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  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

    2015-05-26

    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. Magneto-electric Coupling in Domain Engineered Multiferroic Thin Film Heterostructures

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    2014-11-09

    crystallographic orientations, (001)pc, (110)pc and (111)pc, of epitaxial monodomain BiFeO3 films in the vertical capacitor structure of Pt...SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: Epitaxial BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films have potential for designing novel magneto-electric devices if their unrivaled room...Aug-2013 Approved for Public Release; Distribution Unlimited Final Report: Magneto-electric Coupling in Domain Engineered Multiferroic Thin Film

  4. 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.

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

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    Mantovan, R., E-mail: roberto.mantovan@mdm.imm.cnr.it; Vangelista, S.; Wiemer, C.; Lamperti, A.; Tallarida, G. [Laboratorio MDM IMM-CNR, I-20864 Agrate Brianza (MB) (Italy); Chikoidze, E.; Dumont, Y. [GEMaC, Université de Versailles St. Quentin en Yvelines-CNRS, Versailles (France); Fanciulli, M. [Laboratorio MDM IMM-CNR, I-20864 Agrate Brianza (MB) (Italy); Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali, Università di Milano Bicocca, Milano (Italy)

    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.

  6. 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.

    2014-05-01

    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 Er2O3 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 ErFeO3 and ErFe2O4 phases develop following subsequent thermal annealing processes at 850 °C in air and N2. 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.

  7. Sputter deposited Terfenol-D thin films for multiferroic applications

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    K. P. Mohanchandra

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we study the sputter deposition and crystallization process to produce high quality Terfenol-D thin film (100 nm with surface roughness below 1.5 nm. The Terfenol-D thin film was produced using DC magnetron sputtering technique with various sputtering parameters and two different crystallization methods, i.e. substrate heating and post-annealing. Several characterization techniques including WDS, XRD, TEM, AFM, SQUID and MOKE were used to determine the physical and magnetic properties of the Terfenol-D films. TEM studies reveal that the film deposited on the heated substrate has large grains grown along the film thickness producing undesirable surface roughness while the film crystallized by post-annealing method shows uniformly distributed small grains producing a smooth surface. The Terfenol-D film was also deposited onto (011 cut PMN-PT single crystal substrate. With the application of an electric field the film exhibited a 1553 Oe change in coercivity with an estimated saturation magnetostriction of λs = 910 x 10−6.

  8. Sputter deposited Terfenol-D thin films for multiferroic applications

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    Mohanchandra, K. P.; Prikhodko, S. V.; Wetzlar, K. P.; Sun, W. Y.; Nordeen, P.; Carman, G. P.

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, we study the sputter deposition and crystallization process to produce high quality Terfenol-D thin film (100 nm) with surface roughness below 1.5 nm. The Terfenol-D thin film was produced using DC magnetron sputtering technique with various sputtering parameters and two different crystallization methods, i.e. substrate heating and post-annealing. Several characterization techniques including WDS, XRD, TEM, AFM, SQUID and MOKE were used to determine the physical and magnetic properties of the Terfenol-D films. TEM studies reveal that the film deposited on the heated substrate has large grains grown along the film thickness producing undesirable surface roughness while the film crystallized by post-annealing method shows uniformly distributed small grains producing a smooth surface. The Terfenol-D film was also deposited onto (011) cut PMN-PT single crystal substrate. With the application of an electric field the film exhibited a 1553 Oe change in coercivity with an estimated saturation magnetostriction of λs = 910 x 10-6.

  9. Structural control of magnetic anisotropy in a strain-driven multiferroic EuTiO3 thin film

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    Ke, X.; Birol, T.; Misra, R.; Lee, J.-H.; Kirby, B. J.; Schlom, D. G.; Fennie, C. J.; Freeland, J. W.

    2013-09-01

    Octahedral distortion plays a key role in engineering the physical properties of heterostructures composed of perovskite oxides. We observe a strong in-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy in a strain-enabled multiferroic EuTiO3 thin film epitaxially grown on a (110)o DyScO3 substrate. First-principles calculations show that the magnetic anisotropy is closely correlated with the uniaxial TiO6 octahedral tilting and the ferroelectric polarization of the film, indicating potential strong magnetoelectric coupling in the strain-engineered multiferroic system.

  10. Polarization-tuned diode behaviour in multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films

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    Yao, Yingbang

    2012-12-28

    Asymmetric rectifying I-V behaviour of multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films grown on transparent ITO-coated glass was quantitatively studied as a function of ferroelectric polarization. Different polarized states were established by unipolar or bipolar poling with various applied electric fields. The effects of polarization relaxation and fatigue on the currents were also investigated. We found that the conduction currents and the associated rectifications were controlled by the amplitude and direction of the polarization. We clearly observed the linear dependence of the current on the polarization. It is suggested that the space-charge-limited conduction and the charge injection at the Schottky interface between the film and the electrodes dominate the current. The electrically controlled rectifying behaviour observed in this study may be useful in nonvolatile resistance memory devices or tunable diodes. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  11. Multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} thin films: Structural and magnetic characterization

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    Ali, Z. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science (Girls Branch), Al-Azhar University, Cairo (Egypt); Atta, A. [National Center for Radiation Research and Technology (NCRRT), Nasr City, Cairo (Egypt); Abbas, Y. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismailia (Egypt); Sedeek, K.; Adam, A.; Abdeltwab, E. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science (Girls Branch), Al-Azhar University, Cairo (Egypt)

    2015-02-27

    BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) film has been deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate by a simple sol–gel spin-coating technique. The crystal phase composition, surface morphology, topography and magnetization measurements of the BFO thin film were investigated using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), scanning electronic microscope (SEM), atomic force microscope and vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. GIXRD analysis revealed that the film was fully crystallized and no impure phase was observed. Cross-section SEM results indicated that compact and homogeneous BFO thin film was deposited on ITO with a thickness of about 180 nm. Moreover, most of A and E-symmetry normal modes of R3c BFO were assigned by Raman spectroscopy. We report here that the pure phase BFO film shows ferromagnetism at room temperature with remarkably high saturation magnetization of 63 kA m{sup −1}. Our results are discussed mainly in correlation with the condition of processing technique and destruction of the spiral spin cycloid at interface layers and grain boundaries. - Highlights: • Multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) thin film was prepared by sol–gel spin-coating method. • BFO film w asdeposited on indium tin oxide substrate with a thickness of 180 nm. • The film exhibits pure rhombohedral perovskite structure. • High saturation magnetization was recorded for our film at room temperature.

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

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    Shah, Jyoti, E-mail: shah.jyoti1@gmail.com; Kotnala, Ravinder K., E-mail: rkkotnala@nplindia.org, E-mail: rkkotnala@gmail.com [Multiferroic and Magnetics Laboratory, CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India)

    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.

  13. Theoretical study of the multiferroic properties in M-doped (M=Co, Cr, Mg) ZnO thin films

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    Bahoosh, S.G. [Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany); Apostolov, A.T. [University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Faculty of Hydrotechnics, Department of Physics, 1, Hristo Smirnenski Blvd., 1046 Sofia (Bulgaria); Apostolova, I.N. [University of Forestry, Faculty of Forest Industry, 10, Kl. Ohridsky Blvd., 1756 Sofia (Bulgaria); Trimper, S. [Institute of Physics, Martin-Luther-University, D-06099 Halle (Germany); Wesselinowa, Julia M. [University of Sofia, Department of Physics, Blvd. J. Bouchier 5, 1164 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2015-01-01

    The origin of multiferroism is still an open problem in ZnO. We propose a microscopic model to clarify the occurrence of multiferroism in this material. Using Green's function technique we study the influence of ion doping and size effects on the magnetization and polarization of ZnO thin films. The calculations for magnetic Co- and Cr-ions are based on the s–d model, the transverse Ising model in terms of pseudo-spins and a biquadratic magnetoelectric coupling, whereas in case of nonmagnetic Mg-ions the model takes into account the Coulomb interaction and an indirect coupling between the pseudo-spins via the conduction electrons. We show that the magnetization M exhibits a maximum for a fixed concentration of the doping ions. Furthermore M increases with decreasing film thickness N. The polarization increases with increasing concentration of the dopant and decreasing N. The results are in good agreement with the experimental data. - Highlights: • The paper analyzes the multiferroic properties of doped ZnO thin films by a microscopic model. • The magnetization exhibits a maximum at a fixed doping concentration. • The polarization increases with growing dopant concentration. • The ferroelectric transition temperature is enhanced for increasing dopant concentration.

  14. 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).

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

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

    2015-02-04

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

  16. Ultrafast carrier dynamics and radiative recombination in multiferroic BiFeO3 single crystals and thin films

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    Taylor A. J.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available We report a detailed comparison of ultrafast carrier dynamics in single crystals and thin films of multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO. Using degenerate femtosecond optical pump-probe spectroscopy, we find that the observed dynamics are qualitatively similar in both samples. After photoexcitation, electrons relax to the conduction band minimum through electron-phonon coupling, with subsequent carrier relaxation proceeding via various recombination pathways that extend to a nanosecond timescale. Subtle differences observed in our measurements indicate that BFO films have a higher band gap than single crystals. Overall, our results demonstrate that carrier relaxation in BFO is analogous to that in bulk semiconductors.

  17. Ferroelectric size effects in multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films

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    Chu, Y.-H.; Zhao, T.; Cruz, M.P.; Zhan, Q.; Yang, P.L.; Martin, L.W.; Huijben, M.; Yang, C.H.; Zavaliche, F.; Zheng, H.; Ramesh, R.

    2007-01-01

    Ferroelectric size effects in multiferroic BiFeO3 have been studied using a host of complementary measurements. The structure of such epitaxial films has been investigated using atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction. The crystal structure of the films has b

  18. 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.

  19. Magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic heterostructure of rf-sputtered Ni-Mn-Ga thin film on PMN-PT

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    Teferi, M.Y., E-mail: mandefero2002@yahoo.com [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Amaral, V.S.; Lounrenco, A.C.; Das, S. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Amaral, J.S. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); IFIMUP-IN and Departamento de Fisica e Astronomia da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade do Porto, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Karpinsky, D.V. [CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Departamento de Engenharia Ceramica e do Vidro, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Soares, N. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Sobolev, N.A. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); I3N, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Kholkin, A.L. [CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Departamento de Engenharia Ceramica e do Vidro, Universidade de Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Tavares, P.B. [Centro de Quimica, Universidade de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, 5001-801 Vila Real (Portugal)

    2012-06-15

    In this paper, we report a preparation of multiferroic heterostructure from thin film of Ni-Mn-Ga (NMG) alloy and lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) with effective magnetoelectric (ME) coupling between the film as ferromagnetic material and PMN-PT as piezoelectric material. The heterostructure was prepared by relatively low temperature (400 Degree-Sign C) deposition of the film on single crystal of piezoelectric PMN-PT substrate using rf magnetron co-sputtering of Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 50} and Ni{sub 50}Ga{sub 50} targets. Magnetic measurements by Superconducting Quantum Interference Design (SQIUD) Magnetometer and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) on the film revealed that the film is in ferromagnetically ordered martensitic state at room temperature with saturation magnetization of {approx}240 emu/cm{sup 3} and Curie temperature of {approx}337 K. Piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) measurement done at room temperature on the substrate showed the presence of expected hysteresis loop confirming the stability of the piezoelectric state of the substrate after deposition. Room temperature ME voltage coefficient ({alpha}{sub ME}) of the heterostructure was measured as a function of applied bias dc magnetic field in Longitudinal-Transverse (L-T) ME coupling mode by lock-in technique. A maximum ME coefficient {alpha}{sub ME} of 3.02 mV/cm Oe was measured for multiferroic NMG/PMN-PT heterostructure which demonstrates that there is ME coupling between the film as ferromagnetic material and PMN-PT as piezoelectric material. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Multiferroic NMG/PMN-PT heterostructure prepared by depositing NMG alloy thin film on PMN-PT substrate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The film is in ferromagnetically ordered martensite state at room temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The substrate maintains its piezoelectric state after deposition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The heterostructure exhibits ME effect with maximum of {alpha}{sub ME

  20. 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, E-mail: tan3114@163.com; 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.

  1. Controlling magnetism with multiferroics

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    Ying-Hao Chu

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Multiferroics, materials combining multiple order parameters, offer an exciting way of coupling phenomena such as electronic and magnetic order. Using epitaxial growth and heteroepitaxy, researchers have grown high-quality thin films and heterostructures of the multiferroic BiFeO3. The ferroelectric and antiferromagnetic domain structure and coupling between these two order parameters in BiFeO3 is now being studied. We describe the evolution of our understanding of the connection between structure, properties, and new functionalities (including electrical control of magnetism using BiFeO3 as a model system.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Switching of both local ferroelectric and magnetic domains in multiferroic Bi0.9La0.1FeO3 thin film by mechanical force

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    Jia, Tingting; Kimura, Hideo; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Zhao, Hongyang

    2016-08-01

    Cross-coupling of ordering parameters in multiferroic materials by multiple external stimuli other than electric field and magnetic field is highly desirable from both practical application and fundamental study points of view. Recently, mechanical force has attracted great attention in switching of ferroic ordering parameters via electro-elastic coupling in ferroelectric materials. In this work, mechanical force induced both polarization and magnetization switching were visualized in a polycrystalline multiferroic Bi0.9La0.1FeO3 thin film using a scanning probe microscopy system. The piezoresponse force microscopy and magnetic force microscopy responses suggest that both the ferroelectric domains and the magnetic domains in Bi0.9La0.1FeO3 film could be switched by mechanical force as well as by electric field. High tip stress applied on our thin film is demonstrated as able to induce ferroelastic switching and thus induce both ferroelectric dipole and magnetic spin flipping, as a consequence of electro-elastic coupling and magneto-electric coupling. The demonstration of mechanical force control of both the ferroelectric and the magnetic domains at room temperature provides a new freedom for manipulation of multiferroics and could result in devices with novel functionalities.

  5. Room-temperature magneto-dielectric response in multiferroic ZnFe2O4/PMN-PT bilayer thin films

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    Garg, T.; Kulkarni, A. R.; Venkataramani, N.

    2016-08-01

    The magneto-dielectric response in multiferroic ZnFe2O4/PMN-PT bilayer thin films prepared on a glass substrate using RF magnetron sputtering has been investigated in this work. PMN-PT thin films (i.e. PMN-PT/LCMO/Pt/Ti/glass) deposited on glass were used as a substrate for deposition of ZnFe2O4 thin films. ZnFe2O4 thin films were annealed ex situ at different temperatures. Structural, magnetic, ferroelectric, dielectric and magneto-dielectric studies were carried out on these multiferroic bilayer thin films. Structural studies revealed the presence of each layer in its respective single phase. Magnetic and ferroelectric studies revealed the ferromagnetic and ferroelectric behaviors of these bilayers. To quantify the magnetoelectric coupling, the dielectric constant of the bilayer was measured at room temperature as a function of frequency with and without the applied magnetic field. The magneto-dielectric response MD(%) was calculated by finding the relative change in dielectric constant at 1 kHz as a percentage. The observed MD response was correlated with magnetization of the ferrite layer. An MD response of 2.60% was found for a bilayer film annealed at 350 °C. At this particular annealing temperature, the ZnFe2O4 layer also has the highest saturation magnetization of 1900 G.

  6. 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.

  7. Pr and Gd co-doped bismuth ferrite thin films with enhanced multiferroic properties

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    Chang Chun Chen; Zi Xuan Liu; Gui Wang; Yi Lin Yan

    2014-12-01

    Pr and Gd co-modified Bi0.95−PrGd0.05FeO3 ( = 0.00, 0.05, 0.10) (BPGFO) thin films on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrates were prepared by a sol-gel together with spin coating technique. A detailed study of electrical and magnetic properties of these thin films is reported. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that, with an increase in Pr content, the crystal structures of BPGFO thin films retain rhombohedral (R3c) symmetry accompanied by structure distortion. Polarization-electric field hysteresis loops of these thin films demonstrate that the incorporation of Pr and Gd into the Bi site of BiFeO3 thin film could enhance the ferroelectric performance. Compared to other thin films, the optimal ferroelectric behaviours in Bi0.85Pr0.1Gd0.05FeO3 thin film are ascribed to its large dielectric constant, low dissipation factor and low leakage current density. Room temperature magnetization-magnetic field curves of these thin films indicate that all the samples are of paramagnetic behaviours and the enhanced saturation magnetic properties can be found.

  8. Multiferroic YCrO3 thin films grown on glass substrate: Resistive switching characteristics

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    Seo, Jeongdae; Ahn, Yoonho; Son, Jong Yeog

    2016-01-01

    Polycrystalline YCrO3 thin films were deposited on (111) Pt/Ta/glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The YCrO3 thin films exhibited good ferroelectric properties with remnant polarization of about 5 µC/cm2. Large leakage current was observed by I- V curve and ferroelectric hysteresis loop. The YCrO3 resistive random access memory (RRAM) capacitor showed unipolar switching behaviors with SET and RESET voltages higher than those of general NiO RRAM capacitors. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  9. Low temperature magnetic imaging of strained multiferroic EuTiO3 thin films

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    Geng, Yanan; Wu, Weida; Freeland, J. W.; Ryan, P.; Kim, J. W.; Ke, X.; Schiffer, P.; Lee, J. H.; Schlom, D. G.; Fennie, C. J.

    2010-03-01

    It has been predicted that the competition between paraelectric antiferromagnetic state and ferroelectric ferromagnetic state in perovskite EuTiO3 can be tuned by epitaxial strain.footnotetextC.J. Fennie and K.M. Rabe, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 267602 (2006). Tensile-strained EuTiO3 thin films grown on DyScO3 (110) substrate by molecular-beam epitaxy are confirmed to be ferromagnetic at low temperature by magnetometry and magneto-capacitance. Here we present magnetic imaging of EuTiO3/DyScO3 thin film using low temperature magnetic force microscopy (LT-MFM). Temperature dependence of MFM contrast confirms the ferromagnetic ground state. The magnetic field dependence of MFM images will be discussed in conjunction with magnetometry and magneto-capacitance measurements.

  10. Magnetic Interactions in Strained Multiferroic EuTiO3 Thin Films

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    Freeland, J. W.; Ke, X.; Lee, J. H.; Ryan, P.; Kim, J. W.; Fennie, C. J.; Schiffer, P.; Schlom, D. G.

    2010-03-01

    Bulk EuTiO3 possesses a paraelectric and antiferromagnetic ground but it has been predicted that under tensile strain the system would show spontaneous ferromagnetic and ferroelectric order[1]. Here we present a study of the magnetic interactions in thin films of EuTiO3 grown on SrTiO3(001) and DyScO3(110) substrates by reactive molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE). Using magnetometry, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, and magneto-capacitance, there clear evidence of ferromagnetic order under tensile strain while the unstrained films are anti-ferromagnetic. These results will be discussed in the context of the predicted behavior. 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] C.J. Fennie and K.M. Rabe, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 267602 (2006)].

  11. Influence of substrate and Ca substitution on multiferroic BiMnO3 thin films

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    K S Pugazhvadivu; L Balakrishnan; K Tamilarasan

    2015-08-01

    BiMnO3 (BMO) and Ca (10 at%) substituted BiMnO3 (BCMO) thin films are grown on n-type Si (100) and Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si (100) substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. The structural, elemental, morphological, magnetic, dielectric and ferroelectric properties of the films are investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX), atomic force microscope (AFM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), dielectric and ferroelectric measurements, respectively. The XRD pattern shows that the films acquire monoclinic structure with C2 space group. The elemental composition and surface roughness of the films are also measured by EDAX and AFM analysis, respectively. The VSM results exhibit that all the films possess room temperature ferromagnetism and the BCMO film deposited on the Si substrate has better magnetic properties (rem = 1.8 × 10−3 emu cm−3) than the other films. The dielectric measurement also reveals that the BCMO film has the highest value of dielectric constant (497) with less dielectric loss (0.3). Similarly, the ferroelectric measurement implies that all the films possess room temperature ferroelectricity.

  12. Analysis of multiferroic properties in BiMnO{sub 3} thin films

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    Grizalez, M [Universidad de la Amazonia, Florencia (Colombia); Mendoza, G A [Department of Physics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota (Colombia); Prieto, P, E-mail: pprieto@calima.univalle.edu.c [Center of Excellence on Novel Materials - CENM (Colombia)

    2009-05-01

    Textured BiMnO{sub 3} [111] thin films on SrTiO{sub 3} (100) and Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} substrates were grown via r.f. magnetron sputtering (13.56 MHz). The XRD spectra confirmed a monoclinic structure and high-quality textured films for the BiMnO{sub 3} films. The films grown on SrTiO{sub 3} (100) showed higher crystalline quality than those developed on Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}. Through optimized oxygen pressure of 5x10{sup -2} mbar during the r.f. sputtering deposition, the crystalline orientation of the BiMnO{sub 3} film was improved with respect to the previously reported value of 2x10{sup -1} mbar. The values of spontaneous polarization (P{sub s}), remnant polarization (P{sub r}), and coercive field (F{sub c}) from ferroelectric hysteresis loops (P-E) at different temperatures were also obtained. Samples with higher crystalline order revealed better dielectric properties (high P{sub s} and P{sub r} values and a low F{sub c}). For films on both types of substrates, the ferroelectric behavior was found to persist up to 400K. Measurements at higher temperatures were difficult to obtain given the increased conductivity of the films. Magnetic hysteresis loops from 5K to 120K were obtained for BiMnO{sub 3} films grown on SrTiO{sub 3} and Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} substrates. The results suggested that the coexistence of the magnetic and electric phases persists up to 120K.

  13. Charge defects and highly enhanced multiferroic properties in Mn and Cu co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} thin films

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    Dong, Guohua; Tan, Guoqiang, E-mail: tan3114@163.com; Luo, Yangyang; Liu, Wenlong; Xia, Ao; Ren, Huijun

    2014-06-01

    Pure BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) and Mn, Cu co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} (BFMCO) thin films were deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by a chemical solution deposition method. Detailed investigations were made on the effects of Mn and Cu co-doping on the crystal structure, the defect chemistry, multiferroic properties of the BFO thin films. With the co-doping of Mn and Cu, a structural transition from the rhombohedral (R3c:H) to the biphasic structure (R3c:H + P1) is confirmed by XRD, Rietveld refinement and Raman analysis. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis shows that the coexistence of Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 3+} ions in the co-doping films are demonstrated. Meanwhile, the way of the co-doping at B-sits is conducive to suppress Fe valence state of volatility and to decrease oxygen vacancies and leakage current. It's worth noting that the co-doping can induce the superior ferroelectric properties (a huge remanent polarization, 2P{sub r} ∼ 220 μC/cm{sup 2} and a relatively low coercive field, 2E{sub c} ∼ 614 kV/cm). The introduction of Mn{sup 2+} and Cu{sup 2+} ions optimizes the magnetic properties of BFO thin films by the biphasic structure and the destruction of spin cycloid.

  14. Room temperature magnetoelectric coupling in BaTi{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} multiferroic thin films

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    Sundararaj, Anuraj; Chandrasekaran, Gopalakrishnan, E-mail: hod.nano@ktr.srmuniv.ac.in; Therese, Helen Annal [Nanotechnology Research Center, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603203, Tamilnadu (India); Annamalai, Karthigeyan [Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603203, Tamilnadu (India)

    2016-01-14

    We report on room temperature (RT) magnetoelectric coupling in tetragonal BaTi{sub 1−x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} thin film multiferroics (BTCO) sputter deposited on (100) SrTiO{sub 3} (where x = 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, and 0.03). As-deposited thin films are vacuum annealed by electron beam rapid thermal annealing technique. 50 nm thick BTCO with “x = 0.01” shows RT ferromagnetic and ferroelectric response with saturation magnetic moment of 1120 emu/cc and polarization of 14.7 microcoulomb/cm{sup 2}. Piezoresponse/magnetic force microscope images shows RT magnetoelectric coupling in BTCO with “x = 0.01,” which is confirmed using magnetocapacitance measurement where an increase in capacitance from 17.5 pF to 18.4 pF is observed with an applied magnetic field.

  15. All-thin-film PZT/FeGa Multiferroic Cantilevers and Their Applications in Switching Devices and Parametric Amplification

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    Wang, Yi; Onuta, Tiberiu-Dan; Long, Chris; Lofland, Samuel; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2014-03-01

    We are investigating the characteristics of microfabricated PZT/FeGa multiferroic cantilevers. The cantilevers can be driven by AC or DC magnetic and electric field, and the device response can be read off as a piezo-induced voltage. We can use the multiple input parameters to operate the devices in a variety of manners for different applications. They include electromagnetic energy harvesting, pulse triggered nonlinear memory devices, and parametrically amplified ME sensors. Due to the competition of anisotropy and Zeeman energies, the mechanical resonant frequency of the cantilevers was found to follow a hysteresis behavior with DC bias magnetic field applied in the cantilever easy axis. We can also control and tune the occurrence of nonlinear bifurcation in the frequency spectrum. The resulting hysteresis in the frequency spectrum can be used to make switching devices, where the input can be DC electric and magnetic fields, as well as pulses of AC fields. We have also demonstrated parametric pumping of the response from an AC magnetic field using frequency-doubled AC electric field. The enhanced equivalent ME coefficient is as high as 10 million V/(cm*Oe), when the pumping voltage is very close to a threshold voltage. The quality factor also increases from 2000 to 80000 with pumping.

  16. Translation domains in multiferroics

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    Meier, D; Leo, N; Jungk, T.; Soergel, E.; Becker, P.; Bohaty, L.; Fiebig, M.

    2010-01-01

    Translation domains differing in the phase but not in the orientation of the corresponding order parameter are resolved in two types of multiferroics. Hexagonal (h-) YMnO$_3$ is a split-order-parameter multiferroic in which commensurate ferroelectric translation domains are resolved by piezoresponse force microscopy whereas MnWO$_4$ is a joint-order-parameter multiferroic in which incommensurate magnetic translation domains are observed by optical second harmonic generation. The pronounced ma...

  17. 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.

  18. Growth, structure, surface topography and magnetic properties of GdMnO3 multiferroic epitaxial thin films

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    Mukovskii Ya.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Epitaxial GdMnO3 thin films were grown in various regimes on (001 NdGaO3 and (001 SrTiO3 substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. X-ray analysis revealed that the films grown at a substrate temperature of 650-900 °C are single phase (GdMnO3 with orthorhombic Pbnm structure. Films grown on NdGaO3 substrates at lower temperature (750 °C reveal two orientations, i.e. GdMnO3(001||NdGaO3(001 and GdMnO3(110||NdGaO3(001. These results are confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. Films grown on SrTiO3 substrates have two orientations, i.e. GdMnO3(001||SrTiO3(001 and GdMnO3(110||SrTiO3(001, in the whole temperature range in which the phase exists. Using atomic force microscopy the correlation between the topography of the films and their crystallographic structure was studied. The magnetic properties of the films differ from those of bulk samples and revealed spin-glass behavior.

  19. Magnetic and structural characteristics of multiferroic Fe3O4/(Bi3.25Nd0.65Eu0.10)Ti3O12 composite thin films deposited by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Kobune, Masafumi; Furotani, Ryosuke; Fujita, Satoshi; Kikuchi, Kazuki; Kikuchi, Takeyuki; Fujisawa, Hironori; Shimizu, Masaru; Fukumuro, Naoki

    2016-10-01

    Ferromagnetic magnetite (Fe3O4) thin films for magnetoelectric multiferroic applications were deposited on (200) (Bi3.25Nd0.65Eu0.10)Ti3O12 (BNEuT)/(101) Nb:TiO2 substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) using an iron(III) tris(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedionato) precursor as the iron source. The BNEuT film utilized as a ferroelectric template material was in the form of freestanding nanoplates with narrow spaces between them. The effects of deposition conditions such as the deposition time and substrate temperature on the magnetic and structural characteristics of the Fe3O4/BNEuT composite films were investigated. All the films consisted of mostly single-phase Fe3O4 with a cubic inverse-spinel structure. When deposition was carried out at temperatures of 400-420 °C, the filling rates of particles introduced into the narrow spaces between the BNEuT nanoplates exhibited high values of 76-89% including the amorphous phase. This suggested that the deposition in this temperature range made progress according to the growth mechanism of MOCVD in the surface reaction rate determining state. Room-temperature magnetic moment-magnetic field curves for Fe3O4 thin films deposited at 400-500 °C for 60 min exhibited narrow rectangular hysteresis loops, indicating typical soft magnetic characteristics.

  20. Effect of annealing temperature on multiferroic properties of Bi0.85Nd0.15FeO3 thin films prepared by sol-gel method

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    GOTO; Takashi

    2010-01-01

    Bi0.85Nd0.15FeO3 films were prepared on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate by a sol-gel method,and annealed at different temperatures.The effect of annealing temperature on the crystal structure,dielectric,ferroelectric,and ferromagnetic properties was investigated.When the Bi0.85Nd0.15FeO3 films were annealed at 490-600°C,the single phase was obtained.Bi0.85Nd0.15FeO3 film annealed at 600°C showed good multiferroic properties with εr of 145 (at 1 MHz),Ms of 44.8 emu/cm3,and 2Pr of 16.6 μC/cm2.

  1. 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.

  2. Advances in Multiferroic Nanomaterials Assembled with Clusters

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    Shifeng Zhao

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available As an entirely new perspective of multifunctional materials, multiferroics have attracted a great deal of attention. With the rapidly developing micro- and nano-electro-mechanical system (MEMS&NEMS, the new kinds of micro- and nanodevices and functionalities aroused extensive research activity in the area of multiferroics. As an ideal building block to assemble the nanostructure, cluster exhibits particular physical properties related to the cluster size at nanoscale, which is efficient in controlling the multiferroic properties for nanomaterials. This review focuses on our recent advances in multiferroic nanomaterials assembled with clusters. In particular, the single phase multiferroic films and compound heterostructured multiferroic films assembled with clusters were introduced detailedly. This technique presents a new and efficient method to produce the nanostructured multiferroic materials for their potential application in NEMS devices.

  3. Voltage control of the magnetic coercive field: Multiferroic coupling or artifact?

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    Vopsaroiu, M.; Cain, M. G.; Woolliams, P. D.; Weaver, P. M.; Stewart, M.; Wright, C. D.; Tran, Y.

    2011-03-01

    The ability to dynamically tune the coercive field of magnetic thin films is a powerful tool for applications, including in magnetic recording disk technologies. Recently, a number of papers have reported the electrical voltage control of the coercive field of various magnetic thin films in multiferroic composites. Theoretically, this is possible in magneto-electric (ME) multiferroics due to the piezoferroelectric component that can be electrically activated to dynamically modify the properties of the magnetic component of the composite via a direct or strain mediated ME coupling. In this paper we fabricated and examined such structures and we determined that the magnetic coercive field reduction is most likely due to a heating effect. We concluded that this effect is probably an artifact that cannot be attributed to a multiferroic coupling.

  4. Tuning the atomic and domain structure of epitaxial films of multiferroic BiFeO3

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    Daumont, C. J. M.; Farokhipoor, S.; Ferri, A.; Wojdel, J. C.; Iniguez, Jorge; Kooi, B. J.; Noheda, Beatriz; Wojdeł, J.C.

