 0)o and (0 0 1)o in-plane orientations. (The subscript o denotes the orthorhombic symmetry.) Here, we grew LSMO on cubic (LaAlO 3) 0.3—(Sr 2AlTaO 6) 0.7 (LSAT) substrates and observed a uniaxial contribution to the magnetic anisotropy which is related to the orthorhombic crystal structure. Since the lattice mismatch is equal in the two directions, the general understanding of anisotropy in LSMO, which relates the uniaxial anisotropy to differences in strain, cannot explain the results. These findings suggest that the oxygen octahedra rotations associated with the orthorhombic structure result in a change in magnetic coupling between the [1 1¯ 0]o and [0 0 1] o directions, which determines the anisotropy. We expect these findings to lead to a better understanding of the microscopic origin of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy in LSMO.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Ferroic and Multiferroic Nanostructures by Liquid Phase Deposition

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    Yourdkhani, Amin

    Magnetoelectric multiferroics have garnered an increasing interest in the past decade due to their unique properties and relevant applications in data storage, sensing and spintronics. A key requirement for the enhancement of the magnetoelectric effect at room temperature is the optimization of the interface between the constituting phases by designing nanocomposites with selectable topologies and variable chemical composition. In this research, the rational design of two-phase spinel-perovskite ceramic nanocomposites with two different geometries: coaxial nanostructures (1-D) and bilayered nanostructures (2-D), by a soft solution chemistry approach will be described. The liquid phase deposition (LPD) method is a simple and versatile route for the deposition of highly uniform spinel ferrite (MFe2O4) and/or titanium-based perovskite (BaTiO3, PbTiO3) by the controlled hydrolysis of metal fluoro-complexes at temperatures as low as 40°C. By designing a sequential deposition process, 1-D and 2-D magnetoelectric nanostructures were fabricated by filling perovskite nanotubes with the ferrite phase or depositing a ferrite layer on top of a perovskite thin film, respectively. The compositional and morphological characteristics of these highly uniform metal oxide nanostructures were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and electron microscopy (FE-SEM and TEM). The direct evidence of the stress mediated magnetoelectric coupling between the spinel and perovskite of the bilayered nanostructures was qualitatively studied by Raman spectroscopy. Additionally, the direct magnetoelectric effect in these 1-D and bilayered multiferroic nanocomposites was evaluated both quantitatively and qualitatively by using a novel magnetic field-assisted piezoelectric force microscopy (M-PFM) technique. The quantitative estimation of the magnetoelectric coupling coefficients was performed by tracking the changes in the phase and -amplitude

  1. Microstructural, dielectric and magnetic properties of multiferroic composite system barium strontium titanate – nickel cobalt ferrite

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    Pahuja, Poonam Tandon, R. P.

    2015-05-15

    Multiferroic composites (1-x) Ba{sub 0.95}Sr{sub 0.05}TiO{sub 3} + (x) Ni{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (where x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) has been prepared by solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction analysis of the composite samples confirmed the presence of both barium strontium titanate (BST) and nickel cobalt ferrite (NCF) phases. FESEM images indicated the well dispersion of NCF grains among BST grains. Dielectric constant and loss of the composite samples decreases with increase in frequency following Maxwell-Wagner relaxation mechanism. Composite sample with highest ferrite content possesses highest values of remanent and saturation magnetization.

  2. Electric-field control of spin waves in multiferroic BiFeO3: Theory

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    de Sousa, Rogério; Rovillain, P.; Gallais, Y.; Sacuto, A.; Méasson, M. A.; Colson, D.; Forget, A.; Bibes, M.; Barthélémy, A.; Cazayous, M.

    2011-03-01

    Our recent experiment demonstrated gigantic (30%) electric-field tuning of magnon frequencies in multiferroic BiFeO3. We demonstrate that the origin of this effect is related to two linear magnetoelectric interactions that couple the component of electric field perpendicular to the ferroelectric vector to a quadratic form of the Néel vector. We calculate the magnon spectra due to each of these interactions and show that only one of them is consistent with experimental data. At high electric fields, this interaction induces a phase transition to a homogeneous state, and the multi-magnon spectra will fuse into two magnon frequencies. We discuss the possible microscopic mechanisms responsible for this novel interaction and the prospect for applications in magnonics. We acknowledge support from NSERC-Discovery (Canada) and the Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (France).

  3. Voltage-impulse-induced nonvolatile tunable magnetoelectric inductor based on multiferroic bilayer structure

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    Su, Hua; Tang, Xiaoli; Zhang, Huaiwu; Sun, Nian X.

    2016-07-01

    In this study, we developed a voltage-impulse-induced nonvolatile tunable magnetoelectric inductor, which used an amorphous magnetic ribbon/lead zirconate titanate (PZT) multiferroic bilayer structure as a magnetic core. The PZT substrate, which contained defect dipoles through acceptor doping, was used in the bilayer structure to obtain an asymmetric strain–E “butterfly” curve. Different and stable voltage-impulse-induced in-plane residual stain states could be obtained by applying specific voltage impulse excitation modes. These residual strain states induced a nonvolatile inductance variation in the inductor through strain-mediated magnetoelectric coupling. This method provided a promising approach to realize nonvolatile tunable inductors for miniaturized circuits and systems.

  4. Magnetic biasing of a ferroelectric hysteresis loop in a multiferroic orthoferrite.

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    Tokunaga, Y; Taguchi, Y; Arima, T; Tokura, Y

    2014-01-24

    In a multiferroic orthoferrite Dy0.7Tb0.3FeO3, which shows electric-field-(E-)driven magnetization (M) reversal due to a tight clamping between polarization (P) and M, a gigantic effect of magnetic-field (H) biasing on P-E hysteresis loops is observed in the case of rapid E sweeping. The magnitude of the bias E field can be controlled by varying the magnitude of H, and its sign can be reversed by changing the sign of H or the relative clamping direction between P and M. The origin of this unconventional biasing effect is ascribed to the difference in the Zeeman energy between the +P and -P states coupled with the M states with opposite sign. PMID:24484164

  5. Spin-wave electrodynamics of the interface between a magnetoelectric multiferroic and a nonmagnetic insulator

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    Kulagin, D. V.; Levchenko, G. G.; Savchenko, A. S.; Tarasenko, A. S.; Tarasenko, S. V.; Shavrov, V. G.

    2012-03-01

    The features of refraction (including the Goos-Hánchen effect) of a TM or TE bulk electromagnetic wave incident from outside on the surface of a chiral magnetoelectric with the homogeneous antisymmetric magnetoelectric interaction has been analytically studied on an example of the two-sublattice model of a multiferroic. In particular, it has been shown that the requirement that the diagonal components of the permeability and permittivity tensors are simultaneously negative is not necessary for the implementation of the properties of a left-handed medium. The results have been generalized to the case of an easy-axis antiferromagnet with an antisymmetry center with the 4{/z ±}2{/x +} I - structure in the static external magnetic field perpendicular to the easy axis of magnetization. Some results of this work were preliminarily reported in D.V. Kulagin, G.G. Levchenko, A.S. Savchenko, A.S. Tarasenko, and S.V. Tarasenko, JETP Lett. 92, 511 (2010).

  6. Enhanced dielectric, impedance and magnetic characteristics of Co doped multiferroic Bi2Fe4O9

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    Mohapatra, S. R.; Sahu, B.; Kaushik, S. D.; Singh, A. K.

    2016-05-01

    Multiferroic Bi2Fe4(1-x)Co4xO9 (x = 0, 0.05) were prepared by conventional solid state reaction route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) result indicated the decrease in lattice parameters due to 5% Co doping. Grain growth in the doped composition was confirmed from surface morphology characterization. Frequency dependent real part of dielectric constant (ɛ') at room temperature showed an enhancement of ~70% in doped sample at 1 kHz. A decrease in peak height with doping was noticed from the modulus study. Lastly, room temperature M-H measurement upto 9 T showed induced ferromagnetism in Bi2Fe4O9 due to 5% Co doping. The values of remnant magnetization (Mr) and coercive field (Hc) in Bi2Fe3.8Co0.2O9 was found to be 0.007 µB/f.u. and 0.295 kOe respectively.

  7. Origin of the giant linear magnetoelectric effect in perovskitelike multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Popkov, A. F.; Davydova, M. D.; Zvezdin, K. A.; Solov'yov, S. V.; Zvezdin, A. K.

    2016-03-01

    In this article the mechanism of the linear magnetoelectric (ME) effect in the rhombohedral multiferroic BiFeO3 is considered. The study is based on the symmetry approach of the Ginzburg-Landau type, in which polarization, antiferrodistortion, and antiferromagnetic momentum vectors are viewed as ordering parameters. We demonstrate that the linear ME effect in BFO is caused by reorientation of the antiferrodistortion vector in either electric or magnetic field. The numerical estimations, which show quantitative agreement with the results of the recent measurements in film samples, have been performed. A possibility of significant enhancement of the magnetoelectric effect by applying an external static electric field has been investigated. The considered approach is promising for explaining the high values of the ME effect in composite films and heterostructures with BFO.

  8. Colossal electroresistance and colossal magnetoresistance in spinel multiferroic CdCr2S4

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    Sun, C. P.; Huang, C. L.; Lin, C. C.; Her, J. L.; Ho, C. J.; Lin, J.-Y.; Berger, H.; Yang, H. D.

    2010-03-01

    Colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) and colossal electroresistance (CER) induced by the electric field in spinel multiferroic CdCr2S4 are reported. It is found that a metal-insulator transition in CdCr2S4 is triggered by the electrical field. In magnetic fields, the resistivity ρ of CdCr2S4 responds similarly to that of CMR manganites. Combing previous reports, these findings make CdCr2S4 the unique compound to possess all four properties of the colossal magnetocapacitive, colossal electrocapacitive, CER, and CMR. The present results open a new venue for searching new materials to show CMR by tuning electric and magnetic fields.

  9. Magnetic ordering and exchange striction stabilized geometric ferroelectricity in multiferroic AgCrS2

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    Yang, Hui; Huang, Zhongbing; Jia, Ting; Zhang, Xiaoli; Zeng, Zhi

    2016-06-01

    The magnetic and ferroelectric properties of multiferroic AgCrS2 are investigated by the full potential linearized augmented plane wave method. For the low temperature crystal structure, the ground state is found to be in the collinear double ferromagnetic striped state with a \\uparrow \\uparrow \\downarrow \\downarrow spin structure, which is in good agreement with the neutron scattering result. The interlayer magnetic interactions are comparable to the intralayer ones, indicating that AgCrS2 is actually a three-dimensional frustrated antiferromagnet. Moreover, an analysis of Born effective charges and electric polarization reveals that the partial ferroelectricity in AgCrS2 belongs rather to the ‘geometric ferroelectric’ class, in which exchange striction and/or lattice distortion play an important role in stabilizing the polar structure.

  10. Electric field control of spin transfer torque in multiferroic tunnel junctions

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    Useinov, Artur; Kalitsov, Alan; Velev, Julian; Kioussis, Nicholas

    2014-03-01

    Based on model calculations we predict that the spin transfer torque (STT) in magnetic tunnel junctions with ferroelectric barriers can be strongly influenced by the saturated polarization of the barrier. The STT in such multiferroic tunnel junctions is calculated within the non-equilibrium Keldysh formalism generalized for non-collinear transport and implemented in the framework of a single-band tight-binding (TB) model. We calculate the bias dependence of both the in-plane (T∥) and out-of-plane (T⊥) components of STT as a function of the ferroelectric polarization (P) in the barrier. We find that the components of STT strongly depend on both the magnitude and the direction of the polarization. In particular switching of the polarization direction can dramatically alter the value of the STT and can even lead to a change of sign of T∥ and the voltage-induced part of T⊥. The effect is proportional to the magnitude of the polarization.

  11. Ferroelectric control of spin-transfer torque in multiferroic tunnel junctions

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    Useinov, Artur; Kalitsov, Alan; Velev, Julian; Kioussis, Nicholas

    2015-03-01

    Based on model calculations we predict electric-field control of the spin-transfer torque (STT) in magnetic tunnel junctions with ferroelectric barriers. We demonstrate that the bias dependence of the in-plane T∥ and out-of-plane T⊥ components of the STT can be dramatically modified by the ferroelectric polarization. In particular, the magnitude of the STT can be enhanced or suppressed by switching the polarization direction and in some cases the sign of STT can be toggled. The underlying mechanism is the combination of polarization-induced symmetry breaking and the interplay of the bias-induced and polarization-induced spin-dependent screening giving rise to a rich behavior of the electrostatic potential energy profile. These properties could lead to enhanced switching efficiency in STT-based devices and open a new avenue for applications of multiferroic devices.

  12. The DARPA HUMS program: revolutionizing magnetic field sensors using multiferroic materials and atomic gas vapor cells

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    Coblenz, William S.; Wartenberg, Scott A.

    2012-06-01

    The Heterostructural Uncooled Magnetic Sensors (HUMS) program sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA/DSO) is focused on developing magnetic field sensors that operate at room temperature with an ultra-sensitivity to enable applications such as through-wall imaging, perimeter fences, tagging/tracking, and other man-portable operations. Four teams of researchers are participating in the program, with Virginia Tech and University of Maryland leading multiferroic heterostructural materials development and Princeton University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) leading atomic vapor cell development. Leveraging the strengths of these two technologies, each team has made advancements towards the program goal of ground-breaking sensitivity, reduced noise, and portability while operating under room temperature conditions. This paper summarizes the program's achievements so far and highlights the accomplishments made by each team.

  13. Dielectric relaxations and dielectric response in multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Hunpratub, Sitchai; Thongbai, Prasit; Maensiri, Santi; Yamwong, Teerapon; Yimnirun, Rattikorn

    2009-02-09

    Single-phase multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics were fabricated using pure precipitation-prepared BiFeO{sub 3} powder. Dielectric response of BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics was investigated over a wide range of temperature and frequency. Our results reveal that the BiFeO{sub 3} ceramic sintered at 700 deg. C exhibited high dielectric permittivity, and three dielectric relaxations were observed. A Debye-type dielectric relaxation at low temperatures (-50 to 20 deg. C) is attributed to the carrier hopping process between Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}. The other two dielectric relaxations at the temperature ranges 30-130 deg. C and 140-200 deg. C could be due to the grain boundary effect and the defect ordering and/or the conductivity, respectively.

