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  1. 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

    2016-02-02

    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.

  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. 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.; ...

    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

  4. 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.; Schoenlein, R. W.; Chuang, Y. -D.

    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 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; ; 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.

  5. Size dependences of crystal structure and magnetic properties of DyMnO3 nanoparticles

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    Tajiri, T.; Terashita, N.; Hamamoto, K.; Deguchi, H.; Mito, M.; Morimoto, Y.; Konishi, K.; Kohno, A.

    2013-11-01

    We synthesized DyMnO3 nanoparticles with particle sizes of about 7.5-15.3 nm in the pores of mesoporous silica and investigated their crystal structure and magnetic properties. As the particle size decreased, the lattice constants of the DyMnO3 nanoparticles deviated from those of the bulk crystal, and the Jahn-Teller distortion in the nanoparticle systems decreased. In addition, the estimated lattice strain increased with decreasing particle size. The DyMnO3 nanoparticles showed superparamagnetic behavior. The blocking temperature and the coercive field increased with decreasing particle size, and this behavior was contrary to the usual magnetic size effects. It is deduced that these unique size dependences of the magnetic properties for the DyMnO3 nanoparticles were derived from the changes in lattice constants and lattice strain. The anisotropic lattice deformation in the crystal structure of the nanoparticles induces an enhancement of the magnetic anisotropy, which results in the increase in blocking temperature and coercive field with decreasing particle size.

  6. 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.

  7. Implementing Room-Temperature Multiferroism by Exploiting Hexagonal-Orthorhombic Morphotropic Phase Coexistence in LuFeO3 Thin Films.

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    Song, Seungwoo; Han, Hyeon; Jang, Hyun Myung; Kim, Young Tae; Lee, Nam-Suk; Park, Chan Gyung; Kim, Jeong Rae; Noh, Tae Won; Scott, James F

    2016-09-01

    Room-temperature multiferroism in LuFeO3 (LFO) films is demonstrated by exploiting the orthorhombic-hexagonal (o-h) morphotrophic phase coexistence. The LFO film further reveals a magnetoelectric coupling effect that is not shown in single-phase (h- or o-) LFO. The observed multiferroism is attributed to the combination of sufficient polarization from h-LFO and net magnetization from o-LFO.

  8. Crystal-Orientation-Modulated Exchange Bias in Orthorhombic-YMnO3/La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 Multiferroic Heterostructures.

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

    2015-07-15

    The magnetic properties of the all-oxide multiferroic heterostructures composed of orthorhombic YMnO3 (YMO) with E-type antiferromagnetic and double-exchange ferromagnetic (FM) La0.6Sr0.4MnO3 (LSMO) were studied. An orientation-modulated exchange bias effect, which is related to the interfacial Mn-O-Mn bond angle, was discovered. Because of the large bond angle in YMO/LSMO(100) heterostructures, a strong exchange coupling at the interface is formed. This strong exchange coupling sustains an FM phase in YMO at the interface region. The FM phase with strong magnetocrystalline anisotropy contributes to the vertical shift and exchange bias effect in (100) orientation heterostructures. When LSMO (110) and (111) were layered with YMO, the Mn-O-Mn bond angle was reduced, leading to a weakened exchange coupling at the interface, and only a relatively small exchange bias at low temperatures was visible.

  9. Electric field control of terahertz polarization in a multiferroic manganite with electromagnons.

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    Shuvaev, A; Dziom, V; Pimenov, Anna; Schiebl, M; Mukhin, A A; Komarek, A C; Finger, T; Braden, M; Pimenov, A

    2013-11-27

    All-electrical control of a dynamic magnetoelectric effect is demonstrated in a classical multiferroic manganite DyMnO3, a material containing coupled antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric orders. Because of intrinsic magnetoelectric coupling with electromagnons a linearly polarized terahertz light rotates upon passing through the sample. The amplitude and the direction of the polarization rotation are defined by the orientation of ferroelectric domains and can be switched by static voltage. These experiments allow the terahertz polarization to be tuned using the dynamic magnetoelectric effect.

  10. Preparation, Structural, Optical, Electrical, and Magnetic Characterisation of Orthorhombic GdCr0.3Mn0.7O3 Multiferroic Nanoparticles

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    Singh, Deepa; Bamzai, K. K.

    2017-01-01

    In this article, chromium-doped gadolinium manganate (GdCr0.3Mn0.7O3) nanoparticles has been prepared by wet-chemical route in order to investigate their structural, optical, electrical, and room temperature magnetic properties. Microstructural and compositional analyses have been carried out by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Synthesised material is found to be in orthorhombic crystal structure with Pbnm space group. The spherical morphology of the nanoparticles has been examined from the SEM images. Functional groups have been identified using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Dielectric constant, dielectric loss, AC conductivity (σac), and activation energy in the range of 1 kHz-1 MHz from room temperature to high temperature (400°C) have been investigated. The frequency dependence of AC conductivity obeys the universal power law. The value of activation energy depends on increase in frequency. Room temperature magnetic behaviour suggests the material to be paramagnetic in nature.

  11. Multiferroic RMnO3 thin films

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    Fontcuberta, Josep

    2015-03-01

    Multiferroic materials have received an astonishing attention in the last decades due to expectations that potential coupling between distinct ferroic orders could inspire new applications and new device concepts. As a result, a new knowledge on coupling mechanisms and materials science has dramatically emerged. Multiferroic RMnO3 perovskites are central to this progress, providing a suitable platform to tailor spin-spin and spin-lattice interactions. With views towards applications, the development of thin films of multiferroic materials have also progressed enormously and nowadays thin-film manganites are available, with properties mimicking those of bulk compounds. Here we review achievements on the growth of hexagonal and orthorhombic RMnO3 epitaxial thin films and the characterization of their magnetic and ferroelectric properties, we discuss some challenging issues, and we suggest some guidelines for future research and developments. En ce qui concerne les applications, le développement de films minces de matériaux multiferroïques a aussi énormément progressé, et de nos jours des films minces de manganites avec des propriétés similaires à celles des matériaux massifs existent. Nous passons en revue ici les résultats obtenus dans le domaine de la croissance de couches minces épitaxiés de RMnO3 hexagonal et orthorhombique et de la caractérisation de leurs propriétés magnétiques et ferroélectriques. Nous discutons certains enjeux et proposons quelques idées pour des recherches et développements futurs.

  12. 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

    2016-02-03

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Dispersion analysis of arbitrarily cut orthorhombic crystals.

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    Höfer, Sonja; Ivanovski, Vladimir; Uecker, Reinhard; Kwasniewski, Albert; Popp, Jürgen; Mayerhöfer, Thomas G

    2017-06-05

    We developed a measurement and evaluation scheme to perform dispersion analysis on arbitrarily cut orthorhombic crystals based on the schemes developed for triclinic and uniaxial crystals. As byproduct of dispersion analysis the orientations of the crystal axes are found. In contrast to the spectra of arbitrarily cut uniaxial crystals, where the fit routine has to separate two independent principal spectra, the spectra of arbitrarily cut orthorhombic crystals are a combination of three independent spectra and the evaluation scheme gets more complex. Dispersion analysis is exemplary performed on two different crystals, which show different spectral features and different levels of difficulties to evaluate. Neodymium gallate (NdGaO3) has broad overlapping reflections bands while topaz (Al2SiO4 [F, OH]2) has a quite high total number of infrared active bands.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

    2016-08-01

    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.

  1. Multiferroic oxide thin films and heterostructures

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    Lu, Chengliang; Hu, Weijin; Tian, Yufeng; Wu, Tom

    2015-06-01

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. An orthorhombic polymorph of mulinic acid.

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    Brito, Iván; Bórquez, Jorge; Loyola, Luis Alberto; López-Rodríguez, Matías; Cárdenas, Alejandro

    2010-01-09

    THE TITLE COMPOUND [SYSTEMATIC NAME: (3S,3aS,10bR)-3-isopropyl-5a,8-dimethyl-2,3,4,5,5a,6,7,10,10a,10b-deca-hydro-endo-epidioxy-cyclo-hepta-[e]indene-3a(1H)-carboxylic acid], C(20)H(30)O(4), is a polymorphic form of a previously reported structure [Loyola et al. (1990 ▶). Tetra-hedron, 46, 5413-5420]. The newly found ortho-rhom-bic polymorph crystallizes in P2(1)2(1)2(1) with two mol-ecules in the asymmetric unit. The mol-ecules are linked into discrete D(2) chains by simple O-H⋯O inter-actions. There are only slight variations in the mol-ecular geometry and supra-molecular organization in the crystal structures of the two polymorphs. The densities are 1.145 (monoclinic, P2(1)) and 1.155 Mg m(-3) (ortho-rhom-bic, P2(1)2(1)2(1)).

  4. Ferroelectricity and competing interactions in Ho-deficient non-stoichiometric orthorhombic HoMnO3

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

    2015-05-01

    We investigate the consequences of the Ho-deficient non-stoichiometry in orthorhombic HoMnO3 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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}.

  7. 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

  8. Voltage control of magnetism in multiferroic heterostructures.

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    Liu, Ming; Sun, Nian X

    2014-02-28

    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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. β phase and γ-β metal-insulator transition in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Palai, R.; Katiyar, R. S.; Schmid, H.; Tissot, P.; Clark, S. J.; Robertson, J.; Redfern, S. A. T.; Catalan, G.; Scott, J. F.

    2008-01-01

    We report on extensive experimental studies on thin film, single crystal, and ceramics of multiferroic bismuth ferrite BiFeO3 using differential thermal analysis, high-temperature polarized light microscopy, high-temperature and polarized Raman spectroscopy, high-temperature x-ray diffraction, dc conductivity, optical absorption and reflectivity, and domain imaging, and show that epitaxial (001) thin films of BiFeO3 are clearly monoclinic at room temperature, in agreement with recent synchrotron studies but in disagreement with all other earlier reported results. We report an orthorhombic order-disorder β phase between 820 and 925 (±5)°C , and establish the existence range of the cubic γ phase between 925 (±5) and 933 (±5)°C , contrary to all recent reports. We also report the refined Bi2O3-Fe2O3 phase diagram. The phase transition sequence rhombohedral-orthorhombic-cubic in bulk [monoclinic-orthorhombic-cubic in (001)BiFeO3 thin film] differs distinctly from that of BaTiO3 . The transition to the cubic γ phase causes an abrupt collapse of the band gap toward zero (insulator-metal transition) at the orthorhombic-cubic β-γ transition around 930°C . Our band structure models, high-temperature dc resistivity, and light absorption and reflectivity measurements are consistent with this metal-insulator transition.

  12. Novel multiferroicity in GdMnO3 thin films with self-assembled nano-twinned domains

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    Li, Xiang; Lu, Chengliang; Dai, Jiyan; Dong, Shuai; Chen, Yan; Hu, Ni; Wu, Guangheng; Liu, Meifeng; Yan, Zhibo; Liu, Jun-Ming

    2014-01-01

    There have been many interests in exploring multiferroic materials with superior ferroelectric and magnetic properties for the purpose of developing multifunctional devices. Fabrication of thin films plays an important role in achieving this purpose, since the multiferroicity can be tuned via strain, dimensionality, and size effect, without varying the chemical composition. Here, we report exotic multiferroic behaviors, including high-TC (~75 K) ferroelectric state, a large spontaneous polarization (~4900 μC/m2) and relatively strong ferromagnetism emerging at ~105 K, in orthorhombic GdMnO3/SrTiO3 (001) thin films with self-assembled nano-scale twin-like domains. We propose a possible ab-plane spiral-spin-order phase to be responsible for the large spontaneous polarization in the films, which can only be stabilized by relatively high magnetic field H > 6 T in the bulk crystals. It is suggested that the nano-scale twin-like domain structure is essential for the high temperature ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism of the thin films. PMID:25387445

  13. 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

  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. Low energy consumption spintronics using multiferroic heterostructures.

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    Trassin, Morgan

    2016-01-27

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Graphene-multiferroic interfaces for spintronics applications.

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    Zanolli, Zeila

    2016-08-23

    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.

  19. E -type noncollinear magnetic ordering in multiferroic o -LuMnO3

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    Mukherjee, Saumya; Dönni, Andreas; Nakajima, Taro; Mitsuda, Setsuo; Tachibana, Makoto; Kitazawa, Hideaki; Pomjakushin, Vladimir; Keller, Lukas; Niedermayer, Christof; Scaramucci, Andrea; Kenzelmann, Michel

    2017-03-01

    Multiferroic orthorhombic o -LuMnO3 exhibits large ferroelectric polarization induced by an E -type magnetic order. Recently, the E -type magnetic phase in LuMnO3 was proposed to feature magnetic moments tilted away from the collinear ordering. We employed neutron diffraction to determine the symmetry of the magnetic order in o -LuMnO3 . We observed that below TN=39 K, the Mn3 + spins order into an incommensurate amplitude-modulated phase that obeys the Pbnm crystal symmetry and is paraelectric. The incommensurate phase locks into a commensurate phase at TC=35.5 K described by a fully antiferromagnetic and noncollinear E -type order. This noncollinear E -type ordering breaks the spatial inversion symmetry and induces a spontaneous polarization at TC. At T =2 K, an appreciably large electric polarization was observed similar to that of other orthorhombic manganites featuring E -type magnetic order. We also present a Pbnm symmetry-allowed Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction that explains the noncollinear E -type order in the commensurate phase. These results are in qualitative agreement with the type of distortions from collinear E -type antiferromagnetic order found using Monte Carlo simulation for rare-earth manganites [M. Mochizuki et al., Phys. Rev. B 84, 144409 (2011), 10.1103/PhysRevB.84.144409].

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Bottom-up multiferroic nanostructures

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    Ren, Shenqiang

    Multiferroic and especially magnetoelectric (ME) nanocomposites have received extensive attention due to their potential applications in spintronics, information storage and logic devices. The extrinsic ME coupling in composites is strain mediated via the interface between the piezoelectric and magnetostrictive components. However, the design and synthesis of controlled nanostructures with engineering enhanced coupling remain a significant challenge. The purpose of this thesis is to create nanostructures with very large interface densities and unique connectivities of the two phases in a controlled manner. Using inorganic solid state phase transformations and organic block copolymer self assembly methodologies, we present novel self assembly "bottom-up" techniques as a general protocol for the nanofabrication of multifunctional devices. First, Lead-Zirconium-Titanate/Nickel-Ferrite (PZT/NFO) vertical multilamellar nanostructures have been produced by crystallizing and decomposing a gel in a magnetic field below the Curie temperature of NFO. The ensuing microstructure is nanoscopically periodic and anisotropic. The wavelength of the PZT/NFO alternation, 25 nm, agrees within a factor of two with the theoretically estimated value. The macroscopic ferromagnetic and magnetoelectric responses correspond qualitatively and semi-quantitatively to the features of the nanostructure. The maximum of the field dependent magnetoelectric susceptibility equals 1.8 V/cm Oe. Second, a magnetoelectric composite with controlled nanostructures is synthesized using co-assembly of two inorganic precursors with a block copolymer. This solution processed material consists of hexagonally arranged ferromagnetic cobalt ferrite (CFO) nano-cylinders within a matrix of ferroelectric Lead-Zirconium-Titanate (PZT). The initial magnetic permeability of the self-assembled CFO/PZT nanocomposite changes by a factor of 5 through the application of 2.5 V. This work may have significant impact on the

  4. 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°.

  5. 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.

  6. Nonreciprocal Multiferroic Superlattices with Broken Parity Symmetry

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    Tang, Zhenghua; Zhang, Weiyi

    Multiferroic materials are characterized by the coexistence of ferroelectric and ferromagnetic (or antiferromagnetic) orders, the coupling to lattice vibration can be invoked either through piezoelectric or piezomagnetic effects. In this paper, the polaritonic band structures of multiferroic superlattices composed of oppositely polarized domains are investigated using the generalized transfer matrix method. For the primitive cell with broken parity symmetry, the polaritonic band structure is asymmetrical with respect to the forward and backward propagation directions (nonreciprocality). In particular, the band extreme points move away from the Brillouin zone center. This asymmetry in band-gap positions and widths can be used to design compact one-way optical isolators, while the extremely slow light velocities near the asymmetrical upper edges of lower bands includes the essential ingredients for designing slow light devices.

  7. Thermodynamics of Multicaloric Effects in Multiferroics

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    Planes, Antoni; Castan, Teresa; Saxena, Avadh

    2014-03-01

    Ferroic and multiferoic materials thermally respond to externally driven changes of ferroic properties. Usually these changes are induced by application or removal of the field thermodynamically conjugated to a specific property. The isothermal change of entropy and the adiabatic change of temperature are commonly used in order to quantify the caloric response of a given material. From this perspective we provide a general thermodynamic framework to study multicaloric effects in multiferroic materials. This is applied to the case of a magnetoelectric multiferroic, which is described by means of a Landau free energy with a biquadratic coupling between polarization and magnetization. We obtain a phase diagram, the isothermal entropy change and the adiabatic temperature change across different continuous and first order transitions as the applied electric and magnetic fields are varied. The obtained multicaloric effects are suitably decomposed into the corresponding electrocaloric and magnetocaloric contributions.

  8. Bandgap tuning of multiferroic oxide solar cells

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    Nechache, R.; Harnagea, C.; Li, S.; Cardenas, L.; Huang, W.; Chakrabartty, J.; Rosei, F.

    2015-01-01

    Multiferroic films are increasingly being studied for applications in solar energy conversion because of their efficient ferroelectric polarization-driven carrier separation and above-bandgap generated photovoltages, which in principle can lead to energy conversion efficiencies beyond the maximum value (˜34%) reported in traditional silicon-based bipolar heterojunction solar cells. However, the efficiency reported so far is still too low (<2%) to be considered for commercialization. Here, we demonstrate a new approach to effectively tune the bandgap of double perovskite multiferroic oxides by engineering the cationic ordering for the case of Bi2FeCrO6. Using this approach, we report a power conversion efficiency of 8.1% under AM 1.5 G irradiation (100 mW cm-2) for Bi2FeCrO6 thin-film solar cells in a multilayer configuration.

  9. Collective magnetism at multiferroic vortex domain walls.

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    Geng, Yanan; Lee, N; Choi, Y J; Cheong, S-W; Wu, Weida

    2012-12-12

    Cross-coupled phenomena of multiferroic domains and domain walls are of fundamental scientific and technological interest. Using cryogenic magnetic force microscopy, we find alternating net magnetic moments at ferroelectric domain walls around vortex cores in multiferroic hexagonal ErMnO(3), which correlate with each other throughout the entire vortex network. This collective nature of domain wall magnetism originates from the uncompensated Er(3+) moments at domain walls and the self-organization of the vortex network. Our results demonstrate that the collective domain wall magnetism can be controlled by external magnetic fields and represent a major advancement in the manipulation of local magnetic moments by harnessing cross-coupled domain walls.

  10. Ultra-Low Straintronics Using Multiferroic Composites

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    Roy, Kuntal

    2013-08-01

    This paper reviews the recent developments on building nanoelectronics for our future information processing paradigm using multiferroic composites. With appropriate choice of materials, when a tiny voltage of few tens of millivolts is applied across a multiferroic composite, i.e., a piezoelectric layer stain-coupled with a magnetostrictive layer, the piezoelectric layer gets strained and the generated stress in the magnetostrictive layer switches the magnetization direction between its two stable states. We particularly review the switching dynamics of magnetization and calculation of associated metrics like switching delay and energy dissipation. Such voltage-induced magnetization switching mechanism dissipates a minuscule amount of energy of only 1 attojoule in sub-nanosecond switching delay at room-temperature. The performance metrics for such nonvolatile straintronic devices make them very attractive for building not only memory devices but also building logic, so that they can be deemed suitable for computational purposes. Hence, multiferroic straintronics has profound promise of contributing to beyond Moore's law technology, i.e., of being possible replacement of conventional charge-based electronics, which is reaching its performance limit specifically due to excessive energy dissipation.

  11. Materials Data on DyMnO3 (SG:185) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2016-04-22

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  12. Effects of holmium substitution on multiferroic properties in Tb0.67Ho0.33MnO3

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    Staruch, M.; Lawes, G.; Kumarasiri, A.; Cotica, L. F.; Jain, M.

    2013-02-01

    In this work, the structural, electrical, and magnetic properties of orthorhombic TbMnO3 and Tb0.67Ho0.33MnO3 ceramics are presented. The lattice parameters and the Mn-O-Mn bond angle were found to decrease with Ho-substitution as evidenced by Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction data and Raman spectroscopy measurements. A weak ferromagnetic moment was observed in both dc and ac magnetic measurements of the Ho-substituted sample possibly due to spin canting in the antiferromagnetic phase. Tb0.67Ho0.33MnO3 was confirmed to be multiferroic with appearance of spontaneous polarization below 25 K and an additional increase in polarization ˜15.5 K associated with the ordering of the Ho3+ moments.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Physical properties of multidimensional and multiferroic composites

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    Mori, Kiyotaka

    The properties of multidimensional and multiferroic composite systems consisting of smart materials are investigated for the intended use in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensor and actuator applications. A multidimensional composite system combines within it different dimensionalities such as 1-D, 2-D, and 3-D constituents. A multiferroic composite system, meanwhile, consists of different ferroics such as ferroelastic, ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials. We demonstrate effects of dimensionality on thermoelastic properties of NiTi/Si cantilevers for MEMS actuators. The stress state of the bimorph cantilevers is controlled by the dimensionality of the Si cantilever surface (2-D or 1-D corrugated) or the NiTi thin film (2-D or 1-D patterned). Compared to single dimensional NiTi/Si cantilevers the multidimensional device features an improved actuation performance, that is, it combines a small thermoelastic with a large martensitic transformational deflection. We also demonstrate magnetoelectric effects as examples of multiferroic composite systems for novel sensor applications. An example is the magnetic field induced magnetoelectric effect, MEH, in a ferroelectric/ferromagnetic composite PVDF/Terfenol-D. Here, an applied magnetic field induces a piezomagnetic strain in Terfenol-D, which couples to PVDF and induces a piezoelectric charge or voltage. We obtained a MEH coefficient of 1.43 V/cm Oe in agreement with an analytical calculation. The magnetoelastic coupling coefficient of the PVDF/Terfenol-D composite is estimated as 11%. Further, we demonstrate an electrical field induced magnetoelectric effect, MEE, in the ferromagnetic/ferroelectric composites CoB/PZT and PZT/Metglas/PZT. In this case the application of an electric field induces a piezoelectric strain in the PZT ceramic. The strain couples to piezomagnetic CoB or Metglas. Hence, the magnetization of the ferromagnetic materials changes with the electrical field applied to the ferroelectric

  17. Multiferroic behavior at a spin state transition

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    Zapf, Vivien; Chikara, Shalinee; Singleton, John; Lin, Shizeng; Batista, Cristian; Scott, Brian; Smythe, Nathan

    Traditionally, multiferroic behavior is studied in materials with coexisting long-range orders, such as ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity. Here we present multiferroic behavior at a spin-state transition (SST). SSTs, for example, the S = 1 to S = 2 transition in Mn3+ can become cooperative magneto-structural phase transitions due to structural coupling between ions. SSTs are accompanied by change in the orbital occupation and hence, strongly coupled to the lattice and charge degrees of freedom. They are a dominant functionality in metal-organic materials, persisting up to room temperature in some compounds. We demonstrate that a magnetic SST can induce ferroelectricity. We study a Mn-based metal-organic system in which a three-fold degenerate dynamic Jahn-Teller effect at high temperatures vanishes when the temperature is lowered, and the system drops into a lower spin state. Application of a magnetic field restores the high spin Jahn-Teller-active state and allows the Jahn Teller distortions to order cooperatively, creating a dielectric constant change and a net electric polarization. We use high magnetic fields at the NHMFL to study the magnetic and electric behavior of this system across a significant fraction of its T-H phase space, and compare to theoretical modeling.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Study of multiferroic properties of Bi2Fe2WO9 ceramic for device application

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

    2016-09-01

    The Bi2Fe2WO9 ceramic was prepared using a standard solid-state reaction technique. Preliminary analysis of X-ray diffraction pattern revealed the formation of single-phase compound with orthorhombic crystal symmetry. The surface morphology of the material captured using scanning electron microscope (SEM) exhibits formation of a densely packed microstructure. Comprehensive study of dielectric properties showed two anomalies at 200∘C and 450∘C: first one may be related to magnetic whereas second one may be related to ferroelectric phase transition. The field dependent magnetic study of the material shows the existence of small remnant magnetization (Mr) of 0.052emμ/g at room temperature. The existence of magneto-electric (ME) coupling coefficient along with above properties confirms multi-ferroic characteristics of the compound. Selected range temperature and frequency dependent electrical parameters (impedance, modulus, conductivity) of the compound shows that electric properties are correlated to its microstructure. Detailed studies of frequency dependence of ac conductivity suggest that the material obeys Jonscher’s universal power law.

  1. Multiferroic, magnetoelectric and optical properties of Mn doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles

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    Chauhan, Sunil; Kumar, Manoj; Chhoker, Sandeep; Katyal, S. C.; Singh, Hemant; Jewariya, Mukesh; Yadav, K. L.

    2012-03-01

    Mn doped BiFeO3 (5, 10 and 15 mol%) nanoparticles were synthesized using sol-gel technique. The influence of Mn doping on structural, dielectric, magnetic, magnetoelectric and optical properties of BiFeO3 was studied. Rietveld refinement of XRD patterns showed rhombohedral to orthorhombic phase transition for 15 mol% Mn doped BiFeO3 sample. Magnetic measurements revealed the enhancement of ferromagnetic property with increasing Mn doping in BiFeO3. The characteristic dielectric anomaly, expected in the vicinity of antiferromagnetic transition temperature TN (Neel temperature) was found in all Mn doped BiFeO3 samples. The magnetoelectric coupling was evidenced by the change in capacitance with the change in the applied magnetic field. On increasing Mn concentration from 5 to 15 mol% in BiFeO3, a change in magnetocapacitance from 1.46% to 2.6% showed the improvement of multiferroic properties. In order to explore the optical properties of Mn doped BiFeO3 nanoparticles, their photoluminescent properties were also investigated.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Synthetic magnetoelectric coupling in a nanocomposite multiferroic

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    Jain, P.; Wang, Q.; Roldan, M.; ...

    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

  5. Magnetodielectric coupling in multiferroic holmium iron garnets

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    Malar Selvi, M.; Chakraborty, Deepannita; Venkateswaran, C.

    2017-02-01

    Single phase magneto-electric multiferroics require a large magnetic or electric field for producing magneto-electric (ME) and magnetodielectric (MD) effects. For utilizing these effects in devices investigations on the room temperature and low field MD studies are necessary. Recently, efforts have been largely devoted to the investigation of rare earth iron garnets. In the physical method, the preparation of rare earth iron garnet requires high sintering temperature and processing time. To solve these problems, ball milling assisted microwave sintering technique is used to prepare nanocrystalline holmium iron garnets (Ho3Fe5O12). Magnetic and dielectric properties of the prepared sample are investigated. These properties get enhanced in nanocrystalline form when compared to the bulk. The MD coupling of the prepared sample is evident from the anomaly in the temperature dependent dielectric constant plot and the ME coupling susceptibility is derived from the room temperature MD measurements.

  6. 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

  7. Electronically-driven orthorhombic distortion in FeSe

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    Watson, Matthew; Davies, Nathaniel; Haghighirad, Amir; Narayanan, Arjun; Kim, Timur; Hoersch, Moritz; Blake, Samuel; Coldea, Amalia

    2015-03-01

    FeSe is structurally the simplest of Fe-based superconductors, and exhibits a tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural transition at ~ 90 K, but no long-range magnetism at any temperature. We report measurements of the resistivity anisotropy in FeSe above Ts finding a large and divergent response to an applied strain, with a comparable magnitude and temperature-dependence to measurements in Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2, but opposite sign. We compare this data with literature reports on NMR and our own ARPES data, which taken together indicate that the structural transition is electronically-driven with orbital degrees of freedom playing a central role. This work was supported by EPSRC, UK (EP/I004475/1) and Diamond Light Source.

  8. 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.

  9. Novel superhard carbon: C-centered orthorhombic C8.

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    Zhao, Zhisheng; Xu, Bo; Zhou, Xiang-Feng; Wang, Li-Min; Wen, Bin; He, Julong; Liu, Zhongyuan; Wang, Hui-Tian; Tian, Yongjun

    2011-11-18

    A novel carbon allotrope of C-centered orthorhombic C(8) (Cco-C(8)) is predicted by using a recently developed particle-swarm optimization method on structural search. Cco-C(8) adopts a sp(3) three-dimensional bonding network that can be viewed as interconnected (2,2) carbon nanotubes through 4- and 6-member rings and is energetically more favorable than earlier proposed carbon polymorphs (e.g., M carbon, bct-C(4), W carbon, and chiral C(6)) over a wide range of pressures studied (0-100 GPa). The simulated x-ray diffraction pattern, density, and bulk modulus of Cco-C(8) are in good accordance with the experimental data on structurally undetermined superhard carbon recovered from cold compression of carbon nanotube bundles. The simulated hardness of Cco-C(8) can reach a remarkably high value of 95.1 GPa, such that it is capable of cracking diamond.

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

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

    2013-09-07

    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.

  11. Epitaxial thin films of novel multiferroic double perovskites.

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    Venimadhav, A.; Li, Qi

    2006-03-01

    Recently multiferroic materials have attracted great interest. However, relatively a few pure multiferroic compounds are currently known. Here we show the exploration of design of multiferroic properties in double perovskites by combining the ferrolectrisity driven by the Bi lone pairs and selectively choosing the 3d transition metals following Goodenough-Kanamori's rules to bring in ferromagnetism. We present growth issues in stabilizing the single phase, epitaxial thin films of new double perovskite multiferroic systems such as Bi2NiMnO6, Bi2FeCrO6 and La2NiMnO6 by pulsed laser deposition. Targets of these compositions were synthesized by solid state method with 15% of excess Bi in the composition to compensate the volatility of Bi during the deposition. We also present the synthesis of Bi2FeCrO6 by growing a superlattice structures from individual targets of Bi FeO3 and BiCrO3. In the cubic double perovskites, cations show rock salt kind of ordering in the (111) direction and hence growing these films on STO (111) substrates has an advantage. We present the growth, structural and multiferroic properties in these double perovskite thin films..

  12. Multiferroic Phases and Transitions in Ferroelectric Lead Titanate Nanodots

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    Xu, Tao; Shimada, Takahiro; Uratani, Yoshitaka; Wang, Xiaoyuan; Wang, Jie; Kitamura, Takayuki

    2017-01-01

    Discovery of novel phases and their associated transitions in low-dimensional nanoscale systems is of central interest as the origin of emergent phenomena and new device paradigms. Although typical ferroelectrics such as PbTiO3 exhibit diverse phase transition sequences, the conventional incompatible mechanisms of ferroelectricity and magnetism keep them as simply nonmagnetic phases, despite the immense practical prospective of multiferroics in novel functional devices. Here, we demonstrate using density function theory that PbTiO3 nanodots exhibit unconventional multiferroic phase transitions. The nanosize and nonstoichiometric effects intrinsic to nanodots bring about the coexistence of ferromagnetism with the host electric polarization, mediated by the termination and surface morphology. We also predict the key features of the size-dependent phase diagram of nanodots that involve a rich sequence of ferroelectric-multiferroic-ferromagnetic/nonmagnetic (FE-MF-FM/NM) multiferroic phase transitions. The present work thus provides an avenue to realizing multiferroics and multifunctional oxides in low-dimensional systems. PMID:28367955

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Multi-Ferroic Polymer Nanoparticle Composites for Next Generation Metamaterials

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    2016-05-23

    AFRL-AFOSR-JP-TR-2016-0056 Multi-Ferroic Polymer Nanoparticle Composites for Next Generation Metamaterials Yuanzhe Piao SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY...YOUR FORM TO THE ABOVE ORGANIZATION . 1. REPORT DATE (DD-MM-YYYY)      23-05-2016 2. REPORT TYPE Final 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 30 Mar 2012 to 29...Mar 2015 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Multi-Ferroic Polymer Nanoparticle Composites for Next Generation Metamaterials 5a.  CONTRACT NUMBER 5b.  GRANT NUMBER

  16. Multi-Ferroic Polymer Nanoparticle Composites for Next Generation Metamaterials

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    2016-06-15

    AFRL-AFOSR-JP-TR-2016-0061 Multi-Ferroic Polymer Nanoparticle Composites for Next Generation Metamaterials Sylvie Begin-Colin UNIVERSITE DE...THE ABOVE ORGANIZATION . 1. REPORT DATE (DD-MM-YYYY)      15-06-2016 2. REPORT TYPE Final 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 30 Sep 2012 to 29 Sep 2015 4...TITLE AND SUBTITLE Multi-Ferroic Polymer Nanoparticle Composites for Next Generation Metamaterials 5a.  CONTRACT NUMBER 5b.  GRANT NUMBER FA2386-12-1

  17. Persistent multiferroicity without magnetoelectric effects in CuO

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    Wang, Fen; Zou, Tao; Liu, Yi; Yan, Li-Qin; Sun, Young

    2011-09-01

    Multiferroicity and magnetoelectric effects in CuO have been investigated by measurements of magnetization, dielectric constant, and electric polarization with and without magnetic fields. Dielectric anomalies which indicate ferroelectric transitions were observed at two magnetic transition temperatures. Ferroelectric polarization was well detected in the incommensurate spiral phase. However, both dielectric constant and polarization have little changes in a 7 T magnetic field. Our study suggests that although with a high multiferroic temperature, the spiral spin structure in CuO is very stable and the induced ferroelectricity sustains even in a high magnetic field, which results in little magnetoelectric effects.

  18. Spin polarization of excitons in organic multiferroic composites.

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

    2016-06-23

    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.

  19. Theory of giant-caloric effects in multiferroic materials

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    Vopson, Melvin M.

    2013-08-01

    A generalized thermodynamic theory of giant-caloric effects in coupled multiferroic solids is introduced. The generalized theory allows analytical derivation of any caloric effect in solids displaying any type of cross coupling. In the particular cases of the non-coupled ferroic materials, the theory reproduces the well-known formulae describing magnetocaloric, electrocaloric or elastocaloric effects. This work facilitates adequate modeling tools and analytical relations capable of predicting caloric effects in complex coupled multiferroic materials, which is very beneficial to future developments in solid-state cooling technologies.

  20. Multiferroic properties of Indian natural ilmenite

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    Acharya, Truptimayee; Choudhary, R. N. P.

    2017-03-01

    In this communication, the main results and analysis of extensive studies of electric and magnetic characteristics (relative dielectric constant, tangent loss, electric polarization, electric transport, impedance, magnetic polarization and magneto-electric coupling coefficient) of Indian natural ilmenite (NI) have been presented. Preliminary structural analysis was studied by Rietveld refinement of room temperature XRD data, which suggests the rhombohedral crystal system of NI. Maxwell-Wagner mechanism was used to explain the nature of the frequency dependence of the relative dielectric constant. The impedance analysis reveals that below 270 °C, only the bulk contributes, whereas at higher temperature, both grain boundary and the bulk contribute to the resistive characteristics of the material. The magnitude of the depression angles of the semicircles in the Nyquist plot has been estimated. The correlated barrier hopping model has been used to explain the frequency dependence of ac conductivity of the material. The activation energy of the compound has been estimated using the temperature dependence of dc conductivity plot. The obtained polarization hysteresis loops manifest improper ferroelectric behavior of NI. The existence M-H hysteresis loop supports anti-ferromagnetism in the studied material. The magneto-electric voltage coupling coefficient is found to be 0.7 mV/cm Oe. Hence, other than dielectric constant, electric polarization, magnetization and magneto-electric studies support the existence of multiferroic properties in NI.

  1. Directed Growth of Orthorhombic Crystals in a Micropillar Array.

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    Holzner, Gregor; Binder, Claudia; Kriel, Frederik H; Priest, Craig

    2017-02-14

    We report directed growth of orthorhombic crystals of potassium permanganate in spatial confinement of a micropillar array. The solution is introduced by spontaneous wicking to give a well-defined film (thickness 10-15 μm; volume ∼600 nL) and is connected to a reservoir (several microliters) that continuously "feeds" the evaporating film. When the film is supersaturated, crystals nucleate and preferentially grow in specific directions guided by one of several possible linear paths through the pillar lattice. Crystals that do not initially conform are stopped at an obstructing pillar, branch into another permitted direction, or spontaneously rotate to align with a path and continue to grow. Microspectroscopy is able to track the concentration of solute in a small region of interest (70 × 100 μm(2)) near to growing crystals, revealing that the solute concentration initially increases linearly beyond the solubility limit. Crystal growth near the region of interest resulted in a sharp decrease in the local solute concentration (which rapidly returns the concentration to the solubility limit), consistent with estimated diffusion time scales (<1 s for a 50 μm length scale). The ability to simultaneously track solute concentration and control crystal orientation in nanoliter samples will provide new insight into microscale dynamics of microscale crystallization.

  2. Theoretical Study of Orthorhombic Distortions in High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Schnyder, Andreas; Manske, Dirk; Mudry, Christopher; Sigrist, Manfred

    2006-03-01

    Using a Fermi-liquid-based theory we calculate the response function for various spectroscopic probes in hole-doped high-TC superconductors, and determine the effects of orthorhombic distortions in the crystal lattice and asymmetry in the superconducting gap function. Employing the two-dimensional one-band Hubbard model and a generalized RPA-type theory we consider anisotropic hopping parameters (txty) and a mixing of d- and s-wave symmetry of the superconducting order parameter. Within this model, both the electronic Raman spectra and the dynamical magnetic susceptibility [1] are studied in detail. The relevance of these calculations to electronic Raman scattering measurements and inelastic neutron scattering experiments [2] on untwinned YBa2Cu3O6+x are discussed. [1] A. P. Schnyder, D. Manske, C. Mudry, and M. Sigrist, cond-mat/0510790. [2] V. Hinkov, S. Pailhes, P. Bourges, Y. Sidis, A. Ivanov, A. Kulakov, C. T. Lin, D. P. Chen, C. Bernhard, and B. Keimer, Nature 430, 650 (2004).

  3. 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.

  4. Covalent dependence of octahedral rotations in orthorhombic perovskite oxides.

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    Cammarata, Antonio; Rondinelli, James M

    2014-09-21

    The compositional dependence of metal-oxygen BO6 octahedral distortions, including bond elongations and rotations, is frequently discussed in the ABO3 perovskite literature; structural distortions alleviate internal stresses driven by under- or over-coordinated bond environments. Here we identify the dependence of octahedral rotations from changes in metal-oxygen bond covalency in orthorhombic perovskites. Using density functional theory we formulate a covalency metric, which captures both the real and k-space interactions between the magnitude and sense, i.e., in-phase or out-of-phase, octahedral rotations, to explore the link between the ionic-covalent Fe-O bond and the interoctahedral Fe-O-Fe bond angles in Pbnm ferrates. Our survey finds that the covalency of the metal-oxygen bond is correlated with the rotation amplitude: We find the more covalent the Fe-O bond, the less distorted is the structure and the more important the long-range inter-octahedral (Fe-O-Fe bond angle) interactions. Finally, we show how to indirectly tune the B-O bond covalency by A-cation induced BO6 rotations independent of ionic size, facilitating design of targeted bonding interactions in complex perovskites.

  5. Water in hydrated orthorhombic lysozyme crystal: Insight from atomistic simulations.

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    Hu, Zhongqiao; Jiang, Jianwen; Sandler, Stanley I

    2008-08-21

    Biologically important water in orthorhombic lysozyme crystal is investigated using atomistic simulations. A distinct hydration shell surrounding lysozyme molecules is found from the number distribution of water molecules. While the number of water molecules in the hydration shell increases, the percentage decreases as the hydration level rises. Adsorption of water in the lysozyme crystal shows type-IV behavior. At low hydration levels, water molecules primarily intercalate the minor pores and cavity in the crystal due to the strong affinity between protein and water. At high hydration levels, the major pores are filled with liquidlike water as capillary condensation occurs. A type-H4 hysteresis loop is observed in the adsorption and desorption isotherms. The locations of the water molecules identified from simulation match fairly well with the experimentally determined crystallographic hydration sites. As observed in experiment, water exhibits anomalous subdiffusion because of the geometric restrictions and interactions of protein. With increasing hydration level, this anomaly is reduced and the diffusion of water tends to progressively approach normal Brownian diffusion. The flexibility of protein framework slightly enhances water mobility, but this enhancement decreases with increasing hydration level.

  6. Water in hydrated orthorhombic lysozyme crystal: Insight from atomistic simulations

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    Hu, Zhongqiao; Jiang, Jianwen; Sandler, Stanley I.

    2008-08-01

    Biologically important water in orthorhombic lysozyme crystal is investigated using atomistic simulations. A distinct hydration shell surrounding lysozyme molecules is found from the number distribution of water molecules. While the number of water molecules in the hydration shell increases, the percentage decreases as the hydration level rises. Adsorption of water in the lysozyme crystal shows type-IV behavior. At low hydration levels, water molecules primarily intercalate the minor pores and cavity in the crystal due to the strong affinity between protein and water. At high hydration levels, the major pores are filled with liquidlike water as capillary condensation occurs. A type-H4 hysteresis loop is observed in the adsorption and desorption isotherms. The locations of the water molecules identified from simulation match fairly well with the experimentally determined crystallographic hydration sites. As observed in experiment, water exhibits anomalous subdiffusion because of the geometric restrictions and interactions of protein. With increasing hydration level, this anomaly is reduced and the diffusion of water tends to progressively approach normal Brownian diffusion. The flexibility of protein framework slightly enhances water mobility, but this enhancement decreases with increasing hydration level.

  7. 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.

  8. Two-dimensional multiferroics in monolayer group IV monochalcogenides

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    Wang, Hua; Qian, Xiaofeng

    2017-03-01

    Low-dimensional multiferroic materials hold great promises in miniaturized device applications such as nanoscale transducers, actuators, sensors, photovoltaics, and nonvolatile memories. Here, using first-principles theory we predict that two-dimensional (2D) monolayer group IV monochalcogenides including GeS, GeSe, SnS, and SnSe are a class of 2D semiconducting multiferroics with giant strongly-coupled in-plane spontaneous ferroelectric polarization and spontaneous ferroelastic lattice strain that are thermodynamically stable at room temperature and beyond, and can be effectively modulated by elastic strain engineering. Their optical absorption spectra exhibit strong in-plane anisotropy with visible-spectrum excitonic gaps and sizable exciton binding energies, rendering the unique characteristics of low-dimensional semiconductors. More importantly, the predicted low domain wall energy and small migration barrier together with the coupled multiferroic order and anisotropic electronic structures suggest their great potentials for tunable multiferroic functional devices by manipulating external electrical, mechanical, and optical field to control the internal responses, and enable the development of four device concepts including 2D ferroelectric memory, 2D ferroelastic memory, and 2D ferroelastoelectric nonvolatile photonic memory as well as 2D ferroelectric excitonic photovoltaics.

  9. Electrically driven magnetic antenna based on multiferroic composites

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    Wang, X.-G.; Sukhov, A.; Chotorlishvili, L.; Jia, C.-L.; Guo, G.-H.; Berakdar, J.