    2010-01-01

    Recent works have shown that the domain walls of room-temperature multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films can display distinct and promising functionalities. It is thus important to understand the mechanisms underlying domain formation in these films. High-resolution x-ray diffraction and piezoforce mi

  5. 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.

  6. 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 realiz...

  7. 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.

  8. Voltage control of magnetism in multiferroic heterostructures

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    Liu, Ming; Sun, Nian X.

    2014-01-01

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

  9. 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. Bismuth centred magnetic perovskite: A projected multiferroic

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    Kundu, Asish K., E-mail: asish.k@gmail.com [Discipline of Physics, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Dumna Airport Road, Jabalpur 482005 (India); Seikh, Md. Motin [Department of Chemistry, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal 731235 (India); Nautiyal, Pranjal [Discipline of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Dumna Airport Road, Jabalpur 482005 (India)

    2015-03-15

    In recent time substantial attention has been initiated to understand the physics behind multiferroism and to design new multiferroic materials. BiMnO{sub 3} and BiFeO{sub 3} are the well-studied Bi-centred multiferroic oxides. BiMnO{sub 3} is a ferromagnetic–ferroelectric (metastable) phase and require drastic conditions to synthesize. However, lanthanum substituted BiMnO{sub 3} phases stabilized at ambient pressure. It is thus of major importance to increase the number of ferromagnetic perovskites with Bi cations that could be designed under ambient conditions. In this article, we have presented an up to date report of investigations on Bi-centred magnetic perovskites, a prospective material for multiferroic application. Central focus is concentrated on La{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} perovskite with various substitutions at different levels. A few of these perovskites are found to be of practical importance e.g. La{sub 0.5}Bi{sub 0.5}Mn{sub 0.67}Co{sub 0.33}O{sub 3} with high dielectric permittivity coupled with ferromagnetism. A comprehensive analysis of different physical functionalities and their interrelation for a wide range of compositions of these Bi-centred perovskites is presented. It has been found that the complex magnetic behaviour originates from mixed valence metal ions. The ferroelectricity is associated with the 6s{sup 2} lone pair of Bi{sup 3+} cations. The magnetic ground state influences the dielectric properties reflecting the multiferroism in a single material. - Highlights: • Multiferroics have attracted increasing attention due to their possible device applications. • Bismuth centred magnetic perovskite is one kind of such promising multiferroic materials. • Ferromagnetic Bi-perovskites, which are synthesized at ambient conditions, have been discussed.

  11. Bismuth centred magnetic perovskite: A projected multiferroic

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    Kundu, Asish K.; Seikh, Md. Motin; Nautiyal, Pranjal

    2015-03-01

    In recent time substantial attention has been initiated to understand the physics behind multiferroism and to design new multiferroic materials. BiMnO3 and BiFeO3 are the well-studied Bi-centred multiferroic oxides. BiMnO3 is a ferromagnetic-ferroelectric (metastable) phase and require drastic conditions to synthesize. However, lanthanum substituted BiMnO3 phases stabilized at ambient pressure. It is thus of major importance to increase the number of ferromagnetic perovskites with Bi cations that could be designed under ambient conditions. In this article, we have presented an up to date report of investigations on Bi-centred magnetic perovskites, a prospective material for multiferroic application. Central focus is concentrated on La0.5Bi0.5MnO3 perovskite with various substitutions at different levels. A few of these perovskites are found to be of practical importance e.g. La0.5Bi0.5Mn0.67Co0.33O3 with high dielectric permittivity coupled with ferromagnetism. A comprehensive analysis of different physical functionalities and their interrelation for a wide range of compositions of these Bi-centred perovskites is presented. It has been found that the complex magnetic behaviour originates from mixed valence metal ions. The ferroelectricity is associated with the 6s2 lone pair of Bi3+ cations. The magnetic ground state influences the dielectric properties reflecting the multiferroism in a single material.

  12. Probing the evolution of antiferromagnetism in multiferroics

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

    2010-06-09

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

  13. 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.

  14. Nanoscale ferroelectrics and multiferroics key processes and characterization issues, and nanoscale effects

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    Alguero, Miguel

    2016-01-01

    This book reviews the key issues in processing and characterization of nanoscale ferroelectrics and multiferroics, and provides a comprehensive description of their properties, with an emphasis in differentiating size effects of extrinsic ones like boundary or interface effects. Recently described nanoscale novel phenomena are also addressed. Organized into three parts it addresses key issues in processing (nanostructuring), characterization (of the nanostructured materials) and nanoscale effects. Taking full advantage of the synergies between nanoscale ferroelectrics and multiferroics, it covers materials nanostructured at all levels, from ceramic technologies like ferroelectric nanopowders, bulk nanostructured ceramics and thick films, and magnetoelectric nanocomposites, to thin films, either polycrystalline layer heterostructures or epitaxial systems, and to nanoscale free standing objects with specific geometries, such as nanowires and tubes at different levels of development. The book is developed from t...

  15. Preparation and Characterization of Multiferroic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/PMN-PT Composite Thin Films%多铁性La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/PMN-PT复合薄膜的制备及表征

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    苟喜成; 冯明; 刘鑫鑫; 李海波

    2012-01-01

    Multiferroic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/PMN-PT(LSMO/PMN-PT) Composite films were prepared on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate via sol-gel spin-coating method.The structure,surface topography,ferroelectric and magnetic properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD),atomic force microscope(AFM),ferroelectric tester and vibrating sample magnetometer(VSM).The results show that all the XRD peaks corresponding to LSMO and PMN-PT compositional phases,and there exists no chemical reaction or phase diffusion between the LSMO and PMN-PT phases after annealing at 750 ℃.AFM investigation shows that the films have a smooth surface with densely packed uniform grains.The composite thin films exhibit evident ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties.%采用溶胶-凝胶法在Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si基片上制备了La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/PMN-PT(LSMO/PMN-PT)复合薄膜,利用X射线衍射(XRD)、原子力显微镜(AFM)、铁电性能综合测试仪、振动样品磁强计(VSM)对样品的结构、表面形貌以及铁电性能、磁性进行了分析.结果表明,LSMO/PMN–PT复合薄膜750℃退火处理后,所有X射线衍射峰均为样品特征峰,无扩散现象,没有新相生成;薄膜表面平整、致密、颗粒分布均匀;复合薄膜表现出了明显的铁电和铁磁性能.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Spin-Hall magnetoresistance and spin Seebeck effect in spin-spiral and paramagnetic phases of multiferroic CoCr2O4 films

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    Aqeel, A.; Vlietstra, N.; Heuver, J. A.; Bauer, G. E. W.; Noheda, B.; van Wees, B. J.; Palstra, T. T. M.

    2015-01-01

    We report on the spin-Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) and spin Seebeck effect (SSE) in multiferroic CoCr2O4 (CCO) spinel thin films with Pt contacts. We observe a large enhancement of both signals below the spin-spiral (T-s = 28 K) and the spin lock-in (Tlock-in = 14 K) transitions. The SMR and SSE res

  19. Spin-Hall magnetoresistance and spin Seebeck effect in spin-spiral and paramagnetic phases of multiferroic CoCr2O4 films

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    Aqeel, A.; Vlietstra, N.; Heuver, J.A.; Bauer, G.E.W.; Noheda, B.; Van Wees, B.J.; Palstra, T.T.M.

    2015-01-01

    We report on the spin-Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) and spin Seebeck effect (SSE) in multiferroic CoCr2O4 (CCO) spinel thin films with Pt contacts. We observe a large enhancement of both signals below the spin-spiral (Ts=28K) and the spin lock-in (Tlock−in=14K) transitions. The SMR and SSE responses

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

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    Gilioli, Edmondo; Ehm, Lars

    2014-11-01

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

  1. High pressure and multiferroics materials: a happy marriage

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    Edmondo Gilioli

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  4. Fabrication and properties of multiferroic nanocomposite films

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    Al-Nassar, Mohammed Y.

    2015-01-01

    A new type of multiferroic polymer nanocomposite is presented, which exhibits excellent ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity simultaneously at room temperature. The multiferroic nanocomposite consists of a ferroelectric copolymer poly(vinylindene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) [P(VDF-TrFE)] and high aspect ratio ferromagnetic nickel (Ni) nanowires (NWs), which were grown inside anodic aluminum oxide membranes. The fabrication of nanocomposite films with Ni NWs embedded in P(VDF-TrFE) has been successfully carried out via a simple low-temperature spin-coating technique. Structural, ferromagnetic, and ferroelectric properties of the developed nanocomposite have been investigated. The remanent and saturation polarization as well as the coercive field of the ferroelectric phase are slightly affected by the incorporation of the NWs as well as the thickness of the films. While the former two decrease, the last increases by adding the NWs or increasing the thickness. The ferromagnetic properties of the nanocomposite films are found to be isotropic.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. New design strategy for realizing multiferroic materials

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

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

  8. 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.

    2009-01-01

    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

  9. Studies on structural, electrical and optical properties of multiferroic (Ag, Ni and In) codoped Bi{sub 0.9}Nd{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} thin films

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    Xue, Xu, E-mail: xuexu9@163.com; Tan, Guoqiang, E-mail: tan3114@163.com; Dong, Guohua; Liu, Wenlong; Ren, Huijun

    2014-02-15

    Effects of rare earth Nd and (Ag, Ni and In) ions codoping on the structural, electrical, optical, ferroelectric and magnetic properties of the BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) thin films prepared on FTO/glass substrates by using a sol–gel method were investigated. From X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering analyses, distorted rhombohedral perovskite structures were observed for all the films. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis was carried out to investigate the chemical states and lattice deficiencies of the films. Both charge states 3+ and 2+ of Fe ions are simultaneously present in all the films but 2+ state appears to be dominant. The leakage mechanisms of the films were systematically investigated by two kinds of bulk-limited conductions (space-charge-limited conduction and Poole–Frenkel emission) and two kinds of interface-limited conductions (Schottky emission and Fowler–Nordheim tunneling). The optical measurement showed that all the films have a conspicuous absorption in the blue and green light region with the band gap values around 2.7 eV. The present work reveals that the non-magnetically active Ag and In ions are more helpful than the magnetically active Ni ion in enhancing the macroscopic magnetization of BFO by the introduction of a local ferromagnetic coupling rather than an antiferromagnetic one.

  10. 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.

  11. Reliable switching in MRAM and multiferroic logic

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    Munira, Kamaram; Bandyopadhyay, Supriyo; Atulasimha, Jayasimha; Chen, Eugene; Ghosh, Avik W.

    2012-02-01

    Low reliable writing in spintronic devices limits their applicability in the automotive and defense industries. Coupling stochastic macromagnetic simulator with quantum transport, we show how greater reliable switching can be achieved in MRAM and multiferroic logic. Using a combination of spin-transfer torque and small applied perpendicular field in MRAM, the error rate can be considerably reduced for a given voltage pulse. In multiferroic logic, strain plays the role of the magnetic field. Information is passed along an array of nanomagnets (NM) (magnetostrictive + piezoelectric layers) through dipole coupling with neighboring NMs. A low voltage applied to the piezoelectric element causes the NM's magnetization to switch to its hard axis. Upon releasing the stress, the magnetization of the NM relaxes to the easy axis, with its final orientation determined by the dipolar coupling with the left NM, thus achieving a low power Bennett clocked computation. In the face of stagnation points along the potential energy landscape, the success rate of the straintronic switching can be controlled with by how fast the stress is removed from the NM. (Funding: DARPA, GRANDIS, NSF-NEB).

  12. 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.

  13. Landau model for the multiferroic delafossite antiferromagnets

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    Ribeiro, J. L.; Perez-Mato, J. M.; Vieira, L. G.

    2016-10-01

    A symmetry based framework is used to describe the complex phase diagrams observed in the multiferroic delafossite compounds. A free energy Landau functional is derived from the analysis of the transformation properties of the most general incommensurate magnetic spin order parameter. A principle of maximal symmetry is invoked and the stability of each of the different higher symmetry phases considered. The competition between different potential ground states is analysed within the scope of a simplified model, which emphasizes the role of the symmetry allowed phase dependent biquadratic couplings. The cross-over between the different competing states is also discussed. The results show that the diverse set of phase diagrams that are experimentally observed in this class of triangular lattice antiferromagnets and, in particular, the stabilization of magnetically induced ferroelectric states, can be well interpreted and described within this integrated phenomenological approximation.

  14. Spin dynamics in driven composite multiferroics

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    Wang, Zidong, E-mail: Zidong.Wang@auckland.ac.nz; Grimson, Malcolm J. [Department of Physics, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1010 (New Zealand)

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Structure-Dependent Mechanical Properties of ALD-Grown Nanocrystalline BiFeO3 Multiferroics

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    Anna Majtyka

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The present paper pertains to mechanical properties and structure of nanocrystalline multiferroic BeFiO3 (BFO thin films, grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD on the Si/SiO2/Pt substrate. The usage of sharp-tip-nanoindentation and multiple techniques of structure examination, namely, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry, enabled us to detect changes in elastic properties (95 GPa≤E≤118 GPa and hardness (4.50 GPa≤H≤7.96 GPa of BFO after stages of annealing and observe their relation to the material’s structural evolution. Our experiments point towards an increase in structural homogeneity of the samples annealed for a longer time. To our best knowledge, the present report constitutes the first disclosure of nanoindentation mechanical characteristics of ALD-fabricated BeFiO3, providing a new insight into the phenomena that accompany structure formation and development of nanocrystalline multiferroics. We believe that our systematic characterization of the BFO layers carried out at consecutive stages of their deposition provides pertinent information which is needed to control and optimize its ALD fabrication.

  18. Exploring Electric Polarization Mechanisms in Multiferroic Oxides

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    Tyson, Trevor A. [New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ (United States)

    2017-01-24

    Multiferroic oxides are a class of systems which exhibit coupling between the electrical polarization and the magnetization. These materials show promise to lead to devices in which ferromagnetic memory can be written with magnetic fields or magnetic bits can be written by an electric field. The work conducted in our research focuses on single phase materials. We studied the detailed coupling of the spin and lattice correlations in these systems. In the first phase of the proposal, we explored the complex spin spiral systems and low temperature behavior of hexagonal layered REMnO3 (RE= rare earth, Y and Sc) system following the detailed structural changes which occurred on crossing into the magnetic states. The techniques were applied to other layered materials such as superconductors and thermoelectric where the same layered motif exists. The second phase of the proposal focused on understanding the mechanisms involved in the onset high temperature ferroelectricity ion hexagonal REMnO3 and at low temperature in E-Type magnetic ordered perovskite REMnO3. We wsynthesized preovskite small A site multiferroics by high pressure and high temperature methods. Detailed measurement of the structural properties and dynamics were conducted over a range of length scales from atomic to mesoscopic scale using, x-ray absorption spectroscopy, x-ray diffuse scattering, x-ray and neutron pair distribution analysis and high resolution x-ray diffraction. Changes in vibration modes which occur with the onset of polarization were probed with temperature and pressure dependent infrared absorption spectroscopy. In addition the orthorhombic system (small radius RE ions) which is believed to exhibit electronically driven ferroelectricity and is also not understood was examined. The multiple length scale synchrotron based measurements may assist in developing more detailed models of these materials and possibly lead to device applications. The experimental

  19. Landau model for the multiferroic delafossite antiferromagnets

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    Ribeiro, J.L, E-mail: jlr@fisica.uminho.pt [Centro de Física da Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Perez-Mato, J.M [Dpto. de Física de la Materia Condensada, Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnología, Universidad del País Vasco, Apartado 644, 48080 Bilbao (Spain); Vieira, L.G [Centro de Física da Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal)

    2016-10-15

    A symmetry based framework is used to describe the complex phase diagrams observed in the multiferroic delafossite compounds. A free energy Landau functional is derived from the analysis of the transformation properties of the most general incommensurate magnetic spin order parameter. A principle of maximal symmetry is invoked and the stability of each of the different higher symmetry phases considered. The competition between different potential ground states is analysed within the scope of a simplified model, which emphasizes the role of the symmetry allowed phase dependent biquadratic couplings. The cross-over between the different competing states is also discussed. The results show that the diverse set of phase diagrams that are experimentally observed in this class of triangular lattice antiferromagnets and, in particular, the stabilization of magnetically induced ferroelectric states, can be well interpreted and described within this integrated phenomenological approximation. - Highlights: • Symmetry considerations are used to analyze the phase diagrams of the compounds. • The competition between possible ground states is discussed. • The field induced transitions between competing states are described.

  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. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Growth of flat SrRuO3 (111) thin films suitable as bottom electrodes in heterostructures

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    Rubi, D.; Vlooswijk, A. H. G.; Noheda, Beatriz

    2009-01-01

    Thin film growth of ferroelectric or multiferroic materials on SrTiO3(111) with a buffer electrode has been hampered by the difficulty of growing flat electrodes on this polar orientation. We report on the growth and characterization of SrRuO3 thin films deposited by Pulsed laser deposition on SrTiO

  6. Challenges and opportunities for multi-functional oxide thin films for voltage tunable radio frequency/microwave components

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    Subramanyam, Guru, E-mail: gsubramanyam1@udayton.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio 45469 (United States); Cole, M. W., E-mail: melanie.w.cole.civ@mail.mil [U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland 21005 (United States); Sun, Nian X. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 (United States); Kalkur, Thottam S. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918 (United States); Sbrockey, Nick M.; Tompa, Gary S. [Structured Materials Industries, Inc., Piscataway, New Jersey 08854 (United States); Guo, Xiaomei [Boston Applied Technologies, Inc., Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 (United States); Chen, Chonglin [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas 78249 (United States); Alpay, S. P.; Rossetti, G. A. [Institute of Materials Science and Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269 (United States); Dayal, Kaushik [Mechanics, Materials and Computing, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 (United States); Chen, Long-Qing [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (United States); Schlom, Darrell G. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States)

    2013-11-21

    There has been significant progress on the fundamental science and technological applications of complex oxides and multiferroics. Among complex oxide thin films, barium strontium titanate (BST) has become the material of choice for room-temperature-based voltage-tunable dielectric thin films, due to its large dielectric tunability and low microwave loss at room temperature. BST thin film varactor technology based reconfigurable radio frequency (RF)/microwave components have been demonstrated with the potential to lower the size, weight, and power needs of a future generation of communication and radar systems. Low-power multiferroic devices have also been recently demonstrated. Strong magneto-electric coupling has also been demonstrated in different multiferroic heterostructures, which show giant voltage control of the ferromagnetic resonance frequency of more than two octaves. This manuscript reviews recent advances in the processing, and application development for the complex oxides and multiferroics, with the focus on voltage tunable RF/microwave components. The over-arching goal of this review is to provide a synopsis of the current state-of the-art of complex oxide and multiferroic thin film materials and devices, identify technical issues and technical challenges that need to be overcome for successful insertion of the technology for both military and commercial applications, and provide mitigation strategies to address these technical challenges.

  7. Challenges and opportunities for multi-functional oxide thin films for voltage tunable radio frequency/microwave components

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    Subramanyam, Guru; Cole, M. W.; Sun, Nian X.; Kalkur, Thottam S.; Sbrockey, Nick M.; Tompa, Gary S.; Guo, Xiaomei; Chen, Chonglin; Alpay, S. P.; Rossetti, G. A.; Dayal, Kaushik; Chen, Long-Qing; Schlom, Darrell G.

    2013-11-01

    There has been significant progress on the fundamental science and technological applications of complex oxides and multiferroics. Among complex oxide thin films, barium strontium titanate (BST) has become the material of choice for room-temperature-based voltage-tunable dielectric thin films, due to its large dielectric tunability and low microwave loss at room temperature. BST thin film varactor technology based reconfigurable radio frequency (RF)/microwave components have been demonstrated with the potential to lower the size, weight, and power needs of a future generation of communication and radar systems. Low-power multiferroic devices have also been recently demonstrated. Strong magneto-electric coupling has also been demonstrated in different multiferroic heterostructures, which show giant voltage control of the ferromagnetic resonance frequency of more than two octaves. This manuscript reviews recent advances in the processing, and application development for the complex oxides and multiferroics, with the focus on voltage tunable RF/microwave components. The over-arching goal of this review is to provide a synopsis of the current state-of the-art of complex oxide and multiferroic thin film materials and devices, identify technical issues and technical challenges that need to be overcome for successful insertion of the technology for both military and commercial applications, and provide mitigation strategies to address these technical challenges.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Induced motion of domain walls in multiferroics with quadratic interaction

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    Gerasimchuk, Victor S., E-mail: viktor.gera@gmail.com [National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Peremohy Avenue 37, 03056 Kiev (Ukraine); Shitov, Anatoliy A., E-mail: shitov@mail.ru [Donbass National Academy of Civil Engineering, Derzhavina Street 2, 86123 Makeevka, Donetsk Region (Ukraine)

    2013-10-15

    We theoretically study the dynamics of 180-degree domain wall of the ab-type in magnetic materials with quadratic magnetoelectric interaction in external alternating magnetic and electric fields. The features of the oscillatory and translational motions of the domain walls and stripe structures depending on the parameters of external fields and characteristics of the multiferroics are discussed. The possibility of the domain walls drift in a purely electric field is established. - Highlights: • We study DW and stripe DS in multiferroics with quadratic magnetoelectric interaction. • We build up the theory of oscillatory and translational (drift) DW and DS motion. • DW motion can be caused by crossed alternating electric and magnetic fields. • DW motion can be caused by alternating “pure” electric field. • DW drift velocity is formed by the AFM and Dzyaloshinskii interaction terms.

  12. Magnetoelectroelastic fields in rotating multiferroic composite cylindrical structures

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    Ji YING; Hui-ming WANG

    2009-01-01

    An analytical solution is obtained for a rotating multiferroic composite hollow cylinder made of radially polarized piezoelectric and piezomagnetic materials. Both the number of layers and the stacking sequence of the composite cylinder can be arbitrary. General mechanical, electric and magnetic boundary conditions can be applied at both the inner and outer cylindrical surfaces. The state space method is employed so that only a 2×2 matrix is involved in the whole solving procedure. In the nu-merical experiments, the distributions of elastic, electric as well as magnetic fields in an internally pressurized rotating BaTiO3/CoFe204 composite hollow cylinder subjected to different boundary conditions are presented graphically. The results clearly show that the stress fields in a multiferroic composite cylinder are controllable.

  13. Effets photo-induits dans les multiferroïques

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    Paillard, Charles

    2016-01-01

    The need for clean and renewable energy, as well as constantly improved numerical performances have been two of the most important driving forces in research worldwide. In this light, multiferroic materials, which are materials presenting several ferroic order, have been widely investigated towards their application in electronics and computation, or as sensors. Recently, they have been also considered for their potential use to generate energy through the photovoltaic effect. However, power ...

  14. Nanoscale structural modulation and enhanced room-temperature multiferroic properties.

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    Sun, Shujie; Huang, Yan; Wang, Guopeng; Wang, Jianlin; Fu, Zhengping; Peng, Ranran; Knize, Randy J; Lu, Yalin

    2014-11-21

    Availability of a single-phase multiferroic material functional at room temperature poses a big challenge, although it is very important to both fundamental physics and application development. Recently, layered Aurivillius oxide materials, one of the most promising candidates, have attracted considerable interest. In this work, we investigated the nanoscale structural evolution of the six-layer Bi7Fe(3-x)Co(x)Ti3O21 when substituting excessive Co. Nanoscale structural modulation (NSM) occurred at the boundaries when changing the material gradually from the originally designed six-layer nanoscale architecture down to five and then four, when increasing the Co content, inducing a previously unidentified analogous morphotropic transformation (AMT) effect. The AMT's net contribution to the enhanced intrinsic multiferroic properties at room temperature was confirmed by quantifying and deducting the contribution from the existing impurity phase using derivative thermo-magneto-gravimetry measurements (DTMG). Significantly, this new AMT effect may be caused by a possible coupling contribution from co-existing NSM phases, indicating a potential method for realizing multiferroic materials that function at room temperature.

  15. Magnetostrictive thin films for microwave spintronics.

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    Parkes, D E; Shelford, L R; Wadley, P; Holý, V; Wang, M; Hindmarch, A T; van der Laan, G; Campion, R P; Edmonds, K W; Cavill, S A; Rushforth, A W

    2013-01-01

    Multiferroic composite materials, consisting of coupled ferromagnetic and piezoelectric phases, are of great importance in the drive towards creating faster, smaller and more energy efficient devices for information and communications technologies. Such devices require thin ferromagnetic films with large magnetostriction and narrow microwave resonance linewidths. Both properties are often degraded, compared to bulk materials, due to structural imperfections and interface effects in the thin films. We report the development of epitaxial thin films of Galfenol (Fe81Ga19) with magnetostriction as large as the best reported values for bulk material. This allows the magnetic anisotropy and microwave resonant frequency to be tuned by voltage-induced strain, with a larger magnetoelectric response and a narrower linewidth than any previously reported Galfenol thin films. The combination of these properties make epitaxial thin films excellent candidates for developing tunable devices for magnetic information storage, processing and microwave communications.

  16. Strain-coupled multiferroic model system of magnetic films on piezoelectric PMN-PT(001)

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    Herklotz, Andreas; Rata, Diana; Boldyreva, Ksenia; Bilani-Zeneli, Orkidia; Dekker, Martina Cornelia; Schultz, Ludwig; Doerr, Kathrin [IFW Dresden (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    In many multiferroic composites the interrelation of magnetic and polar electric properties originates from joined elastic strain of the components. A straightforward model system for quantitative investigations of strain-modulated magnetic properties comprises of magnetic films epitaxially grown on high-strain piezoelectric single crystals. In this work, we report on structural, ferroelectric and elastic properties of Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN-PT) (001) single crystals utilized as thin film substrates for dynamical strain control of up to 0.25% in complex oxide films. A tunable buffer layer system of solid solutions of perovskite-type LaScO{sub 3} and LaAlO{sub 3} has been developed that serves to adjust the in-plane parameter of buffered PMN-PT in a range of several percent. Thus, various as-grown strain states of a given magnetic film can be prepared and studied under reversible strain. First examples for La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}BO{sub 3} (B=Co or Mn) films under both statically and dynamically varied biaxial strain will be discussed.

  17. A neutron diffraction study of RMn2O5 multiferroics

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    Radaelli, P. G.; Chapon, L. C.

    2008-10-01

    The magnetic properties of RMn2O5 multiferroics as obtained by unpolarized and polarized neutron diffraction experiments are reviewed. We discuss the qualitative features of the magnetic phase diagram in both zero magnetic field and in field and analyze the commensurate magnetic structure and its coupling to an applied electric field. The origin of ferroelectricity is discussed based on calculations of the ferroelectric polarization predicted by different microscopic coupling mechanisms (exchange-striction and cycloidal spin-orbit models). A minimal model containing a small set of parameters is also presented in order to understand the propagation of the magnetic structure along the c-direction.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Spin lattice coupling in multiferroic hexagonal YMnO3

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    Sylvain Petit; Stéphane Pailhès; Xavier Fabrèges; Martine Hennion; Fernande Moussa; Loreynne Pinsard; Louis-Pierre Regnault; Alexander Ivanov

    2008-10-01

    Aiming to shed light on the possible existence of hybrid phonon—magnon excitations in multiferroic manganites, neutron scattering measurements have been un-dertaken at LLB and ILL on the particular case of hexagonal YMnO3. Our experiments focused on a transverse acoustic phonon mode polarized along the ferroelectric axis. The neutron data show that below the magnetic transition, this particular phonon mode splits in two different branches. The upper branch is found to coincide with a spin wave mode. This manifestation of a strong spin-lattice coupling is discussed in terms of a possible hybridization between the two types of elementary excitations, the phonon and magnons.

  1. Study of local correlations of magnetic and multiferroic compounds

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    Alves, E J

    We propose to study magnetic and multiferroic strongly correlated electron materials using radioactive nuclear probe techniques, at ISOLDE . Following the strategy of a previous project, IS390, our aim is to provide local and element selective information on some of the mechanisms that rule structural, charge and orbital correlations, electronic and magnetic interactions and the coupling of the associated degrees of freedom. The main technique used is Perturbed Angular Correlations (PAC), which allows combined magnetic and electric hyperfine studies. This study is complemented by the use of conventional characterisation techniques, and the investigation of relevant macroscopic properties.

  2. Monte Carlo simulation of charge mediated magnetoelectricity in multiferroic bilayers

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    Ortiz-Álvarez, H.H. [Universidad de Caldas, Manizales (Colombia); Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Manizales, Caldas (Colombia); Bedoya-Hincapié, C.M. [Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Manizales, Caldas (Colombia); Universidad Santo Tomás, Bogotá (Colombia); Restrepo-Parra, E., E-mail: erestrepopa@unal.edu.co [Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Manizales, Manizales, Caldas (Colombia)

    2014-12-01

    Simulations of a bilayer ferroelectric/ferromagnetic multiferroic system were carried out, based on the Monte Carlo method and Metropolis dynamics. A generic model was implemented with a Janssen-like Hamiltonian, taking into account magnetoelectric interactions due to charge accumulation at the interface. Two different magnetic exchange constants were considered for accumulation and depletion states. Several screening lengths were also included. Simulations exhibit considerable magnetoelectric effects not only at low temperature, but also at temperature near to the transition point of the ferromagnetic layer. The results match experimental observations for this kind of structure and mechanism.

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

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    Cong, Jun-Zhuang; Shen, Shi-Peng; Chai, Yi-Sheng; Yan, Li-Qin; Shang, Da-Shan; Wang, Shou-Guo; Sun, Young, E-mail: youngsun@iphy.ac.cn [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2015-05-07

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

  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. One-way electromagnetic waveguide using multiferroic Fibonacci superlattices

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

    2015-12-01

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

  6. Multiferroic and magnetoelectric materials – Developments and perspectives

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    Shvartsman V. V.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Multiferroic (MF materials with simultaneous magnetic and electric long range order and occasionally, mutual magnetoelectric (ME coupling, have recently attracted considerable interest. The small linear ME effect has been shown to control spintronic devices very efficiently, e.g. via the classic ME antiferromagnet Cr2O3 using exchange bias. Similar nano-engineering concepts exist also for type-I MF single phase materials, whose magnetic and polar orders have distinct origins like BiFeO3. Strong ME coupling occurs in type-II multiferroics, where ferroelectricity is due to spiral spin order as in TbMnO3. Record high ME response coming close to applicability arises in stress-strain coupled multiphase magnetoelectrics such as PZT/FeBSiC composites. Higher order ME response in disordered systems (“type-III multiferroics” extends the conventional MF scenario toward ME quantum paraelectric and multiglass materials with polarization-induced control of magnetic exchange, as e.g. in EuTiO3, Sr0.98Mn0.02TiO3, and PbFe0.5Nb0.5O3.

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

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    Spaldin, Nicola

    2010-03-01

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

  8. 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.

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

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    A. T. Chen

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Electrical manipulation of magnetism has been a long sought-after goal to realize energy-efficient spintronics. During the past decade, multiferroic materials combining (antiferromagnetic 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.