  14. Electric field control of magnon-induced magnetization dynamics in multiferroics.

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    Risinggård, Vetle; Kulagina, Iryna; Linder, Jacob

    2016-01-01

    We consider theoretically the effect of an inhomogeneous magnetoelectric coupling on the magnon-induced dynamics of a ferromagnet. The magnon-mediated magnetoelectric torque affects both the homogeneous magnetization and magnon-driven domain wall motion. In the domains, we predict a reorientation of the magnetization, controllable by the applied electric field, which is almost an order of magnitude larger than that observed in other physical systems via the same mechanism. The applied electric field can also be used to tune the domain wall speed and direction of motion in a linear fashion, producing domain wall velocities several times the zero field velocity. These results show that multiferroic systems offer a promising arena to achieve low-dissipation magnetization rotation and domain wall motion by exciting spin-waves. PMID:27554064

  15. Electric field control of magnon-induced magnetization dynamics in multiferroics

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    Risinggård, Vetle; Kulagina, Iryna; Linder, Jacob

    2016-01-01

    We consider theoretically the effect of an inhomogeneous magnetoelectric coupling on the magnon-induced dynamics of a ferromagnet. The magnon-mediated magnetoelectric torque affects both the homogeneous magnetization and magnon-driven domain wall motion. In the domains, we predict a reorientation of the magnetization, controllable by the applied electric field, which is almost an order of magnitude larger than that observed in other physical systems via the same mechanism. The applied electric field can also be used to tune the domain wall speed and direction of motion in a linear fashion, producing domain wall velocities several times the zero field velocity. These results show that multiferroic systems offer a promising arena to achieve low-dissipation magnetization rotation and domain wall motion by exciting spin-waves. PMID:27554064

  16. Enhanced Ferroelectric Polarization by Induced Dy Spin Order in Multiferroic DyMnO{sub 3}

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    Prokhnenko, O.; Landsgesell, S.; Aliouane, N.; Argyriou, D. N.; Feyerherm, R.; Dudzik, E.

    2007-02-02

    Neutron powder diffraction and single crystal x-ray resonant magnetic scattering measurements suggest that Dy plays an active role in enhancing the ferroelectric polarization in multiferroic DyMnO{sub 3} above T{sub N}{sup Dy}=6.5 K. We observe the evolution of an incommensurate ordering of Dy moments with the same periodicity as the Mn spiral ordering. It closely tracks the evolution of the ferroelectric polarization. Below T{sub N}{sup Dy}, where Dy spins order commensurately, the polarization decreases to values similar for those of TbMnO{sub 3}. The higher P{sub s} found just above T{sub N}{sup Dy} arises from the contribution of Dy spins so as to effectively increase the amplitude of the Mn spin spiral.

  17. Observation of Resonant Quantum Magnetoelectric Effect in a Multiferroic Metal-Organic Framework.

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    Tian, Ying; Shen, Shipeng; Cong, Junzhuang; Yan, Liqin; Wang, Shouguo; Sun, Young

    2016-01-27

    A resonant quantum magnetoelectric coupling effect has been demonstrated in the multiferroic metal-organic framework of [(CH3)2NH2]Fe(HCOO)3. This material shows a coexistence of a spin-canted antiferromagnetic order and ferroelectricity as well as clear magnetoelectric coupling below TN ≈ 19 K. In addition, a component of single-ion quantum magnets develops below ∼ 8 K because of an intrinsic magnetic phase separation. The stair-shaped magnetic hysteresis loop at 2 K signals resonant quantum tunneling of magnetization. Meanwhile, the magnetic field dependence of dielectric permittivity exhibits sharp peaks just at the critical tunneling fields, evidencing the occurrence of resonant quantum magnetoelectric coupling effect. This resonant effect enables a simple electrical detection of quantum tunneling of magnetization. PMID:26743039

  18. Dielectric properties and specific heat of Bi1- x Sm x FeO3 multiferroics

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    Kallaev, S. N.; Sadykov, S. A.; Omarov, Z. M.; Kurbaitaev, A. Ya.; Reznichenko, L. A.; Khasbulatov, S. V.

    2016-04-01

    The specific heat and dielectric permittivity of Bi1- x Sm x FeO3 ( x = 0-0.30) multiferroics have been studied in the temperature range of 300-800 K. A slight substitution of bismuth with samarium is established to cause a considerable shift in the antiferromagnetic phase transition temperature and to an increase in the specific heat over a wide temperature range. Other anomalies typical of phase transitions have been found in the temperature dependences of the specific heat and dielectric permittivity for the compounds with x = 0.10 and 0.15 at T ≈ 735 and 495 K, respectively. The results of the studies of the specific heat have been discussed together with the data of the structural investigations.

  19. Magnetic ordering and exchange striction stabilized geometric ferroelectricity in multiferroic AgCrS2.

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    Yang, Hui; Huang, Zhongbing; Jia, Ting; Zhang, Xiaoli; Zeng, Zhi

    2016-06-15

    The magnetic and ferroelectric properties of multiferroic AgCrS2 are investigated by the full potential linearized augmented plane wave method. For the low temperature crystal structure, the ground state is found to be in the collinear double ferromagnetic striped state with a [Formula: see text] spin structure, which is in good agreement with the neutron scattering result. The interlayer magnetic interactions are comparable to the intralayer ones, indicating that AgCrS2 is actually a three-dimensional frustrated antiferromagnet. Moreover, an analysis of Born effective charges and electric polarization reveals that the partial ferroelectricity in AgCrS2 belongs rather to the 'geometric ferroelectric' class, in which exchange striction and/or lattice distortion play an important role in stabilizing the polar structure. PMID:27158027

  20. Stress-mediated magnetoelectric control of ferromagnetic domain wall position in multiferroic heterostructures

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    Mathurin, Théo; Giordano, Stefano; Dusch, Yannick; Tiercelin, Nicolas; Pernod, Philippe; Preobrazhensky, Vladimir

    2016-02-01

    The motion of a ferromagnetic domain wall in nanodevices is usually induced by means of external magnetic fields or polarized currents. Here, we demonstrate the possibility to reversibly control the position of a Néel domain wall in a ferromagnetic nanostripe through a uniform mechanical stress. The latter is generated by an electro-active substrate combined with the nanostripe in a multiferroic heterostructure. We develop a model describing the magnetization distribution in the ferromagnetic material, properly taking into account the magnetoelectric coupling. Through its numerical implementation, we obtain the relationship between the electric field applied to the piezoelectric substrate and the position of the magnetic domain wall in the nanostripe. As an example, we analyze a structure composed of a PMN-PT substrate and a TbCo2/FeCo composite nanostripe.

  1. Dynamic in situ visualization of voltage-driven magnetic domain evolution in multiferroic heterostructures

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    Gao, Ya; Hu, Jia-Mian; Wu, Liang; Nan, C. W.

    2015-12-01

    Voltage control of magnetism in multiferroic heterostructures provides a promising solution to the excessive heating in spintronic devices. Direct observation of voltage-modulated magnetic domain evolution dynamics is desirable for studying the mechanism of the voltage control of magnetism at mesoscale, but has remained challenging. Here we explored a characterization method for the dynamic in situ evolution of pure voltage modulated magnetic domains in the heterostructures by employing the scanning Kerr microscopy function in the magneto optic Kerr effect system. The local magnetization reorientation of a Ni/PMN-PT heterostructure were characterized under sweeping applied voltage on the PMN-PT single crystal, and the results show that the magnetization rotation angle in the local regions is much greater than that obtained from macroscopic magnetization hysteresis loops.

  2. Dynamic in situ visualization of voltage-driven magnetic domain evolution in multiferroic heterostructures.

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    Gao, Ya; Hu, Jia-Mian; Wu, Liang; Nan, C W

    2015-12-23

    Voltage control of magnetism in multiferroic heterostructures provides a promising solution to the excessive heating in spintronic devices. Direct observation of voltage-modulated magnetic domain evolution dynamics is desirable for studying the mechanism of the voltage control of magnetism at mesoscale, but has remained challenging. Here we explored a characterization method for the dynamic in situ evolution of pure voltage modulated magnetic domains in the heterostructures by employing the scanning Kerr microscopy function in the magneto optic Kerr effect system. The local magnetization reorientation of a Ni/PMN-PT heterostructure were characterized under sweeping applied voltage on the PMN-PT single crystal, and the results show that the magnetization rotation angle in the local regions is much greater than that obtained from macroscopic magnetization hysteresis loops. PMID:26613293

  3. Magneto-electric effect for multiferroic thin film by Monte Carlo simulation

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    Wang, Zidong; Grimson, Malcolm J.

    2015-06-01

    Magneto-electric (ME) effect in a multiferroic heterostructure film, i.e., a coupled ferromagnetic-ferroelectric thin film, has been investigated through the use of the Metropolis algorithm in Monte Carlo simulations. A classical Heisenberg model describes the energy stored in the ferromagnetic (FM) film, and we use a pseudo-spin model with a transverse Ising Hamiltonian to characterise the energy of electric dipoles in the ferroelectric (FE) film. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the dynamic response of polarisation is driven by an external magnetic field, when there is a linear magneto-electric coupling at the interface between the ferromagnetic and ferroelectric components. Contribution to the topical issue "Advanced Electromagnetics Symposium (AES 2014) - Elected submissions", edited by Adel Razek

  4. Electric-field-driven magnetization reversal in square-shaped nanomagnet-based multiferroic heterostructure

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    Peng, Ren-Ci; Nan, Ce-Wen E-mail: cwnan@tsinghua.edu.cn; Wang, J. J. E-mail: cwnan@tsinghua.edu.cn; Chen, Long-Qing; Hu, Jia-Mian

    2015-04-06

    Based on phase field modeling and thermodynamic analysis, purely electric-field-driven magnetization reversal was shown to be possible in a multiferroic heterostructure of a square-shaped amorphous Co{sub 40}Fe{sub 40}B{sub 20} nanomagnet on top of a ferroelectric layer through electrostrain. The reversal is made possible by engineering the mutual interactions among the built-in uniaxial magnetic anisotropy, the geometry-dependent magnetic configuration anisotropy, and the magnetoelastic anisotropy. Particularly, the incorporation of the built-in uniaxial anisotropy made it possible to reverse magnetization with one single unipolar electrostrain pulse, which is simpler than previous designs involving the use of bipolar electrostrains and may alleviate ferroelectric fatigue. Critical conditions for triggering the magnetization reversal are identified.

  5. Controlled self-assembly of multiferroic core-shell nanoparticles exhibiting strong magneto-electric effects

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    Sreenivasulu, Gollapudi; Hamilton, Sean L.; Lehto, Piper R.; Srinivasan, Gopalan; Popov, Maksym; Chavez, Ferman A.

    2014-02-03

    Ferromagnetic-ferroelectric composites show strain mediated coupling between the magnetic and electric sub-systems due to magnetostriction and piezoelectric effects associated with the ferroic phases. We have synthesized core-shell multiferroic nano-composites by functionalizing 10–100 nm barium titanate and nickel ferrite nanoparticles with complementary coupling groups and allowing them to self-assemble in the presence of a catalyst. The core-shell structure was confirmed by electron microscopy and magnetic force microscopy. Evidence for strong strain mediated magneto-electric coupling was obtained by static magnetic field induced variations in the permittivity over 16–18 GHz and polarization and by electric field induced by low-frequency ac magnetic fields.

  6. Dispersion Studies of La Substitution on Dielectric Properties of Multiferroic BiFeO3 Ceramics

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    Sen, K.; Singh, K.; Gautam, Ashish; Singh, M.

    2011-12-01

    Lanthanum (La)-substituted multiferroic Bi1-xLaxFeO3 ceramics with x = 0.0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20 and 0.25 have been prepared by solution combustion method. The effect of La substitution for the dispersion studies on dielectric properties of Bi1-xLaxFeO3 samples have been studied by performing x-ray diffraction (XRD) and dielectric measurements. The results of prepared samples are compared with those of bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3). In the measuring frequency of 10 KHz-1 MHz, the dielectric constants and dielectric losses for samples x = 0.20, 0.25 are almost stable and exhibited lowest dielectric loss close to 0.1. The results also shows that stabilization of crystal structure and nonuniformity in spincycloid structure by La substitution enhances the dielectric properties.

  7. Resonant Soft X-ray Scattering Studies of Multiferroic YMn2O5

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    Partzsch, S.; Wilkins, S.B.; Schierle, E.; Soltwisch, V.; Hill, J.P.; Weschke, E.; Souptel, D.; Buchner, B.; Geck, J.

    2011-06-17

    We performed soft x-ray resonant scattering at the MnL{sub 2,3}- and OK edges of YMn{sub 2}O{sub 5}. While the resonant intensity at the MnL{sub 2,3} edges represent the magnetic order parameter, the resonant scattering at the OK edge is found to be directly related to the macroscopic ferroelectric polarization. The latter observation reveals the important role of the spin-dependent Mn-O hybridization for the multiferroicity of YMn{sub 2}O{sub 5}. We present details about how to obtain correct energy dependent lineshapes and discuss the origin of the resonant intensity at the OK edge.

  8. Electric field control of magnetic properties and magneto-transport in composite multiferroics.

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    Udalov, O G; Chtchelkatchev, N M; Beloborodov, I S

    2015-05-13

    We study magnetic state and electron transport properties of composite multiferroic system consisting of a granular ferromagnetic thin film placed above the ferroelectric substrate. Ferroelectricity and magnetism in this case are coupled by the long-range Coulomb interaction. We show that magnetic state and magneto-transport strongly depend on temperature, external electric field and electric polarization of the substrate. Ferromagnetic order exists at finite temperature range around ferroelectric Curie point. Outside the region the film is in the superparamagnetic state. We demonstrate that magnetic phase transition can be driven by an electric field and magneto-resistance effect has two maxima associated with two magnetic phase transitions appearing in the vicinity of the ferroelectric phase transition. We show that positions of these maxima can be shifted by the external electric field and that the magnitude of the magneto-resistance effect depends on the mutual orientation of external electric field and polarization of the substrate. PMID:25894743

  9. Multiferroic BiFeO3/BiCrO3 superlattices

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    Huijben, Mark; Kantner, Colleen; Zhan, Qian; Orenstein, Joseph; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy

    2007-03-01

    There is currently an increasing interest into multiferroic materials. Although a large number of potential applications can be envisaged, there are currently no known single-phase materials that show large, robust magnetization and polarization at room temperature. Theoretical calculations of artificially constructed (111) layered double perovskite Bi2FeCrO6 predict them to be ferrimagnetic (with a magnetic moment of 2 μB per formula unit) and ferroelectric (with a polarization of ˜80 μC/cm^2). A high degree of control over the layer composition is required to accomplish this. In this work we fabricated such epitaxial BiFeO3/BiCrO3 superlattices by laser-MBE during which the growth was controlled on the atomic scale by reflection high energy electron diffraction. We will report results of structural, chemical, electrical and magnetic measurements of such superlattices.

  10. Dispersion characteristics of spin-electromagnetic waves in planar multiferroic structures

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    Nikitin, Andrey A.; Ustinov, Alexey B.; Vitko, Vitaliy V.; Semenov, Alexander A.; Mironenko, Igor G.; Belyavskiy, Pavel Yu.; Kalinikos, Boris A.; Stashkevich, Andrey A.; Lähderanta, E.