    2017-03-01

    We suggest and demonstrate via large scale numerical simulations an electrically operated spin-wave inducer based on composite multiferroic junctions. Specifically, we consider an interfacially coupled ferromagnetic/ferroelectric structure that emits controllably spin waves in the ferromagnets if the ferroelectric polarization is poled by an external electric field. The roles of geometry and material properties are discussed.

  10. Electrically driven magnetic antenna based on multiferroic composites.

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    Wang, X-G; Sukhov, A; Chotorlishvili, L; Jia, C-L; Guo, G-H; Berakdar, J

    2017-03-08

    We suggest and demonstrate via large scale numerical simulations an electrically operated spin-wave inducer based on composite multiferroic junctions. Specifically, we consider an interfacially coupled ferromagnetic/ferroelectric structure that emits controllably spin waves in the ferromagnets if the ferroelectric polarization is poled by an external electric field. The roles of geometry and material properties are discussed.

  11. Static and Dynamic Magnetoelectric Effects in Multiferroic Hexaferrites

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    Chun, Sae Hwan

    2014-03-01

    Multiferroics, wherein magnetism and ferroelectricity coexist, are of great interest for the prospect of new multifunctional devices by utilizing cross-coupling between the electric and magnetic properties. In most multiferroics currently known, however, the magnetoelectric (ME) coupling does not reach the level enough for the practical applications and the cross control of electric polarization by magnetic field or magnetization by electric field has been realized only at low temperature. Hence, for use in the ME devices, it is essential to increase both the ME sensitivity and the operating temperature. From investigation of multiferroic hexaferrites, we discover a chemical route to effectively tailor the critical magnetic field inducing electric polarization in (Ba,Sr)2Zn2 Fe12O22 (Zn2Y-type) by Al-substitution, yielding a giant magnetoelectric susceptibility. In (Ba,Sr)3Co2Fe24O41 (Co2Z-type) hexaferrite single crystals, we realize the control of magnetization by electric field at room temperature. In addition to those static ME properties, a dynamic ME effect, electric-dipole-active magnon resonance in THz frequency range, is also found in the Co2Z-type hexaferrite, exhibiting the spectral weight even at room temperature. The unprecedented supreme static and dynamic ME phenomena in the hexaferrites may provide a pathway to overcome the challenge in application of multiferroics for the real devices. Currently at Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439.

  12. 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).

  13. Electric-Field-Induced Magnetization Reversal in a Ferromagnet-Multiferroic Heterostructure

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    2011-11-14

    system. The effect is reversible and mediated by an interfacial magnetic coupling dictated by the multiferroic. Such electric-field control of a...system. The effect is reversible and mediated by an interfacial magnetic coupling dictated by the multiferroic. Such electric-field control of a...by an interfacial magnetic coupling dictated by the multiferroic. Such electric-field control of a magnetoelectric device demonstrates an avenue for

  14. 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.

  15. Elastic anomaly and order-disorder nature of multiferroic barium sodium niobate studied by broadband brillouin scattering

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    Ota, Shiori; Matsumoto, Kazuya; Suzuki, Kohei; Kojima, Seiji

    2014-03-01

    The successive phase transitions of multiferroic barium sodium niobate, Ba2NaNb5O15 (BNN), were studied by Brillouin scattering. The LA, TA modes, and central peak were measured in a large temperature range from room temperature up to 750 °C. In the vicinity of a ferroelectric phase transition at about TC = 585 °C from the prototypic tetragonal 4/mmm to ferroelectric 4mm phases, elastic anomaly was observed for LA and TA modes. In addition, the order-disorder nature was observed by the temperature dependence of a central peak. For further cooling another elastic anomaly was also observed in the vicinity of a ferroelastic incommensurate phase transition at about TIC = 285 °C into orthorhombic 2mm phase with the appearance of incommensurate modulation. The large thermal hysteresis of elastic anomaly near TIC can be attributed the typical feature of the type III incommensurate phase transition predicted recently by Ishibashi and Iwata (2013 J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 82 044703).

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

    2016-01-18

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Study on multicaloric effect of CuO induced multiferroic

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    Kumar, Amit; Yadav, K. L.

    2014-08-01

    One of the induced multiferroic materials, CuO has the magnetic as well as ferroelectric phase transition at same temperature (TN1 ˜ 213 K, TC and TN2 ˜ 230 K). These type of materials can show two types of entropy; magnetic field induced entropy (Magnetocaloric Effect) as well as electeric field induced entropy (Electrocaloric Effect). The presence of both type of entropy may be called "Multicaloric Entropy" (M. Vopson, Solid State Commun. 152, 2067 (2012) and Meng et al., Phys. Lett. A 377, 567 (2013)). We observed that "Multicaloric Entropy" in the induced multiferroic materials also depends on the magnetoelectric interaction (γ). Therofore, this numerical attempt to calculate the entropy of CuO may be useful for the future "electro-magnetic" based refrigerator technology.

  3. 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.

  4. Deterministic control of ferroelastic switching in multiferroic materials.

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    Balke, N; Choudhury, S; Jesse, S; Huijben, M; Chu, Y H; Baddorf, A P; Chen, L Q; Ramesh, R; Kalinin, S V

    2009-12-01

    Multiferroic materials showing coupled electric, magnetic and elastic orderings provide a platform to explore complexity and new paradigms for memory and logic devices. Until now, the deterministic control of non-ferroelectric order parameters in multiferroics has been elusive. Here, we demonstrate deterministic ferroelastic switching in rhombohedral BiFeO(3) by domain nucleation with a scanning probe. We are able to select among final states that have the same electrostatic energy, but differ dramatically in elastic or magnetic order, by applying voltage to the probe while it is in lateral motion. We also demonstrate the controlled creation of a ferrotoroidal order parameter. The ability to control local elastic, magnetic and torroidal order parameters with an electric field will make it possible to probe local strain and magnetic ordering, and engineer various magnetoelectric, domain-wall-based and strain-coupled devices.

  5. 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.

  6. Multiferroic behavior in Lu2MnCoO6

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    Zapf, Vivien; Mun, E.-D.; Ueland, B. G.; Thompson, J. D.; Singleton, J.; Gardner, J.; Yáñez-Vilar, S.; Sánchez-Anduacute; jar; , M.; Señaris-Rodriguez, M. A.; Mira, J.; Biskup, N.; Batista, C. D.

    2012-02-01

    Lu2MnCoO6 is a new member of the multiferroics with coupling between net magnetization and net electric polarization. Similar to Ca3MnCoO6, an up-up-down-down order of the magnetic spins is found that breaks spatial-inversion symmetry and creates an electric polarization. Unlike Ca3MnCoO6, the Co and Mn ions are both in a S = 3/2 state, the ordering temperature is 42 K, and the magnetic field needed to suppress electric polarization is 2 T. We present an experimental study of the multiferroic properties and spin structure including neutron diffraction, electric polarization, magnetization, dielectric constant, and specific heat measurements.

  7. Multi-Ferroic Polymer Nanoparticle Composites for Next Generation Metamaterials

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    2015-12-18

    Introduction Nanostructured polymer -nanoparticle composites have been widely used as conductive and dielectric materials for applications in flexible...AFRL-AFOSR-JP-TR-2016-0010 Multi-Ferroic Polymer Nanoparticle Composites for Next Generation Metamaterials Peter Kofinas MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK...Multi-Ferroic Polymer Nanoparticle Composites for Next Generation Metamaterials 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA2386-14-1-4086 5b. GRANT NUMBER

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Photocreating supercooled spiral-spin states in a multiferroic manganite

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    Sheu, Y. M.; Ogawa, N.; Kaneko, Y.; Tokura, Y.

    2016-08-01

    We demonstrate that the dynamics of the a b -spiral-spin order in a magnetoelectric multiferroic Eu0.55Y0.45MnO3 can be unambiguously probed through optical second harmonic signals, generated via spin-induced ferroelectric polarization. In the case of weak excitation, the ferroelectric and the spiral-spin order remains interlocked, both relaxing through spin-lattice relaxation in the nonequilibrium state. When the additional optical pulse illuminating the sample is intense enough to induce a local phase transition thermally, the system creates a metastable state of the b c -spiral-spin order (with the electric polarization P ∥c ) via supercooling across the first-order phase transition between the a b and b c spiral. The supercooled state of the b c -spiral spin is formed in the thermodynamical ground state of the a b spiral (P ∥a ), displaying a prolonged lifetime with strong dependence on the magnetic field along the a axis. The observed phenomena provide a different paradigm for photoswitching between the two distinct multiferroic states, motivating further research into a direct observation of the photocreated supercooled b c -spiral spin in multiferroic manganites.

  11. Electric Field Control of Ferromagnetism and Magnetic Devices Using Multiferroics

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    Heron, John Thomas

    This dissertation presents a study of a heterostructure composed of room temperature magnetoelectric multiferroic BiFeO3 and ferromagnetic Co.90Fe.10, with specific interest in understanding the interfacial coupling mechanisms in this system and establishing the electric field control of a magnetization and spintronic devices. The field of spintronics has been plagued with the problem of a large energy dissipation as a consequence of the resistive losses that come during the writing of the magnetic state (i.e. reversing the magnetization direction). The primary aim of the work presented here is to investigate and understand a novel heterostructure and materials interface that can be demonstrated as a pathway to low energy spintronics. In this dissertation, I will address the specific aspects of multiferroicity, magnetoelectricity, and interface coupling that must be addressed in order to reverse a magnetization with an electric field. Furthermore, I will demonstrate the reversal of a magnetization with an electric field in single and multilayer magnetic devices. The primary advances made as a result of the work described herein are the use of epitaxial constraints to control the nanoscale domain structure of a multiferroic which is then correlated to the domain structure of the exchange coupled ferromagnet. Additionally, the magnetization direction of the ferromagnetic layer is controlled with only an applied electric field at both macroscopic and microscopic scales. Lastly, using this electric field control of ferromagnetism, the first demonstration of a magnetoelectric memory bit is presented.

  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. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Multiferroic magnetoelectric composites: Historical perspective, status, and future directions

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    Nan, Ce-Wen; Bichurin, M. I.; Dong, Shuxiang; Viehland, D.; Srinivasan, G.

    2008-02-01

    Multiferroic magnetoelectric materials, which simultaneously exhibit ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism, have recently stimulated a sharply increasing number of research activities for their scientific interest and significant technological promise in the novel multifunctional devices. Natural multiferroic single-phase compounds are rare, and their magnetoelectric responses are either relatively weak or occurs at temperatures too low for practical applications. In contrast, multiferroic composites, which incorporate both ferroelectric and ferri-/ferromagnetic phases, typically yield giant magnetoelectric coupling response above room temperature, which makes them ready for technological applications. This review of mostly recent activities begins with a brief summary of the historical perspective of the multiferroic magnetoelectric composites since its appearance in 1972. In such composites the magnetoelectric effect is generated as a product property of a magnetostrictive and a piezoelectric substance. An electric polarization is induced by a weak ac magnetic field oscillating in the presence of a dc bias field, and/or a magnetization polarization appears upon applying an electric field. So far, three kinds of bulk magnetoelectric composites have been investigated in experimental and theoretical, i.e., composites of (a) ferrite and piezoelectric ceramics (e.g., lead zirconate titanate), (b) magnetic metals/alloys (e.g., Terfenol-D and Metglas) and piezoelectric ceramics, and (c) Terfenol-D and piezoelectric ceramics and polymer. The elastic coupling interaction between the magnetostrictive phase and piezoelectric phase leads to giant magnetoelectric response of these magnetoelectric composites. For example, a Metglas/lead zirconate titanate fiber laminate has been found to exhibit the highest magnetoelectric coefficient, and in the vicinity of resonance, its magnetoelectric voltage coefficient as high as 102V/cmOe orders has been achieved, which exceeds the

  16. Growth of epitaxial orthorhombic YO1.5-substituted HfO2 thin film

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

    2015-07-01

    YO1.5-substituted HfO2 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 YO1.5 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 YO1.5 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 HfO2-based film. Moreover, high-temperature X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the film with a YO1.5 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 HfO2-based film helps clarify the nature of ferroelectricity in HfO2-based films (186 words/200 words).

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Structural and transport properties of orthorhombic GdMnO3

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    Modi, Anchit; Thakur, Rajesh K.; Thakur, Rasna; Gaur, N. K.; Kaurav, N.; Okram, G. S.

    2013-06-01

    We report structural and transport properties of the polycrystalline orthorhombic GdMnO3 compound synthesized by using conventional solid state reaction method. The XRD pattern reveals the single phase formation of the reported compound in orthorhombic crystal structure with space group Pbnm (JCPDS: 25-0337). The temperature dependent resistivity study indicates the highly resistive nature of the compound especially in the low temperature region. The effect of low temperature magnetic ordering can be clearly understood from the resistivity versus temperature plot. The calculated activation energy by using Arrhenius equation fitting are found slightly lesser than the reported value which indicates the lesser dense nature of the prepared compound.

  20. Neutron, X-ray, and optical studies of multiferroic materials

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    Hearmon, Alexander J.

    Developing a greater understanding of multiferroic materials, particularly those in which a strong coupling is exhibited between magnetic and electrical orderings, is of great importance if potential applications are to be realised. This thesis reports new experimental findings on several multiferroics using the techniques of X-ray and neutron diffraction together with nonlinear optical experiments. Spherical neutron polarimetry measurements on RbFe(MoOmultiferroicity in this proper screw system. The charge ordering in YbFe2O4 is examined by a detailed imaging of reciprocal space measured by elastic X-ray diffraction. Continuous helices of scattering are observed above the three-dimensional ordering transition temperature, whereas the intensity is concentrated onto separated maxima below this. The low temperature data are modelled using a simple oxygen displacement pattern, generalised to an incommensurate structure. The observed incommensurability implies that YbFe2O4 cannot be truly ferroelectric. The low field magnetic structures of a Y-type hexaferrite Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2Fe12O22 are observed in a resonant soft X-ray diffraction study. In zero field the system is helimagnetic, and with small applied fields peaks corresponding to a new phase appear. Energy calculations are used to suggest a suitable magnetic structure for the new phase and to show how this relates to the known commensurate phases that are present in low fields. Finally, an experimental setup designed to measure second harmonic generation from non-centrosymmetric crystals is presented, along with static measurements on the multiferroic system MnWO4. An optical

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Multiferroic properties of artificially designed Perovskite-Spinel Heterostructures

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    Dussan, Sandra; Singh, Manoj K.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2009-03-01

    Multiferroics materials are a class of functional material that combines two or more ordered parameters i.e. ferromagnetic, ferroelectric and ferroelastic. The recent finding of multiferroic composite material with the coexistence of these properties has attracted the attention of various researchers due to its potential applications in highly sensitive sensors and actuators as well as multistate memory devices. We synthesized and characterizatied CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 (CFO-BFO) heterostructure thin films grown on SrTiO3 (111), (100) substrates using Pulsed laser deposition. The XRD patterns of CFO-BFO multilayered films evidenced that all picks correspond to CFO and BFO structure also confirmed by their respective Raman spectra. We observed three peaks at 136, 168, and 215 cm-1 that can be assigned to A1(TO) modes of the BFO pure phase and at 468 and 695 cm-1 correspond to CFO. Room temperature M-H exhibited well-shaped magnetization hysteresis loops, good saturation and high coercivity. Preliminary results evidenced the existence of ferroelectricity and magnetic properties in heterostructure.

  6. Optical coupling to spin waves in multiferroic materials

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    de Sousa, Rogerio

    2009-05-01

    The coexistence of ferroelectricity and magnetism in multiferroic materials leads to several interesting effects related to the interplay of light with complex electric and magnetic order. One notable example is bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3), a room temperature multiferroic that exhibits a large ferroelectric moment coexisting with a spiral antiferromagnetic phase in the form of a cycloid. I will describe a theory of bulk BiFeO3, which predicts the appearance of several magnon branches related to magnetic fluctuations at integer multiples of the cycloid wavevector. These magnons get admixed with optical phonons at zero wavevector, giving rise to two series of electromagnon resonances in the far infrared spectrum [1], which were recently observed using Raman spectroscopy [2]. I will show that these results are helpful in designing low loss electronic devices based on spin-wave propagation [3]. [4pt] [1] R. de Sousa and J.E. Moore, Phys. Rev. B. 77, 012406 (2008). [0pt] [2] M. Cazayous, Y. Gallais, A. Sacuto, R. de Sousa, D. Lebeugle, and D. Colson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 037601 (2008). [0pt] [3] R. de Sousa and J.E. Moore, Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 022514 (2008).

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

    2016-07-11

    In this paper, 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. Finally, this article is part of the themed issue ‘Taking the temperature of phase transitions in cool materials’.

  10. 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

    2016-07-11

    In this paper, 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. Itmore » 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. Finally, this article is part of the themed issue ‘Taking the temperature of phase transitions in cool materials’.« less

  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'.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Investigations of Transition Metal Oxide with the Perovskite Structure as Potential Multiferroics

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    2008-10-01

    Investigation of Transition Metal Oxides with the Perovskite Structure as Potential Multiferroics by Virginia Lea Miller and Steven C. Tidrow...Adelphi, MD 20783-1197 ARL-TR-4621 October 2008 Investigation of Transition Metal Oxides with the Perovskite Structure as Potential...5b. GRANT NUMBER 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Investigation of Transition Metal Oxides with the Perovskite Structure as Potential Multiferroics 5c

  16. Research Update: Electrical manipulation of magnetism through strain-mediated magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic heterostructures

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    Chen, A. T.; Zhao, Y. G.

    2016-03-01

    Electrical manipulation of magnetism has been a long sought-after goal to realize energy-efficient spintronics. During the past decade, multiferroic materials combining (anti)ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties are now drawing much attention and many reports have focused on magnetoelectric coupling effect through strain, charge, or exchange bias. This paper gives an overview of recent progress on electrical manipulation of magnetism through strain-mediated magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic heterostructures.

  17. 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.

  18. Investigation of crystal structure, dielectric and magnetic properties in La and Nd co-doped BiFeO3 multiferroics

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    Singh, Ompal; Agarwal, Ashish; Sanghi, Sujata; Das, Amitabh; Anju

    2017-03-01

    For the investigation of the crystal structure, dielectric properties and magnetic properties of La and Nd co-doped BiFeO3 multiferroics; Bi0.8La0.2-xNdxFeO3 (x=0.075, 0.1, 0.125) samples were prepared through solid state reaction method. Rietveld refinement of the obtained XRD patterns shows that there is change in crystal structure in these samples. At higher concentration of La (at x=0.075), the crystal structure was found to have mixed symmetry with rhombohedral and triclinic phases, while with equal concentration of both the dopants (at x=0.1), the structure changes to mixed symmetry having rhombohedral and orthorhombic phases. At higher concentration of Nd (at x=0.125), again mixed symmetry was established having both phases of the previous composition but approximately in reverse fraction. In dielectric analysis, x=0.1 sample showed the highest values of dielectric constant (ε‧) and dielectric loss (tan δ). For x=0.125 sample, it was observed that the dielectric constant and dielectric loss response are improved. The magnetic characterization (M-H loops) indicates the significant enhancement in magnetisation with increasing concentration of Nd. Nd doping leads to the destruction of spiral modulation, forming the antiferromagnets, and visualisation of improved magnetisation via canting of spins.

  19. 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.

  20. Ab initio structural, electronic and optical properties of orthorhombic CaGeO{sub 3}

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    Henriques, J.M.; Caetano, E.W.S. Freire, V.N.; Costa, J.A.P. da; Albuquerque, E.L.

    2007-03-15

    Orthorhombic CaGeO{sub 3} is studied using density-functional theory (DFT) considering both the local density and generalized gradient approximations, LDA and GGA, respectively. The electronic band structure, density of states, dielectric function and optical absorption are calculated. Two very close indirect (S->{gamma}) and direct ({gamma}->{gamma}) band gap energies of 1.68eV (2.31eV) and 1.75eV (2.41eV) were obtained within the GGA (LDA) approximation, as well as the effective masses for electrons and holes. Comparing with orthorhombic CaCO{sub 3} (aragonite), the substitution of carbon by germanium changes the localization of the valence band maximum of the indirect transition, and decreases by almost 2.0eV the Kohn-Sham band gap energies.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Angular dependences of spin-wave resonance spectra of inhomogeneous films with orthorhombic anisotropy

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    Zyuzin, A. M.; Bakulin, M. A.; Radaikin, V. V.; Yantsen, N. V.

    2017-02-01

    Zero spin-wave mode in inhomogeneous magnetic films with orthorhombic anisotropy has been found to exhibit a change of its localization region in two of three typical angular dependences of resonance fields of high-intensity modes. It has been shown that the anisotropy fields on both sides of the film can be determined from the resonance fields of the zero and uppermost high-intensity spin-wave modes of spin-wave resonance spectra.

  4. 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.

  5. Oxidation protection of Ti-aluminide orthorhombic alloys: An engineered multilayer approach

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    Warrier, S.G.; Krishnamurthy, S.; Smith, P.R.

    1998-04-01

    The lack of high-temperature environmental resistance is a major issue in the application of orthorhombic-based titanium aluminide alloys (O alloys) and their composites. Improvement in environmental capability can be achieved by applying diffusion barrier coatings to the surface of the orthorhombic matrix alloy. However, since thin coatings are prone to foreign-object damage, an approach based on thicker multilayer materials may be more prudent for fracture-critical applications. In the present study, foils of the orthorhombic alloy were diffusion bonded on either side with a {gamma} alloy, the latter used in an attempt to provide environmental protection. Mechanical tests suggested that the {gamma} alloy was successful in preventing degradation of the O alloy due to oxidation and interstitial embrittlement under thermal cycling conditions. Processing below the {beta} transus of the O alloy provided an improvement in the stress and strain to failure of the joined material compared to materials processed above the transus. However, in either case, the strengths of the joined materials were significantly lower than that of the uncoated O alloy with similar microstructures. Results suggest that the low strength of the joined materials may be due to cracking of the {gamma} alloy, resulting in premature failure of the O alloy. Finite element analysis (FEA) was performed to understand the stress distribution in the joined material and to investigate approaches for reducing the residual stress. Several approaches for improving the stress and strain to failure of the joined material are presented.

  6. Tape cast second generation orthorhombic-based titanium aluminide alloys for MMC applications. [Metal Matrix Composites

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    Smith, P.R.; Rosenberger, A.H. . Materials and Mfg. Directorate); Shepard, M.J. )

    1999-06-18

    Titanium metal matrix composites (TMCs) utilizing continuous SiC fiber reinforcement are considered important, if not, enabling materials for advanced Air Force propulsion systems, wherein combinations of high specific strength and elevated temperature capability are prerequisites to obtain desired increases in thrust-to-weight ratios and decreased specific fuel consumption. One such class of TMCs being assessed for use in rotating engine components are those based upon the orthorhombic titanium aluminide phase, Ti[sub 2]AlNb. These orthorhombic titanium matrix composites (O TMCs) are being examined for sustained use at temperatures up to 700 C. Previous studies have primarily focused on O TMCs made using the foil-fiber-foil fabrication process. More recently the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory has been focusing attention on an alternative powder metallurgy approach for fabrication of O TMCs via tape casting. This latter approach has the potential to produce significant cost reduction (<$70/lb) for the matrix input material (powder). Unfortunately, little work has been done to understand the effects of powder microstructures and the tape casting process itself on the mechanical performance of O TMCs. Therefore, the first objective of this study is to examine the microstructural evolution and mechanical performance (with and without heat treatment) of three unreinforced heat orthorhombic-based titanium aluminide matrices made via tape casting. A second objective is to assess the viability of powder metallurgy processing for the fabrication of O TMCs.

  7. 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.

  8. Comparative compressibility and equation of state of orthorhombic and tetragonal edingtonite

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    Gatta, G. D.; Ballaran, T. Boffa; Comodi, P.; Zanazzi, P. F.

    The high-pressure (HP) behaviour of a natural orthorhombic and tetragonal edingtonite from Ice River, Canada, has been investigated using in situ single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The two isothermal equations of state up to 6.74(5) GPa were determined. V0, KT0 and K' refined with a third-order Birch-Murnaghan equation of state (BM-EoS) are: V0 = 598.70(7) Å3, KT0 = 59(1) GPa and K'=3.9(4) for orthorhombic edingtonite and V0 = 600.9(2) Å3, KT0 = 59(1) GPa and K'=4.2(5) for tetragonal edingtonite. The experiments were conducted with nominally hydrous pressure penetrating transmitting medium. No overhydration effect was observed within the pressure range investigated. At high-pressures the main deformation mechanism is represented by cooperative rotation of the secondary building unit (SBU).Si/Al distribution slightly influences the elastic behaviour of the tetrahedral framework: the SBU bulk moduli are 125(8) GPa and 111(4) GPa for orthorhombic and tetragonal edingtonite, respectively. Extra-framework contents of both zeolites show an interesting behaviour under HP conditions: the split Ba2 site at P >2.85 GPa is completely empty; only the position Ba1 is occupied. Electronic Supplementary Material. Supplementary material to this paper (Observed and calculated structure factors) is available in electronic form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00269-004-0394-y.

  9. 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.

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

    DOEpatents

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

    1996-01-01

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

  11. 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

  12. Thermal conductivity and multiferroics of electroactive polymers and polymer composites

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    Jin, Jiezhu

    Electronically conducting polymers and electromechanical polymers are the two important branches of the cutting-edge electroactive polymers. They have shown significant impact on many modern technologies such as flat panel display, energy transport, energy conversion, sensors and actuators. To utilize conducting polymers in microelectronics, optoelectronics and thermoelectrics, it is necessary to have a comprehensive study of their thermal conductivity since thermal conductivity is a fundamental materials property that is particularly important and sometimes a determining factor of the device performance. For electromechanical polymers, larger piezoelectric effect will contribute to the improvement of magnetoelectric (ME) coupling efficiency in their multiferroic composites. This dissertation is devoted to characterizing electronically conducting polymers for their electrical and thermal conductivity, and developing new classes of electromechanical polymers and strain-mediated electromechanical polymer-based multiferroic ME composites. Conducting polymers opened up new possibilities for devices combining novel electrical and thermal properties, but there has been limited understanding of the length-scale effect of the electrical and thermal conductivity, and the mechanism underlying the electricity and heat transport behavior. In this dissertation, the analytical model and experimental technique are presented to measure the in-plane thermal conductivity of polyaniline thin films. For camphorsulfonic acid doped polyaniline patterned on silicon oxide/silicon substrate using photolithography and reactive ion etching, the thermal conductivity of the film with thickness of 20 nm is measured to be 0.0406 W/m˙K, which significantly deviates from their bulk (> 0.26 W/m˙K). The size effect on thermal conductivity at this scale is attributed to the significant phonon boundary scattering. When the film goes up to 130 nm thick, the thermal conductivity increases to 0.166 W

  13. Structural, electronic and optical properties of orthorhombic CdGeO{sub 3} from first principles calculations

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    Barboza, C.A.; Henriques, J.M.; Albuquerque, E.L.; Caetano, E.W.S.; Freire, V.N.; Costa, J.A.P. da

    2010-02-15

    Orthorhombic perovskite CdGeO{sub 3} was studied using the density-functional theory (DFT) formalism. The electronic band structure, density of states, effective masses, dielectric function and optical absorption were obtained. Comparing with orthorhombic CaGeO{sub 3}, which is an indirect S->GAMMA gap material, the substitution of calcium by cadmium changes the valence band maximum from the S point to the GAMMA point in reciprocal space, and decreases the Kohn-Sham band gap energy. Our results suggest that orthorhombic CdGeO{sub 3} has features of a semiconductor and is potentially useful for optoelectronic applications. - Abstract: Graphical Abstract Legend (TOC Figure): Different views of the unit cell of orthorhombic CdGeO{sub 3} (left, top). The electronic band structure near the main gap and the partial density of states (PDOS) are shown also (right), as well as the optical absorption for different polarizations of incident light (left, bottom).

  14. Tuning the multiferroic mechanisms of TbMnO3 by epitaxial strain

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    Shimamoto, Kenta; Mukherjee, Saumya; Manz, Sebastian; White, Jonathan S.; Trassin, Morgan; Kenzelmann, Michel; Chapon, Laurent; Lippert, Thomas; Fiebig, Manfred; Schneider, Christof W.; Niedermayer, Christof

    2017-03-01

    A current challenge in the field of magnetoelectric multiferroics is to identify systems that allow a controlled tuning of states displaying distinct magnetoelectric responses. Here we show that the multiferroic ground state of the archetypal multiferroic TbMnO3 is dramatically modified by epitaxial strain. Neutron diffraction reveals that in highly strained films the magnetic order changes from the bulk-like incommensurate bc-cycloidal structure to commensurate magnetic order. Concomitant with the modification of the magnetic ground state, optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) and electric measurements show an enormous increase of the ferroelectric polarization, and a change in its direction from along the c- to the a-axis. Our results suggest that the drastic change of multiferroic properties results from a switch of the spin-current magnetoelectric coupling in bulk TbMnO3 to symmetric magnetostriction in epitaxially-strained TbMnO3. These findings experimentally demonstrate that epitaxial strain can be used to control single-phase spin-driven multiferroic states.

  15. 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.

  16. Tuning the multiferroic mechanisms of TbMnO3 by epitaxial strain

    PubMed Central

    Shimamoto, Kenta; Mukherjee, Saumya; Manz, Sebastian; White, Jonathan S.; Trassin, Morgan; Kenzelmann, Michel; Chapon, Laurent; Lippert, Thomas; Fiebig, Manfred; Schneider, Christof W.; Niedermayer, Christof

    2017-01-01

    A current challenge in the field of magnetoelectric multiferroics is to identify systems that allow a controlled tuning of states displaying distinct magnetoelectric responses. Here we show that the multiferroic ground state of the archetypal multiferroic TbMnO3 is dramatically modified by epitaxial strain. Neutron diffraction reveals that in highly strained films the magnetic order changes from the bulk-like incommensurate bc-cycloidal structure to commensurate magnetic order. Concomitant with the modification of the magnetic ground state, optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) and electric measurements show an enormous increase of the ferroelectric polarization, and a change in its direction from along the c- to the a-axis. Our results suggest that the drastic change of multiferroic properties results from a switch of the spin-current magnetoelectric coupling in bulk TbMnO3 to symmetric magnetostriction in epitaxially-strained TbMnO3. These findings experimentally demonstrate that epitaxial strain can be used to control single-phase spin-driven multiferroic states. PMID:28317838

  17. [Effect of crystallization and branch on fine structure of orthorhombic in polyethylene].

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    Kang, N; Xu, Y; Weng, S; Wu, J; Xu, D

    2001-02-01

    The CH2 rocking bands are used as a probe to monitor the crystalline behavior of polyethylene segments in a series of poly (ethylene-octene) copolymers. High resolution and cryogenic FTIR spectra reveal that different composition and/or crystalline condition of the copolymers result in significant variation on the CH2 rocking bands including the change in peak position, band width and A730/A720. We conclude that side chain in the copolymer can influence the structure of the orthorhombic polyethylene crystallite although they can not enter the crystal lattice.

  18. Strain tuned magnetoelectric coupling in orthorhombic YMnO3 thin films

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    Marti, X.; Fina, I.; Skumryev, V.; Ferrater, C.; Varela, M.; Fábrega, L.; Sánchez, F.; Fontcuberta, J.

    2009-10-01

    Orthorhombic YMnO3 epitaxial thin films were grown on Nb(0.5%)-doped SrTiO3(001) substrates. Film's thickness was varied to tune the epitaxial strain. Structural and magnetic properties are well correlated, presenting a more pronounced ferromagnetic behavior as the unit cell becomes more distorted. Dielectric properties were investigated as a function of the temperature and magnetic field. The dielectric peak occurring at temperatures below the antiferromagnetic ordering is proved to be magnetoelectric and its amplitude is dependent on the unit cell distortion. These findings allow tailoring ferromagnetic and magnetoelectric properties via epitaxial strain.

  19. Structure of the welding zone between titanium and orthorhombic titanium aluminide for explosion welding: I. Interface

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    Rybin, V. V.; Grinberg, B. A.; Ivanov, M. A.; Kuz'min, S. V.; Lysak, V. I.; Elkina, O. A.; Patselov, A. M.; Inozemtsev, A. V.; Antonova, O. V.; Kozhevnikov, V. E.

    2011-10-01

    The structures of the interfaces and transition zones of bimetallic metal-intermetallide joints produced by explosion welding under various conditions have been studied. The welded materials were commercial-purity titanium and orthorhombic titanium aluminide of two alloying schemes. The specific features of the structure and substructure of the zones under study are discussed. Wave formation and formation of isolated vortex zones, as well as tracks of particles related to the transfer of particles of one metal into the other one, were observed. A possible scenario of formation of interfaces, depending on the composition of titanium aluminide and welding conditions, is proposed.

  20. Minimum strain rate and primary transient creep analysis of a fine structure orthorhombic titanium aluminide

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    Hayes, R.W.

    1996-03-15

    The purpose of the present paper is to present a preliminary analysis of the primary transient creep behavior of an orthorhombic titanium aluminide having a very fine microstructure. In order to analyze and understand the creep behavior within the primary transient regime it is necessary to understand the mechanisms controlling deformation within the minimum strain rate region. Therefore an analysis of the minimum strain rate behavior is also presented. It will be shown that the primary transient creep behavior is dependent upon whether creep in the minimum strain rate region is controlled by a viscous flow mechanism or a dislocation mechanism.

  1. Stability of the ordered orthorhombic phase in Ti-24Al-11Nb

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    Hsiung, L. M.; Wadley, H. N. G.

    1992-01-01

    The ordered orthorhombic 'O' phase in the Ti-Al-Nb ordered alloy system emerges either through slow cooling from above 1200 C or through isothermal aging after quenching from that temperature regime. An experimental investigation is presently conducted of the structural relationship between the O and alpha(2) phases, in order to clarify the mechanism of transition between the two. The transition occurs with the formation of a platelike alpha(2) phase within the O matrix, and may be characterized as due to a shape-deformation mechanism associated with diffusion of excess Nb away from the O/alpha(2) interface.

  2. 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.

  3. Room temperature multiferroic properties and magnetoelectric coupling in Sm and Ni substituted Bi{sub 4−x}Sm{sub x}Ti{sub 3−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 12±δ} (x = 0, 0.02, 0.05, 0.07) ceramics

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    Paul, Joginder Bhardwaj, Sumit; Sharma, K. K.; Kotnala, R. K.; Kumar, Ravi

    2014-05-28

    Lead free multiferroic Bi{sub 4−x}Sm{sub x}Ti{sub 3−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 12±δ} (x = 0.02, 0.05, and 0.07) samples have been synthesized by conventional solid state route. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals single phase up to x = 0.07, and a secondary phase appears at x > 0.07. Raman spectroscopy confirms the local distortions in the crystal. Field emission scanning electron microscopy shows plate like grains. Substitution has increased the orthorhombic distortion, grain size, and hence the ferroelectric transition temperature (T{sub c}). A significant reduction in the values of dielectric constant (ε′) and loss tangent (tan δ) has been observed with the increase of Sm and Ni ions. The increase in dc resistivity at room temperature has been found with substitution. Enhancement in the values of remnant polarization (2P{sub r}) and magnetization (2M{sub r}) is observed. Magnetoelectric coupling coefficient (α) values of 0.60 mV/cm/Oe are achieved in Bi{sub 4−x}Sm{sub x}Ti{sub 3−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 12±δ} ceramic samples. Hence, we have successfully converted the ferroelectric Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} into a multiferroic, which is a new lead free multiferroic material, can be useful for future electromagnetic devices.

  4. 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

  5. The magnetic and multiferroic properties in BiMnO3

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    Zhai, Liang-Jun; Wang, Huai-Yu

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, the magnetic and multiferroic properties in the multiferroic material BiMnO3 are studied. A Heisenberg type Hamiltonian for BiMnO3 is proposed, in which the nearest and farther neighbors are considered. Thermodynamic quantities such as magnetization and magnetic susceptibility for different magnetic orderings under high pressure or magnetic field are calculated, and the simulation results fit the experimental results. Farther neighboring exchanges can result in the coexistence of the ferromagnetic ordering and certain antiferromagnetic ordering with no centrosymmetry. Our study demonstrates that the BiMnO3 should be the type-II multiferroic, and the ferromagnetic and ferroelectric orderings could coexist. The magnetic field control of ferroelectric polarization is also studied. The ferroelectric polarization is always suppressed by the external magnetic field.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Ferroelectric polymer-based nanocomposites: Towards multiferroic materials

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    Andrew, Jennifer S.

    This dissertation describes new routes towards magnetic-ferroelectric materials, leading to new materials for multiferroic applications. Multiferroic materials exhibit both ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties, which tend to be mutually exclusive in single-phase materials. Therefore, composite materials are the obvious approach to realizing a material with both a high electric permittivity and high magnetic permeability. In composite systems the magnetoelectric effect arises from a mechanical coupling between a magnetostrictive and a piezoelectric phase. In order to enhance this coupling the interfacial area between the two phases should be maximized. This can be accomplished with nanoparticles, which have a large surface to volume ratio. This work begins with the synthesis of ferrimagnetic (MFe2O 4, M=Ni, Ni0.5Zn0.5, Co) and ferroelectric (BaTiO 3) nanoparticles. Aqueous coprecipitation routes produced superparamagnetic ferrite nanoparticles with an average diameter of 8-10 nanometers. Nanometer sized particles of barium titanate were also produced, but they were cubic and therefore do not exhibit ferroelectric behavior. We then developed routes to form nanoparticle-nanoparticle composites by controlling their stability in solution and therefore their final assembly into magnetic-dielectric nanocomposites. We also developed novel magnetic-ferroelectric composites by filling a ferroelectric polymer with magnetic and dielectric nanoparticles. Polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) fibers as well as fibers with continuously dispersed ferrite (Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4) nanoparticles were prepared by electrospinning from dimethyl formamide (DMF) solutions. The effects of the electrospinning processing conditions and nanoparticle loading on the fiber morphology, crystallinity, and the crystalline structure of PVDF were examined. Magnetic and dielectric measurements were also performed. Electrospinning provides a simple technique to form PVDF in the ferroelectric beta

  9. 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.

  10. Formation of vortices during explosion welding (titanium-orthorhombic titanium aluminide)

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    Rybin, V. V.; Greenberg, B. A.; Antonova, O. V.; Elkina, O. A.; Ivanov, M. A.; Inozemtsev, A. V.; Patselov, A. M.; Sidorov, I. I.

    2009-10-01

    The possibility of cladding commercially pure titanium by a plate of orthorhombic titanium aluminide has been investigated. The bimetallic joints of orthorhombic titanium aluminide (Ti-30Al-16Nb-1Zr-1Mo) with commercially pure titanium have been obtained by explosion welding. It has been found that the weld joint investigated had a multilayer structure consisting of a zone of continuous deformation observed in both materials, a zone of titanium recrystallization, and a transition zone near the interface. Wave formation and formation of isolated vortex zones have been observed. It has been found that upon explosion welding the bonding of the surfaces is effected via melting and subsequent mixing (in the zone of vortices) and the transfer of particles of one metal into another with the formation of particle tracks (outside the zone of vortices). A possible scenario of the formation of the vortex zone in the melt with a subsequent eutectic decomposition is proposed. The structure of the vortex zones was found to consist of an ultrafine mixture of α and β grains (both phases are disordered) with the grain size changing in the limits of 50-300 nm. The regions of transition from the vortex zone to the region of continuous deformation of the aluminide and to the recrystallized zone of titanium have been investigated.

  11. The Facile Hydrothermal Preparation of Orthorhombic WO3 With (001) Facet and Its Photocatalytic Performance.

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    Deng, Xiaoyan; Dou, Jinbiao; Li, Fenfen; Gao, Hongtao; Liu, Guangjun

    2015-12-01

    The orthorhombic WO3 nanoplates with (001) facet were fabricated via a facile hydrothermal process, using HBF4 as the acid source. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and UV-vis diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), respectively. It indicated that the obtained product was orthorhombic WO3 (JCPDS No. 20-1324). And the energy gap was estimated to be 2.52 eV by the intersection point of the tangent of the absorption edge and the baseline. It was affirmed that WO3 crystalline grew along the (001) direction, indicating the product was exposed with (001) facet. The photocatalytic activity of (001) WO3 nanoplates was investigated on the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB). It demonstrated that photocatalysts exhibited obvious photocatalytic performance under visible light irradiation. The degradation rate of RhB with the typical product reached 95% after being irradiated for 5 h. It indicated that the photocatalytic efficiency of WO3 could be improved by controlling the crystal growth and its morphology.

  12. Multiferroicity in TTF-CA Organic Molecular Crystals Predicted through Ab Initio Calculations

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    Giovannetti, Gianluca; Kumar, Sanjeev; Stroppa, Alessandro; van den Brink, Jeroen; Picozzi, Silvia

    2009-12-01

    We show by means of ab initio calculations that the organic molecular crystal TTF-CA is multiferroic: it has an instability to develop spontaneously both ferroelectric and magnetic ordering. Ferroelectricity is driven by a Peierls transition of the TTF-CA in its ionic state. Subsequent antiferromagnetic ordering strongly enhances the opposing electronic contribution to the polarization. It is so large that it switches the direction of the total ferroelectric moment. Within an extended Hubbard model, we capture the essence of the electronic interactions in TTF-CA, confirm the presence of a multiferroic groundstate, and clarify how this state develops microscopically.

  13. A new class of room-temperature multiferroic thin films with bismuth-based supercell structure.

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    Chen, Aiping; Zhou, Honghui; Bi, Zhenxing; Zhu, Yuanyuan; Luo, Zhiping; Bayraktaroglu, Adrian; Phillips, Jamie; Choi, Eun-Mi; Macmanus-Driscoll, Judith L; Pennycook, Stephen J; Narayan, Jagdish; Jia, Quanxi; Zhang, Xinghang; Wang, Haiyan

    2013-02-20

    Intergrowth of two partially miscible phases of BiFeO(3) and BiMnO(3) gives a new class of room-temperature multiferroic phase, Bi(3) Fe(2) Mn(2) O(10+δ) , which has a unique supercell (SC) structure. The SC heterostructures exhibit simultaneously room-temperature ferrimagnetism and remanent polarization. These results open up a new avenue for exploring room-temperature single-phase multiferroic thin films by controlling the phase mixing of two perovskite BiRO(3) (R = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) materials.

  14. Phonon anomalies and the ferroelectric phase transition in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Haumont, R.; Kreisel, J.; Bouvier, P.; Hippert, F.

    2006-04-01

    We report a temperature-dependent Raman scattering investigation of the multiferroic material bismuth ferrite BiFeO3 (BFO). The observed loss of the Raman spectrum at the ferroelectric Curie temperature TC should be in agreement with a cubic Pm3¯m structure of the high-temperature paraelectric phase. Surprisingly, the ferroelectric-to-paraelectric phase transition is not soft-mode driven, indicating a nonconventional ferroelectric. Furthermore, our results reveal pronounced phonon anomalies around the magnetic Néel temperature TN . We tentatively attribute these anomalies to the multiferroic character of BFO.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Stress magnetization model for magnetostriction in multiferroic composite

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    Gualdi, A. J.; Zabotto, F. L.; Garcia, D.; de Oliveira, A. J. A.