  10. Piezoelectric control of magnetoelectric coupling driven non-volatile memory switching and self cooling effects in FE/FSMA multiferroic heterostructures

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    Singh, Kirandeep; Kaur, Davinder

    2017-02-01

    The manipulation of magnetic states and materials' spin degree-of-freedom via a control of an electric (E-) field has been recently pursued to develop magnetoelectric (ME) coupling-driven electronic data storage devices with high read/write endurance, fast dynamic response, and low energy dissipation. One major hurdle for this approach is to develop reliable materials which should be compatible with prevailing silicon (Si)-based complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology, simultaneously allowing small voltage for the tuning of magnetization switching. In this regard, multiferroic heterostructures where ferromagnetic (FM) and ferroelectric (FE) layers are alternatively grown on conventional Si substrates are promising as the piezoelectric control of magnetization switching is anticipated to be possible by an E-field. In this work, we study the ferromagnetic shape memory alloys based PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3/Ni50Mn35In15 (PZT/Ni-Mn-In) multiferroic heterostructures, and investigate their potential for CMOS compatible non-volatile magnetic data storage applications. We demonstrate the voltage-impulse controlled nonvolatile, reversible, and bistable magnetization switching at room temperature in Si-integrated PZT/Ni-Mn-In thin film multiferroic heterostructures. We also thoroughly unveil the various intriguing features in these materials, such as E-field tuned ME coupling and magnetocaloric effect, shape memory induced ferroelectric modulation, improved fatigue endurance as well as Refrigeration Capacity (RC). This comprehensive study suggests that these novel materials have a great potential for the development of unconventional nanoscale memory and refrigeration devices with self-cooling effect and enhanced refrigeration efficiency, thus providing a new venue for their applications.

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

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    Hwang, Jungmin

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

  12. Co/Co3O4/PZT多铁复合薄膜的交换偏置效应及其磁电耦合特性∗%Exchange bias effect and magneto electric coupling behaviors in multiferroic Co/Co3O4/PZT composite thin films

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    李永超; 周航; 潘丹峰; 张浩; 万建国

    2015-01-01

    The multiferroic Co/Co3O4/PZT composite films are prepared on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si wafers by sol-gel process combined with pulsed laser deposition method. The phase structures, microstructural topographies and element valence states of the composite films are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS). The ferroelectric, electrical and magnetic properties as well as the magnetoelectric coupling behaviors are measured, and the exchange bias effect and its influence on the magnetoelectric coupling behavior of the composite film are studied systematically. The results show the composite films have well-defined ferroelectric hysteresis loops with a remanent polarization value of ∼17 µC/cm2. The composite film exhibits evidently an exchange bias effect. Typically, a exchange bias field of ∼80 Oe is observed at 77 K. Both the exchange bias field and magnetic coercive field increase with reducing the temperature. The exchange bias field increases to 160 Oe when the temperature decreases to 10 K. The XPS results confirm that an about 5 nm-thick CoO layer appears at the Co/Co3O4 interface due to the oxygen diffusion during the preparation, indicating that the exchange bias effect at 77 K is caused by the pinning effect of the antiferromagnetic CoO layer while the exchange bias effect at 10 K originates from the combining effect of antiferromagnetic CoO and Co3O4 layers. The measurement results of magnetocapacitance versus magnetic field curves at different temperatures show that the composite films have remarkable magnetoelectric coupling properties. The response of capacitance to temperature changes with the variation of external magnetic field. Further investigations show that the composite film possesses distinct anisotropic magnetocapacitance effect. When the direction of the magnetic field changes, the magnetocapacitance of the composite film changes from positive value to negative value. Moreover

  13. Engineering multiferroism in CaMnO3.

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    Bhattacharjee, Satadeep; Bousquet, Eric; Ghosez, Philippe

    2009-03-20

    Structural instabilities of CaMnO3 are investigated from first principles. We point out that, on top of a strong antiferrodistortive instability responsible for its orthorhombic ground state, the cubic perovskite structure of CaMnO3 also exhibits a weak ferroelectric instability. Although ferroelectricity is suppressed by antiferrodistortive motions, we show that it can be favored using strain or chemical engineering in order to make CaMnO3 multiferroic. We finally highlight that the ferroelectric instability of CaMnO3 is Mn-dominated. This illustrates that, contrary to common belief, ferroelectricity and magnetism are not necessarily exclusive but can be driven by the same cation.

  14. Status and Perspectives of Multiferroic Magnetoelectric Composite Materials and Applications

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    Haribabu Palneedi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Multiferroic magnetoelectric (ME composites are attractive materials for various electrically and magnetically cross-coupled devices. Many studies have been conducted on fundamental understanding, fabrication processes, and applications of ME composite material systems in the last four decades which has brought the technology closer to realization in practical devices. In this article, we present a review of ME composite materials and some notable potential applications based upon their properties. A brief summary is presented on the parameters that influence the performance of ME composites, their coupling structures, fabrications processes, characterization techniques, and perspectives on direct (magnetic to electric and converse (electric to magnetic ME devices. Overall, the research on ME composite systems has brought us closer to their deployment.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of multilayered BaTiO3/NiFe2O4 thin films

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    Branimir Bajac

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Presented research was focused on the fabrication of multiferroic thin film structures, composed of ferrielectric barium titanate perovskite phase and magnetostrictive nickel ferrite spinel phase. The applicability of different, solution based, deposition techniques (film growth from solution, dip coating and spin coating for thefabrication of multilayered BaTiO3 /NiFe2O4 thin films was investigated. It was shown that only spin coating produces films of desired nanostructure, thickness and smooth and crackfree surfaces.

  16. Etude des propriétés photoélectriques et magnétiques des parois de domaines multiferroïques dans BiFeO3

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    Blouzon, Camille

    2016-01-01

    Among all multiferroics, BiFeO3 is a material of choice because its two ordering temperatures are well above 300K. It is a ferroelectric antiferromagnet, and magnetoelectric coupling has been demonstrated in bulk and in thin films. Remarkably, BiFeO3 has the largest polarization of all known ferroelectrics (100µC/cm²). A huge research effort is carried out worldwide to understand and exploit the physical properties of this material which requires to design and tailor BiFeO3 on many scales. In...

  17. 探索基于人工超晶格LaFeO3-YMnO3和自然超晶格n-LaFeO3-Bi4Ti3O12薄膜多铁性∗%Exploring multiferroic materials based on artificial sup erlattice LaFeO3-YMnO3 and natural sup erlattice n-LaFeO3-Bi4Ti3O12 thin films

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    陈延彬; 张帆; 张伦勇; 周健; 张善涛; 陈延峰

    2015-01-01

    Combining ferroelectric with antiferromagentic materials in nanometer scale is an effective method for exploring multiferroic materials. We present two kinds of systems to show the possibility of multiferroic properties in such nanome-ter composites. One is the artificial superlattice LaFeO3-YMnO3, and the other is the natural layered Aurivillius material Bi4Ti3O12 doped with different layers of LaFeO3, BiFeO3. Both materials were synthesized by pulsed laser deposition method on SrTiO3 substrates. Microstructural charterizations with XRD, TEM, and EELS in scanning transmission electron microscopy mode substantiate that the samples have atomically sharp interfaces between neighboring layers;this is important for producing possible magneto-electric coupling in multiferroic materials. Magnetic characterization proves that these materials have ferrimagnetic properties, in spite of their anti-ferromagnetic nature before coupling. Magnetic characterization also proves that there is 0.55—0.9 µB remanant magnetization generated at LaFeO3-YMnO3 interface. And the 0.5 and 1.5LaFeO3-Bi4Ti3O12 samples show ferrimagnetism which can remain even up to room temperature. Ferroelectric tests prove that there is a large leakage current in LaFeO3-YMnO3 superlattice and BiFeO3-inserted Bi4Ti3O12, but 0.5LaFeO3-Bi4Ti3O12 shows ferroelectric hysteresis loops. It can be therefore concluded that 0.5LaFeO3-Bi4Ti3O12 is a multiferroic material. If more perovskite layers (3-layer SrTiO3 or 2.5-layer LaFeO3) are inserted, the Aurivillius structure of Bi4Ti3O12 may appear structural instability that can be observed in our HRTEM measurement. Our first principles calculations show that the degeneracy of formation enthalpies is the reason why the intergrowth in these materials forms and their structures are not stable. Our work may provide some examples for exploring new multiferroics by means of nano-meter composite.%基于纳米尺寸下复合铁电材料和反铁磁性材料是一个探索

  18. Tuning magnetoelectric coupling using porosity in multiferroic nanocomposites of ALD-grown Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 and templated mesoporous CoFe2O4

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    Chien, Diana; Buditama, Abraham N.; Schelhas, Laura T.; Kang, Hye Yeon; Robbennolt, Shauna; Chang, Jane P.; Tolbert, Sarah H.

    2016-09-01

    In this manuscript, we examine ways to create multiferroic composites with controlled nanoscale architecture. We accomplished this by uniformly depositing piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) into templated mesoporous, magnetostrictive cobalt ferrite (CFO) thin films to form nanocomposites in which strain can be transferred at the interface between the two materials. To study the magnetoelectric coupling, the nanostructure was electrically poled ex situ prior to magnetic measurements. No samples showed a change in in-plane magnetization as a function of voltage due to substrate clamping. Out-of-plane changes were observed, but contrary to expectations based on total PZT volume fraction, mesoporous CFO samples partially filled with PZT showed more change in out-of-plane magnetization than the sample with fully filled pores. This result suggests that residual porosity in the composite adds mechanical flexibility and results in greater magnetoelectric coupling.

  19. Spin-Hall magnetoresistance and spin Seebeck effect in spin-spiral and paramagnetic phases of multiferroic CoCr2O4 films

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    Aqeel, A.; Vlietstra, N.; Heuver, J. A.; Bauer, G. E. W.; Noheda, B.; van Wees, B. J.; Palstra, T. T. M.

    2015-12-01

    We report on the spin-Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) and spin Seebeck effect (SSE) in multiferroic CoCr2O4 (CCO) spinel thin films with Pt contacts. We observe a large enhancement of both signals below the spin-spiral (Ts=28 K ) and the spin lock-in (Tlock -in=14 K ) transitions. The SMR and SSE responses in the spin lock-in phase are one order of magnitude larger than those observed at the ferrimagnetic transition temperature (Tc=94 K ), which indicates that the interaction between spins at the Pt |CCO interface is more efficient in the noncollinear magnetic state. At T >Tc , magnetic-field-induced SMR and SSE signals are observed, which can be explained by a high interface susceptibility. Our results show that the spin transport at the Pt |CCO interface is sensitive to the magnetic phases but cannot be explained solely by the bulk magnetization.

  20. Two-Dimensional Multiferroics: Ferroelasticity, Ferroelectricity, Domain Wall, and Potential Mechano-Opto-Electronic Applications

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    Wang, Hua

    2016-01-01

    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 strongly coupled giant 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 ...

  1. Phonon excitations and magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic RMn2O5

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

    2013-05-01

    Multiferroic rare-earth manganites are theoretically studied by focusing on the coupling to the lattice degrees of freedom. We demonstrate analytically that the phonon excitations in the multiferroic phase are strongly affected by the magnetoelectric coupling, the spin-phonon interaction and the anharmonic phonon-phonon interaction. Based on a microscopic model, the temperature dependence of the phonon dispersion relation is analyzed. It offers an anomaly at both the ferroelectric and the magnetic transition indicating the mutual coupling between multiferroic orders and lattice distortions. Depending on the sign of the spin-phonon coupling the phonon modes become softer or harder in accordance with experimental observations. We show that the phonon spectrum can be also controlled by an external magnetic field. The phonon energy is enhanced by increasing that field. The applied Green's function technique allows the calculation of the macroscopic magnetization depending on both the phonon-phonon and the spin-phonon couplings.

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

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

    2015-03-20

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

  3. 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.

  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

    2016-01-21

    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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

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    Chapon L.C.

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  8. Magnetic and ferroelectric properties of multiferroic RMn2O5

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    Noda, Y.; Kimura, H.; Fukunaga, M.; Kobayashi, S.; Kagomiya, I.; Kohn, K.

    2008-10-01

    The magnetic and ferroelectric properties of multiferroic RMn2O5 (R = Y, Tb, Ho, Er, Tm) are reviewed based on recent neutron diffraction and dielectric measurements. Successive phase transitions of magnetic and dielectric ordering were found to occur simultaneously in this system. The characteristic magnetic ordering of the system exhibits an incommensurate-commensurate phase transition, and again transitions to an incommensurate phase. Special attention is given to the magnetic structure in order to discuss the mechanism for the introduction of ferroelectric polarization. For all the compounds examined, the spin configuration for Mn4+ and Mn3+ ions in the commensurate magnetic phase, where spontaneous electric polarization occurs, was determined to be a transverse spiral spin structure propagating along the c-axis. By contrast, the alignment of the induced 4f moment of R3+ ions showed variation, depending on the character of each of the elements. Corresponding responses to external fields such as a magnetic field, hydrostatic pressure etc at low temperature are strongly dependent on the rare earth element present in the RMn2O5 system. The so-called colossal magnetoelectric effect in this system can be easily interpreted by the phase transition from the magnetic incommensurate and weak ferroelectric phase to the commensurate and ferroelectric phase.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. Thermal generation of spin current in a multiferroic helimagnet

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    R. Takagi

    2016-03-01

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

  12. 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).

  13. Understanding Multiferroic Hexagonal Manganites by Static and Ultrafast Optical Spectroscopy

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    Yu Ting Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Multiferroic hexagonal manganites ReMnO3 studied by optics are reviewed. Their electronic structures were revealed by static linear and nonlinear spectra. Two transitions located at ~1.7 eV and ~2.3 eV have been observed and attributed to the interband transitions from the lower-lying Mn3+dxy/dx2-y2 and dxz/dyz states to the Mn3+d3z2-r2 state, respectively. These so-called d-d transitions exhibit a blueshift as decreasing temperatures and an extra blueshift near TN. This dramatic change indicates that the magnetic ordering seriously influences the electronic structure. On the other hand, the ultrafast optical pump-probe spectroscopy has provided the important information on spin-charge coupling and spin-lattice coupling. Because of the strongly correlation between electronic structure and magnetic ordering, the amplitude of the initial rising component in ΔR/R shows striking changes at the vicinity of TN. Moreover, the coherent optical and acoustic phonons were observed on optical pump-probe spectroscopy. Both the amplitude and dephasing time of coherent phonons also exhibit significant changes at TN, which provide the evidence for spin-lattice interaction in these intriguing materials.

  14. Ferrite-Ferroelectric Heteroepitaxial Structures and Frequency Agile Multiferroic RF Components

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    Ustinov, I. V. Zavislyak and G. Srinivasan, IEEE. Trans. Magn. 47, 289 (2011). 8. " Introduction to magnetoelectric coupling and multiferroic films," G...functionally graded magnetostrictive -piezoelectric composites," U. Laletin, G. Sreenivasulu, V. M. Petrov, T. Garg, A. R. Kulkarni, N. Venkataramani, and G. Srinivasan, Phys. Rev. B 85, 104404 (2012). 12

  15. Evidence for multiferroic characteristics in NdCrTiO{sub 5}

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    Saha, J.; Sharma, G.; Patnaik, S., E-mail: spatnaikjnu@gmail.com

    2014-06-01

    We report NdCrTiO{sub 5} to be an unusual multiferroic material with large magnetic field dependent electric polarization. While magneto-electric coupling in this two magnetic sub-lattice oxide is well established, the purpose of this study is to look for spontaneous symmetry breaking at the magnetic transition. The conclusions are based on extensive magnetization, dielectric and polarization measurements around its antiferromagnetic ordering temperature of 18 K. Room temperature X-ray diffraction pattern of NdCrTiO{sub 5} reveals that the sample is single phase with an orthorhombic crystal structure that allows linear magneto-electric coupling. DC magnetization measurement shows magnetization downturn at 11 K together with a small kink corresponding to the Cr{sup +3} sub-lattice ordering at ∼18 K. An anomaly in dielectric constant is observed around the magnetic ordering temperature that increases substantially with increasing magnetic field. Through detailed pyroelectric current measurements at zero magnetic field, particularly as a function of thermal cycling, we establish that NdCrTiO{sub 5} is a genuine multiferroic material that is possibly driven by collinear magneto-striction. - Highlights: • We provide evidence for multiferroicity in NdCrTiO{sub 5}. • Large magnetic field dependent electric polarization is confirmed. • Sign reversal of pyroelectric current upon thermal cycling proves genuine ferroelectricity. • A model based on collinear magneto-striction is proposed. • A new class of multiferroic materials with large ME coupling is established.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  17. Structural Anomalies and Multiferroic Behavior in Magnetically Frustrated TbMn2O5

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    Chapon, L.C.; Blake, G.R.; Gutmann, M.J.; Park, S.; Hur, N.; Radaelli, P.G.; Cheong, S-W.

    2004-01-01

    We have studied the magnetostructural phase diagram of multiferroic TbMn2O5 as a function of temperature and magnetic field by neutron diffraction. Dielectric and magnetic anomalies are found to be associated with steps in the magnetic propagation vector, including a rare example of a commensurate-i

  18. Thin films of multiferroic spinel CoCr2O4

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    Heuver, Jeroen Aaldert

    2016-01-01

    It is expected that the tremendous growth of data storage capacity will increase in the future. Thus smaller, faster and cheaper memories are desired. A common technology for information storage is the use of hard discs, which store data in small magnetic domains with two possible states: with the m

  19. Multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films for multifunctional devices.

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    Singh, Manish K; Yang, Yi; Takoudis, Christos G; Tatarenko, A; Srinivasan, G; Kharel, P; Lawes, G

    2010-09-01

    We report the metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of crystalline BiFeO3 films on platinized silicon substrates using n-butylferrocene, triphenylbismuth and oxygen. Based on thermogravimetric analysis data, the suitability of these two precursors for depositing BiFeO3 is discussed. The deposited films were characterized for structure and morphology using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Composition analysis using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that the films were stoichiometric BiFeO3. Electrostatic force microscopy indicated that the film had polarizable domains that showed no deterioration in polarization over time long after electric poling. The film showed a saturation magnetization of 10 +/- 1 emu/cm3 at room temperature.

  20. Chemically modulated multiferroicity in Dy-doped Gd2Ti2O7

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    Lin, L.; Zhao, Z. Y.; Liu, D.; Xie, Y. L.; Dong, S.; Yan, Z. B.; Liu, J.-M.

    2013-05-01

    The ferroelectricity and magnetoelectric coupling of Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2-xDyxTi2O7 with Dy3+ substitution of Gd3+ are investigated. For Gd2Ti2O7, a ferroelectric polarization emerges at ˜30 K and is only ˜1.80 μC/m2 at 2 K, while the magnetoelectric response is quite weak. The Dy3+ substitution in Gd2-xDyxTi2O7, however, results in significant enhancement of polarization with remarkable magnetoelectric response up to 35% at 2 K under a magnetic field of 9 T, suggesting the multiferroicity of Gd2-xDyxTi2O7. It is understood that the chemical modulation of the multiferroicity is basically related to the extreme sensitivity of the spin-spin interactions in this highly frustrated system.

  1. Tuning the ferroelectric polarization in a multiferroic metal-organic framework.

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    Di Sante, Domenico; Stroppa, Alessandro; Jain, Prashant; Picozzi, Silvia

    2013-12-04

    We perform density functional theory calculations on a recently synthesized metal-organic framework (MOF) with a perovskite-like topology ABX3, i.e., [CH3CH2NH3]Mn(HCOO)3, and predict a multiferroic behavior, i.e., a coexistence of ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism. A peculiar canted ordering of the organic A-cation dipole moments gives rise to a ferroelectric polarization of ~2 μC/cm(2). Starting from these findings, we show that by choosing different organic A cations, it is possible to tune the ferroelectric polarization and increase it up to 6 μC/cm(2). The possibility of changing the magnitude and/or the canting of the organic molecular dipole opens new routes toward engineering ferroelectric polarization in the new class of multiferroic metal-organic frameworks.

  2. 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.

  3. Multiferroic phase transitions in manganites RMnO3:A two-orbital double exchange simulation

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    Tao Yong-Mei; Lin Lin; Dong Shuai; Liu Jun-Ming

    2012-01-01

    The semi-quantum two-orbital exchange model is used to investigate the effect of smal1 rare-earth ion substitution on orthorhombic RMnO3 with A-type antiferromagnetic order,using the Monte Carlo algorithm,exact diagonalization,and zero-temperature optimization approaches.It is revealed that the substitution results in a rich multiferroic phase diagram where the coexisting A-type antiferromagnetic phase and spiral spin phase,pure spiral spin phase,coexisting spiral spin phase,the E-type antiferromagnetic phase,and the pure E-type antiferromagnetic phase emerge in sequence.The multiferroic phase transitions modulate substantially the electric polarization,which is consistent qualitatively with recent experiments.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  5. Direct observation of multiferroic vortex domains in YMnO3.

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    Zhang, Qinghua; Tan, Guotai; Gu, Lin; Yao, Yuan; Jin, Changqing; Wang, Yanguo; Duan, Xiaofeng; Yu, Richeng

    2013-01-01

    Topological vortices with swirling ferroelectric, magnetic and structural anti-phase relationship in hexagonal RMnO3 (R = Ho to Lu, Y, and Sc) have attracted much attention because of their intriguing behaviors. Herein, we report the structure of multiferroic vortex domains in YMnO3 at atomic scale using state-of-the-art aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Two types of displacements were identified among six domain walls (DWs); six translation-ferroelectric domains denoted by α+, γ-, β+, α-, γ+ and β-, respectively, were recognized, demonstrating the interlocking nature of the anti-vortex domain. We found that the anti-vortex core is about four unit cells wide. In addition, we reconstructed the vortex model with three swirling pairs of DWs along the [001] direction. These results are very critical for the understanding of topological behaviors and unusual properties of the multiferroic vortex.

  6. 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.

  7. Size-induced enhanced magnetoelectric effect and multiferroicity in chromium oxide nanoclusters

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    Halley, D.; Najjari, N.; Majjad, H.; Joly, L.; Ohresser, P.; Scheurer, F.; Ulhaq-Bouillet, C.; Berciaud, S.; Doudin, B.; Henry, Y.

    2014-01-01

    The control of the magnetization of a material with an electric field would make the design and the integration of novel electronic devices possible. This explains the renewed interest in multiferroic materials. Progress in this field is currently hampered by the scarcity of the materials available and the smallness of the magnetoelectric effects. Here we present a proof-of-principle experiment showing that engineering large strains through nanoscale size reduction is an efficient route for increasing magnetoelectric coefficients by orders of magnitude. The archetype magnetoelectric material, Cr2O3, in the form of epitaxial clusters, exhibits an unprecedented 600% change in magnetization magnitude under 1 V. Furthermore, a multiferroic phase, with both magnetic and electric spontaneous polarizations, is found in the clusters, while absent in the bulk.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  9. 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 (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.

  10. Lattice dynamics and spin-phonon interactions in multiferroic RMn2O5: Shell model calculations

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    Litvinchuk, A. P.

    2009-08-01

    The results of the shell model lattice dynamics calculations of multiferroic RMn2O5 materials (space group Pbam) are reported. Theoretical even-parity eigenmode frequencies are compared with those obtained experimentally in polarized Raman scattering experiments for R=Ho,Dy. Analysis of displacement patterns allows to identify vibrational modes which facilitate spin-phonon coupling by modulating the Mn-Mn exchange interaction and provides explanation of the observed anomalous temperature behavior of phonons.

  11. Photovoltaic application of the multiferroic Bi2FeCrO6 double perovskite

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    Tablero Crespo, César

    2016-01-01

    Bi2FeCrO6 double-perovskite is a multiferroic semiconductor with ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties that allows a variety of applications including optoelectronic and photovoltaic applications. An analysis focusing on the potential for solar cells is carried out starting from first-principles. The optoelectronic properties are characterized by two threshold spin gaps. Using the absorption coefficients from first-principles, the efficiencies are evaluated for several sunlight spectra, ...

  12. 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.

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

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    Chen, A T; Y. G. Zhao

    2016-01-01

    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 m...

  14. Characterization of energy conversion of multiferroic PFN and PFN:Mn

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    Lucjan Kozielski

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Characterization of energy conversion of multiferroic materials is concerned with multifunctional properties of materials, a topic that is fascinating from the scientific point of view and important for the modern technology. The complex characterization of multiferroic structures suffers at present from lack of a systematic experimental approach and deficiency of multifunctional magnetoelectric properties testing capabilities. Compactness and high frequency energy conversion capacity are the main reasons of invention and improvement of sophisticated materials which are prepared for high-speed computer memories and broadband transducer devices. As a consequence, one can easily notice an intense search for new materials for generation, transformation and amplification of magnetic and electric energies. In this scenario, the combination of excellent piezoelectric and magnetic properties makes lead iron niobate Pb(Fe1/2Nb1/2O3 (PFN an attractive host material for application in integrated magnetoelectric energy conversion applications. PFN multiferroic materials are attractive for commercial electroceramics due to high value of dielectric permittivity and magnetoelectric coefficients as well as relatively easy synthesis process. However, synthesis of PFN ceramics is mostly connected with formation of the secondary unwanted pyrochlore phase associated with dramatic decrease of ferroelectric properties. The authors have successfully reduced this negative phenomenon by Mn doping and finally present high piezoelectric and magnetoelectric energy conversion efficiency in fabricated PMFN ceramics.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

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

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    Chen, Hong-Bo [Institut für Physik, Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, D-06120 Halle (Germany); Zhejiang Institute of Modern Physics and Department of Physics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Li, You-Quan [Zhejiang Institute of Modern Physics and Department of Physics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing, 210093 (China); Berakdar, Jamal [Institut für Physik, Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, D-06120 Halle (Germany)

    2015-01-28

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

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

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    Sadovnikov, A. V., E-mail: sadovnikovav@gmail.com; Nikitov, S. A. [Laboratory “Metamaterials,” Saratov State University, Saratov 410012 (Russian Federation); Kotel' nikov Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow 125009 (Russian Federation); Beginin, E. N.; Bublikov, K. V.; Grishin, S. V.; Sheshukova, S. E.; Sharaevskii, Yu. P. [Laboratory “Metamaterials,” Saratov State University, Saratov 410012 (Russian Federation)

    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.

  20. In-plane anisotropic effect of magnetoelectric coupled PMN-PT/FePt multiferroic heterostructure: Static and microwave properties

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    Jose M. Vargas

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The effects of the electric and magnetic field variation on multiferroic heterostructure were studied in this work. Thin films of polycrystalline Fe50Pt50 (FePt were grown by dc-sputtering on top of the commercial slabs of lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT. The sample was a (011-cut single crystal and had one side polished. In this condition, the PMN-PT/FePt operates in the L-T (longitudinal magnetized-transverse polarized mode. A FePt thin film of 20 nm was used in this study to avoid the characteristic broad microwave absorption line associated with these films above thicknesses of 40 nm. For the in-plane easy magnetization axis (01-1, a microwave magnetoelectric (ME coupling of 28 Oe cm kV −1 was estimated, whereas a value of 42 Oe cm kV −1 was obtained through the hard magnetization axis (100. Insight into the effects of the in-plane strain anisotropy on the ME coupling is obtained from the dc-magnetization loops. It was observed that the trend was opposite along the easy and hard magnetic directions. In particular, along the easy-magnetic axis (01-1, a square and narrow loop with a factor of Mr/MS of 0.96 was measured at 10 kV/cm. Along the hard-magnetic axis, a factor of 0.16 at 10 kV/cm was obtained. Using electric tuning via microwave absorption at X-band (9.78 GHz, we observe completely different trends along the easy and hard magnetic directions; Multiple absorption lines along the latter axis compared to a single and narrower absorption line along the former. In spite of its intrinsic complexity, we propose a model which gives good agreement both for static and microwave properties. These observations are of fundamental interest for future ME microwave components, such as filters, phase-shifters, and resonators.

  1. Spectroscopy of RFe3(BO3)4 multiferroics: phase transitions, spin-phonon interaction, coupled electron-phonon modes

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    Popova, M. N.

    2016-12-01

    Review of the work performed in the author's laboratory is given, on high-resolution Fourier spectroscopy studies of multiferroics from the family of rare-earth iron borates with the structure of the natural mineral huntite. For these multiferroics, we reveal spectral signatures of interactions between electronic, spin, and lattice degrees of freedom. We have observed and investigated coupled electron-phonon modes in PrFe3(BO3)4 and TbFe3(BO3)4. The structure of the magnetically ordered phase of EuFe3(BO3)4 is determined.

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

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    Gollapudi Sreenivasulu

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Electronic Correlations Decimate the Ferroelectric Polarization of Multiferroic HoMn2O5

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    Giovannetti, Gianluca; van den Brink, Jeroen

    2008-06-01

    We show that electronic correlations decimate the intrinsic ferroelectric polarization of multiferroic manganites RMn2O5, where R is a rare earth element. Such is manifest from ab initio band structure computations that account for the Coulomb interactions between the manganese 3d electrons—the root of magnetism in RMn2O5. Including these leads to an amplitude and direction of polarization of HoMn2O5 that agree with experiment. The decimation is caused by a near cancellation of the ionic polarization induced by the lattice and the electronic one due to valence charge redistributions.

  5. Pressure-Temperature phase diagram of multiferroic EuTiO$_3$

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    Parisiades, P.; Liarokapis, E.; Köhler, J; Bussmann-Holder, A.; Mezouar, M.

    2015-01-01

    The structural transformation of multiferroic EuTiO$_3$ has been intensively investigated by synchrotron x-ray diffraction at pressures up to 50.3 GPa and temperatures from 50 to 500 K. An antiferrodistortive phase transition from cubic Pm-3m to tetragonal I4/mcm space group has been observed, identical to the one that has been previously explored at ambient pressure and low temperatures. Several compression/decompression cycles at different temperatures have been carried out to accurately ma...

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  7. Magnetic effects on dielectric and polarization behavior of multiferroic heterostructures

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    Dussan, Sandra; Kumar, Ashok; Scott, J. F.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2010-02-01

    PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3/La0.67Sr0.33MnO3(PZT/LSMO) bilayer with surface roughness ˜1.8 nm thin films have been grown by pulsed laser deposition on LaAlO3(LAO) substrates. High remnant polarization (30-54 μC/cm2), dielectric constant (400-1700), and well saturated magnetization were observed depending upon the deposition temperature of the ferromagnetic layer and applied frequencies. Giant frequency-dependent change in dielectric constant and loss were observed above the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic temperature. The frequency dependent dielectric anomalies are attributed to the change in metallic and magnetic nature of LSMO and also the interfacial effect across the bilayer; an enhanced magnetoelectric interaction may be due to the Parish-Littlewood mechanism of inhomogeneity near the metal-dielectric interface.

  8. 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.

  9. Magnetic order and ferroelectricity in RMnO(3) multiferroic manganites : coupling between R- and Mn-spins

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    Aliouane, N.; Prokhnenko, O.; Feyerherm, R.; Mostovoy, M.; Strempfer, J.; Habicht, K.; Rule, K. C.; Dudzik, E.; Maljuk, A.; Argyriou, D. N.