    2015-11-14

    A method of approximate boundary conditions is used to derive dispersion relations for spin-electromagnetic waves (SEWs) propagating in thin ferrite films and in multiferroic layered structures. A high accuracy of this method is proven. It was shown that the spin-electromagnetic wave propagating in the structure composed of a thin ferrite film, a thin ferroelectric film, and a slot transmission line is formed as a result of hybridization of the surface spin wave in the ferrite film and the electromagnetic wave in the slot-line. The structure demonstrates dual electric and magnetic field tunability of the SEW spectrum. The electric field tunability is provided by the thin ferroelectric film. Its efficiency increases with an increase in the thicknesses of the ferrite and ferroelectric films and with a decrease in the slot-line gap width. The theory is confirmed by experimental data.

  11. Quasi-one-dimensional antiferromagnetism and multiferroicity in CuCrO4

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    Law, J. M.; Reuvekamp, P.; Glaum, R.; Lee, C.; Kang, J.; Whangbo, M.-H.; Kremer, R. K.

    2011-07-01

    The bulk magnetic properties of the new quasi-one-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet, CuCrO4, were characterized by magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, optical spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance and dielectric capacitance measurements, and density functional evaluations of the intrachain and interchain spin-exchange interactions. We found type-II multiferroicity below the Néel temperature of 8.2(5) K, arising from competing antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbor (Jnn) and next-nearest-neighbor (Jnnn) intrachain spin-exchange interactions. Experimental and theoretical results indicate that the ratio Jnn/Jnnn is close to 2, putting CuCrO4 in the vicinity of the Majumdar-Ghosh point.

  12. Quasi-one-dimensional antiferromagnetism and multiferroicity in CuCrO4

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    Kremer, Reinhard K.; Law, J. M.; Reuvekamp, P.; Glaum, R.; Lee, C.; Kang, J.; Whangbo, M.-H.

    2012-02-01

    The bulk magnetic properties of the new quasi-one-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnet, CuCrO4, were characterized by magnetic susceptibility, heat capacity, optical spectroscopy, EPR and dielectric capacitance measurements and density functional evaluations of the intra- and interchain spin exchange interactions. We found type-II multiferroicity below the N'eel temperature of 8.2(5) K, arising from competing antiferromagnetic nearest-neighbor (Jnn) and next-nearest-neighbor (Jnnn) intra-chain spin exchange interactions. Experimental and theoretical results indicate that the ratio Jnn/Jnnn is close to 2, putting CuCrO4 in the vicinity of the Majumdar-Ghosh point. First low-temperature neutron powder diffraction data are consistent with a canted magnetic structure below ˜8 K.

  13. Structural and pyroelectric properties of sol-gel derived multiferroic BFO thin films

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    Jo, Seo-Hyeon; Lee, Sung-Gap; Lee, Seung-Hwan

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We fabricated multiferroic BFO/PZT multilayer films by spin-coating method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The trap centers of carriers were formed at the interfaces between BFO and PZT films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ferroelectric properties were superior to those of single composition BFO film. -- Abstract: Multiferroic BFO/PZT multilayer films were fabricated by spin-coating method on the (1 1 1)Pt/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate alternately using PZT(30/70), PZT(70/30) and BFO alkoxide solutions. The structural and ferroelectric properties were investigated for uncooled infrared detector applications. The coating and heating procedure was repeated six times to form BFO/PZT multilayer films. All films showed the typical XRD patterns of the perovskite polycrystalline structure without presence of the second phase such as Bi{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}O{sub 3}. The thickness of BFO/PZT multilayer film was about 200-220 nm. The ferroelectric properties such as dielectric constant, remnant polarization and pyroelectric coefficient were superior to those of single composition BFO film, and those values for BFO/PZT(70/30) multilayer film were 288, 15.7 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and 9.1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -9} C/cm{sup 2} K at room temperature, respectively. Leakage current density of the BFO/PZT(30/70) multilayer film was 3.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -9} A/cm{sup 2} at 150 kV/cm. The figures of merit, F{sub V} for the voltage responsivity and F{sub D} for the specific detectivity, of the BFO/PZT(70/30) multilayer film were 6.17 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -11} Ccm/J and 6.45 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -9} Ccm/J, respectively.

  14. Magnetoelectic multiferroic superlattices and interfaces: Designing spintronic materials from first principles

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    Zanolli, Zeila

    2015-03-01

    The research challenges of the near and far future in electronics focus on the quest for new materials and novel device concepts to achieve low energy consumption, increased reliability and high device density. These can be obtained by designing active elements and interconnects whose operating principle is not (only) based on the electron charge but on the spin degree of freedom of the electron. The nanoscopic size of the materials calls for atomistic and parameter free (ab initio) simulations, which have proven to be crucial in achieving the necessary accuracy and predictive power. Materials which present a coupling between ferroelectricity and magnetism, i.e. magnetoelectric (ME) multiferroics, have been proposed as fundamental building blocks for spintronic devices. However ferroelectricity and magnetism are often exclusive or weakly coupled in bulk. In this talk, we will discuss how superlattices of perovskites can be designed from first principles to achieve strongly coupled ME and, hence, achieve control the weak magnetization via an electric field. Most important, advanced epitaxial techniques allow one to actually grow such magnetoelectric superlattices. Another route to optimize spintronic devices is to exploit the unique electronic and transport properties of Carbon-based nanomaterials. The latter present spin diffusion lengths up to 100 μm and high electron velocity. However, a large spin diffusion length comes at the price of small Spin Orbit coupling, which limits the possibility of manipulating electrons via an external applied field. Further, to achieve graphene-based devices one also needs to open its vanishing electronic gap. We use first principle techniques to show that placing graphene on a ME substrate can overcome these limitations by inducing magnetism and opening an electronic band-gap in the hybrid organic-multiferroic material. Z.Z. acknowledges EC support under the Marie-Curie IEF (PIEF-Ga-2011-300036), computational resources from the

  15. Multiferroicity and skyrmions carrying electric polarization in GaV4S8.

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    Ruff, Eugen; Widmann, Sebastian; Lunkenheimer, Peter; Tsurkan, Vladimir; Bordács, Sandor; Kézsmárki, Istvan; Loidl, Alois

    2015-11-01

    Skyrmions are whirl-like topological spin objects with high potential for future magnetic data storage. A fundamental question that is relevant to both basic research and application is whether ferroelectric (FE) polarization can be associated with skyrmions' magnetic texture and whether these objects can be manipulated by electric fields. We study the interplay between magnetism and electric polarization in the lacunar spinel GaV4S8, which undergoes a structural transition associated with orbital ordering at 44 K and reveals a complex magnetic phase diagram below 13 K, including ferromagnetic, cycloidal, and Néel-type skyrmion lattice (SkL) phases. We found that the orbitally ordered phase of GaV4S8 is FE with a sizable polarization of ~1 μC/cm(2). Moreover, we observed spin-driven excess polarizations in all magnetic phases; hence, GaV4S8 hosts three different multiferroic phases with coexisting polar and magnetic order. These include the SkL phase, where we predict a strong spatial modulation of FE polarization close to the skyrmion cores. By taking into account the crystal symmetry and spin patterns of the magnetically ordered phases, we identify exchange striction as the main microscopic mechanism behind the spin-driven FE polarization in each multiferroic phase. Because GaV4S8 is unique among known SkL host materials owing to its polar crystal structure and the observed strong magnetoelectric effect, this study is an important step toward the nondissipative electric field control of skyrmions. PMID:26702441

  16. Multiferroicity and skyrmions carrying electric polarization in GaV4S8

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    Ruff, Eugen; Widmann, Sebastian; Lunkenheimer, Peter; Tsurkan, Vladimir; Bordács, Sandor; Kézsmárki, Istvan; Loidl, Alois

    2015-01-01

    Skyrmions are whirl-like topological spin objects with high potential for future magnetic data storage. A fundamental question that is relevant to both basic research and application is whether ferroelectric (FE) polarization can be associated with skyrmions’ magnetic texture and whether these objects can be manipulated by electric fields. We study the interplay between magnetism and electric polarization in the lacunar spinel GaV4S8, which undergoes a structural transition associated with orbital ordering at 44 K and reveals a complex magnetic phase diagram below 13 K, including ferromagnetic, cycloidal, and Néel-type skyrmion lattice (SkL) phases. We found that the orbitally ordered phase of GaV4S8 is FE with a sizable polarization of ~1 μC/cm2. Moreover, we observed spin-driven excess polarizations in all magnetic phases; hence, GaV4S8 hosts three different multiferroic phases with coexisting polar and magnetic order. These include the SkL phase, where we predict a strong spatial modulation of FE polarization close to the skyrmion cores. By taking into account the crystal symmetry and spin patterns of the magnetically ordered phases, we identify exchange striction as the main microscopic mechanism behind the spin-driven FE polarization in each multiferroic phase. Because GaV4S8 is unique among known SkL host materials owing to its polar crystal structure and the observed strong magnetoelectric effect, this study is an important step toward the nondissipative electric field control of skyrmions. PMID:26702441

  17. Spin and orbital orderings behind multiferroicity in delafossite and related compounds.

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    Terada, Noriki

    2014-11-12

    Coupling between noncollinear magnetic ordering and ferroelectricicty in magnetoelectric multiferroics has been extensively studied in the last decade. Delafossite family compounds with triangular lattice structure provide a great opportunity to study the coupling between spin and electric dipole in multiferroics due to the variety of magnetic phases with different symmetry. This review introduces the magnetic and ferroelectric phase transitions in delafossite ferrites, CuFe(1-x)X(x)O(2) (X = Al, Ga), AgFeO(2) and the related compound α-NaFeO(2). In CuFeO(2), the ferroelectric phase appears under a magnetic field or chemical substitution. The proper screw magnetic ordering with the magnetic point group 21', which has been determined by detailed analysis in neutron diffraction experiments, induces the ferroelectric polarization along the monoclinic b axis in CuFeO2. The cycloidal magnetic orderings are realized in AgFeO(2) and α-NaFeO(2), which are of the point group m1' allowing polarization in the ac plane. The emergence of ferroelectric polarization can be explained by both the extended inverse Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya effect and the d − p hybridization mechanism. These mechanisms are supported by experimental evidence in CuFe(1-x)Ga(x)O2. The polarized neutron diffraction experiment demonstrated one-to-one correspondence between ferroelectric polarization and spin helicity, S(i) × S(j). The incommensurate orbital ordering with 2 Q wave vector, observed by the soft x-ray resonant diffraction experiment, proved that the spin-orbit interaction ties spin and orbital orders to each other, playing a crucial role for the emergence of ferroelectricity in CuFe(1-x)Ga(x)O2. PMID:25336518

  18. Studies of the Transports and Electrical Properties in Multiferroic Tunnel Junction

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    Barrionuevo Diestra, Danilo; Ortega, Nora; Katiyar, Ram; Sokolov, Andrei

    2014-03-01

    A multiferroic tunnel junction (MFTJ) consists of metal or ferromagnetic electrodes separated by a ferroelectric (FE) or single phase multiferroics barrier. We have studied two different MFTJ configurations: (i) La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO)/PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT)/LSMO, (ii) Pt/Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)0.60 (Fe0.5Ta0.5)0.40 O3 (PTZFT)/LSMO. We have grown ultrathin films of about 3 to 7 nm of PZT on LSMO/(LaAlO3)0.3 (Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSMO/LSAT) (001) substrates using by pulsed laser deposition technique. With similar technique and substrate, we have grown ultrathin films of 4.5 to 6 nm of PZTFT. The x-ray diffraction patterns of the heterostructures show only the (00 l) reflections corresponding to the LSAT substrate, PZT or PZTFT and LSMO layers. The Atomic force microscopy of PZT/LSMO/LSAT and PZTFT/LSMO/LSAT heterostructures shows that the average surface roughness was less than 1 nm. Piezo force microscopy of the ultrathin PZT and PZTFT films shows a clear and reversible out-of-plane phase contrast above +/- 3 V, which indicates the ferroelectric character of those thin films. The Current-Voltage (IV) characteristics of the PZT/LSMO films, with PZT barrier thickness between 7 to 3 nm showed nonlinear IV characteristics indicating tunneling mechanism. The resistance switching behavior was observed from low resistance state to high resistance state and vice versa by sweeping the voltage from negative to positive and back.

  19. Density Functional Studies of Stoichiometric Surfaces of Orthorhombic Hybrid Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3

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    Wang, Yun; Huang, Jingsong; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Zhang, Haimin; Liu, Porun; Yang, Huagui; Zhao, Huijun

    2014-12-19

    Organic/inorganic hybrid perovskite materials are highly attractive for dye-sensitized solar cells as demonstrated by their rapid advances in energy conversion efficiency. In this work, the structures, energetics, and electronic properties for a range of stoichiometric surfaces of the orthorhombic perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 are theoretically studied using density functional theory. Various possible spatially and constitutionally isomeric surfaces are considered by diversifying the spatial orientations and connectivities of surface Pb-I bonds. The comparison of the surface energies for the most stable configurations identified for various surfaces shows that the stabilities of stoichiometric surfaces are mainly dictated by the coordination numbers of surface atoms, which are directly correlated with the numbers of broken bonds. Additionally, Coulombic interactions between I anions and organic countercations on the surface also contribute to the stabilization. Electronic properties are compared between the most stable (100) surface and the bulk phase, showing generally similar features except for the lifted band degeneracy and the enhanced bandgap energy for the surface. These studies on the stoichiometric surfaces serve as the first step toward gaining a fundamental understanding of the interfacial properties in the current structural design of perovskite based solar cells, in order to achieve further breakthroughs in solar conversion efficiencies.

  20. Density Functional Studies of Stoichiometric Surfaces of Orthorhombic Hybrid Perovskite CH3NH3PbI3

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    Wang, Yun; Huang, Jingsong; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Zhang, Haimin; Liu, Porun; Yang, Huagui; Zhao, Huijun

    2014-12-19

    Organic/inorganic hybrid perovskite materials are highly attractive for dye-sensitized solar cells as demonstrated by their rapid advances in energy conversion efficiency. In this work, the structures, energetics, and electronic properties for a range of stoichiometric surfaces of the orthorhombic perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 are theoretically studied using density functional theory. Various possible spatially and constitutionally isomeric surfaces are considered by diversifying the spatial orientations and connectivities of surface Pb-I bonds. The comparison of the surface energies for the most stable configurations identified for various surfaces shows that the stabilities of stoichiometric surfaces are mainly dictated by the coordination numbers of surface atoms,more » which are directly correlated with the numbers of broken bonds. Additionally, Coulombic interactions between I anions and organic countercations on the surface also contribute to the stabilization. Electronic properties are compared between the most stable (100) surface and the bulk phase, showing generally similar features except for the lifted band degeneracy and the enhanced bandgap energy for the surface. These studies on the stoichiometric surfaces serve as the first step toward gaining a fundamental understanding of the interfacial properties in the current structural design of perovskite based solar cells, in order to achieve further breakthroughs in solar conversion efficiencies.« less

  1. Crystal structure and partial Ising-like magnetic ordering of orthorhombic D y2Ti O5

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    Shamblin, Jacob; Calder, Stuart; Dun, Zhiling; Lee, Minseong; Choi, Eun Sang; Neuefeind, Joerg; Zhou, Haidong; Lang, Maik

    2016-07-01

    The structure and magnetic properties of orthorhombic D y2Ti O5 have been investigated using x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, and alternating current (ac)/direct current (dc) magnetic susceptibility measurements. We report a continuous structural distortion below 100 K characterized by negative thermal expansion in the [0 1 0] direction. Neutron diffraction and magnetic susceptibility measurements revealed that two-dimensional (2D) magnetic ordering begins at 3.1 K, which is followed by a three-dimensional magnetic transition at 1.7 K. The magnetic structure has been solved through a representational analysis approach and can be indexed with the propagation vector k =[0 1 /2 0 ] . The spin structure corresponds to a coplanar model of interwoven 2D "sheets" extending in the [0 1 0] direction. The local crystal field is different for each D y3 + ion (Dy1 and Dy2), one of which possesses strong uniaxial symmetry indicative of Ising-like magnetic ordering. Consequently, two succeeding transitions under magnetic field are observed in the ac susceptibility, which are associated with flipping each D y3 + spin independently.