    2013-08-01

    An alternative to obtain multiferroic materials is the production of composite materials that combine ferroelectric and magnetic materials. In particular, the use of magnetostrictive materials as ferromagnetic phase in composites is very important because the mechanical stress applied in ferroelectric phase induces the appearance of magnetoelectric effect. In this work, we have proposed a generalized model for the magnetostriction dependence with the magnetization of the 0-3 type composite magnetoelectric materials. Including both piezomagnetic and stress dependence in the magnetostriction, a relevant improvement was reached as compared to the ordinary square magnetization model. Based on the Gibbs free energy expansion, the magnetostriction behavior of the composite (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)-xPbTiO3/CoFe2O4 at 300 K and 5 K is described. Furthermore, using the piezomagnetic correction, the magnetostriction data for the pure CoFe2O4 is fitted showing that this ferrite presents a relevant piezomagnetic effect.

  20. Inversion symmetry controlled multiferroic response in an Ising Chain Magnet

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    Jo, Younjung; Lee, Seongsu; Yi, Heetaek; Cheong, Sangwook; Balicas, Luis

    2008-03-01

    Recently, Choi et al. [1] discovered that ferroelectricity in the Ising chain magnet results from inversion symmetry breaking due to the formation of an alternating ionic order of two different ions leading to an up-up-down-down spin configuration. Here we report the observation of drastic changes in the multiferroic character as a function of magnetic field in the Ising chain magnet. Application of a magnetic field up to 33 T, leads to two abrupt changes in the dielectric constant, respectively at H1 = 5 T and at H2=20T, with the first one leading to a fast suppression of the dielectric polarization. The saturation values of the magnetic moment observed by using a vibrating sample magnetometer and a cantilever beam magnetometer suggest that the one ionic moments align along the field for fields above 5 T followed by the subsequent alignment of the other ionic moments above 20 T. [1] Y.J. Choi et al. Physical Review Lett. submitted

  1. Superadiabatic quantum heat engine with a multiferroic working medium.

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    Chotorlishvili, L; Azimi, M; Stagraczyński, S; Toklikishvili, Z; Schüler, M; Berakdar, J

    2016-09-01

    A quantum thermodynamic cycle with a chiral multiferroic working substance such as LiCu_{2}O_{2} is presented. Shortcuts to adiabaticity are employed to achieve an efficient, finite-time quantum thermodynamic cycle, which is found to depend on the spin ordering. The emergent electric polarization associated with the chiral spin order, i.e., the magnetoelectric coupling, renders possible steering of the spin order by an external electric field and hence renders possible an electric-field control of the cycle. Due to the intrinsic coupling between the spin and the electric polarization, the cycle performs an electromagnetic work. We determine this work's mean-square fluctuations, the irreversible work, and the output power of the cycle. We observe that the work mean-square fluctuations are increased with the duration of the adiabatic strokes, while the irreversible work and the output power of the cycle show a nonmonotonic behavior. In particular, the irreversible work vanishes at the end of the quantum adiabatic strokes. This fact confirms that the cycle is reversible. Our theoretical findings evidence the existence of a system inherent maximal output power. By implementing a Lindblad master equation we quantify the role of thermal relaxations on the cycle efficiency. We also discuss the role of entanglement encoded in the noncollinear spin order as a resource to affect the quantum thermodynamic cycle.

  2. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO 3

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    Wang, Shanmin; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Yi; ...

    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

  3. Superadiabatic quantum heat engine with a multiferroic working medium

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    Chotorlishvili, L.; Azimi, M.; Stagraczyński, S.; Toklikishvili, Z.; Schüler, M.; Berakdar, J.

    2016-09-01

    A quantum thermodynamic cycle with a chiral multiferroic working substance such as LiCu2O2 is presented. Shortcuts to adiabaticity are employed to achieve an efficient, finite-time quantum thermodynamic cycle, which is found to depend on the spin ordering. The emergent electric polarization associated with the chiral spin order, i.e., the magnetoelectric coupling, renders possible steering of the spin order by an external electric field and hence renders possible an electric-field control of the cycle. Due to the intrinsic coupling between the spin and the electric polarization, the cycle performs an electromagnetic work. We determine this work's mean-square fluctuations, the irreversible work, and the output power of the cycle. We observe that the work mean-square fluctuations are increased with the duration of the adiabatic strokes, while the irreversible work and the output power of the cycle show a nonmonotonic behavior. In particular, the irreversible work vanishes at the end of the quantum adiabatic strokes. This fact confirms that the cycle is reversible. Our theoretical findings evidence the existence of a system inherent maximal output power. By implementing a Lindblad master equation we quantify the role of thermal relaxations on the cycle efficiency. We also discuss the role of entanglement encoded in the noncollinear spin order as a resource to affect the quantum thermodynamic cycle.

  4. Anomalous sound velocity in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Cao, Xian-Sheng; Ji, Gao-Feng; Jiang, Xing-Fang

    2016-11-01

    The sound velocity in multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) is studied with using Green's function technology on the basis of the magnetoelectric coupling, the spin-phonon interaction and the anharmonic phonon-phonon interaction. The Heisenberg-like model is employed to describe the magnetic subsystem, and the transverse Ising model is used to explain the ferroelectric subsystem. The reduced velocity is obtained in the limit of zero wave vectors. It is shown that the reduced velocity of sound in BiFeO3 exhibits a kink at the magnetic phase transition temperature TN. This anomaly in reduced velocity can be explained as an influence of vanishing magnetic ordering above TN and the ferroelectric subsystem can not be influenced by the magnetic subsystem above TN due to TN≪TC in the BFO. It is shown that the influence of the RM is only below TN in the phase where ferroelectric and magnetic properties exist together, whereas the RE influences the properties of the reduced velocity in the whole temperature region (T

  5. 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.

  6. Lattice and Magnetic Effects on Multiferroic Transitions in Garnets

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    Louca, Despina; Kamazawa, K.; Proffen, T.

    2007-03-01

    The possible presence of ferroelectricity in a magnetically ordered state has attracted considerable attention particularly in ABO3 and AB2O5 systems with B = Mn. Evidence for strong coupling of the two order parameters has been provided in the so-called multiferroics, where the field-induced polarization leads to a giant magnetoelectric effect and a magneto-dielectric effect. It was recently shown that the ferrimagnetic garnet crystal of Tb3Fe5O12 exhibits a large magnetodielectric response as well when a very small magnetic field is applied (1). To understand the origin of the high sensitivity of the dielectric effect in garnets, we investigated the crystal and magnetic structures of Tb3(Fe/Ga)5O12 using pulsed neutron diffraction. The garnet crystal appears to be very close to a lattice instability and high-resolution diffraction showed that the lattice gradually changes symmetry from cubic to rhombohedral with cooling over a wide temperature range. At the same time, magnetic diffuse scattering is observed that goes away by 15 K. The role of the lattice and of local distortions in the magnetic polarization and the coupling of the magnetostriction to the dielectric effect will be discussed. (1) N. Hur et al, Appl. Phys. Lett. 87, 042901 (2005).

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Body-centered orthorhombic C16: A novel topological node-line semimetal

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    Wang, Jian -Tao; Weng, Hongming; Nie, Simin; ...

    2016-05-11

    We identify by ab initio calculations a novel topological semimetal carbon phase in all-sp2 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-sp2 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 topologicalmore » node-line semimetal with a single nodal ring. Lastly, these findings establish a novel carbon phase with intriguing structural and electronic properties of fundamental significance and practical interest.« less

  10. 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.

  11. Orthorhombic boron oxide under pressure: In situ study by X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering

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    Cherednichenko, Kirill A.; Le Godec, Yann; Kalinko, Aleksandr; Mezouar, Mohamed; Solozhenko, Vladimir L.

    2016-11-01

    High-pressure phase of boron oxide, orthorhombic β-B2O3, has been studied in situ by synchrotron X-ray diffraction to 22 GPa and Raman scattering to 46 GPa at room temperature. The bulk modulus of β-B2O3 has been found to be 169(3) GPa that is in good agreement with our ab initio calculations. Raman and IR spectra of β-B2O3 have been measured at ambient pressure; all experimentally observed bands have been attributed to the theoretically calculated ones, and the mode assignment has been performed. Based on the data on Raman shift as a function of pressure, combined with equation-of-state data, the Grüneisen parameters of all experimentally observed Raman bands have been calculated. β-B2O3 enriched by 10B isotope has been synthesized, and the effect of boron isotopic substitution on Raman spectra has been studied.

  12. 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.

  13. Locked octahedral tilting in orthorhombic perovskites: At the boundary of the general rule predicting phase transitions

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    Ardit, M.; Dondi, M.; Cruciani, G.

    2017-01-01

    Mainly ruled by oxygen octahedral rotations, perovskite oxides can exhibit zone boundary transitions (ZBTs) either with d Tc/d P >0 or d Tc/d P <0 . Synchrotron structural investigations at high pressure conditions place YA l0.25C r0.75O3 orthorhombic perovskite at the boundary of ZBTs. The absence of changes in the octahedral tilting and a volume reduction with pressure exclusively controlled by an isotropic polyhedral compression set YA l0.25C r0.75O3 as the first finding of a possible asymptote at the Clapeyron relation for predicting ZBTs in perovskites. Furthermore, the discovery of a "locked-tilt perovskite" can pave the way to a new class of functional materials.

  14. Electron-phonon scattering effects on electronic and optical properties of orthorhombic GeS

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    Villegas, Cesar E. P.; Rocha, A. R.; Marini, Andrea

    2016-10-01

    Group-VI monochalcogenides are attracting a great deal of attention due to their peculiar anisotropic properties. Very recently, it has been suggested that GeS could act as a promissory absorbing material with high input-output ratios, which are relevant features for designing prospective optoelectronic devices. In this work, we use the ab initio many-body perturbation theory to study the role of electron-phonon coupling on orthorhombic GeS. We identify the vibrational modes that efficiently couple with the electronic states responsible for giving rise to the first and second excitonic state. We also study finite-temperature optical absorption, and we show that even at T →0 K , the role of the electron-phonon interaction is crucial to properly describe the position and width of the main experimental excitation peaks. Our results suggest that the electron-phonon coupling is essential to properly describe the optical properties of the monochalcogenides family.

  15. Thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic group IV-VI monolayers from the first-principles calculations

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    Guo, San-Dong; Wang, Yue-Hua

    2017-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials may have potential applications in thermoelectric devices. In this work, the thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic group IV-VI monolayers AB (A = Ge and Sn; B = S and Se) are systematically investigated by the first-principles calculations and semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory. The spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is considered for their electron part, which produces observable effects on the power factor, especially for n-type doping. According to the calculated ZT, the four monolayers exhibit diverse anisotropic thermoelectric properties although they have a similar hinge-like crystal structure. The GeS along zigzag and armchair directions shows the strongest anisotropy, while SnS and SnSe show mostly isotropic efficiency of thermoelectric conversion. This can be explained by the strength of anisotropy of their respective power factor and electronic and lattice thermal conductivities. The calculated results show that the ZT between n- and p-type doping has little difference for GeS, SnS, and SnSe. It is found that GeSe, SnS, and SnSe show better thermoelectric performance compared to GeS in n-type doping and that SnS and SnSe exhibit higher efficiency of thermoelectric conversion in p-type doping. Compared to other many 2D materials, orthorhombic group IV-VI monolayers AB (A = Ge and Sn; B = S and Se) may possess better thermoelectric performance due to lower lattice thermal conductivities. Our work would be beneficial to stimulate further theoretical and experimental works.

  16. 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.

  17. Effect of Pr- and Nd- doping on structural, dielectric, and magnetic properties of multiferroic Bi0.8La0.2Fe0.9Mn0.1O3

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    Singh, Rahul; Dwivedi, G. D.; Shahi, P.; Kumar, D.; Prakash, Om; Ghosh, A. K.; Chatterjee, Sandip

    2014-04-01

    Bi0.8La0.15RE0.05Fe0.9Mn0.1O3 (where RE = Pr and Nd) have been prepared via conventional solid state route. The Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction patterns shows that both systems crystallize in orthorhombic Pnma space group. Raman modes observed for these two systems indicate that both systems are very close to orthorhombic Pnma structure. Appearance of prominent A1-3 and weak E-2 modes in Bi0.8La0.15Nd0.05Fe0.9Mn0.1O3 indicate the presence of chemically more active Bi-O covalent bonds (which favors stereochemical activity of Bi lone pair electrons) in comparison to Bi0.8La0.15Pr0.05Fe0.9Mn0.1O3. Moreover, Bi0.8La0.15Nd0.05Fe0.9Mn0.1O3 system shows higher dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and higher magnetization value in comparison to Bi0.8La0.15Pr0.05Fe0.9Mn0.1O3 system. Ferroelectric transition temperature decreases to 460 °C for both systems in comparison to 710 °C of Bi0.8La0.2Fe0.9Mn0.1O3. The improved dielectric and magnetic response suggests Bi0.8La0.15Nd0.05Fe0.9Mn0.1O3 a better multiferroic system than Bi0.8La0.15Pr0.05Fe0.9Mn0.1O3.

  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. Ultra-Low-Energy Electric Field-Induced Magnetization Switching in Multiferroic Heterostructures

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    Roy, Kuntal

    2016-10-01

    Electric field-induced magnetization switching in multiferroics is intriguing for both fundamental studies and potential technological applications. Here, we review the recent developments on electric field-induced magnetization switching in multiferroic heterostructures. Particularly, we study the dynamics of magnetization switching between the two stable states in a shape-anisotropic single-domain nanomagnet using stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert (LLG) equation in the presence of thermal fluctuations. For magnetostrictive nanomagnets in strain-coupled multiferroic composites, such study of magnetization dynamics, contrary to steady-state scenario, revealed intriguing new phenomena on binary switching mechanism. While the traditional method of binary switching requires to tilt the potential profile to the desired state of switching, we show that no such tilting is necessary to switch successfully since the magnetization’s excursion out of magnet’s plane can generate a built-in asymmetry during switching. We also study the switching dynamics in multiferroic heterostructures having magnetoelectric coupling at the interface and magnetic exchange coupling that can facilitate to maintain the direction of switching with the polarity of the applied electric field. We calculate the performance metrics like switching delay and energy dissipation during switching while simulating LLG dynamics. The performance metrics turn out to be very encouraging for potential technological applications.

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

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    Poudel, N.; Lorenz, B.; Lv, B.; ...

    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

  1. Light-controlled resistive switching memory of multiferroic BiMnO3 nanowire arrays.

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    Sun, Bai; Li, Chang Ming

    2015-03-14

    A multiferroic BiMnO3 nanowire array was prepared using a hydrothermal process and its resistive switching memory behaviors were further investigated. The prominent ferroelectricity can be well controlled by white-light illumination, thus offering an excellent light-controlled resistive switching memory device using a Ag/BiMnO3/Ti structure at room temperature.

  2. A novel perovskite oxide chemically designed to show multiferroic phase boundary with room-temperature magnetoelectricity

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    Fernández-Posada, Carmen M.; Castro, Alicia; Kiat, Jean-Michel; Porcher, Florence; Peña, Octavio; Algueró, Miguel; Amorín, Harvey

    2016-01-01

    There is a growing activity in the search of novel single-phase multiferroics that could finally provide distinctive magnetoelectric responses at room temperature, for they would enable a range of potentially disruptive technologies, making use of the ability of controlling polarization with a magnetic field or magnetism with an electric one (for example, voltage-tunable spintronic devices, uncooled magnetic sensors and the long-searched magnetoelectric memory). A very promising novel material concept could be to make use of phase-change phenomena at structural instabilities of a multiferroic state. Indeed, large phase-change magnetoelectric response has been anticipated by a first-principles investigation of the perovskite BiFeO3–BiCoO3 solid solution, specifically at its morphotropic phase boundary between multiferroic polymorphs of rhombohedral and tetragonal symmetries. Here, we report a novel perovskite oxide that belongs to the BiFeO3–BiMnO3–PbTiO3 ternary system, chemically designed to present such multiferroic phase boundary with enhanced ferroelectricity and canted ferromagnetism, which shows distinctive room-temperature magnetoelectric responses. PMID:27677353

  3. 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.

  4. A novel perovskite oxide chemically designed to show multiferroic phase boundary with room-temperature magnetoelectricity

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    Fernández-Posada, Carmen M.; Castro, Alicia; Kiat, Jean-Michel; Porcher, Florence; Peña, Octavio; Algueró, Miguel; Amorín, Harvey

    2016-09-01

    There is a growing activity in the search of novel single-phase multiferroics that could finally provide distinctive magnetoelectric responses at room temperature, for they would enable a range of potentially disruptive technologies, making use of the ability of controlling polarization with a magnetic field or magnetism with an electric one (for example, voltage-tunable spintronic devices, uncooled magnetic sensors and the long-searched magnetoelectric memory). A very promising novel material concept could be to make use of phase-change phenomena at structural instabilities of a multiferroic state. Indeed, large phase-change magnetoelectric response has been anticipated by a first-principles investigation of the perovskite BiFeO3-BiCoO3 solid solution, specifically at its morphotropic phase boundary between multiferroic polymorphs of rhombohedral and tetragonal symmetries. Here, we report a novel perovskite oxide that belongs to the BiFeO3-BiMnO3-PbTiO3 ternary system, chemically designed to present such multiferroic phase boundary with enhanced ferroelectricity and canted ferromagnetism, which shows distinctive room-temperature magnetoelectric responses.

  5. A novel perovskite oxide chemically designed to show multiferroic phase boundary with room-temperature magnetoelectricity.

    PubMed

    Fernández-Posada, Carmen M; Castro, Alicia; Kiat, Jean-Michel; Porcher, Florence; Peña, Octavio; Algueró, Miguel; Amorín, Harvey

    2016-09-28

    There is a growing activity in the search of novel single-phase multiferroics that could finally provide distinctive magnetoelectric responses at room temperature, for they would enable a range of potentially disruptive technologies, making use of the ability of controlling polarization with a magnetic field or magnetism with an electric one (for example, voltage-tunable spintronic devices, uncooled magnetic sensors and the long-searched magnetoelectric memory). A very promising novel material concept could be to make use of phase-change phenomena at structural instabilities of a multiferroic state. Indeed, large phase-change magnetoelectric response has been anticipated by a first-principles investigation of the perovskite BiFeO3-BiCoO3 solid solution, specifically at its morphotropic phase boundary between multiferroic polymorphs of rhombohedral and tetragonal symmetries. Here, we report a novel perovskite oxide that belongs to the BiFeO3-BiMnO3-PbTiO3 ternary system, chemically designed to present such multiferroic phase boundary with enhanced ferroelectricity and canted ferromagnetism, which shows distinctive room-temperature magnetoelectric responses.

  6. 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.

  7. Low-dimensional magnetic properties of orthorhombic MnV2O6 : A nonstandard structure stabilized at high pressure

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    Hneda, M. L.; da Cunha, J. B. M.; Gusmão, M. A.; Neto, S. R. Oliveira; Rodríguez-Carvajal, J.; Isnard, O.

    2017-01-01

    This paper presents the physical properties of a nonstandard orthorhombic form of MnV2O6 , including a comparison with the isostructural orthorhombic niobate MnNb2O6 , and with the usual MnV2O6 monoclinic polymorph. Orthorhombic (P b c n ) MnV2O6 is obtained under extreme conditions of high pressure (6.7 GPa) and high temperature (800 ∘C ). A negative Curie-Weiss temperature θCW is observed, implying dominant antiferromagnetic interactions at high temperatures, in contrast to the positive θCW of the monoclinic form. Specific-heat measurements are reported down to 1.8 K for all three compounds, and corroborate the magnetic-transition temperatures obtained from susceptibility data. Orthorhombic MnV2O6 presents a transition to an ordered antiferromagnetic state at TN=4.7 K. Its magnetic structure, determined by neutron diffraction, is unique among the columbite compounds, being characterized by a commensurate propagation vector k =(0 ,0 ,1/2 ) . It presents antiferromagnetic chains running along the c axis, but with a different spin pattern in comparison to the chains observed in MnNb2O6 . By a comparative discussion of our observations in this three compounds, we are able to highlight the interplay between competing interactions and dimensionality that yield their magnetic properties.

  8. 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.

  9. Structural, optoelectronic, infrared and Raman spectra of orthorhombic SrSnO{sub 3} from DFT calculations

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    Moreira, E.; Henriques, J.M.; Azevedo, D.L.; Caetano, E.W.S.; Freire, V.N.; Albuquerque, E.L.

    2011-04-15

    Orthorhombic SrSnO{sub 3} was investigated using density functional theory (DFT) considering both the local density and generalized gradient approximations, LDA and GGA, respectively. The electronic band structure, density of states, complex dielectric function, optical absorption, and the infrared and Raman spectra were computed. Calculated lattice parameters are close to the experimental measurements, and an indirect band gap E(S{yields}{Gamma})=1.97eV (2.27 eV) was obtained within the GGA (LDA) level of calculation. Effective masses for holes and electrons were estimated, being very anisotropic in comparison with similar results for orthorhombic CaSnO{sub 3}. The complex dielectric function and the optical absorption of SrSnO{sub 3} were shown to be sensitive to the plane of polarization of the incident light. The infrared spectrum between 100 and 600 cm{sup -1} was obtained, with its main peaks being assigned, and a nice agreement between experimental and theoretical peaks of the Raman spectrum of orthorhombic SrSnO{sub 3} was achieved. -- Graphical abstract: Orthorhombic SrSnO{sub 3}: a view of the unit cell (left) and plots showing the calculated and experimental Raman spectra (right). Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} We have performed DFT calculations on orthorhombic SrSnO{sub 3} crystals, obtaining their structural, electronical and optical properties. {yields} An indirect band gap was obtained, and anisotropic effective masses were found for both electrons and holes. {yields} The complex dielectric function and the optical absorption of SrSnO{sub 3} were shown to be very sensitive to the plane of polarization of the incident light. {yields} The infrared spectrum between 100 and 600 cm{sup -1} was obtained, with its main peaks being assigned, and a nice agreement between experimental and theoretical peaks of the Raman spectrum was achieved.

  10. 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

  11. Superconductivity at 3.1 K in the orthorhombic ternary silicide ScRuSi

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    Ruan, Bin-Bin; Wang, Xiao-Chuan; Yu, Jia; Pan, Bo-Jin; Mu, Qing-Ge; Liu, Tong; Chen, Gen-Fu; Ren, Zhi-An

    2017-02-01

    We report the synthesis, crystal structure, superconductivity and physical property characterizations of the ternary equiatomic compound ScRuSi. Polycrystalline samples of ScRuSi were prepared by an arc-melting method. The as-prepared samples were identified as the orthorhombic Co2P-type o-ScRuSi by powder x-ray diffraction analysis. Electrical resistivity measurements show o-ScRuSi to be a metal which superconducts below a T c of 3.1 K; the upper critical field μ 0 H c2(0) is estimated to be 0.87 T. The magnetization and specific heat measurements confirm the bulk type-II superconductivity in o-ScRuSi, with a specific heat jump within the BCS weak coupling limit. o-ScRuSi is the first Co2P-type superconductor to contain scandium. After annealing at 1273 K for a week, o-ScRuSi transforms into hexagonal Fe2P-type h-ScRuSi, which is a Pauli-paramagnetic metal with no superconductivity observed above 1.8 K.

  12. Molecular Structure and Dynamics in the Low Temperature (Orthorhombic) Phase of NH3BH3

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    Cho, Herman M.; Shaw, Wendy J.; Parvanov, Venci M.; Schenter, Gregory K.; Karkamkar, Abhijeet J.; Hess, Nancy J.; Mundy, Christopher J.; Kathmann, Shawn M.; Sears, Jesse A.; Lipton, Andrew S.; Ellis, Paul D.; Autrey, Thomas

    2008-05-08

    Variable temperature 2H NMR experiments on the orthorhombic phase of selectively deuterated NH3BH3 spanning the static to fast exchange limits of the borane and amine motions are reported. New values of the electric field gradient (EFG) tensor parameters have been obtained from the static 2H spectra of Vzz = 5.509(±0.275)×1014 statvolt/cm2 and ! = 0.00±0.05 for the borane hydrogens and Vzz = 9.615(±0.481)×1014 statvolt/cm2 and ! = 0.00±0.05 for the amine hydrogens. The molecular symmetry inferred from the observation of equal EFG tensors for both the boron and amine hydrogens is in sharp contrast with the Cs symmetry derived from diffraction studies. The origin of the apparent discrepancy has been investigated using molecular dynamics methods in combination with electronic structure calculations of NMR parameters, bond lengths, and bond angles. The computation of parameters from a statistical ensemble rather than from a single set of atomic Cartesian coordinates gives values that are in close quantitative agreement with the 2H NMR electric field gradient tensor measurements and are more consistent with the molecular symmetry revealed by the NMR spectra. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences program. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for DOE.

  13. Magnetic performance of orthorhombic Mn35Ge35Te30 nanocrystals

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    Mahdy, Iman A.

    2017-01-01

    Nanocrystalline antiferromagnetic Mn35Ge35Te30 diluted magnetic semiconductors powder syntheses by the conventional direct reaction of pure metals. Nanocrystalline nature of the prepared sample confirmed using various techniques, where x-Ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscope (AFM) measurements shows ~96 nm particle size, while transmission electron microscope (TEM) shows 92 nm particle size. XRD analysis show orthorhombic symmetry with lattice parameters a=7.386611±(0.0066) Å, b=8.962502±(0.0090) Å and c=7.027349±(0.0040) Å. Electron Spin resonance (ESR) show a broad asymmetric line whereas the remnant Mn2+ six-hyperfine lines are broadened within |+1/2>→|-1/2> line according to high anisotropy; calculated Landé g-factor is 2.047. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) analysis, field-moment characteristics revealed a hysteresis loop with small coercive field indicating that Mn35Ge35Te30 is a soft magnetic material. Moreover, hysteresis measurements at different temperatures show increasing magnetization with increasing temperature up to 150 K followed by decreased with increasing temperature up to 300 K. This behavior indicated to the antiferromagnetic nature of the prepared nanocrystalline materials. Magnetic moment - temperature measurements show Néel temperature TN=172.6 K. Magnetic force microscope revealed magnetic domains as a result of interaction between magnetic dipole moments of magnetic cantilever and pressed powder.

  14. High-temperature deformation and failure of an orthorhombic titanium aluminide sheet material

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    Nicolaou, P.D.; Semiatin, S.L.

    1996-11-01

    The high-temperature deformation and failure behavior of an orthorhombic titanium aluminide sheet alloy (fabricated by diffusion bonding of six thin foils) was established by conducting uniaxial tension and plane-strain compression tests at 980 C and strain rates between 10{sup {minus}4} and 10{sup {minus}2} s{sup {minus}1}. The stress-strain response was characterized by a peak stress at low strains followed by moderate flow softening. Values of the strain-rate sensitivity index (m) were between 0.10 and 0.32, and the plastic anisotropy parameter (R) was of the order of 0.6 to 1.0. Cavity nucleation and growth were observed during tensile deformation at strain rates of 10{sup {minus}3} s{sup {minus}1} and higher. However, the combined effects of low m, low cavity growth rate {eta}, and flow softening were deduced to be the source of failure controlled by necking and flow localization rather than cavitation-induced fracture prior to necking.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. The nature of Mn4+ luminescence in the orthorhombic perovskite, GdAlO3

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    Srivastava, A. M.; Brik, M. G.

    2017-01-01

    In this paper we report on the spectroscopic properties of Mn4+ (3d3) ion in the orthorhombic perovskite, GdAlO3 and calculate the energy levels using the exchange charge model of crystal-field theory. The calculated Mn4+ energy levels are in good agreement with the experimental data. The results of our calculations yield the crystal-field splitting and Racah parameters of Dq = 2083 cm-1, B = 780 cm-1 and C = 2864 cm-1, with C/B = 3.67. The emission spectrum is composed of the zero phonon line (2Eg → 4A2g transition) with dominating intensity and its vibrational sidebands. We have also calculated Mulliken atomic charges and bond populations for three isostructural perovskites (GdAlO3, LaGaO3 and CaZrO3) to seek correlation between the energy position of the Mn4+2E level and the covalence of Mn4+sbnd O2- chemical bonding.

  18. Ambient stable tetragonal and orthorhombic phases in penta-twinned bipyramidal au microcrystals.

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    Mettela, Gangaiah; Bhogra, Meha; Waghmare, Umesh V; Kulkarni, Giridhar U

    2015-03-04

    Face-centered cubic (fcc) lattice is the only known crystal structure of bulk gold. In the present work, we report the presence of body-centered tetragonal (bct) and body-centered orthorhombic (bco) phases in bipyramidal Au microcrystals with penta-twinned tips. These microcrystals have been obtained by thermolysis of (AuCl4)(-) stabilized with tetraoctylammonium bromide (ToABr) in air at about 220 °C for 30 min. Using a laboratory monochromatic X-ray source, the non-fcc phases could be readily detected. The remarkable occurrence of non-fcc phases of Au grown in the temperature window of 200-250 °C results from the geometrically induced strains in the bipyramids. Having derived first-principles theoretical support for the temperature-dependent stability of non-fcc Au structures under stress, we identify its origin in soft modes. Annealing at high temperatures relieves the stress, thus destabilizing the non-fcc phases.

  19. Silver-decorated orthorhombic nanotubes of lithium vanadium oxide: an impeder of bacterial growth and biofilm.

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    Diggikar, Rahul S; Patil, Rajendra H; Kale, Sheetal B; Thombre, Dipalee K; Gade, Wasudeo N; Kulkarni, Milind V; Kale, Bharat B

    2013-09-01

    Reoccurrence of infectious diseases and ability of pathogens to resist antibacterial action has raised enormous challenges which may possibly be confronted by nanotechnology routes. In the present study, uniformly embedded silver nanoparticles in orthorhombic nanotubes of lithium vanadium oxide (LiV2O5/Ag) were explored as an impeder of bacterial growth and biofilm. The LiV2O5/Ag nanocomposites have impeded growth of Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis NCIM 2063 and Gram-negative Escherichia coli NCIM 2931 at 60 to 120 μg/mL. It also impeded the biofilm in Pseudomonas aeruginosa NCIM 2948 at 12.5 to 25 μg/mL. Impedance in the growth and biofilm occurs primarily by direct action of the nanocomposites on the cell surfaces of test organisms as revealed by surface perturbation in scanning electron microscopy. As the metabolic growth and biofilm formation phenomena of pathogens play a central role in progression of pathogenesis, LiV2O5/Ag nanocomposite-based approach is likely to curb the menace of reoccurrence of infectious diseases. Thus, LiV2O5/Ag nanocomposites can be viewed as a promising candidate in biofabrication of biomedical materials.

  20. 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.

  1. An unusual case of pseudo-merohedral twinning in orthorhombic crystals of Dicer.

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    MacRae, Ian J; Doudna, Jennifer A

    2007-09-01

    The crystal structure of the enzyme Dicer from Giardia intestinalis was solved to 3.3 A resolution by MAD using crystals belonging to space group P2(1)2(1)2 [Macrae et al. (2006), Science, 311, 195-198]. These crystals were derived from crystals that diffracted X-rays to 3.0 A resolution but were refractory to structure determination because they were twinned. It is shown here that the original Dicer crystals represent an unusual case of perfect pseudo-merohedral twinning of orthorhombic crystals. Before the twinning problem was overcome, it was possible to calculate a low-resolution electron-density map in space group P4(1) that was used to build a partial molecular model. Experimental phases were sufficient to identify heavy-atom sites that indicated space-group inconsistency, leading to identification of the true space group. This information guided the search for different crystallization conditions that yielded untwinned crystals and ultimately a fully interpretable electron-density map.

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

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    Wang, Jinchen; Liu, Juanjuan; Sheng, Jieming; ...

    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

  3. An experimental approach for synthesis of Fe-Al-O multiferroic fibrous material

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    Starbov, N.; Starbova, K.; Vanderbemden, Ph; Simeonova, P.; Lovchinov, V.

    2012-12-01

    Basic principles of the electro-hydrodynamics are applied for synthesis of solid state Fe-Al-O multi-ferroic fibrous material. For that purpose stable blend spinning solutions comprised of a high molecular assisting organic polymer and salts of iron and aluminum are developed. These solutions are tested under electrospinning conditions and synthesis of homogeneous as spun non-woven mats characterized by fibre mean diameters in the micro-and nano-size range is successfully demonstrated. Multi-step thermal procedure is applied for the consecutive solvent evaporation, polymer pyrolisis and final fibre calcination. Electron-optical imaging technique and XRD are applied for revealing the sample morphology and the phase composition correspondingly. The results obtained outline the wide possibilities for fabrication of multi-ferroics fibrous nano-materials on the basis of Fe-Al-O.

  4. Perspectives of voltage control for magnetic exchange bias in multiferroic heterostructures

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    Yang, Q.; Zhou, Z.; Sun, N. X.; Liu, M.

    2017-04-01

    Exchange bias, as an internal magnetic bias induced by a ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic exchange coupling, is extremely important in many magnetic applications such as memories, sensors and other devices. Voltage control of exchange bias in multiferroics provides an energy-efficient way to achieve a rapidly 180° deterministic switching of magnetization, which has been considered as a key challenge in realizing next generation of fast, compact and ultra-low power magnetoelectric memories and sensors. Additionally, exchange bias can enhance dynamic magnetoelectric coupling strength in an external-field-free manner. In this paper, we provide a perspective on voltage control of exchange bias in different multiferroic heterostructures. Brief mechanization and related experiments are discussed as well as future trend and challenges that can be overcome by electrically tuning of exchange bias in state-of-the-art magnetoelectric devices.

  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

    2014-04-29

    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.

  6. 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

    2015-12-09

    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.

  7. Ultra-low-energy non-volatile straintronic computing using single multiferroic composites

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    Roy, Kuntal

    2013-10-01

    The primary impediment to continued downscaling of traditional charge-based electronic devices in accordance with Moore's law is the excessive energy dissipation that takes place in the device during switching of bits. One very promising solution is to utilize multiferroic heterostructures, comprised of a single-domain magnetostrictive nanomagnet strain-coupled to a piezoelectric layer, in which the magnetization can be switched between its two stable states while dissipating minuscule amount of energy. However, no efficient and viable means of computing is proposed so far. Here we show that such single multiferroic composites can act as universal logic gates for computing purposes, which we demonstrate by solving the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation of magnetization dynamics in the presence of room-temperature thermal fluctuations. The proposed concept can overwhelmingly simplify the design of large-scale circuits and portend a highly dense yet an ultra-low-energy computing paradigm for our future information processing systems.

  8. Multiferroic domain boundaries as active memory devices: trajectories towards domain boundary engineering.

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    Salje, Ekhard K H

    2010-04-06

    Twin boundaries in ferroelastics and curved interfaces between crystalline and amorphous zircon can, in principle, act as multiferroic structural elements and lead the way to the discovery of novel multiferroic devices which are based on structurally heterogeneous materials. While this paradigm has not yet been explored in full, this review shows that physical and chemical properties can vary dramatically inside twin boundaries and interfaces. Properties that have been already been explored include electric dipoles in a non-polar matrix, the appearance of superconductivity in twin boundaries and the catalytic reaction of hydrous species in interfaces of radiation damaged material. Some of the fundamental physical and chemical properties of twin boundaries and related interfaces are described and possible applications are outlined.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

    2015-08-01

    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.

  11. Multiferroic Behavior in Elemental Selenium below 40 K: Effect of Electronic Topology

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    Pal, Anirban; Shirodkar, Sharmila N.; Gohil, Smita; Ghosh, Shankar; Waghmare, Umesh V.; Ayyub, Pushan

    2013-06-01

    The quasi-one-dimensional, chiral crystal structure of Selenium has fascinating implications: we report simultaneous magnetic and ferroelectric order in single crystalline Se microtubes below ~40 K. This is accompanied by a structural transition involving a partial fragmentation of the infinite chains without losing overall crystalline order. Raman spectral data indicate a coupling of magnons with phonons and electric field, while the dielectric constant shows a strong dependence on magnetic field. Our first-principles theoretical analysis reveals that this unexpected multiferroic behavior originates from Selenium being a weak topological insulator. It thus exhibits stable electronic states at its surface, and magnetism emerges from their spin polarization. Consequently, the broken two-fold rotational symmetry permits switchable polarization along its helical axis. We explain the observed magnetoelectric couplings using a Landau theory based on the coupling of phonons with spin and electric field. Our work opens up a new class of topological surface-multiferroics with chiral bulk structure.

  12. Magnetoelectric and multiferroic properties of ternary copper chalcogenides Cu2MIIMIVS4

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    Nénert, G.; Palstra, T. T. M.

    2009-04-01

    We investigate theoretically the ternary copper chalcogenides with the general formula Cu2MIIMIVS4. This family of compounds can crystallize in two different non-centrosymmetric structures, I\\bar {4}2m or Pnm 21. We show that all the reported members of Cu2MIIMIVS4 having the Pnm 21 symmetry exhibit a large spontaneous polarization. This result suggests that several of these materials are likely to be multiferroics since they order magnetically at low temperature. We discuss in detail in the framework of Landau theory the members Cu2MnSnS4 and Cu2MnGeS4 which should present both a linear magnetoelectric effect and multiferroic behavior.

  13. Nanoscale Engineering of Multiferroic Hybrid Composites for Micro- and Nano-scale Devices

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    2012-09-14

    large losses at microwave frequencies and a clamping effect. Therefore, our group research was focused on technology of new lead-free multiferroic...of Co- ferrite in granular composites measured at different electric fields Voltage(V) 0 To realize the first objective a series of NBT-CFO...sample with intermediate (30%) content of Co- ferrite [publications 3,5]. The effect of the electric field on ferromagnetic resonance curves is

  14. Atomically engineered ferroic layers yield a room-temperature magnetoelectric multiferroic.

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    Mundy, Julia A; Brooks, Charles M; Holtz, Megan E; Moyer, Jarrett A; Das, Hena; Rébola, Alejandro F; Heron, John T; Clarkson, James D; Disseler, Steven M; Liu, Zhiqi; Farhan, Alan; Held, Rainer; Hovden, Robert; Padgett, Elliot; Mao, Qingyun; Paik, Hanjong; Misra, Rajiv; Kourkoutis, Lena F; Arenholz, Elke; Scholl, Andreas; Borchers, Julie A; Ratcliff, William D; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Fennie, Craig J; Schiffer, Peter; Muller, David A; Schlom, Darrell G

    2016-09-22

    Materials that exhibit simultaneous order in their electric and magnetic ground states hold promise for use in next-generation memory devices in which electric fields control magnetism. Such materials are exceedingly rare, however, owing to competing requirements for displacive ferroelectricity and magnetism. Despite the recent identification of several new multiferroic materials and magnetoelectric coupling mechanisms, known single-phase multiferroics remain limited by antiferromagnetic or weak ferromagnetic alignments, by a lack of coupling between the order parameters, or by having properties that emerge only well below room temperature, precluding device applications. Here we present a methodology for constructing single-phase multiferroic materials in which ferroelectricity and strong magnetic ordering are coupled near room temperature. Starting with hexagonal LuFeO3-the geometric ferroelectric with the greatest known planar rumpling-we introduce individual monolayers of FeO during growth to construct formula-unit-thick syntactic layers of ferrimagnetic LuFe2O4 (refs 17, 18) within the LuFeO3 matrix, that is, (LuFeO3)m/(LuFe2O4)1 superlattices. The severe rumpling imposed by the neighbouring LuFeO3 drives the ferrimagnetic LuFe2O4 into a simultaneously ferroelectric state, while also reducing the LuFe2O4 spin frustration. This increases the magnetic transition temperature substantially-from 240 kelvin for LuFe2O4 (ref. 18) to 281 kelvin for (LuFeO3)9/(LuFe2O4)1. Moreover, the ferroelectric order couples to the ferrimagnetism, enabling direct electric-field control of magnetism at 200 kelvin. Our results demonstrate a design methodology for creating higher-temperature magnetoelectric multiferroics by exploiting a combination of geometric frustration, lattice distortions and epitaxial engineering.

  15. Theoretical Investigation of Dual Tuning of Solitonic Processes in Multiferroic Structures

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    Cherkasskii, M. A.; Nikitin, A. A.; Ustinov, A. B.; Stashkevich, A.; Kalinikos, B. A.

    2016-11-01

    . The solitonic wave processes in a multiferroic structure based on ferroelectric and ferrite layers are studied. The influence of external electric and magnetic fields on frequency and wave-number ranges, where bright and dark solitons can exist, are analysed. The investigation was carried out with the nonlinear Schrodinger equation. Results show that an increase of the electric field shifts the boundary between bright and dark solitons to long-wave region. An increase in magnetic field results in the opposite effect.

  16. Atomically engineered ferroic layers yield a room-temperature magnetoelectric multiferroic

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    Mundy, Julia A.; Brooks, Charles M.; Holtz, Megan E.; Moyer, Jarrett A.; Das, Hena; Rébola, Alejandro F.; Heron, John T.; Clarkson, James D.; Disseler, Steven M.; Liu, Zhiqi; Farhan, Alan; Held, Rainer; Hovden, Robert; Padgett, Elliot; Mao, Qingyun; Paik, Hanjong; Misra, Rajiv; Kourkoutis, Lena F.; Arenholz, Elke; Scholl, Andreas; Borchers, Julie A.; Ratcliff, William D.; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Fennie, Craig J.; Schiffer, Peter; Muller, David A.; Schlom, Darrell G.

    2016-09-01

    Materials that exhibit simultaneous order in their electric and magnetic ground states hold promise for use in next-generation memory devices in which electric fields control magnetism. Such materials are exceedingly rare, however, owing to competing requirements for displacive ferroelectricity and magnetism. Despite the recent identification of several new multiferroic materials and magnetoelectric coupling mechanisms, known single-phase multiferroics remain limited by antiferromagnetic or weak ferromagnetic alignments, by a lack of coupling between the order parameters, or by having properties that emerge only well below room temperature, precluding device applications. Here we present a methodology for constructing single-phase multiferroic materials in which ferroelectricity and strong magnetic ordering are coupled near room temperature. Starting with hexagonal LuFeO3—the geometric ferroelectric with the greatest known planar rumpling—we introduce individual monolayers of FeO during growth to construct formula-unit-thick syntactic layers of ferrimagnetic LuFe2O4 (refs 17, 18) within the LuFeO3 matrix, that is, (LuFeO3)m/(LuFe2O4)1 superlattices. The severe rumpling imposed by the neighbouring LuFeO3 drives the ferrimagnetic LuFe2O4 into a simultaneously ferroelectric state, while also reducing the LuFe2O4 spin frustration. This increases the magnetic transition temperature substantially—from 240 kelvin for LuFe2O4 (ref. 18) to 281 kelvin for (LuFeO3)9/(LuFe2O4)1. Moreover, the ferroelectric order couples to the ferrimagnetism, enabling direct electric-field control of magnetism at 200 kelvin. Our results demonstrate a design methodology for creating higher-temperature magnetoelectric multiferroics by exploiting a combination of geometric frustration, lattice distortions and epitaxial engineering.