    2008-01-01

    Combining polarized and unpolarized neutron scattering techniques with x-ray resonant magnetic scattering we have studied the coupling between the Mn- and R- spin- ordering in the multiferroic RMnO(3), R = Tb and Dy. Polarized neutron diffraction reveals the moment orientation associated with the va

  10. 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

    2014-11-01

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. Enhanced magnetodielectric and multiferroic properties of Er-doped bismuth ferrite nanoparticles

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    Mukherjee, A.; Banerjee, M. [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur 713209 (India); Basu, S., E-mail: soumen.basu@phy.nitdgp.ac.in [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur 713209 (India); Mukadam, M.D.; Yusuf, S.M. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Pal, M. [CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata 700032 (India)

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    An enhancement in multiferroic properties has been achieved for chemically prepared BFO nanoparticles by doping with erbium (Er). XRD along with electron microscopy study reveals the phase purity and nanocrystalline nature of BFO. Enhancement of both the magnetic moment and resistivity is observed by virtue of Er doping. The observed enhanced magnetic moment is considered to be associated with smaller crystallite whereas increase of resistivity may be attributed to a decrease of oxygen vacancies. Doping also display an improvement of leakage behaviour and dielectric constant in nanocrystalline BFO, reflected in well-developed P-E loop. In addition, large enhancement in magnetodielectric coefficient is observed because of Er doping. Therefore, the results provide interesting approaches to improve the multiferroic properties of BFO, which has great implication towards its applications. - Highlights: • Synthesis of pure Er-doped BFO nanoparticles by chemical route. • Large increase in magnetic moment and resistivity due to Er doping. • Er doping produce well developed P-E loop and enhance polarization. • Drastic increase in dielectric constant as well as magnetodielectric coefficient observes because of Er doping.

  13. Epitaxial-strain-induced multiferroicity in SrMnO3 from first principles

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    Lee, Jun Hee; Rabe, Karin M.

    2010-03-01

    In the first-principles search for new ferromagnetic-ferroelectric multiferroics, one key indicator is the softening of the lowest frequency polar phonon with ferromagnetic ordering from a paraelectric antiferromagnetic bulk state. In a first-principles survey of the phonon dispersions of a wide range of magnetic perovskites, we identified SrMnO3 as a promising candidate system. We find that a ferromagnetic-ferroelectric phase is stabilized by both compressive and tensile epitaxial strain. For compressive strain, there is a sequence of intermediate magnetic transitions, first to C-AFM and then to A-AFM ordering, with an increasing fraction of ferromagnetically aligned nearest neighbor Mn. At each of these, the change in magnetic order is accompanied by a jump in the magnitude of the electric polarization, so, near the A-AFM-FE->FE-FM phase boundary at 3.4% and G-AFM-FE->FE-FM phase boundary at -2.9%, an applied electric field can induce a nonzero magnetization, and the jump in c-lattice constant at -2.9% strain can generate a large piezomagnetic response. The origin of the large phonon softening in SrMnO3 will be examined, which should provide guidance in identifying additional candidate systems for epitaxial-strain-induced multiferroicity.

  14. Une approche optique de l'intrication entre le magnétisme et la ferroélectricité dans les multiferroïques

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    Rovillain, Pauline

    2011-01-01

    Multiferroic materials present the rare property to present simultaneously magnetic and ferroelectric orders in interaction. This interaction corresponds to the magnetoelectric coupling. Thereby, magnetoelectric materials can potentially be used to control spins by an external electric field. This feature seems promising in spintronics and in magnonics that use magnetic excitations (spin wave) for information processing. Multiferroic materials can be divided into two families. The types I (Bi...

  15. Reduced growth temperature of Bi6FeCoTi3O18 thin films by conductive bottom layers

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    Yun, Yu; Huang, Haoliang; Meng, Dechao; Cui, Zhangzhang; Wang, Jianlin; Fu, Zhengping; Peng, Ranran; Zhai, Xiaofang; Lu, Yalin

    2016-11-01

    The Aurivillius layered oxide homologous series attract wide interests due to their room temperature multiferroic properties. Unfortunately, the synthesis of such layered oxide epitaxial thin films has been a major challenge owing to the occurrence of growth defects and narrow growth temperature window. To obtain high quality epitaxial Bi6FeCoTi3O18 (BFCTO) thin films, the effects of insulating and conductive bottom layers were studied by laser molecular beam epitaxy. We found that the optimal deposition temperature for growth on conductive bottom layers is more than 90 °C lower than that on insulating bottom layers, which indicates the interface between BFCTO and conductive bottom layers has smaller interfacial energy than the interface between BFCTO and insulating bottom layers. The magnetic and ferroelectric properties of the optimized BFCTO thin films on insulating substrate and conductive bottom layers were studied. This study is important to control the growth of complex layered oxide thin films and exploit the applications for future room temperature multiferroic devices.

  16. Refractive index dispersion of swift heavy ion irradiated BFO thin films using Surface Plasmon Resonance technique

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    Paliwal, Ayushi [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Sharma, Savita [Department of Applied Physics, Delhi Technological University, Delhi (India); Tomar, Monika [Physics Department, Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Singh, Fouran [Inter University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110075 (India); Gupta, Vinay, E-mail: drguptavinay@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India)

    2016-07-15

    Highlights: • Investigated the optical properties of BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) thin films after irradiation using SPR. • Otto configuration has been used to excite the surface plasmons using gold metal thin film. • BFO thin films were prepared by sol–gel spin coating technique. • Examined the refractive index dispersion of pristine and irradiated BFO thin film. - Abstract: Swift heavy ion irradiation (SHI) is an effective technique to induce defects for possible modifications in the material properties. There is growing interest in studying the optical properties of multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) thin films for optoelectronic applications. In the present work, BFO thin films were prepared by sol–gel spin coating technique and were irradiated using the 15 UD Pelletron accelerator with 100 MeV Au{sup 9+} ions at a fluence of 1 × 10{sup 12} ions cm{sup −2}. The as-grown films became rough and porous on ion irradiation. Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) technique has been identified as a highly sensitive and powerful technique for studying the optical properties of a dielectric material. Optical properties of BFO thin films, before and after irradiation were studied using SPR technique in Otto configuration. Refractive index is found to be decreasing from 2.27 to 2.14 on ion irradiation at a wavelength of 633 nm. Refractive index dispersion of BFO thin film (from 405 nm to 633 nm) before and after ion radiation was examined.

  17. Resistive switching in polycrystalline YMnO3 thin films

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    A. Bogusz

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available We report a unipolar, nonvolatile resistive switching in polycrystalline YMnO3 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition and sandwiched between Au top and Ti/Pt bottom electrodes. The ratio of the resistance in the OFF and ON state is larger than 103. The observed phenomena can be attributed to the formation and rupture of conductive filaments within the multiferroic YMnO3 film. The generation of conductive paths under applied electric field is discussed in terms of the presence of grain boundaries and charged domain walls inherently formed in hexagonal YMnO3. Our findings suggest that engineering of the ferroelectric domains might be a promising route for designing and fabrication of novel resistive switching devices.

  18. 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.

  19. Spiral Spin Structure in the Commensurate Magnetic Phase of Multiferroic RMn2O5

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    Kimura, Hiroyuki; Kobayashi, Satoru; Fukuda, Yoshikazu; Osawa, Toshihiro; Kamada, Youichi; Noda, Yukio; Kagomiya, Isao; Kohn, Kay

    2007-07-01

    Crystal and magnetic structure analyses have been performed for single crystals of multiferroic materials RMn2O5 (R = Y, Ho, Er) using the neutron diffraction technique. For all the compounds, the magnetic structure in the commensurate magnetic phase, where spontaneous electric polarization occurs, was determined to be a transverse spiral spin structure propagating along the c-axis. The results demonstrate that the spin configuration for Mn4+ and Mn3+ ions is essentially the same in all three materials, suggesting that the ferroelectricity of the commensurate magnetic phase originates from the spin configurations of Mn ions. By contrast, the alignment of the induced 4 f-moment of Ho3+ ions is quite different from that of Er3+ ions, which might give a rich variety of magnetic field response for magnetic and dielectric properties in the RMn2O5 system.

  20. Measurement of complicated temperature-dependent polarization of multiferroic RMn2O5

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    Fukunaga, Mamoru; Noda, Yukio

    2011-09-01

    We have measured the temperature-dependent electric polarization P(T) of multiferroic rare-earth (R) manganese oxides RMn2O5 using both typical pyroelectric measurements and hysteresis loops with the double-wave method (DWM), and revealed the complicated behavior of the P(T). RMn2O5 single crystal samples often exhibit a tendency to macroscopically polarize without applying an external electric field. We have found that the tendency appeared in P(T) by the pyroelectric measurement can be measured by the DWM loops. The tendency to polarize is equivalent to asymmetric non-hystersis loops obtained by the DWM. We clarify the relationship between P(T) by pyroelectric measurement and that by the DWM loops, which can warrant the measured P(T).

  1. Magnetic domains in multiferroic YMn$2O5 probed by Spherical Neutron Polarimetry under electric field

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    Vecchini, Carlo; Chapon, Laurent; Radaelli, Paolo; Daoud-Aladine, Aziz; Brown, Jane; Chatterji, Tapan; Park, Soonyong; Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2008-03-01

    Precise determination of the magnetic structures in multiferroics RMn2O5 (R: Y, Ho, Bi) have been obtained by single crystal neutron diffraction. The analysis shows the presence of zig-zag antiferromagnetic chains in the ab-plane. An additional weak magnetic component parallel to the c-axis was detected which is modulated in phase quadrature with the a-b components. The nature and population of the coexisting antiferromagnetic domains in YMn2O5 have been determined by Spherical Neutron Polarimetry under an external electric field. We have proved that reversing the electrical polarity results in the inversion of the population of two types of antiferromagnetic domains, with opposite in-plane spin components. This analysis strongly supports theories in which the coupling of the magnetic configuration to the ferroelectric polarisation is due to magnetic exchange striction and likely not related to the small cycloidal modulation in the bc-plane.

  2. Spin chirality and electric polarization in multiferroic compounds RMn2O5 ( R=Ho, Er)

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    Wakimoto, Shuichi; Kimura, Hiroyuki; Fukunaga, Mamoru; Nishihata, Keisuke; Takeda, Masayasu; Kakurai, Kazuhisa; Noda, Yukio; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2009-09-01

    Polarized neutron diffraction experiments have been performed on multiferroic materials RMn2O5 ( R=Ho, Er) under electric fields in the ferroelectric commensurate (CM) and the low-temperature incommensurate (LT-ICM) phases, where the former has the highest electric polarization and the latter has reduced polarization. It is found that, after cooling in electric fields down to the CM phase, the magnetic chirality is proportional to the electric polarization. Also we confirmed that the magnetic chirality can be switched by the polarity of the electric polarization in both the CM and LT-ICM phases. These facts suggest an intimate coupling between the magnetic chirality and the electric polarization. However, upon the transition from the CM to LT-ICM phase, the reduction of the electric polarization is not accompanied by any reduction of the magnetic chirality, implying that the CM and LT-ICM phases contain different mechanisms of the magnetoelectric coupling.

  3. An effective model of magnetoelectricity in multiferroics RMn2O5

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    Fang, Chen; Hu, Jiangping

    2008-06-01

    An effective model is developed to explain the phase diagram and the mechanism of magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroics, RMn2O5. We show that the nature of magnetoelectric coupling in RMn2O5 is a coupling between two Ising-type orders, namely, the ferroelectric order in the b-axis, and the.coupled magnetic order between two frustrated antiferromagnetic chains. The frustrated magnetic structure drives the system to a commensurate-incommensurate phase transition, which can be understood as a competition between a collinear order stemming from the "order by disorder" mechanism and a chiral symmetry order. The low-energy excitation is calculated and it quantitatively matches experimental results. Distinct features and the effects of external magnetic field in the electromagnon spectra in the incommensurate phase are predicted.

  4. Electromagnons in multiferroic RMn2O5 compounds and their microscopic origin

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    Sushkov, A. B.; Mostovoy, M.; Valdés Aguilar, R.; Cheong, S.-W.; Drew, H. D.

    2008-10-01

    We summarize the existing experimental data on electromagnons in multiferroic RMn2O5 compounds, where R denotes a rare earth ion, Y or Bi, and discuss a realistic microscopic model of these materials based on the assumption that the microscopic mechanism of magnetically induced ferroelectricity and electromagnon absorption relies entirely on the isotropic Heisenberg exchange and magnetostrictive coupling of spins to a polar lattice mode and does not involve relativistic effects. This model explains many magnetic and optical properties of RMn2O5 manganites, such as the spin re-orientation transition, magnetically induced polarization, appearance of the electromagnon peak in the non-collinear spin state and the polarization of light for which this peak is observed. We compare experimental and theoretical results on electromagnons in RMn2O5 and RMnO3 compounds.

  5. 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

  6. Pressure-temperature phase diagram of multiferroic EuTiO3

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    Parisiades, P.; Liarokapis, E.; Köhler, J.; Bussmann-Holder, A.; Mezouar, M.

    2015-08-01

    The structural transformation of multiferroic EuTiO3 has been intensively investigated by synchrotron x-ray diffraction at pressures up to 50.3 GPa and temperatures from 50 to 500 K. A pressure-induced antiferrodistortive phase transition from cubic P m 3 ¯m to tetragonal I 4 /m c m space group has been observed, identical to the one that has been previously explored at ambient pressure and low temperatures. Several compression/decompression cycles at different temperatures have been carried out to accurately map the transition, and as a result a P -T phase diagram for EuTiO3 has been constructed. The observed phase transition exhibits a positive d Pc/d T (Pc being the critical pressure of the transition) and has many similarities with isostructural SrTiO3, although the absence of magnetoelectric interactions in the latter accounts for the different phase boundaries between the two materials.

  7. A study of the dielectric and magnetic properties of multiferroic materials using the Monte Carlo method

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    A. Sosa

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available A study of the dielectric and magnetic properties of multiferroic materials using the Monte Carlo (MC method is presented. Two different systems are considered: the first, ferroelectric-antiferromagnetic (FE-AFM recently studied by X. S. Gaoand J. M. Liu and the second antiferroelectric-ferromagnetic (AFE-FM. Based on the DIFFOUR-Ising hybrid microscopic model developed by Janssen, a Hamiltonian that takes into account the magnetoelectric coupling in both ferroic phases is proposed. The obtained results show that the existence of such coupling modifies the ferroelectric and magnetic ordering in both phases. Additionally, it is shown that the presence of a magnetic or an electric field influences the electric polarization and the magnetization, respectively, making evident the magnetoelectric effect.

  8. A phenomenological theory for polarization flop in spiral multiferroic TbMnO$_3$

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    Tiwari Shruti; Sa Debanand

    2016-04-01

    A phenomenological Landau theory has been used to explain magnetic field-driven polarization flop in TbMnO3. The Néel wall-like magnetic structure in spiral multiferroics induces a space-dependent internal magnetic field which exerts a torque on spins to rotate bc-spiral to abspiral. The external magnetic field is argued to be competing with easy axis anisotropy and the system stabilizes when anisotropy is minimum.With the help of Landau free energy with DM magnetoelectric coupling and a general ansatz for magnetization, the phenomenon of polarization flop has been explained. Relation between Tflop and critical magnetic field has been established and found to be in good agreement with the experiment. This could be an indication that anisotropy ofthe system is temperature- and magnetic field-dependent.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Investigation of multiferroic properties in MnWO{sub 4} by SHG-spectroscopy

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    Maringer, Michael; Meier, Dennis; Lottermoser, Thomas; Yuan, Gouliang; Fiebig, Manfred [HISKP, Universitaet Bonn (Germany); Becker, Petra; Bohaty, Ladislav [Institut fuer Kristallographie, Universitaet zu Koeln (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Magnetoelectric multiferroics, i.e. compounds displaying magnetic and ferroelectric order in the same phase, attract considerable attention from the point of view of potential device application as well as fundamental physics. In the so-called spin-spiral compounds the interaction is particularly pronounced. Here we introduce optical second harmonic generation (SHG) as a powerful tool for the study of magnetic and eletronic properties and their magnetoelectric interaction in spin-spiral compounds, taking MnWO{sub 4} as an example. SHG gives detailed information about the symmetry of crystalline phases and about symmetry changes caused by phase transitions. In particular, in MnWO{sub 4} the (anti)ferromagnetic incommensurate phase and the magnetically induced ferroelectric, state are investigated. Although the magnetically induced spontaneous polarization is about four orders of magnitude weaker than in a conventional ferroelectric, a pronounced SHG signal is obtained.

  12. Hyperfine and crystal field interactions in multiferroic HoCrO3

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    Kumar, C. M. N.; Xiao, Y.; Nair, H. S.; Voigt, J.; Schmitz, B.; Chatterji, T.; Jalarvo, N. H.; Brückel, Th

    2016-11-01

    We report a comprehensive specific heat and inelastic neutron scattering study to explore the possible origin of multiferroicity in HoCrO3. We have performed specific heat measurements in the temperature range 100 mK-290 K and inelastic neutron scattering measurements were performed in the temperature range 1.5-200 K. From the specific heat data we determined hyperfine splitting at 22.5(2) μeV and crystal field transitions at 1.379(5) meV, 10.37(4) meV, 15.49(9) meV and 23.44(9) meV, indicating the existence of strong hyperfine and crystal field interactions in HoCrO3. Further, an effective hyperfine field is determined to be 600(3) T. The quasielastic scattering observed in the inelastic scattering data and a large linear term γ =6.3(8) mJ mol-1  K-2 in the specific heat is attributed to the presence of short range exchange interactions, which is understood to be contributing to the observed ferroelectricity. Further the nuclear and magnetic entropies were computed to be, ˜17.2 Jmol-1 K-1 and  ˜34 Jmol-1 K-1, respectively. The entropy values are in excellent agreement with the limiting theoretical values. An anomaly is observed in the peak position of the temperature dependent crystal field spectra around 60 K, at the same temperature an anomaly in the pyroelectric current is reported. From this we could elucidate a direct correlation between the crystal electric field excitations of Ho3+ and ferroelectricity in HoCrO3. Our present study, along with recent reports, confirm that HoCrO3, and RCrO3 (R  =  rare earth) in general, possess more than one driving force for the ferroelectricity and multiferroicity.

  13. Heteroepitaxial growth and characterization of BiFeO3 thin films on GaAs

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    Shafiqur Rahman, Md; Ghose, Susmita; Gatabi, Javad R.; Rojas-Ramirez, Juan S.; Pandey, R. K.; Droopad, Ravi

    2016-10-01

    The paper deals with the integration of well-known bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) multiferroic oxide with GaAs semiconductor. First 5 nm ultrathin SrTiO3 films were grown on GaAs (001) substrates as an intermediate buffer layer by molecular beam epitaxy. Then, room temperature multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction measurement showed high quality epitaxial BFO films with pure (00l) orientation. The dielectric loss has been effectively suppressed and the saturated polarization-voltage (P-V) hysteresis loops were obtained. The ferroelectric domains switching was affirmed by piezo-response force microscopic studies. A large remnant polarization P r (˜80 μC cm-2) combined with the enhanced magnetization (72 emu cm-3) at 300 K was achieved for the optimal growth conditions. The optical properties were measured using the ellipsometry technique for the BFO thin films. The thickness and optical constants of the BFO films were obtained by taking into consideration the dielectric parameters as described by the Tauc-Lorentz model. Finally, direct bandgap was estimated at 2.70 eV which is highly comparable to BFO films grown on different substrates.

  14. Determination of the cation site distribution of the spinel in multiferroic CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/BaTiO{sub 3} layers by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Aghavnian, T. [CEA/Saclay, DSM/IRAMIS/SPEC, CNRS UMR 3680, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Synchrotron SOLEIL, L’Orme des Merisiers Saint-Aubin, F-91192 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Moussy, J.-B.; Stanescu, D. [CEA/Saclay, DSM/IRAMIS/SPEC, CNRS UMR 3680, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Belkhou, R. [Synchrotron SOLEIL, L’Orme des Merisiers Saint-Aubin, F-91192 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Jedrecy, N. [Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, UMR 7588, INSP, F-75005 Paris (France); Magnan, H. [CEA/Saclay, DSM/IRAMIS/SPEC, CNRS UMR 3680, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Ohresser, P. [Synchrotron SOLEIL, L’Orme des Merisiers Saint-Aubin, F-91192 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Arrio, M.-A.; Sainctavit, Ph. [IMPMC, F-75015 Paris (France); Barbier, A., E-mail: abarbier@cea.fr [CEA/Saclay, DSM/IRAMIS/SPEC, CNRS UMR 3680, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • We grow epitaxial and well characterized CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/BaTiO{sub 3} thin films. • We studied the spinel cation site distribution in CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/BaTiO{sub 3} thin films. • We quantitatively determine the spinel inversion parameter by XMCD and XPS. • We propose a reproducible XPS fit method based on physical principles. - Abstract: The properties of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/BaTiO{sub 3} artificial multiferroic multilayers strongly depend on the crystalline structure, the stoichiometry and the cation distribution between octahedral (Oh) and tetrahedral (Td) sites (inversion factor). In the present study, we have investigated epitaxial CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} layers grown on BaTiO{sub 3}, with different Co/Fe ratios. We determined the cation distribution in our samples by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD), a well accepted method to do so, and by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), using a fitting method based on physical considerations. We observed that our XPS approach converged on results consistent with XMCD measurements made on the same samples. Thus, within a careful decomposition based on individual chemical environments it is shown that XPS is fully able to determine the actual inversion factor.

  15. Magnetoelectric coupling effect in transition metal modified polycrystalline BiFeO{sub 3} thin films

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    Sreenivas Puli, Venkata, E-mail: pvsri123@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 (United States); Department of Physics and Institute of Functional Nanomaterials, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR 00936 (United States); Kumar Pradhan, Dhiren [Department of Physics and Institute of Functional Nanomaterials, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR 00936 (United States); Gollapudi, Sreenivasulu [Department of Physics, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309-4401 (United States); Coondoo, Indrani [Department of Materials and Ceramic and CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Panwar, Neeraj [Department of Physics, Central University of Rajasthan, Bandar Sindri, Kishangarh 305801, Rajasthan (India); Adireddy, Shiva; Chrisey, Douglas B. [Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 (United States); Katiyar, Ram S. [Department of Physics and Institute of Functional Nanomaterials, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR 00936 (United States)

    2014-11-15

    Rare-earth (Sm) and transition metal (Co) modified polycrystalline BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) thin films have been deposited on Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate successfully through pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. Piezoelectric, leakage current and temperature dependent dielectric and magnetic behaviour were investigated for the films. Typical “butterfly-shaped” loop were observed in BSFCO films with an effective piezoelectric constant (d{sub 33}) ∼94 pm/V at 0.6 MV/cm. High dielectric constant ∼900 and low dielectric loss ∼0.25 were observed at room temperature. M–H loops have shown relatively high saturation magnetization ∼35 emu/cm{sup 3} at a maximum field of H ∼20 kOe. Enhanced magnetoelectric coupling response is observed under applied magnetic field. The multiferroic, piezoelectric, leakage current behaviours were explored. Such studies should be helpful in designing multiferroic materials based on BSFCO films. - Highlights: • Transition metal modified polycrystalline BiFeO{sub 3} thin films prepared using PLD. • High ME-coupling response was observed in co-substituted BiFeO{sub 3} thin films. • High magnetization ∼35 emu/cm{sup 3} at a maximum field of H ∼20 kOe. • Low leakage current might be due to co-substitution in BiFeO{sub 3} thin films. • A notable piezoelectric constant d{sub 33} ∼94 pm/V was found in BiFeO{sub 3} thin films.

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

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

    2016-02-01

    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.

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

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    Nie, Yung-mau, E-mail: ymnie@ncnu.edu.tw [Department of Applied Materials and Optoelectronic Engineering, National Chi Nan University (NCNU), Nantou County 54561, Taiwan (China)

    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.

  18. Review of the Magnetocaloric Effect in RMnO3 and RMn2O5 Multiferroic Crystals

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    Mohamed Balli

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available It is known that some of RMnO3 and RMn2O5 (R = rare earth multiferroic crystals reveal a strong interplay between their magnetic and electric order parameters, paving the way for applications in spintronic technologies. Additionally, recent works have also pointed out their potential utilization as refrigerants in magnetocaloric cooling systems for cryogenic tasks. In this paper, recent advances regarding the magnetocaloric properties of both RMnO3 and RMn2O5 families of multiferroics are reviewed. With the aim of understanding the RMnO3 and RMn2O5 magnetocaloric features, their structural and magnetic properties are discussed. The physics behind the magnetocaloric effect as well as some of its key thermodynamic aspects are also considered.

  19. Exchange-striction induced giant ferroelectric polarization in copper-based multiferroic material α -Cu2V2O7

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    Sannigrahi, J.; Bhowal, S.; Giri, S.; Majumdar, S.; Dasgupta, I.

    2015-06-01

    We report α -Cu2V2O7 to be an improper multiferroic with the simultaneous development of electric polarization and magnetization below TC=35 K . The observed spontaneous polarization of 0.55 μ C cm-2 magnitude is highest among copper-based improper multiferroic materials. Our study demonstrates a sizable amount of magnetoelectric coupling below TC, even with a low magnetic field. The theoretical calculations based on density functional theory indicate magnetism in α -Cu2V2O7 is a consequence of ferro-orbital ordering driven by a polar lattice distortion due to the unique pyramidal (CuO5) environment of Cu. Spin-orbit coupling further stabilizes orbital ordering and is crucial for magnetism. The calculations indicate that the origin of the giant ferroelectric polarization is primarily due to the symmetric exchange-striction mechanism and is corroborated by temperature-dependent x-ray studies.

  20. 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

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

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    Cheong, Sang-Wook

    2010-03-01

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

  2. Evolution of the antiferromagnetism vector of a multiferroic BiFeO3 during switching its ferroelectric polarization

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    Berzin, A. A.; Vinokurov, D. L.; Morosov, A. I.

    2016-11-01

    The evolution of the antiferromagnetism vector of multiferroic BiFeO3 during switching of its ferroelectric polarization by an electric field has been studied by numerical simulation in the framework of the phenomenological model for the magnetic anisotropy energy. Optimal variants have been found for the cut of electrosensitive BiFeO3 layer, the deformation induced by a substrate, and the direction of applying electric field for the development of prototypes of new-generation marnetoresistive memory.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  6. Structure, synthesis and multiferroic nature of BiFeO3 and 0.9BiFeO3–0.1BaTiO3: An overview

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    Dhananjai Pandey; Anar Singh

    2009-06-01

    A brief review of the crystal structure and multiferroic nature of pure BiFeO3 and 0.9BiFeO3–0.1BaTiO3 (BF–0.1BT) is presented. An atomic level evidence for magnetoelectric coupling of intrinsic multiferroic origin in BF–0.1BT is presented.

  7. Generation of localized strain in a thin film piezoelectric to control individual magnetoelectric heterostructures

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    Cui, Jizhai; Liang, Cheng-Yen; Sepulveda, Abdon; Carman, Gregory P.; Lynch, Christopher S., E-mail: cslynch@seas.ucla.edu [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Paisley, Elizabeth A.; Ihlefeld, Jon F. [Electronic, Optical, and Nano Materials Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States)

    2015-08-31

    Experimental results demonstrate the ability of a surface electrode pattern to produce sufficient in-plane strain in a PbZr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3} (PZT) thin film clamped by a Si substrate to control magnetism in a 1000 nm diameter Ni ring. The electrode pattern and the Ni ring/PZT thin film heterostructure were designed using a finite element based micromagnetics code. The magnetoelectric heterostructures were fabricated on the PZT film using e-beam lithography and characterized using magnetic force microscopy. Application of voltage to the electrodes moved one of the “onion” state domain walls. This method enables the development of complex architectures incorporating strain-mediated multiferroic devices.

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    En lille bog om teater og organisationer, med bidrag fra 19 teoretikere og praktikere, der deltog i en "Thin Book Summit" i Danmark i 2005. Bogen bidrager med en state-of-the-art antologi om forskellige former for samarbejde imellem teater og organisationer. Bogen fokuserer både på muligheder og...

  9. Structural, magnetic and ferroelectric properties of Pr doped multiferroics bismuth ferrites

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    Verma, Vivek, E-mail: vermavivek.neel@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Hindu College, University of Delhi, Delhi (India); Beniwal, Anu [Department of Physics, Hindu College, University of Delhi, Delhi (India); Ohlan, Anil [Department of Physics, M.D. University, Rohtak (India); Tripathi, Rahul [University Institute of Engineering & Technology, M.D. University, Rohtak (India)

    2015-11-15

    Bi{sub 1−x}Pr{sub x}FeO{sub 3} samples (0≤x≤0.25 in step of 0.05) were synthesized by the sol–gel technique to investigate the effect of Pr doping on the structural, magnetic and electrical properties of multiferroic bismuth ferrites (BFO). It is observed that Pr doping induces structural changes in BFO and also decreases the secondary phases noticeably. Frequency dependent dielectric properties of pure and doped BFO samples were measured from 300 K to 675 K in the frequency range from 100 Hz to 1 MHz. Enhanced ferromagnetism and improved ferroelectric properties were observed which may be correlated with the structural transformation and grain morphology. - Highlights: • Pure and Pr doped bismuth ferrite (BFO) samples were synthesized by sol–gel technique. • Kirkendall effect plays the important role for reduction in grain size due to doping. • Ferromagnetic, ferroelectric and dielectric properties enhanced with substitution. • The dielectric dispersion explained on the basis of Koop’s theory. • The P–E loops show modification in ferroelectric properties due Pr doping in BFO.

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  11. Magnetic structure and physical properties of the multiferroic compound PrMn2O5

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    Doubrovsky, C.; André, G.; Bouquet, F.; Elkaim, E.; Li, M.; Greenblatt, M.; Foury-Leylekian, P.

    2012-06-01

    RMn2O5 (R=lanthanide, Bi, Y) multiferroic compounds are intensively studied for their potential application in the spintronic field. In these systems, the key issue is to understand the origin of the strong coupling between the ferroelectric and magnetic orders and to investigate the influence of the nature of the R ions in this coupling. While the phase diagram of RMn2O5 compounds with small R size is well established, this of large R size compounds is missing due to the lack of samples originating with difficulties of synthesis. We present in this paper the first investigation of the thermodynamic, structural and magnetic properties of high quality polycrystalline PrMn2O5 samples. Our work shows that PrMn2O5 presents two magnetic transitions corresponding to commensurate magnetic orderings. We also evidence a weak lattice effect coupled to the magnetic order. Our results point out that the physical properties of PrMn2O5 differ from those of the parent compounds with magnetic R ions.

  12. Local structure studies of multiferroic RMn2O5 (R=Bi, Pr, Gd)

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    Fabbris, G.; Massa, N. E.; Granado, E.; Maciel, G. A.; Souza, J. A.; Alonso, J. A.; Martinez, M. J.; Azevedo, G. M.