  2. Polymorphic CoSe2 with mixed orthorhombic and cubic phases for highly efficient hydrogen evolution reaction.

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    Zhang, Hongxiu; Yang, Bin; Wu, Xiaolin; Li, Zhongjian; Lei, Lecheng; Zhang, Xingwang

    2015-01-28

    We report polymorphic CoSe2 (p-CoSe2) with mixed orthorhombic and cubic phases as a highly active electrocatalyst toward hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The p-CoSe2 is obtained by calcining CoSex via electrodeposition at 300 °C. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) demonstrated the crystal structure of p-CoSe2. The p-CoSe2 exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity for HER with a low onset overpotential of -70 mV and a small Tafel slope of ∼30 mV/decade, which are basically state-of-the-art performance of earth-abundant electrocatalysts. The HER performance of p-CoSe2 was much higher than that of amorphous CoSex, cubic CoSe2, and CoSe. This study offers a competitive electrocatalyst for HER and opens up a new strategy to the synthesis of catalysts for energy conversion. PMID:25562753

  3. Native defects and Pr impurities in orthorhombic CaTiO3 by first-principles calculations

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    Zhu, Ailing; Wang, Jianchuan; Zhao, Dongdong; Du, Yong

    2011-07-01

    Formation energies of native defects and Pr impurities in orthorhombic CaTiO3 are explored using the first-principles calculations. The Ca vacancy (VCa), Ti vacancy (VTi) and Ca antisite (CaTi) are found to be energetically preferable. The Ti antisite (TiCa) and O vacancy (VO) are not energetically favorable in the wide range of Fermi level. In Pr-doped CaTiO3, Pr substituting for Ca (PrCa) is likely to form under condition A in which CaTiO3 is in equilibrium with CaO and O2. Under condition B (TiO2, CaTiO3 and O2 are in equilibrium), PrTi defect is energetically preferable depending on the Fermi levels. Several native defects and the two sites of Pr impurities in CaTiO3 are coincided with several different defects in Pr-doped CaTiO3 reported in the literature. Based on the present calculations, we can elucidate that the Ca deficiency design of the traditional formula Ca1-xVCa(x/2)PrxTiO3 is not the best for efficient red photoluminescence, which is realized via the experimental measurements.

  4. Crystal Field Splitting is Limiting the Stability and Strength of Ultra-incompressible Orthorhombic Transition Metal Tetraborides

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    Zhang, R. F.; Wen, X. D.; Legut, D.; Fu, Z. H.; Veprek, S.; Zurek, E.; Mao, H. K.

    2016-01-01

    The lattice stability and mechanical strengths of the supposedly superhard transition metal tetraborides (TmB4, Tm = Cr, Mn and Fe) evoked recently much attention from the scientific community due to the potential applications of these materials, as well as because of general scientific interests. In the present study, we show that the surprising stabilization of these compounds from a high symmetry to a low symmetry structure is accomplished by an in-plane rotation of the boron network, which maximizes the in-plane hybridization by crystal field splitting between d orbitals of Tm and p orbitals of B. Studies of mechanical and electronic properties of TmB4 suggest that these tetraborides cannot be intrinsically superhard. The mechanical instability is facilitated by a unique in-plane or out-of-plane weakening of the three-dimensional covalent bond network of boron along different shear deformation paths. These results shed a novel view on the origin of the stability and strength of orthorhombic TmB4, highlighting the importance of combinational analysis of a variety of parameters related to plastic deformation of the crystalline materials when attempting to design new ultra-incompressible, and potentially strong and hard solids. PMID:26976479

  5. Deep inelastic neutron scattering from orthorhombic ordered HCl: Short-time proton dynamics and anomalous neutron cross sections

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    Senesi, R.; Colognesi, D.; Pietropaolo, A.; Abdul-Redah, T.

    2005-08-01

    Deep inelastic neutron scattering measurements from orthorhombic ordered HCl are presented and analyzed in order to clarify the problem of an anomalous deficit in the neutron-proton cross section found in previous experiments on various materials. A reliable model for the HCl short-time single-particle dynamics, including atomic vibrational anisotropies and deviations from the impulsive approximation, is set up. The model HCl response function is transformed into simulated time-of-flight spectra, taking carefully into account the effects of instrumental resolution and the filter absorption profile used for neutron energy analysis. Finally, the experimental values of the anomalous reduction factor for the neutron-proton cross section are extracted by comparing simulated and experimental data. Results show a 34% reduction of the H cross section, varying with the scattering angle in a range centered at 53 deg. In addition, the same approximate procedure used in earlier studies is also employed, providing results in reasonable agreement with the more rigorous ones, and confirming the substantial reliability of the past work on this subject.

  6. Stimulated Raman scattering spectroscopy and χ(3)-nonlinear lasing effects in single crystals of aragonite (orthorhombic CaCO3)

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    Kaminskii, A. A.; Rhee, H.; Lux, O.; Eichler, H. J.; Koltashev, V. V.; Kleinschrodt, R.; Bohatý, L.; Becker, P.

    2012-04-01

    The present work gives a brief review of the nonlinear χ(2)- and χ(3)-lasing properties of SRS-active natural crystals (minerals) known so far. This compilation complements new results of a detailed investigation of Raman induced χ(3)-effects in aragonite single crystals (orthorhombic CaCO3) under single- and dual-wavelength picosecond excitation in the UV, visible and near-IR spectral ranges. The studied effects at room and cryogenic temperatures comprise Stokes and anti-Stokes combs of almost two octaves bandwidth, THG, SFG, as well as cascaded and cross-cascaded χ(3) leftrightarrow χ(3) interactions. All recorded lasing χ(3)-components were identified and attributed to three observed SRS-promoting vibration modes ωSRS1 ≈ 1087 cm-1, ωSRS2 ≈ 152 cm-1, and ωSRS3 ≈ 205 cm-1 (at room temperature) of aragonite. Stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) investigations of minerals so far enrich the arsenal of SRS-active crystals, which can be applied to solve fundamental and applied tasks of modern laser physics and nonlinear optics.

  7. The anisotropy of dielectric properties in the orthorhombic and hexagonal structures of Anhydrite - an ab initio and hybrid DFT study

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    Mallia, Giuseppe; Dovesi, Roberto; Corà, Furio

    2006-10-01

    The effects of an electric field on the electronic properties of a typical ionic-covalent compound, Anhydrite (CaSO4), are investigated within the HF level of theory and two different formulations of hybrid DFT functionals (B3LYP [A. Becke, J. Chem. Phys. 98, 5648 (1993)] and F 0.6-BLYP [F. Corà et al., Structure and Bonding 113, 171-232 (2004)]). An external electric field is applied along each of the three periodic lattice vectors of the orthorhombic and hexagonal structures in order to detect the anisotropy of the response. The perturbation introduced by the field is analysed in terms of Mulliken charges and electron density maps. The largest response is due to a polarisation of the covalent SO bonds of the sulfate ions. The high frequency dielectric tensor, , is computed and compared with the experimental value; its anisotropy can be rationalised by the orientation of the sulfate ions relative to the three crystallographic directions. We find that the calculated value of decreases on increasing the percentage of HF exchange in the Hamiltonian; the best match with experiment is given by B3LYP, but a higher percentage of HF exchange is required to reproduce the anisotropy in , a feature that we attribute to the better representation of the equilibrium geometry and bond distances in the latter case.

  8. Analytical study of body waves in orthorhombic media and comparison with SKS-phase observations from selected stations

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    Löberich, Eric; Bokelmann, Götz

    2016-04-01

    Anisotropic effects of wave propagation, observed in the Earth, provide interesting applications in basic research and practice, e.g., in reservoir geophysics and other fields. Teleseismic waves often evidence upper mantle anisotropy, as created by aligned olivine grains. While each grain is associated with orthorhombic symmetry, the preferred alignment may lead to a transversely isotropic characteristic. Considering body waves passing through an anisotropic medium, a splitting of shear waves can usually be observed, since their transverse polarization leads to a separation of the two quasi-shear waves. The associated splitting-delay is generated if the related fast and slow seismic velocities differ. Most of the previous shear-wave splitting investigations were based on the common assumption of near-vertical incidence. However, the influence of increasing incidence angles, which may lead to angular dependent splitting-delay and fast polarization orientation, has been pointed out by Davis (2003). Our study investigates the occurrence of these postulated dependences on azimuth and incidence angle (distance), examining splitting observations in SKS-recordings at selected broadband stations (e.g., Djibouti and Red Lake, Ontario).

  9. Electric-field-dependent electronic structure of graphene bilayer: from the Bernal stacking to the unconventional orthorhombic stacking

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    Kim, Gunn; Park, Changwon; Yoon, Mina

    2014-03-01

    In this presentation, we report the electronic properties of bilayer graphene structures with various stackings, which can be formed, for instance, during the structural transition from graphite-to-diamond at high pressure, or at boundaries of stacking domains or at diamond surfaces. We performed ab initio calculations and the Wannier interpolations for accurate two-dimensional band structure with extremely dense (1600 ×1600) k-point grid. Using tight-binding parameters obtained from maximally localized Wanneir function analysis, we also constructed the effective Hamiltonian for the graphene bilayer with various stacking. The overall electronic structures can be described by the relative shift and the coupling of two Dirac cones, depending on their stacking geometry. Our results reveal that external electric field is another parameter to control the electronic properties of the bilayer-graphene. In particular, the external fields significantly enhance the coupling of two Dirac cones, which result in additional or new van Hove singularities near the Fermi level. We compared the electronic structure of the orthorhombic stacking with those of AA and AB stackings. Our study may provide a deeper understanding of sliding effects of multilayer graphene. This work was supported by the Priority Research Center Program (2011-0018395) and the Basic Science Research Program through MEST/NRF (2013R1A1A2009131). This research was conducted at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, which is sponsored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy.

  10. Crystal Field Splitting is Limiting the Stability and Strength of Ultra-incompressible Orthorhombic Transition Metal Tetraborides

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    Zhang, R. F.; Wen, X. D.; Legut, D.; Fu, Z. H.; Veprek, S.; Zurek, E.; Mao, H. K.

    2016-03-01

    The lattice stability and mechanical strengths of the supposedly superhard transition metal tetraborides (TmB4, Tm = Cr, Mn and Fe) evoked recently much attention from the scientific community due to the potential applications of these materials, as well as because of general scientific interests. In the present study, we show that the surprising stabilization of these compounds from a high symmetry to a low symmetry structure is accomplished by an in-plane rotation of the boron network, which maximizes the in-plane hybridization by crystal field splitting between d orbitals of Tm and p orbitals of B. Studies of mechanical and electronic properties of TmB4 suggest that these tetraborides cannot be intrinsically superhard. The mechanical instability is facilitated by a unique in-plane or out-of-plane weakening of the three-dimensional covalent bond network of boron along different shear deformation paths. These results shed a novel view on the origin of the stability and strength of orthorhombic TmB4, highlighting the importance of combinational analysis of a variety of parameters related to plastic deformation of the crystalline materials when attempting to design new ultra-incompressible, and potentially strong and hard solids.

  11. Crystal Field Splitting is Limiting the Stability and Strength of Ultra-incompressible Orthorhombic Transition Metal Tetraborides.

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    Zhang, R F; Wen, X D; Legut, D; Fu, Z H; Veprek, S; Zurek, E; Mao, H K

    2016-01-01

    The lattice stability and mechanical strengths of the supposedly superhard transition metal tetraborides (TmB4, Tm = Cr, Mn and Fe) evoked recently much attention from the scientific community due to the potential applications of these materials, as well as because of general scientific interests. In the present study, we show that the surprising stabilization of these compounds from a high symmetry to a low symmetry structure is accomplished by an in-plane rotation of the boron network, which maximizes the in-plane hybridization by crystal field splitting between d orbitals of Tm and p orbitals of B. Studies of mechanical and electronic properties of TmB4 suggest that these tetraborides cannot be intrinsically superhard. The mechanical instability is facilitated by a unique in-plane or out-of-plane weakening of the three-dimensional covalent bond network of boron along different shear deformation paths. These results shed a novel view on the origin of the stability and strength of orthorhombic TmB4, highlighting the importance of combinational analysis of a variety of parameters related to plastic deformation of the crystalline materials when attempting to design new ultra-incompressible, and potentially strong and hard solids. PMID:26976479

  12. Robustness of magnetic and electric domains against charge carrier doping in multiferroic hexagonal ErMnO3

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    Hassanpour, E.; Wegmayr, V.; Schaab, J.; Yan, Z.; Bourret, E.; Lottermoser, Th; Fiebig, M.; Meier, D.

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the effect of chemical doping on the electric and magnetic domain pattern in multiferroic hexagonal ErMnO3. Hole- and electron doping are achieved through the growth of Er1‑x Ca x MnO3 and Er1‑x Zr x MnO3 single crystals, which allows for a controlled introduction of divalent and tetravalent ions, respectively. Using conductance measurements, piezoresponse force microscopy and nonlinear optics we study doping-related variations in the electronic transport and image the corrsponding ferroelectric and antiferromagnetic domains. We find that moderate doping levels allow for adjusting the electronic conduction properties of ErMnO3 without destroying its characteristic domain patterns. Our findings demonstrate the feasibility of chemical doping for non-perturbative property-engineering of intrinsic domain states in this important class of multiferroics.

  13. Electric-Field Control over Spin-Wave and Current Induced Domain Wall Motion and Magnonic Torques in Multiferroics

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    Kulagina, Iryna; Linder, Jacob

    2015-03-01

    We discover that the way spin-waves exert magnetic torques in multiferroic materials can cause not only domain wall motion, but also magnetization dynamics for homogeneous magnetization textures. Interestingly, the domain wall motion can be controlled via purely electrical means with the spin-waves being generated by an ac electric field E while the direction of the wall motion also is sensitive to an applied dc E field. Moreover, we determine the interaction between spin-transfer torque from an electric current and a magnetic domain wall in multiferroics and show that the Walker breakdown threshold scales with the magnitude of a perpendicular electric field, offering a way to control the properties of domain wall propagation via electric gating.