  17. 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

    2016-03-01

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. First-principles exploration of multiferroic oxides with double-perovskite structure

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    Oguchi, Tamio; Shishidou, Tatsuya; Uratani, Yoshitaka

    2006-03-01

    Multiferroics have attracted much attention recently because of their novel properties. There are a few known as ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials, particularly with perovskite-type crystal structure. Ferroelectrics should be insulating and likely ionic. Furthermore, it is widely recognized that covalent bonds between the cation and anion orbitals are crucial to realize atomic displacements to a noncentrosymmetric structure. As for magnetism, most of magnetic perovskite oxides usually have an antiferromagnetic order (mostly frustrating) due to a superexchange coupling. According to the Kanamori-Goodenough rule for the superexchange coupling, certain combinations of the transition-metals ions (d^3-d^5 and d^3-d^8 configurations) may possibly give a ferromagnetic coupling by the 180^o superexchange mechanism. In this study, we explore possible co-existence of spontaneous electric polarization and ferromagnetic ordering from first principles, by focusing bismuth double-perovskite oxides Bi2BB'O6 (B, B' = 3d ions) as target materials. Ferromagnetic and ferrimagnetic solutions are obtained for cubic Bi2MnNiO6, Bi2CrFeO6 and Bi2CrCuO6 with nearly gapped electronic structure. Quite recently, Bi2MnNiO6 has been successfully synthesized by a high-pressure technique and revealed multiferroic properties. Possible multiferroic properties of Bi2MnNiO6 with the observed monoclinic structure are investigated in detail.

  1. Theoretical study of electronic transport properties in pillar-embedded multiferroic transition-metal oxides

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    Tai, Yuan-Yen; Zhu, Jian-Xin

    2015-03-01

    Multiferroics show great potential in novel application to nanotechnologies based on well-established experimental techniques. Recently, vertically aligned nanocomposite (VAN) multiferroic thin films have demonstrated a significant amount of research interest owing to their promising results to give more delicate device, such as a larger interfacial area and intrinsic heteroepitaxy in this 3D structure. In order to understand the basic influence of the nano-pillar structure to the bulk multiferroics, we apply scaling theory to study the quasiparticle localization/delocalization effects of this novel nanostructure. Within an effective tight-binding model, we apply the transfer matrix method to calculate the wave function behavior throughout its transverse direction. We will show that how the critical behavior varies with various disordered nano-pillar patterns. We will also give a qualitative connection of our results to the transport experiments. Work at the LANL was performed under the auspices of the U.S. DOE Contract No. DEAC52- 06NA25396 through the LANL-LDRD program.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 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. 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.

  4. Polar-graded multiferroic SrMnO3 thin films

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    Lupini, Andrew R.; Guzman, Roger; Maurel, Laura; ...

    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

  5. Polarized-neutron-scattering studies on the chiral magnetism in multiferroic MnWO4

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    Finger, T.; Senff, D.; Schmalzl, K.; Schmidt, W.; Regnault, L. P.; Becker, P.; Bohatý, L.; Braden, M.

    2010-02-01

    Neutron diffraction with spherical polarization analysis is a powerful tool for studying the multiferroic materials where the ferroelectric polarization arises from a complex magnetic structure. Analyzing the off-diagonal terms in the polarization matrix one may directly detect the chiral contributions even in a multidomain arrangement. In MnWO4 one can control the chiral magnetism by varying an electric field at constant temperature. The analysis of multiferroic hysteresis cycles at four equivalent magnetic Bragg peaks fully agrees with a nearly monodomain chiral arrangement controlled by the electric field. A pronounced asymmetry of the hysteresis cycles and memory effects point to strong pinning of the chiral magnetism in MnWO4. We find a second-order harmonic modulation which exhibits both magnetic and structural character and which may be related with the domain pinning. The observed interference between the nuclear and the magnetic modulation is another manifestation of the coupling between the crystal structure and the magnetism in the multiferroic oxides.

  6. A second ferroelectric transition induced by pressure in multiferroic GdMn2O5

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    Lorenz, Bernd; Poudel, Narayan; Gooch, Melissa; Chu, Ching-Wu; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2015-03-01

    In multiferroic materials different magnetic and ferroelectric states compete for the ground state and are usually close in energy. This results in a high sensitivity of the multiferroic state to external perturbations, such as magnetic fields or pressure, which has been demonstrated, e.g. in Ni3V2O8,MnWO4,andRMn2O5 (R = Tb, Ho, Dy, Y). Here we report the results of a high-pressure study of the multiferroic and ferroelectric properties of GdMn2O5,theRMn2O5 compound with the highest value of the polarization. The ferroelectric polarization below 29 K is enhanced upon application of pressure. Above a critical pressure, a second ferroelectric transition at even higher temperature is detected through a sizable increase of the polarization and a second peak of the dielectric constant. The ferroelectric polarization at high pressures exhibits two step-like increases upon decreasing temperature. This work was supported by the US AFOSR, the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, the John J. and Rebecca Moores Endowment, and the State of Texas through TCSUH.

  7. Electronic transitions and multiferroicity in transition metal oxides

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    Zhou, Haidong

    Four systems have been studied for the localized-itinerant electronic transition in transition-metal oxides: (i) In CaV1- xTixO3, substitution of Ti(IV) introduces Anderson-localized states below a mobility edge mu c that increases with x, crossing epsilon F in the range 0.2 < x< 0.4 and also transforms the strong-correlation fluctuations to localized V(IV): t1e0 configurations for x ≥ 0.1. (ii) The properties of LaTiO3+delta reveal that a hole-poor, strongly correlated electronic phase coexists with a hole-rich, itinerant-electron phase. With delta ≥ 0.03, the hole-rich phase exists as a minority phase of isolated, mobile itinerant-electron clusters embedded in the hole-poor phase. With delta ≥ 0.08, isolated hole-poor clusters are embedded in an itinerant-electron matrix. As delta > 0.08 increases, the hole-poor clusters become smaller and more isolated until they are reduced to super-paramagnetic strong-correlation fluctuations by delta = 0.12. (iii) The data of Y1-xLaxTiO 3 appears to distinguish an itinerant-electron antiferromagnetic phase in the La-rich samples from a localized-electron ferromagnetic phase with a cooperative Jahn-Teller distortion in the Y-rich phase. (iv) The transition at Tt in Mg[Ti2]O4 is a semiconductor-semiconductor transition associated with Ti-Ti dimerization instabilities. The dimerization is caused by lattice instabilities resulting from a double-well Ti-Ti bond potential at a crossover from localized to itinerant electronic behavior. RMn1-xGaxO 3 (R = Ho, Y) and Ho1-xY xMnO3 have been studied for the multiferroicity of RMnO3. Ga doping raises the ferrielectric Curie temperature TC and the Mn-spin reorientation temperature TSR while lowering TN of the Mn spins and the Ho magnetic ordering temperature T 2. The data show an important coupling between the Mn3+-ion and HO3+-ion spins as well as a TSR that is driven by a cooperative MnO5 site rotation and R 3+-ion displacements that modify the c lattice parameter. The data also

  8. External and internal magnetic-field effects on ferroelectricity in orthorhombic rare-earth manganites

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    Kuwahara, H.; Noda, K.; Akaki, M.

    2006-03-01

    We report the dielectric and magnetic properties of the perovskite (Eu,Y)MnO3 crystal without the presence of the 4f magnetic moments of the rare earth ions. The subject compound, (Eu,Y)MnO3, was controlled the average ionic radius of the A site so that it was the same as that of TbMnO3 in which the intriguing magnetoelectric effect has been recently discovered. The (Eu,Y)MnO3 crystal was found to have two distinct ferroelectric phases with polarization along the a (Pa, T<=23K) and c (Pc, 23K<=T<=25K) axes in the orthorhombic Pbnm setting in a zero magnetic field. In addition, we have demonstrated a magnetic-field-induced switching between these ferroelectric phases: Pa changed to Pc by the application of magnetic fields parallel to the a axis (Ha). In analogy to the case of Pc in TbMnO3, this result is possibly interpreted as follows. In the case of (Eu,Y)MnO3, Mn 3d spins rotate in the ab plane and Pa would emerge in a zero field. In the Ha, the field will force the spins to rotate in the bc plane, in which Pc would be stabilized. Magnetization measurements supported this interpretation: We confirmed the change of the spin rotation axis of the helix from the c axis to the a axis induced by application of the Ha because there is no 4f moments acting as an internal magnetic field and interacting with the 3d spins. Results obtained with other rare-earth manganites such as (Gd,Tb)MnO3 and (Eu,Ho)MnO3 will be presented.

  9. Microstructure and properties of a titanium alloy-orthorhombic titanium aluminide layered composite

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    Galeev, R. M.; Valiakhmetov, O. R.; Safiullin, R. V.; Imaev, V. M.; Imaev, R. M.

    2009-03-01

    The microstructure and tensile properties of a layered composite material fabricated by solid-state bonding of its components using pressure welding are studied at room and elevated temperatures. The components are made of a high-temperature VT25U titanium alloy and an intermetallic alloy ( O alloy) based on orthorhombic titanium aluminide of the composition Ti-23Al-22.7Nb-1.1V-0.6Zr-0.2Si-0.3C (at %). The study of the microstructure and chemical composition of the composite by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis demonstrates that this method of producing a layered composite provides high-quality poreless bonding of materials of different types. The solid-state bonding zone has an intermediate chemical composition. Mechanical tests demonstrate that the room-temperature strength of the composite is comparable with that of the O alloy and is higher than that of the titanium alloy; as the fraction of the titanium alloy in the composite decreases, this strength increases. The relative elongation of the layered composite is found to be higher than that of the O alloy and lower than that of the titanium alloy. In the temperature range 500-700°C, the strength of the composite material is 25% higher than that of the titanium alloy, and its plasticity is lower than that of the titanium alloy. Our method is shown to be promising for producing layered composite materials that have high mechanical properties over a wide temperature range.

  10. 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.

  11. Crystallization kinetics of orthorhombic paracetamol from supercooled melts studied by non-isothermal DSC.

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    Nikolakakis, Ioannis; Kachrimanis, Kyriakos

    2017-02-01

    A simple and highly reproducible procedure was established for the study of orthorhombic paracetamol crystallization kinetics, comprising melting, quench-cooling of the melt and scanning the formed glass by DSC at different heating rates. Results were analyzed on the basis of the mean as well as local values of the Avrami exponent, n, the energy of activation, as well as the Šesták-Berggren two-parameter autocatalytic kinetic model. The mean value of the Avrami kinetic exponent, n, ranged between 3 and 5, indicating deviation from the nucleation and growth mechanism underlying the Johnson-Mehl, Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) model. To verify the extent of the deviation, local values of the Avrami exponent as a function of the volume fraction transformed were calculated. Inspection of the local exponent values indicates that the crystallization mechanism changes over time, possibly reflecting the uncertainty of crystallization onset, instability of nucleation due to an autocatalytic effect of the crystalline phase, and growth anisotropy due to impingement of spherulites in the last stages of crystallization. The apparent energy of activation, Ea, has a rather low mean value, close to 81 kJ/mol, which is in agreement with the observed instability of glassy-state paracetamol. Isoconversional methods revealed that Ea tends to decrease with the volume fraction transformed, possibly because of the different energy demands of nucleation and growth. The exponents of the Šesták-Berggren two-parameter model showed that the crystallized fraction influences the process, confirming the complexity of the crystallization mechanism.

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

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    Taufour, Valentin; Thimmaiah, Srinivasa; March, Stephen; ...

    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

  13. New structure of high-pressure body-centered orthorhombic Fe2SiO4

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    Yamanaka, Takamitsu; Kyono, Atsushi; Nakamoto, Yuki; ...

    2015-08-01

    Here, a structural change in Fe2SiO4 spinel and the structure of a new high pressure phase are determined by Rietveld 26 profile fitting of x-ray diffraction data up to 64 GPa at ambient temperature. The compression curve of the spinel is discontinuous at approximately 20 GPa. Fe Kβ x-ray emission measurements at high pressure show that the transition from a high spin (HS) to an intermediate spin (IS) state begins at 17 GPa in the spinel phase. The IS electronic state is gradually enhanced with pressure, which results in an isostructural phase transition. A transition from the cubic spinel structure to a body centered orthorhombic phase (I-Fe2SiO4) with space group Imma and Z=4 was observed at approximately 34 GPa. The structure of I-Fe2SiO4 has two crystallographically distinct FeO6 octahedra, which are arranged in layers parallel to (101) and (011) and are very similar to the layers of FeO6 octahedra that constitute the spinel structure. Silicon also exists in six-fold coordination in I-Fe2SiO4. The transformation to the new high-pressure phase is reversible under decompression at ambient temperature. A Martensitic transformation of each slab of the spinel structure with translation vector [more » $$\\vec{1/8}$$ $$\\vec{1/8}$$ $$\\vec{1/8}$$] generates the I-Fe2SiO4 structure. Laser heating of I-Fe2SiO4 at 1500 K results in a decomposition of the material to rhombohedral FeO and SiO2 stishovite.« less

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. First-principles study of structural and elastic properties of monoclinic and orthorhombic BiMnO3.

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    Mei, Zhi-Gang; Shang, Shun-Li; Wang, Yi; Liu, Zi-Kui

    2010-07-28

    The structural and elastic properties of BiMnO(3) with monoclinic (C 2/c) and orthorhombic (Pnma) ferromagnetic (FM) structures have been studied by first-principles calculations within LDA + U and GGA + U approaches. The equilibrium volumes and bulk moduli of BiMnO(3) phases are evaluated by equation of state (EOS) fittings, and the bulk properties predicted by LDA + U calculations are in better agreement with experiment. The orthorhombic phase is found to be more stable than the monoclinic phase at ambient pressure. A monoclinic to monoclinic phase transition is predicted to occur at a pressure of about 10 GPa, which is ascribed to magnetism versus volume instability of monoclinic BiMnO(3). The single-crystal elastic stiffness constants c(ij)s of the monoclinic and orthorhombic phases are investigated using the stress-strain method. The c(46) of the monoclinic phase is predicted to be negative. In addition, the polycrystalline elastic properties including bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, bulk modulus-shear modulus ratio, Poisson's ratio, and elastic anisotropy ratio are determined based on the calculated elastic constants. The presently predicted phase transition and elastic properties open new directions for investigation of the phase transitions in BiMnO(3), and provide helpful guidance for the future elastic constant measurements.

  17. Effect of orthorhombic-tetragonal phase transition on structure and piezoelectric properties of KNN-based lead-free ceramics.

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    Zhang, Yang; Li, Lingyu; Shen, Bo; Zhai, Jiwei

    2015-05-07

    (1 - x)(K0.5Na0.5)0.95Li0.05Nb0.93Sb0.07O3-xSrZrO3 ((1 - x)KNLNS-xSZ) lead free piezoelectric ceramics have been prepared by the conventional solid state reaction method, via adjusting the orthorhombic-tetragonal phase transition temperature to near room temperature with doping SrZrO3, and the effects of SrZrO3 content on polymorphic phase transition have been investigated. These results show that the phase structure of the ceramics was changed from orthorhombic to tetragonal at x ≥ 0.02 mol, and the orthorhombic-tetragonal phase transition temperature was modified to around room temperature with increasing SrZrO3. Remarkable piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties has been obtained in (1 - x)KNLNS-xSZ system with x = 0.02, which showed a piezoelectric parameter of d33 = 256 pC N(-1), Curie temperature Tc = 270 °C, strain levels of 0.16% at 50 kV cm(-1), remnant polarization Pr = 24.9 μC cm(-2) and coercive field Ec = 10.6 kV cm(-1).

  18. 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.

  19. Twinning induced by the rhombohedral to orthorhombic phase transition in lanthanum gallate (LaGaO3)

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    Wang, W. L.; Lu, H. Y.

    2006-10-01

    Phase-transformation-induced twins in pressureless-sintered lanthanum gallate (LaGaO3) ceramics have been analysed using the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Twins are induced by solid state phase transformation upon cooling from the rhombohedral (r, Rbar{3}c) to orthorhombic ( o, Pnma) symmetry at ˜145°C. Three types of transformation twins {101} o , {121} o , and {123} o were found in grains containing multiple domains that represent orientation variants. Three orthorhombic orientation variants were distinguished from the transformation domains converged into a triple junction. These twins are the reflection type as confirmed by tilting experiment in the microscope. Although not related by group-subgroup relation, the transformation twins generated by phase transition from rhombohedral to orthorhombic are consistent with those derived from taking cubic Pm {bar {3}}m aristotype of the lowest common supergroup symmetry as an intermediate metastable structure. The r→ o phase transition of first order in nature may have occurred by a diffusionless, martensitic-type or discontinuous nucleation and growth mechanism.

  20. Bounds and self-consistent estimates for elastic constants of granular polycrystals composed of orthorhombics or crystal with higher symmetries

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    Berryman, J. G.

    2011-02-01

    Methods for computing Hashin-Shtrikman bounds and related self-consistent estimates of elastic constants for polycrystals composed of crystals having orthorhombic symmetry have been known for about three decades. However, these methods are underutilized, perhaps because of some perceived difficulties with implementing the necessary computational procedures. Several simplifications of these techniques are introduced, thereby reducing the overall computational burden, as well as the complications inherent in mapping out the Hashin-Shtrikman bounding curves. The self-consistent estimates of the effective elastic constants are very robust, involving a quickly converging iteration procedure. Once these self-consistent values are known, they may then be used to speed up the computations of the Hashin-Shtrikman bounds themselves. It is shown furthermore that the resulting orthorhombic polycrystal code can be used as well to compute both bounds and self-consistent estimates for polycrystals of higher-symmetry tetragonal, hexagonal, and cubic (but not trigonal) materials. The self-consistent results found this way are shown to be the same as those obtained using the earlier methods, specifically those methods designed specially for each individual symmetry type. But the Hashin-Shtrikman bounds found using the orthorhombic code are either the same or (more typically) tighter than those found previously for these special cases (i.e., tetragonal, hexagonal, and cubic). The improvement in the Hashin-Shtrikman bounds is presumably due to the additional degrees of freedom introduced into the available search space.

  1. An orthorhombic representation of a heterogeneous medium for the finite-difference modelling of seismic wave propagation

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    Kristek, Jozef; Moczo, Peter; Chaljub, Emmanuel; Kristekova, Miriam

    2017-02-01

    The possibility of applying one explicit finite-difference (FD) scheme to all interior grid points (points not lying on a grid border) no matter what their positions are with respect to the material interface is one of the key factors of the computational efficiency of the FD modelling. Smooth or discontinuous heterogeneity of the medium is accounted for only by values of the effective grid moduli and densities. Accuracy of modelling thus very much depends on how these effective grid parameters are evaluated. We present an orthorhombic representation of a heterogeneous medium for the FD modelling. We numerically demonstrate its superior accuracy. Compared to the harmonic-averaging representation the orthorhombic representation is more accurate mainly in the case of strong surface waves that are especially important in local surface sedimentary basins. The orthorhombic representation is applicable to modelling seismic wave propagation and earthquake motion in isotropic models with material interfaces and smooth heterogeneities using velocity-stress, displacement-stress and displacement FD schemes on staggered, partly staggered, Lebedev and collocated grids.

  2. 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.

  3. High pressure Raman investigations of multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Yang, Y.; Bai, L. G.; Zhu, K.; Liu, Y. L.; Jiang, S.; Liu, J.; Chen, J.; Xing, X. R.

    2009-09-01

    We have reported a Raman scattering investigation of bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) under high pressure up to 50 GPa. Distinct changes in the Raman spectra show evidence for three pressure-induced structural transitions. The abrupt frequency redshifts of the Raman modes near 300 cm-1 at around 3 GPa are attributed to the modulation of the FeO6 octahedral tilts. The disappearance of the modes below 250 cm-1 at 8.6 GPa, together with the enhancement of the two modes in the range of 300-400 cm-1, indicate the phase transition from the rhombohedral to orthorhombic symmetry. Afterward, the E-3 and E-4 modes disappear at 44.6 GPa, pointing to the occurrence of the orthorhombic-cubic phase transition, which is consistent with the previous postulate that an orthorhombic-cubic transition takes place across the metal-insulator transition at high pressures.

  4. Large low-field magnetodielectric response in multiferroic Bi2NiMnO6 thin film

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    Rathi, A.; Anshul, Avneesh; Gupta, Anurag; Rout, P. K.; Maurya, K. K.; Kotnala, R. K.; Pant, R. P.; Basheed, G. A.

    2017-04-01

    Single-phase multiferroics exhibiting a large low-field magnetodielectric effect (MDE) are of great interest for the practical realization of multifunctional devices, as existing multiferroics demand large magnetic fields to cause any significant MDE. Here, we report remarkably large MDE \\equiv Δ {{\\varepsilon}\\prime} /{{\\varepsilon}\\prime}∼ 6 % at very low fields (H≤slant 5 kOe) near T C in multiferroic Bi2NiMnO6 thin film. More importantly, the insensitivity of {{\\varepsilon}\\prime} to temperature and frequency variations, and pronounced change in {{\\varepsilon}\\prime} near T C in zero magnetic field attribute the observed large MDE to the inherent exchange magnetoelectric interactions.

  5. 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.

  6. Identification of the ferroelectric switching process and dopant-dependent switching properties in orthorhombic HfO2: A first principles insight

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    Clima, S.; Wouters, D. J.; Adelmann, C.; Schenk, T.; Schroeder, U.; Jurczak, M.; Pourtois, G.

    2014-03-01

    The origin of the ferroelectric polarization switching in orthorhombic HfO2 has been investigated by first principles calculations. The phenomenon can be regarded as being the coordinated displacement of four O ions in the orthorhombic unit cell, which can lead to a saturated polarization as high as 53 μC/cm2. We show the correlation between the computed polarization reversal barrier and the experimental coercive fields.

  7. 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.

  8. X-band frequency response and electromagnetic interference shielding in multiferroic BiFeO3 nanomaterials

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    Reshi, Hilal Ahmad; Singh, Avanish Pratap; Pillai, Shreeja; Para, Touseef Ahmad; Dhawan, S. K.; Shelke, Vilas

    2016-10-01

    The presence of electric dipoles, magnetic dipoles and mobile charges is a prerequisite for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding materials. Here, we demonstrate that multiferroic compound with incipient ensemble of electric and magnetic dipoles can perform as an EMI shielding material. We synthesized single phase BiFeO3 nanomaterial and studied complex electromagnetic properties in an X-band frequency region. A shielding effectiveness up to 11 dB with a major contribution from absorption was observed in the BiFeO3 nanomaterials. An auxiliary functionality of radiation shielding is revealed in the multiferroic BiFeO3 compound.

  9. An orthorhombic crystal form of cyclohexaicosaose, CA26.32.59 H(2)O: comparison with the triclinic form.

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    Nimz, O; Gessler, K; Usón, I; Saenger, W

    2001-11-08

    Cycloamylose containing 26 glucose residues (cyclohexaicosaose, CA26) crystallized from water and 30% (v/v) polyethyleneglycol 400 in the orthorhombic space group P2(1)2(1)2(1) in the highly hydrated form CA26.32.59 H(2)O. X-ray analysis of the crystals at 0.85 A resolution shows that the macrocycle of CA26 is folded into two short left-handed V-amylose helices in antiparallel arrangement and related by a twofold rotational pseudosymmetry as reported recently for the (CA26)(2).76.75 H(2)O triclinic crystal form [Gessler, K. et al. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 1999, 96, 4246-4251]. In the orthorhombic crystal form, CA26 molecules are packed in motifs reminiscent of V-amylose in hydrated and anhydrous forms. The intramolecular interface between the V-helices in CA26 is dictated by formation of an extended network of interhelical C-H...O hydrogen bonds; a comparable molecular arrangement is also evident for the intermolecular packing, suggesting that it is a characteristic feature of V-amylose interaction. The hydrophobic channels of CA26 are filled with disordered water molecules arranged in chains and held in position by multiple C-H...O hydrogen bonds. In the orthorhombic and triclinic crystal forms, the structures of CA26 molecules are equivalent but the positions of the individual water molecules are different, suggesting that the patterns of water chains are perturbed even by small structural changes associated with differences in packing arrangements in the two crystal lattices rather than with differences in the CA26 geometry.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Ferromagnetic, Ferroelectric, Single Phase and Composite Multiferroic Mesoporous Materials

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    Quickel, Thomas Eugene

    Mesoporous nanostructures offer facile routes to novel materials with interesting and often unparalleled properties. Ferrimagnetic, ferroelectric and multiferroic phases, the latter comprising materials that simultaneously possess multiple order parameters, are of great technological importance. Developments in our knowledge of and ability to produce new materials exploiting their properties could have fundamental impacts. Employing versatile solution phase chemistry techniques utilizing co-assembly between organic block co-polymers and inorganic metal precursors, we are able to produce 3-dimensional porous nano-structures in thin film format. Mesoporous frameworks comprising various magnetic ferrites are explored in chapters 2, 3 & 4. The crystal structure and nanoscale architecture for each material is thoroughly examined, and the effects of mesoporosity on the magnetic characteristics of the individual ferrites are determined. The ferrites investigated (MFe2O4,M=Co, Zn, Ni, Mg) are magnetostrictive as their magnet moments are subject to change upon straining of the crystal lattice. It was observed that the nano-scale architecture imparts novel strain states on to the polycrystalline phases and spin re-orientation of their magnetic moment results, emulating results that, previous to the finding in this study, were exclusive to epitaxial growth techniques. Furthermore, the presence of high surface area, resulting from mesoporosity, increases surface spin states drastically altering the magnetic functionality of porous ferrites versus their bulk counterparts. The effects of mesoporosity on piezoelectric materials was also investigated. Piezoelectrics comprise a fascinating class of materials that exhibit internal creation of charge upon the action of mechanical strain, the reverse of which is also true. Mesoporous piezoelectric phases were successfully prepared, and the effects of porosity on the ferroelectric order paramter were established. The presence of pores

  11. Orthorhombic polar Nd-doped BiFeO3 thin film on MgO substrate.

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    Leontyev, I N; Yuzyuk, Yu I; Janolin, P-E; El-Marssi, M; Chernyshov, D; Dmitriev, V; Golovko, Yu I; Mukhortov, V M; Dkhil, B

    2011-08-24

    A Nd-doped BiFeO(3) thin film deposited on MgO substrate was studied by synchrotron diffraction. The ferroelectric nature of the film is proven by in-plane remanent polarization measurement. The highest possible symmetry of the film is determined to be orthorhombic, within the Fm2m space group. Such a structure is rotated by 45° with respect to the substrate and is consistent with tilts of oxygen octahedra doubling the unit cell. This polar structure presents a rather unusual strain-accommodation mechanism.

  12. Effect of hydrogen on the structure of quenched orthorhombic titanium aluminide-based alloy and phase transformations during subsequent heating

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    Khadzhieva, O. G.; Illarionov, A. G.; Popov, A. A.; Grib, S. V.

    2013-06-01

    The effect of hydrogen on structure formation and changes in the volume fractions of phases in an alloy based on orthorhombic titanium aluminide ( O phase) alloy upon its quenching is studied. X-ray diffraction analysis is used to determine the lattice parameters of phases. It has been shown that hydrogen is dissolved mainly in the β0 phase. Differential thermal analysis is used to determine stages and temperature ranges of phase transformations during heating; it was found that introduced hydrogen shifts the β0 → O and reverse O → β0 transformations into the low-temperature range; the enthalpies of transformation are calculated.

  13. 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.

  14. Tetragonal-to-Orthorhombic Structural Phase Transition at 90Kin the Superconductor Fe1:01Se

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    McQueen, T.M.; Tao, J.; Williams, A.J.; Stephens, P.W.; Zhu, Y.; Ksenofontov, V.; Casper, F.; 4 C.; Cava, R.J.

    2009-07-30

    In this Letter we show that superconducting Fe{sub 1.01}Se undergoes a structural transition at 90 K from a tetragonal to an orthorhombic phase but that nonsuperconducting Fe{sub 1.03}Se does not. High resolution electron microscopy at low temperatures further reveals an unexpected additional modulation of the crystal structure of the superconducting phase that involves displacements of the Fe atoms, and that the nonsuperconducting composition shows a different, complex nanometer-scale structural modulation. Finally, we show that magnetism is not the driving force for the phase transition in the superconducting phase.

  15. 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

  16. Fabrication of self-assembled epitaxial nanostructures consisting of multiferroic heterostructures

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    Stern, Ilan

    As the field of epitaxial, self-assembled, thin film nanostructures continues to evolve, we have seen the emergence of novel growth techniques, exciting new multiferroic heterostructures and the increase in strain control engineering. The interest in such heterostructures ranges from high speed computing and storage devices, to smart sensors and actuators. Magnetic tunneling junctions and the development of highly efficient composites in the use of photovoltaics is certainly a direction of the future of thin film physics. Through the method of pulsed laser deposition (PLD), we have developed and engineered complex multiferroic transition metal oxides. By examining the structural and physical characterization of BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 epitaxially grown on spinel MgAl2O4 (001) by way of HR-XRD, AFM, TEM SEM, SQUID, and VSM, we have added additional growth parameters, i.e., the role of substrate structure, which can be used in the control of the structural formation of spinel and perovskite multiferroic heterostructures. This additional growth parameter is a critical step in the advancement in structural control and growth morphology. Additionally, control engineering of ferromagnetic vertically aligned nanostructures (VAN's), embedded in a ferroelectric matrix was accomplished using a 1:1 molar ratio of ferromagnetic NiCO2O4 and ferroelectric BaTiO3, which is to be used in the study of electrical transport, and 3-dimensional strain control. Finally, a conducting bottom electrode (Nb-STO) was developed to allow for the out-of-plane transport measurements on the NCO-BTO heterocomposite.

  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

    2016-02-20

    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.

  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. On the effect of polarization direction on the converse magnetoelectric response of multiferroic composite rings

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    Youssef, George; Lopez, Mario; Newacheck, Scott

    2017-03-01

    The application domain of composite multiferroic materials with magnetoelectric coupling has been widening on the nano-, micro- and macro-scales. Generally, a composite multiferroic material consists of two, or more, layers of a piezoelectric material and a magnetostrictive material. In turn, the proliferation of multiferroics in more applications is accompanied by a keen focus on understanding the effect of material phases, geometry, bonding interface and arrangement of phases by performing theoretical, numerical and experimental studies to fundamentally elucidate the response. In this experimental study, a focus is given to exploit the effect of the polarization direction of the piezoelectric phase on the overall converse magnetoelectric (CME) response of a composite concentric PZT/Terfenol-D structure. Specifically, radially and axially polarized PZT rings were concentrically bonded to the outer surface of two Terfenol-D rings, respectively. It was found that the maximum, near resonance, CME coefficient of the axially-poled configuration is 443 mG V‑1 when tested at 34 kHz, 80 kV m‑1 electric field and 784 Oe bias magnetic field. On the other hand, the near resonance CME value for the radially-poled configuration remained nearly constant at 281.9 ± 5.3 mG V‑1 between bias magnetic fields of 532 Oe and 1524 Oe at AC electric field of 80 kV m‑1 with a frequency of 36 kHz. Interestingly, the CME coefficient of radially-poled composite structure exhibits a saturation behavior, while the CME coefficient for axially-poled structure is distinguished by a single peak. The difference in the response is attributed to the amount strain transduction due to the polarization direction.

  20. Self-organization, condensation, and annihilation of topological vortices and antivortices in a multiferroic

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    Chae, S. C.; Horibe, Y.; Jeong, D. Y.; Rodan, S.; Lee, N.; Cheong, S.-W.

    2010-01-01

    The interaction among topological defects can induce novel phenomena such as disclination pairs in liquid crystals and superconducting vortex lattices. Nanoscale topological vortices with swirling ferroelectric, magnetic, and structural antiphase relationships were found in multiferroic h-YMnO3. Herein, we report the discovery of intriguing, but seemingly irregular configurations of a zoo of topological vortices and antivortices. These configurations can be neatly analyzed in terms of graph theory and reflect the nature of self-organized criticality in complexity phenomena. External stimuli such as chemistry-driven or electric poling can induce the condensation and eventual annihilation of topological vortex–antivortex pairs. PMID:21115846

  1. Identifying the spectroscopic modes of multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Fishman, Randy S.; Furukawa, Nobuo; Haraldsen, Jason T.; Matsuda, Masaaki; Miyahara, Shin

    2012-12-01

    We have identified the modes of multiferroic BiFeO3 measured by THz and Raman spectroscopies. 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 Ψ±1 mode into peaks at 20 and 21.5 cm-1 and activates the lower Φ±2 mode at 27 cm-1 (T=200 K). An electromagnon is identified with the upper Ψ±1 mode at 21.5 cm-1. Our results also explain recent inelastic neutron-scattering measurements.

  2. Polarized micro Raman spectroscopy of multiferroic BiFeO3 single crystals

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    Beekman, C.; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Burch, Kenneth

    2011-03-01

    In Bismuth ferrite (BiFe O3) antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric order parameters coexist at room temperature, making this material an excellent candidate for new functionalities, such as electrical control of ferromagnetism. Despite extensive reports on Raman scattering experiments on single crystals and thin films, controversy still remains in the observation and assignment of the phonon modes. However, proper Raman mode assignment to describe the phonons critical for the multiferroic behavior is necessary. We present polarized micro Raman spectroscopy of single crystals with uniform ferroelectric polarization. Careful examination of the Raman spectra upon crystal rotation enables us to unambiguously assign several (A1 , Ex and Ey) modes.

  3. Magnetic Exchange Interaction between Rare-Earth and Mn Ions in Multiferroic Hexagonal Manganites

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    Talbayev, D.; Laforge, A. D.; Trugman, S. A.; Hur, N.; Taylor, A. J.; Averitt, R. D.; Basov, D. N.

    2008-12-01

    We report a study of magnetic dynamics in multiferroic hexagonal manganite HoMnO3 by far-infrared spectroscopy. The low-temperature magnetic excitation spectrum of HoMnO3 consists of magnetic-dipole transitions of Ho ions within the crystal-field split J=8 manifold and of the triangular antiferromagnetic resonance of Mn ions. We determine the effective spin Hamiltonian for the Ho ion ground state. The magnetic-field splitting of the Mn antiferromagnetic resonance allows us to measure the magnetic exchange coupling between the rare-earth and Mn ions.

  4. Analysis of the multiferroicity in the hexagonal manganite YMnO3.

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    Singh, Kiran; Lepetit, Marie-Bernadette; Simon, Charles; Bellido, Natalia; Pailhès, Stéphane; Varignon, Julien; De Muer, Albin

    2013-10-16

    We performed magnetic and ferroelectric measurements, associated with Landau theory and symmetry analysis, in order to clarify the situation of the YMnO3 system, a classical example of type I multiferroics. We found that the only magnetic group compatible with all experimental data (neutron scattering, magnetization, polarization, dielectric constant, second harmonic generation) is the P6'(3) group. In this group a small ferromagnetic component along c is induced by the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, and observed here in magnetization measurements. We found that the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic components can only be switched simultaneously, while the magnetic orders are functions of the polarization square and therefore insensitive to its sign.

  5. Magnetic exchange interaction between rare-earth and Mn ions in multiferroic hexagonal manganites

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    Talbayev, Diyar; Trugman, Stuart A; Taylor, Antoinette J; Averitt, Richard D; Namjung, Hur; Andrew, Laforge D; Dimitri, Basov N

    2008-01-01

    The authors report a study of magnetic dynamics in multiferroic hexagonal manganite HoMnO{sub 3} by far-infrared spectroscopy. Low-temperature magnetic excitation spectrum of HoMnO{sub 3} consists of magnetic-dipole transitions of Ho ions within the crystal-field split J = 8 manifold and of the triangular antiferromagnetic resonance of Mn ions. They determine the effective spin Hamiltonian for the Ho ion ground state. The magnetic-field splitting of the Mn antiferromagnetic resonance allows us to measure the magnetic exchange coupling between the rare-earth and Mn ions.

  6. Realization of anomalous multiferroicity in free-standing graphene with magnetic adatoms

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    Marques, Y.; Ricco, L. S.; Dessotti, F. A.; Machado, R. S.; Shelykh, I. A.; de Souza, M.; Seridonio, A. C.

    2016-11-01

    It is generally believed that free-standing graphene does not demonstrate any ferroic properties. In the present work we revise this statement and show that a single graphene sheet with a pair of magnetic adatoms can be driven into ferroelectric (FE) and multiferroic (MF) phases by tuning the Dirac cones slope. The transition into the FE phase occurs gradually, but an anomalous MF phase appears abruptly by means of a quantum phase transition. Our findings suggest that such features should exist in graphene recently investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy [H. González-Herrero et al., Science 352, 437 (2016), 10.1126/science.aad8038].

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Field Induced Phase Transition with Quadrupole Fluctuation in HoFe2Al10 with Orthorhombic Symmetry

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    Kamikawa, Shuhei; Ishii, Isao; Takezawa, Kohki; Sakami, Tatsuhiro; Nakagawa, Fumiya; Tanida, Hiroshi; Sera, Masafumi; Suzuki, Takashi

    2017-04-01

    To explore phase transitions in HoFe2Al10 with an orthorhombic structure, we performed ultrasonic measurements on transverse elastic moduli C55 and C66 under magnetic fields H. At zero magnetic field, C55 and C66 show an elastic softening down to 0.5 K without a clear anomaly, suggesting that no phase transition exists at zero magnetic field. However, in H along the a- and c-axes, the softening of C55 under 0.6 (0.4) T stops at TQ = 0.8 (0.75) K for H || a (c). Below TQ, C55 shows an elastic hardening. With further increasing H, we observed a remarkable softening of C55 toward TQ. C66 also shows a kink anomaly at TQ in H || a and c. From the results, we clarified the field induced phase transition for H || a and c in HoFe2Al10. The minimum point of C55 at TQ suggests that the field induced phase transition results from a quadrupolar ordering with the order parameter of quadrupole Ozx despite a singlet ground state under an orthorhombic crystal electric field in HoFe2Al10.

  12. Orthorhombic phases with large unit cells coexisting with the decagonal quasicrystal in an AlCoNiTb alloy

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    Yu, R.C. . Beijing Lab. of Electron Microscopy Jilin Univ., Changchun . Dept. of Physics); Li, X.Z.; Zhang, Z.; Kuo, K.H. . Beijing Lab. of Electron Microscopy); Xu, D.P.; Su, W.H. . Dept. of Physics)

    1994-11-15

    Elser and Henley suggested that if the irrational golden number [tau] = (1 + [radical]5)/2 associated with the three mutually orthogonal, equivalent twofold axes in an IQC (icosahedral quasicrystal) is approximated by a rational ratio of two consecutive Fibonacci numbers (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, [hor ellipsis], F[sub 0] = 0, F[sub 1] = 1, and F[sub n+1] = F[sub n] + F[sub n[minus]1]), such as F[sub n+1]/F[sub n] = 1/0, 1/1, 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, [hor ellipsis], then a cubic crystalline phase generally called an approximant will result. Such an analysis has been extended later to 2-dimensional decagonal quasicrystals (DQCs). If the irradiation [tau] along two mutually orthogonal, non-equivalent, quasiperiodic twofold directions perpendicular to the periodic tenfold axis of a DQC is replaced by rational ratios F[sub n+1]/F[sub n], an orthorhombic approximant with a large unit cell will form. This not only explains the existing orthorhombic Al-TM (transitional metals) phases with large unit cells, such as Al[sub 60]Mn[sub 11]Ni[sub 4] and Al[sub 3]Mn, but also predicts many new approximants with even larger unit cells some of which have been found experimentally afterwards.

  13. Electrochemical characterization of orthorhombic Na{sub x}MnO{sub 2} for alkali metal polymer batteries

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    Doeff, M.M.; Ding, Lie; DeJonghe, L.C.

    1995-04-01

    Electrochemical potential spectroscopy (ECPS) has been used successfully to observe and explain ordering transitions in orthorhombic Na{sub x}MnO{sub 2} as it is discharged in a sodium/polymer cell. Features can be assigned on the basis of sequential filling of sites in the small and then the large tunnels of the structure as the reduction progresses. Intercalation of lithium into Na{sub x}MnO{sub 2} may be less straightforward than that of sodium, and is worthy of investigation by ECPS. Li/Na{sub x}MnO{sub 2} cells have a greater discharge capacity than Na/Na{sub x}MnO{sub 2} cells, suggesting that more than four lithiums per large tunnel can be inserted. (It is also possible, but less likely that more than one lithium can be placed inside the small tunnels.) This implies that the sites for lithium occupancy might be somewhat different than that for sodium. Further investigation into the properties of orthorhombic Na{sub x}MnO{sub 2} and its utility as a positive electrode for rechargeable sodium and lithium cells is presently underway in this laboratory.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Introducing Barium in Transition Metal Oxide Frameworks: Impact upon Superconductivity, Magnetism, Multiferroism and Oxygen Diffusion and Storage.

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    Raveau, Bernard

    2016-11-25

    The role of barium in the structural chemistry of some transition metal oxides of the series "Cu, Mn, Fe,Co" is reviewed, based on its size effect and its particular chemical bonding. Its impact upon various properties, superconductivity, magnetism, multiferroism, oxygen storage is emphasized.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

    2011-06-01

    We report the fabrication of novel multiferroic nanostructured bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) fibers using the sol-gel based electrospinning technique. Phase pure BiFeO3 fibers were prepared by thermally annealing the electrospun BiFeO3/polyvinylpyrrolidone composite fibers in air for 1 h at 600 °C. The x-ray diffraction pattern of the fibers (BiFeO3) obtained showed that their crystalline structures were rhombohedral perovskite structures. Both scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images revealed that the BiFeO3 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.

  20. 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

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

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    Zapf, Vivien S.; Ueland, B. G.; Laver, Mark; ...

    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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Entanglement and manipulation of the magnetic and spin-orbit order in multiferroic Rashba semiconductors

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    Krempaský, J.; Muff, S.; Bisti, F.; Fanciulli, M.; Volfová, H.; Weber, A. P.; Pilet, N.; Warnicke, P.; Ebert, H.; Braun, J.; Bertran, F.; Volobuev, V. V.; Minár, J.; Springholz, G.; Dil, J. H.; Strocov, V. N.

    2016-10-01

    Entanglement of the spin-orbit and magnetic order in multiferroic materials bears a strong potential for engineering novel electronic and spintronic devices. Here, we explore the electron and spin structure of ferroelectric α-GeTe thin films doped with ferromagnetic Mn impurities to achieve its multiferroic functionality. We use bulk-sensitive soft-X-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (SX-ARPES) to follow hybridization of the GeTe valence band with the Mn dopants. We observe a gradual opening of the Zeeman gap in the bulk Rashba bands around the Dirac point with increase of the Mn concentration, indicative of the ferromagnetic order, at persistent Rashba splitting. Furthermore, subtle details regarding the spin-orbit and magnetic order entanglement are deduced from spin-resolved ARPES measurements. We identify antiparallel orientation of the ferroelectric and ferromagnetic polarization, and altering of the Rashba-type spin helicity by magnetic switching. Our experimental results are supported by first-principles calculations of the electron and spin structure.