    2009-03-01

    EXAFS measurements from 20 K to 300K were used to investigate the local structure of multiferroic RMn2O5 (R = Bi, Pr, Gd, TM TC 40K) in transmission mode at the Mn K- and R L3- edges in the XAFS2-LNLS beamline and analyzed using the IFEFFIT and FEFF codes. For BiMn2O5, Mn K-edge reveals very small temperature dependence of the Debye-Waller factor (DWF) and an Einstein temperature (ET) from Mn-O bonds of 675±22 K, suggesting that MnO polyhedra are rigid. We find structural distortions in the first coordination shell at the Bi L3-edge associated to vibrational anomalies in the Bi-O bonds. The quantitative analysis relates the origin of such distortions to two very distinct values of DWT and ET (294±7K and 462±28K) for these bonds on first shell. Similar behavior is observed for PrMn2O5, and GdMn2O5.

  13. Pressure effect on ferroelectric properties of multiferroics RMn2O5, (R = Gd, Tm)

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

    The pressure effect on the ferroelectric properties of the multiferroics GdMn2O5 and TmMn2O5 is studied up to 18.2 kbar. Unlike in RMn2O5 (R= Tb, Ho, Y), no significant change in polarization is observed in TmMn2O5 up to 16.6 kbar . However, a new ferroelectric phase is observed in GdMn2O5 above a critical pressure, Pc = 10 kbar at higher temperature. Our result indicates that pressure decouples the Gd moment from the Mn spin system and splits the ferroelectric phase. Thermal expansion data shows a large increase of the c axis at the ambient-pressure ferroelectric transition. The pressure-induced contraction of the c lattice parameter is found to be the cause for splitting of ferroelectric phase by decoupling of two spin systems above Pc. The pressure-temperature phase diagram is derived based on dielectric and ferroelectric properties.

  14. Nature of unusual spontaneous and field-induced phase transitions in multiferroics RMn 2O 5

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    Pyatakov, A. P.; Kadomtseva, A. M.; Vorob'ev, G. P.; Popov, Yu. F.; Krotov, S. S.; Zvezdin, A. K.; Lukina, M. M.

    2009-04-01

    Complex magnetic, magnetoelectric and magnetoelastic studies of spontaneous and field-induced phase transitions in TmMn 2O 5 were carried out. In the vicinity of spontaneous phase transition temperatures (35 and 25 K) the magnetoelectric and magnetoelastic dependences demonstrated the jumps of polarization and magnetostriction induced by the field ˜150 kOe. These anomalies can be attributed to the influence of magnetic field on the conditions of incommensurate-commensurate phase transition at 35 K and the reverse one at 25 K. In b-axis dependences the magnetic field-induced spin-reorientation phase transition was also observed below 20 K. Finally the magnetoelectric anomaly associated with metamagnetic transition is observed below the temperature of rare-earth subsystem ordering at relatively small critical fields of 5 kOe. This variety of spontaneous and induced phase transitions in RMn 2O 5 stems from the interplay of three magnetic subsystems: Mn 3+, Mn 4+, R 3+. The comparison with YMn 2O 5 highlights the role of rare earth in low-temperature region (metamagnetic and spin-reorientation phase transitions), while the phase transition at higher temperatures between incommensurate and commensurate phases should be ascribed to the different temperature dependences of Mn 3+ and Mn 4+ ions. The strong correlation of magnetoelastic and magnetoelectric properties observed in the whole class of RMn 2O 5 highlights their multiferroic nature.

  15. Magnetic structure and electric field effects in multiferroic YMn2O5

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    de Souza, R. A.; Staub, U.; Scagnoli, V.; Garganourakis, M.; Bodenthin, Y.; Huang, S.-W.; García-Fernández, M.; Ji, S.; Lee, S.-H.; Park, S.; Cheong, S.-W.

    2011-09-01

    The magnetic structure of multiferroic RMn2O5 (R = Y, Er) has been investigated by means of resonant soft x-ray diffraction. Energy, temperature, and azimuthal angle scans were performed in addition to reciprocal space maps on the magnetic reflection in the different magnetic phases of YMn2O5. We also investigated the orbital magnetic moment at the oxygen K-edge for RMn2O5 with both, R = Y and R = Er compositions. These moments reflect the strong hybridization between Mn 3d and oxygen 2p states. Experiments with applied electric fields are additionally presented, showing that the helical component of the magnetic structure in the CM phase of YMn2O5 can be reversed by the application of an electric field. However, the incommensurate magnetic reflection in the high-temperature phase is unaffected. Interestingly, this is observed only in the presence of a small electrical current, indicative of a current-induced/-enhanced switching of magnetic domains.

  16. Thermodynamic and neutron diffraction studies on multiferroic NdMn{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Chattopadhyay, S.; Balédent, V.; Auban-Senzier, P.; Pasquier, C.; Doubrovsky, C. [Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Université Paris-Sud, CNRS-UMR 8502, 91405 Orsay (France); Greenblatt, M. [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ 08854 (United States); Foury-Leylekian, P., E-mail: pascale.foury@u-psud.fr [Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Université Paris-Sud, CNRS-UMR 8502, 91405 Orsay (France)

    2015-03-01

    Magnetically frustrated RMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} oxides have attracted considerable attention in recent years, because most of the members of this family show spin ordering induced dielectric polarization along with strong magneto-electric coupling. Although the true origin of the ferroelectricity is still a matter of debate, it has been observed that the magneto-electric phase diagram can be substantially tuned with the variation of rare earth elements. In this work, we have chosen NdMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} as the compound of our interest since it lies exactly in between the ferroelectric and non-ferroelectric members of this family and also, because there are few investigations performed on RMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} systems with large rare earth atoms . With the combination of heat capacity, magnetic susceptibility, dielectric permittivity, powder X-ray diffraction, and powder neutron diffraction measurements, it has been found that NdMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} undergoes an incommensurate magnetic ordering around 30 K followed by a possible ferroelectric-like transition at ∼26 K. Another lock-in kind of magnetic transition appears when the temperature is decreased to ∼15 K. With further lowering of temperature, an antiferromagnetic ordering, which is presumably associated with the Nd{sup 3+}, is achieved near 4 K. This study thus sheds light on a new compound of the RMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} series presenting different multiferroic properties.

  17. Thermodynamic and neutron diffraction studies on multiferroic NdMn2O5

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    Chattopadhyay, S.; Balédent, V.; Auban-Senzier, P.; Pasquier, C.; Doubrovsky, C.; Greenblatt, M.; Foury-Leylekian, P.

    2015-03-01

    Magnetically frustrated RMn2O5 oxides have attracted considerable attention in recent years, because most of the members of this family show spin ordering induced dielectric polarization along with strong magneto-electric coupling. Although the true origin of the ferroelectricity is still a matter of debate, it has been observed that the magneto-electric phase diagram can be substantially tuned with the variation of rare earth elements. In this work, we have chosen NdMn2O5 as the compound of our interest since it lies exactly in between the ferroelectric and non-ferroelectric members of this family and also, because there are few investigations performed on RMn2O5 systems with large rare earth atoms . With the combination of heat capacity, magnetic susceptibility, dielectric permittivity, powder X-ray diffraction, and powder neutron diffraction measurements, it has been found that NdMn2O5 undergoes an incommensurate magnetic ordering around 30 K followed by a possible ferroelectric-like transition at ∼26 K. Another lock-in kind of magnetic transition appears when the temperature is decreased to ∼15 K. With further lowering of temperature, an antiferromagnetic ordering, which is presumably associated with the Nd3+, is achieved near 4 K. This study thus sheds light on a new compound of the RMn2O5 series presenting different multiferroic properties.

  18. Spin-driven ferroelectricity in the multiferroic compounds of RMn2O5

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    Kimura, H.; Noda, Y.; Kohn, K.

    2009-04-01

    Neutron diffraction studies under magnetic field as well as under hydrostatic pressure for microscopic magnetism on multiferroic RMn2O5 ( R=rare-earth, Bi, and Y) are reviewed to discuss about the relevance between the magnetic property and dielectric property in detail. Without any external fields, a series of RMn2O5 shows successive magnetic phase transitions of incommensurate-commensurate-incommensurate as temperature decreases, in which the dielectric phase transitions concomitantly occur. At the lowest temperature phase of HoMn2O5, the magnetic transition from the incommensurate phase to the commensurate one is induced by applying both magnetic field and hydrostatic pressure. At this field-induced magnetic transition, a spontaneous electric polarization simultaneously induced, indicating that the ferroelectricity in this material is magnetically controlled. Competition of multiple magnetic ground states due to intensional magnetic frustration in this system can be easily tuned by applying external fields, which give rise to the rich variety of spin-driven dielectric transitions.

  19. Classification and Interpretation of the Polarization of Multiferroic RMn2O5

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    Fukunaga, Mamoru; Noda, Yukio

    2010-05-01

    We have collected and compared temperature-dependent polarization data of multiferroic RMn2O5 for 11 kinds of rare earths (R) from the literature and our own measurements. Although the reported data are inconsistent, it was found that the maximum polarization values for R=Y, Dy, Ho, Er, and Tm are almost equal above 30 K except for the phase transition temperature where the polarization disappears. The findings suggest a standard polarization value for RMn2O5 of 100-120 nC/cm2 at 30 K in a commensurate magnetic (CM) phase. We discuss the nature and issues of the measured polarization of RMn2O5 from the data and our detailed measurement results for YMn2O5. Temperature-dependent ferroelectric hysteresis loops of YMn2O5 by the double-wave method reveal that an antiferroelectric-like high-temperature incommensurate magnetic (ICM) phase and a ferroelectric low-temperature ICM phase, while the intermediate CM phase is ferrielectric.

  20. 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.

  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. Induced modifications in the properties of Sr doped BiFeO3 multiferroics

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    Tanvir Hussain; Saadat A. Siddiqi; Shahid Atiq; M.S. Awan

    2013-01-01

    Multiferroics exhibit unique combination of ferroic properties, simultaneously. For instance, in BiFeO3, magnetic and electric properties co-exist. In this work, BiFeO3 and Sr-doped BiFeO3 samples with general formula, Bi1 ? xSrxFeO3 (x ¼ 0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, and 0.30) were synthesized by sol-gel auto-combustion technique, in order to investigate these ferroic properties. The samples were confirmed to have perovskite type rhombohedral structure, characteristic of BiFeO3. A dilute phase of Bi2Fe4O9 was also found in all the Sr-doped samples. The micrographs of the palletized samples revealed that minutely doped Sr might not have any effect on the morphology of the samples. Frequency dependent dielectric measurements were carried out at room temperature for all the samples from 100 Hz to 1 MHz. The dielectric constant of un-doped sample at low frequency was 52 which decreased with increasing Sr doping. An enhancement of magnetic properties was observed with increasing the Sr contents. Pure BiFeO3 material was observed to have the least value of remanent magnetization. As the Sr2þ ions were doped in BiFeO3, its magnetization and remanence were increased to 0.867 emu/g and 0.175 emu/g, respectively, at x ¼ 0.30.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. Pulse and quench induced dynamical phase transition in a chiral multiferroic spin chain

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    Azimi, M.; Sekania, M.; Mishra, S. K.; Chotorlishvili, L.; Toklikishvili, Z.; Berakdar, J.

    2016-08-01

    Quantum dynamics of magnetic order in a chiral multiferroic chain is studied. We consider two different scenarios: ultrashort terahertz excitations or a sudden electric field quench. Performing analytical and numerical exact diagonalization calculations, we trace the pulse induced spin dynamics and extract quantities that are relevant to quantum information processing. In particular, we analyze the dynamics of the system chirality, the von Neumann entropy, and the pairwise and many-body entanglement. If the characteristic frequencies of the generated states are noncommensurate, then a partial loss of pair concurrence occurs. Increasing the system size, this effect becomes even more pronounced. Many-particle entanglement and chirality are robust and persist in the incommensurate phase. To analyze the dynamical quantum transitions for the quenched and pulsed dynamics we combined the Weierstrass factorization technique for entire functions and the Lanczos exact diagonalization method. For a small system we obtained analytical results including the rate function of the Loschmidt echo. Exact numerical calculations for a system up to 40 spins confirm phase transition. Quench-induced dynamical transitions have been extensively studied recently. Here we show that related dynamical transitions can be achieved and controlled by appropriate electric field pulses.

  8. 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.

  9. Study of superstructure Ⅱ in multiferroic BiMnO3

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    Ge Bing-Hui; Li Fang-Hua; Li Xue-Ming; Wang Yu-Mei; Chi Zhen-Hua; Jin Chang-Qing

    2008-01-01

    The crystal structure of the minor phase,named superstructure Ⅱ,existing in multiferroic compound BiMnO3 has been studied by electron diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy.Domains of major and minor phases coexisting in BiMnO3 were observed in high-resolution electron microscope images.The unit cell of minor phase Was determined to be triclinic with the size 4×4×4 times as large as the distorted perovskitc subcell.The[111] and [101]projected structure maps of the minor phase have been derived from the corresponding images by means of the image processing.A possible rough three-dimensional(3D)structure model was proposed based on the 3D structural information extracted from the two projected structure maps.Since there is no inversion centre in the proposed model,the minor phase may contribute to the ferroelectric property of BiMnO3.

  10. Synthesis, microstructure and properties of BiFeO{sub 3}-based multiferroic materials: A review

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    Bernardo, M. S.

    2014-02-01

    BiFeO{sub 3}-based materials are currently one of the most studied multiferroics due to their possible applications at room temperature. However, among the large number of published papers there is much controversy. For example, possibility of synthesizing a pure BiFeO{sub 3} phase is still source of discussion in literature. Not even the nature of the binary Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} diagram has been clarified yet. The difficulty in controlling the formation of parasite phases reaches the consolidation step. Accordingly, the sintering conditions must be carefully determined both to get dense materials and to avoid bismuth ferrite decomposition. However, the precise conditions to attain dense bismuth ferrite materials are frequently contradictory among different works. As a consequence, the reported properties habitually result opposed and highly irreproducible hampering the preparation of BiFeO{sub 3} materials suitable for practical applications. In this context, the purpose of the present review is to summarize the main researches regarding BiFeO{sub 3} synthesis, microstructure and properties in order to provide an easier understanding of these materials. (Author)

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of geometrically frustrated multiferroic ErMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Raneesh, B. [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686 560 (India); Saha, A.; Das, D. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata 700 098 (India); Kalarikkal, Nandakumar, E-mail: nkkalarikkal@mgu.ac.in [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686 560 (India); Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686 560 (India)

    2013-02-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nano crystalline multiferroic ErMnO{sub 3} has been synthesized by the sol-gel method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Significant size effect of antiferromagnetic transition in ErMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles was demonstrated by the ({chi}-T) magnetic measurements. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Indications of weak ferromagnetism in the form of a narrow hysteresis loop at 5 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A very weak magneto electric effect which was detected by a dynamic lock-in amplifier technique. - Abstract: Single phase hexagonal nanocrystalline ErMnO{sub 3} has been synthesized by the sol-gel method to study their structural and magnetic properties. Rietveld refinement of the X-ray powder diffraction data shows that the sample is single phase and crystallized in a hexagonal structure belonging to the P6{sub 3}cm space group. The magnetic characterization indicates that antiferromagnetic ordering of the Mn sublattice occurs at T{sub N} = 65 K. Indications of weak ferromagnetism in the form of a narrow hysteresis loop at 5 K and a very weak magnetoelectric (ME) coupling in ErMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles are attributed to intrinsic effects.

  14. 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.

  15. Magnetoelastic coupling in multilayered ferroelectric/ferromagnetic thin films: A quantitative evaluation

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    Chiolerio, A., E-mail: alessandro.chiolerio@iit.it [Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, IT-10129 Turin (Italy); Center for Space Human Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, IT-10129 Turin (Italy); Quaglio, M. [Center for Space Human Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, IT-10129 Turin (Italy); Lamberti, A. [Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, IT-10129 Turin (Italy); Center for Space Human Robotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento 21, IT-10129 Turin (Italy); Celegato, F. [Electromagnetism Division, INRIM, Strada delle Cacce 91, IT-10135 Turin (Italy); Balma, D.; Allia, P. [Applied Science and Technology Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, IT-10129 Turin (Italy)

    2012-08-01

    The electrical control of magnetization in a thin film, achieved by means of magnetoelastic coupling between a ferroelectric and a ferromagnetic layer represents an attractive way to implement magnetic information storage and processing within logical architectures known as Magnetic Quantum Cellular Automata (MQCA). Such systems have been addressed as multiferroics. We exploited cost-effective techniques to realize multi-layered multiferroic systems, such as sol-gel deposition and RF sputtering, introducing a specific technique to control the crystal structure and film roughness effect on the magnetic domain wall motion and reconfiguration, induced by magnetoelastic coupling, by evaluating the 2-dimensional statistical properties of enhanced MFM matrices. A RF sputtered 50-nm-thick Co layer on a Si/SiO{sub 2}/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ti/Pt/PbTiO{sub 3}/Pb(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47})O{sub 3} substrate was realized, exploiting two differently engineered PZT nano-crystalline structures and the conditions leading to a favorable compromise in order to realize functional devices were elucidated.

  16. Change in the magnetic structure of (Bi,Sm)FeO{sub 3} thin films at the morphotropic phase boundary probed by neutron diffraction

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    Maruyama, Shingo; Anbusathaiah, Varatharajan; Takeuchi, Ichiro [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 (United States); Fennell, Amy [Paul Scherrer Institut, 5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Enderle, Mechthild [Institut Laue Langevin, BP 156, 38042 Grenoble (France); Ratcliff, William D., E-mail: william.ratcliff@nist.gov [NIST Center for Neutron Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (United States)

    2014-11-01

    We report on the evolution of the magnetic structure of BiFeO{sub 3} thin films grown on SrTiO{sub 3} substrates as a function of Sm doping. We determined the magnetic structure using neutron diffraction. We found that as Sm increases, the magnetic structure evolves from a cycloid to a G-type antiferromagnet at the morphotropic phase boundary, where there is a large piezoelectric response due to an electric-field induced structural transition. The occurrence of the magnetic structural transition at the morphotropic phase boundary offers another route towards room temperature multiferroic devices.

  17. Change in the magnetic structure of (Bi,SmFeO3 thin films at the morphotropic phase boundary probed by neutron diffraction

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    Shingo Maruyama

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available We report on the evolution of the magnetic structure of BiFeO3 thin films grown on SrTiO3 substrates as a function of Sm doping. We determined the magnetic structure using neutron diffraction. We found that as Sm increases, the magnetic structure evolves from a cycloid to a G-type antiferromagnet at the morphotropic phase boundary, where there is a large piezoelectric response due to an electric-field induced structural transition. The occurrence of the magnetic structural transition at the morphotropic phase boundary offers another route towards room temperature multiferroic devices.

  18. 多铁性材料BiFeO3的磁学、电学性质及磁电耦合效应%Magnetism, Ferroelectricity and Magnetoelectric Coupling of Multiferroic BiFeO3

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    张金星; 于浦

    2013-01-01

    The coexistence and coupling of the electric and magnetic order parameters can provide a novel platform to probe magne-toelectric effects in multiferroics. The potential applications of magnetoelectric coupling on future high-density, high-speed and low-energy-cost electronic devices stimulate material scientists and condense matter physicists to revisit multiferroic systems over the past decades. Owing to the high ferroelectric and Néel transition temperatures, BiFeO3 (BFO) appears to be one of the most promising candidates in the on-chip integrated magnetoelectronic devices and attracts people’s interests since 1960s. Especially, the appearance of high-quality BFO epitaxial thin films in 2003 has triggered the study of its intrinsic properties and physics behind. This article re-views the BFO research history and focuses on the cutting-edge achievements in BFO-related projects in the past decade. We mainly introduce the emerging physical phenomena from the aspects of crystalline structures, electrical/magnetic behaviors and magnetoelec-tric coupling in this multiferroic BFO, accompanying with a brief outlook in the conclusion.%  磁电多铁性材料中电荷和自旋序参量共存,并相互耦合在一起,产生磁电耦合效应。由于磁电耦合效应在未来高密度、低能耗、高读写速率器件的重要应用前景,近10年来,多铁性材料的研究成为了材料科学以及凝聚态物理领域的热点之一。BiFeO3不仅是为数不多的铁电反铁磁的多铁性材料之一,更难能可贵的是它的铁电Curie温度和反铁磁Néel温度都远高于室温。正因为如此,BiFeO3早在60多年前就受到人们的关注;但是直到2003年高质量外延薄膜的出现,才真正掀起了人们对其卓越性能和新奇物理现象研究的热潮。正是在这个背景下回顾BiFeO3的发展历史,着重介绍近10年此领域的研究成果:从晶体结构、电学性质(巨大铁电极化、电致阻

  19. Magnetoelectric effect in Cr2O3 thin films

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    He, Xi; Wang, Yi; Sahoo, Sarbeswar; Binek, Christian

    2008-03-01

    Magnetoelectric materials experienced a recent revival as promising components of novel spintronic devices [1, 2, 3]. Since the magnetoelectric (ME) effect is relativistically small in traditional antiferromagnetic compounds like Cr2O3 (max. αzz 4ps/m ) and also cross- coupling between ferroic order parameters is typically small in the modern multiferroics, it is a challenge to electrically induce sufficient magnetization required for the envisioned device applications. A straightforward approach is to increase the electric field at constant voltage by reducing the thickness of the ME material to thin films of a few nm. Since magnetism is known to be affected by geometrical confinement thickness dependence of the ME effect in thin film Cr2O3 is expected. We grow (111) textured Cr2O3 films with various thicknesses below 500 nm and study the ME effect for various ME annealing conditions as a function of temperature with the help of Kerr-magnetometry. [1] P. Borisov et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 117203 (2005). [2] Ch. Binek, B.Doudin, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 17, L39 (2005). [3] R. Ramesh and Nicola A. Spaldin 2007 Nature Materials 6 21.

  20. Exchange biasing with multiferroic: electric field effects on magnetic and magnetotransport properties

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    Fontcuberta, J.

    2008-03-01

    Room-temperature multiferroic materials are scarce and display a weak magnetoelectric coupling and thus huge difficulties exist for controlling the magnetic state by using an electric field or viceversa. A possible alternative to circumvent this limitation is to exploit the clamping of ferroelectric and antiferromagnetic domains in biferroic materials and use a suitable exchange-bias existing with ferromagnetic materials to tune the magnetic response of the ferromagnet. In this presentation we shall overview recent experiments on exchange-biasing using hexagonal YMnO3 biferroics and Permalloy as a soft-ferromagnet. Exchange-bias on ferromagnetic materials is most commonly evidenced by their magnetic response, although magnetotransport measurements are also very adequate to monitor the exchange bias. We will present and discus first how exchange-bias is manifested and monitored. Next, we will describe the effects of an electric field, biasing the ferroelectric (and antiferromagnetic) epitaxial layer, on the exchange bias. We will show that under appropriate conditions, magnetization can be switched by application of a suitable electric field. We will discuss the significance of the results with particular attention to role of current leakages across the ferroelectric. In collaboration with X. Mart'i, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona-CSIC, Spain; V. Laukhin, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona-CSIC and Institut Catalàde Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; V. Skumryev, Institut Catalàde Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA) and Departament de F'isica, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; D. Hrabovsky and F. S'anchez, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona-CSIC, Spain; M. Varela, Departament de F'isica Aplicada i Òptica, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; U. Lüders and J.F. Bobo, LNMH ONERA-CNRS, France.

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

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    Yin, Y. W.

    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. 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)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. Tunneling magnetoresistance can also be controlled by the ferroelectric polarization reversal, indicating strong magnetoelectric coupling at the interface.

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

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    Deng, Guochu, E-mail: guochu.deng@ansto.gov.au; Maynard-Casely, Helen E.; Avdeev, Maxim; McIntyre, Garry J. [Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234 (Australia); Guo, Peiyin; Ren, Wei; Cao, Shixun, E-mail: sxcao@shu.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Shanghai University, 99 Shangda Road, Shanghai 200444 (China)

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Electronic, magnetic and multiferroic properties of magnetoelectric NiTiO{sub 3}

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    Xin, Chao [Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Wang, Yi [Natural Science Research Center, Academy of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Sui, Yu, E-mail: suiyu@hit.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Wang, Yang [Natural Science Research Center, Academy of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Wang, Xianjie; Zhao, Kun; Liu, Zhiguo [Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Li, Bingsheng [Natural Science Research Center, Academy of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Liu, Xiaoyang [State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry, College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • We confirmed that NiTiO{sub 3} in the LiNbO{sub 3} structure is a metastable phase. • The calculated local magnetic moment of Ni ion is 1.61μ{sub B.} • The calculations also showed a spontaneous polarization of 97 μC/cm{sup 2} along the [1 1 1]-direction. • Furthermore, we show the polar lattice distortion can induce weak ferromagnetic. - Abstract: The structural, electronic, magnetic, and ferroelectric properties of NiTiO{sub 3} are predicted through ab initio calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT). The theoretical structure parameters matched well with those obtained experimentally. The electronic structure results show that the antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase of LiNbO{sub 3} (LN)-type NiTiO{sub 3} has a direct band gap of 2.16 eV. The calculated local magnetic moment of Ni ion is 1.61μ{sub B}. The calculated Born effective charges (BECs, denoted by tensor Z{sup *}) show that the Z{sup *} of Ti and O atoms are significantly and anomalously large. Interestingly, ferroelectric spontaneous polarization is predicted to be along [1 1 1] direction with a large magnitude of 97 μC/cm{sup 2}. B-site Ti ions in 3d{sup 0} state dominate ferroelectric polarization of multiferroic NiTiO{sub 3}, whereas A-site Ni ions having partially filled e{sub g} orbitals are considered to contribute to the antiferromagnetic properties of NiTiO{sub 3}. Furthermore, the current study also found that the polar lattice distortion can induce weak ferromagnetism.

  5. Synthesis and magnetic properties of hexagonal Y(Mn,Cu)O{sub 3} multiferroic materials

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    Jeuvrey, L., E-mail: laurent.jeuvrey@univ-rennes1.fr [Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, UMR-CNRS 6226, Universite de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes cedex (France); Pena, O. [Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, UMR-CNRS 6226, Universite de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes cedex (France); Moure, A.; Moure, C. [Electroceramics Department, Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, CSIC, C/Kelsen 5, 28049, Madrid (Spain)

    2012-03-15

    Single-phase hexagonal-type solid solutions based on the multiferroic YMnO{sub 3} material were synthesized by a modified Pechini process. Copper doping at the B-site (YMn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3}; x<0.15) and self-doping at the A-site (Y{sub 1+y}MnO{sub 3}; y<0.10) successfully maintained the hexagonal structure. Self-doping was limited to y(Y)=2 at% and confirmed that excess yttrium avoids formation of ferromagnetic manganese oxide impurities but creates vacancies at the Mn site. Chemical substitution at the B-site inhibits the geometrical frustration of the Mn{sup 3+} two-dimensional lattice. The magnetic transition at T{sub N} decreases from 70 K down to 49 K, when x(Cu) goes from 0 to 15 at%. Weak ferromagnetic Mn{sup 3+}-Mn{sup 4+} interactions created by the substitution of Mn{sup 3+} by Cu{sup 2+}, are visible through the coercive field and spontaneous magnetization but do not modify the overall magnetic frustration. Presence of Mn{sup 3+}-Mn{sup 4+} pairs leads to an increase of the electrical conductivity due to thermally-activated small-polaron hopping mechanisms. Results show that local ferromagnetic interactions can coexist within the frustrated state in the hexagonal polar structure. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hexagonal-type solid solutions of Y(Mn,Cu)O{sub 3} synthesized by Pechini process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Chemical substitution at B site inhibits geometrical magnetic frustration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic transition decreases with Cu-doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Local ferromagnetic Mn-Mn interactions coexist with the frustrated state.

  6. 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.

  7. Strong magnetoelectric coupling in ferrite/ferroelectric multiferroic heterostructures derived by low temperature spin-spray deposition

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    Liu, M; Obi, O; Lou, J; Stoute, S; Sun, N X [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Cai, Z; Ziemer, K, E-mail: nian@ece.neu.ed [Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115 (United States)

    2009-02-21

    Strong magnetoelectric (ME) interaction was demonstrated at both dc and microwave frequencies in a novel Zn{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 2.9}O{sub 4}/PMN-PT (lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate) multiferroic heterostructure, which was prepared by spin-spray depositing a Zn{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 2.9}O{sub 4} film on a single-crystal PMN-PT substrate at a low temperature of 90 deg. C. A large electric-field induced ferromagnetic resonance field shift up to 140 Oe was observed, corresponding to an ME coefficient of 23 Oe cm kV{sup -1}. In addition, a large electrostatic field tuning of the magnetic hysteresis loops was observed with a large squareness ratio change of 18%. The spin-spray deposited ferrite/piezoelectric multiferroic heterostructures exhibiting strong ME interactions at both dc and microwave frequencies provide great opportunities for novel electrostatically tunable microwave magnetic devices synthesized at a low temperature.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Reversing ferroelectric polarization in multiferroic DyMn2O5 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.

    2014-08-01

    The multiferroic RMn2O5 family, where R is rare-earth ion or Y, exhibits rich physics of multiferroicity which has not yet well understood. DyMn2O5 is a representative member of this family. The ferroelectric polarization of DyMn2O5 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 Mn3+ by nonmagnetic Al3+ in order to tailor the Mn3+-Mn4+ interactions and then to modulate the polarization in DyMn2-x/2Alx/2O5. It is revealed that the polarization can be successfully reversed by Al-substitution via substantially suppressing the Mn3+-Mn4+ interactions, while the Dy3+-Mn4+ 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 Al3+ substitution. The present work unveils the possibility of tailoring the Mn3+-Mn4+ and Dy3+-Mn4+ interactions independently, and thus reversing the ferroelectric polarization.

  11. Oxygen vacancy-induced ferromagnetism in Bi4NdTi3FeO15 multiferroic ceramics

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    Zhang, Dalong; Feng, Lei; Huang, Weichuan; Zhao, Wenbo; Chen, Zhiwei; Li, Xiaoguang

    2016-10-01

    Layered Aurivillius compounds with multiferroic properties have attracted much attention due to their rich fundamental physics and great application potential. However, the ferroelectric and magnetic properties are different for these compounds with different synthesis conditions. In this paper, we investigate the structure, ferroelectricity, and magnetism of four-layer Aurivillius-phase multiferroic Bi4NdTi3FeO15. The four-layer structure is confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction and high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy. The ferroelectricity together with dielectric constant can be reduced by vacuum-annealing treatment due to the increase of oxygen vacancy concentration. More interestingly, the ferromagnetism is strongly enhanced by vacuum-annealing and can be obviously suppressed after re-oxidization, which may be associated with Fe3+-O-Fe2+ coupling originated from the variable valence state of Fe with different oxidization conditions. These findings indicate that oxygen vacancies play a crucial role in the ferroelectric and magnetic properties in Aurivillius compounds synthesized by different conditions.

  12. 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.