  14. Optical diode effect at spin-wave excitations in the room-temperature multiferroic BiFeO3.

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    Kezsmarki, I.; Nagel, U.; Bordacs, S.; Fishman, Randy Scott; Lee, Jun Hee; Yi, Hee Taek; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Room, T.

    2015-09-15

    The ability to read and write a magnetic state current-free by an electric voltage would provide a huge technological advantage. Dynamic or optical ME effects are equally interesting, because they give rise to unidirectional light propagation as recently observed in low-temperature multiferroics. This phenomenon, if realized at room temperature, would allow the development of optical diodes which transmit unpolarized light in one, but not in the opposite, direction. Here, we report strong unidirectional transmission in the room-temperature multiferroic BiFeO3 over the gigahertz-terahertz frequency range. The supporting theory attributes the observed unidirectional transmission to the spin-current-driven dynamic ME effect. Our findingsmore » are an important step toward the realization of optical diodes, supplemented by the ability to switch the transmission direction with a magnetic or electric field.« less

  15. The memory effect of magnetoelectric coupling in FeGaB/NiTi/PMN-PT multiferroic heterostructure

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    Zhou, Ziyao; Zhao, Shishun; Gao, Yuan; Wang, Xinjun; Nan, Tianxiang; Sun, Nian X.; Yang, Xi; Liu, Ming

    2016-02-01

    Magnetoelectric coupling effect has provided a power efficient approach in controlling the magnetic properties of ferromagnetic materials. However, one remaining issue of ferromagnetic/ferroelectric magnetoelectric bilayer composite is that the induced effective anisotropy disappears with the removal of the electric field. The introducing of the shape memory alloys may prevent such problem by taking the advantage of its shape memory effect. Additionally, the shape memory alloy can also “store” the magnetoelectric coupling before heat release, which introduces more functionality to the system. In this paper, we study a FeGaB/NiTi/PMN-PT multiferroic heterostructure, which can be operating in different states with electric field and temperature manipulation. Such phenomenon is promising for tunable multiferroic devices with multi-functionalities.

  16. The memory effect of magnetoelectric coupling in FeGaB/NiTi/PMN-PT multiferroic heterostructure.

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    Zhou, Ziyao; Zhao, Shishun; Gao, Yuan; Wang, Xinjun; Nan, Tianxiang; Sun, Nian X; Yang, Xi; Liu, Ming

    2016-01-01

    Magnetoelectric coupling effect has provided a power efficient approach in controlling the magnetic properties of ferromagnetic materials. However, one remaining issue of ferromagnetic/ferroelectric magnetoelectric bilayer composite is that the induced effective anisotropy disappears with the removal of the electric field. The introducing of the shape memory alloys may prevent such problem by taking the advantage of its shape memory effect. Additionally, the shape memory alloy can also "store" the magnetoelectric coupling before heat release, which introduces more functionality to the system. In this paper, we study a FeGaB/NiTi/PMN-PT multiferroic heterostructure, which can be operating in different states with electric field and temperature manipulation. Such phenomenon is promising for tunable multiferroic devices with multi-functionalities. PMID:26847469

  17. The memory effect of magnetoelectric coupling in FeGaB/NiTi/PMN-PT multiferroic heterostructure

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    Zhou, Ziyao; Zhao, Shishun; Gao, Yuan; Wang, Xinjun; Nan, Tianxiang; Sun, Nian X.; Yang, Xi; Liu, Ming

    2016-01-01

    Magnetoelectric coupling effect has provided a power efficient approach in controlling the magnetic properties of ferromagnetic materials. However, one remaining issue of ferromagnetic/ferroelectric magnetoelectric bilayer composite is that the induced effective anisotropy disappears with the removal of the electric field. The introducing of the shape memory alloys may prevent such problem by taking the advantage of its shape memory effect. Additionally, the shape memory alloy can also “store” the magnetoelectric coupling before heat release, which introduces more functionality to the system. In this paper, we study a FeGaB/NiTi/PMN-PT multiferroic heterostructure, which can be operating in different states with electric field and temperature manipulation. Such phenomenon is promising for tunable multiferroic devices with multi-functionalities. PMID:26847469

  18. BaFe(2)Se(3) a high T(C) magnetic multiferroic with large ferrielectric polarization.

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    Dong, Shuai; Liu, J-M; Dagotto, Elbio

    2014-10-31

    The iron selenides are important because of their superconducting properties. Here, an unexpected phenomenon is predicted to occur in an iron-selenide compound with a quasi-one-dimensional ladder geometry: BaFe(2)Se(3) should be a magnetic ferrielectric system, driven by its magnetic block order via exchange striction. A robust performance (high T(C) and large polarization) is expected. Different from most multiferroics, BaFe(2)Se(3) is ferrielectric, with a polarization that mostly cancels between ladders. However, its strong magnetostriction still produces a net polarization that is large (∼0.1  μC/cm(2)) as compared with most magnetic multiferroics. Its fully ferroelectric state, with energy only slightly higher than the ferrielectric, has a giant improper polarization ∼2-3  μC/cm(2). PMID:25396394

  19. Transversal spin freezing and re-entrant spin glass phases in chemically disordered Fe-containing perovskite multiferroics

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    Stephanovich, V. A.; Laguta, V. V.

    We propose experimental verification and theoretical explanation of magnetic anomalies in the complex Fe-contained double perovskite multiferroics like PbFe$_{1/2}$Nb$_{1/2}$O$_3$. The theoretical part is based on our model of coexistence of long-range magnetic order and spin glass in the above substances. In our model, the exchange interaction is anisotropic, coupling antiferromagnetically $z$ spin components of Fe$^{3+}$ ions. At the same time, the $xy$ components are coupled by much weaker exchange interaction of ferromagnetic sign. In the system with spatial disorder (half of corresponding lattice cites are occupied by spinless Nb$^{5+}$ ions) such frustrating interaction results in the fact that antiferromagnetic order is formed by $z$ projection of the spins, while their $xy$ components contribute to spin glass behaviour. Our theoretical findings are supported by the experimental evidence of coexistence of antiferromagnetic and spin glass phases in chemically disordered Fe-contained double perovskite multiferroics.

  20. James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials Talk: What is new in multiferroicity?: Mott ferroelectrics!

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    Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2010-03-01

    Multiferroicity is an old topic. For example, linear magnetoelectric effect in materials such as Cr2O3 with broken time reversal and space inversion symmetry has been known since 1960's. However, giant cross-coupling effects such as flipping polarization or enormous change of dielectric constant by applied magnetic fields have been recently observed in systems such as Tb(Dy)MnO3 and Tb(Dy)Mn2O5 [1-3]. The important ingredient for these giant magnetoelectric effects turns out to be associated with the presence of non-zero d electrons and their mutual interactions, leading to the Mott-insulator-type charge gap, magnetism, and collective phase transitions. Particularly, the collective nature of simultaneous magnetic-ferroelectric phase transitions results in the giant magnetoelectric effects. In addition, fascinating charge transport properties such as a switchable photovoltaic effect and characteristic conduction properties at domain walls stem from the (carrier-doped) Mott insulating nature of compounds such as BiFeO3 and hexagonal YMnO3 [4,5]. [4pt] [1] Kimura, T. et al. Magnetic control of ferroelectric polarization. Nature 426, 55--58 (2003).[0pt] [2] Hur, N. et al. Electric polarization reversal and memory in a multiferroic material induced by magnetic fields. Nature 429, 392--395 (2004).[0pt] [3] Cheong, S.-W. & Mostovoy, M. Multiferroics: a magnetic twist for ferroelectricity. Nature Mater. 6, 13--20 (2007).[0pt] [4] Seidel, J. et al. Conduction at domain walls in oxide multiferroics. Nature Mater. 8, 229--234 (2009).[0pt] [5] Choi, T., Lee, S., Choi, Y.J., Kiryukhin, V. & Cheong, S.-W. Switchable ferroelectric diode and photovoltaic effect in BiFeO3. Science 324, 63--66 (2009)

  1. Investigations of surface structural, dynamical, and magnetic properties of systems exhibiting multiferroicity, and topological phases by helium scattering spectroscopies

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    El-Batanouny, Maged

    2015-08-03

    We propose to investigate the surface structural, dynamics and magnetic properties of the novel class of topological insulator crystals, as well as crystals that exhibit multiferroicity, magnetoelectricity and thermoelectricity. Topological insulators (TIs) are a new class of insulators in which a bulk gap for electronic excitations is generated because of the strong spin-orbit coupling inherent to these systems. These materials are distinguished from ordinary insulators by the presence of gapless metallic surface states, resembling chiral edge modes in quantum Hall systems, but with unconventional spin textures. These exotic metallic states are formed by topological conditions that also render the electrons travelling on such surfaces insensitive to scattering by impurities. The electronic quasi-particles populating the topological surface state are Dirac fermions; they have a linear dispersion and thus are massless just like photons. We propose to investigate the interaction of these massless Dirac fermions with the massive lattice in the newly discovered crystals, Bi2Se3, Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3. We shall use inelastic helium beam scattering from surfaces to search for related signatures in surface phonon dispersions mappings that cover the entire surface Brillouin zone of these materials. Our recent investigations of the (001) surface of the multiferroic crystals (Li/Na)Cu2O2 revealed an anomalous surface structural behavior where surface Cu$^{2+}$ row rise above the surface plane as the crystal was cooled. Subsequent worming revealed the onset of a thermally activated incommensurate surface phase, driven by the elevated rows. We are currently investigating the structure of the magnetic phases in these quasi-one-dimensional magnetic rows. Multiferroics are excellent candidates for large magnetoelectric response. We propose to extend this investigation to the class of delafossites which are also multiferroics and have been investigated as good candidates for

  2. X-ray Resonant Scattering Study of the Magnetic Phase Diagram of Multiferroic TbMnO3

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    Wilkins, S.B.; Walker, H.C.; Ewings, R.A.; Fabrizi, F.; Mannix, D.; Mazzoli, C.; Paolasini, L.; Prabhakaran, D.; Boothroyd, A.T.; McMorrowa, D.F.

    2009-10-15

    We present the magnetic phase diagram of multiferroic TbMnO{sub 3} for H {parallel} b determined using X-ray resonant scattering at the Tb L{sub 3}-edge. Investigations of two different magnetic domains, C-type and F-type, demonstrate very similar behavior in high applied magnetic fields, with a low temperature incommensurate to commensurate transition at H {approx_equal} 4.5 T, concurrent with the polarization flop observed in bulk magnetoelectric measurements.

  3. Electric-field control of spin waves at room temperature in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Cazayous, Maximilien; Rovillain, Pauline; Gallais, Yann; Sacuto, Alain; Measson, Marie-Aude; de Sousa, Rogerio; Colson, Dorothee; Forget, Anne; Bibes, Manuel; Barthelemy, Agnes

    2011-03-01

    A particularly exciting prospect in the field of spintronics is to use the wave like excitations of a magnetic material as a means to transmit and process information. This technology named magnonics relies on the control of spin waves. The key goal of magnonics is to read/write non-volatile spin information with minimal energy consumption. Multiferroic materials have at least two coupled magnetic and ferroelectric orders leading to electrical control of magnetic effects and vice-versa. Multiferroic materials are thus potentially interesting as a medium for spin-wave-based information processing. Here we show that the spin wave excitations in BiFe O3 , a room temperature multiferroic can be controlled by an electric field at low power and in a non-volatile way. The present experiment clearly demonstrates spin waves can be tuned over 30% of their frequencies, several orders of magnitude larger than with previous methods. The switch and the control of the polarization is used to manage this tuning.

  4. Ultra low-power straintronics with multiferroic nanomagnets: magnetization dynamics, universal logic gates and associated energy dissipation

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    Salehi-Fashami, Mohammad; Atulasimha, Jayasimha; Bandyopadhyay, Supriyo

    2012-02-01

    Stress induced magnetization dynamics of dipole coupled multiferroic nanomagnet arrays is modeled by solving the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation. We show that in such multiferroic nanomagnets, consisting of magnetostrictive layers elastically coupled to piezoelectric layers, the single domain magnetization can be rotated by a large angle (˜ 90^o) in ˜ 1 ns if a tiny voltage of a few tens of millivolts is applied across the piezoelectric layer [Nanotechnology, 22, 155201, 2011, Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 063108, 2011]. Arrays of such multiferroic nanomagnets can be laid out in specific geometric patterns to implement combinational and sequential logic circuits by exploiting inter-magnet dipole coupling and Bennett clocked with specific stress cycles to propagate logic bits and implement dynamic logic. In this work, we theoretically demonstrate logic propagation in and fan-out characteristics of a universal NAND gate and discuss energy dissipation in the magnet and in the external clock. We show that this energy dissipation can be 3 orders of magnitude more energy-efficient than current CMOS technology for a reasonable clock speed of 1 GHz. This work is supported by the NSF under grant ECCS-1124714.

  5. Ultra low-energy hybrid spintronics and straintronics: multiferroic nanomagnets for memory, logic and ultrafast image processing

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    Atulasimha, Jayasimha

    2012-02-01

    We have theoretically shown that multiferroic nanomagnets (consisting of a piezoelectric and a magnetostrictive layer) could be used to perform computing while dissipating ˜ few 100 kT/bit (Appl. Phys. Lett. 97,173105, 2010) at clock rates of ˜1GHz. They can act as memory elements (Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 063108, 2011), logic gates (Nanotechnology, 22, 155201, 2011, http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.5758v1) and associative memory for higher order computing such as ultrafast image reconstruction and pattern recognition (J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 44, 265001 (2011), http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.6932v1). This talk will provide an overview of our research in: *Theoretical study of stress induced magnetization dynamics in isolated multiferroic nanomagnets (memory) and dipole coupled nanomagnetic arrays laid out in specific geometric patterns to implement a universal logic gate. *Monte Carlo simulations of the magnetization trajectories in such systems described by the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation, that show error-free (>99.99%) fast (˜1 GHz) switching with very low dissipation (few 100kT/bit/magnet). *Demonstrating that multiferroic nanomagnets possessing biaxial anisotropy could be used for four-state logic and perform image processing applications such as image reconstruction and pattern recognition. *Experimental fabrication of such devices using e-beam lithography and deposition to create ˜ 100 nm diameter elliptical nanostructures and study them with magnetic force microscopy.