  6. Long-wavelength magnetic excitations in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Talbayev, D.; Gigax, J. G.; Taylor, A. J.; Lee, Seongsu; Cheong, S.-W.

    2009-03-01

    Magnetic and lattice vibrations play a central role in the properties of multiferroics. This low-energy electrodynamics can help unravel the fundamental interactions between magnetic and lattice degrees of freedom. BiFeO3 is a multiferroic material with robust room temperature ferroelectricity and antiferromagnetism and promising technological potential. The interaction between the ferroelectric and antiferromagnetic order parameters leads to the modification of the isotropic Heisenberg-antiferromagnet ground state that becomes an incommensurate cycloid with a very long period. The cycloidal magnetic structure results in a complex spectrum of zero-wavevector magnetic excitations; these magnetic modes were detected using Raman scattering. Here, we report a far-infrared spectroscopic study of a BiFeO3 single crystal. We detected magnetic resonances at energies close to those reported in the Raman spectroscopy studies. The magnetic character of these excitations is supported by their characteristic temperature dependence. We will discuss our results in the context of possible electric-dipole activity of the observed resonances.

  7. Large magnetoelectric effect in organic ferroelectric copolymer-based multiferroic tunnel junctions

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    Subedi, Ram Chandra; Geng, Rugang; Luong, Hoang Mai; Huang, Weichuan; Li, Xiaoguang; Hornak, Lawrence A.; Nguyen, Tho Duc

    2017-01-01

    We report electrically controlled interfacial spin polarization, or the magnetoelectric effect in multiferroic tunnel junctions by employing organic ferroelectric copolymers, poly(vinylindene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) (P(VDF-TrFE)), as a tunneling barrier. First, we show that the ferroelectric domains and spontaneous ferroelectric polarization of the P(VDF-TrFE) films can be formed in a thin interlayer. Next, we demonstrate that the tunneling magnetoresistance in the unpolarized multiferroic tunnel junction severely quenches from 21% at 20 K to 0.7% at 296 K. Remarkably, we find that the interfacial spin polarization of the device, dubbed spinterface, can be gradually tuned by controlling the ferroelectric polarization with an applied electric field. Specifically, the tunneling electromagnetoresistance can reach around 1000% while the tunneling electroresistance reaches about 30% at 200 K. We speculate that the interface might act as a polarization-dependent spin filter causing the large spinterface effect. The result suggests that organic magnetoelectric-based information storage with four-state bits is feasible at room temperature.

  8. 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.

  9. Entanglement and manipulation of the magnetic and spin–orbit order in multiferroic Rashba semiconductors

    PubMed Central

    Krempaský, J.; Muff, S.; Bisti, F.; Fanciulli, M.; Volfová, H.; Weber, A. P.; Pilet, N.; Warnicke, P.; Ebert, H.; Braun, J.; Bertran, F.; Volobuev, V. V.; Minár, J.; Springholz, G.; Dil, J. H.; Strocov, V. N.

    2016-01-01

    Entanglement of the spin–orbit and magnetic order in multiferroic materials bears a strong potential for engineering novel electronic and spintronic devices. Here, we explore the electron and spin structure of ferroelectric α-GeTe thin films doped with ferromagnetic Mn impurities to achieve its multiferroic functionality. We use bulk-sensitive soft-X-ray angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (SX-ARPES) to follow hybridization of the GeTe valence band with the Mn dopants. We observe a gradual opening of the Zeeman gap in the bulk Rashba bands around the Dirac point with increase of the Mn concentration, indicative of the ferromagnetic order, at persistent Rashba splitting. Furthermore, subtle details regarding the spin–orbit and magnetic order entanglement are deduced from spin-resolved ARPES measurements. We identify antiparallel orientation of the ferroelectric and ferromagnetic polarization, and altering of the Rashba-type spin helicity by magnetic switching. Our experimental results are supported by first-principles calculations of the electron and spin structure. PMID:27767052

  10. Muon-Spin Rotation in Multiferroic Cu3Mo2O9 under Electric Fields

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    Kuroe, Haruhiko; Kuwahara, Hideki; Sekine, Tomoyuki; Watanabe, Isao; Raselli, Andrea-Raeto; Elender, Matthias; Biswas, Pabitra Kumar; Hase, Masashi; Oka, Kunihiko; Ito, Toshimitsu; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    It has been demonstrated that the muon spin rotation measurements under electric field give helpful information about the electrically induced magnetism, e.g., the cross correlation effects in multiferroic materials. We have developed an electric-field application system up to 500V for the Dolly spectrometer at the Paul Scherrer Institute. We report the electric-field effects on the μSR spectrum in the multiferroic material Cu3Mo2O9, where a slightly canted antiferromagnetic long-range order appears together with the ferroelectricity below 8K. In the muon-spin rotation spectrum at 1.5K, two kinds of the internal magnetic fields are clearly observed as a beating oscillation. The muon-spin spectrum depends on the electric fields along the c axis of the crystal along which the spontaneous electric polarization appears. From the fitting of the spectra in time and frequency domains, it is shown that the observation of the electric-field dependence on the muon-spin spectra clearly indicates a change of the internal magnetic fields induced by the application of the external electric fields. We propose a model with one muon-stopping site which explains the observed spectra qualitatively. This model is based on the magnetic excitations in Cu3Mo2O9 obtained from the inelastic neutron-scattering experiments.

  11. Structural and multiferroic properties of barium substituted bismuth ferrite nanocrystallites prepared by sol-gel method

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    Anju; Agarwal, Ashish; Aghamkar, Praveen; Lal, Bhajan

    2017-03-01

    Nanocrystalline Bi1-xBaxFeO3 (0≤x≤0.3) multiferroics were efficiently obtained by sol-gel method after sintering at 800 °C for one hour. The Ba substitution in BiFeO3 (BFO) strongly modifies its structural and multiferroic properties. XRD studies revealed the structural transition from distorted rhombohedral (R3c) to pseudo-cubic (Pm3m) crystal symmetry. The magnetization increases appreciably for x=0.1, which is due to spin canting of magnetic moments at the nanoparticle surfaces and decreases afterward. From the temperature dependent magnetization studies, it is found that magnetic transition temperature (TN) is 620 K for x=0 and 640 K for x=0.1. Besides, the maximum polarisation value decreases with increasing Ba content. SEM micrographs revealed the formation of cubic nanocrystallites with increased porosity on Ba substitution. FTIR analysis of the samples also supports the structural change towards increased crystal symmetry.

  12. Modulation of spin dynamics via voltage control of spin-lattice coupling in multiferroics

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    Zhu, Mingmin; Zhou, Ziyao; Peng, Bin; ...

    2017-02-03

    Our work aims at magnonics manipulation by the magnetoelectric coupling effect and is motivated by the most recent progresses in both magnonics (spin dynamics) and multiferroics fields. Here, voltage control of magnonics, particularly the surface spin waves, is achieved in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/0.7Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3PbTiO3 multiferroic heterostructures. With the electron spin resonance method, a large 135 Oe shift of surface spin wave resonance (≈7 times greater than conventional voltage-induced ferromagnetic resonance shift of 20 Oe) is determined. A model of the spin-lattice coupling effect, i.e., varying exchange stiffness due to voltage-induced anisotropic lattice changes, has been established to explain experiment results with good agreement.more » In addition, an “on” and “off” spin wave state switch near the critical angle upon applying a voltage is created. The modulation of spin dynamics by spin-lattice coupling effect provides a platform for realizing energy-efficient, tunable magnonics devices.« less

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Optical spectroscopic study of multiferroic BiFeO3 and LuFe2O4

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    Xu, Xiaoshan

    2010-03-01

    Iron-based multiferroics such as BiFeO3 and LuFe2O4 exhibit the highest magnetic and ferroelectric ordering temperatures among known multiferroics. LuFe2O4 is a frustrated system with several phase transitions that result in electronically driven multiferroicity. To understand how this peculiar multiferroic mechanism correlates with magnetism, we studied electronic excitations by optical spectroscopy and other complementary techniques. We show that the charge order, which determines the dielectric properties, is due to the ``order by fluctuation'' mechanism, evidenced by the onset of charge fluctuation well below the charge ordering transition. We also find a low temperature monoclinic distortion driven by both temperature and magnetic field, indicating strong coupling between structure, magnetism and charge order. BiFeO3 is the only known single phase multiferroics with room temperature magnetism and ferroelectricity. To investigate the spin-charge coupling, we measured the optical properties of BiFeO3. We find that the absorption onset occurs due to on-site Fe^3+ excitations at 1.41 and 1.90 eV. Temperature and magnetic-field-induced spectral changes reveal complex interactions between on-site crystal-field and magnetic excitations in the form of magnon sidebands. The sensitivity of the magnon sidebands allows us to map out the magnetic-field temperature phase diagram which demonstrates optical evidence for spin spiral quenching above 20 T and suggests a spin domain reorientation near 10 T. Work done in collaboration with T.V. Brinzari, R.C. Rai, M. Angst, R.P. Hermann, A.D. Christianson, J.-W. Kim, Z. Islam, B.C. Sales, D. Mandrus, S. Lee, Y.H. Chu, L. W. Martin, A. Kumar, R. Ramesh, S.W. Cheong, S. McGill, and J.L. Musfeldt.

  16. 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.

  17. The ultraviolet and visible luminescence of Bi3+ in the orthorhombic perovskite, GdAlO3

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    Srivastava, A. M.; Comanzo, H. A.

    2017-01-01

    The spectroscopic properties of the Bi3+ ion as a function of its concentration is examined to clarify the nature of optical transitions that are responsible for the ultraviolet (333 nm) and visible emission of GdAlO3:Bi3+. The UV band which is characterized by small Stokes shift (0.52 eV) is ascribed to emission from isolated Bi3+ ions (3P0,1 → 1S0 transition). The peak emission wavelength and the width of the visible band depend on the Bi3+ concentration. This emission is ascribed to pairs or cluster of Bi3+ ions in the perovskite lattice. The spectroscopic properties of the pair emission in GdAlO3 are contrasted with the impurity trapped excitonic emission in CaSnO3. A comparative study of the behavior of Bi3+ luminescence in a series of materials with the orthorhombic perovskite structure is presented.

  18. Interface-controlled fatigue cracking of SCS-6/Ti-22Al-23Nb orthorhombic titanium aluminide composite

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    Her, Y.C.; Wang, P.C.; Yang, J.M.

    1998-11-01

    The effect of aging at elevated temperature on interfacial stability and fatigue behavior of a SCS-6/Ti-22Al-23Nb orthorhombic (O) titanium aluminide composite is investigated. The composite was heat treated in vacuum at 900 C for up to 250 hours to change the microstructural characteristics. The stability of the matrix alloy and interfacial reaction zone after extended thermal exposure was analyzed. The effect of interface on fatigue behavior, including stiffness degradation, evolution of fatigue damage, and crack growth rates, was characterized. Finally, a modified shear-lag model was used to predict the saturated matrix crack spacing in the composite under fatigue loading. The results demonstrate that aging at elevated temperature affects the stability of the interfacial reaction zone, which, in turn, degrades the fatigue properties of the composite. However, fatigue crack will not developed from the ruptured interfacial reaction layer until the thickness of the reaction zone or the maximum applied stress exceeds a critical value.

  19. Structure of the welding zone between titanium and orthorhombic titanium aluminide for explosion welding: II. Local melting zones

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    Grinberg, B. A.; Ivanov, M. A.; Rybin, V. V.; Kuz'min, S. V.; Lysak, V. I.; Elkina, O. A.; Patselov, A. M.; Antonova, O. V.; Inozemtsev, A. V.

    2011-10-01

    The structure and chemical composition of the local melting zones that form during explosion welding of orthorhombic titanium aluminide with commercial-purity titanium near a wavy interface between them are studied. The Rayleigh number is estimated to propose a possible mechanism for the formation of a concentric structure in these zones. Titanium aluminide fragments are detected near the zone boundaries. It is assumed that the fragmentation in the transition zone is caused by the division of a material into loosely coupled microvolumes under the action of a strong external action in a time comparable with the explosion time. Outside the transition zone, fragmentation occurs via a traditional way beginning from dislocation accumulation. Both processes occur in titanium aluminide and only one process (banded structure formation) takes place in titanium.

  20. Magnetic structure and properties of orthorhombic Li2Ni(SO4)2: A possible magnetoelectric material

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    Reynaud, Marine; Rodríguez-Carvajal, Juan; Chotard, Jean-Noël; Tarascon, Jean-Marie; Rousse, Gwenaëlle

    2014-03-01

    In this paper, we report on the structural and magnetic properties, as deduced from susceptibility measurements and neutron powder diffraction experiments, of an orthorhombic nickel disulfate, Li2Ni(SO4)2. This phase presents NiO6 octahedra linked via SO4 groups only, leading to an antiferromagnetic behavior resulting from super-super-exchange interactions. Magnetic moments order below TN = 28 K and the observed magnetic structure can be explained using two antiferromagnetic and one ferromagnetic exchange interactions, which are discussed in relation with the Goodenough-Kanamori-Anderson rules. The magnetic structure, with k = (0, 0, 0), has the symmetry Pb' c'a' that has the inversion center associated with time inversion, so the compound should be a linear magnetoelectric.

  1. Mapping of second-nearest-neighbor fluoride ions of orthorhombic Gd 3+-Ag + complexes in CaF 2

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    Nakata, R.; Den Hartog, H. W.

    The ENDOR technique is applied to determine the positions of 24 second-nearest-neighbor F - ions around an orthorhombic Gd 3+-Ag + complex in CaF 2 crystals. Experimental ENDOR data of the second-nearest-neighbor F - ions are analyzed by using the usual spin Hamiltonian and a least-squares fitting method. The best fits of the experimental results give superhyperfine (shf) constants and the F - directions ( K, L, M) with respect to the Gd 3+ ion, from which the distance between the second-nearest-neighbor F - ion and the Gd 3+ ion is determined by assuming that the hyperfine interaction is due to the classical dipole-dipole interaction. The displacements of the F - ions are estimated and compared with the theoretical values calculated by Bijvank and den Hartog on the basis of a polarizable point charge model.

  2. 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.

  3. Non-planar Dzyaloshinskii spirals and magnetic domain walls in non-centrosymmetric systems with orthorhombic anisotropy.

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    Heide, Marcus; Bihlmayer, Gustav; Blügel, Stefan

    2011-04-01

    The basic micromagnetic models of Landau, Lifshitz, and Dzyaloshinskii, are extended by an anisotropy term with two independent parameters. The resulting ground states of the magnetic domains and the domain-wall profiles are discussed for crystal lattices with orthorhombic unit cells. In these simple geometries, the magnetization is not confined to a single plane. Depending on the relations between the spin-stiffness, anisotropy, and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction several different zero-temperature phases of the magnetic structure are found. The corresponding phase diagrams are obtained numerically. Analytical results are given for some special cases. The studied model is of particular relevance for magnetic wires, nanostripes and ultrathin magnetic films deposited on non-magnetic surfaces.

  4. 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.

  5. 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}.

  6. Voltage-driven hysteretic changes in magnetization in multiferroic Co/BTO composite thin films

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    Shu, Li; Hu, Jia-Mian; Gao, Yao; Wu, Liang; Ma, Jing; Lin, Y. H.; Nan, C. W.

    2014-09-01

    Multiferroic Co/BaTiO3 layered composite thin films were grown on Nb-doped SrTiO3 single crystal by pulse laser deposition, in which the polycrystalline Co film was annealed under magnetic field to induce in-plane uniaxial magnetic easy axis. Voltage-induced magnetization changes along and perpendicular to the easy axis were measured by Magneto-Optical Kerr effect (MOKE) magnetometer without applied magnetic field. These changes in magnetization could be due to magnetoelectric coupling between Co and BaTiO3, and to possibly electro-optical effect of BTO if the MOKE laser could penetrate the top Co film. After excluding the electro-optical interference by analyzing the experimental results within an optical model, a hysteric loop of magnetization versus voltage is identified with a relative change in magnetization of about 8%.

  7. 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.

  8. Searching for new ferroelectrics and multiferroics: A user's point of view

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    Scott, J. F.

    2015-11-01

    A perspective on computational studies of ferroelectrics and multiferroics is given that emphasises what has yet to be done, along with some subtleties in previously studied systems. Beginning with the extensive data-mining studies of Abrahams and more recently, Rabe, a survey is given of magnetostrictive effects in antiferromagnetic antiferroelectrics (after Toledano and Toledano), which has an nonmagnetic analogy in the antiferroelectric phase of tris-sarcosine calcium chloride and a reminder of the unusual spin-phonon coupling of Holden et al. in systems such as KCoF3 and EuTiO3. Attention is also paid to field-temperature phase diagrams, finite non-periodic boundary conditions, and processing-dependent structures.

  9. 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.

  10. The magnetoelectirc effect on the novel multiferroic Co3TeO6

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    Chou, C. C.; Mukherjee, S.; Zhang, J. H.; Her, J. L.; Berger, H.; Yang, H. D.

    2012-02-01

    The magnetic, thermal, and dielectric measurements were performed on a single crystal sample Co3TeO6. Two anomalies are observed at T1 ˜ 26 K and T2 ˜ 18 K in magnetic susceptibility and specific heat measurements. Dielectric constant data show a step anomaly at 18 K, which does not display frequency-dependent behavior but a magnetoelectric effect. Furthermore, the values of the magnetoelectric coupling constantγ were calculated, which are 0.0268 and 0.0239 at 7 K and 13 K, respectively. The temperature-dependent X-ray diffraction suggests that the lattice parameters slightly deviate form linear trend as temperature down to 26 K, and then shows an anomalous variation around 18 K, where a structural distortion probably appears. All phenomena of our results indicate that Co3TeO6 is one member of multiferroic materials

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Strain-mediated multiferroic control of spontaneous exchange bias in Ni-NiO heterostructures

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    Domann, John P.; Sun, Wei-Yang; Schelhas, Laura T.; Carman, Greg P.

    2016-10-01

    This paper presents the measurement of strain-mediated multiferroic control of spontaneous exchange bias (SEB) in magnetostrictive nickel/nickel oxide (Ni/NiO) bilayers on ferroelectric lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT). Electric field control of a positive to negative exchange bias shift was measured, with an overall shift of 40.5 Oe, corresponding to a 325% change. Observed changes in coercivity are also reported and provide insight into the role of competing anisotropies in these structures. The findings in this paper provide evidence that magnetoelastic anisotropy can be utilized to control spontaneous exchange bias (SEB). This control of SEB is accomplished by modifying a bulk anisotropy (magnetoelasticity) that adjusts the mobility of interfacial anti-ferromagnetic spins and, therefore, the magnitude of the exchange bias. The demonstrated magnetoelastic control of exchange bias provides a useful tool in the creation of future magnetoelectric devices.

  16. 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.

  17. Enhancement of multiferroic properties in Y-doped Co2MnO4 spinel

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    Han, Tai-Chun; Pan, Sheng-Shiang; Liu, Yuan-Hsun

    2014-12-01

    In this work, we have synthesized a series of YxCo2-xMnO4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) samples and study the effect of Y-doping on their structural, magnetic, and electric properties. All the samples have the cubic spinel structure with Fd3m space group. The magnetic characterization indicates that with increasing Y-content up to 0.2, the ferrimagnetic transition temperature increases from 180 to 186 K. Our experiment results also indicate that the Y-doped samples exhibit the characteristics of ferroelectricity at room temperature. Furthermore, Y substitution in Co2MnO4 spinel brings in the balance of structural distortion and magnetic exchange interaction, which affects both ferrimagnetism and ferroelectricity. And, these Y-doped Co2MnO4 spinel samples can be eventually utilized for the applications of multiferroic devices.

  18. Terahertz Spectroscopy of Spin Waves in Multiferroic BiFeO3 in High Magnetic Fields

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    Nagel, U.; Fishman, Randy S.; Katuwal, T.; Engelkamp, H.; Talbayev, D.; Yi, Hee Taek; Cheong, S.-W.; Rõõm, T.

    2013-06-01

    We have studied the magnetic field dependence of far-infrared active magnetic modes in a single ferroelectric domain BiFeO3 crystal at low temperature. The modes soften close to the critical field of 18.8 T along the [001] (pseudocubic) axis, where the cycloidal structure changes to the homogeneous canted antiferromagnetic state and a new strong mode with linear field dependence appears that persists at least up to 31 T. A microscopic model that includes two Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions and easy-axis anisotropy describes closely both the zero-field spectroscopic modes as well as their splitting and evolution in a magnetic field. The good agreement of theory with experiment suggests that the proposed model provides the foundation for future technological applications of this multiferroic material.

  19. Fabrication, magnetic, and ferroelectric properties of multiferroic BiFeO3 hollow nanoparticles

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    Du, Yi; Cheng, Zhen Xiang; Xue Dou, Shi; Attard, Darren Jon; Lin Wang, Xiao

    2011-04-01

    Hollow BiFeO3 nanoparticles were synthesized by an electrospray route for the first time. The phase purity and structure have been investigated by x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Transmission and scanning electron microscope investigations revealed that the as-obtained BiFeO3 hollow spheres were polycrystalline, with a shell thickness of 35 nm. The formation mechanism can be possibly explained by Ostwald ripening. Raman spectra have verified decreased vibrational frequencies in BiFeO3 nanoparticles. These hollow and core-shell multiferroic nanoparticles exhibit significantly enhanced ferromagnetism from 5 to 600 K due to a broken spiral spin structure. The ferroelectricity of hollow BiFeO3 particles exhibits a lower switching electric field, which is confirmed by Kelvin probe force microscopy.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Antisite disorder-induced exchange bias effect in multiferroic Y2CoMnO6

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    Nair, Harikrishnan S.; Chatterji, Tapan; Strydom, André M.

    2015-01-01

    Exchange bias effect in the ferromagnetic double perovskite compound Y2CoMnO6, which is also a multiferroic, is reported. The exchange bias, observed below 8 K, is explained as arising due to the interface effect between the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic clusters created by antisite disorder in this material. Below 8 K, prominent ferromagnetic hysteresis with metamagnetic "steps" and significant coercive field, Hc ≈ 10 kOe are observed in this compound which has a Tc ≈ 75 K. A model based on growth of ferromagnetic domains overcoming the elastic energy of structurally pinned magnetic interfaces, which closely resembles martensitic-like transitions, is adapted to explain the observed effects. The role of antisite disorder in creating the domain structure leading to exchange bias effect is highlighted in the present work.

  5. Numerical Simulation of Spin-Chirality Switching in Multiferroics via Intense Electromagnon Excitations

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    Mochizuki, Masahito; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2011-09-01

    Chirality, i.e., the right- and left-handedness of structure, is one of the key concepts in many fields of science including biology, chemistry and physics, and its manipulation is an issue of vital importance. The electron spins in solids can form chiral configurations. In perovskite manganites RMnO3 (R = Tb, Dy,...etc), the Mn-spins form a cycloidal structure, which induces ferroelectric polarization (P) through the relativistic spin-orbit interaction. This magnetism-induced ferroelectricity (multiferroics) and associated infrared-active spin waves (electromagnons) open a promising route to control the spins by purely electric means in a very short time. In this paper, we show theoretically with an accurate spin Hamiltonian for TbMnO3 that a picosecond optical pulse can switch the spin chirality by intensely exciting the electromagnons with a terahertz frequency.

  6. Long-Range Magnetic Interactions in the Multiferroic Antiferromagnet MnWO4

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    Ye, Feng; Fishman, Randy Scott; Fernandez-Baca, Jaime A; Podlesnyak, Andrey A; Ehlers, Georg; Mook Jr, Herbert A; Wang, Y.-Q.; Lorenz, Bernd; Chu, C. W.

    2011-01-01

    The spin-wave excitations of the multiferroic MnWO4 have been measured in its low-temperature collinear commensurate phase using high-resolution inelastic neutron scattering. These excitations can be well described by a Heisenberg model with competing long-range exchange interactions and a single-ion anisotropy term. We find that the magnetic interactions are strongly frustrated within the zigzag spin chain along c-axis and between chains along the a-axis, while the coupling between spin along the b-axis is much weaker. We argue that the balance of these interactions results in the noncollinear incommensurate spin structure associated with the magnetoelectric effect, and the perturbation of the magnetic interactions leads to the observed rich phase diagrams of the chemically-doped materials. This delicate balance can also be tuned by the application of external electric or magnetic fields to achieve practical magnetoelectric control of this type of materials.

  7. Noise and finite size effects in multiferroics with strong elastic interactions

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    Salje, E. K. H.; Ding, X.; Zhao, Z.

    2013-04-01

    The size dependence of yield point assisted ferroelastic switching is dominated by the appearance of a minimum size where the domain switching by external strain is swamped by noise which is determined by internal jamming processes. The lower ferroelastic lateral cut-off size was found in computer simulations to be 200 × 202 unit cells for hard materials and 40 × 42 unit cells for soft materials. The corresponding length scales are 16 nm and 4 nm, respectively. These lengths are greater than the minimum length to sustain a twinned sample (˜1 nm). Elastic interactions modify the switching behavior of multiferroics at larger lengths but do not prevent elastic switching above these noise cut-offs.

  8. Interplay between charge order, ferroelectricity, and ferroelasticity: tungsten bronze structures as a playground for multiferroicity.

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    Yamauchi, Kunihiko; Picozzi, Silvia

    2010-09-03

    Charge order is proposed as a driving force behind ferroelectricity in iron fluoride K(0.6)Fe(0.6)(II)Fe(0.4)(III)F(3). By means of density functional theory, we propose several noncentrosymmetric d(5)/d(6) charge-ordering patterns, each giving rise to polarization with different direction and magnitude. Accordingly, we introduce the concept of "ferroelectric anisotropy" (peculiar to improper ferroelectrics with polarization induced by electronic degrees of freedom), denoting the small energy difference between competing charge-ordered states. Moreover, we suggest a novel type of charge-order-induced ferroelasticity: a monoclinic distortion is induced by a specific charge-ordering pattern, which, in turn, determines the direction of polarization. K(0.6)Fe(0.6)(II)Fe(0.4)(III)F(3) therefore emerges as a prototypical compound, in which the intimately coupled electronic and structural degrees of freedom result in a peculiar multiferroicity.

  9. 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.

  10. Magnetic inhomogeneity in a multiferroic EuTiO3 thin film

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    Geng, Yanan; Lee, J. H.; Schlom, D. G.; Freeland, J. W.; Wu, Weida

    2013-03-01

    We report on variable temperature magnetic force microscopy studies of a strain-enabled multiferroic EuTiO3 film epitaxially grown on a (110)-oriented DyScO3 substrate. Our temperature- and magnetic-field-dependent studies clearly reveal an inhomogeneous magnetic state with the coexistence of ferromagnetic and nonferromagnetic states at low magnetic fields, which provides a microscopic origin of the anomalous missing moment in previous studies [Lee , Nature (London)0028-083610.1038/nature09331 466, 954 (2010)]. The spins of the nonferromagnetic phase can be aligned by modest magnetic fields (>1.5 T). The observed magnetic inhomogeneity probably originates from the coexistence of nearly degenerate magnetic ground states.

  11. Reverberation-ray matrix analysis for wave propagation in multiferroic plates with imperfect interfacial bonding.

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    Zhu, Jun; Chen, Weiqiu; Ye, Guiru

    2012-01-01

    The dispersion behavior of waves in multiferroic plates with imperfect interfacial bonding has been investigated via the method of reverberation-ray matrix, which is directly established from the three-dimensional equations of magneto-electro-elasticity in the form of state space formalism. A generalized spring-layer model is employed to characterize the interfacial imperfection. By introducing a dual system of local coordinates for each single layer, the numerical instability usually encountered in the state space method can be avoided. Based on the proposed method, a typical sandwich plate made of piezoelectric and piezomagnetic phases is considered in numerical examples to calculate the dispersion curves and mode shapes. It is demonstrated that the results obtained by the present method is unconditionally stable as compared to the traditional state space method. The influence of different interfacial bonding conditions on the dispersion characteristics and corresponding mode shapes is investigated.

  12. Terahertz spectroscopy of spin waves in multiferroic BiFeO3 in high magnetic

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    Nagel, U.; Fishman, Randy Scott; Katuwal, T.; Engelkamp, H.; Talbayev, D.; Yi, Hee Tack; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Room, T.

    2013-01-01

    We have studied the magnetic eld dependence of far-infrared active magnetic modes in a single ferroelectric domain BiFeO3 crystal at low temperature. The modes soften close to the critical eld of 18.8T along the [001] (pseudocubic) axis, where the cycloidal structure changes to the homogeneous canted antiferromagnetic state and a new strong mode with linear eld dependence appears that persists at least up to 31 T. A microscopic model that includes two Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions and easy-axis anisotropy describes closely both the zero-eld spectroscopic modes as well as their splitting and evolution in a magnetic eld. The good agreement of theory with experiment suggests that the proposed model provides the foundation for future technological applications of this multiferroic material.

  13. 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

  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. 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.

  16. 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.

  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. 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.

  19. 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

    2016-02-05

    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.

  20. First-principles approach to investigate toroidal property of magnetoelectric multiferroic GaFeO{sub 3}

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    Nie, Yung-mau

    2016-01-14

    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 GaFeO{sub 3}. The nature of space-inversion and time-reversal violations of ferrotoroidics is reproduced in the simulated magnetic structure of GaFeO{sub 3}. For undoped GaFeO{sub 3}, a toroidal moment of −22.38 μ{sub B} 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.

  1. Multiferroic heterostructures of Fe3O4/PMN-PT prepared by atomic layer deposition for enhanced interfacial magnetoelectric couplings

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    Zhang, Yijun; Liu, Ming; Zhang, Le; Zhou, Ziyao; Peng, Bin; Wang, Chenying; Lin, Qijing; Jiang, Zhuang-De; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2017-02-01

    In this work, multiferroic heterostructures have been prepared by in situ growing oxide magnetic films on ferroelectric single crystal substrates using atomic layer deposition (ALD). Strong interfacial mechanical coupling between the magnetic and ferroelectric phases has been created, arising from the formation of chemical bonds at the interface due to the nature of layer-by-layer self-limiting growth mechanism of the ALD technique. An enhanced magnetoelectric (ME) coupling has been achieved, which allows an electric field to robustly switch magnetic anisotropy up to 780 Oe. In addition, electrical impulse non-volatile tuning of magnetism has also been realized through partially coupled ferroelectric/ferroelastic domain switching. The ALD growth of magnetic oxide films onto ferroelectric substrates provides an effective platform for the preparation of multiferroic heterostructures at low temperatures with an improved ME coupling, demonstrating a great potential for applications in 3D spintronics, microelectronics and data storages.

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

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    Kezsmarki, I.; Nagel, U.; Bordacs, S.; ...

    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

  3. 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

  4. Recent progress in nanostructured multiferroic Bi{sub 2}FeCrO{sub 6} thin films

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    Nechache, Riad; Rosei, Federico

    2012-05-15

    We report the latest progress on the growth and characterization of Bi{sub 2}FeCrO{sub 6} (BFCO), a recently discovered multiferroic system. BFCO thin films and nanostructures exhibit exceptional multiferroic properties at room temperature. The growth of pure BFCO thin films on STO substrates is possible only in a narrow window of deposition parameters (i.e., Oxygen pressure pO{sub 2}=1.2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -2} mbar and around a substrate temperature T{sub S}=680 Degree-Sign C). The epitaxial growth stabilizes the metastable single phase of this material and promotes the Fe/Cr cation ordering in both thin films and nanostructures. This cationic ordering which is responsible for good magnetic properties of BFCO is also at the origin of pronounced photovoltaic (PV) properties observed in the epitaxial films grown on STO substrates. The results indicate that the ferroelectric polarization plays a dominant role in the observed PV effect. - Graphical abstract: (Top) Crystal structure of BFCO thin films deposited on (1 1 1)-oriented SrTiO3:Nb substrates and direct evidence of the presence of cationic ordering Fe/Cr in the films. (Bottom) Control of the crystal orientation and the shape of the epitaxial nanostructures by the orientation of the niobium-doped STO substrates. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Growth optimization of Bi{sub 2}FeCrO{sub 6} (BFCO) thin films and nanostructures by pulsed laser deposition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ordered BFCO single phase have been stabilized by epitaxial strain. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Arbitrary patterns of heteroepitaxial multiferroic BFCO nanostructures have been fabricated by PLD combined with nanostenciling. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Experimental characterizations revealed the excellent multiferroic character of BFCO thin films and nanostructures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Unprecedentedly high power conversion efficiency for ferroelectrics was observed in 125 nm-thick highly ordered BFCO films

  5. 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; ...

    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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Scattering of shear waves by a two-phase multiferroic sensor embedded in a piezoelectric/piezomagnetic medium

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    Hashemi, Roohollah

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, a robust methodology with several desirable features is developed for the determination of the magneto-electro-elastic fields of a shear (SH) wave scattered by a two-phase multiferroic fiber embedded in an infinite transversely isotropic piezoelectric or piezomagnetic medium. While the traditional wave-function expansion approach commonly used in the literature ceases to hold when the geometry of the obstacle is not symmetric, the present theory is capable of treating eccentric coating-fiber ensemble. To put its wide range of applicability in perspective, my analytical methodology is applied to several descriptive examples with various degrees of complexity. The calculated results reveals the profound influence of material properties of constituent phases, the thickness and eccentricity of coating layer, as well as the frequency of propagating SH-wave on the pertinent scattered fields induced by the multiferroic fiber. It is expected that the formulation and numerical results of this paper serve as a useful reference for the design and manufacture of multiferroic materials with a durable and yet reliable performance under dynamics loadings.

  9. Giant magnetoelastic effect in multiferroic Ba0.6Sr1.4Zn2Fe12O22

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    Talbayev, Diyar; Averitt, Richard D.; Taylor, Antoinette J.; Kimura, Tsuyoshi

    2007-03-01

    Dynamical studies of multiferroic materials help unravel the fundamental interactions between various degrees of freedom and answer technological questions such as achievable switching speeds in multiferroic-based memory elements. We report the results of the ultrafast optical study of multiferroic Ba0.6Sr1.4Zn2Fe12O22, which reveals a giant magnetoelastic effect in the material. The compound exhibits a hexagonal crystal structure and a helical magnetic ground state below ˜ 330 K. In applied magnetic field, the hexaferrite undergoes a series of magnetic phase transitions and develops ferroelectric polarization. The magnetoelastic effect is detected via the measurement of the speed of sound in the crystal as a function of magnetic field. The oscillation in the optically induced transient reflectivity resulting from the propagating coherent-phonon strain pulse allows us to measure the field-induced changes in the speed of sound and the corresponding dramatic changes in the elastic stiffness. The dependence of the exchange interaction on the distance between Fe ions gives rise to the observed magnetoelasticity. Our results indicate a route towards the magnetically modulated transducers and piezoelectric devices.

  10. 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.

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

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    Wang, Yun; Huang, Jingsong; Sumpter, Bobby G.; ...

    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

  12. 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.

  13. Direct Formation of Large-Area 2D Nanosheets from Fluorescent Semiconducting Homopolymer with Orthorhombic Crystalline Orientation.

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    Yang, Sanghee; Shin, Suyong; Choi, Inho; Lee, Jaeho; Choi, Tae-Lim

    2017-03-01

    Semiconducting polymers have been widely investigated due to their intriguing optoelectronic properties and their high crystallinity that provides a strong driving force for self-assembly. Although there are various reports of successful self-assembly of nanostructures using semiconducting polymers, direct in situ self-assembly of these polymers into two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures has proven difficult, despite their importance for optoelectronics applications. Here, we report the synthesis of a simple conjugated homopolymer by living cyclopolymerization of a 1,6-heptadiyne (having a fluorene moiety) and its efficient in situ formation of large-area 2D fluorescent semiconducting nanostructures. Using high-resolution imaging tools such as atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, we observed the solvent-dependent self-assembly behaviors of this homopolymer; the identical starting polymer formed 2D nanosheets with different shapes, such as rectangle, raft, and leaf, when dissolved in different solvents. Furthermore, super-resolution optical microscopy enabled the real-time imaging of the fluorescent 2D nanosheets, revealing their stable and uniform shapes, fluorescence, and solution dynamics. Notably, we propose an orthorhombic crystalline packing model to explain the direct formation of 2D nanostructures based on various diffraction patterns, providing important insight for their shape modulation during the self-assembly.

  14. Fatigue damage evolution and property degradation of a SCS-6/Ti-22Al-23Nb orthorhombic titanium aluminide composite

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    Wang, P.C.; Jeng, S.M.; Yang, J.M.; Russ, S.M.

    1996-08-01

    The fatigue damage evolution and property degradation of a SCS-6/Ti-22Al-23Nb orthorhombic titanium aluminide composite under low cycle fatigue loading at room temperature was investigated. The fatigue test was conducted under a load-controlled mode with a load ratio (R) of 0.1, a frequency of 10 Hz, and a maximum applied stress ranging from 600 to 945 MPa. The stiffness reduction as well as the evolution of microstructural damage which includes matrix crack length, matrix crack density and interfacial debonding length as a function of fatigue cycles, and applied stresses were measured. An analytical model and a computer simulation were also developed to predict the residual stiffness and the post-fatigued tensile strength as a function of microstructural damage. Finally, a steady-state crack growth model proposed by Marshall et al. was used to predict the interfacial frictional stress and the critical crack length. Correlation between the theoretical predictions and experimental results were also discussed.

  15. 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).

  16. 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

  17. Crystal structure and partial Ising-like magnetic ordering of orthorhombic Dy2TiO5

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    Shamblin, Jacob; Calder, Stuart; Dun, Zhiling; ...

    2016-07-12

    The structure and magnetic properties of orthorhombic Dy2TiO5 have been investigated using x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, and alternating current (ac)/direct current (dc) magnetic susceptibility measurements. In this paper, 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]. Themore » 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 Dy3+ ion (Dy1 and Dy2), one of which possesses strong uniaxial symmetry indicative of Ising-like magnetic ordering. In conclusion, consequently, two succeeding transitions under magnetic field are observed in the ac susceptibility, which are associated with flipping each Dy3+ spin independently.« less

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  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, 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.

  1. Environmental effects on orthorhombic alloy Ti-22Al-25Nb in air between 650 and 1,000 C

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    Leyens, C. |

    1999-12-01

    The environmental behavior of an orthorhombic titanium-aluminide alloy, Ti-22Al-25Nb, was studied in dry and humid air between 650 and 1,000 C by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, 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 Ti{sub 3}Al-based titanium aluminides at and below 750 C. Between 800 and 1,000 C, the oxidation resistance of Ti-22Al-25Nb was as good as {gamma}-TiAl base aluminides; however, the growth rate changed from parabolic to linear after several tens of hours at 900 and 1,000 C. The mixed oxide scale consisted of TiO{sub 2}, AlNbO{sub 4}, and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with TiO{sub 2} being the dominant oxide phase. Underneath the oxide scale, a nitride layer formed in the temperature range investigated and, at 1,000 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 {micro}m below the oxide scale when exposed to air at 900 C for 500 hr. The peak hardness depended on exposure time and reached five times the average hardness of the bulk material under the above conditions.

  2. Cryogenic temperature relaxor-like dielectric responses and magnetodielectric coupling in Aurivillius Bi5Ti3FeO15 multiferroic thin films

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    Bai, Wei; Yin, Wenhao; Yang, Jing; Tang, Kai; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Lin, Tie; Meng, Xiangjian; Duan, Chun-Gang; Tang, Xiaodong; Chu, Junhao

    2014-08-01

    Dielectric responses and magnetodielectric (MD) behavior of Aurivillius Bi5Ti3FeO15 multiferroics were systemically studied at cryogenic temperatures. Dielectric anomaly at ˜145 K was found by the temperature dependent dielectric spectroscopy, and relaxor-like relaxation dynamics was further confirmed unambiguously. Besides the two abnormal MD transitions at about 98 K and 220 K, remarkable MD couplings were observed near relaxation peak over the whole frequency range of 102-106 Hz. Finally, the possible mechanisms of the relaxation and MD properties were discussed in association with the occurrence of local Fe-O nano-clusters because of the antisite disorder defects in Aurivillius multiferroic phases.

  3. Large elasto-optic effect and reversible electrochromism in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Sando, D.; Yang, Yurong; Bousquet, E.; Carrétéro, C.; Garcia, V.; Fusil, S.; Dolfi, D.; Barthélémy, A.; Ghosez, Ph.; Bellaiche, L.; Bibes, M.

    2016-01-01

    The control of optical fields is usually achieved through the electro-optic or acousto-optic effect in single-crystal ferroelectric or polar compounds such as LiNbO3 or quartz. In recent years, tremendous progress has been made in ferroelectric oxide thin film technology—a field which is now a strong driving force in areas such as electronics, spintronics and photovoltaics. Here, we apply epitaxial strain engineering to tune the optical response of BiFeO3 thin films, and find a very large variation of the optical index with strain, corresponding to an effective elasto-optic coefficient larger than that of quartz. We observe a concomitant strain-driven variation in light absorption—reminiscent of piezochromism—which we show can be manipulated by an electric field. This constitutes an electrochromic effect that is reversible, remanent and not driven by defects. These findings broaden the potential of multiferroics towards photonics and thin film acousto-optic devices, and suggest exciting device opportunities arising from the coupling of ferroic, piezoelectric and optical responses. PMID:26923332

  4. Room temperature multiferroic properties of (Fex, Sr1-x)TiO3 thin films

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    Kim, Kyoung-Tae; Kim, Cheolbok; Fang, Sheng-Po; Yoon, Yong-Kyu

    2014-09-01

    This letter reports the structural, dielectric, ferroelectric, and magnetic properties of Fe substituted SrTiO3 thin films in room temperature. The structural data obtained from x-ray diffraction indicates that (Fex,Sr1-x)TiO3, the so called FST, transforms from pseudocubic to tetragonal structures with increase of the Fe content in SrTiO3 thin films, featuring the ferroelectricity, while vibrating sample magnetometer measurements show magnetic hysteresis loops for the samples with low iron contents indicating their ferromagnetism. The characterized ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism confirms strong multiferroitism of the single phase FST thin films in room temperature. Also, an FST thin film metal-insulator-metal multiferroic capacitor has been fabricated and characterized in microwave frequencies between 10 MHz and 5 GHz. A capacitor based on Fe0.1Sr0.9TiO3 with a thickness of 260 nm shows a high electric tunability of 18.6% at 10 V and a maximum magnetodielectric value of 1.37% at 0.4 mT with a loss tangent of 0.021 at 1 GHz. This high tuning and low loss makes this material as a good candidate for frequency agile microwave devices such as tunable filters, phase shifters, and antennas.

  5. Four-state non-volatile memory in a multiferroic spin filter tunnel junction

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    Ruan, Jieji; Li, Chen; Yuan, Zhoushen; Wang, Peng; Li, Aidong; Wu, Di

    2016-12-01

    We report a spin filter type multiferroic tunnel junction with a ferromagnetic/ferroelectric bilayer barrier. Memory functions of a spin filter magnetic tunnel junction and a ferroelectric tunnel junction are combined in this single device, producing four non-volatile resistive states that can be read out in a non-destructive manner. This concept is demonstrated in a LaNiO3/Pr0.8Ca0.2MnO3/BaTiO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 all-oxide tunnel junction. The ferromagnetic insulator Pr0.8Ca0.2MnO3 serves as the spin filter and the ferromagnetic metal La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 is the spin analyzer. The ferroelectric polarization reversal in the BaTiO3 barrier switches the tunneling barrier height to produce a tunneling electroresistance. The ferroelectric switching also modulates the spin polarization and the spin filtering efficiency in Pr0.8Ca0.2MnO3.