  13. Mechanical manipulation of magnetic domains in continuous and patterned magnetostrictive FeGa thin films

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    Alexander, Paris; Fackler, Sean; Takeuchi, Ichiro; Cumings, John

    2013-03-01

    The controlled and reversible switching of magnetic domains using static electric fields has been previously demonstrated via magneto-electric (ME) coupling in a multiferroic system [T. Brintlinger, Nano Lett. 10, 1219(2010)]. In these systems, enhanced magnetostriction allows for magnetic switching in response to an electrically induced deformation. Here we demonstrate the nature of magnetic switching using mechanical stress alone. Magnetostrictive iron-gallium (Fe70Ga30) thin films are deposited on flexible free-standing membranes, and patterned to square arrays. Using a mechanically manipulated tip a strain is directly applied to the film. We observe the resulting magnetization dynamics using Lorentz-force transmission electron microscopy (LTEM). The varied hysteretic behaviors under applied magnetic and strain fields will be presented for both continuous and patterned films. This work was supported by the NSF-MRSEC at the University of Maryland, DMR 0520471.

  14. New features from transparent thin films of EuTiO3

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    Stuhlhofer, B.; Logvenov, G.; Górny, M.; Roleder, K.; Boris, A.; Pröpper, D.; Kremer, R. K.; Köhler, J.; Bussmann-Holder, A.

    2016-08-01

    The almost multiferroic perovskite EuTiO3 (ETO) has been prepared as films on substrates of SrTiO3. For all prepared film thicknesses highly transparent insulating films with atomically flat surfaces and excellent orientation have been grown. They were characterized by X-ray diffraction, magnetic susceptibility and birefringence measurements and found to exhibit bulk properties, namely an antiferromagnetic transition at TN = 5.1 K and a structural transition at TS = 282 K. The latter could only be identified due to the high transparency of the samples since the optical band gap is of the order of 4.5 eV and larger than observed before for any bulk and thin film samples.

  15. Refractive index dispersion of swift heavy ion irradiated BFO thin films using Surface Plasmon Resonance technique

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    Paliwal, Ayushi; Sharma, Savita; Tomar, Monika; Singh, Fouran; Gupta, Vinay

    2016-07-01

    Swift heavy ion irradiation (SHI) is an effective technique to induce defects for possible modifications in the material properties. There is growing interest in studying the optical properties of multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films for optoelectronic applications. In the present work, BFO thin films were prepared by sol-gel spin coating technique and were irradiated using the 15 UD Pelletron accelerator with 100 MeV Au9+ ions at a fluence of 1 × 1012 ions cm-2. The as-grown films became rough and porous on ion irradiation. Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) technique has been identified as a highly sensitive and powerful technique for studying the optical properties of a dielectric material. Optical properties of BFO thin films, before and after irradiation were studied using SPR technique in Otto configuration. Refractive index is found to be decreasing from 2.27 to 2.14 on ion irradiation at a wavelength of 633 nm. Refractive index dispersion of BFO thin film (from 405 nm to 633 nm) before and after ion radiation was examined.

  16. 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.

  17. Large microwave tunability of GaAs-based multiferroic heterostructure for applications in monolithic microwave integrated circuits

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    Chen Yajie; Gao Jinsheng; Vittoria, C; Harris, V G [Center for Microwave Magnetic Materials and Integrated Circuits, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Heiman, D, E-mail: y.chen@neu.ed [Department of Physics, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115 (United States)

    2010-12-15

    Microwave magnetoelectric coupling in a ferroelectric/ferromagnetic/semiconductor multiferroic (MF) heterostructure, consisting of a Co{sub 2}MnAl epitaxial film grown on a GaAs substrate bonded to a lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) crystal, is reported. Ferromagnetic resonance measurements were carried out at X-band under the application of electric fields. Results indicate a frequency tuning of 125 MHz for electric field strength of 8 kV cm{sup -1} resulting in a magnetoelectric coupling coefficient of 3.4 Oe cm kV{sup -1}. This work explores the potential of electronically controlled MF devices for use in future monolithic microwave integrated circuits.

  18. Magnetically frustrated behavior in multiferroics RMn2O5 (R =Bi, Eu, and Dy): A Raman scattering study

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    García-Flores, A. F.; Granado, E.; Martinho, H.; Rettori, C.; Golovenchits, E. I.; Sanina, V. A.; Oseroff, S. B.; Park, S.; Cheong, S.-W.

    2007-05-01

    A temperature dependent Raman scattering study in multiferroic single crystals RMn2O5 (R =Bi, Eu, and Dy) was performed. The Raman spectra were measured in the range from 150to450cm-1 involving mostly Mn-O-Mn bending vibrations, complementing our previous work in a higher frequency range involving Mn-O stretching modes. A number of studied phonons present anomalous frequency behavior below a characteristic temperature, T*˜60-65K, such as that found for the stretching modes. The sign and magnitude of such anomalous behavior appear to be correlated with the ionic radius of R, being softening for R =Bi and hardening for R =Eu and Dy in the range between TC/TN and T*. The anomalous phonon behaviors in both bending and stretching modes are consistent with an interpretation in terms of the spin-phonon coupling in a scenario of strong magnetic correlations.

  19. 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.

  20. Electronic and crystal structure changes induced by in-plane oxygen vacancies in multiferroic YMn O3

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    Cheng, Shaobo; Li, Menglei; Meng, Qingping; Duan, Wenhui; Zhao, Y. G.; Sun, X. F.; Zhu, Yimei; Zhu, Jing

    2016-02-01

    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 YMn O3 but alter the in-plane Wyckoff positions of Mn ions, which may subsequently affect the intraplane and interplane exchange interaction of 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 YMn O3 can be manipulated by the creation of VO.

  1. Magnon breakdown in a two dimensional triangular lattice Heisenberg antiferromagnet of multiferroic LuMnO3.

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    Oh, Joosung; Le, Manh Duc; Jeong, Jaehong; Lee, Jung-hyun; Woo, Hyungje; Song, Wan-Young; Perring, T G; Buyers, W J L; Cheong, S-W; Park, Je-Geun

    2013-12-20

    The breakdown of magnons, the quasiparticles of magnetic systems, has rarely been seen. By using an inelastic neutron scattering technique, we report the observation of spontaneous magnon decay in multiferroic LuMnO3, a simple two dimensional Heisenberg triangular lattice antiferromagnet, with large spin S=2. The origin of this rare phenomenon lies in the nonvanishing cubic interaction between magnons in the spin Hamiltonian arising from the noncollinear 120° spin structure. We observed all three key features of the nonlinear effects as theoretically predicted: a rotonlike minimum, a flat mode, and a linewidth broadening, in our inelastic neutron scattering measurements of single crystal LuMnO3. Our results show that quasiparticles in a system hitherto thought of as "classical" can indeed break down.

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

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    Bowlan, P.; Trugman, S. A.; Bowlan, J.; Zhu, J.-X.; Hur, N. J.; Taylor, A. J.; Yarotski, D. A.; Prasankumar, R. P.

    2016-09-01

    We demonstrate an approach for directly tracking antiferromagnetic (AFM) spin dynamics by measuring ultrafast changes in a magnon resonance. We test this idea on the multiferroic HoMnO3 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 insight into fundamental differences between the two systems. 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.

  3. Dielectric relaxation in a nonferroelectric phase of magneto-electric multiferroic CuFeO{sub 2}

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    Mitsuda, S; Yamano, M; Kuribara, K; Nakajima, T; Masuda, K; Yoshitomi, K [Department of Physics, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo 162-8601 (Japan); Terada, N; Kitazawa, H; Takenaka, K; Takamasu, T, E-mail: mitsuda@nsmsmac4.ph.kagu.tus.ac.j [National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)

    2010-01-15

    Magnetic oxide CuFeO{sub 2} is a rare magneto-electric multiferroic where magnetic field-induced or nonmagnetic impurity-induced proper helical magnetic ordering generates a spontaneous electric polarization. We have measured the complex permittivity in various magnetic phases under an applied magnetic field up to 15 T, and found distinct Debye-type-like dielectric dispersion with low relaxation frequency in only 4-sublattice (4SL) magnetic phase among various (4SL, ferroelectric incommensurate, 5-sublattice, partially disordered and paramagnetic) magnetic phases. The relaxation frequency of dielectric dispersion shows interesting anisotropic magnetic field dependence. As one possible explanation of this phenomenon, we will discuss the dielectric dispersion in terms of 4SL-specific magnetic domain wall motion and corresponding displacement of oxygen near magnetic domain wall, instead of so-called Maxwell-Wagner effect in the dielectric system with heterogeneous nature.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. [Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    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.

  6. Ferrielectricity in DyMn2O5: A golden touchstone for multiferroicity of RMn2O5 family

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    Liu, J.-M.; Dong, S.

    2015-06-01

    The RMn2O5 manganite compounds represent one class of multiferroic family with magnetic origins, which has been receiving continuous attention in the past decade. So far, our understanding of the magnetic origins for ferroelectricity in RMn2O5 is associated with the nearly collinear antiferromagnetic structure of Mn ions, while the exchange striction induced ionic displacements are the consequence of the spin frustration competitions. While this scenario may be applied to almost all RMn2O5 members, its limitation is either clear: the temperature-dependent behaviors of electric polarization and its responses to external stimuli are seriously materials dependent. These inconsistences raise substantial concern with the state-of-the-art physics of ferroelectricity in RMn2O5. In this mini-review, we present our recent experimental results on the roles of the 4f moments from R ions which are intimately coupled with the 3d moments from Mn ions. DyMn2O5 is a golden figure for illustrating these roles. It is demonstrated that the spin structure accommodates two nearly collinear sublattices which generate respectively two ferroelectric (FE) sublattices, enabling DyMn2O5 an emergent ferrielectric (FIE) system rarely identified in magnetically induced FEs. The evidence is presented from several aspects, including FIE-like phenomena and magnetoelectric responses, proposed structural model, and experimental check by nonmagnetic substitutions of the 3d and 4f moments. Additional perspectives regarding possible challenges in understanding the multiferroicity of RMn2O5 as a generalized scenario are discussed.

  7. Synthesis and multiferroic properties of M-type SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} hexaferrite ceramics

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    Kostishyn, V.G.; Panina, L.V., E-mail: lpanina@plymouth.ac.uk; Kozhitov, L.V.; Timofeev, A.V.; Kovalev, A.N.

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19}-hexaferrites show strong room-temperature multiferroic properties. • Modified ceramic technique helps to increase resistivity of hexaferrites. • Large spontaneous polarisation is observed in single-phase SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19.} • External electric field deceases the remanent magnetisation of SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} by 10%. - Abstract: The coexistence of strong ferromagnetism and large ferroelectricity has been observed in pure strontium hexaferrite SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} fabricated by a modified ceramic technological method from highly purified initial materials with addition of boron oxide in mass concentration of less than 1.5%. The structure of the samples confirmed by X-ray diffraction patterns is consistent with a single hexagonal phase. The samples were polycrystalline with the grain size of 300–400 nm and the intergrain space was field with B{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The use of boron oxide resulted in enhanced resistivity enabling proper electric polarisation measurements. The magnetic properties are characterised by a standard ferrimagnetic behaviour with the Neel temperature of about 450 °C. Large electric polarisation was observed with the remnant value of 22 μC/cm{sup 2} and the maximal value of 45 μC/cm{sup 2} under the electric field of 300 kV/m. A strong coupling between magnetic and electric ordering was confirmed by measuring the magnetoelectric parameter and the electric field-controlled magnetic hysteresis. The change in magnetization by applying an electric field was in the range of 9–10%, which is even greater than that observed in some substituted hexaferrites with a magnetically induced electric polarisation. The combination of room-temperature multiferroic properties and electrically tuneable magnetization is promising for applications in magnetoelectric devices.

  8. Enhancement of multiferroic properties of nanocrystalline BiFeO{sub 3} powder by Gd-doping

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    Mukherjee, A. [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur 713209 (India); Basu, S., E-mail: soumen.basu@phy.nitdgp.ac.in [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur 713209 (India); Manna, P.K.; Yusuf, S.M. [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085 (India); Pal, M. [CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur 713209 (India)

    2014-06-15

    Highlights: • Large increase in magnetic moment. • Tremendous enhancement in resistivity. • Appreciable increase in dielectric constant. • P–E hysteresis loop at room temperature with enhanced polarizibility. • Appreciable increase in magneto-dielectric constant. - Abstract: Large leakage current and a very low magnetic moment are the two most disadvantages of BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO), which hinder the possibilities of its application in modern devices. An enhancement of the multiferroic properties of BFO is a real challenge to the scientific community. We are able to achieve improve magnetic, electric and magneto-dielectric (MD) properties of sol–gel prepared nanocrystalline BFO by virtue of the beneficial effect of gadolinium doping. The phase-purity and nanocrystalline nature of the samples have been confirmed by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements. Both dc and ac electrical properties were measured to understand the detail charge transport mechanism. The dc electrical resistivity was found to arise due to a variable range hopping conduction mechanism. The variation of ac-conductivity, as a function of frequency in the range (20 Hz–1 MHz) and temperature (298–523 K), was explained on the basis of the correlated barrier hoping (CBH) conduction mechanism. The origin of the improved magnetic and electrical properties have been attributed to a possible suppression of the inhomogeneous magnetic spin structure and/or broken periodicity of the spin cycloid of BFO due to smaller crystallite size, and a decrease of the oxygen vacancies. Our findings demonstrate the fundamental importance of doping in enhancing the multiferroic properties, which would open up the possibility of using BFO in designing spintronic devices.

  9. Functional properties of Sm{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} multiferroic ceramics prepared by spark plasma sintering

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    Gheorghiu, Felicia, E-mail: felicia.gheorghiu@uaic.ro [Dielectrics, Ferroelectrics & Multiferroics Group, Department of Physics, “Al. I. Cuza” Univ., 11 Blvd. Carol I, 700506 Iasi (Romania); RAMTECH Centre, Interdisciplinary Research Department-Field Science, “Al. I. Cuza” Univ., Blvd. Carol I, Nr. 11, 700506 Iasi (Romania); Curecheriu, Lavinia [Dielectrics, Ferroelectrics & Multiferroics Group, Department of Physics, “Al. I. Cuza” Univ., 11 Blvd. Carol I, 700506 Iasi (Romania); Lisiecki, Isabelle [CNRS, Univ Paris 06, UMR 7070, LM2N, bât. F, B.P. 52, 4 place Jussieu, Paris F-75231, Cedex 05 (France); Beaunier, Patricia [UPMC, Univ Paris 06, UMR 7197, LRS, Le Raphaël, 3 rue Galilée, 94200 Ivry (France); Feraru, Simona; Palamaru, Mircea N. [Faculty of Chemistry, “Al. I. Cuza” Univ., 11 Blvd. Carol I, 700506 Iasi (Romania); Musteata, Valentina [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Aleea Grigore Ghica Voda 41A, 700487 Iasi (Romania); Lupu, Nicoleta [National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics, 700050 Iasi (Romania); Mitoseriu, Liliana, E-mail: lmtsr@uaic.ro [Dielectrics, Ferroelectrics & Multiferroics Group, Department of Physics, “Al. I. Cuza” Univ., 11 Blvd. Carol I, 700506 Iasi (Romania)

    2015-11-15

    In the present work, it was reported for the first time the new synthesis of Sm{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} double perovskite oxides by sol–gel auto-combustion method. The Rietveld analysis of the X-ray ceramics diffraction pattern recorded at room temperature for Sm{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} ceramics sintered at 1000 °C/5 min from powders obtained at 700 °C/7 h confirm the formation of the double perovskite with a monoclinic structure and the space group P2{sub 1}/n. The HRTEM analysis shows clear lattice fringes that confirm a high crystallinity level of the material corresponding to the monoclinic structure. The non-linear dielectric character was checked for the first time in Sm{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} double perovskite and the results reveals a strong nonlinearity and a small hysteretic behaviour. The present structural, magnetic and dielectric data make the Sm{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} system due to its multiferroic character a promising candidate to different modern electronic devices applications. - Highlights: • The Sm{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} double perovskite were prepared by sol–gel auto-combustion method. • The Rietveld and HRTEM analysis confirm a double perovskite monoclinic structure. • The non-linear character reveals a strong nonlinearity. • The magnetic transitions indicate a change in the spin ordering. • The Sm{sub 2}NiMnO{sub 6} system is a promising multiferroic candidate to modern applications.

  10. Magnetism switching and band-gap narrowing in Ni-doped PbTiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Zhou, Wenliang; Yu, Lu; Yang, Pingxiong, E-mail: pxyang@ee.ecnu.edu.cn; Chu, Junhao [Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices, Ministry of Education, Department of Electronic Engineering, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241 (China); Deng, Hongmei [Instrumental Analysis and Research Center, Institute of Materials, Shanghai University, 99 Shangda Road, Shanghai 200444 (China)

    2015-05-21

    Ions doping-driven structural phase transition accompanied by magnetism switching and band-gap narrowing effects has been observed in PbTi{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (xPTNO, x = 0.00, 0.06, and 0.33) thin films. With the increase of x, the xPTNO thin films exhibit not only a phase transition from the pseudotetragonal structure to a centrosymmetric cubic structure but also a drastic decrease of grain size. Moreover, the as-grown Ni-doped PbTiO{sub 3} (PTO) thin films show obvious room-temperature ferromagnetism and an increased saturation magnetization with increasing the Ni content, in contrast to undoped PTO, which shows diamagnetism. A bound magnetic polaron model was proposed to understand the observed ferromagnetic behavior of PTO-derived perovskite thin films. Furthermore, the 0.33PTNO thin film presents a narrowed band-gap, much smaller than that of PTO, which is attributed to new states of both the highest occupied molecular orbital and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital in an electronic structure with the presence of Ni. These findings may open up a route to explore promising perovskite oxides as candidate materials for use in multiferroics and solar-energy devices.

  11. Direct observation of temperature dependent magnetic domain structure of the multiferroic La{sub 0.66}Sr{sub 0.34}MnO{sub 3}/BiFeO{sub 3} bilayer system by x-ray linear dichroism- and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism-photoemission electron microscopy

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    Mix, C.; Finizio, S.; Jakob, G.; Kläui, M. [Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Staudingerweg 7, D-55128 Mainz (Germany); Buzzi, M.; Nolting, F. [Swiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Kronast, F. [Helmholtz-Zentrum-Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Albert-Einstein Straße 15, D-12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2014-05-21

    Low-thickness La{sub 0.66}Sr{sub 0.34}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO)/BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) thin film samples deposited on SrTiO{sub 3} were imaged by high resolution x-ray microscopy at different temperatures. The ultra-thin thickness of the top layer allows to image both the ferromagnetic domain structure of LSMO and the multiferroic domain structure of the buried BFO layer, opening a path to a direct observation of coupling at the interface on a microscopic level. By comparing the domain size and structure of the BFO and LSMO, we observed that, in contrast to LSMO single layers, LSMO/BFO multilayers show a strong temperature dependence of the ferromagnetic domain structure of the LSMO. Particularly, at 40 K, a similar domain size for BFO and LSMO is observed. This indicates a persistence of exchange coupling on the microscopic scale at a temperature, where the exchange bias as determined by magnetometer measurements is vanishing.

  12. Performance of magnetoelectric PZT/Ni multiferroic system for energy harvesting application

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    Gupta, Reema; Tomar, Monika; Kumar, Ashok; Gupta, Vinay

    2017-03-01

    Magnetoelectric (ME) coefficient of Lead Zirconium Titanate (PZT) thin films has been probed for possible energy harvesting applications. Single phase PZT thin films have been deposited on nickel substrate (PZT/Ni) using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The effect of PLD process parameters on the ME coupling coefficient in the prepared systems has been investigated. The as grown PZT films on Ni substrate were found to be polycrystalline with improved ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties. The electrical switching behavior of the PZT thin films were verified using capacitance voltage measurements, where well defined butterfly loops were obtained. The ME coupling coefficient was estimated to be in the range of 94.5 V cm‑1 Oe‑1–130.5 V cm‑1 Oe‑1 for PZT/Ni system, which is large enough for harnessing electromagnetic energy for subsequent applications.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Single Crystal Growth of Multiferroic Double Perovskites: Yb2CoMnO6 and Lu2CoMnO6

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    Hwan Young Choi

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available We report on the growth of multiferroic Yb2CoMnO6 and Lu2CoMnO6 single crystals which were synthesized by the flux method with Bi2O3. Yb2CoMnO6 and Lu2CoMnO6 crystallize in a double-perovskite structure with a monoclinic P21/n space group. Bulk magnetization measurements of both specimens revealed strong magnetic anisotropy and metamagnetic transitions. We observed a dielectric anomaly perpendicular to the c axis. The strongly coupled magnetic and dielectric states resulted in the variation of both the dielectric constant and the magnetization by applying magnetic fields, offering an efficient approach to accomplish intrinsically coupled functionality in multiferroics.

  16. Converse magnetoelectric coupling in NiFe/Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}–PbTiO{sub 3} nanocomposite thin films grown on Si substrates

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    Feng, Ming [School of Materials Science and Engineering and State Key Lab of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Key Laboratory of Functional Materials Physics and Chemistry of the Ministry of Education, Jilin Normal University, Siping 136000 (China); Hu, Jiamian; Wang, Jianjun; Li, Zheng; Shu, Li; Nan, C. W. [School of Materials Science and Engineering and State Key Lab of New Ceramics and Fine Processing, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2013-11-04

    Multiferroic NiFe (∼30 nm)/Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}–PbTiO{sub 3}(PMN–PT, ∼220 nm) bilayered thin films were grown on common Pt/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates by a combination of off-axis magnetron sputtering and sol-gel spin-coating technique. By using AC-mode magneto-optical Kerr effect technique, the change in the Kerr signal (magnetization) of the NiFe upon applying a low-frequency AC voltage to the PMN–PT film was in situ acquired at zero magnetic field. The obtained Kerr signal versus voltage loop essentially tracks the electromechanical strain curve of the PMN–PT thin film, clearly demonstrating a strain-mediated converse magnetoelectric coupling, i.e., voltage-modulated magnetization, in the NiFe/PMN–PT nanocomposite thin films.

  17. Magnetic transition from the paramagnetic to long-period structure in RMn2O5 multiferroics: Renormalization group analysis of critical behavior

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    Men'shenin, V. V.

    2013-06-01

    A transition from the paramagnetic state to a long-period magnetic structure with an incommensurate wave vector along one crystallographic axis in RMn2O5 multiferroics is considered. An effective Hamiltonian for these oxides is constructed with allowance for spin fluctuations. Critical points are found, and their stability is analyzed using the renormalization group approach. It is shown that critical fluctuations in these compounds admit a second-order phase transition with respect to a multicomponent order parameter.

  18. Effect of synthesis conditions on the photocatalytic property of multiferroic BiFeO3 towards the degradation of phenol red

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    Dhanalakshmi, Radhalayam; Muneeswaran, M.; Giridharan, N. V.

    2016-05-01

    Multiferroic BiFeO3 has been synthesized through hydrothermal route under different reaction conditions. From the basic characterization such as of X-Ray diffraction analysis (XRD), the synthesized Nps were found to having rhombohedral structure with R3c space group. Photodegradation studies of toxic dye phenol red have been investigated under visible light irradiation. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) analysis has been carried out to identify the magnetic properties and recycle ability photocatalysts.

  19. Magnetoelectric coupling and spin-dependent tunneling in Fe/PbTiO{sub 3}/Fe multiferroic heterostructure with a Ni monolayer inserted at one interface

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    Dai, Jian-Qing, E-mail: djqkust@sina.com; Zhang, Hu; Song, Yu-Min [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093 (China)

    2015-08-07

    We report on first-principles calculations of a Ni monolayer inserted at one interface in the epitaxial Fe/PbTiO{sub 3}/Fe multiferroic heterostructure, focusing on the magnetoelectric coupling and the spin-dependent transport properties. The results of magnetoelectric coupling calculations reveal an attractive approach to realize cumulative magnetoelectric effects in the ferromagnetic/ferroelectric/ferromagnetic superlattices. The underlying physics is attributed to the combinations of several different magnetoelectric coupling mechanisms such as interface bonding, spin-dependent screening, and different types of magnetic interactions. We also demonstrate that inserting a Ni monolayer at one interface in the Fe/PbTiO{sub 3}/Fe multiferroic tunnel junction is an efficient method to produce considerable tunneling electroresistance effect by modifying the tunnel potential barrier and the interfacial electronic structure. Furthermore, coexistence of tunneling magnetoresistance and tunneling electroresistance leads to the emergence of four distinct resistance states, which can be served as a multistate-storage device. The complicated influencing factors including bulk properties of the ferromagnetic electrodes, decay rates of the evanescent states in the tunnel barrier, and the specific interfacial electronic structure provide us promising opportunities to design novel multiferroic tunnel junctions with excellent performances.

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

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    Zhang, Q [Ames Laboratory; Singh, K [Laboratoire CRISMAT; Simon, C [Institut Laue Langevin; Tung, L D [University of Warwick; Balakrishnan, G [University of Warwick; Hardy, V [Laboratoire CRISMAT

    2014-07-01

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

  1. Static and dynamic strain coupling behaviour of ferroic and multiferroic perovskites from resonant ultrasound spectroscopy

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    Carpenter, M. A.

    2015-07-01

    Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) provides a window on the pervasive influence of strain coupling at phase transitions in perovskites through determination of elastic and anelastic relaxations across wide temperature intervals and with the application of external fields. In particular, large variations of elastic constants occur at structural, ferroelectric and electronic transitions and, because of the relatively long interaction length provided by strain fields in a crystal, Landau theory provides an effective formal framework for characterizing their form and magnitude. At the same time, the Debye equations provide a robust description of dynamic relaxational processes involving the mobility of defects which are coupled with strain. Improper ferroelastic transitions driven by octahedral tilting in KMnF3, LaAlO3, (Ca,Sr)TiO3, Sr(Ti,Zr)O3 and BaCeO3 are accompanied by elastic softening of tens of % and characteristic patterns of acoustic loss due to the mobility of twin walls. RUS data for ferroelectrics and ferroelectric relaxors, including BaTiO3, (K,Na)NbO3,Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 (PMN), Pb(Sc1/2Ta1/2)O3 (PST), (Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3)0.955(PbTiO3)0.045 (PZN-PT) and (Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3)0.26(Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3)0.44(PbTiO3)0.30 (PIN-PMN-PT) show similar patterns of softening and attenuation but also have precursor softening associated with the development of polar nano regions. Defect-induced ferroelectricity occurs in KTaO3, without the development of long range ordering. By way of contrast, spin-lattice coupling is much more variable in strength, as reflected in a greater range of softening behaviour for Pr0.48Ca0.52MnO3 and Sm0.6Y0.4MnO3 as well as for the multiferroic perovskites EuTiO3,BiFeO3, Bi0.9Sm0.1FeO3, Bi0.9Nd0.1FeO3, (BiFeO3)0.64(CaFeO2.5)0.36, (Pb(Fe0.5Ti0.5)O3)0.4(Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3)0.6. A characteristic feature of transitions in which there is a significant Jahn-Teller component is softening as the transition point is approached from above, as illustrated by

  2. Static and dynamic strain coupling behaviour of ferroic and multiferroic perovskites from resonant ultrasound spectroscopy.

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    Carpenter, M A

    2015-07-08

    Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) provides a window on the pervasive influence of strain coupling at phase transitions in perovskites through determination of elastic and anelastic relaxations across wide temperature intervals and with the application of external fields. In particular, large variations of elastic constants occur at structural, ferroelectric and electronic transitions and, because of the relatively long interaction length provided by strain fields in a crystal, Landau theory provides an effective formal framework for characterizing their form and magnitude. At the same time, the Debye equations provide a robust description of dynamic relaxational processes involving the mobility of defects which are coupled with strain. Improper ferroelastic transitions driven by octahedral tilting in KMnF3, LaAlO3, (Ca,Sr)TiO3, Sr(Ti,Zr)O3 and BaCeO3 are accompanied by elastic softening of tens of % and characteristic patterns of acoustic loss due to the mobility of twin walls. RUS data for ferroelectrics and ferroelectric relaxors, including BaTiO3, (K,Na)NbO3,Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 (PMN), Pb(Sc1/2Ta1/2)O3 (PST), (Pb(Zn1/3Nb2/3)O3)0.955(PbTiO3)0.045 (PZN-PT) and (Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3)0.26(Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3)0.44(PbTiO3)0.30 (PIN-PMN-PT) show similar patterns of softening and attenuation but also have precursor softening associated with the development of polar nano regions. Defect-induced ferroelectricity occurs in KTaO3, without the development of long range ordering. By way of contrast, spin-lattice coupling is much more variable in strength, as reflected in a greater range of softening behaviour for Pr0.48Ca0.52MnO3 and Sm0.6Y0.4MnO3 as well as for the multiferroic perovskites EuTiO3,BiFeO3, Bi0.9Sm0.1FeO3, Bi0.9Nd0.1FeO3, (BiFeO3)0.64(CaFeO2.5)0.36, (Pb(Fe0.5Ti0.5)O3)0.4(Pb(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3)0.6. A characteristic feature of transitions in which there is a significant Jahn-Teller component is softening as the transition point is approached from above, as illustrated by

  3. On the thermodynamic efficiency of a multiferroic thermomagnetic generator: From bulk to atomic scale

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    Sandoval, Samuel Mancilla

    A unique multiferroic type of thermomagnetic generator is being investigated in order to establish its thermodynamic efficiency at different size scales. This device generates electricity when a magnetic material interacts with a thermal gradient by means of a spring-magnet mechanism. This unique technology is compared to other thermal-electric energy harvesting technologies to show that these devices have a similar goal of achieving a maximum theoretical efficiency of around 50% relative to Carnot. The first approach towards achieving improved performance relies on the analytical modeling, and experimental verification, of several subsystems stemming from the original design, which include the optimization of the magnetic force component, the optimization of the heat transfer process and the efficiency of the energy conversion process. The method to improve the magnetic force component is not recommended and neither is the method to improve the heat transfer process. Nevertheless, the energy conversion subsystem is successfully modeled and verified; thereby suggesting that an electromagnetic induction coil may be better suited for the energy conversion process over a ferroelectric transduction mechanism at bulk scale. A cascade design is also investigated as a method to improve device efficiency; though analysis reveals a design flaw, which leads to other methods for improving efficiency. Two models of thermomagnetic generator thermodynamic efficiency are developed, which are based on distinct approaches taken by Solomon and Brillouin in order to compare this unique system to a Carnot engine. The model based on a modified form of Solomon's approach results in a relative efficiency of 0.5%, which compares well with an estimate of efficiency based on provided data from the original design. This representative model of efficiency was then applied to a survey of pure elements for comparison, which confirms gadolinium as the best material for use as a working body with

  4. Thermal stimulated current response in cupric oxide single crystal thin films over a wide temperature range

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    Yang, Kungan; Wu, Shuxiang; Yu, Fengmei; Zhou, Wenqi; Wang, Yunjia; Meng, Meng; Wang, Gaili; Zhang, Yueli; Li, Shuwei

    2017-01-01

    Cupric oxide single crystal thin films (~26 nm) were grown by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra and in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction show that the thin films are 2  ×  2 reconstructed with an in-plane compression and out-of-plane stretching. A thermal stimulated current measurement indicates that the electric polarization response is shown in the special 2D cupric oxide single crystal thin film over a wide temperature range from 130 K to near-room temperature. We infer that the abnormal electric response involves the changing of phase transition temperature induced by structure distortion, the spin frustration and the magnetic fluctuation effect of a short-range magnetic order, or the combined action of both of the two factors mentioned above. This work suggests a promising clue for finding new room temperature single phase multiferroics or tuning phase transition temperatures.