  6. Conduction and magnetization improvement of BiFeO{sub 3} multiferroic nanoparticles by Ag{sup +} doping

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    Ahmed, M.A.; Mansour, S.F.; El-Dek, S.I.; Abu-Abdeen, M.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: HRTEM micrographs of the samples BiFeO{sub 3}. - Highlights: • Flash auto combustion method was successful in the preparation of Ag doped BiFeO{sub 3} in nanosize. • Ag doping results in hexagonal platelet shapes up to x = 0.10, at x ≥ 0.15 needle shape predominates. • Mixed conduction is obtained in Ag doped samples. • This nanometric multiferroic could be recommended as attractive cathode for solid oxide fuel cell. - Abstract: Nanometric multiferroic namely Ag doped (BiFeO{sub 3}) was synthesized using flash auto combustion technique and glycine as a fuel. Single phase rhombohedral–hexagonal perovskite structure was obtained by annealing at 550 °C, as determined from XRD. High resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) clarifies the hexagonal platelet shape with size 17.9 nm. Maximum room temperature AC conductivity was obtained at Ag content of x = 0.10. The results of this study promote the use of such multiferroic in solid oxide fuel cell applications.

  7. Structural transformation and multiferroic properties of Ba-Mn co-doped BiFeO3

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    Rout, Jyoshna; Choudhary, R. N. P.

    2016-01-01

    Pure BiFeO3 and Bi1-xBaxFe1-xMnxO3 (x = 0.10, 0.20) fine ceramics were synthesized using mechano-synthesis route. The influence of co-doping (Ba-Mn) on structural and multiferroic properties of BiFeO3 has been studied in different experimental conditions. X-ray diffraction patterns, Rietveld structural refinement of XRD patterns and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra reveal the structural transition from rhombohedral (R3c) to the biphasic structure (R3c + P4mm) on co-doping. The co-doping improves surface morphology and also reduces the particle size. The room temperature M-H loops of all samples showed antiferromagnetic/weak ferromagnetic behavior. Magnetoelectric coupling coefficient determination is carried out to reveal extent of intimate interaction between electric and magnetic dipoles interaction in the samples. Room temperature occurrence of ferromagnetism, ferroelectricity and magnetoelectric effect supports the observation of multiferroism and magnetoelectric coupling in BiFeO3. Thus, co-doping at Bi- and Fe-sites of BiFeO3 can improve multiferroic properties of BiFeO3 for various applications.

  8. Interfacial-strain-induced structural and polarization evolutions in epitaxial multiferroic BiFeO3 (001) thin films.

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    Guo, Haizhong; Zhao, Ruiqiang; Jin, Kui-Juan; Gu, Lin; Xiao, Dongdong; Yang, Zhenzhong; Li, Xiaolong; Wang, Le; He, Xu; Gu, Junxing; Wan, Qian; Wang, Can; Lu, Huibin; Ge, Chen; He, Meng; Yang, Guozhen

    2015-02-01

    Varying the film thickness is a precise route to tune the interfacial strain to manipulate the properties of the multiferroic materials. Here, to explore the effects of the interfacial strain on the properties of the multiferroic BiFeO3 films, we investigated thickness-dependent structural and polarization evolutions of the BiFeO3 films. The epitaxial growth with an atomic stacking sequence of BiO/TiO2 at the interface was confirmed by scanning transmission electron microscopy. Combining X-ray diffraction experiments and first-principles calculations, a thickness-dependent structural evolution was observed from a fully strained tetragonality to a partially relaxed one without any structural phase transition or rotated twins. The tetragonality (c/a) of the BiFeO3 films increases as the film thickness decreases, while the polarization is in contrast with this trend, and the size effect including the depolarization field plays a crucial role in this contradiction in thinner films. These findings offer an alternative strategy to manipulate structural and polarization properties by tuning the interfacial strain in epitaxial multiferroic thin films. PMID:25580936

  9. Optical Diode Effect at Spin-Wave Excitations of the Room-Temperature Multiferroic BiFeO_{3}.

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    Kézsmárki, I; Nagel, U; Bordács, S; Fishman, R S; Lee, J H; Yi, Hee Taek; Cheong, S-W; Rõõm, T

    2015-09-18

    Multiferroics permit the magnetic control of the electric polarization and the electric control of the magnetization. These static magnetoelectric (ME) effects are of enormous interest: The ability to read and write a magnetic state current-free by an electric voltage would provide a huge technological advantage. Dynamic or optical ME effects are equally interesting, because they give rise to unidirectional light propagation as recently observed in low-temperature multiferroics. This phenomenon, if realized at room temperature, would allow the development of optical diodes which transmit unpolarized light in one, but not in the opposite, direction. Here, we report strong unidirectional transmission in the room-temperature multiferroic BiFeO_{3} over the gigahertz-terahertz frequency range. The supporting theory attributes the observed unidirectional transmission to the spin-current-driven dynamic ME effect. These findings are an important step toward the realization of optical diodes, supplemented by the ability to switch the transmission direction with a magnetic or electric field. PMID:26431014

  10. Optical Diode Effect at Spin-Wave Excitations of the Room-Temperature Multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Kézsmárki, I.; Nagel, U.; Bordács, S.; Fishman, R. S.; Lee, J. H.; Yi, Hee Taek; Cheong, S.-W.; Rõõm, T.

    2015-09-01

    Multiferroics permit the magnetic control of the electric polarization and the electric control of the magnetization. These static magnetoelectric (ME) effects are of enormous interest: The ability to read and write a magnetic state current-free by an electric voltage would provide a huge technological advantage. Dynamic or optical ME effects are equally interesting, because they give rise to unidirectional light propagation as recently observed in low-temperature multiferroics. This phenomenon, if realized at room temperature, would allow the development of optical diodes which transmit unpolarized light in one, but not in the opposite, direction. Here, we report strong unidirectional transmission in the room-temperature multiferroic BiFeO3 over the gigahertz-terahertz frequency range. The supporting theory attributes the observed unidirectional transmission to the spin-current-driven dynamic ME effect. These findings are an important step toward the realization of optical diodes, supplemented by the ability to switch the transmission direction with a magnetic or electric field.

  11. Impact of the various spin- and orbital-ordering processes on the multiferroic properties of orthovanadate DyVO3

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    Zhang, Q.; Singh, K.; Simon, C.; Tung, L. D.; Balakrishnan, G.; Hardy, V.

    2014-07-01

    The orthovanadate DyVO3 crystal, known to exhibit multiple structural, spin-, and orbital-ordering transitions, is presently investigated on the basis of magnetization, heat capacity, resistivity, dielectric, and polarization measurements. Our main result is experimental evidence for the existence of multiferroicity below a high TC of 108 K over a wide temperature range including different spin-orbital-ordered states. The onset of ferroelectricity is found to coincide with the antiferromagnetic C-type spin-ordering transition taking place at 108 K, which indicates that DyVO3 belongs to type-II multiferroics exhibiting a coupling between magnetism and ferroelectricity. Some anomalies detected on the temperature dependence of electric polarization are discussed with respect to the nature of the spin-orbital-ordered states of the V sublattice and the degree of spin alignment in the Dy sublattice. The orthovanadates RVO3 (R= rare earth or Y) form an important new category for searching for high-TC multiferroics.

  12. Multiferroicity in an organic charge-transfer salt that is suggestive of electric-dipole-driven magnetism

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    Lunkenheimer, P.; Muller, J.; Krohns, S.; Schrettle, F.; Loidl, A.; Hartmann, B.; Rommel, R.; de Souza, M.; Hotta, C.; Schlueter, J. A.; Lang, M.

    2012-01-01

    Multiferroics, showing simultaneous ordering of electrical and magnetic degrees of freedom, are remarkable materials as seen from both the academic and technological points of view. A prominent mechanism of multiferroicity is the spin-driven ferroelectricity, often found in frustrated antiferromagnets with helical spin order. There, as for conventional ferroelectrics, the electrical dipoles arise from an off-centre displacement of ions. However, recently a different mechanism, namely purely electronic ferroelectricity, where charge order breaks inversion symmetry, has attracted considerable interest. Here we provide evidence for ferroelectricity, accompanied by antiferromagnetic spin order, in a two-dimensional organic charge-transfer salt, thus representing a new class of multiferroics. We propose a charge-order-driven mechanism leading to electronic ferroelectricity in this material. Quite unexpectedly for electronic ferroelectrics, dipolar and spin order arise nearly simultaneously. This can be ascribed to the loss of spin frustration induced by the ferroelectric ordering. Hence, here the spin order is driven by the ferroelectricity, in marked contrast to the spin-driven ferroelectricity in helical magnets.

  13. Symmetries and multiferroic properties of novel room-temperature magnetoelectrics: Lead iron tantalate - lead zirconate titanate (PFT/PZT)

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    Sanchez, Dilsom A.; Ortega, N.; Kumar, Ashok; Roque-Malherbe, R.; Polanco, R.; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2011-12-01

    Mixing 60-70% lead zirconate titanate with 40-30% lead iron tantalate produces a single-phase, low-loss, room-temperature multiferroic with magnetoelectric coupling: (PbZr0.53Ti0.47O3) (1-x)- (PbFe0.5Ta0.5O3)x. The present study combines x-ray scattering, magnetic and polarization hysteresis in both phases, plus a second-order dielectric divergence (to epsilon = 6000 at 475 K for 0.4 PFT; to 4000 at 520 K for 0.3 PFT) for an unambiguous assignment as a C2v-C4v (Pmm2-P4mm) transition. The material exhibits square saturated magnetic hysteresis loops with 0.1 emu/g at 295 K and saturation polarization Pr = 25 μC/cm2, which actually increases (to 40 μC/cm2) in the high-T tetragonal phase, representing an exciting new room temperature oxide multiferroic to compete with BiFeO3. Additional transitions at high temperatures (cubic at T>1300 K) and low temperatures (rhombohedral or monoclinic at T<250 K) are found. These are the lowest-loss room-temperature multiferroics known, which is a great advantage for magnetoelectric devices.

  14. Symmetries and multiferroic properties of novel room-temperature magnetoelectrics: Lead iron tantalate – lead zirconate titanate (PFT/PZT)

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    Sanchez, Dilsom A.; Ortega, N.; Kumar, Ashok; Roque-Malherbe, R.; Polanco, R.; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2011-12-01

    Mixing 60-70% lead zirconate titanate with 40-30% lead iron tantalate produces a single-phase, low-loss, room-temperature multiferroic with magnetoelectric coupling: (PbZr₀.₅₃Ti₀.₄₇O₃) (1-x)- (PbFe₀.₅Ta₀.₅O₃)x. The present study combines x-ray scattering, magnetic and polarization hysteresis in both phases, plus a second-order dielectric divergence (to epsilon = 6000 at 475 K for 0.4 PFT; to 4000 at 520 K for 0.3 PFT) for an unambiguous assignment as a C2v-C4v (Pmm2-P4mm) transition. The material exhibits square saturated magnetic hysteresis loops with 0.1 emu/g at 295 K and saturation polarization Pr = 25 μC/cm², which actually increases (to 40 μC/cm²) in the high-T tetragonal phase, representingmore » an exciting new room temperature oxide multiferroic to compete with BiFeO₃. Additional transitions at high temperatures (cubic at T>1300 K) and low temperatures (rhombohedral or monoclinic at T<250 K) are found. These are the lowest-loss room-temperature multiferroics known, which is a great advantage for magnetoelectric devices.« less

  15. Structural, magnetic and electrical properties of samarium substituted multiferroic bismuth ferrite

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    Gowrishankar, M.; Babu, D. Rajan; Madeswaran, S.

    2016-05-01

    Polycrystalline Bi0.8Sm0.2FeO3 was synthesized by a simple co - precipitation route. Single phase of the prepared sample was confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis which further reveals that it crystalizes as mixed crystal structure of rhombohedral with R3c space group and orthorhombic with Pnma space group. A considerable increase in magnetization was observed at room temperature VSM analysis and temperature dependent dielectric analysis shows an anomaly at the vicinity of Neel temperature (TN). Room temperature ferroelectric study explicitly authenticates the formation of a better loop due to the reduced leakage current and the suppression of oxygen deficiencies.

  16. Uniaxial strain-induced magnetic order transition from E-type to A-type in orthorhombic YMnO{sub 3} from first-principles

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    Lin, S. X.; Fang, X. G.; Zhang, A. H.; Lu, X. B.; Gao, J. W.; Gao, X. S.; Zeng, M.; Liu, J.-M.

    2014-10-28

    The spin ordering magnetic structures of orthorhombic YMnO{sub 3} subjected to uniaxial strain have been investigated using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. On applying compressive uniaxial strain of −0.8% along the b orientation, the spin ordering magnetic structure is predicted to change from E-type to A-type antiferromagnetic orderings. The structure analysis also reveals that the uniaxial strain has a dramatic influence on the Mn-O bond lengths and Mn-O-Mn bond angles, allowing the gradual suppression of the alternation of the long and short Mn-O-Mn bonds in the ab plane. These changes present very interesting possibilities for engineering the spin ordering along with ferroelectric property in orthorhombic YMnO{sub 3}.

  17. Mott Multiferroics and Ferroelectric Metals from Dynamical Mean-Field Theory combined with Density-Functional Theory

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    Capone, Massimo

    2015-03-01

    Multiferroic materials, in which ferroelectricity and long-range magnetic ordering coexist, are natural candidates for applications. In this perspective, the most promising compounds are those in which the two phenomena do not simply coexist, but they influence each other through a magnetoelectric coupling. We present different applications of Density Functional Theory combined with Dynamical Mean-Field Theory in which electron-electron correlation effects are crucial in the stabilization of multiferroic behavior and in the magnetoelectric coupling. Within this wide family we can distinguish different cases. In Sr0.5Ba0.5MnO3 the multiferroic behavior is associated with a Mott insulating state in which the Mn half-filled t2g orbitals are responsible of the magnetic properties and the value of the polarization is strongly affected by the magnetic state. LiOsO3 shares the same electronic configuration with half-filled Os t2g orbitals. Despite this configuration enhances the effect of electron-electron interactions, the material remains metallic and represents a peculiar ferroelectric metal. We propose however how to turn this non-magnetic polar metal into a multiferroic through the design of a superlattice, which increases the degree of correlation, leading to Mott localization of the Os orbitals. In completely different systems, such as organic crystals like (TMTTF)2-X, strong correlations can lead to multiferroicity in organic crystals such as (TMTTF)2-X, where charge ordering promotes a polarization which is favored by an antiferromagnetic ordering. We finally discuss how strong correlations can play a major role away from half-filling when the Hund's coupling is sizable in compounds with a nominal valence of, e.g., two electrons in the three t2g orbitals. Such ``Hund's metals'' are correlated despite being far from Mott localization. This physical regime can be a fertile ground to obtain other ferroelectric metals. This work is supported by ERC/FP7 through the

  18. Oxidation of orthorhombic titanium aluminide Tl-22AL-25NB in air between 650 and 1000 °C

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    Leyens, C.