  6. First-principles study on the multiferroic BiFeO3 (0001) polar surfaces

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    Dai, Jian-Qing; Xu, Jie-Wang; Zhu, Jian-Hui

    2017-01-01

    We present first-principles DFT+U calculations to investigate the stoichiometric (0001) polar surfaces of multiferroic R3c BiFeO3. We predict that the complete Fe-O3-Bi trilayer, which is characterized by almost vanishing compensating charge, forms the most stable negative and positive surfaces. A large inward relaxation is found for the outermost Fe atomic layer at the negative surface, while the O3 atomic layer in the positive surface exhibits a remarkable in-plane rotational reconstruction. Our results show that the insulating nature of BiFeO3 persists at both surfaces but the negative termination is distinguished from the positive surface by the gap state. It is also found that the ferroelectric polarization and weak ferromagnetism of both surfaces have somewhat enhanced character because of relaxation and rehybridization of the surface atoms. Not only the different atomic/electronic structures but also the opposite polarization orientations indicate the distinct chemical properties between the negative and the positive (0001) surfaces and consequently many intriguing applications.

  7. 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

  8. 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

    2014-08-15

    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.

  9. Electric polarization observed in single crystals of multiferroic Lu2MnCoO6

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    Chikara, S.; Singleton, J.; Bowlan, J.; Yarotski, D. A.; Lee, N.; Choi, H. Y.; Choi, Y. J.; Zapf, V. S.

    2016-05-01

    We report electric polarization and magnetization measurements in single crystals of double perovskite Lu2Mn Co O6 using pulsed magnetic fields and optical second harmonic generation in dc magnetic fields. We observe well-resolved magnetic field-induced changes in the electric polarization in single crystals and thereby resolve the question about whether multiferroic behavior is intrinsic to these materials or is an extrinsic feature of polycrystals. We find electric polarization along the crystalline b axis, that is suppressed by applying a magnetic fields along the c axis, and advance a model for the origin of magnetoelectric coupling. We furthermore map the phase diagram using both capacitance and electric polarization to identify regions of ordering and regions of magnetoelectric hysteresis. This compound is a rare example of coupled hysteretic behavior in the magnetic and electric properties. The ferromagneticlike magnetic hysteresis loop that couples to hysteretic electric polarization can be attributed not to ordinary ferromagnetic domains, but to the rich physics of magnetic frustration of Ising-like spins in the axial next-nearest-neighbor interaction model.

  10. Interaction of multiferroic properties and interfaces in hexagonal LuMnO3 ceramics

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    Baghizadeh, A.; Vieira, J. M.; Stroppa, D. G.; Mirzadeh Vaghefi, P.; Graça, M. P.; Amaral, J. S.; Willinger, M.-G.; Amaral, V. S.

    2017-02-01

    A study on the underlying interaction mechanisms between lattice constants, magnetic and dielectric properties with inhomogeneities or internal interfaces in hexagonal, off-stoichiometric LuMnO3 oxide is presented. By increasing Mn content the a-axis constant and volume of the unit cell, the antiferromagnetic (AFM) Néel temperature, T N, and frustration factor of the frustrated Mn3+ trimmers in basal plane show decreasing trends. It was found that increasing the annealing time improves the properties of the lattices and progressively eliminates secondary phases for compositions within the solid solution stability limits. A magnetic contribution below T N is observed for all samples. Two regimes of magnetization below and above 45 K were observed in the AFM state. The magnetic contribution below T N is assigned to either the secondary phase or internal interfaces like ferroelectric (FE) domain walls. Magneto-dielectric coupling at T N is preserved in off-stoichiometric ceramics. The presence of a low temperature anomaly of the dielectric constant is correlated to the composition of the solid solution in off-stoichiometric ceramics. Large FE domains are observed in piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) images of doped and un-doped ceramics, whereas atomic structure analysis indicates the parallel formation of nano-sized FE domains. A combination of measured properties and microscopy images of micron- and nano-sized domains ascertain the role of lattice distortion and stability of solid solution on multiferroic properties.

  11. Incoherent stress-mediated magnetization reversal in shape anisotropic multiferroic nanomagnets

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    Bhattacharya, Dhritiman; Al-Rashid, Md Mamun; Sampath, Vimal; D'Souza, Noel; Bandyopadhyay, Supriyo; Atulasimha, Jayasimha

    Strain mediated switching of multiferroic nanomagnets promises to be extremely energy efficient with dissipation per switching event of ~1 aJ[ 1 , 2 , 3 ]. Most theoretical approaches to studying the switching dynamics use the macrospin approximation in which all the spins in the nanomagnet are assumed to rotate coherently. However, recent experiments show that while initial and final states are well approximated by this single domain assumption, intermediate states visited during the magnetization rotation process cannot be described by it. In such cases, an interplay between the exchange, magnetostatic and stress anisotropy energies can introduce incoherent magnetization dynamics. Hence, intermediate micromagnetic configurations such as vortex states can be stabilized, particularly in nanomagnets of larger dimensions. In this work, we present rigorous micromagnetic simulations to study the peculiarities of the incoherent switching process in the context of shape anisotropic nanomagnets subjected to stress. 1.Appl. Phys. Lett., 97, 173105, 2010. 2.Appl. Phys. Lett., 99, 063108, 2011. 3.Nanotechnology, 23, 105201, 2012. This work is supported by NSF under grant CAREER grant CCF-1253370.

  12. Origin of tunnel electroresistance effect in PbTi O3 -based multiferroic tunnel junctions

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    Quindeau, Andy; Borisov, Vladislav; Fina, Ignasi; Ostanin, Sergey; Pippel, Eckhard; Mertig, Ingrid; Hesse, Dietrich; Alexe, Marin

    2015-07-01

    The mechanism of the tunnel electroresistance effect of a Co /PbTi O3/L a0.7S r0.3Mn O3 multiferroic tunnel junction is studied in detail using experimental and theoretical methods. Based on experimental data, we present a model that explains the correlation between the polarization of the ferroelectric material and the observed resistance state based on the effective change of the tunnel barrier thickness. We show that the observed thickness variation can neither be completely attributed to the asymmetric inverse piezoelectric effect in the classical sense, nor to asymmetric screening of the polarization charge. The analysis of detailed ab initio calculations quantitatively demonstrates that a mixture of electronic and structural phenomena is responsible for the change in effective tunnel barrier thickness upon polarization reversal. On the one hand, the ferroelectric material exhibits a reversible metallization at one of the interfaces, which shifts the boundary between the ferroelectric material and the electrode. On the other hand, a piezoelectric effect that stems from different terminations of the ferroelectric ultrathin film towards the electrodes magnifies this effect. Combined, the electrically switchable effective change in thickness is as large as 0.15 nm, which dominates the resistive switching effect in the presented junction that involves a 3.2 nm thin PbTi O3 film. This work contributes to the deeper understanding of fundamental mechanisms that lead to tunnel electroresistance and imposes new ways for tailoring the characteristics of electroresistive tunnel junctions.

  13. Quantum Otto heat engine based on a multiferroic chain working substance

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    Azimi, M.; Chotorlishvili, L.; Mishra, S. K.; Vekua, T.; Hübner, W.; Berakdar, J.

    2014-06-01

    We study a quantum Otto engine operating on the basis of a helical spin-1/2 multiferroic chain with strongly coupled magnetic and ferroelectric order parameters. The presence of a finite spin chirality in the working substance enables steering of the cycle by an external electric field that couples to the electric polarization. We observe a direct connection between the chirality, the entanglement and the efficiency of the engine. An electric-field dependent threshold temperature is identified, above which the pair correlations in the system, as quantified by the thermal entanglement, diminish. In contrast to the pair correlations, the collective many-body thermal entanglement is less sensitive to the electric field, and in the high temperature limit converges to a constant value. We also discuss the correlations between the threshold temperature of the pair entanglement, the spin chirality and the minimum of the fidelities in relation to the electric and magnetic fields. The efficiency of the quantum Otto cycle shows a saturation plateau with increasing electric field amplitude.

  14. Field dependence of the spin state and spectroscopic modes of multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Fishman, Randy S.

    2013-06-01

    The spectroscopic modes of multiferroic BiFeO3 provide detailed information about the very small anisotropy and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interactions responsible for the long-wavelength, distorted cycloid below TN=640 K. A microscopic model that includes two DM interactions and easy-axis anisotropy predicts both the zero-field spectroscopic modes as well as their splitting and evolution in a magnetic field applied along a cubic axis. While only six modes are optically active in zero field, all modes at the cycloidal wave vector are activated by a magnetic field. The three magnetic domains of the cycloid are degenerate in zero field but one domain has lower energy than the other two in nonzero field. Measurements imply that the higher-energy domains are depopulated above about 6 T and have a maximum critical field of 16 T, below the critical field of 19 T for the lowest-energy domain. Despite the excellent agreement with the measured spectroscopic frequencies, some discrepancies with the measured spectroscopic intensities suggest that other weak interactions may be missing from the model.

  15. Unambiguous phonon mode assignment in multiferroic BiFeO3 single crystals

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    Beekman, Christianne; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Burch, Kenneth

    2012-02-01

    In Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric order parameters coexist at room temperature, making this material an excellent candidate for new functionalities, such as electrical control of magnetism. Despite extensive reports on Raman scattering experiments on single crystals and thin films, controversy still remains in the observation and assignment of the phonon mode symmetries. We present polarized micro-Raman spectroscopy of single crystals ((1 0 0)cubic surface) with uniform ferroelectric polarization. Careful examination of the Raman spectra upon crystal rotation enables us to unambiguously assign the (A1, Ex and Ey) modes. We will show that ambiguity is easily introduced by slight misalignment of the crystal and that the crystal rotation is necessary to reach unambiguous mode assignment. Our method not only results in proper Raman mode assignment, which is necessary to describe the phonons critical for the multiferroic behavior, it also allows study of symmetry breaking and may provide a way to non-invasively check the ferroelectric polarization direction.

  16. Raman spectroscopy of single-domain multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Palai, R.; Schmid, H.; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, R. S.

    2010-02-01

    We report the investigation of polarized Raman spectroscopy of multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) from 81-273 K, using a ferroelectric/ferroelastic single-domain crystal with an as-grown pseudocubic (pc) (100)pc -oriented surface, compared with (001)pc thin film, grown by pulsed laser deposition. The polarized Raman spectra of the single crystal taken at different crystallographic orientations agree with the rhombohedral crystal structure with C3v point group, whereas the (001)pc thin film shows monoclinic structure, contrary to the bulklike rhombohedral and tetragonal structures reported earlier, but consistent with the recent synchrotron radiation studies. Earlier Raman scattering measurements on single crystals violated theoretical predictions. This may be due to mechanical polishing, which allows forbidden E (LO) scattering [J. F. Scott, J. Chem. Phys. 48, 874 (1968); J. F. Scott, J. Chem. Phys.49, 98 (1968)]. All of the different phonon vibrations ( A1 and E modes) in the single crystal have unambiguously been assigned.

  17. Phonon spectroscopy near phase transition temperatures in multiferroic BiFeO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Palai, R.; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, R. S.

    2010-01-01

    We report a Raman-scattering investigation of multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) epitaxial ( c -axis-oriented) thin films from -192 to 1000°C . Phonon anomalies have been observed in three temperature regions: in the γ phase from 930 to 950°C ; at ˜370°C , Néel temperature (TN) , and at ˜-123°C , due to a phase transition of unknown type (magnetic or structural). An attempt has been made to understand the origin of the weak phonon-magnon coupling and the dynamics of the phase sequence. The disappearance of several Raman modes at ˜820°C (Tc) is compatible with the known structural phase transition and the Pbnm orthoferrite space group assigned by Arnold [Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 027602 (2009)]. The spectra also revealed a noncubic β phase from 820-930°C and the same noncubic phase extends through the γ phase between 930-950°C , in agreement with Arnold [Phys. Rev. B (to be published)], and an evidence of a cubic δ phase around 1000°C in thin films that is not stable in powder and bulk. Such a cubic phase has been theoretically predicted by and Gonzalez-Vazquez and Iniguez [Phys. Rev. B 79, 064102 (2009)]. Micro-Raman scattering and x-ray diffraction showed no structural decomposition in thin films during the thermal cycling from 22-1000°C .

  18. Understanding the multiferroicity in TmMn2O5 by a magnetically induced ferrielectric model

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    Yang, L.; Li, X.; Liu, M. F.; Li, P. L.; Yan, Z. B.; Zeng, M.; Qin, M. H.; Gao, X. S.; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-01-01

    The magnetically induced electric polarization behaviors in multiferroic TmMn2O5 in response to varying temperature and magnetic field are carefully investigated by means of a series of characterizations including the high precision pyroelectric current technique. Here polycrystalline rather than single crystal samples are used for avoiding the strong electrically self-polarized effect in single crystals, and various parallel experiments on excluding the thermally excited current contributions are performed. The temperature-dependent electric polarization flop as a major character is identified for different measuring paths. The magneto-current measurements indicate that the electric polarization in the low temperature magnetic phase region has different origin from that in the high temperature magnetic phase. It is suggested that the electric polarization does have multiple components which align along different orientations, including the Mn3+-Mn4+-Mn3+ exchange striction induced polarization PMM, the Tm3+-Mn4+-Tm3+ exchange striction induced polarization PTM, and the low temperature polarization PLT probably associated with the Tm3+ commensurate phase. The observed electric polarization flop can be reasonably explained by the ferrielectric model proposed earlier for DyMn2O5, where PMM and PTM are the two antiparallel components both along the b-axis and PLT may align along the a-axis. Finally, several issues on the unusual temperature dependence of ferroelectric polarizations are discussed. PMID:27713482

  19. 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

  20. The structural and magnetic properties of Sr-doped multiferroic CaMn7O12

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    Zhang, Hong-Guang; Ma, Xiao-Chen; Xie, Liang

    2015-10-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of Sr-doped multiferroic CaMn7O12 were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectra, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and temperature dependence of magnetization. The XRD indicates that the samples are rhombohedral lattice (space group R3¯) with small additional phase Mn3O4. The refined lattice parameters of the main phase increases by the Sr doping. The Raman spectra demonstrate the phonon vibration direction is affected, which is probably due to the rotation of MnO6 octahedral. However, as the valence state of Sr and Ca is same at +2, the samples with doping show nonvariation of peak position at Mn 2p X-ray absorption spectra, indicating that the ratio of Mn3+ and Mn4+ ions is unchanged. And the magnetic transition temperature both at T1 = 90K and T2 = 42K is also not tunable because the amount of magnetic interaction between Mn3+ and Mn4+ is not influenced by doping Sr ion. Only the enhancement of the magnetization at low temperature is observed, which is the same as the effect caused by external magnetic fields. An unsaturated wasp-waist type hysteresis loop is observed, indicating the competition between ferromagnetic-like and antiferromagnetic order.

  1. 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.

  2. Multiferroicity and spiral magnetism in FeVO{sub 4} with quenched Fe orbital moments

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    Daoud-Aladine, A.; Chapon, L. C.; Kundys, B.; Martin, C.; Simon, C.; Radaelli, P. G.; Brown, P. J.

    2009-12-01

    FeVO{sub 4} has been studied by heat capacity, magnetic susceptibility, electric polarization and single-crystal neutron-diffraction experiments. The triclinic crystal structure is made of S-shaped clusters of six Fe{sup 3+} ions, linked by VO{sub 4}{sup 3-} groups. Two long-range magnetic ordering transitions occur at T{sub N1}=22 K and T{sub N2}=15 K. Both magnetic structures are incommensurate and below T{sub N2}, FeVO{sub 4} becomes weakly ferroelectric coincidentally with the loss of the collinearity of the magnetic structure in a very similar fashion than in the classical TbMnO{sub 3} multiferroic material. However we argue that the symmetry considerations and the mechanisms invoked to explain these properties in TbMnO{sub 3} do not straightforwardly apply to FeVO{sub 4}. First, the magnetic structures, even the collinear structure, are all acentric so that ferroelectricity in FeVO{sub 4} is not correlated with the fact magnetic ordering is breaking inversion symmetry. Regarding the mechanism, FeVO{sub 4} has quenched orbital moments that questions the exact role of the spin-orbit interactions.

  3. An analytical nonlinear model for laminate multiferroic composites reproducing the DC magnetic bias dependent magnetoelectric properties.

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    Lin, Lizhi; Wan, Yongping; Li, Faxin

    2012-07-01

    In this work, we propose an analytical nonlinear model for laminate multiferroic composites in which the magnetic-field-induced strain in magnetostrictive phase is described by a standard square law taking the stress effect into account, whereas the ferroelectric phase retains a linear piezoelectric response. Furthermore, differing from previous models which assume uniform deformation, we take into account the stress attenuation and adopt non-uniform deformation along the layer thickness in both piezoelectric and magnetostrictive phases. Analysis of this model on L-T and L-L modes of sandwiched Terfenol-D/lead zirconate titanate/Terfenol-D composites can well reproduce the observed dc magnetic field (H(dc)) dependent magnetoelectric coefficients, which reach their maximum with the H(dc) all at about 500 Oe. The model also suggests that stress attenuation along the layer thickness in practical composites should be taken into account. Furthermore, the model also indicates that a high volume fraction of magnetostrictive phase is required to get giant magnetoelectric coupling, coinciding with existing models.

  4. Cr3+ NMR for Multiferroic Chromium spinel ZnCr2Se4

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    Park, Sejun; Kwon, Sangil; Lee, Soonchil; Khim, Seunghyun; Bhoi, Dilip Kumar; Kim, Kee Hoon

    Multiferroic systems including ZnCr2Se4, the chromium spinel with helical spin structure, have been in huge interest for decades due to its physical variety and applicability. In the temperature range between 21K and 80K, this material shows negative thermal expansion. Due to the bond frustration, the spins of the chromium ions order helically below the transition temperature, 21K, though the exchange constant tends to make a ferro-order. The anomalous 1storder-like magnetic transition is yet clarified and still an interesting topic. To probe microscopic origin of these features, we measured zero-field NMR of Cr3+ ions having nuclear spin 3/2. Six peaks were observed revealing Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance(NQR) and anisotropic hyperfine field at chromium sites. The NQR spectrum reveals that the structure is highly distorted below the magnetic transition temperature where the normal Jahn-Teller distortion is absent. Temperature dependence of the spectrum is also measured to obtain the magnetization as a function of temperature.

  5. Material Designs and Combinational Growth Techniques to Enable Novel Multiferroic Devices

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    Cole, Melanie; Ngo, Eric; Ivill, Mathew; Hirsch, S.; Hubbard, Cliff; Toonen, Ryan; Sarney, Wendy; Integrated Electromagnetic Materials Research Group Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    Voltage control of magnetism in magnetic/ferroelectric bilayers has been most recently demonstrated in ultrathin metallic magnetic films through an electric field induced spin polarized charge screening effect. Voltage-controlled magnetism in magnetic/ferroelectric multilayers would provide a unique opportunity for integrating voltage-tunable RF/microwave magnetic devices on integrated circuits. It has been theoretically predicted that the voltage-control of magnetism in ferromagnetic/ferroelectric heterostructures can be significantly enhanced by utilizing high-K dielectrics. The critical challenge is how to enhance the permittivity of the ferroelectric film while maintaining low loss and low leakage characteristics and accomplishing this in an affordable manner by employing industry standard processing methods and large area low cost substrates. In this work we demonstrate the achievement of high-k, low loss and low leakage BST films utilizing optimized sputtered SrTiO3 buffer layers combined with a MOSD grown Mg-doped Ba0.60Sr0.40TiO3 overgrowth film on affordable large area substrates. Results of this research serves to promote enhanced EM coupling to enable a new class of charge mediated integratable voltage control multiferroic devices exploiting the converse ME effect.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Magnetic properties of multiferroics-semiconductors Eu1-xCexMn2O5

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    Sanina, V. A.; Golovenchits, E. I.; Zalesskii, V. G.; Scheglov, M. P.

    2011-11-01

    Studies of magnetization, magnetoresistance, and magnetic oscillations in semiconductor-multiferroics Eu1-xCexMn2O5 (x = 0.2-0.25) (ECMO) at temperatures ranging from 5 to 350 K in magnetic fields up to 6 T are presented. It is shown that phase separation and charge carrier self-organization in the crystals give rise to a layered superstructure perpendicular to the c axis. An effect of magnetic field cycling on the superstructure, magnetization, and magnetoresistance is demonstrated. X-ray diffraction studies of ECMO demonstrating the effect of magnetic field on the superstructure are presented. The de Haas-van Alphen magnetization oscillations in high magnetic fields and the temperature-induced magnetic oscillations in a fixed magnetic field are observed at low temperatures. Below 10 K the quantum corrections to magnetization due to the weak charge carrier localization in 2D superlattice layers occur. It is shown that at all the temperatures the Eu1-xCexMn2O5 magnetic state is dictated by superparamagnetism of isolated ferromagnetic domains.

  9. Elastic, magnetic, and magnetoelectric properties of the CaBaCo4O7 multiferroic

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    Kazei, Z. A.; Snegirev, V. V.; Vorob'ev, G. P.; Popov, Yu. F.; Vyalykh, D. K.; Kozeeva, L. P.; Kameneva, M. Yu.

    2016-12-01

    The structural, elastic, magnetic, and magnetoelectric properties of the CaBaCo4O7 multiferroic are experimentally studied and compared with the properties of the related YBaCo4O7 cobaltite, where Y3+ ions substitute for Ca2+ ions. Unlike the frustrated YBaCo4O7 magnet, the softening of Young's modulus and the hysteresis in the Δ E( T)/ E 0 curve of ferrimagnetic CaBaCo4O7 in the paramagnetic region are weak, and the anomaly during the magnetic transition increases by almost an order of magnitude. This difference can point to different characters of the development of a long-range magnetic order in these two cobaltites. The distortion of the crystal structure that removes the frustrations of exchange interactions is found to correlate with the magnetic behavior of the cobaltites under study. The magnetization curves of the Ca cobaltite have two steps below 15 K, which can point to the presence of a metastable state in a high magnetic field. The study of the longitudinal and transverse magnetoelectric effects in a pulsed magnetic field demonstrates that their magnitudes are maximal near T C and change their character from linear to quadratic during passage through this temperature.

  10. Partial glass Isosymmetry Transition in Multiferroic Hexagonal ErMnO3

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    Barbour, A.; Alatas, A.; Liu, Y.; Zhu, C.; Leu, B. M.; Zhang, X.; Sandy, A.; Pierce, M. S.; Wang, Xueyun; Cheong, S. -W.; You, H.

    2016-02-18

    Ferroelectric transitions of a hexagonal multiferroic, ErMnO3, are studied by x-ray scattering techniques. An isosymmetry transition, similar to that previously observed for YMnO3, approximately 300 K below the well-known ferroic transition temperature is investigated. The partial glassy behavior of the isosymmetry transition is identified by appearance of quasi-elastic scattering lines in high-energy-resolution scans. The glassy behavior is further supported by the increased interlayer decorrelation of (√3×√3)R30º ordering below the isosymmetry transition. The transition behavior is considered for possible hidden sluggish modes and two-step phase transitions theoretically predicted for the stacked triangular antiferromagnets. The in-plane azimuthal (orientational) ordering behaviors were also compared to the theoretical predictions. Coherent x-ray speckle measurements show unambiguously that the domain sizes decrease anomalously near both the isosymmetry and ferroic transitions. However, domain boundary fluctuations increase monotonically with an Arrhenius form with an activation energy of 0.54(5) eV through both transitions.

  11. 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.

  12. Misfit strain driven cation inter-diffusion across an epitaxial multiferroic thin film interface

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    Sankara Rama Krishnan, P. S.; Morozovska, Anna N.; Eliseev, Eugene A.; Ramasse, Quentin M.; Kepaptsoglou, Demie; Liang, Wen-I.; Chu, Ying-Hao; Munroe, Paul; Nagarajan, V.

    2014-02-01

    Cation intermixing at functional oxide interfaces remains a highly controversial area directly relevant to interface-driven nanoelectronic device properties. Here, we systematically explore the cation intermixing in epitaxial (001) oriented multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BFO) grown on a (001) lanthanum aluminate (LAO) substrate. Aberration corrected dedicated scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy reveal that the interface is not chemically sharp, but with an intermixing of ˜2 nm. The driving force for this process is identified as misfit-driven elastic strain. Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire-based phenomenological theory was combined with the Sheldon and Shenoy formula in order to understand the influence of boundary conditions and depolarizing fields arising from misfit strain between the LAO substrate and BFO film. The theory predicts the presence of a strong potential gradient at the interface, which decays on moving into the bulk of the film. This potential gradient is significant enough to drive the cation migration across the interface, thereby mitigating the misfit strain. Our results offer new insights on how chemical roughening at oxide interfaces can be effective in stabilizing the structural integrity of the interface without the need for misfit dislocations. These findings offer a general formalism for understanding cation intermixing at highly strained oxide interfaces that are used in nanoelectronic devices.

  13. The origin of photovoltaic responses in BiFeO3 multiferroic ceramics.

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    Tu, C-S; Hung, C-M; Schmidt, V H; Chien, R R; Jiang, M-D; Anthoninappen, J

    2012-12-12

    Multiferroic BiFeO(3) (BFO) ceramics with electrodes of indium tin oxide (ITO) and Au thin films exhibit significant photovoltaic effects under near-ultraviolet illumination (λ = 405 nm) and show strong dependences on light wavelength, illumination intensity, and sample thickness. The correlation between photovoltaic responses and illumination intensity can be attributed to photo-excited and thermally generated charge carriers in the interface depletion region between BFO ceramic and ITO thin film. A theoretical model is developed to describe the open-circuit photovoltage and short-circuit photocurrent density as a function of illumination intensity. This model can be applied to the photovoltaic effects in p-n junction type BFO thin films and other systems. The BFO ceramic exhibits stronger photovoltaic responses than the ferroelectric Pb(1-x)La(x)(Zr(y)Ti(1-y))(1-x/4)O(3) (PLZT) ceramics under near-ultraviolet illumination. Comparisons are made with other systems and models for the photovoltaic effect.

  14. Enhanced multiferroic properties in scandium doped Bi2Fe4O9

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    Dutta, Dimple P.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2013-02-01

    Undoped and Sc3+ doped Bi2Fe4O9 nanoparticles have been synthesized using sonochemical method. The phase purity of the samples was checked using powder X-rau diffraction technique. EDS analysis was done to confirm the extent of Sc3+ doping in the samples. The size and morphology of the nanoparticles have been analyzed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The Bi2Fe4O9 nanoparticles show a weak ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature, which is quite different from the linear M-H relationship reported for bulk Bi2Fe4O9. This is mainly attributed to the uncompensated moments at the disordered particle surface resulting from the reduced coordination of the surface spins, arising due to lattice strain or oxygen deficiency. Addition of Sc3+ dopant in varying concentrations in these Bi2Fe4O9 nanoparticles, improves their magnetic as well as ferroelectric properties. The leakage current is considerably reduced and electric polarization increases significantly in case of Bi2Fe4(1-x)ScxO9(x = 0.1) nanoparticles. Hence it can be inferred that Sc3+ doped Bi2Fe4O9 nanoparticles shows promise as good multiferroic materials.

  15. Structural Control of Magnetic Anisotropy in a Multiferroic EuTiO3 Thin Film

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    Freeland, J. W.; Ke, X.; Ryan, P. J.; Kim, J. W.; Lee, J.-H.; Misra, R.; Schiffer, P.; Birol, T.; Fennie, C. J.; Schlom, D. G.

    2012-02-01

    Strain control of EuTiO3 has been shown under tensile strain the system converts to a multiferroic groundstate with ferromagnetic and ferroelectric order[1]. Here we present a study of the magnetic order in thin films of EuTiO3 grown on DyScO3(110) substrates by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE). Neutron scattering and magnetic measurements show the magnetic moment orders with an easy axis along only one of the (110) pseudocubic axis of the unit cell. Such an easy axis is connected to the uniaxial crystal structure that evolves from cubic to tetragonal with octahedral tilting, which agrees well with the strain dependent structure predicted under biaxial tensile strain. The magnetic anisotropy for Eu is attributed to an asymmetric crystal field due to the uniaxial symmetry of the Eu-O coordination. Work at Argonne, including the Advanced Photon, is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, and Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. [1] J.-H. Lee et al. Nature 466, 954 (2010).

  16. Electric polarization observed in single crystals of multiferroic Lu2MnCoO6

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    Chikara, Shalinee; Singleton, John; Bowlan, John M.; ...

    2016-05-17

    We report electric polarization and magnetization measurements in single crystals of double perovskite Lu2MnCoO6 using pulsed magnetic fields and optical second harmonic generation in dc magnetic fields. We observe well-resolved magnetic field-induced changes in the electric polarization in single crystals and thereby resolve the question about whether multiferroic behavior is intrinsic to these materials or is an extrinsic feature of polycrystals. We find electric polarization along the crystalline b axis, that is suppressed by applying a magnetic fields along the c axis, and advance a model for the origin of magnetoelectric coupling. We furthermore map the phase diagram using bothmore » capacitance and electric polarization to identify regions of ordering and regions of magnetoelectric hysteresis. This compound is a rare example of coupled hysteretic behavior in the magnetic and electric properties. Furthermore, the ferromagneticlike magnetic hysteresis loop that couples to hysteretic electric polarization can be attributed not to ordinary ferromagnetic domains, but to the rich physics of magnetic frustration of Ising-like spins in the axial next-nearest-neighbor interaction model.« less

  17. 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/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. PMID:27272678

  18. Structural, dielectric, magnetic, and nuclear magnetic resonance studies of multiferroic Y-type hexaferrites

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    Khanduri, H.; Chandra Dimri, M.; Kooskora, H.; Heinmaa, I.; Viola, G.; Ning, H.; Reece, M. J.; Krustok, J.; Stern, R.

    2012-10-01

    The effect of strontium substitution on structural, magnetic, and dielectric properties of a multiferroic Y-type hexaferrite (chemical formula Ba2-xSrxMg2Fe12O22 with 0 ≤ x ≤ 2) was investigated. Y-type hexaferrite phase formation was not affected by strontium substitution for barium, in the range 0 ≤ x ≤ 1.5, confirmed by x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy measured at room temperature. Two intermediate magnetic spin phase transitions (at tempertures TI and TII) and a ferrimagnetic-paramagnetic transition (at Curie temperature TC) were identified from the temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility. Magnetic transition temperatures (TI, TII, and TC) increased with increasing strontium content. Magnetic hysteresis measurements indicated that by increasing strontium concentration, the coercivity increases, while the saturation magnetization decreases. The 57Fe NMR spectrum of the Y-type hexaferrite measured at 5 K and in zero magnetic field showed remarkable differences compared to that of other hexaferrites due to their different number of tetrahedral and octahedral iron sites. The temperature and frequency dependence of the dielectric permittivity evidenced broad peaks with frequency dispersion in correspondence of the Curie temperature.

  19. 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.

    2016-03-04

    We realize that 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 and 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. In our study also demonstrates for the first time the depth dependent nature of a controllable magnetic order using strain in an artificial multiferroic heterostructure.

  20. 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.; ...

    2016-03-04

    We realize that 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 and by manipulating the strain transfer from the external lattice when subjected to two structural phase transitions of BaTiO3 (001) single crystal substrate.more » 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. In our study also demonstrates for the first time the depth dependent nature of a controllable magnetic order using strain in an artificial multiferroic heterostructure.« less

  1. 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.

  2. Manifestation of magnetic quantum fluctuations in the dielectric properties of a multiferroic.

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    Kim, Jae Wook; Khim, Seunghyun; Chun, Sae Hwan; Jo, Y; Balicas, L; Yi, H T; Cheong, S-W; Harrison, N; Batista, C D; Han, Jung Hoon; Kim, Kee Hoon

    2014-07-29

    Insulating magnets can display novel signatures of quantum fluctuations as similar to the case of metallic magnets. However, their weak spin-lattice coupling has made such observations challenging. Here we find that antiferromagnetic (AF) quantum fluctuations manifest in the dielectric properties of multiferroic Ba2CoGe2O7, where a ferroelectric polarization develops concomitant to an AF ordering. Upon application of a magnetic field (H), dielectric constant shows a characteristic power-law dependence near absolute zero temperature and close to the critical field Hc=37.1 T due to enhanced AF quantum fluctuations. When H>Hc, the dielectric constant shows the temperature-dependent anomalies that reflect a crossover from a field-tuned quantum critical to a gapped spin-polarized state. We uncover theoretically that a linear relation between AF susceptibility and dielectric constant stems from the generic magnetoelectric coupling and directly explains the experimental findings, opening a new pathway for studying quantum criticality in condensed matter.

  3. Mn substitution-driven structural and magnetic phase evolution in Bi1-xSmxFeO3 multiferroics

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    Khomchenko, V. A.; Troyanchuk, I. O.; Kovetskaya, M. I.; Paixão, J. A.

    2012-01-01

    X-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements of the Bi0.9Sm0.1Fe1-yMnyO3 and Bi0.86Sm0.14 Fe1-zMnzO3 (y ≤ 0.4, z ≤ 0.3) series were carried out in order to follow the effect of Mn doping on the room temperature crystal structure and magnetic properties of Sm-substituted BiFeO3. Initially polar rhombohedral Bi0.9Sm0.1FeO3 compound (space group R3c) was shown to undergo the Mn-substitution driven structural transformation into the orthorhombic Pnam phase at y ˜ 0.2. Further increasing of the Mn content stabilizes the modified structural phase demonstrating the features of incommensurability. In the Bi0.86Sm0.14Fe1-zMnzO3 series, the initially dominant antipolar orthorhombic Pnam phase transforms toward the nonpolar Pnma structure (z ˜ 0.3). Changes of the main magnetic state (from mixed antiferromagnetic/weak ferromagnetic to weak ferromagnetic) were found to correlate with the rhombohedral-to-orthorhombic transition; however, within the compositional range of the orthorhombically distorted compounds, the room temperature spontaneous magnetization rapidly decreases with increasing Mn content.

  4. Optical properties of Y and Ti co-substituted BiFeO{sub 3} multiferroics

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    Singh, Vikash Sharma, Subhash Kumar, Manoj Dwivedi, R. K.

    2014-04-24

    Pure and co substituted Bi{sub 1−x}Y{sub x}Fe{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (x ≤ 0.24) ceramics were synthesized by solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction patterns of Y and Ti codoped samples have shown single phase formation. Increasing Y and Ti concentration reveals structural transition from rhombohedral phase (R3c) for x ≤ 0.16 to orthorhombic phase (Pnma) for x = 0.24. FT-IR spectra exhibit broad absorption bands, which may be due to the overlapping of Fe-O and Bi-O vibrations. UV-visible spectroscopy results show strong absorption of light in the spectral range of 400-720 nm, indicating optical band gap in the visible region for these samples. These interesting optical properties of co-substituted BFO samples in visible region may find potential applications in optoelectronic devices.

  5. Dielectric and phonon properties of the multiferroic ferrimagnet Cu{sub 2}OSeO{sub 3}

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    Apostolova, I. N.

    2014-02-14

    We propose a microscopic model in order to study the multiferroic properties of Cu{sub 2}OSeO{sub 3} taking into account the ferrimagnetic interaction, frustration, linear magnetoelectric (ME) coupling, and anharmonic spin-phonon interaction. We have shown that the dielectric constant and the phonon energy and damping have a kink near the magnetic phase transition T{sub C} = 58 K which disappears with increasing of an external magnetic field. This behavior is an evidence for a strong ME coupling and in qualitative agreement with the experimental data.

  6. Terahertz spin-orbital excitations in the paramagnetic state of multiferroic Sr2FeSi2O7

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    Mai, Thuc T.; Svoboda, C.; Warren, M. T.; Jang, T.-H.; Brangham, J.; Jeong, Y. H.; Cheong, S.-W.; Valdés Aguilar, R.

    2016-12-01

    We studied the novel multiferroic material Sr2FeSi2O7 and found three absorption modes above the magnetic ordering transition temperature using time-domain terahertz spectroscopy. These absorption modes can be explained as the optical transitions between the spin-orbit coupling and crystal-field split 3 d6Fe2 + ground-state term in this material. Consideration of the compressed tetrahedral environment of the Fe2 + site is crucial to understand the excitations. We point out, however, discrepancies between the single-site atomic picture and the experimental results.

  7. Fabrication and properties of nanoscale multiferroic heterostructures for application in magneto-electric random access memory (MERAM) devices

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    Kim, Gunwoo

    Magnetoelectric random access memory (MERAM) has emerged as a promising new class of non-volatile solid-state memory device. It offers nondestructive reading along with low power consumption during the write operation. A common implementation of MERAM involves use of multiferroic tunneling junctions (MFTJs), which besides offering non-volatility are both electrically and magnetically tunable. Fundamentally, a MFTJ consists of a heterostructure of an ultrathin multiferroic or ferroelectric material as the active tunneling barrier sandwiched between ferromagnetic electrodes. Thereby, the MFTJ exhibits both tunnel electroresistance (TER) and tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) effects with application of an electric and magnetic field, respectively. In this thesis work, we have developed two-dimensional (2D) thin-film multiferroic heterostructure METJ prototypes consisting of ultrathin ferroelectric BaTiO3 (BTO) layer and a conducting ferromagnetic La0.67Sr 0.33MnO3 (LSMO) electrode. The heteroepitaxial films are grown using the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. This oxide heterostructure offers the opportunity to study the nano-scale details of the tunnel electroresistance (TER) effect using scanning probe microscopy techniques. We performed the measurements using the MFP-3D (Asylum Research) scanning probe microscope. The ultrathin BTO films (1.2-2.0 nm) grown on LSMO electrodes display both ferro- and piezo-electric properties and exhibit large tunnel resistance effect. We have explored the growth and properties of one-dimensional (1D) heterostructures, referred to as multiferoric nanowire (NW) heterostructures. The ferromagnetic/ferroelectric composite heterostructures are grown as sheath layers using PLD on lattice-matched template NWs, e.g. MgO, that are deposited by chemical vapor deposition utilizing the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism. The one-dimensional geometry can substantially overcome the clamping effect of the substrate present in two

  8. Observation of one magnon and magnon-phonon-electric dipole coupling in multiferroics bismuth ferrite thin films

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    Kumar, Ashok; Murari, N. M.; Katiyar, R. S.

    2008-04-01

    We observed "one magnon," scattering in multiferroic polycrystalline BiFeO3 thin films near 17.2cm-1 at 90K employing Raman spectroscopy. It is seen with a kink in magnon intensity at 150K and with strong anomaly near 210K illustrating spin reorientation transition. The spectral weight of one magnon transferred to the lowest phonon mode near the spin reorientation temperature suggests magnon-phonon coupling. Dielectric constant and dielectric loss as function of temperature showed anomaly at 210K suggesting magnon-phonon-electric dipole coupling. The one magnon becomes overdamped or overcome by elastic scattering at elevated temperatures.

  9. ^93Nb NMR investigation of the multiferroic system Ba3NbFe3Si2O14

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    Lumata, Lloyd; Hoch, M. J. R.; Zhou, H. D.; Brooks, J. S.; Kuhns, P. L.; Reyes, A. P.; Wiebe, C. R.

    2009-03-01

    We present ^93Nb nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and relaxation data on the new multiferroic system Ba3NbFe3Si2O14. The spin-lattice relaxation rate ^931/T1 and spin-spin relaxation rate ^931/T2 show a peak at 26 K accompanied by broadening of the NMR lineshapes, characteristic of N'eel ordering. Salient features of ^93Nb NMR lineshapes in the ordered phase and temperature-dependent ^93Nb Knight shifts will be discussed in relation to the possible bulking or tilting of the NbO6 octahedra (caused by magneto-lattice coupling) around the transition.

  10. Magnetization reversal by electric-field decoupling of magnetic and ferroelectric domain walls in multiferroic-based heterostructures.

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    Skumryev, V; Laukhin, V; Fina, I; Martí, X; Sánchez, F; Gospodinov, M; Fontcuberta, J

    2011-02-04

    We demonstrate that the magnetization of a ferromagnet in contact with an antiferromagnetic multiferroic (LuMnO(3)) can be speedily reversed by electric-field pulsing, and the sign of the magnetic exchange bias can switch and recover isothermally. As LuMnO(3) is not ferroelastic, our data conclusively show that this switching is not mediated by strain effects but is a unique electric-field driven decoupling of the ferroelectric and antiferromagnetic domain walls. Their distinct dynamics are essential for the observed magnetic switching.

  11. Spin state and spectroscopic modes of multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Fishman, Randy S.; Haraldsen, Jason T.; Furukawa, Nobuo; Miyahara, Shin

    2013-04-01

    Spectroscopic modes provide the most sensitive probe of the very weak interactions responsible for the properties of the long-wavelength cycloid in the multiferroic phase of BiFeO3 below TN≈640 K. Three of the four modes measured by terahertz (THz) and Raman spectroscopies were recently identified using a simple microscopic model. While a Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) interaction D along [-1,2,-1] induces a cycloid with wave vector (2π/a)(0.5+δ,0.5,0.5-δ) (δ≈0.0045), easy-axis anisotropy K along the [1,1,1] direction of the electric polarization P induces higher harmonics of the cycloid, which split the Ψ1 modes at 2.49 and 2.67 meV and activate the Φ2 mode at 3.38 meV. However, that model could not explain the observed low-frequency mode at about 2.17 meV. We now demonstrate that an additional DM interaction D' along [1,1,1] not only produces the observed weak ferromagnetic moment of the high-field phase above 18 T but also activates the spectroscopic matrix elements of the nearly degenerate, low-frequency Ψ0 and Φ1 modes, although their scattering intensities remain extremely weak. Even in the absence of easy-axis anisotropy, D' produces cycloidal harmonics that split Ψ1 and activate Φ2. However, the observed mode frequencies and selection rules require that both D' and K are nonzero. This work also resolves an earlier disagreement between spectroscopic and inelastic neutron-scattering measurements.

  12. Structural, Raman and dielectric behavior in Bi1-xSrxFeO3 multiferroic

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    Varshney, Dinesh; Kumar, Ashwini

    2013-04-01

    The effect of Sr2+ doping on Bi1-xSrxFeO3 (x = 0.0, 0.15, 0.175, 0.25) multiferroic ceramics synthesized by citrate sol-gel method has been investigated by Rietveld analysis of X-ray powder diffraction data, Raman spectroscopy and dielectric measurement. X-ray diffraction along with the Rietveld-refinement showed a gradual change in crystal structure from rhombohedral (R3c) to pseudotetragonal (P4/mmm) with enhanced divalent Sr2+ ion concentration. All the 13 Raman modes predicted by group theory (ΓR3c = 4A1 + 9E) for R3c structure of Bi1-xSrxFeO3 (x = 0.0, 0.15, 0.175, 0.25) were observed in the present study. The A1-2 and E-4 modes are completely suppressed, while that of A1-3, E-8 mode in Bi1-xSrxFeO3 (x = 0.175, 0.25) and E-2, E-5, and E-8 modes (x = 0.25) disappear completely as compared to parent BFO. The structural phase transition and weakening of long-range ferroelectric order with increasing doping concentration are thus further confirmed from Raman scattering spectra. The dielectric anomaly has been observed in dielectric constant and dielectric loss near 325 °C, 305 °C, 270 °C and 250 °C (f = 10 kHz) in BiFeO3, Bi0.85Sr0.15FeO3, Bi0.825Sr0.175FeO3 and Bi0.75Sr0.25FeO3, respectively.