  5. Temperature dependent dielectric and ferroelectric studies of BiFeO3 thin film

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    Gaur, Anand P. S.; Barik, Sujit K.; Katiyar, Ram S.

    2013-03-01

    Although BiFeO3 (BFO) has received a lot of interest due to its good multiferroic properties at room temperature, high leakage current limit its usage for practical applications. Recently, it is found that these properties in thin films can be different due to strain effect induced by substrate, preparation conditions and electrode effects, etc. In this context, we have studied the temperature dependence of polarization and dielectric properties of BFO thin film by varying the bottom electrode thickness and using different electrodes. The strain dependent ferroelectric switching behaviors have also been investigated with a traditional ferroelectric tester and switching spectroscopy piezoresponse force microscopy (SS-PFM), respectively. We used pulsed laser deposition to fabricate thin films of BFO using Si (100) substrate and SrTiO3(STO) as buffer layer with different bottom electrodes such as SrRuO3(SRO), LaNiO3(LNO) and Pt/Si. The thickness of STO layer is kept fixed around 70 nm and the thicknesses of BFO and electrode layer were varied from 70 nm to 200nm. The layers were grown under optimized conditions and polycrystalline nature is found from room temperature XRD. A large enhancement of polarization is found while using LNO electrode and also with reducing the thickness of BFO layer. The remnant polarization and cohesivity also shows large increase with increaisng temperature, although leakage current increases significantly. NSF

  6. Magnetic, ferroelectric and leakage current properties of gadolinium doped bismuth ferrite thin films by sol-gel method

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    Chen, Hone-Zern; Kao, Ming-Cheng; Young, San-Lin; Hwang, Jun-Dar; Chiang, Jung-Lung; Chen, Po-Yen

    2015-05-01

    Bi0.9Gd0.1FeO3 (BGFO) thin films were fabricated on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) substrates by using the sol-gel technology. The effects of annealing temperature (400-700 °C) on microstructure and multiferroic properties of thin films were investigated. The X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the BGFO thin films had an orthorhombic structure. The thin films showed ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties with remanent polarization (2Pr) of 10 μC/cm2, remnant magnetization (2Mr) of 2.4 emu/g and saturation magnetization (Ms) of 5.3 emu/g. A small leakage current density (J) was 4.64×10-8 A/cm2 under applied field 100 kV/cm. It was found that more than one conduction mechanism is involved in the electric field range used in these experiments. The leakage current mechanisms were controlled by Poole-Frenkel emission in the low electric field region and by Schottky emission from the Pt electrode in the high field region.

  7. Thin film processes II

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    Kern, Werner

    1991-01-01

    This sequel to the 1978 classic, Thin Film Processes, gives a clear, practical exposition of important thin film deposition and etching processes that have not yet been adequately reviewed. It discusses selected processes in tutorial overviews with implementation guide lines and an introduction to the literature. Though edited to stand alone, when taken together, Thin Film Processes II and its predecessor present a thorough grounding in modern thin film techniques.Key Features* Provides an all-new sequel to the 1978 classic, Thin Film Processes* Introduces new topics, and sever

  8. Pyrolyzed thin film carbon

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    Tai, Yu-Chong (Inventor); Liger, Matthieu (Inventor); Harder, Theodore (Inventor); Konishi, Satoshi (Inventor); Miserendino, Scott (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method of making carbon thin films comprises depositing a catalyst on a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon in contact with the catalyst and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon. A method of controlling a carbon thin film density comprises etching a cavity into a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon into the cavity, and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon while in the cavity to form a carbon thin film. Controlling a carbon thin film density is achieved by changing the volume of the cavity. Methods of making carbon containing patterned structures are also provided. Carbon thin films and carbon containing patterned structures can be used in NEMS, MEMS, liquid chromatography, and sensor devices.

  9. Giant electric field tunable magnetic properties in a Co50Fe50/lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate multiferroic heterostructure

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    Yang, Wei-Gang; Morley, Nicola A.; Sharp, Joanne; Rainforth, W. Mark

    2015-08-01

    Co50Fe50/(0 1 1)-oriented lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) multiferroic (MF) heterostructures were fabricated by RF sputtering magnetic films onto PMN-PT substrates. The effect of magnetic layer thickness (30 nm to 100 nm) on the magnetoelectric (ME) coupling in the heterostructures was studied independently, due to the almost constant magnetostriction constant (λ = 40   ±   5 ppm) and similar as-grown magnetic anisotropies for all studied magnetic layer thicknesses. A record high remanence ratio (M r/M s) tunability of 95% has been demonstrated in the 65 nm Co50Fe50/PMN-PT heterostructure, corresponding to a large ME constant (α) of 2.5   ×   10-6 s m-1, when an external electric field (E-field) of 9 kV cm-1 was applied. Such an MF heterostructure provides considerable opportunities for E-field-controlled multifunctional devices.

  10. Room-temperature electric polarization induced by phase separation in multiferroic GdMn2O5

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    Khannanov, B. Kh.; Sanina, V. A.; Golovenchits, E. I.; Scheglov, M. P.

    2016-02-01

    It was generally accepted until recently that multiferroics RMn2O5 crystallized in the centrosymmetric space group Pbam and ferroelectricity in them could exist only at low temperatures due to the magnetic exchange striction. Recent comprehensive structural studies [V. Baledent et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 117601 (2015)] have shown that the actual symmetry of RMn2O5 at room temperature is a noncentrosymmetric monoclinic space group Pm, which allows room temperature ferroelectricity to exist. However, such a polarization has not yet been found. Our electric polarization loop studies of GdMn2O5 have revealed that a polarization does exist up to room temperature. This polarization occurs mainly in restricted polar domains that arise in the initial GdMn2O5 matrix due to phase separation and charge carrier self-organization. These domains are selfconsistent with the matrix, which leads to the noncentrosymmetricity of the entire crystal. The polarization is controlled by a magnetic field, thereby demonstrating the presence of magnetoelectric coupling. The lowtemperature ferroelectricity enhances the restricted polar domain polarization along the b axis.

  11. Doping effects on trimerization and magnetoelectric coupling of single crystal multiferroic (Y,Lu)MnO3

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    Choi, Seongil; Sim, Hasung; Kang, Soonmin; Choi, Ki-Young; Park, Je-Geun

    2017-03-01

    Hexagonal RMnO3 is a multiferroic compound with a giant spin–lattice coupling at an antiferromagnetic transition temperature, Lee et al (2008 Nature 451 805). Despite extensive studies over the past two decades, the origin and underlying microscopic mechanism of strong spin–lattice coupling remain very much elusive. In this study, we have tried to address this problem by measuring the thermal expansion and dielectric constant of doped single crystals Y1‑x Lu x MnO3 where x  =  0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, and 1.0. From these measurements, we confirm that there is a progressive change in the physical properties with doping. At the same time, all our samples exhibit clear anomalies at T N, even in the samples where x  =  0.5 and 0.75. This is opposed to some earlier ideas, which suggests an unusual doping dependence of the anomaly. Our work reveals yet another interesting facet of the spin–lattice coupling issue in hexagonal RMnO3.

  12. Modified Heisenberg model for the zig-zag structure in multiferroic RMn{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Bahoosh, Safa Golrokh, E-mail: safa.bahoosh@uni-konstanz.de [Department of Physics, University of Konstanz, D-78457 Konstanz (Germany); Wesselinowa, Julia M., E-mail: julia@phys.uni-sofia.bg [Department of Physics, University of Sofia, 1164 Sofia (Bulgaria); Trimper, Steffen, E-mail: steffen.trimper@physik.uni-halle.de [Institute of Physics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, D-06099 Halle (Germany)

    2015-08-28

    The class of RMn{sub 2}O{sub 5} (R = Ho, Tb, Y, Eu) compounds offers multiferroic properties where the refined magnetic zig-zag order breaks the inversion symmetry. Varying the temperature, the system undergoes a magnetic and a subsequent ferroelectric phase transition where the ferroelectricity is magnetically induced. We propose a modified anisotropic Heisenberg model that can be used as a tractable analytical model studying the properties of those antiferromagnetic zig-zag spin chains. Based on a finite temperature Green's function method, it is shown that the polarization is induced solely by different exchange couplings of the two different Mn{sup 4+} and Mn{sup 3+} magnetic ions. We calculate the excitation energy of the spin system for finite temperatures, which for its part determines the temperature dependent magnetization and polarization. The ferroelectric phase transition is manifested as a kink in the excitation energy. The variation of the polarization by an external magnetic field depends strongly on the direction of that field. Whereas, the polarization in b-direction increases with an external magnetic field as well in b-direction it can be switched for strong fields in a-direction. The results based on that modified Heisenberg model are in qualitative agreement with experimental data.

  13. Magnetic and electric properties of CaMn7O12 based multiferroic compounds: effect of electron doping.

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    Sannigrahi, J; Chattopadhyay, S; Dutta, D; Giri, S; Majumdar, S

    2013-06-19

    The mixed valent multiferroic compound CaMn7O12 is studied for its magnetic and electric properties. The compound undergoes magnetic ordering below 90 K with a helimagnetic structure followed by a low temperature magnetic anomaly observed around 43 K. This study shows that the magnetic anomaly at 43 K is associated with thermal hysteresis indicating the first order nature of the transition. The compound also shows field-cooled magnetic memory and relaxation below 43 K, although no zero-field-cooled memory is present. A clear magnetic hysteresis loop is present in the magnetization versus field measurements, signifying the presence of some ferromagnetic clusters in the system. We doped trivalent La at the site of divalent Ca expecting to enhance the fraction of Mn(3+) ions. The La doped samples show reduced magnetization, although the temperatures associated with the magnetic anomalies remain almost unaltered. Interestingly, the spontaneous electrical polarization below 90 K increases drastically on La substitution. We propose that the ground states of the pure as well as the La doped compositions contain isolated superparamagnetic like clusters, which can give rise to metastability in the form of field-cooled memory and relaxation. The ground state is certainly not spin glass type, as is evident from the absence of zero-field-cooled memory and frequency shift in the ac susceptibility measurements.

  14. Effects of magnetic annealing on structure and multiferroic properties of pure and dysprosium substituted BiFeO 3

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    Zhang, Shuxia

    2012-07-01

    In this work, the effects of magnetic annealing on crystal structure and multiferroic properties of BiFeO 3 and Bi 0.85Dy 0.15FeO 3 have been investigated. It is found that the X-ray diffraction patterns of pure BiFeO 3 samples are obviously broadened after magnetic annealing, whereas those of Bi 0.85Dy 0.15FeO 3 samples are almost unchanged. Magnetic field annealing did not affect the magnetic properties of these two kinds of samples much. However, ferroelectric properties of the two materials exhibited different behaviors after magnetic field annealing. For pure BiFeO 3 samples, the remnant polarizations (P r) are suppressed; in contrast, for Bi 0.85Dy 0.15FeO 3 samples, P r is greatly enhanced. Possible mechanisms for the effects of magnetic field annealing have been discussed. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Spin-lattice coupling mediated multiferroicity in (ND4)2FeCl5.D2O

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    Tian, W.; Cao, Huibo; Wang, Jincheng; Ye, Feng; Matsuda, M.; Yan, J.-Q.; Liu, Yaohua; Garlea, V. O.; Agrawal, Harish K.; Chakoumakos, B. C.; Sales, B. C.; Fishman, Randy S.; Fernandez-Baca, J. A.

    2016-12-01

    We report a neutron diffraction study of the multiferroic mechanism in (ND4)2FeCl5.D2O , a molecular compound that exhibits magnetically induced ferroelectricity. This material exhibits two successive magnetic transitions on cooling: a long-range order transition to an incommensurate (IC) collinear sinusoidal spin state at TN=7.3 K, followed by a second transition to an IC cycloidal spin state at TF E=6.8 K, the latter of which is accompanied by spontaneous ferroelectric polarization. The cycloid structure is strongly distorted by spin-lattice coupling, as evidenced by the observations of both odd and even higher-order harmonics associated with the cycloid wave vector, and a weak commensurate phase that coexists with the IC phase. The second-order harmonic appears at TF E, thereby providing unambiguous evidence that the onset of the electric polarization is accompanied by a lattice modulation due to spin-lattice interaction. The neutron results, in conjunction with the negative thermal expansion and large magnetostriction observed in Ref. [19], indicate that spin-lattice coupling plays a critical role in the ferroelectric mechanism of (ND4)2FeCl5.D2O .

  16. Electric field-induced magnetoresistance in spin-valve/piezoelectric multiferroic laminates for low-power spintronics

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    Huong Giang, D.T., E-mail: giangdth@vnu.edu.vn [Nano Magnetic Materials and Devices Department, Faculty of Engineering Physics and Nanotechnology, VNU University of Engineering and Technology, Vietnam National University, Hanoi E3 Building, 144 Xuan Thuy Road, Cau Giay, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Thuc, V.N.; Duc, N.H. [Nano Magnetic Materials and Devices Department, Faculty of Engineering Physics and Nanotechnology, VNU University of Engineering and Technology, Vietnam National University, Hanoi E3 Building, 144 Xuan Thuy Road, Cau Giay, Hanoi (Viet Nam)

    2012-07-15

    Electric field-induced magnetic anisotropy has been realized in the spin-valve-based {l_brace}Ni{sub 80}Fe{sub 20}/Cu/Fe{sub 50}Co{sub 50}/IrMn{r_brace}/piezoelectric multiferroic laminates. In this system, electric-field control of magnetization is accomplished by strain mediated magnetoelectric coupling. Practically, the magnetization in the magnetostrictive FeCo layer of the spin-valve structure rotates under an effective compressive stress caused by the inverse piezoelectric effect in external electrical fields. This phenomenon is evidenced by the magnetization and magnetoresistance changes under the electrical field applied across the piezoelectric layer. The result shows great potential for advanced low-power spintronic devices. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Investigate electric field-induced magnetic anisotropy in spin-valve/piezoelectric. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetization, magnetoresistance changes under electric field across piezoelectric. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetization in magnetostrictive FeCo-layer rotates under a compressive stress. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This advance shows great implications for low-power electronics and spintronics.

  17. Structural, electrical, dielectric and magnetic properties of Mn-Nd substituted CoFeO3 nano sized multiferroics

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available A series of MnxCo1−xFe1−yNdyO3 (where x=0.0–1.0 & y=0.0–0.1 multiferroic nanocrystals was synthesized via sol-gel auto-combustion technique. The structure was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD while morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The electrical resistivity was observed to increase from 2.14×107 to 8.77×109 Ω-cm and activation energy was found to increase from 0.64 to 0.75 eV, while the drift mobility decreased from 4.75×10−13 to 1.27×10−15 cm2 V−1 S−1 by the substitution of Mn and Nd contents. The dielectric constant, dielectric loss and dielectric loss factor decrease with frequency and Mn-Nd contents. The saturation magnetization was increased from 34 to 70 emu g−1 while the coercivity decreased from 705 to 262 Oe with the increase of substituents. The increase in electrical resistivity and saturation magnetization while decrease in dielectric parameters and coercivity make these nanomaterials suitable for applications in microwave devices and longitudinal magnetic recording media.

  18. Magnetic phase diagram of multiferroic delafossite CuFe{sub 1-y}Ga{sub y}O{sub 2}

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    Terada, N; Kitazawa, H [National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan 305-0047 (Japan); Nakajima, T; Mitsuda, S, E-mail: terada.noriki@nims.go.j [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo 162-8601 (Japan)

    2009-01-01

    We report magnetic susceptibility measurements on nonmagnetic impurity-doped multiferroic CuFe{sub 1-y}Ga{sub y}O{sub 2} with 0 <= y <= 0:08. The temperature versus Ga concentration magnetic phase diagram was obtained. Comparing the presently obtained phase diagram of CuFe{sub 1-y}Ga{sub y}O{sub 2} with that of CuFe{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 2}, we find that the stability of 4SL ground state for substitution of nonmagnetic ions does not depend on the nonmagnetic ionic radius significantly. On the other hand, the FEIC phase in CuFe{sub 1-y}Ga{sub y}O{sub 2} exists in a wider region of 0:02 <= y <= 0:05 than CuFe{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 2}. We thus find that the local lattice distortion caused by large difference in ionic radii between Al3{sup +} and Fe3{sup +} affects the stability of the FEIC phase for nonmagnetic ion substitution significantly.

  19. Electrophoretic deposition of BaTiO 3/CoFe 2O 4 multiferroic composite films

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    Zhou, Dongxiang; Jian, Gang; Zheng, Yanan; Gong, Shuping; Shi, Fei

    2011-06-01

    Electrophoretic deposition was utilized for preparation of BaTiO 3/CoFe 2O 4 multiferroic composite thick films on indium-tin oxide substrates. The suspensions for electrophoretic experiments were prepared by dispersing BaTiO 3 and CoFe 2O 4 nanoparticles with different molar ratios into solvents composed of ethanol and acetylacetone. Polyvinyl butyral was added to the suspensions in order to enhance the adhesion and strength of deposit and prevent cracking. The zeta potential values of BaTiO 3/CoFe 2O 4 suspensions were measured to be 26.4-36.9 mV. The experiment results showed that deposited films were obtained only when the applied electric field was larger than a certain critical value. XRD and SEM analysis depicted the presence of constituent phases in composite films. The percolation threshold of composite films was improved through dispersing ferromagnetic phase into ferroelectric phase. Therefore, the ferroelectric properties of composite thick films were maintained when the ferromagnetic properties were enhanced significantly with increasing CFO content.

  20. Enhancement of magnetic and ferroelectric behaviour in (Ca, Co) co-doped HoMnO3 multiferroics

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    Rout, P. P.; Pradhan, S. K.; Das, S. K.; Samantaray, S.; Roul, B. K.

    2013-11-01

    The effect of sintering temperature on structural, electrical and magnetic behaviours of polycrystalline samples of Ho0.9Ca0.1Mn0.9Co0.1O3 prepared by the solid state reaction route sintered at three different temperature 1250 °C, 1350 °C, 1450 °C for 10 h are investigated. XRD, SEM, magnetization, dielectric and ferroelectric measurements were carried out. Experimental results showed the nucleation of orthorhombic phase as the sintering temperature increases from 1250 °C to 1450 °C. Ferroelectric (Tc) and antiferromagnetic transition temperature (TN) increases with increase in sintering temperature. Strong bifurcation of FC and ZFC curve in sample sintered at 1450 °C showed a clear onset of ferromagnetic state around 165 °K, which is confirmed from M to H graph at 165 °K. All the sample showed ferroelectric behaviour at room temperature which are leaky in nature. Sintering temperature along with Ca and Co doping in HoMnO3 ceramics plays an important role in phase transformation along with enhancement in multiferroic properties.

  1. Field evolution of magnetism in multiferroic (ND4)2 [FeCl5 (D2O)

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    Tian, Wei; Cao, Huibo; Yan, Jiaqiang; Sales, Brian; Fernandez-Baca, Jaime

    (NH4)2 [FeCl5(H2O)] is a new organic multiferroic material that exhibits a very rich magnetic field versus temperature (B vs. T) phase diagram. The material undergoes two successive magnetic transitions at 7.3K and 6.8K, with the onset of ferroelectricity at 6.8K at B = 0T. Applying magnetic field with B// a-axis or B//c-axis induces transitions to different ferroelectric phases, and the electric polarization direction rotates from P//a-axis at B = 0T to P//c-axis at B = 5T. Here we report single crystal neutron diffraction results studied with B//a-axis that elucidate the field evolution of magnetism associated with different ferroelectric phases in (NH4)2 [FeCl5(H2O)]. 1Research conducted at ORNL's High Flux Isotope Reactor was sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U. S. Department of Energy.

  2. 多铁性纳米点结构及微纳器件应用%Multiferroic nanodot structures and their applications in micro/nano devices

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    高兴森; 曾敏; 刘俊明

    2014-01-01

    在当前电子技术微型化和高度集成化的趋势下,多铁性纳米材料的研究正逐渐成为一个重要主题。这方面的研究还处在起步阶段,在材料的制备工艺和表征手段方面还面临诸多挑战。文章简要介绍了多铁性纳米点的制备工艺(包括离子刻蚀、自组构、多孔氧化铝模板方法等)和以多功能扫描探针为代表的表征手段,还介绍了纳米点带来的新颖的物理现象及其在微纳器件应用等方面的研究进展。%With the ever increasing development of miniaturization and integration technolo-gies in the microelectronics industry, nanoscale multiferroics have attracted more and more atten-tions. However, there are still several challenges hinter their applications, especially in nanoscale fabrication and characterization methods. We present a brief overview on the current progress in multiferroic nanodots, covering nano-patterning (including self-assembly, focused ion beam lithogra-phy, and anodic aluminium oxide template mask assisted deposition), nanoscale characterization techniques (in particular multifunctional scanning probe microscopy), novel physical properties in-volved in nanodots, as well as related multiferroic nano/micro-device applications.

  3. Magnetoelectric effect in antiferromagnetic multiferroic Pb (F e1 /2N b1 /2)O3 and its solid solutions with PbTi O3

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    Laguta, V. V.; Stephanovich, V. A.; Raevski, I. P.; Raevskaya, S. I.; Titov, V. V.; Smotrakov, V. G.; Eremkin, V. V.

    2017-01-01

    Antiferromagnets (AFMs) are presently considered as promising materials for applications in spintronics and random access memories due to the robustness of information stored in the AFM state against perturbing magnetic fields. In this respect, AFM multiferroics may be attractive alternatives for conventional AFMs as the coupling of magnetism with ferroelectricity (magnetoelectric effect) offers an elegant possibility of electric-field control and switching of AFM domains. Here we report the results of comprehensive experimental and theoretical investigations of the quadratic magnetoelectric (ME) effect in single crystals and highly resistive ceramics of Pb (F e1 /2N b1 /2)O3 (PFN) and (1 -x ) Pb (F e1 /2N b1 /2) O3-x PbTi O3(PFN -x PT ) . We are interested primarily in the temperature range of the multiferroic phase, T <150 K , where the ME coupling coefficient is extremely large (as compared to the well-known multiferroic BiFe O3 ) and shows sign reversal at the paramagnetic-to-antiferromagnetic phase transition. Moreover, we observe strong ME response nonlinearity in the AFM phase in the magnetic fields of only a few kOe. To describe the temperature and magnetic field dependencies of the above unusual features of the ME effect in PFN and PFN-x PT , we use a simple phenomenological Landau approach which explains experimental data surprisingly well. Our ME measurements demonstrate that the electric field of only 20-25 kV/cm is able to switch the AFM domains and align them with ferroelectric ones even in PFN ceramic samples.

  4. Ferroelectric and electrical characterization of multiferroic BiFeO3 at the single nanoparticle level

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    Vasudevan, R. K.; Bogle, K. A.; Kumar, A.; Jesse, S.; Magaraggia, R.; Stamps, R.; Ogale, S. B.; Potdar, H. S.; Nagarajan, V.

    2011-12-01

    Ferroelectric BiFeO3 (BFO) nanoparticles deposited on epitaxial substrates of SrRuO3 (SRO) and La1-xSrxMnO3 (LSMO) were studied using band excitation piezoresponse spectroscopy (BEPS), piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR). BEPS confirms that the nanoparticles are ferroelectric in nature. Switching behavior of nanoparticle clusters were studied and showed evidence for inhomogeneous switching. The dimensionality of domains within nanoparticles was found to be fractal in nature, with a dimensionality constant of ˜1.4, on par with ferroelectric BFO thin-films under 100 nm in thickness. Ferromagnetic resonance studies indicate BFO nanoparticles only weakly affect the magnetic response of LSMO.

  5. Ferroelectric and electrical characterization of multiferroic BiFeO3 at the single nanoparticle level

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    Vasudevan, Rama K [ORNL; Bogle, K A [University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Kumar, Amit [ORNL; Jesse, Stephen [ORNL; Magaraggia, R [University of Glasgow; Stamps, R [University of Glasgow; Ogale, S [National Chemical Laboratory, India; Potdar, H S [National Chemical Laboratory, India

    2011-01-01

    Ferroelectric BiFeO3 (BFO) nanoparticles deposited on epitaxial substrates of SrRuO3 (SRO) and La1xSrxMnO3 (LSMO) were studied using band excitation piezoresponse spectroscopy (BEPS), piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM), and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR). BEPS confirms that the nanoparticles are ferroelectric in nature. Switching behavior of nanoparticle clusters were studied and showed evidence for inhomogeneous switching. The dimensionality of domains within nanoparticles was found to be fractal in nature, with a dimensionality constant of 1.4, on par with ferroelectric BFO thin-films under 100 nm in thickness. Ferromagnetic resonance studies indicate BFO nanoparticles only weakly affect the magnetic response of LSMO.

  6. Magnetic, ferroelectric and leakage current properties of gadolinium doped bismuth ferrite thin films by sol–gel method

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    Chen, Hone-Zern, E-mail: hzc@hust.edu.tw [Department of Electronic Engineering, Hsiuping University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan (China); Kao, Ming-Cheng, E-mail: kmc@hust.edu.tw [Department of Electronic Engineering, Hsiuping University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan (China); Young, San-Lin [Department of Electronic Engineering, Hsiuping University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan (China); Hwang, Jun-Dar [Department of Electrophysics, National Chiayi University, Chiayi, Taiwan (China); Chiang, Jung-Lung [Department of Mobile Technology, Toko University, Chiayi, Taiwan (China); Chen, Po-Yen [Department of Electronic Engineering, Hsiuping University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan (China)

    2015-05-01

    Bi{sub 0.9}Gd{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} (BGFO) thin films were fabricated on Pt(111)/Ti/SiO{sub 2}/Si(100) substrates by using the sol–gel technology. The effects of annealing temperature (400–700 °C) on microstructure and multiferroic properties of thin films were investigated. The X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the BGFO thin films had an orthorhombic structure. The thin films showed ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties with remanent polarization (2P{sub r}) of 10 μC/cm{sup 2}, remnant magnetization (2M{sub r}) of 2.4 emu/g and saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) of 5.3 emu/g. A small leakage current density (J) was 4.64×10{sup −8} A/cm{sup 2} under applied field 100 kV/cm. It was found that more than one conduction mechanism is involved in the electric field range used in these experiments. The leakage current mechanisms were controlled by Poole–Frenkel emission in the low electric field region and by Schottky emission from the Pt electrode in the high field region. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 3.96}Pr{sub 0.04}Ti{sub 2.95}Nb{sub 0.05}O{sub 12} thin films were prepared by sol–gel technology. • Thin films showed 2P{sub r} of 10 μC/cm{sup 2}, 2M{sub r} of 2.4 emu/g and M{sub s} of 5.3 emu/g. • Leakage current mechanisms were controlled by Poole–Frenkel and Schottky emission.

  7. Quantification of strain and charge co-mediated magnetoelectric coupling on ultra-thin Permalloy/PMN-PT interface.

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    Nan, Tianxiang; Zhou, Ziyao; Liu, Ming; Yang, Xi; Gao, Yuan; Assaf, Badih A; Lin, Hwaider; Velu, Siddharth; Wang, Xinjun; Luo, Haosu; Chen, Jimmy; Akhtar, Saad; Hu, Edward; Rajiv, Rohit; Krishnan, Kavin; Sreedhar, Shalini; Heiman, Don; Howe, Brandon M; Brown, Gail J; Sun, Nian X

    2014-01-14

    Strain and charge co-mediated magnetoelectric coupling are expected in ultra-thin ferromagnetic/ferroelectric multiferroic heterostructures, which could lead to significantly enhanced magnetoelectric coupling. It is however challenging to observe the combined strain charge mediated magnetoelectric coupling, and difficult in quantitatively distinguish these two magnetoelectric coupling mechanisms. We demonstrated in this work, the quantification of the coexistence of strain and surface charge mediated magnetoelectric coupling on ultra-thin Ni0.79Fe0.21/PMN-PT interface by using a Ni0.79Fe0.21/Cu/PMN-PT heterostructure with only strain-mediated magnetoelectric coupling as a control. The NiFe/PMN-PT heterostructure exhibited a high voltage induced effective magnetic field change of 375 Oe enhanced by the surface charge at the PMN-PT interface. Without the enhancement of the charge-mediated magnetoelectric effect by inserting a Cu layer at the PMN-PT interface, the electric field modification of effective magnetic field was 202 Oe. By distinguishing the magnetoelectric coupling mechanisms, a pure surface charge modification of magnetism shows a strong correlation to polarization of PMN-PT. A non-volatile effective magnetic field change of 104 Oe was observed at zero electric field originates from the different remnant polarization state of PMN-PT. The strain and charge co-mediated magnetoelectric coupling in ultra-thin magnetic/ferroelectric heterostructures could lead to power efficient and non-volatile magnetoelectric devices with enhanced magnetoelectric coupling.

  8. Polarization enhancement and ferroelectric switching enabled by interacting magnetic structures in DyMnO3 thin films

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    Lu, Chengliang

    2013-12-02

    The mutual controls of ferroelectricity and magnetism are stepping towards practical applications proposed for quite a few promising devices in which multiferroic thin films are involved. Although ferroelectricity stemming from specific spiral spin ordering has been reported in highly distorted bulk perovskite manganites, the existence of magnetically induced ferroelectricity in the corresponding thin films remains an unresolved issue, which unfortunately halts this step. In this work, we report magnetically induced electric polarization and its remarkable response to magnetic field (an enhancement of ?800% upon a field of 2 Tesla at 2 K) in DyMnO3 thin films grown on Nb-SrTiO3 substrates. Accompanying with the large polarization enhancement, the ferroelectric coercivity corresponding to the magnetic chirality switching field is significantly increased. A picture based on coupled multicomponent magnetic structures is proposed to understand these features. Moreover, different magnetic anisotropy related to strain-suppressed GdFeO 3-type distortion and Jahn-Teller effect is identified in the films.

  9. 'Active' Thin Sections

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    De Rooij, M.R.; Bijen, J.M.J.M.

    1999-01-01

    Optical microscopy using thin sections has become more and more important over the last decade to study concrete. Unfortunately, this technique is not capable of studying actually hydrating cement paste. At Delft University of Technology a new technique has been developed using 'active' thin section

  10. Low Temperature Broad Band Dielectric Spectroscopy of Multiferroic Bi6Fe2Ti3O18 Ceramics

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    Lisińska-Czekaj A.

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In the present research the tool of broadband dielectric spectroscopy was utilized to characterize dielectric behavior of Bi6Fe2Ti3O18 (BFTO Aurivillius-type multiferroic ceramics. Dielectric response of BFTO ceramics was studied in the frequency domain (Δν=0.1Hz – 10MHz within the temperature range ΔT=-100°C – 200°C. The Kramers-Kronig data validation test was employed to validate the impedance data measurements and it was found that the measured impedance data exhibited good quality justifying further analysis. The residuals were found to be less than 1%, whereas the “chi-square” parameter was within the range χ2~10−7−10−5. Experimental data were analyzed using the circle fit of simple impedance arc plotted in the complex Z”-Z’ plane (Nyquist plot. The total ac conductivity of the grain boundaries was thus revealed and the activation energy of ac conductivity for the grain boundaries was calculated. It was found that activation energy of ac conductivity of grain boundaries changes from EA=0.20eV to EA=0.55eV while temperature rises from T=-100°C up to T=200°C. On the base of maxima of the impedance semicircles (ωmτm=1 the relaxation phenomena were characterized in terms of the temperature dependence of relaxation times and relevant activation energy was calculated (EA=0.55eV.