    2001-04-01

    The oxidation behavior of orthorhombic titanium aluminide alloy Ti-22Al-25Nb was studied in air between 650 and 1000 °C by isothermal thermogravimetry and postoxidation scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and x-ray diffraction. Microhardness measurements were performed after exposure to gage hardening due to nitrogen and oxygen ingress. The parabolic rate constant of Ti-22Al-25Nb was of the same order as conventional titanium alloys and Ti3Al-based titanium aluminides at and below 750 °C. Between 800 and 1000 °C, the oxidation resistance of Ti-22Al-25Nb was as good as that of γ-TiAl based aluminides; however, the growth rate changed from parabolic to linear after several tens of hours at 900 and 1000 °C. The mixed oxide scale consisted of TiO2, AlNbO4, and Al2O3, with TiO2 being the dominant oxide phase. Underneath the oxide scale, a nitride-containing layer formed in the temperature range investigated, and at 1000 °C, internal oxidation was observed below this layer. In all cases, oxygen diffused deeply into the subsurface zone and caused severe embrittlement. Microhardness measurements revealed that Ti-22Al-25Nb was hardened in a zone as far as 300 µm below the oxide scale when exposed to air at 900 °C for 500 h. The peak hardness depended on exposure time and reached five times the average hardness of the bulk material under the above conditions.

  19. Impurity scattering effects on the superconducting properties and the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic phase transition in FeSe

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    Abdel-Hafiez, M.; Pu, Y. J.; Brisbois, J.; Peng, R.; Feng, D. L.; Chareev, D. A.; Silhanek, A. V.; Krellner, C.; Vasiliev, A. N.; Chen, Xiao-Jia

    2016-06-01

    A comprehensive study of the doping dependence of the phase diagram of FeSe-based superconductors is still required due to the lack of a clean and systematic means of doping control. Here, we report on the magneto-optical imaging, thermodynamic and transport properties, as well as in situ angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) studies of impurity scattering in stoichiometric FeSe single crystals. Co doping at the Fe site is found to decrease the superconducting transition temperature (Tc). The upper critical field and specific heat all indicate a possible multiband superconductivity with strong coupling in the Co-doped system. A remarkable feature in FeSe is that its temperature dependent resistivity exhibits a wide hump at high temperatures, a signature of a crossover from a semiconductinglike behavior to metallic behavior. A structural tetragonal-to-orthorhombic phase transition (Ts) (a consequence of the electronic nematicity) is suppressed by either physical or chemical pressures. Due to the reconstruction of the Fermi surface at Ts, specific heat anomalies at Ts present Δ Cp/Ts≈γn , being γn the Sommerfield coefficient at low temperature. This reflect an additional electronic instability in the FeSe1 -xSx system. ARPES data between 180 and 282 K indicates the existence of a chemical potential shift with increasing thermal excitations, resulting in a change of the Fermi-surface topology and exhibiting a semimetal behavior. We found that the temperature-induced Lifshitz transition is much higher than the temperature for the nematic order.

  20. Orthorhombic crystals and three-dimensional structure of the potent toxin II from the scorpion Androctonus australis Hector.

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    Fontecilla-Camps, J C; Habersetzer-Rochat, C; Rochat, H

    1988-01-01

    Orthorhombic crystals (space group P212121, a = 45.94 A, b = 40.68 A, c = 29.93 A) of the potent scorpion alpha-toxin II from Androctonus australis Hector were grown using sterile techniques. The structure was solved by a combination of heavy-atom and model phasing. Subsequently, it was refined at 1.8 A resolution by a fast-Fourier restrained least-squares procedure. The crystallographic R factor is 0.152 for data with 7.0 A greater than d greater than 1.8 A and F greater than 2.5 sigma (F) and 0.177 when all data are considered. Eighty-nine solvent molecules have been incorporated into the model. The dense core formed by the alpha-helical and antiparallel beta-sheet moieties and three of the four disulfide bridges is similar in variant 3, a toxin purified from the North American scorpion Centruroides sculpturatus, and in toxin II. However, the two molecules differ markedly in the orientation of loops protruding from the core. Toxin II seems to contain several highly ordered solvent molecules. Eight of them occupy a cavity consisting of the C-terminal region and a loop found only in scorpion alpha-toxins. The highly reactive and pharmacologically important Lys-58 is found at one of the extremes of this cavity, where it establishes a series of hydrogen bonds with protein and solvent atoms. The reactivities of the five lysine residues of toxin II are highly correlated with the formation of hydrogen bonds, hydrophobic interactions, and salt links. PMID:3174645

  1. Physical vapor deposition synthesis of two-dimensional orthorhombic SnS flakes with strong angle/temperature-dependent Raman responses.

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    Xia, Jing; Li, Xuan-Ze; Huang, Xing; Mao, Nannan; Zhu, Dan-Dan; Wang, Lei; Xu, Hua; Meng, Xiang-Min

    2016-01-28

    Anisotropic layered semiconductors have attracted significant interest due to the huge possibility of bringing new functionalities to thermoelectric, electronic and optoelectronic devices. Currently, most reports on anisotropy have concentrated on black phosphorus and ReS2, less effort has been contributed to other layered materials. In this work, two-dimensional (2D) orthorhombic SnS flakes on a large scale have been successfully synthesized via a simple physical vapor deposition method. Angle-dependent Raman spectroscopy indicated that the orthorhombic SnS flakes possess a strong anisotropic Raman response. Under a parallel-polarization configuration, the peak intensity of Ag (190.7 cm(-1)) Raman mode reaches the maximum when incident light polarization is parallel to the armchair direction of the 2D SnS flakes, which strongly suggests that the Ag (190.7 cm(-1)) mode can be used to determine the crystallographic orientation of the 2D SnS. In addition, temperature-dependent Raman characterization confirmed that the 2D SnS flakes have a higher sensitivity to temperature than graphene, MoS2 and black phosphorus. These results are useful for the future studies of the optical and thermal properties of 2D orthorhombic SnS. PMID:26698370

  2. Application of orthorhombic standardization in magnetic susceptibility studies of localized spin models with S=1, 3/2, 2, 5/2

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    Pełka, Robert; Rudowicz, Czesław

    2016-09-01

    The standardization idea is nowadays tacitly accepted in EMR area, however, its usefulness in magnetism studies has not been fully recognized as yet. This idea arises due to intrinsic features of orthorhombic Hamiltonians of any physical nature, including the crystal (ligand) field (CF/LF) Hamiltonians or the zero-field splitting (ZFS) ones. Standardization limits the ratio of the orthorhombic parameter to the axial one to a fixed range between 0 and a specific value that depends on the notation used. For the ZFS parameters expressed in the conventional spin Hamiltonian (SH) notation the ratio λ=E/D can always be limited to the range (0, ±1/3) by appropriate choice of coordinate system. Implications of standardization of orthorhombic spin Hamiltonians for interpretation of experimental magnetic susceptibility data are considered. Using a numerical example, we show the existence of alternative solutions for ZFS parameters potentially obtainable from fitting experimental magnetic data and discuss their importance. For the first time algebraic applications of the standardization to the expressions for magnetic susceptibility tensor derived earlier for localized spin models with S=1, 3/2, 2, 5/2 and with rhombic anisotropy are explored. The numerical and algebraic results allow us to formulate an 'invariance principle'. These considerations facilitate interpretation of experimental magnetic data and provide an additional check of correctness of analytical magnetic susceptibility expressions.

  3. Multiferroic nanomagnetic logic: Hybrid spintronics-straintronic paradigm for ultra-low energy computing

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    Salehi Fashami, Mohammad

    Excessive energy dissipation in CMOS devices during switching is the primary threat to continued downscaling of computing devices in accordance with Moore's law. In the quest for alternatives to traditional transistor based electronics, nanomagnet-based computing [1, 2] is emerging as an attractive alternative since: (i) nanomagnets are intrinsically more energy-efficient than transistors due to the correlated switching of spins [3], and (ii) unlike transistors, magnets have no leakage and hence have no standby power dissipation. However, large energy dissipation in the clocking circuit appears to be a barrier to the realization of ultra low power logic devices with such nanomagnets. To alleviate this issue, we propose the use of a hybrid spintronics-straintronics or straintronic nanomagnetic logic (SML) paradigm. This uses a piezoelectric layer elastically coupled to an elliptically shaped magnetostrictive nanomagnetic layer for both logic [4-6] and memory [7-8] and other information processing [9-10] applications that could potentially be 2-3 orders of magnitude more energy efficient than current CMOS based devices. This dissertation focuses on studying the feasibility, performance and reliability of such nanomagnetic logic circuits by simulating the nanoscale magnetization dynamics of dipole coupled nanomagnets clocked by stress. Specifically, the topics addressed are: 1. Theoretical study of multiferroic nanomagnetic arrays laid out in specific geometric patterns to implement a "logic wire" for unidirectional information propagation and a universal logic gate [4-6]. 2. Monte Carlo simulations of the magnetization trajectories in a simple system of dipole coupled nanomagnets and NAND gate described by the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equations simulated in the presence of random thermal noise to understand the dynamics switching error [11, 12] in such devices. 3. Arriving at a lower bound for energy dissipation as a function of switching error [13] for a

  4. Free Carriers versus Excitons in CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite Thin Films at Low Temperatures: Charge Transfer from the Orthorhombic Phase to the Tetragonal Phase.

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    Phuong, Le Quang; Yamada, Yasuhiro; Nagai, Masaya; Maruyama, Naoki; Wakamiya, Atsushi; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2016-07-01

    We have investigated the dynamic optical properties of CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) perovskite thin films at low temperatures using time-resolved photoluminescence, optical transient absorption (TA), and THz TA spectroscopy. Optical spectroscopic results indicate that the high-temperature tetragonal phase still remains in the MAPbI3 thin films at low temperatures in addition to the major orthorhombic phase. The fast charge transfer from the orthorhombic phase to the tetragonal phase is likely to suppress the formation of excitons in the orthorhombic phase. Consequently, the near-band-edge optical responses of the photocarriers in both the tetragonal and orthorhombic phases of the MAPbI3 thin films are more accurately described by a free-carrier model, rather than an excitonic model even at low temperatures. PMID:27269590

  5. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO 3

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    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

    2015-11-24

    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. 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 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.

  6. Calcination temperature influenced multiferroic properties of Ca-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Dhir, Gitanjali Uniyal, Poonam; Verma, N. K.

    2015-06-24

    The influence of Ca-doping and particle size on structural, morphological and magnetic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles has been studied. A sol-gel method was employed for the synthesis of nanoparticles and their particle size was tailored by varying the calcination temperature. Structural analysis revealed a rhombohedral distortion induced by Ca-substitution. The broadening of diffraction peaks with decreasing calcination temperature was indicative of reduction in crystallite size. The morphological analysis revealed the formation of agglomerated nanoparticles having average particle size ranging from 10-15 and 50-55 nm for C4 and C6, respectively. The agglomeration is attributed to high surface energy of nanoparticles. Ferromagnetism has been displayed by all the synthesized nanoparticles. Enhancement of saturation magnetization with Ca-substitution is attributed to suppression of spin cycloid structure by the reduction in size, lattice distortion and creation of oxygen vacancies by the substitution of divalent ion at trivalent site. Further, this value increases as a function of decreasing particle size. Strong particle size effects on magnetic properties of the synthesized nanoparticles are owed to increasing surface to volume ratio. All these observations are indicative of strong dependence of multiferroism on particle size.

  7. Strain mediated coupling in magnetron sputtered multiferroic PZT/Ni-Mn-In/Si thin film heterostructure

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    Singh, Kirandeep; Kaur, Davinder; Singh, Sushil Kumar

    2014-09-21

    The strain mediated electrical and magnetic properties were investigated in PZT/Ni-Mn-In heterostructure deposited on Si (100) by dc/rf magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction pattern revealed that (220) orientation of Ni-Mn-In facilitate the (110) oriented tertragonal phase growth of PZT layer in PZT/Ni-Mn-In heterostructure. A distinctive peak in dielectric constant versus temperature plots around martensitic phase transformation temperature of Ni-Mn-In showed a strain mediated coupling between Ni-Mn-In and PZT layers. The ferroelectric measurement taken at different temperatures exhibits a well saturated and temperature dependent P-E loops with a highest value of P{sub sat}~55 μC/cm² obtained during martensite-austenite transition temperature region of Ni-Mn-In. The stress induced by Ni-Mn-In layer on upper PZT film due to structural transformation from martensite to austenite resulted in temperature modulated Tunability of PZT/Ni-Mn-In heterostructure. A tunability of 42% was achieved at 290 K (structural transition region of Ni-Mn-In) in these heterostructures. I-V measurements taken at different temperatures indicated that ohmic conduction was the main conduction mechanism over a large electric field range in these heterostructures. Magnetic measurement revealed that heterostructure was ferromagnetic at room temperature with a saturation magnetization of ~123 emu/cm³. Such multiferroic heterostructures exhibits promising applications in various microelectromechanical systems.

  8. Fast 180° magnetization switching in a strain-mediated multiferroic heterostructure driven by a voltage.

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    Peng, Ren-Ci; Hu, Jia-Mian; Momeni, Kasra; Wang, Jian-Jun; Chen, Long-Qing; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2016-01-01

    Voltage-driven 180° magnetization switching provides a low-power alternative to current-driven magnetization switching widely used in spintronic devices. Here we computationally demonstrate a promising route to achieve voltage-driven in-plane 180° magnetization switching in a strain-mediated multiferroic heterostructure (e.g., a heterostructure consisting of an amorphous, slightly elliptical Co40Fe40B20 nanomagnet on top of a Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 film as an example). This 180° switching follows a unique precessional path all in the film plane, and is enabled by manipulating magnetization dynamics with fast, local piezostrains (rise/release time <0.1 ns) on the Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 film surface. Our analyses predict ultralow area energy consumption per switching (~0.03 J/m(2)), approximately three orders of magnitude smaller than that dissipated by current-driven magnetization switching. A fast overall switching time of about 2.3 ns is also demonstrated. Further reduction of energy consumption and switching time can be achieved by optimizing the structure and material selection. The present design provides an additional viable route to realizing low-power and high-speed spintronics. PMID:27272678

  9. Fast 180° magnetization switching in a strain-mediated multiferroic heterostructure driven by a voltage

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    Peng, Ren-Ci; Hu, Jia-Mian; Momeni, Kasra; Wang, Jian-Jun; Chen, Long-Qing; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2016-06-01

    Voltage-driven 180° magnetization switching provides a low-power alternative to current-driven magnetization switching widely used in spintronic devices. Here we computationally demonstrate a promising route to achieve voltage-driven in-plane 180° magnetization switching in a strain-mediated multiferroic heterostructure (e.g., a heterostructure consisting of an amorphous, slightly elliptical Co40Fe40B20 nanomagnet on top of a Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 film as an example). This 180° switching follows a unique precessional path all in the film plane, and is enabled by manipulating magnetization dynamics with fast, local piezostrains (rise/release time <0.1 ns) on the Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 film surface. Our analyses predict ultralow area energy consumption per switching (~0.03 J/m2), approximately three orders of magnitude smaller than that dissipated by current-driven magnetization switching. A fast overall switching time of about 2.3 ns is also demonstrated. Further reduction of energy consumption and switching time can be achieved by optimizing the structure and material selection. The present design provides an additional viable route to realizing low-power and high-speed spintronics.