  13. Magnetoelectric coupling of multiferroic chromium doped barium titanate thin film probed by magneto-impedance spectroscopy

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    Shah, Jyoti Kotnala, Ravinder K. E-mail: rkkotnala@gmail.com

    2014-04-07

    Thin film of BaTiO{sub 3} doped with 0.1 at. % Cr (Cr:BTO) has been prepared by pulsed laser deposition technique. Film was deposited on Pt/SrTiO{sub 3} substrate at 500 °C in 50 mTorr Oxygen gas pressure using KrF (298 nm) laser. Polycrystalline growth of single phase Cr:BTO thin film has been confirmed by grazing angle X-ray diffraction. Cr:BTO film exhibited remnant polarization 6.4 μC/cm{sup 2} and 0.79 MV/cm coercivity. Magnetization measurement of Cr:BTO film showed magnetic moment 12 emu/cc. Formation of weakly magnetic domains has been captured by magnetic force microscopy. Theoretical impedance equation fitted to experimental data in Cole-Cole plot for thin film in presence of transverse magnetic field resolved the increase in grain capacitance from 4.58 × 10{sup −12} to 5.4 × 10{sup −11} F. Film exhibited high value 137 mV/cm-Oe magneto-electric (ME) coupling coefficient at room temperature. The high value of ME coupling obtained can reduce the typical processing steps involved in multilayer deposition to obtain multiferrocity in thin film. Barium titanate being best ferroelectric material has been tailored to be multiferroic by non ferromagnetic element, Cr, doping in thin film form opens an avenue for more stable and reliable spintronic material for low power magnetoelectric random excess memory applications.

  14. The magnetic structures and transitions of a potential multiferroic orthoferrite ErFeO{sub 3}

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    Deng, Guochu Maynard-Casely, Helen E.; Avdeev, Maxim; McIntyre, Garry J.; Guo, Peiyin; Ren, Wei; Cao, Shixun

    2015-04-28

    Rare-earth orthoferrites are very interesting due to their appealing optical and multiferroic properties. In this study, the magnetic structures and transitions of a typical rare-earth orthoferrite, ErFeO{sub 3}, have been reinvestigated in detail. The spin-reorientation transition of the Fe{sup 3+} magnetic phase and the low-temperature magnetic ordering of Er{sup 3+} were observed by neutron powder diffraction. The corresponding magnetic structures have been solved anew by symmetry analysis and refinement of the diffraction results. The magnetic moments of Fe{sup 3+} align in an antiferromagnetic way along the c axis with a weak ferromagnetic component along the b axis below the Néel temperature and above the spin-reorientation transition. Below the spin-reorientation transition, the Fe{sup 3+} moments rotate into an antiferromagnetic ordering state along the b axis with weak ferromagnetic alignment along the c axis. The spin-reorientation takes place in the bc plane. The Er{sup 3+} moments align antiferromagnetically with a C{sub y} mode below 4.5 K. For the Fe{sup 3+} moments, an additional C{sub x} mode is induced by the ordering of the Er{sup 3+} moments. Namely, they change from G{sub y}F{sub z} mode into C{sub x}G{sub y}F{sub z} mode in the Pnma space-group setting. This study resolves the long-lasting dispute about the magnetic structure of ErFeO{sub 3} at low temperature.

  15. Electronic structure of BiMO3 multiferroics and related oxides

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    McLeod, J. A.; Pchelkina, Z. V.; Finkelstein, L. D.; Kurmaev, E. Z.; Wilks, R. G.; Moewes, A.; Solovyev, I. V.; Belik, A. A.; Takayama-Muromachi, E.

    2010-04-01

    We have performed a systematic study of the electronic structures of the BiMO3 (M=Sc,Cr,Mn,Fe,Co,Ni) series by soft x-ray emission (XES) and x-ray absorption (XAS) spectroscopy. The band gaps were estimated for all compounds in the series. For BiFeO3 , a band gap of ˜0.9eV was obtained from the alignment of the OKα XES and O1s XAS. The O1s XAS spectrum of BiNiO3 indicates that the formation of holes was due to a Ni2+ valency rather than a Ni3+ valency. We have found that the OKα XES and O1s XAS, probing partially occupied and vacant O2p states, respectively, are in agreement with the O2p densities of states obtained from spin-polarized band-structure calculations for all BiMO3 compounds addressed herein. The OKα XES spectra show the same degree of Bi6s-O2p hybridization for all compounds in the series. We speculate herein that the stereochemical activity of the Bi6s lone pairs must be supplemented with inversion symmetry breaking to allow electric polarization. For BiMnO3 and BiFeO3 , two cases of multiferroic materials in this series, the former breaks the inversion symmetry due to the antiferromagnetic order induced by particular orbital ordering in the highly distorted perovskite structure and the latter has rhombohedral crystal structure without inversion symmetry.

  16. Multiferroic properties of Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} ceramics

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    Wang, Min; Tan, Guolong

    2011-03-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Simultaneous occurrence of ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity in Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} ceramics. {yields} The off-centers of shifted Pb{sup 2+} ions as well as the FeO{sub 6} octahedra in the 'Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5}' lead to a ferroelectric polarization. {yields} Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} ceramic demonstrates ferromagnetic order state due to the spin arrangement in the double chains of FeO{sub 5} tetrahedral pyramids. -- Abstract: Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} (PFO) powders in monoclinic structure have been synthesized using lead acetate in glycerin and ferric acetylacetonate as the precursor. The powders were pressed into pellets, which were sintered into ceramics at 800 {sup o}C for 1 h. The morphology and structure have been determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). Polarization was observed in Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} ceramics at room temperature, exhibiting a clear ferroelectric hysteresis loop. The remanent polarization of Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} ceramic is estimated to be Pr {approx} 0.22 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}. The origin of the polarization may be attributed to the off-centers of shifted Pb{sup 2+} ions as well as the FeO{sub 6} octahedra in the perovskite-based structure of Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5}. Magnetic hysteresis loop was also observed at room temperature. The Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} ceramic shows coexistence of ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism. It provides a new field of research for complex oxides with multiferroic properties.

  17. Multiferroic tunnel junctions and ferroelectric control of magnetic state at interface (invited)

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    Yin, Y. W.; Raju, Muralikrishna; Hu, W. J.; Burton, J. D.; Kim, Young Min; Borisevich, Albina Y.; Pennycook, Stephen J.; Yang, Sang Mo; Noh, Tae Won; Gruverman, Alexei; Li, X. G.; Zhang, Z. D.; Tsymbal, E. Y.; Li, Qi

    2015-03-03

    As semiconductor devices reach ever smaller dimensions, the challenge of power dissipation and quantum effect place a serious limit on the future device scaling. Recently, a multiferroic tunnel junction (MFTJ) with a ferroelectric barrier sandwiched between two ferromagnetic electrodes has drawn enormous interest due to its potential applications not only in multi-level data storage but also in electric field controlled spintronics and nanoferronics. In this paper, we present our investigations on four-level resistance states, giant tunneling electroresistance (TER) due to interfacial magnetoelectric coupling, and ferroelectric control of spin polarized tunneling in MFTJs. Coexistence of large tunneling magnetoresistance and TER has been observed in manganite/(Ba, Sr)TiO3/manganite MFTJs at low temperatures and room temperature four-resistance state devices were also obtained. To enhance the TER for potential logic operation with a magnetic memory, La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/BaTiO3/La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 /La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 MFTJs were designed by utilizing a bilayer tunneling barrier in which BaTiO3 is ferroelectric and La0.5Ca0.5MnO3 is close to ferromagnetic metal to antiferromagnetic insulator phase transition. The phase transition occurs when the ferroelectric polarization is reversed, resulting in an increase of TER by two orders of magnitude. Finally, tunneling magnetoresistance can also be controlled by the ferroelectric polarization reversal, indicating strong magnetoelectric coupling at the interface.

  18. Multiferroic tunnel junctions and ferroelectric control of magnetic state at interface (invited)

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    Yin, Y. W.; Raju, M.; Li, Qi; Hu, W. J.; Burton, J. D.; Gruverman, A.; Tsymbal, E. Y.; Kim, Y.-M.; Borisevich, A. Y.; Pennycook, S. J.; Yang, S. M.; Noh, T. W.; Li, X. G.; Zhang, Z. D.

    2015-05-07

    As semiconductor devices reach ever smaller dimensions, the challenge of power dissipation and quantum effect place a serious limit on the future device scaling. Recently, a multiferroic tunnel junction (MFTJ) with a ferroelectric barrier sandwiched between two ferromagnetic electrodes has drawn enormous interest due to its potential applications not only in multi-level data storage but also in electric field controlled spintronics and nanoferronics. Here, we present our investigations on four-level resistance states, giant tunneling electroresistance (TER) due to interfacial magnetoelectric coupling, and ferroelectric control of spin polarized tunneling in MFTJs. Coexistence of large tunneling magnetoresistance and TER has been observed in manganite/(Ba, Sr)TiO{sub 3}/manganite MFTJs at low temperatures and room temperature four-resistance state devices were also obtained. To enhance the TER for potential logic operation with a magnetic memory, La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}/BaTiO{sub 3}/La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} /La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} MFTJs were designed by utilizing a bilayer tunneling barrier in which BaTiO{sub 3} is ferroelectric and La{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} is close to ferromagnetic metal to antiferromagnetic insulator phase transition. The phase transition occurs when the ferroelectric polarization is reversed, resulting in an increase of TER by two orders of magnitude. Tunneling magnetoresistance can also be controlled by the ferroelectric polarization reversal, indicating strong magnetoelectric coupling at the interface.

  19. Role of SiO2 coating in multiferroic CoCr2O4 nanoparticles

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    Kamran, M.; Ullah, Asmat; Mehmood, Y.; Nadeem, K.; Krenn, H.

    2017-02-01

    Effect of silica (SiO2) coating concentration on structural and magnetic properties of multiferroic cobalt chromite (CoCr2O4) nanoparticles have been studied. The nanoparticles with average crystallite size in the range 19 to 28 nm were synthesised by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis has verified the composition of single-phase cubic normal spinel structure of CoCr2O4 nanoparticles. The average crystallite size and cell parameter decreased with increasing SiO2 concentration. TEM image revealed that the shape of nanoparticles was non-spherical. Zero field cooled/field cooled (ZFC/FC) curves revealed that nanoparticles underwent a transition from paramagnetic (PM) state to collinear short-range ferrimagnetic (FiM) state, and this PM-FiM transition temperature decreased from 101 to 95 K with increasing SiO2 concentration or decreasing crystallite size. A conical spin state at Ts = 27 K was also observed for all the samples which decreased with decreasing average crystallite size. Low temperature lock-in transition was also observed in these nanoparticles at 12 K for uncoated nanoparticles which slightly shifted towards low temperature with decreasing average crystallite size. Saturation magnetization (Ms) showed decreasing trend with increasing SiO2 concentration, which was due to decrease in average crystallite size of nanoparticles and enhanced surface disorder in smaller nanoparticles. The temperature dependent AC-susceptibility also showed the decrease in the transition temperature (Tc), broadening of the Tc peak and decrease in magnetization with increasing SiO2 concentration or decreasing average crystallite size. In summary, the concentration of SiO2 has significantly affected the structural and magnetic properties of CoCr2O4 nanoparticles.

  20. Stabilization of weak ferromagnetism by strong magnetic response to epitaxial strain in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Cooper, Valentino R.; Lee, Jun Hee; Krogel, Jaron T.; ...

    2015-08-06

    Multiferroic BiFeO3 exhibits excellent magnetoelectric coupling critical for magnetic information processing with minimal power consumption. Thus, the degenerate nature of the easy spin axis in the (111) plane presents roadblocks for real world applications. Here, we explore the stabilization and switchability of the weak ferromagnetic moments under applied epitaxial strain using a combination of first-principles calculations and group-theoretic analyses. We demonstrate that the antiferromagnetic moment vector can be stabilized along unique crystallographic directions ([110] and [-110]) under compressive and tensile strains. A direct coupling between the anisotropic antiferrodistortive rotations and Dzyaloshinskii-Moria interactions drives the stabilization of weak ferromagnetism. Furthermore, energeticallymore » competing C- and G-type magnetic orderings are observed at high compressive strains, suggesting that it may be possible to switch the weak ferromagnetism on and off under application of strain. These findings emphasize the importance of strain and antiferrodistortive rotations as routes to enhancing induced weak ferromagnetism in multiferroic oxides.« less

  1. Non-Volatile Ferroelectric Switching of Ferromagnetic Resonance in NiFe/PLZT Multiferroic Thin Film Heterostructures.

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    Hu, Zhongqiang; Wang, Xinjun; Nan, Tianxiang; Zhou, Ziyao; Ma, Beihai; Chen, Xiaoqin; Jones, John G; Howe, Brandon M; Brown, Gail J; Gao, Yuan; Lin, Hwaider; Wang, Zhiguang; Guo, Rongdi; Chen, Shuiyuan; Shi, Xiaoling; Shi, Wei; Sun, Hongzhi; Budil, David; Liu, Ming; Sun, Nian X

    2016-09-01

    Magnetoelectric effect, arising from the interfacial coupling between magnetic and electrical order parameters, has recently emerged as a robust means to electrically manipulate the magnetic properties in multiferroic heterostructures. Challenge remains as finding an energy efficient way to modify the distinct magnetic states in a reliable, reversible, and non-volatile manner. Here we report ferroelectric switching of ferromagnetic resonance in multiferroic bilayers consisting of ultrathin ferromagnetic NiFe and ferroelectric Pb0.92La0.08Zr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PLZT) films, where the magnetic anisotropy of NiFe can be electrically modified by low voltages. Ferromagnetic resonance measurements confirm that the interfacial charge-mediated magnetoelectric effect is dominant in NiFe/PLZT heterostructures. Non-volatile modification of ferromagnetic resonance field is demonstrated by applying voltage pulses. The ferroelectric switching of magnetic anisotropy exhibits extensive applications in energy-efficient electronic devices such as magnetoelectric random access memories, magnetic field sensors, and tunable radio frequency (RF)/microwave devices.

  2. Electrically driven magnetic domain wall rotation in multiferroic heterostructures to manipulate suspended on-chip magnetic particles.

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    Sohn, Hyunmin; Nowakowski, Mark E; Liang, Cheng-yen; Hockel, Joshua L; Wetzlar, Kyle; Keller, Scott; McLellan, Brenda M; Marcus, Matthew A; Doran, Andrew; Young, Anthony; Kläui, Mathias; Carman, Gregory P; Bokor, Jeffrey; Candler, Robert N

    2015-05-26

    In this work, we experimentally demonstrate deterministic electrically driven, strain-mediated domain wall (DW) rotation in ferromagnetic Ni rings fabricated on piezoelectric [Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3]0.66-[PbTiO3]0.34 (PMN-PT) substrates. While simultaneously imaging the Ni rings with X-ray magnetic circular dichroism photoemission electron microscopy, an electric field is applied across the PMN-PT substrate that induces strain in the ring structures, driving DW rotation around the ring toward the dominant PMN-PT strain axis by the inverse magnetostriction effect. The DW rotation we observe is analytically predicted using a fully coupled micromagnetic/elastodynamic multiphysics simulation, which verifies that the experimental behavior is caused by the electrically generated strain in this multiferroic system. Finally, this DW rotation is used to capture and manipulate micrometer-scale magnetic beads in a fluidic environment to demonstrate a proof-of-concept energy-efficient pathway for multiferroic-based lab-on-a-chip applications.

  3. Crystalline and spin chiralities in multiferroics with langasite-type structure and Fe1- x Co x Si crystals

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    Pikin, S. A.; Lyubutin, I. S.; Dudka, A. P.

    2015-09-01

    It is shown that, when magnetic ordering occurs in layered iron-containing langasites (sp. gr. P321), one of the reasons for spin chiralities of different signs is the presence of structural chirality (the existence of inversion twins), which, in turn, is due to the nonsymmetricity of these crystals. Spin helicoids arise in these multiferroics at split sites of Fe3+ ions below the Néel point. The direction of electric polarization vectors coincides with the direction of the magnetic helicoid axes because of the piezoelectric properties of these materials. Due to the magnetostriction effects, structural chirality wave vector k z exceeds the magnetic helicoid wave vector by a factor of 2: k z = 2 q z. The temperatures of transitions to the chiral structural and chiral magnetic states may differ. In particular, if the structural transition initial temperature exceeds the magnetic transition temperature ( Т U > Т М ), structural displacements may arise in the absence of magnetism at Т М < Т < Т U . In noncentrosymmetric Fe1- x Co x Si crystals (sp. gr. P213), which are not multiferroics, magnetic chirality is due to the Dzyaloshinski-Moriya interaction. The dependence of the moduli of incommensurate wave number of the corresponding helicoid on the atomic composition of the crystals under consideration is nonmonotonic.

  4. Magnetic ordering-induced multiferroic behavior in [CH3NH3][Co(HCOO)3] metal-organic framework.

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    Gomez-Aguirre, Lilian Claudia; Zapf, Vivien S.; Pato-Doldan, Breogan; ...

    2015-12-30

    Here, we present the first example of magnetic ordering-induced multiferroic behavior in a metal–organic framework magnet. This compound is [CH3NH3][Co(HCOO)3] with a perovskite-like structure. The A-site [CH3NH3]+ cation strongly distorts the framework, allowing anisotropic magnetic and electric behavior and coupling between them to occur. This material is a spin canted antiferromagnet below 15.9 K with a weak ferromagnetic component attributable to Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya (DM) interactions and experiences a discontinuous hysteretic magnetic-field-induced switching along [010] and a more continuous hysteresis along [101]. Coupling between the magnetic and electric order is resolved when the field is applied along this [101]: a spin rearrangementmore » occurs at a critical magnetic field in the ac plane that induces a change in the electric polarization along [101] and [10-1]. The electric polarization exhibits an unusual memory effect, as it remembers the direction of the previous two magnetic-field pulses applied. The data are consistent with an inverse-DM mechanism for multiferroic behavior.« less

  5. Spin-induced polarizations and nonreciprocal directional dichroism of the room-temperature multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Fishman, Randy S.; Lee, Jun Hee; Bordács, Sándor; Kézsmárki, István; Nagel, Urmas; Rõõm, Toomas

    2015-09-01

    A microscopic model for the room-temperature multiferroic BiFeO3 that includes two Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions and single-ion anisotropy along the ferroelectric polarization predicts both the zero-field spectroscopic modes as well as their splitting and evolution in a magnetic field. Due to simultaneously broken time-reversal and spatial-inversion symmetries, the absorption of light changes as the magnetic field or the direction of light propagation is reversed. We discuss three physical mechanisms that may contribute to this absorption asymmetry known as nonreciprocal directional dichroism: the spin current, magnetostriction, and single-ion anisotropy. We conclude that the nonreciprocal directional dichroism in BiFeO3 is dominated by the spin-current polarization and is insensitive to the magnetostriction and easy-axis anisotropy. With three independent spin-current parameters, our model accurately describes the nonreciprocal directional dichroism observed for magnetic field along [1 ,-1 ,0 ] . Since some modes are almost transparent to light traveling in one direction but opaque for light traveling in the opposite direction, BiFeO3 behaves as a room-temperature optical diode at certain frequencies in the gigahertz to terahertz range. Our work demonstrates that an analysis of the nonreciprocal directional dichroism spectra based on an effective spin model supplemented by first-principles calculations can produce a quantitative microscopic theory of the magnetoelectric couplings in multiferroic materials.

  6. Stabilization of weak ferromagnetism by strong magnetic response to epitaxial strain in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Dixit, Hemant; Hee Lee, Jun; Krogel, Jaron T.; Okamoto, Satoshi; Cooper, Valentino R.

    2015-01-01

    Multiferroic BiFeO3 exhibits excellent magnetoelectric coupling critical for magnetic information processing with minimal power consumption. However, the degenerate nature of the easy spin axis in the (111) plane presents roadblocks for real world applications. Here, we explore the stabilization and switchability of the weak ferromagnetic moments under applied epitaxial strain using a combination of first-principles calculations and group-theoretic analyses. We demonstrate that the antiferromagnetic moment vector can be stabilized along unique crystallographic directions ([110] and [–110]) under compressive and tensile strains. A direct coupling between the anisotropic antiferrodistortive rotations and the Dzyaloshinskii-Moria interactions drives the stabilization of the weak ferromagnetism. Furthermore, energetically competing C- and G-type magnetic orderings are observed at high compressive strains, suggesting that it may be possible to switch the weak ferromagnetism “on” and “off” under the application of strain. These findings emphasize the importance of strain and antiferrodistortive rotations as routes to enhancing induced weak ferromagnetism in multiferroic oxides. PMID:26246030

  7. Multiferroic Materials Bi1-xSmxFeO3:. a Study of Raman and Absorption Spectroscopies

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    Minh, Nguyen Van; Thang, Dao Viet

    Multiferroic Bi1-xSmxFeO3 (x = 0.00, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2) ceramics were prepared by conventional solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction measurement was carried out to characterize the crystal structure and to detect the impurities existing in these ceramics. The substitution of rare earth Sm for Bi was found to decrease the impurity phase in BiFeO3 ceramics. There is strong evidence that both lattice constants a and c of the unit cell become smaller as the Sm3+ content is increased. The effect of introducing Sm3+ is shown to decrease the optical band gap for doped sample Bi1-xSmxFeO3. Additionally, the temperature-dependent Raman measurement performed for the lattice dynamics study of Bi1-xSmxFeO3 samples reveals a strong band centered at around 1000-1300 cm-1 which is associated with the resonant enhancement of two-phonon Raman scattering in the multiferroic Bi1-xSmxFeO3 samples. This two-phonon signal is shown to broaden with increasing x. The Raman spectra at low wavenumbers are suggested to be related with magnon in this system.

  8. High Pressure Experimental Studies on CuO: Indication of Re-entrant Multiferroicity at Room Temperature

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    Jana, Rajesh; Saha, Pinku; Pareek, Vivek; Basu, Abhisek; Kapri, Sutanu; Bhattacharyya, Sayan; Mukherjee, Goutam Dev

    2016-08-01

    We have carried out detailed experimental investigations on polycrystalline CuO using dielectric constant, dc resistance, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction measurements at high pressures. Observation of anomalous changes both in dielectric constant and dielectric loss in the pressure range 3.7–4.4 GPa and reversal of piezoelectric current with reversal of poling field direction indicate to a change in ferroelectric order in CuO at high pressures. A sudden jump in Raman integrated intensity of Ag mode at 3.4 GPa and observation of Curie-Weiss type behaviour in dielectric constant below 3.7 GPa lends credibility to above ferroelectric transition. A slope change in the linear behaviour of the Ag mode and a minimum in the FWHM of the same indicate indirectly to a change in magnetic ordering. Since all the previous studies show a strong spin-lattice interaction in CuO, observed change in ferroic behaviour at high pressures can be related to a reentrant multiferroic ordering in the range 3.4 to 4.4 GPa, much earlier than predicted by theoretical studies. We argue that enhancement of spin frustration due to anisotropic compression that leads to change in internal lattice strain brings the multiferroic ordering to room temperature at high pressures.

  9. Non-Volatile Ferroelectric Switching of Ferromagnetic Resonance in NiFe/PLZT Multiferroic Thin Film Heterostructures

    PubMed Central

    Hu, Zhongqiang; Wang, Xinjun; Nan, Tianxiang; Zhou, Ziyao; Ma, Beihai; Chen, Xiaoqin; Jones, John G.; Howe, Brandon M.; Brown, Gail J.; Gao, Yuan; Lin, Hwaider; Wang, Zhiguang; Guo, Rongdi; Chen, Shuiyuan; Shi, Xiaoling; Shi, Wei; Sun, Hongzhi; Budil, David; Liu, Ming; Sun, Nian X.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetoelectric effect, arising from the interfacial coupling between magnetic and electrical order parameters, has recently emerged as a robust means to electrically manipulate the magnetic properties in multiferroic heterostructures. Challenge remains as finding an energy efficient way to modify the distinct magnetic states in a reliable, reversible, and non-volatile manner. Here we report ferroelectric switching of ferromagnetic resonance in multiferroic bilayers consisting of ultrathin ferromagnetic NiFe and ferroelectric Pb0.92La0.08Zr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PLZT) films, where the magnetic anisotropy of NiFe can be electrically modified by low voltages. Ferromagnetic resonance measurements confirm that the interfacial charge-mediated magnetoelectric effect is dominant in NiFe/PLZT heterostructures. Non-volatile modification of ferromagnetic resonance field is demonstrated by applying voltage pulses. The ferroelectric switching of magnetic anisotropy exhibits extensive applications in energy-efficient electronic devices such as magnetoelectric random access memories, magnetic field sensors, and tunable radio frequency (RF)/microwave devices. PMID:27581071

  10. Magnetism and multiferroicity of an isosceles triangular lattice antiferromagnet Sr3NiNb2O9

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    Lee, M.; Choi, E. S.; Ma, J.; Sinclair, R.; Dela Cruz, C. R.; Zhou, H. D.

    2016-11-01

    Various experimental measurements were performed to complete the phase diagram of a weakly distorted triangular lattice system, Sr3NiNb2O9 with Ni2+ , spin-1 magnetic ions. This compound possesses an isosceles triangular lattice with two shorter bonds and one longer bond. It shows a two-step magnetic phase transition at {{T}\\text{N1}}∼ 5.1 K and {{T}\\text{N2}}∼ 5.5 K at zero magnetic field, characteristic of an easy-axis anisotropy. In the magnetization curves, a series of magnetic phase transitions was observed such as an up-up-down phase at {μ0}{{H}c1}∼ 10.5 T with 1/3 of the saturation magnetization (M sat) and an oblique phase at {μ0}{{H}c2}∼ 16 T with \\sqrt{3} /3 M sat. Intriguingly, the magnetic phase transition below T N2 is in tandem with the ferroelectricity, which demonstrates multiferroic behaviors. Moreover, the multiferroic phase persists in all magnetically ordered phases regardless of the spin structure. The comparison between the phase diagrams of Sr3NiNb2O9 and its sister compound with an equilateral triangular lattice antiferromagnet Ba3NiNb2O9 (Hwang et al 2012 Phys. Rev. Lett. 109 257205), illustrates how a small imbalance among exchange interactions change the magnetic ground states of the TLAFs.

  11. Stabilization of weak ferromagnetism by strong magnetic response to epitaxial strain in multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Cooper, Valentino R.; Lee, Jun Hee; Krogel, Jaron T.; Okamoto, Satoshi; Dixit, Hemant M.

    2015-08-06

    Multiferroic BiFeO3 exhibits excellent magnetoelectric coupling critical for magnetic information processing with minimal power consumption. Thus, the degenerate nature of the easy spin axis in the (111) plane presents roadblocks for real world applications. Here, we explore the stabilization and switchability of the weak ferromagnetic moments under applied epitaxial strain using a combination of first-principles calculations and group-theoretic analyses. We demonstrate that the antiferromagnetic moment vector can be stabilized along unique crystallographic directions ([110] and [-110]) under compressive and tensile strains. A direct coupling between the anisotropic antiferrodistortive rotations and Dzyaloshinskii-Moria interactions drives the stabilization of weak ferromagnetism. Furthermore, energetically competing C- and G-type magnetic orderings are observed at high compressive strains, suggesting that it may be possible to switch the weak ferromagnetism on and off under application of strain. These findings emphasize the importance of strain and antiferrodistortive rotations as routes to enhancing induced weak ferromagnetism in multiferroic oxides.

  12. Reversible electrically-driven magnetic domain wall rotation in multiferroic heterostructures to manipulate suspended on-chip magnetic particles

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    Nowakowski, Mark; Sohn, Hyunmin; Liang, Cheng-Yen; Hockel, Joshua; Wetzlar, Kyle; Keller, Scott; McLellan, Brenda; Marcus, Matthew; Doran, Andrew; Young, Anthony; Kläui, Mathias; Carman, Gregory; Bokor, Jeffrey; Candler, Robert

    2015-03-01

    We experimentally demonstrate reversible electrically-driven, strain-mediated domain wall (DW) rotation in Ni rings fabricated on piezoelectric [Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3) O3]0.66-[PbTiO3]0.34 (PMN-PT) substrates. An electric field applied across the PMN-PT substrate induces a strain in the Ni rings producing DW rotation around the ring toward the dominant PMN-PT strain axis by inverse magnetostriction. We observe DWs reversibly cycled between their initial and rotated state as a function of the applied electric field with x-ray magnetic circular dichroism photo-emission electron microscopy. The DW rotation is analytically predicted using a fully coupled micromagnetic/elastodyanmic multi-physics simulation to verify that the experimental behavior is caused by the electrically-generated strain in this multiferroic system. Finally, this DW rotation is used to capture and manipulate magnetic particles in a fluidic environment to demonstrate a proof-of-concept energy-efficient pathway for multiferroic-based lab-on-a-chip applications. Supported by TANMS (NSF 11-537), E3S, US Dept of Energy (DE-AC02-05CH11231), EU, and DFG.

  13. High Pressure Experimental Studies on CuO: Indication of Re-entrant Multiferroicity at Room Temperature

    PubMed Central

    Jana, Rajesh; Saha, Pinku; Pareek, Vivek; Basu, Abhisek; Kapri, Sutanu; Bhattacharyya, Sayan; Mukherjee, Goutam Dev

    2016-01-01

    We have carried out detailed experimental investigations on polycrystalline CuO using dielectric constant, dc resistance, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction measurements at high pressures. Observation of anomalous changes both in dielectric constant and dielectric loss in the pressure range 3.7–4.4 GPa and reversal of piezoelectric current with reversal of poling field direction indicate to a change in ferroelectric order in CuO at high pressures. A sudden jump in Raman integrated intensity of Ag mode at 3.4 GPa and observation of Curie-Weiss type behaviour in dielectric constant below 3.7 GPa lends credibility to above ferroelectric transition. A slope change in the linear behaviour of the Ag mode and a minimum in the FWHM of the same indicate indirectly to a change in magnetic ordering. Since all the previous studies show a strong spin-lattice interaction in CuO, observed change in ferroic behaviour at high pressures can be related to a reentrant multiferroic ordering in the range 3.4 to 4.4 GPa, much earlier than predicted by theoretical studies. We argue that enhancement of spin frustration due to anisotropic compression that leads to change in internal lattice strain brings the multiferroic ordering to room temperature at high pressures. PMID:27530329

  14. Spin-Induced Polarizations and Nonreciprocal Directional Dichroism of the Room-Temperature Multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Fishman, Randy Scott; Lee, Jun Hee; Bordacs, Sandor; ...

    2015-09-14

    A microscopic model for the room-temperature multiferroic BiFeO3 that includes two Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions and single-ion anisotropy along the ferroelectric polarization predicts both the zero-field spectroscopic modes as well as their splitting and evolution in a magnetic field. Due to simultaneously broken time-reversal and spatial-inversion symmetries, the absorption of light changes as the magnetic field or the direction of light propagation is reversed. We discuss three physical mechanisms that may contribute to this absorption asymmetry known as directional dichroism: the spin current, magnetostriction, and single-ion anisotropy. We conclude that the directional dichroism in BiFeO3 is dominated by the spin-current polarization andmore » is insensitive to the magnetostriction and easy-axis anisotropy. With three independent spin-current parameters, our model accurately describes the directional dichroism observed for magnetic field along [1, -1, 0]. Since some modes are almost transparent to light traveling in one direction but opaque for light traveling in the opposite direction, BiFeO3 can be used as a room-temperature optical diode at certain frequencies in the GHz to THz range. This work demonstrates that an analysis of the directional dichroism spectra based on an effective spin model supplemented by first-principles calculations can produce a quantitative microscopic theory of the magnetoelectric couplings in multiferroic materials.« less

  15. Opportunities of research in multiferroic materials using Angle Dispersive X-ray Diffraction (ADXRD) beamline on Indus-2 synchrotron source

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    Sinha, A. K.; Singh, M. N.; Upadhyay, A.; Sagdeo, A.

    2016-10-01

    Synchrotron beamlines have advantages of higher flux and wide tunability of photon beam compared to laboratory based equipment for performing x-ray diffraction and x- ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). In this paper we report capabilities of angle dispersive x- ray diffraction beamline (BL-12) on Indus-2 synchrotron source for structural and spectroscopic characterisation of multiferroic materials. Brief description of the beamline along with the photon beam specifications at the experimental station is given. Results on low temperature XRD measurements on mixed spinel system (Fe1.5Co1.5O4) between 30K and 300K and subsequent Reitveld refinement reveal that there are no phase changes but the lattice parameter show anomalous changes between 100 and 150K. It has been explained how XANES spectra on a type II multiferroic, Co3TeO6, and Fe1.5Co1.5O4 can be used for the determination of charge and spin states of transition metal ions.

  16. Magnetization Reversal by Out-of-plane Voltage in BiFeO3-based Multiferroic Heterostructures

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    Wang, J. J.; Hu, J.M.; Peng, Ren-Ci; Gao, Y.; Shen, Y.; Chen, L. Q.; Nan, C. W.

    2015-01-01

    Voltage controlled 180° magnetization reversal has been achieved in BiFeO3-based multiferroic heterostructures, which is promising for the future development of low-power spintronic devices. However, all existing reports involve the use of an in-plane voltage that is unfavorable for practical device applications. Here, we investigate, using phase-field simulations, the out-of-plane (i.e., perpendicular to heterostructures) voltage controlled magnetism in heterostructures consisting of CoFe nanodots and (110) BiFeO3 thin film or island. It is predicted that the in-plane component of the canted magnetic moment at the CoFe/BiFeO3 interface can be reversed repeatedly by applying a perpendicular voltage across the bottom (110) BiFeO3 thin film, which further leads to an in-plane magnetization reversal in the overlaying CoFe nanodot. The non-volatility of such perpendicular voltage controlled magnetization reversal can be achieved by etching the continuous BiFeO3 film into isolated nanoislands with the same in-plane sizes as the CoFe nanodot. The findings would provide general guidelines for future experimental and engineering efforts on developing the electric-field controlled spintronic devices with BiFeO3-based multiferroic heterostructures. PMID:25995062

  17. A Simple Process for Synthesis of Transparent Thin Films of Molybdenum Trioxide in the Orthorhombic Phase ( α-MoO3)

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    Chibane, Loundja; Belkaid, Mohamed Said; Zirmi, Rachid; Moussi, Abderrahmane

    2017-04-01

    Transparent orthorhombic molybdenum trioxide (α-MoO3) thin films were prepared on glass substrates by sol-gel dip coating technique of a quality comparable to those prepared by more sophisticated techniques regarded as very costly and difficult to carry out. The prepared films were annealed in air at different temperatures in the range of 150-350°C. X-ray diffraction analysis of the films prepared at 250°C and 350°C confirmed the formation of a single-phase of MoO3 in an orthorhombic crystal system (α-MoO3). Scanning electron microscopy of the films annealed at 350°C indicated a stack of nano-layers with thickness of approximately 30 nm-40 nm. Fourier transform infrared transmittance analysis revealed the Mo=O stretching vibration, which is an indicator of the layered orthorhombic MoO3 phase. Energy dispersive x-ray analysis confirmed the existence of Mo and O in the deposited films. A maximum optical transmittance of 82% in the visible range was obtained from the films annealed at 350°C. The band gap value of the films was evaluated and it was in the range of 3.28 eV-3.40 eV. The obtained results showed that the α-MoO3 thin films prepared at 350°C exhibit good structural, chemical, and optical properties, which might be of interest to the photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices.

  18. A Simple Process for Synthesis of Transparent Thin Films of Molybdenum Trioxide in the Orthorhombic Phase (α-MoO3)

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    Chibane, Loundja; Belkaid, Mohamed Said; Zirmi, Rachid; Moussi, Abderrahmane

    2017-01-01

    Transparent orthorhombic molybdenum trioxide (α-MoO3) thin films were prepared on glass substrates by sol-gel dip coating technique of a quality comparable to those prepared by more sophisticated techniques regarded as very costly and difficult to carry out. The prepared films were annealed in air at different temperatures in the range of 150-350°C. X-ray diffraction analysis of the films prepared at 250°C and 350°C confirmed the formation of a single-phase of MoO3 in an orthorhombic crystal system (α-MoO3). Scanning electron microscopy of the films annealed at 350°C indicated a stack of nano-layers with thickness of approximately 30 nm-40 nm. Fourier transform infrared transmittance analysis revealed the Mo=O stretching vibration, which is an indicator of the layered orthorhombic MoO3 phase. Energy dispersive x-ray analysis confirmed the existence of Mo and O in the deposited films. A maximum optical transmittance of 82% in the visible range was obtained from the films annealed at 350°C. The band gap value of the films was evaluated and it was in the range of 3.28 eV-3.40 eV. The obtained results showed that the α-MoO3 thin films prepared at 350°C exhibit good structural, chemical, and optical properties, which might be of interest to the photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices.

  19. Investigation on multiferroic, optical and photoluminescence properties of CoFe2O4/(Pb1-xSrx)TiO3 nanostructured composite thin films

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    Bala, Kanchan; Sharma, Pankaj; Negi, N. S.

    2016-11-01

    Multiferroic nanostructured composite thin films consisting of CoFe2O4 (CFO) and Pb1-xSrxTiO3 (PST; x = 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5) layers have been deposited on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si and quartz substrates by using metallo-organic decomposition process and spin coating. The effect of Sr content on the multiferroic and optical properties have been investigated. The phase purity such as spinel structure of CFO and perovskite structure of PST has been verified by X-ray diffraction. Cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy images revealed clear interface between CFO and PST layers without any noticeable diffusion. The multiferroic properties of CFO/PST composite films have been confirmed by magnetic and ferroelectric hysteresis loops with low leakage current density. The residual strain sensitivity of multiferroic and optical properties has been observed in the composite films. The decrease in saturation magnetization and saturation polarization with increase in Sr content has been observed which could be attributed to the decrease in residual strain of CFO/PST composite films. The magnetic phase transition temperature of the CFO/PST composite films is also reduced. The optical refractive index decreases with increase of amount of Sr content. The photoluminescence spectra of the CFO/PST composite films possess a blue shift which can be attributed to the Pb and oxygen vacancies as localized sensitizing centers. We show that the multiferroic and optical properties of the CFO/PST composite films are highly sensitive to the heterostructure strains which can be controlled by Sr content.

  20. A neutron diffraction study of oxygen and nitrogen ordering in a kinetically stable orthorhombic iron doped titanium oxynitride

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    Wu, On Ying; Parkin, Ivan P; Hyett, Geoffrey

    2012-06-15

    The synthesis of a polycrystalline powder sample of iron doped orthorhombic titanium oxynitride, Ti{sub 2.92}Fe{sub 0.01}O{sub 4.02}N{sub 0.98}, on the scale of 0.7 g has been achieved. This was conducted by the unusual route of delamination from a steel substrate of a thin film deposited using atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition. The structure of the titanium oxynitride is presented, determined from a combined analysis of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. The use of neutron diffraction allows the position of the oxygen and nitrogen ions in the material to be reported unambiguously for the first time. In this study Ti{sub 2.92}Fe{sub 0.01}O{sub 4.02}N{sub 0.98} is found to crystallise in the Cmcm space group, iso-structural pseudobrookite, with lattice parameters a=3.81080(6) A, b=9.6253(2) A, and c=9.8859(2) A, and contains partial oxygen-nitrogen ordering. Of the three anion sites in this structure one is exclusively occupied by oxygen, while the remaining two sites are occupied by oxygen and nitrogen in a disordered manner. Testing indicates that this iron doped titanium oxynitride is a metastable phase that decomposes above 700 Degree-Sign C into TiN and TiO{sub 2}, the thermodynamic products. - Graphical abstract: We report the synthesis of Ti{sub 2.92}Fe{sub 0.01}O{sub 4.02}N{sub 0.98} deposited as a thin film using atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition onto stainless steel, which is then delaminated to produce a polycrystalline powder sample. This powder sample was used in a neutron diffraction experiment, and analysis of this data has allowed the position of the oxygen and nitrogen ions in the material to be reported unambiguously for the first time. Ti{sub 2.92}Fe{sub 0.01}O{sub 4.02}N{sub 0.98} is found to crystallise in the Cmcm space group iso-structural pseudobrookite and contains partial oxygen-nitrogen ordering. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Partial oxygen and nitrogen ordering has been observed using neutron

  1. Difference in the luminescence properties of orthorhombic and monoclinic forms of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}:Ln (Ln = Tb{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+})

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    Tyagi, Adish; Shah, Alpa; Sudarsan, V. Vatsa, R.K.; Jain, V.K.

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Improved emission colour purity with orthorhombic form of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}. • Non-stationary quenching exists in orthorhombic and monoclinic forms of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}:Tb. • Ion pair formation and cross relaxation quenching operating for Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}:Dy samples. - Abstract: The luminescence properties of Tb{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+} doped orthorhombic and monoclinic forms of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5} are significantly different. Orthorhombic Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5} doped with Tb{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+} ions gives bright green and blue emission upon UV light excitation with CIE coordinates (0.25, 0.46) and (0.25, 0.24), respectively. The monoclinic Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5} doped with these ions exhibits light green and yellowish white emissions, respectively. This has been attributed to the differences in crystallographic environments around Y{sup 3+} ions in orthorhombic and monoclinic forms of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}. Quantum yield of emission for orthorhombic Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}:Tb (∼29%) is significantly higher than that of the monoclinic Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5}:Tb (∼14%). Lifetime values corresponding to {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} level of Dy{sup 3+} ions in both monoclinic and orthorhombic forms of Y{sub 2}GeO{sub 5} follow an opposite trend with respect to {sup 5}D{sub 4} level of Tb{sup 3+} ions. This is attributed to difference in the concentration quenching mechanism operating for Tb{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+} ions.

  2. Orthorhombic YBaCo4O8.4 crystals as a result of saturation of hexagonal YBaCo4O7 crystals with oxygen

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    Podberezskaya, N. V.; Bolotina, N. B.; Komarov, V. Yu.; Kameneva, M. Yu.; Kozeeva, L. P.; Lavrov, A. N.; Smolentsev, A. I.

    2015-07-01

    Hexagonal YBaCo4O7 crystals (sp. gr. P63 mc, a h = 6.3058(4) Å, c h = 10.2442(7) Å, Z = 2) are saturated with oxygen to the YBaCo4O8.4 composition and studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The saturation is completed by a structural first-order phase transition to orthorhombic crystals (sp. gr. Pbc21, a o = 31.8419(2) Å, b o = 10.9239(5) Å, c o = 10.0960(5) Å, Z = 20). The connection of two lattices is expressed in terms of the action of matrix (500/120/001) on the hexagonal basis. Five structural fragments of the same type but with different degrees of order alternate along the long axis of the oxygen-saturated orthorhombic structure. The XRD data on single crystals differ from the results obtained by other researchers on ceramic samples; possible causes of these differences are discussed.