  10. Novel room temperature multiferroics on the base of single-phase nanostructured perovskites

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    Glinchuk, Maya D.; Eliseev, Eugene A.; Morozovska, Anna N.

    2014-08-01

    The theoretical description of the nanostructured Pb(Fe1/2Ta1/2)x(Zr0.53Ti0.47)1-xO3 (PFTx-PZT(1-x)) and Pb(Fe1/2Nb1/2)x(Zr0.53Ti0.47)1-xO3 (PFNx-PZT(1-x)) intriguing ferromagnetic, ferroelectric, and magnetoelectric properties at temperatures higher than 100 K are absent to date. The goal of this work is to propose the theoretical description of the physical nature and the mechanisms of the aforementioned properties, including room temperature ferromagnetism, phase diagram dependence on the composition x with a special attention to the multiferroic properties at room temperature, including anomalous large value of magnetoelectric coefficient. The comparison of the developed theory with phase diagrams allow establishing the boundaries between paraelectric, ferroelectric, paramagnetic, antiferromagnetic, ferromagnetic, and magnetoelectric phases, as well as the characteristic features of ferroelectric domain switching by magnetic field are performed and discussed. The experimentally established absence of ferromagnetic phase in PFN, PFT and in the solid solution of PFN with PbTiO3 (PFNx-PT(1-x)) was explained in the framework of the proposed theory.

  11. Modified Heisenberg model for the zig-zag structure in multiferroic RMn2O5

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    Bahoosh, Safa Golrokh; Wesselinowa, Julia M.; Trimper, Steffen

    2015-08-01

    The class of RMn2O5 (R = Ho, Tb, Y, Eu) compounds offers multiferroic properties where the refined magnetic zig-zag order breaks the inversion symmetry. Varying the temperature, the system undergoes a magnetic and a subsequent ferroelectric phase transition where the ferroelectricity is magnetically induced. We propose a modified anisotropic Heisenberg model that can be used as a tractable analytical model studying the properties of those antiferromagnetic zig-zag spin chains. Based on a finite temperature Green's function method, it is shown that the polarization is induced solely by different exchange couplings of the two different Mn4+ and Mn3+ magnetic ions. We calculate the excitation energy of the spin system for finite temperatures, which for its part determines the temperature dependent magnetization and polarization. The ferroelectric phase transition is manifested as a kink in the excitation energy. The variation of the polarization by an external magnetic field depends strongly on the direction of that field. Whereas, the polarization in b-direction increases with an external magnetic field as well in b-direction it can be switched for strong fields in a-direction. The results based on that modified Heisenberg model are in qualitative agreement with experimental data.

  12. Four-state straintronics: Ultra low-power collective nanomagnetic computing using multiferroics with biaxial anisotropy

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    D'Souza, Noel; Atulasimha, Jayasimha; Bandyopadhyay, Supriyo

    2012-02-01

    Two-phase multiferroic nanomagnets, consisting of elastically coupled magnetostrictive/piezoelectric layers, can be endowed with four stable magnetization states by introducing biaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy in the magnetostrictive layer. These states can encode four logic bits. We show through extensive modeling that dipole coupling between such 4-state magnets, combined with stress sequences that appropriately modulate the energy barriers between the stable states through magnetoelastic coupling, can be used to realize 4-state NOR logic (J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 44, 265001 (2011)) as well as unidirectional propagation of logic bits along a ``wire'' of nanomagnets (arXiv:1105.1818). As very little energy is consumed to ``compute'' in such a system, this could emerge as an ultra-efficient computing paradigm with high logic density. We show, by solving the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation, that such nanomagnet arrays can be used for ultrafast image reconstruction and pattern recognition that go beyond simple Boolean logic. The image processing attribute is derived from the thermodynamic evolution in time, without involving any software. This work is supported by the NSF under grant ECCS-1124714 and VCU under PRIP.

  13. Giant Controllable Magnetization Changes Induced by Structural Phase Transitions in a Metamagnetic Artificial Multiferroic

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    Bennett, S. P.; Wong, A. T.; Glavic, A.; Herklotz, A.; Urban, C.; Valmianski, I.; Biegalski, M. D.; Christen, H. M.; Ward, T. Z.; Lauter, V.

    2016-03-01

    The realization of a controllable metamagnetic transition from AFM to FM ordering would open the door to a plethora of new spintronics based devices that, rather than reorienting spins in a ferromagnet, harness direct control of a materials intrinsic magnetic ordering. In this study FeRh films with drastically reduced transition temperatures and a large magneto-thermal hysteresis were produced for magnetocaloric and spintronics applications. Remarkably, giant controllable magnetization changes (measured to be as high has ~25%) are realized by manipulating the strain transfer from the external lattice when subjected to two structural phase transitions of BaTiO3 (001) single crystal substrate. These magnetization changes are the largest seen to date to be controllably induced in the FeRh system. Using polarized neutron reflectometry we reveal how just a slight in plane surface strain change at ~290C results in a massive magnetic transformation in the bottom half of the film clearly demonstrating a strong lattice-spin coupling in FeRh. By means of these substrate induced strain changes we show a way to reproducibly explore the effects of temperature and strain on the relative stabilities of the FM and AFM phases in multi-domain metamagnetic systems. This study also demonstrates for the first time the depth dependent nature of a controllable magnetic order using strain in an artificial multiferroic heterostructure.

  14. Femtosecond spectroscopy of multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films

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    Zhang, J.; Abreu, E.; Schneck, J. R.; Rana, D. S.; Kawayama, I.; Tonouchi, M.; Ziegler, L.; Averitt, R. D.

    2010-03-01

    BiFeO3 is a multiferroic material characterized by a room temperature antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric phase and a 2.6eV bandgap. Terahertz emission from BiFeO3 thin films following excitation above bandgap by UV femtosecond pulses has been observed [1]. The THz emission is related to ultrafast depolarization of the ferroelectric order in the film as observed from the hysteresis of the amplitude of the emitted THz signal as a function of a biasing electric field. Experiments probing the electronic and lattice dynamics with sub-picosecond resolution are an essential step towards identifying the intrinsic mechanism responsible for depolarization and THz emission in BiFeO3. In this study we investigate the carrier dynamics of epitaxial BiFeO3 thin films using degenerate pump-probe spectroscopy at 400 nm with sub-50 fs pulses. We have observed a 5 THz coherent optical phonon oscillation consistent with the A1 phonon mode as observed in Raman spectroscopy [2]. In this talk, the relation of the observed dynamics to the THz emission will be discussed. [1] D.S. Rana, et al., Advanced Materials 21, 2881 (2009). [2] S. Kamba, et al, Phys. Rev. B 75, 024403 (2007).

  15. Field-dependent dielectric and magnetic properties in multiferroic CdCr2S4

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    Sun, C. P.; Lin, C. C.; Her, J. L.; Ho, C. J.; Taran, S.; Berger, H.; Chaudhuri, B. K.; Yang, H. D.

    2009-06-01

    Based on the results of field-dependent dielectric and magnetic measurements, we observe several interesting behaviors and phase transitions in this geometrically frustrated spinel system CdCr2S4 . (1) A glassy dipolar state occurs near TC˜85K , which is induced by the onset of ferromagnetic ordering. (2) A ferroelectric ordering occurs near Tp˜56K , which is enhanced by externally applying electric field. (3) Both the magnitude and step-up temperature of dielectric constant (ɛ') near TC are suppressed by an electric field yet are increased by the magnetic field. (4) Both electric and magnetic fields colossally enhance the magnitude of dielectric constant (ɛ') near Tp . (5) A clear dip of magnetization under various electric fields is observed near Tp indicating the different spin-dipole interactions near TC and Tp . Attempts are made to analyze these field-dependent properties by considering the strong spin-lattice coupling and exchange striction effect in this novel multiferroic material.

  16. FeCr2S4 in magnetic fields: possible evidence for a multiferroic ground state

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    Bertinshaw, J.; Ulrich, C.; Günther, A.; Schrettle, F.; Wohlauer, M.; Krohns, S.; Reehuis, M.; Studer, A. J.; Avdeev, M.; Quach, D. V.; Groza, J. R.; Tsurkan, V.; Loidl, A.; Deisenhofer, J.

    2014-01-01

    We report on neutron diffraction, thermal expansion, magnetostriction, dielectric, and specific heat measurements on polycrystalline FeCr2S4 in external magnetic fields. The ferrimagnetic ordering temperatures TC ≈ 170 K and the transition at TOO ≈ 10 K, which has been associated with orbital ordering, are only weakly shifted in magnetic fields up to 9 T. The cubic lattice parameter is found to decrease when entering the state below TOO. The magnetic moments of the Cr- and Fe-ions are reduced from the spin-only values throughout the magnetically ordered regime, but approach the spin-only values for fields >5.5 T. Thermal expansion in magnetic fields and magnetostriction experiments indicate a contraction of the sample below about 60 K. Below TOO this contraction is followed by a moderate expansion of the sample for fields larger than ~4.5 T. The transition at TOO is accompanied by an anomaly in the dielectric constant. The dielectric constant depends on both the strength and orientation of the external magnetic field with respect to the applied electric field for T < TOO. A linear correlation of the magnetic-field-induced change of the dielectric constant and the magnetic-field dependent magnetization is observed. This behaviour is consistent with the existence of a ferroelectric polarization and a multiferroic ground state below 10 K. PMID:25123960

  17. Hydroxyl-decorated Graphene Systems: Organic metal-free Ferroelectrics, Multiferroics, and Proton battery Cathode Materials

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    Wu, Menghao; Burton, J. D.; Tsymbal, Evgeny; Zeng, Xiao; Jena, Puru; Jena's Group Team, Prof.; Burton's Group Team, Prof.; Tsymbal's Group Team, Prof.; Zeng's Group Team, Prof.

    2013-03-01

    Through density-functional-theory calculations we show that hydroxylized graphene systems are ideal candidates for light-weight organic ferroelectric materials with giant polarizations. For example, the polarization of semi-hydroxylized graphane and graphone as well as fully hydroxylized graphane are, respectively, 41.1, 43.7, 67.7 μC/cm2, much higher than any organic ferroelectric materials known to date. In addition, hydroxylized graphone is multiferroic due to the coexistence of ferroeletricity and ferromagnetism. Zigzag graphene nanoribbons decorated by hydroxyl groups also exhibit ferroelectric properties with a large polarization of 27.0 μC/cm2. Moreover, proton vacancies at the end of ribbons can induce large dipole moments that can be reversed by both hopping of protons and rotation of O-H bonds under an electric field. These materials have the potential as high-capacity cathode materials with specific capacity six times larger than lead-acid batteries and five times that of lithium-ion batteries.

  18. Giant Controllable Magnetization Changes Induced by Structural Phase Transitions in a Metamagnetic Artificial Multiferroic.

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    Bennett, S P; Wong, A T; Glavic, A; Herklotz, A; Urban, C; Valmianski, I; Biegalski, M D; Christen, H M; Ward, T Z; Lauter, V

    2016-01-01

    The realization of a controllable metamagnetic transition from AFM to FM ordering would open the door to a plethora of new spintronics based devices that, rather than reorienting spins in a ferromagnet, harness direct control of a materials intrinsic magnetic ordering. In this study FeRh films with drastically reduced transition temperatures and a large magneto-thermal hysteresis were produced for magnetocaloric and spintronics applications. Remarkably, giant controllable magnetization changes (measured to be as high has ~25%) are realized by manipulating the strain transfer from the external lattice when subjected to two structural phase transitions of BaTiO3 (001) single crystal substrate. These magnetization changes are the largest seen to date to be controllably induced in the FeRh system. Using polarized neutron reflectometry we reveal how just a slight in plane surface strain change at ~290C results in a massive magnetic transformation in the bottom half of the film clearly demonstrating a strong lattice-spin coupling in FeRh. By means of these substrate induced strain changes we show a way to reproducibly explore the effects of temperature and strain on the relative stabilities of the FM and AFM phases in multi-domain metamagnetic systems. This study also demonstrates for the first time the depth dependent nature of a controllable magnetic order using strain in an artificial multiferroic heterostructure. PMID:26940159

  19. Multiferroic properties of (Bi, Ca)FeO3 films on glass substrates

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    Chang, H. W.; Shen, C. Y.; Yuan, F. T.; Tu, K. T.; Lo, Y. C.; Tu, S. Y.; Wang, C. R.; Tu, C. S.; Ouyang, H.; Shih, C. W.; Chang, W. C.; Jen, S. U.

    2015-11-01

    Effect of Ca substitution on the multiferroic properties of non-epitaxially grown polycrystalline Bi1-xCaxFeO3 (BCFO) films on refined Pt(1 1 1) electrode buffered glass substrates is studied. The structural analysis shows that a pure perovskite phase with isotropic orientation is present for BCFO films (x = 0.05-0.15). The grain size and surface roughness are reduced with increasing x. Different from the BCFO ceramics, good ferroelectric properties with the remanent polarization (2Pr) of 91-124 μC/cm2 and electrical coercive field (Ec) of 294-394 kV/cm are obtained in BCFO polycrystalline thin films. Furthermore, the substitution of Ca2+ for Bi3+ effectively enhance the ferromagnetic properties with magnetization (Ms) of 5.9-8.2 emu/cm3 and coercivity (Hc) of 1224-1258 Oe. The ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties and leakage behavior as functions of Ca content x are discussed.

  20. Frustration and multiferroic behavior in Ca3CoMnO6

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    Zapf, Vivien

    2012-06-01

    Lu{sub 2}MnCoO{sub 6} and Ca{sub 3}MnCoO{sub 6} satisfy one of the primary goals of multiferroics research, namely ferromagnetic-like magnetization coupled to ferroelectric-like polarization. Thus the mechanism for magnetoelectric coupling in these materials deserves careful study. New data shows that the physics of these compound may be related to the classic 'ANNNI' model. Frustration between ferromagnetic nearest-neighbor and antiferromagnetic next-nearest-neighbor interactions between Ising spins creates an 'up up down down' magnetic structure in zero magnetic field, along c-axis chains that consist of alternating Co and Mn ions. In applied magnetic fields 'up up down,' 'up up up down' and other metastable variations can evolve, yielding hysteretic ferromagnetic-like magnetization. The key is that the phase slips between regions of 'up' and 'down' carries an electric polarization due to broken spatial inversion symmetry. Thus these phase slips can be manipulated with both electric and magnetic fields. The result is a profusion of magnetic and electric states that are closely-spaced in temperature, electric, and magnetic field. We present experimental studies of the magnetic, electric, and structural properties of these two compounds. We include very new data up to 100 Ton Ca{sub 3}CoMnO{sub 6} that resolves a key controversy of over the magnetic structure and the size of the moments.