  3. A DFT+U study of the structural, electronic, magnetic, and mechanical properties of cubic and orthorhombic SmCoO3

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    Olsson, Emilia; Aparicio-Anglès, Xavier; de Leeuw, Nora H.

    2016-12-01

    SmCoO3 is a perovskite material that has gained attention as a potential substitute for La1-xSrxMnO3-d as a solid oxide fuel cell cathode. However, a number of properties have remained unknown due to the complexity of the material. For example, we know from experimental evidence that this perovskite exists in two different crystal structures, cubic and orthorhombic, and that the cobalt ion changes its spin state at high temperatures, leading to a semiconductor-to-metal transition. However, little is known about the precise magnetic structure that causes the metallic behavior or the spin state of the Co centers at high temperature. Here, we therefore present a systematic DFT+U study of the magnetic properties of SmCoO3 in order to determine what magnetic ordering is the one exhibited by the metallic phase at different temperatures. Similarly, mechanical properties are difficult to measure experimentally, which is why there is a lack of data for the two different phases of SmCoO3. Taking advantage of our DFT calculations, we have determined the mechanical properties from our calculated elastic constants, finding that both polymorphs exhibit similar ductility and brittleness, but that the cubic structure is harder than the orthorhombic phase.

  4. Coupled orthorhombic distortion, antiferromagnetism, and superconductivity in a single twin domain of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2 As2 (x =0.047)

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    Zhang, Qiang; Wang, Wenjie; Hansen, B.; Ni, N.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; McQueeney, R. L.; Vaknin, D.; Kim, J. W.

    2013-03-01

    The interplay between structure, magnetism, and superconductivity in single crystal Ba(Fe1-xCox)2 As2 (x =0.047) has been studied using high-resolution X-ray diffraction by monitoring charge Bragg peaks in each twin domain separately. The emergence of superconducting state is correlated with the suppression of theorthorhombic distortion around TC, exhibiting the competition between orthorhombicity and superconductivity. Above TS, the Bragg peak widths gradually broaden, possibly induced by orthorhombic (nematic) fluctuations in the paramagnetic tetragonal phase. Upon cooling, anomalies in the peak width are observed at TS and also TN indicative of strong magnetoelastic coupling. Using the capability to study individual twin domains, the peak widths in the ab-plane are found to exhibit anisotropic behavior along and perpendicular to the stripe-type AFM wave vector. In contrast, the temperature dependencies of the out-of-plane peak width showan anomaly at TN, reflecting the connection between Fe-As distance and Fe local moment. Supported by DOE Basic Energy Sciences contract no. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  5. Bond-stretching phonon mode in stripe ordered orthorhombic Nd1.67Sr0.33NiO4.

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    Hücker, M.; Fukuda, T.; Gu, G. D.; Tranquada, J. M.; Baron, A. Q. R.; Hill, J. P.

    2007-03-01

    Inelastic x-ray scattering (IXS) experiments on Nd1.67Sr0.33NiO4 have been performed to study electron-phonon interactions in this charge stripe ordered nickelate. Resurgent interest in such phenomena has been triggered by recent results on the high temperature superconductors, where a kink in the electron dispersion as well as striking anomalies in high- energy optical phonon modes have been observed. A significant softening of the bond-stretching-phonon mode for Q||[100] was also observed in the tetragonal nickelate La1.69Sr0.31NiO4 with inelastic neutron scattering. Moreover, this compound shows an apparent splitting of the bond-stretching mode along the [110] direction. Here we present first IXS results for Q||[110] on the orthorhombic compound Nd1.67Sr0.33NiO4, which is characterized by domains with unidirectional stripe order. By probing different spots on the sample with different domain distribution, a weak contrast between the phonon spectra has been observed. We discuss these differences in terms of phonons propagating parallel and perpendicular to the stripe direction, as well as the anisotropic, i.e. orthorhombic, lattice structure.

  6. Structure and multiferroic properties of Eu-substituted BiFeO3 ceramics

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    Dai, Haiyang; Chen, Zhenping; Xue, Renzhong; Li, Tao; Liu, Haizeng; Wang, Yongqiang

    2013-06-01

    Polycrystalline Bi1- x Eu x FeO3 ( x=0.00-0.25) ceramics were synthesized by the solid state reaction method with the rapid liquid phase sintering process. The effects of Eu substitution on the structure, and ferroelectric and magnetic properties of BiFeO3 ceramics were investigated. X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that the structure of BiFeO3 was changed from rhombohedral to orthorhombic and the impurity phases were decreased both due to Eu substitution. Raman spectra results also confirm that a structure transition occurs in the Eu concentration range of 0.15-0.20. The SEM investigation has suggested that the Eu substitution hinders the grain growth. Vibrating sample magnetometer measurements indicate ferromagnetism in Eu-substituted BiFeO3 ceramics. It is found that the room temperature magnetic moment increases with increasing Eu concentration due to the suppressed or broken cycloid spin structure. Ferroelectric measurements show that Eu substitution enhances the polarization due to the significant decrease of the electric leakage of the samples. Therefore, the Eu-substituted BiFeO3, or more complicated substituted BiFeO3 based on Eu substitution, will have great potential for many practical applications.

  7. Theory of domain wall motion mediated magnetoelectric effects in a multiferroic composite

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    Petrov, V. M.; Srinivasan, G.

    2014-10-01

    A model is discussed for magnetoelectric (ME) interactions originating from the motion of magnetic domain walls (DWs) in a multiferroic composite of orthoferrites RFeO3 (RFO) with magnetic stripe domains and a piezoelectric such as lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT). The DWs in RFO can be set in motion with an ac magnetic field up to a critical speed of 20 km/s, the highest for any magnetic system, leading to the excitation of bulk and shear magnetoacoustic waves. Thus, the ME coupling will arise from flexural deformation associated with DW motion (rather than the Joule magnetostriction mediated coupling under a static or quasistatic condition). A c plane orthoferrite with a single Néel-type DW in the bc plane and an ac magnetic field H along the c axis is assumed. The deflection in the bilayer due to DW motion is obtained when the DW velocity is a linear function H and the resulting induced voltage across PMN-PT is estimated. It is shown that a combination of spatial and time harmonics of the bending deformation leads to (i) a linear ME coefficient defined by αE=E/H and (ii) a quadratic ME coefficient αEQ=E/H2. The model is applied to yttrium orthoferrites (YFO) and a PMN-PT bilayer since YFO has one of the highest DW mobility amongst the orthoferrites. The coefficient αE is dependent on the DW position, and it is maximum when the DW equilibrium position is at the center of the sample. In YFO/PMN-PT the estimated low-frequency αE ˜ 30 mV/cm Oe and resonance value is 1.5 V/(cm Oe). Since orthoferrites (and PMN-PT) are transparent in the visible region and have a large Faraday rotation, the DW dynamics and the ME coupling could be studied simultaneously. The theory discussed here is of interest for studies on ME coupling and for applications such as magnetically controlled electro-optic devices.

  8. Quantification of charge-to-strain mediated interface coupling transfiguration in FE/FSMA multiferroic heterostructures

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    Singh, Kirandeep; Kaur, Davinder

    2016-01-01

    Thickness modulated direct, local measurement of magnetoelectric (ME) coupling was executed in a high quality sputter deposited PZT/Ni-Mn-In bilayer system grown on Si(1 0 0) substrate. The additive temperature and magnetic-field-driven shape-memory behavior of bottom ferromagnetic (FM) Ni-Mn-In layer, which vanish at ultra-low regime (8 nm), induce fluctuations in the dielectric and ferroelectric (FE) characteristic of PZT. The prominent magnetic-field-modulated P-E loops registered at room temperature in  ±400 kV cm-1 electric field range illustrate the presence of giant strain-mediated direct ME coupling in bilayers. This giant strain-mediated direct ME coupling in bilayers can be imputed to magnetic-field-actuated shape-memory behavior of Ni-Mn-In film. The I-V characteristic depicts that the PZT/Ni-Mn-In bilayer endures transition from Ohmic conduction (dominant at low field) to interface-limited Fowler-Nordheim (FN) tunneling prevailing at high electric field. Magnetic measurements of the bilayer revealed that voltage-attuned magnetic anisotropy variation was strongly dependent on the thickness of the bilayer. The normalized magnetization (M/M s) versus electric field (ME) plots was sketched to cognize the origin of interfacial converse ME coupling. The occurrence of butterfly-shaped ME loops showed the dominance of strain-mediated coupling in the (200 nm/220 nm) bilayer, in contrast to (40 nm/8 nm) heterostructure coupling which was purely charge mediated. The co-existence of charge- and strain-mediated ME coupling in (80 nm/30 nm) structure was evident from quite asymmetric features of ME curves. In 80 nm/30 nm multiferroic heterostructure two reversible and stable magnetic field states of Ni-Mn-In were observed at zero electric field. Such a non-volatile switching of magnetization accomplished by reversing the electric field could prove useful in future MERAM devices.

  9. Strain coupling and dynamic relaxation dynamics associated with ferroic and multiferroic phase transition

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    Carpenter, Michael

    Almost any change that occurs in a crystal structure results in some lattice strain and it is inevitable that this will appear also as a change in elastic properties. It follows that one of the most characteristic features of phase transitions, whether driven by structural, magnetic or electronic effects, will be variations of elastic constants. In addition, transformation microstructures such as ferroelastic twins may be mobile under some conditions of temperature and stress and will give characteristic patterns of acoustic loss when measured by dynamical methods. Thanks substantially to the pioneering work of Dr Albert Migliori in developing the technique of Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS), it has been possible to follow the elastic and anelastic behaviour associated with phase transitions quantitatively as a function of temperature through the interval 2-1600 K. It is also possible to add magnetic and electric fields. The frequency window 0.1-2 MHz and inherently small strains of RUS appear to be particularly sensitive for observing the consequences of strain coupling and microstructure relaxation dynamics. Recent collaborative work carried out using the RUS facilities in Cambridge will be presented, relating to phase transitions in multiferroic perovskites, such as PbZr0.53Ti0.47O3-PbFe0.5Nb0.5O3 and Sr2FeMoO6, the ferroelectric/improper ferroelastic transition in GeTe, and magnetoelastic behaviour of EuTiO3. A common feature of these is softening of the shear modulus ahead of the transition that is not expected on the basis of linear/quadratic coupling between strain and the driving order parameter (improper ferroelastic). This appears to be due to coupling of acoustic modes with unseen central modes which are related to collective motions of domains with short range order. In some cases the ferroelastic twin walls have a well defined freezing interval (GeTe) whereas anelastic loss and stiffening over a wide temperature interval appears to be diagnostic

  10. Structural study in ceramic multiferroic Co3TeO6 and analysis of possible Co-Co networks

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    Singh, Harishchandra; Sinha, A. K.; Ghosh, Haranath; Singh, M. N.; Upadhyay, Anuj

    2015-06-01

    We show that there exist four networks (Co1-Co4, Co2-Co3-Co5, Co1-Co5 and Co2-Co3-Co4) in contrast to earlier observations of two networks (Co1-Co4 and Co2-Co3-Co5) in Co3TeO6 (CTO) multiferroic [Phys. Rev. B 88, 184427 (2013)]. Due to five crystallographically different sites of Co ions coordinated by [IV], [V] and [VI] oxygen atoms, the coordination polyhedra exhibit strong distortions from their respective ideal polyhedra, and thus potentially allow to resolve low-symmetry crystal field splittings of d-d electronic transitions. Our structural analysis using Rietveld refinements on the room temperature Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction data indicates possible magnetic order, and may provide a basis for the complex and multiple magnetic transitions of CTO at low temperature.

  11. Novel multiferroic state and ME enhancement by breaking the AFM frustration in LuMn1-xO3.

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    Figueiras, F G; Karpinsky, D; Tavares, P B; Gonçalves, J N; Yañez-Vilar, S; Moreira Dos Santos, A F; Franz, A; Tovar, M; Agostinho Moreira, J; Amaral, V S

    2017-01-04

    This study provides a comprehensive insight into the effects of controlled off-stoichiometry on the structural and multiferroic properties of the hexagonal manganite LuMn1-xO3+δ (x = 0.02; δ ∼ 0), supported by neutron powder diffraction measurements confirming single phase P63cm symmetry and evidencing a relevant ferromagnetic component, below TN ∼ 90 K, which breaks the archetypal geometrically frustrated antiferromagnetic state typically ascribed to LuMnO3. The perturbations in the triangular disposition of spins prompt an additional electric polarization contribution and a clear enhancement of the magnetoelectric coupling which are in good agreement with the results of first principles calculations. In addition, Raman spectroscopy, dielectric permittivity, pyroelectric current and magnetic measurements as a function of temperature point out the precursor effects of the magnetic phase transitions involving a strong coupling between spins, lattice and electric order, even above the Néel temperature.

  12. Electric tuning of magnetization dynamics and electric field-induced negative magnetic permeability in nanoscale composite multiferroics.

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    Jia, Chenglong; Wang, Fenglong; Jiang, Changjun; Berakdar, Jamal; Xue, Desheng

    2015-06-09

    Steering magnetism by electric fields upon interfacing ferromagnetic (FM) and ferroelectric (FE) materials to achieve an emergent multiferroic response bears a great potential for nano-scale devices with novel functionalities. FM/FE heterostructures allow, for instance, the electrical manipulation of magnetic anisotropy via interfacial magnetoelectric (ME) couplings. A charge-mediated ME effect is believed to be generally weak and active in only a few angstroms. Here we present an experimental evidence uncovering a new magnon-driven, strong ME effect acting on the nanometer range. For Co92Zr8 (20 nm) film deposited on ferroelectric PMN-PT we show via ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) that this type of linear ME allows for electrical control of simultaneously the magnetization precession and its damping, both of which are key elements for magnetic switching and spintronics. The experiments unravel further an electric-field-induced negative magnetic permeability effect.

  13. Electric tuning of magnetization dynamics and electric field-induced negative magnetic permeability in nanoscale composite multiferroics

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    Jia, Chenglong; Wang, Fenglong; Jiang, Changjun; Berakdar, Jamal; Xue, Desheng

    2015-06-01

    Steering magnetism by electric fields upon interfacing ferromagnetic (FM) and ferroelectric (FE) materials to achieve an emergent multiferroic response bears a great potential for nano-scale devices with novel functionalities. FM/FE heterostructures allow, for instance, the electrical manipulation of magnetic anisotropy via interfacial magnetoelectric (ME) couplings. A charge-mediated ME effect is believed to be generally weak and active in only a few angstroms. Here we present an experimental evidence uncovering a new magnon-driven, strong ME effect acting on the nanometer range. For Co92Zr8 (20 nm) film deposited on ferroelectric PMN-PT we show via ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) that this type of linear ME allows for electrical control of simultaneously the magnetization precession and its damping, both of which are key elements for magnetic switching and spintronics. The experiments unravel further an electric-field-induced negative magnetic permeability effect.

  14. Bi-substitution-induced magnetic moment distribution in spinel Bi(x)Co(2-x)MnO(4) multiferroic.

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    Rajeevan, N E; Kumar, Ravi; Shukla, D K; Thakur, P; Brookes, N B; Chae, K H; Choi, W K; Gautam, S; Arora, S K; Shvets, I V; Pradyumnan, P P

    2009-10-07

    We report the near-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS) at the Co/Mn L(3,2) edge and oxygen K edge of the well-characterized Bi-substituted Co(2)MnO(4) multiferroic samples. The evolution of peak features in NEXAFS spectra of the Co/Mn L(3,2) edge and O K edge show the Bi-induced redistribution of magnetic cations (Co/Mn). The variation in valence states of Co and Mn in all the substituted compositions is consistent with the observed ferrimagnetic behaviour of the samples. Magnetization data show the decrease in molecular field complementing the ferrimagnetism. The role of Bi in the enhancement of magnetic interactions as well as the appearance of ferroelectricity in Bi(x)Co(2-x)MnO(4) (0≤x≤0.3) is discussed.

  15. Electronic structure of multiferroic BiFeO3 by resonant soft x-ray emission spectroscopy

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    Higuchi, Tohru; Liu, Yi-Sheng; Yao, Peng; Glans, Per-Anders; Guo, Jinghua; Chang, Chinglin; Wu, Ziyu; Sakamoto, Wataru; Itoh, Naoyuki; Shimura, Tetsuo; Yogo, Toshinobu; Hattori, Takeshi

    2008-08-01

    The electronic structure of multiferroic BiFeO3 has been studied using soft x-ray emission spectroscopy. The fluorescence spectra exhibit that the valence band is mainly composed of O2p state hybridized with Fe3d state. The band gap corresponding to the energy separation between the top of the O2p valence band and the bottom of the Fe3d conduction band is 1.3 eV. The soft x-ray Raman scattering reflects the features due to the charge-transfer transition from O2p valence band to Fe3d conduction band. These findings are similar to the result of electronic structure calculation by density-functional theory within the local spin-density approximation that included the effect of Coulomb repulsion between localized d states.

  16. The Ba 2LnFeNb 4O 15 "tetragonal tungsten bronze": Towards RT composite multiferroics

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    Josse, M.; Bidault, O.; Roulland, F.; Castel, E.; Simon, A.; Michau, D.; Von der Mühll, R.; Nguyen, O.; Maglione, M.

    2009-06-01

    Several Niobium oxides of formula Ba 2LnFeNb 4O 15 (Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd) with the "tetragonal tungsten bronze" (TTB) structure have been synthesised by conventional solid state methods. The neodymium, samarium and europium compounds are ferroelectric with Curie temperature ranging from 320 to 440 K. The praseodymium and gadolinium compounds behave as relaxors below 170 and 300 K respectively. The praseodymium, neodymium, samarium, europium and gadolinium compounds exhibit magnetic hysteresis loops at room temperature originating from traces of a barium ferrite secondary phase. The presence of both ferroelectric and magnetic hysteresis loops at room temperature allows considering these materials as composites multiferroic. Based on crystal-chemical analysis we propose some relationships between the introduction of Ln 3+ ions in the TTB framework and the chemical, structural and physical properties of these materials.

  17. Electric tuning of magnetization dynamics and electric field-induced negative magnetic permeability in nanoscale composite multiferroics

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    Jia, Chenglong; Wang, Fenglong; Jiang, Changjun; Berakdar, Jamal; Xue, Desheng

    2015-01-01

    Steering magnetism by electric fields upon interfacing ferromagnetic (FM) and ferroelectric (FE) materials to achieve an emergent multiferroic response bears a great potential for nano-scale devices with novel functionalities. FM/FE heterostructures allow, for instance, the electrical manipulation of magnetic anisotropy via interfacial magnetoelectric (ME) couplings. A charge-mediated ME effect is believed to be generally weak and active in only a few angstroms. Here we present an experimental evidence uncovering a new magnon-driven, strong ME effect acting on the nanometer range. For Co92Zr8 (20 nm) film deposited on ferroelectric PMN-PT we show via ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) that this type of linear ME allows for electrical control of simultaneously the magnetization precession and its damping, both of which are key elements for magnetic switching and spintronics. The experiments unravel further an electric-field-induced negative magnetic permeability effect. PMID:26058060

  18. Energy dissipation and switching delay in stress-induced switching of multiferroic nanomagnets in the presence of thermal fluctuations

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    Roy, Kuntal; Bandyopadhyay, Supriyo; Atulasimha, Jayasimha

    2012-07-01

    Switching the magnetization of a shape-anisotropic 2-phase multiferroic nanomagnet with voltage-generated stress is known to dissipate very little energy (<1 aJ for a switching time of ˜0.5 ns) at 0 K temperature. Here, we show by solving the stochastic Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation that switching can be carried out with ˜100% probability in less than 1 ns while dissipating less than 1.5 aJ at room temperature. This makes nanomagnetic logic and memory systems, predicated on stress-induced magnetic reversal, one of the most energy-efficient computing hardware extant. We also study the dependence of energy dissipation, switching delay, and the critical stress needed to switch, on the rate at which stress on the nanomagnet is ramped up or down.

  19. Large remanent polarization in multiferroic NdFeO3-PbTiO3 thin film

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    Zhao, Hanqing; Peng, Xin; Zhang, Linxing; Chen, Jun; Yan, Wensheng; Xing, Xianran

    2013-08-01

    The single phase 0.1NdFeO3-0.9PbTiO3 thin film was fabricated on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate by a sol-gel route. High energy synchrotron radiation glancing incidence X-ray diffraction and conventional X-ray diffraction were employed to determine the phase structure and crystal orientation. Large remanent polarization (2Pr ≈ 85 μC cm-2) was obtained by ferroelectric hysteresis loop and positive up negative down measurements. The oxidation state of Fe element in the film was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectra methods. The results showed the coexistence of Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions with existence of oxygen vacancies. Weak magnetism (˜11 emu/cc) and obvious magnetoelectric coupling were observed in this multiferroic film.

  20. Manifestation of a series of phase transitions in IR spectra of a multiferroic TbMnO3

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    Kashchenko, M. A.; Klimin, S. A.

    2014-06-01

    We have studied IR transmittance spectra of a multiferroic TbMnO3. Three phase transitions ( T N = 43 K, T FE = 28 K, and T Tb = 7 K), which manifest themselves in a shift of the absorption band edge of manganese and in changes in the spectral parameters of lines of f-f transitions of terbium, have been detected. An incommensurate character of the magnetic structure leads to nonequivalence of terbium positions and to an additional inhomogeneous broadening. The spontaneous electric polarization, which arises at T < T FE, significantly affects the crystal field that acts on terbium and noticeably shifts its energy levels. The phase transition with ordering of terbium (7 K) is accompanied by a lowering of the energy of the ground state of the Tb3+ ion.

  1. Probing ultrafast spin dynamics through a magnon resonance in the antiferromagnetic multiferroic HoMnO3

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    Bowlan, P.; Trugman, S. A.; Bowlan, J.; ...

    2016-09-26

    Here, we demonstrate an approach for directly tracking antiferromagnetic (AFM) spin dynamics by measuring ultrafast changes in a magnon resonance. We also test this idea on the multiferroic HoMnO 3 by optically photoexciting electrons, after which changes in the spin order are probed with a THz pulse tuned to a magnon resonance. This reveals a photoinduced change in the magnon line shape that builds up over 5–12 picoseconds, which we show to be the spin-lattice thermalization time, indicating that electrons heat the spins via phonons. We compare our results to previous studies of spin-lattice thermalization in ferromagnetic manganites, giving insightmore » into fundamental differences between the two systems. Finally, our work sheds light on the microscopic mechanism governing spin-phonon interactions in AFMs and demonstrates a powerful approach for directly monitoring ultrafast spin dynamics.« less

  2. Electronic structure of multiferroic BiFeO3 by resonant soft-x-ray emission spectroscopy

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    Higuchi, Tohru; Higuchi, T.; Liu, Y.-S.; Yao, P.; Glans, P.-A.; Guo, Jinghua; Chang, C.; Wu, Z.; Sakamoto, W.; Itoh, N.; Shimura, T.; Yogo, T.; Hattori, T.

    2008-07-11

    The electronic structure of multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} has been studied using soft-X-ray emission spectroscopy. The fluorescence spectra exhibit that the valence band is mainly composed of O 2p state hybridized with Fe 3d state. The band gap corresponding to the energy separation between the top of the O 2p valence band and the bottom of the Fe 3d conduction band is 1.3 eV. The soft-X-ray Raman scattering reflects the features due to charge transfer transition from O 2p valence band to Fe 3d conduction band. These findings are similar to the result of electronic structure calculation by density functional theory within the local spin-density approximation that included the effect of Coulomb repulsion between localized d states.

  3. Thermal evolution of the full three-dimensional magnetic excitations in the multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Xu, Zhijun; Wen, Jinsheng; Berlijn, Tom; Gehring, Peter M; Stock, Christopher K; Stone, Matthew B; Gu, G. D.; Shapiro, S. M.; Birgeneau, R J; Xu, Guangyong

    2012-01-01

    We present neutron inelastic scattering measurements of the full three-dimensional spin-wave dispersion in the multiferroic material BiFeO3 for temperatures from 5K to 700K. Despite the presence of strong electromagnetic coupling, the magnetic excitations behave like conventional magnons over all parts of the Brillouin zone. At low temperature the spin-waves are well-defined coherent modes, described by a classical model for a G-type antiferromagnet. A softening of the spin-wave velocity and broadening in energy is already present at room temperature, which is well below the N eel temperature TN 640K, and increases on heating. In addition, a strong hybridization of the Fe 3d and O 2p states is found to modify the distribution of the spin-wave spectral weight significantly, which implies that the spins are not restricted to the Fe atomic sites as previously believed.

  4. Stability of multiferroicity against Dy/Mn off-stoichiometry in DyMnO{sub 3}

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    Wang, J. X.; Liu, M. F.; Zhao, Z. Y.; Yan, Z. B.; Liu, J.-M.

    2014-05-07

    We investigate the effects of slight Dy/Mn off-stoichiometry on the multiferroic behaviors of DyMnO{sub 3} (Dy{sub 1−x}Mn{sub 1+x}O{sub 3}). It is revealed that the distorted lattice structure and ferroelectric property exhibit higher stability against the Mn deficiency than the Dy deficiency. Since the electric polarization includes the contributions from the Mn-Mn and Dy-Mn interactions, the measured polarization exhibits different dependence on the Mn deficiency from that on the Dy deficiency. The present work suggests that the Dy/Mn off-stoichiometry is detrimental to the ferroelectricity, owing to the modulated spin interactions and reshuffled spin frustration.

  5. Electronic and crystal structure changes induced by in-plane oxygen vacancies in multiferroic YMnO3

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    Cheng, Shaobo; Meng, Qingping; Li, Mengli; ...

    2016-02-08

    Here, the widely spread oxygen vacancies (VO) in multiferroic materials can strongly affect their physical properties. However, their exact influence has rarely been identified in hexagonal manganites. Here, with the combined use of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and first-principles calculations, we have systematically studied the electronic and crystal structure modifications induced by VO located at the same Mn atomic plane (in-plane VO). Our TEM experiments reveal that the easily formed in-plane VO not only influence the electronic structure of YMnO3 but alter the in-plane Wyckoff positions of Mn ions, which may subsequently affect the intraplane and interplane exchange interaction ofmore » Mn ions. The ferroelectricity is also impaired due to the introduction of VO. Further calculations confirm these electronic and structural changes and modifications. Our results indicate that the electronic and crystal structure of YMnO3 can be manipulated by the creation of VO.« less

  6. Conductivity Contrast and Tunneling Charge Transport in the Vortexlike Ferroelectric Domain Patterns of Multiferroic Hexagonal YMnO3

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    Ruff, E.; Krohns, S.; Lilienblum, M.; Meier, D.; Fiebig, M.; Lunkenheimer, P.; Loidl, A.

    2017-01-01

    We deduce the intrinsic conductivity properties of the ferroelectric domain walls around the topologically protected domain vortex cores in multiferroic YMnO3 . This is achieved by performing a careful equivalent-circuit analysis of dielectric spectra measured in single-crystalline samples with different vortex densities. The conductivity contrast between the bulk domains and the less conducting domain boundaries is revealed to reach up to a factor of 500 at room temperature, depending on the sample preparation. Tunneling of localized defect charge carriers is the dominant charge-transport process in the domain walls that are depleted of mobile charge carriers. This work demonstrates that, via equivalent-circuit analysis, dielectric spectroscopy can provide valuable information on the intrinsic charge-transport properties of ferroelectric domain walls, which is of high relevance for the design of new domain-wall-based microelectronic devices.

  7. Neutron inelastic scattering measurements of low-energy phonons in the multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Schneeloch, John A.; Xu, Zhijun; Wen, Jinsheng; Gehring, P. M.; Stock, C.; Matsuda, Masaaki; Winn, Barry L.; Gu, Genda; Shapiro, Stephen M.; Birgeneau, R. J.; Ushiyama, T.; Yanagisawa, Y.; Tomioka, Y.; Ito, T.; Xu, Guangyong

    2015-02-10

    In this study, we present neutron inelastic scattering measurements of the low-energy phonons in single crystal BiFeO3. The dispersions of the three acoustic phonon modes (LA along [100], TA1 along [010], and TA2 along [110]) and two low-energy optic phonon modes (LO and TO1) have been mapped out between 300 and 700 K. Elastic constants are extracted from the phonon measurements. The energy linewidths of both TA phonons at the zone boundary clearly broaden when the system is warmed toward the magnetic ordering temperature TN=640 K. In conclusion, this suggests that the magnetic order and low-energy lattice dynamics in this multiferroic material are coupled.

  8. Neutron inelastic scattering measurements of low-energy phonons in the multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Schneeloch, John A.; Xu, Zhijun; Wen, Jinsheng; ...

    2015-02-10

    In this study, we present neutron inelastic scattering measurements of the low-energy phonons in single crystal BiFeO3. The dispersions of the three acoustic phonon modes (LA along [100], TA1 along [010], and TA2 along [110]) and two low-energy optic phonon modes (LO and TO1) have been mapped out between 300 and 700 K. Elastic constants are extracted from the phonon measurements. The energy linewidths of both TA phonons at the zone boundary clearly broaden when the system is warmed toward the magnetic ordering temperature TN=640 K. In conclusion, this suggests that the magnetic order and low-energy lattice dynamics in thismore » multiferroic material are coupled.« less

  9. Intrinsically incompatible crystal (ligand) field parameter sets for transition ions at orthorhombic and lower symmetry sites in crystals and their implications

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    Rudowicz, C.; Gnutek, P.

    2010-01-01

    Central quantities in spectroscopy and magnetism of transition ions in crystals are crystal (ligand) field parameters (CFPs). For orthorhombic, monoclinic, and triclinic site symmetry CF analysis is prone to misinterpretations due to large number of CFPs and existence of correlated sets of alternative CFPs. In this review, we elucidate the intrinsic features of orthorhombic and lower symmetry CFPs and their implications. The alternative CFP sets, which yield identical energy levels, belong to different regions of CF parameter space and hence are intrinsically incompatible. Only their ‘images’ representing CFP sets expressed in the same region of CF parameter space may be directly compared. Implications of these features for fitting procedures and meaning of fitted CFPs are categorized into negative: pitfalls and positive: blessings. As a case study, the CFP sets for Tm 3+ ions in KLu(WO 4) 2 are analysed and shown to be intrinsically incompatible. Inadvertent, so meaningless, comparisons of incompatible CFP sets result in various pitfalls, e.g., controversial claims about the values of CFPs obtained by other researchers as well as incorrect structural conclusions or faulty systematics of CF parameters across rare-earth ion series based on relative magnitudes of incompatible CFPs. Such pitfalls bear on interpretation of, e.g., optical spectroscopy, inelastic neutron scattering, and magnetic susceptibility data. An extensive survey of pertinent literature was carried out to assess recognition of compatibility problems. Great portion of available orthorhombic and lower symmetry CFP sets are found intrinsically incompatible, yet these problems and their implications appear barely recognized. The considerable extent and consequences of pitfalls revealed by our survey call for concerted remedial actions of researchers. A general approach based on the rhombicity ratio standardization may solve compatibility problems. Wider utilization of alternative CFP sets in the

  10. Numerical adiabatic potentials of orthorhombic Jahn-Teller effects retrieved from ultrasound attenuation experiments. Application to the SrF2:Cr crystal

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    Zhevstovskikh, I. V.; Bersuker, I. B.; Gudkov, V. V.; Averkiev, N. S.; Sarychev, M. N.; Zherlitsyn, S.; Yasin, S.; Shakurov, G. S.; Ulanov, V. A.; Surikov, V. T.

    2016-06-01

    A methodology is worked out to retrieve the numerical values of all the main parameters of the six-dimensional adiabatic potential energy surface (APES) of a polyatomic system with a quadratic T-term Jahn-Teller effect (JTE) from the ultrasound experiments. The method is based on a verified assumption that ultrasound attenuation and speed encounter anomalies when the direction of propagation and polarization of its wave of strain coincides with the characteristic directions of symmetry breaking in the JTE. For the SrF2:Cr crystal, employed as a basic example, we observed anomaly peaks in the temperature dependence of attenuation of ultrasound at frequencies of 50-160 MHz in the temperature interval of 40-60 K for the wave propagating along the [110] direction, for both the longitudinal and the shear modes, the latter with two polarizations along the [001] and [1 1 ¯ 0 ] axes, respectively. We show that these anomalies are due to the ultrasound relaxation by the system of non-interacting Cr2+ JT centers with orthorhombic local distortions. The interpretation of the experimental findings is based on the T2 g⊗(eg+t2 g) JTE problem including the linear and the quadratic terms of vibronic interactions in the Hamiltonian and the same-symmetry modes reduced to one interaction mode. Combining the experimental results with a theoretical analysis, we show that on the complicated six-dimensional APES of this system with three tetragonal, four trigonal, and six orthorhombic extrema points, the latter are global minima, while the former are saddle points, and we estimate numerically all the main parameters of this surface, including the linear and quadratic vibronic coupling constants, the primary force constants, the coordinates of all the extrema points and their energies, the energy barrier between the orthorhombic minima, and the tunneling splitting of the ground vibrational states. To our knowledge, such a based-on-experimental-data numerical reconstruction of the APES

  11. Reversing ferroelectric polarization in multiferroic DyMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} by nonmagnetic Al substitution of Mn

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    Zhao, Z. Y.; Liu, M. F.; Li, X.; Wang, J. X.; Yan, Z. B.; Wang, K. F.; Liu, J.-M.

    2014-08-07

    The multiferroic RMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} family, where R is rare-earth ion or Y, exhibits rich physics of multiferroicity which has not yet well understood. DyMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} is a representative member of this family. The ferroelectric polarization of DyMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} is claimed to be magnetically relevant and have more than one component. Therefore, the polarization reversal upon the sequent magnetic transitions is expected. We investigate the evolution of the ferroelectric polarization upon a partial substitution of Mn{sup 3+} by nonmagnetic Al{sup 3+} in order to tailor the Mn{sup 3+}-Mn{sup 4+} interactions and then to modulate the polarization in DyMn{sub 2−x/2}Al{sub x/2}O{sub 5}. It is revealed that the polarization can be successfully reversed by Al-substitution via substantially suppressing the Mn{sup 3+}-Mn{sup 4+} interactions, while the Dy{sup 3+}-Mn{sup 4+} interactions can sustain against the substitution until a level as high as x = 0.2. In addition, the independent Dy spin ordering is shifted remarkably down to an extremely low temperature due to the Al{sup 3+} substitution. The present work unveils the possibility of tailoring the Mn{sup 3+}-Mn{sup 4+} and Dy{sup 3+}-Mn{sup 4+} interactions independently, and thus reversing the ferroelectric polarization.

  12. A multiferroic on the brink: Uncovering the nuances of strain-induced transitions in BiFeO3

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    Sando, D.; Xu, Bin; Bellaiche, L.; Nagarajan, V.

    2016-03-01

    Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) is one of the very few known single-phase multiferroic materials. While the bulk compound is rhombohedral (R), the discovery of an epitaxial strain-induced structural transition into a so-called "super tetragonal phase" (T-phase) in this material incited a flurry of research activity focused on gaining an understanding of this phase transition and its possible functionalities. This metastable phase of BiFeO3 is also multiferroic, with giant ferroelectric polarization and coexisting antiferromagnetic order, but above all it is the strain relaxation-induced phase mixtures and their outstanding piezoelectric and magnetoelectric responses which continue to intrigue and motivate the physicist and materials scientist communities. Here, we review the research into the T-phase and mixed-phase BiFeO3 system. We begin with a brief summary of the history of the T-phase and an analysis of the structure of the various phases reported in the literature. We then address important questions regarding the symmetry and octahedral rotation patterns and the (as yet underexplored) important role of chemistry in the formation of the metastable T-phase. We follow by describing the phase transitions in this material, and how these may hold promise for large magnetoelectric responses. Finally, we point out some experimental challenges inherent to the study of such a system, and potential pathways for how they may be overcome. It is our intention with this work to highlight important issues that, in our opinion, should be carefully considered by the community in order to use this fascinating materials system for a new paradigm of functionality.

  13. A comparative investigation on structure and multiferroic properties of bismuth ferrite thin films by multielement co-doping

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    Dong, Guohua; Tan, Guoqiang Luo, Yangyang; Liu, Wenlong; Xia, Ao; Ren, Huijun

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Multielement (Tb, Cr and Mn) co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} films were fabricated by CSD method. • Multielement co-doping induces a structural transition. • It is found effective to stabilize the valence of Fe ions at +3 by the strategy. • The co-doping at A/B-sites gives rise to the superior multiferroic properties. - Abstract: (Tb, Cr and Mn) multielement co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} (BTFCMO) thin films were prepared by the chemical solution deposition method on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates. X-ray diffraction, Rietveld refinement and Raman analyses revealed that a phase transition from rhombohedral to triclinic structure occurs in the multielement co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} films. It is found that the doping is conducive to stabilizing the valence of Fe ions and reducing leakage current. In addition, the highly enhanced ferroelectric properties with a huge remanent polarization (2P{sub r}) of 239.6 μC/cm{sup 2} and a low coercive field (2E{sub c}) of 615.6 kV/cm are ascribed to the well film texture, the structure transition and the reduced leakage current by the co-doping. Moreover, the structure transition is the dominant factor resulting in the significant enhancement observed in magnetization (M{sub s} ∼ 10.5 emu/cm{sup 3}), owing to the collapse of the space-modulated spin structure. In this contribution, these results demonstrate that the multielement co-doping is in favor of the enhanced multiferroic properties of the BFO films for possible multifunctional applications.

  14. 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 of Fe but also the short-range antiferromagnetic order of Dy.

  15. Anisotropy in the magnetic and multiferroic properties of LuFe2O4-δ single crystals with varying oxygen stoichiometry

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    Balakrishnan, G.; McKinnon, R. A.; Lees, M. R.

    2012-02-01

    LuFe2O4 is a multiferroic, where the origin of the ferroelectricity is attributed to electron correlations and directly linked to the charge ordering of Fe^2+ and Fe^3+ in the lattice. The multiferroic properties of this system are known to be sensitive to the oxygen stoichiometry. Large single crystals of LuFe2O4-δ with varying oxygen stoichiometry have been produced by the floating zone technique. Detailed magnetic susceptibility, dielectric constant and polarization measurements have been carried out along specific crystallographic axes of the single crystals over a wide temperature range to study the anisotropic properties. The effect of altering the Fe^2+/ Fe^3+ stochiometry on the physical properties of LuFe2O4-d is discussed.

  16. Interfacial charge-mediated non-volatile magnetoelectric coupling in Co₀.₃Fe₀.₇/Ba₀.₆Sr₀.₄TiO₃/Nb:SrTiO₃ multiferroic heterostructures.

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    Zhou, Ziyao; Howe, Brandon M; Liu, Ming; Nan, Tianxiang; Chen, Xing; Mahalingam, Krishnamurthy; Sun, Nian X; Brown, Gail J

    2015-01-13

    The central challenge in realizing non-volatile, E-field manipulation of magnetism lies in finding an energy efficient means to switch between the distinct magnetic states in a stable and reversible manner. In this work, we demonstrate using electrical polarization-induced charge screening to change the ground state of magnetic ordering in order to non-volatilely tune magnetic properties in ultra-thin Co₀.₃Fe₀.₇/Ba₀.₆Sr₀.₄TiO₃/Nb:SrTiO₃ (001) multiferroic heterostructures. A robust, voltage-induced, non-volatile manipulation of out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy up to 40 Oe is demonstrated and confirmed by ferromagnetic resonance measurements. This discovery provides a framework for realizing charge-sensitive order parameter tuning in ultra-thin multiferroic heterostructures, demonstrating great potential for delivering compact, lightweight, reconfigurable, and energy-efficient electronic devices.

  17. Giant electric field control of magnetism and narrow ferromagnetic resonance linewidth in FeCoSiB/Si/SiO2/PMN-PT multiferroic heterostructures

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    Gao, Y.; Wang, X.; Xie, L.; Hu, Z.; Lin, H.; Zhou, Z.; Nan, T.; Yang, X.; Howe, B. M.; Jones, J. G.; Brown, G. J.; Sun, N. X.

    2016-06-01

    It has been challenging to achieve combined strong magnetoelectric coupling and narrow ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) linewidth in multiferroic heterostructures. Electric field induced large effective field of 175 Oe and narrow FMR linewidth of 40 Oe were observed in FeCoSiB/Si/SiO2/PMN-PT heterostructures with substrate clamping effect minimized through removing the Si substrate. As a comparison, FeCoSiB/PMN-PT heterostructures with FeCoSiB film directly deposited on PMN-PT showed a comparable voltage induced effective magnetic field but a significantly larger FMR linewidth of 283 Oe. These multiferroic heterostructures exhibiting combined giant magnetoelectric coupling and narrow ferromagnetic resonance linewidth offer great opportunities for integrated voltage tunable RF magnetic devices.

  18. Sample-size resonance, ferromagnetic resonance and magneto-permittivity resonance in multiferroic nano-BiFeO3/paraffin composites at room temperature

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    Wang, Lei; Li, Zhenyu; Jiang, Jia; An, Taiyu; Qin, Hongwei; Hu, Jifan

    2017-01-01

    In the present work, we demonstrate that ferromagnetic resonance and magneto-permittivity resonance can be observed in appropriate microwave frequencies at room temperature for multiferroic nano-BiFeO3/paraffin composite sample with an appropriate sample-thickness (such as 2 mm). Ferromagnetic resonance originates from the room-temperature weak ferromagnetism of nano-BiFeO3. The observed magneto-permittivity resonance in multiferroic nano-BiFeO3 is connected with the dynamic magnetoelectric coupling through Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) magnetoelectric interaction or the combination of magnetostriction and piezoelectric effects. In addition, we experimentally observed the resonance of negative imaginary permeability for nano BiFeO3/paraffin toroidal samples with longer sample thicknesses D=3.7 and 4.9 mm. Such resonance of negative imaginary permeability belongs to sample-size resonance.

  19. Electrical conduction mechanism and improved multiferroic properties of NFO/ (Pb0.50Sr0.50) TiO3 bilayer nanostructure composite thin film

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    Bala, Kanchan; Ram, Mast; Sharma, Hakikat; Negi, N. S.

    2016-05-01

    Multiferroic 2-2 type layered NFO/ (Pb0.50Sr0.50) TiO3 composite thin film on Pt/TiO2/Si substrate was prepared by novel metallo-Organic process using spin coating technique. The structural and surface morphology were confirmed by X-Ray diffraction (XRD) atomic force microscope (AFM). Significantly improved ferroelectric properties (Ps ˜ 8.69, Pr ˜ 3.19 µC/cm2 and Ec ˜ 419kV/cm) and magnetic properties (Ms), (Mr) and (Hc) is (104emu/cc, 0.8emu/cc and 25Oe.) were observed at room temperature. Our observation provides an effective way to manipulate the conduction behavior to understand the leakage current density of multiferroic composites film at the interface. Poole-Frankel tunneling conduction mechanism dominates the leakage current of films in the relatively high electric filed.

  20. 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 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.