  11. Structural, electrical, magnetic and {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer study of polycrystalline multiferroic DyFeO{sub 3}

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    Reddy, S. Shravan Kumar; Raju, N. [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana (India); Reddy, Ch. Gopal, E-mail: ch_gopalreddy@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, University College of Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana (India); Reddy, P. Yadagiri; Reddy, K. Rama [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana (India); Reddy, V. Raghavendra [UGC DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University campus, Khandwa Road, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452001 (India)

    2015-12-15

    Structural, Raman spectroscopy, leakage current density, temperature dependent magnetization and Mössbauer measurements of polycrystalline DyFeO{sub 3} (DFO) prepared through sol–gel route are reported in this paper. Phase purity and structure of the prepared sample is confirmed from x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The room temperature leakage current density (J–E) measurements indicate that Ohmic contribution and space charge limited conduction are the dominating mechanisms at low and high applied electric fields respectively. Signatures of Fe{sup 3+} spin reorientation transition (T{sub SR}) and the antiferromagnetic ordering of Dy{sup 3+} ions are observed from the temperature dependent (10–350 K) magnetization data. The M–H data measured at 2 K shows the field induced metamagnetic transition. Internal hyperfine field obtained from temperature dependent (5–300 K) {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer measurements is observed to decrease below the T{sub SR} and further found to increase till 5 K indicating the contribution of Dy{sup 3+} magnetic ordering on the hyperfine field of Fe nucleus. - Highlights: • This paper analyses structural, electrical and magnetic properties of polycrystalline multiferroic DyFeO{sub 3} sample prepared through sol–gel route. • Signatures of Fe{sup 3+} spin reorientation transition and the antiferromagnetic ordering of Dy{sup 3+} ions are observed from the temperature dependent (10-350 K) magnetization data. • From the temperature dependent {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer measurements contribution of Dy{sup 3+} magnetic ordering on the hyperfine field of Fe nucleus is observed. • Ohmic and space charge limited conduction mechanisms are found to be dominating at low and high applied electric fields respectively in DyFeO{sub 3}.

  12. Enhanced electrical properties in Ce3+ and V5+ co-doped multiferroic BiFeO3 films%Ce、V共掺杂BiFeO3多铁薄膜及其电性能研究

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    袁娜; 刘军; 刘文秋; 李美亚; 赵兴中

    2011-01-01

    Pure, Ce3+ and V5+ co-doped multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films, BiFeO3 (BFO) and Bi0.97 Ce0.03 Fe1-x Vx O3 (x = 0,0.01,0.02,0.03) (BCFVχ), were successfully prepared on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by sol-gel technique.The structures and the surface morphologies measurements revealed a gradual phase transition from a rhombohedral to a pseudotetragonal structure and decreased grain sizes in the Ce and V co-doped BFO films. The dielectric property and leakage current density measurements indicated a large increase in the dielectric constanct and greatly decreases in the dielectric loss and the leakage current density in the Ce and V co-doped BFO films. Improved ferroelectric properties were obtained in the BCFVx films of x=0. 01 with a well squared-shaped P-E hysteresis loop.%采用sol-gel法在Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si衬底上成功制备出纯BiFeO3(BFO)和Ce、V共掺杂Bi0.97 Ce0.03Fe1-x VxO3 (x=0,0.01,0.02,0.03)(BCFVx)薄膜.结构和形貌测试表明,Ce、V共掺杂使得BFO薄膜发生从菱方结构到伪四方结构的转变,且薄膜晶粒变小.介电性能和漏电流测试表明,Ce、V共掺杂BFO薄膜的介电常数增大,介电损耗和漏电流密度减小.铁电性能测试表明在x=0.01时,BCFV0.01薄膜具有较好矩形度的电滞回线,表现出较好的铁电性能.

  13. In-situ formation of barium ferrite in iron-doped 'tetragonal tungsten bronze': Elaboration of room temperature multiferroic composites

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    Castel, E. [ICMCB-CNRS, 87 Avenue du Docteur Schweitzer, 33608 Pessac cedex (France); Josse, M. [ICMCB-CNRS, 87 Avenue du Docteur Schweitzer, 33608 Pessac cedex (France)], E-mail: josse@icmcb-bordeaux.cnrs.fr; Roulland, F.; Michau, D.; Raison, L.; Maglione, M. [ICMCB-CNRS, 87 Avenue du Docteur Schweitzer, 33608 Pessac cedex (France)

    2009-06-15

    Recent studies of ceramics of formula Ba{sub 2}LnFeNb{sub 4}O{sub 15} (Ln=rare earth) with the 'tetragonal tungsten bronze' (TTB) structure have correlated their room temperature multiferroics properties to the occurrence of barium ferrite parasitic phases. This work presents the elaboration of Ba{sub 2}LaFeNb{sub 4}O{sub 15} and Ba{sub 2}EuFeNb{sub 4}O{sub 15} composite samples with an excess of hematite in the TTB nominal composition. The influence of crystal-chemistry on the phase content and properties of Ba{sub 2}LnFeNb{sub 4}O{sub 15} TTB composites is discussed. A particular focus on the mechanisms related to the in-situ formation of barium ferrite is given. We show that we can control the spurious ferrite phase in TTB multiferroic composites and thus modulate their magnetic response.

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

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

    We studied the unidirectional transmission of THz radiation in BiFeO3 crystals, the unique multiferroic compound offering a real potential for room-temperature applications. We found that the optical magnetoelectric effect generated by spin waves in BiFeO3 is robust enough to cause considerable nonreciprocal directional dichroism in the GHz-THz range even at room temperature. The optical magnetoelectric effect in BiFeO3 is dominated by two types of spin-current induced polarizations, while the exchange-striction and single-ion polarization terms do not significantly contribute to it. Our work demonstrates that the nonreciprocal directional dichroism spectra and their theoretical analysis provide microscopic model of the magnetoelectric couplings in multiferroic materials. We acknowledge the Estonian Grant IUT23-3; the Hungarian OTKA K 108918, OTKA PD 111756, Bolyai 00565/14/11; the DOE, Office of Sciences, Basic Energy Sciences, Mat. Sciences and Eng. Div., and the DOE Grant DE-FG02-07ER46382.

  15. Effect of rare-earth (Er and Gd) substitution on the magnetic and multiferroic properties of DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3

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    Sharma, Mohit K.; Basu, Tathamay; Mukherjee, K.; Sampathkumaran, E. V.

    2016-10-01

    We report the results of our investigations on the influence of partial substitution of Er and Gd for Dy on the magnetic and magnetoelectric properties of DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3, which is known to be a multiferroic system. Magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity data, apart from confirming the occurrence of magnetic transitions at ~121 and 13 K in DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3, bring out that the lower transition temperature only is suppressed by rare-earth substitution. Multiferroic behavior is found to persist in Dy0.4Ln0.6Fe0.5Cr0.5O3 (Ln  =  Er and Gd). There is an evidence for magnetoelectric coupling in all these materials with qualitative differences in its behavior as the temperature is changed across these two transitions. Remnant electric polarization is observed for all the compounds. The most notable observation is that electric polarization is seen to get enhanced as a result of rare-earth substitution with respect to that in DyFe0.5Cr0.5O3. Interestingly, a similar trend is seen in the magnetocaloric effect, consistent with the existence of magnetoelectric coupling. The results thus provide evidence for the tuning of magnetoelectric coupling by rare-earth substitution in this family of oxides.

  16. Crystalline and spin chiralities in multiferroics with langasite-type structure and Fe{sub 1–x}Co{sub x}Si crystals

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    Pikin, S. A., E-mail: pikin@ns.crys.ras.ru; Lyubutin, I. S.; Dudka, A. P. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-15

    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 Fe{sup 3+} 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{sub z} exceeds the magnetic helicoid wave vector by a factor of 2: k{sub z} = 2q{sub 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 (Τ{sub U}> Τ{sub M}), structural displacements may arise in the absence of magnetism at Τ{sub M} < Τ < Τ{sub U}. In noncentrosymmetric Fe{sub 1–x}Co{sub x}Si crystals (sp. gr. P2{sub 1}3), 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.

  17. Thin Film & Deposition Systems (Windows)

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Coating Lab: Contains chambers for growing thin film window coatings. Plasma Applications Coating Lab: Contains chambers for growing thin film window coatings. Solar...

  18. Biomimetic thin film synthesis

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    Graff, G.L.; Campbell, A.A.; Gordon, N.R.

    1995-05-01

    The purpose of this program is to develop a new process for forming thin film coatings and to demonstrate that the biomimetic thin film technology developed at PNL is useful for industrial applications. In the biomimetic process, mineral deposition from aqueous solution is controlled by organic functional groups attached to the underlying substrate surface. The coatings process is simple, benign, inexpensive, energy efficient, and particularly suited for temperature sensitive substrate materials (such as polymers). In addition, biomimetic thin films can be deposited uniformly on complex shaped and porous substrates providing a unique capability over more traditional line-of-sight methods.

  19. Thermodynamic theory of strain-mediated direct magnetoelectric effect in multiferroic film-substrate hybrids

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    Kukhar, V G [Visual Trading Systems LLC, St Petersburg Branch, 194044 St Petersburg (Russian Federation); Pertsev, N A [A F Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, 194021 St Petersburg (Russian Federation); Kholkin, A L, E-mail: pertsev.domain@mail.ioffe.ru [Center for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials (CICECO) and Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal)

    2010-07-02

    A nonlinear thermodynamic theory is developed for the strain-mediated direct magnetoelectric (ME) effect displayed by ferroelectric-ferromagnetic nanostructures. This effect results from transmission of magnetic-field-induced deformations of a thick ferromagnetic substrate to a thin ferroelectric overlayer, where the polarization changes due to lattice strains. The strain-dependent polarization and permittivity of an epitaxial nanolayer (few tens of nm thick) are calculated using the thermodynamic theory of single-domain ferroelectric films. The substrate magnetostrictive deformations are described phenomenologically, taking into account their nonlinear variation with magnetic field. The calculations show that ME polarization and voltage coefficients strongly depend on the initial strain state of the film. For BaTiO{sub 3} and PbTiO{sub 3} films deposited on Co{sub 0.8}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, the out-of-plane polarization and related ME coefficients are calculated numerically as a function of magnetic field parallel to the interface. For films stabilized in the monoclinic phase, this transverse ME response depends on the orientation of magnetic field relative to their in-plane crystallographic axes. The longitudinal ME coefficient is also evaluated and, for a substrate geometry minimizing the demagnetizing field, predicted to be comparable to the transverse one. For BaTiO{sub 3} and PbTiO{sub 3} films deposited on Terfenol-D, the calculations yield high ME polarization coefficients {approx} 10{sup -7} s m{sup -1} and giant ME voltage coefficients {approx} 50 V cm{sup -1} Oe{sup -1}.

  20. Thermodynamic theory of strain-mediated direct magnetoelectric effect in multiferroic film-substrate hybrids.

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    Kukhar, V G; Pertsev, N A; Kholkin, A L

    2010-07-02

    A nonlinear thermodynamic theory is developed for the strain-mediated direct magnetoelectric (ME) effect displayed by ferroelectric-ferromagnetic nanostructures. This effect results from transmission of magnetic-field-induced deformations of a thick ferromagnetic substrate to a thin ferroelectric overlayer, where the polarization changes due to lattice strains. The strain-dependent polarization and permittivity of an epitaxial nanolayer (few tens of nm thick) are calculated using the thermodynamic theory of single-domain ferroelectric films. The substrate magnetostrictive deformations are described phenomenologically, taking into account their nonlinear variation with magnetic field. The calculations show that ME polarization and voltage coefficients strongly depend on the initial strain state of the film. For BaTiO(3) and PbTiO(3) films deposited on Co(0.8)Zn(0.2)Fe(2)O(4), the out-of-plane polarization and related ME coefficients are calculated numerically as a function of magnetic field parallel to the interface. For films stabilized in the monoclinic phase, this transverse ME response depends on the orientation of magnetic field relative to their in-plane crystallographic axes. The longitudinal ME coefficient is also evaluated and, for a substrate geometry minimizing the demagnetizing field, predicted to be comparable to the transverse one. For BaTiO(3) and PbTiO(3) films deposited on Terfenol-D, the calculations yield high ME polarization coefficients approximately 10(-7) s m(-1) and giant ME voltage coefficients approximately 50 V cm(-1) Oe(-1).

  1. Thin Solid Oxide Cell

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    2010-01-01

    The present invention relates to a thin and in principle unsupported solid oxide cell, comprising at least a porous anode layer, an electrolyte layer and a porous cathode layer, wherein the anode layer and the cathode layer comprise an electrolyte material, at least one metal and a catalyst...... material, and wherein the overall thickness of the thin reversible cell is about 150 [mu]m or less, and to a method for producing same. The present invention also relates to a thin and in principle unsupported solid oxide cell, comprising at least a porous anode layer, an electrolyte layer and a porous...... cathode layer, wherein the anode layer and the cathode layer comprise an electrolyte material and a catalyst material, wherein the electrolyte material is doper zirconia, and wherein the overall thickness of the thin reversible cell is about 150 [mu]m or less, and to a method for producing same...

  2. Thin film device applications

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    Kaur, Inderjeet

    1983-01-01

    Two-dimensional materials created ab initio by the process of condensation of atoms, molecules, or ions, called thin films, have unique properties significantly different from the corresponding bulk materials as a result of their physical dimensions, geometry, nonequilibrium microstructure, and metallurgy. Further, these characteristic features of thin films can be drasti­ cally modified and tailored to obtain the desired and required physical characteristics. These features form the basis of development of a host of extraordinary active and passive thin film device applications in the last two decades. On the one extreme, these applications are in the submicron dimensions in such areas as very large scale integration (VLSI), Josephson junction quantum interference devices, magnetic bubbles, and integrated optics. On the other extreme, large-area thin films are being used as selective coatings for solar thermal conversion, solar cells for photovoltaic conver­ sion, and protection and passivating layers. Ind...

  3. Ceramic Composite Thin Films

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    Ruoff, Rodney S. (Inventor); Stankovich, Sasha (Inventor); Dikin, Dmitriy A. (Inventor); Nguyen, SonBinh T. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A ceramic composite thin film or layer includes individual graphene oxide and/or electrically conductive graphene sheets dispersed in a ceramic (e.g. silica) matrix. The thin film or layer can be electrically conductive film or layer depending the amount of graphene sheets present. The composite films or layers are transparent, chemically inert and compatible with both glass and hydrophilic SiOx/silicon substrates. The composite film or layer can be produced by making a suspension of graphene oxide sheet fragments, introducing a silica-precursor or silica to the suspension to form a sol, depositing the sol on a substrate as thin film or layer, at least partially reducing the graphene oxide sheets to conductive graphene sheets, and thermally consolidating the thin film or layer to form a silica matrix in which the graphene oxide and/or graphene sheets are dispersed.

  4. Multifunctional thin film surface

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    Brozik, Susan M.; Harper, Jason C.; Polsky, Ronen; Wheeler, David R.; Arango, Dulce C.; Dirk, Shawn M.

    2015-10-13

    A thin film with multiple binding functionality can be prepared on an electrode surface via consecutive electroreduction of two or more aryl-onium salts with different functional groups. This versatile and simple method for forming multifunctional surfaces provides an effective means for immobilization of diverse molecules at close proximities. The multifunctional thin film has applications in bioelectronics, molecular electronics, clinical diagnostics, and chemical and biological sensing.

  5. Effect of rare earth substitution on properties of barium strontium titanate ceramic and its multiferroic composite with nickel cobalt ferrite

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    Pahuja, Poonam [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Kotnala, R.K. [National Physical Laboratory, Delhi 110012 (India); Tandon, R.P., E-mail: rt241150@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India)

    2014-12-25

    Highlights: • Rare earth ions Dy{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+} have been substituted in Ba{sub 0.95}Sr{sub 0.05}TiO{sub 3} (BST). • Ni{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} has been used as ferrimagnetic phase to obtain composites. • Substitution of these ions increases dielectric constant of BST and composites. • Magnetoelectric coefficient of composites increases on substitution of these ions. - Abstract: Effect of substitution of rare earth ions (Dy{sup 3+}, Gd{sup 3+} and Sm{sup 3+}) on various properties of Ba{sub 0.95}Sr{sub 0.05}TiO{sub 3} (BST) i.e. the composition Ba{sub 0.95−1.5x}Sr{sub 0.05}R{sub x}TiO{sub 3} (where x = 0.00, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03 and R are rare earths Dy, Gd, Sm) and that of their multiferroic composite with Ni{sub 0.8}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (NCF) has been studied. Shifting of peaks corresponding to different compositions in the X-ray diffraction pattern confirmed the substitution of rare earth ions at both Ba{sup 2+} and Ti{sup 4+} sites in BST. It is clear from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images that rare earth substitution in BST increases its grain size in both pure and composite samples. Substitution of rare earth ions results in increase in value of dielectric constant of pure and composite samples. Sm substitution in BST significantly decreases its Curie temperature. Dy substituted pure and composite samples possess superior ferroelectric properties as confirmed by polarization vs electric field (P–E) loops. Composite samples containing Dy, Gd and Sm substituted BST as ferroelectric phase possess lower values of remanent and saturation magnetizations in comparison to composite sample containing pure BST as ferroelectric phase (BSTC). Rare earth substituted composite samples possess higher value of magnetoelectric coefficient as compared to that for BSTC.

  6. Structural, Raman, and dielectric studies on multiferroic Mn-doped Bi 1-xLax FeO 3 ceramics

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    Xing, Zhibiao

    2014-04-03

    Multiferroic Bi1-xLaxFeO3 [BLFO (x)] ceramics with x = 0.10-0.50 and Mn-doped BLFO (x = 0.30) ceramics with different doping contents (0.1-1.0 mol%) were prepared by solid-state reaction method. They were crystallized in a perovskite phase with rhombohedral symmetry. In the BLFO (x) system, a composition (x)-driven structural transformation (R3c→C222) was observed at x = 0.30. The formation of Bi2Fe 4O9 impure phase was effectively suppressed with increasing the x value, and the rhombohedral distortion in the BLFO ceramics was decreased, leading to some Raman active modes disappeared. A significant red frequency shift (~13 cm-1) of the Raman mode of 232 cm-1 in the BLFO ceramics was observed, which strongly perceived a significant destabilization in the octahedral oxygen chains, and in turn affected the local FeO6 octahedral environment. In the Mn-doped BLFO (x = 0.30) ceramics, the intensity of the Raman mode near 628 cm-1 was increased with increasing the Mn-doping content, which was resulted from an enhanced local Jahn-Teller distortions of the (Mn,Fe)O6 octahedra. Electron microscopy images revealed some changes in the ceramic grain sizes and their morphologies in the Mn-doped samples at different contents. Wedge-shaped 71° ferroelectric domains with domain walls lying on the {110} planes were observed in the BLFO (x = 0.30) ceramics, whereas in the 1.0 mol% Mn-doped BLFO (x = 0.30) samples, 71° ferroelectric domains exhibited a parallel band-shaped morphology with average domain width of 95 nm. Dielectric studies revealed that high dielectric loss of the BLFO (x = 0.30) ceramics was drastically reduced from 0.8 to 0.01 (measured @ 104 Hz) via 1.0 mol% Mn-doping. The underlying mechanisms can be understood by a charge disproportion between the Mn4+ and Fe2+ in the Mn-doped samples, where a reaction of Mn4+ + Fe2+→Mn3+ + Fe3+ is taken place, resulting in the reduction in the oxygen vacancies and a suppression of the electron hopping from Fe3+ to Fe2+ ions

  7. Molten salts activated by high-energy milling: A useful, low-temperature route for the synthesis of multiferroic compounds

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    Hernández-Ramírez, Anayantzin; Martínez-Luévanos, Antonia [Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, V. Carranza s/n, Saltillo, Coahuila 25280 (Mexico); Fuentes, Antonio F. [CINVESTAV Unidad Saltillo, Apdo. Postal 663, Saltillo, Coahuila 25000 (Mexico); Earth and Environmental Science, University of Michigan, 3514 C.C. Little Building, 1100 N. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1005 (United States); Nelson, Anna-Gay D.; Ewing, Rodney C. [Earth and Environmental Science, University of Michigan, 3514 C.C. Little Building, 1100 N. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1005 (United States); Montemayor, Sagrario M., E-mail: smmontemayor@gmail.com [Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, V. Carranza s/n, Saltillo, Coahuila 25280 (Mexico); Earth and Environmental Science, University of Michigan, 3514 C.C. Little Building, 1100 N. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1005 (United States)

    2014-01-25

    Highlights: • The synthesis route purposed demonstrates the formation of BiFeO{sub 3} at only 500 °C. • The magnetic and ferroelectric properties are comparable to those of bulk BiFeO{sub 3}. • By this route, several phases in Bi{sub 1−x}La{sub x}FeO{sub 3} system are obtained at only 500 °C. • The route developed here could be useful to synthesize other perovskite-type oxides. -- Abstract: There are only a few multiferroic compounds, among which BiFeO{sub 3} is the most important. Research the synthesis of bismuth ferrite, with novel and improved magnetic and electrical properties, has been mainly based on the use of hydrothermal or sol gel methods. However, these methods require either rather extreme conditions or several steps for synthesis. We demonstrate that the use of molten salts, activated by high energy milling, results in pure nanometric BiFeO{sub 3}, LaFeO{sub 3} and intermediate phases in the Bi{sub 1−x}La{sub x}FeO{sub 3} system. The chemical reagents used are Bi(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}⋅5H{sub 2}O, La(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}⋅6H{sub 2}O, Fe(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}⋅9H{sub 2}O and NaOH. A brief milling process of the reagents creates an amorphous precursor and crystalline NaNO{sub 3}. The thermal treatment of the precursors, at 500 °C for two hours, produces a crystalline mixture of Bi{sub 1−x}La{sub x}FeO{sub 3} and NaNO{sub 3}. Simple washing eliminates the NaNO{sub 3}. The characterization of intermediates and final products, through thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscopy, allows the inference of possible mechanism. In addition, vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and ferroelectric tests show the typical magnetic and electric polarization loops characteristic of these materials even when formed at the nano-scale.

  8. Multiferroic properties in Zn and Ni co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics by solution combustion method (SCM)

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    Chaudhari, Y.A., E-mail: yogeshchaudhari2007@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425 001, Maharashtra (India); Department of Engineering Sciences and Humanities (DESH), SRTTC - FOE, Pune 410 405, Maharashtra (India); Singh, A. [Magnetics and Advanced Ceramics Laboratory, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016 (India); Mahajan, C.M. [Department of Engineering Sciences and Humanities (DESH), Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune 411 037, Maharashtra (India); Jagtap, P.P.; Abuassaj, E.M. [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425 001, Maharashtra (India); Chatterjee, R. [Magnetics and Advanced Ceramics Laboratory, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016 (India); Bendre, S.T., E-mail: bendrest@gmail.com [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425 001, Maharashtra (India)

    2013-12-15

    In present paper, we synthesize the multiferroic Bi{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 1−y}Ni{sub y}O{sub 3} (x=y=0.025, 0.05, 0.075 and 0.1) ceramics by using solution combustion method (SCM). The room temperature ferroelectric and magnetic hysteresis loops present the co-existence of magnetism and ferroelectricity in a single phase. This ferroelectric hysteresis loops exhibit an unsaturated behavior and represents a partial reversal of polarization at room temperature. Beside, this it was found that the room temperature magnetization measurement is giving rise to the appearance of weak ferromagnetism. The Bi{sub 0.975}Zn{sub 0.025}Fe{sub 0.975}Ni{sub 0.025}O{sub 3} and Bi{sub 0.9}Zn{sub 0.1}Fe{sub 0.9}Ni{sub 0.1}O{sub 3} ceramics display the clear evidence of dielectric anomaly around 300 and 325 °C which corresponds to antiferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition of BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics. The structural study shows the Bi{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 1−y}Ni{sub y}O{sub 3} (x=y=0.025, 0.05, 0.075 and 0.1) ceramics have rhombhohedral perovskite structure. The surface morphology of the samples was examined by SEM. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 1−y}Ni{sub y}O{sub 3} multiferroic ceramics. • Solution Combustion Method (SCM). • Ferroelectric, dielectric and magnetic properties. • To make high temperature synthesized Bi{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 1−y}Ni{sub y}O{sub 3} multiferroic ceramics. • First time we have synthesized the Bi{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 1−y}Ni{sub y}O{sub 3} ceramics by solution combustion method.

  9. Charge, spin and orbital order in the candidate multiferroic material LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Groot, Joost de

    2012-06-28

    This thesis is a detailed study of the magnetic, structural and orbital order parameters of the candidate multiferroic material LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Multiferroic oxides with a strong magnetoelectric coupling are of high interest for potential information technology applications, but they are rare because the traditional mechanism of ferroelectricity is incompatible with magnetism. Consequently, much attention is focused on various unconventional mechanisms of ferroelectricity. Of these, ferroelectricity originating from charge ordering (CO) is particularly intriguing because it potentially combines large electric polarizations with strong magneto-electric coupling. However, examples of oxides where this mechanism occurs are exceedingly rare and none is really well understood. LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} is often cited as the prototypical example of CO-based ferroelectricity. In this material, the order of Fe valences has been proposed to render the triangular Fe/O bilayers polar by making one of the two layers rich in Fe{sup 2+} and the other rich in Fe{sup 3+}, allowing for a possible ferroelectric stacking of the individual bilayers. Because of this new mechanism for ferroelectricity, and also because of the high transition temperatures of charge order (T{sub CO} {proportional_to}320K) and ferro magnetism (T{sub N}{proportional_to}240 K) LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} has recently attracted increasing attention. Although these polar bilayers are generally accepted in the literature for LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, direct proof is lacking. An assumption-free experimental determination of whether or not the CO in the Fe/O bilayers is polar would be crucial, given the dependence of the proposed mechanism of ferroelectricity from CO in LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} on polar bilayers. This thesis starts with a detailed characterization of the macroscopic magnetic properties, where growing ferrimagnetic contributions observed in magnetization could be ascribed to increasing oxygen off-stoichiometry. The

  10. Charge, spin and orbital order in the candidate multiferroic material LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Groot, Joost de

    2012-06-28

    This thesis is a detailed study of the magnetic, structural and orbital order parameters of the candidate multiferroic material LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Multiferroic oxides with a strong magnetoelectric coupling are of high interest for potential information technology applications, but they are rare because the traditional mechanism of ferroelectricity is incompatible with magnetism. Consequently, much attention is focused on various unconventional mechanisms of ferroelectricity. Of these, ferroelectricity originating from charge ordering (CO) is particularly intriguing because it potentially combines large electric polarizations with strong magneto-electric coupling. However, examples of oxides where this mechanism occurs are exceedingly rare and none is really well understood. LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} is often cited as the prototypical example of CO-based ferroelectricity. In this material, the order of Fe valences has been proposed to render the triangular Fe/O bilayers polar by making one of the two layers rich in Fe{sup 2+} and the other rich in Fe{sup 3+}, allowing for a possible ferroelectric stacking of the individual bilayers. Because of this new mechanism for ferroelectricity, and also because of the high transition temperatures of charge order (T{sub CO} {proportional_to}320K) and ferro magnetism (T{sub N}{proportional_to}240 K) LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} has recently attracted increasing attention. Although these polar bilayers are generally accepted in the literature for LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, direct proof is lacking. An assumption-free experimental determination of whether or not the CO in the Fe/O bilayers is polar would be crucial, given the dependence of the proposed mechanism of ferroelectricity from CO in LuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} on polar bilayers. This thesis starts with a detailed characterization of the macroscopic magnetic properties, where growing ferrimagnetic contributions observed in magnetization could be ascribed to increasing oxygen off-stoichiometry. The

  11. Giant magnetoelectric effect in thin magnetic films utilizing inter-ferroelectric transitions

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    Finkel, Peter; Staruch, Margo

    There has recently been much interest to multiferroic magnetoelectric composites based on relaxor ferroelectric single crystals as potential candidates for devices such as magnetic field sensors, energy harvesters, or transducers. Large magnetoelectric coupling coefficient is prerequisite for superior device performance in a broad range of frequencies and functioning conditions. In magnetoelectric heterostructures based on ternary relaxors Pb(In1/2Nb1/2) O3-Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3) O3-PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) crystal better operational range and temperature stability as compared to binary relaxors can be achieved. Giant linear converse magnetoelectric coupling up to 2 x 10-6 s m-1 were observed in heterostructural composites with multilayered FeCo/Ag deposited on (011) PIN-PMN-PT crystals. Further enhancement of magnetoelectric coupling is demonstrated by utilizing inter-ferroelctric rhombohedral - orthorhombic phase transitions in PIN-PMN-PT Mechanical clamping was a precondition to utilize this inter-ferroelectric transition mode to bring the crystal to a point just below its transformation threshold when very small perturbations at the input will cause large swings at the output generating a sharp uniaxial increase in strain (~0.5 %) and polarization change, giving rise to nonlinear effects. Details of these results and their implications will be presented. Giant magnetoelectric effect in thin magnetic fillms utilizing inter-ferroelectric transitions.

  12. Determination of surface and interface magnetic properties for the multiferroic heterostructure Co/BaTiO3 using spleed and arpes

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    Borek, St.; Braun, J.; Minár, J.; Kutnyakhov, D.; Elmers, H.-J.; Schönhense, G.; Ebert, H.

    2016-11-01

    Co/BaTiO3(0 0 1) is one of the most interesting multiferroic heterostructures as it combines different ferroic phases, setting this way the fundamentals for innovative technical applications. Various theoretical approaches have been applied to investigate the electronic and magnetic properties of Co/BaTiO3(0 0 1). Here we determine the magnetic properties of 3 ML Co/BaTiO3 by calculating spin-polarized electron diffraction as well as angle-resolved photoemission spectra, with both methods being well established as surface sensitive techniques. Furthermore, we discuss the impact of altering the BaTiO3 polarization on the spectra and ascribe the observed changes to characteristic details of the electronic structure.

  13. Resistive switching in ceramic multiferroic Bi{sub 0.9}Ca{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3}

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    Rubi, Diego, E-mail: rubi@tandar.cnea.gov.ar [GIA and INN, CAC-CNEA, 1650 San Martin (Argentina); Gomez-Marlasca, Fernando [GIA and INN, CAC-CNEA, 1650 San Martin (Argentina); Bonville, Pierre; Colson, Dorothee; Levy, Pablo [CEA Saclay, IRAMIS, SPEC (CNRS URA 2464), F-91191 Gif sur Yvette (France)

    2012-08-15

    We report resistive switching effects in polycrystalline samples of the multiferroic Bi{sub 0.9}Ca{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} with silver electrodes. Moessbauer spectroscopy shows that upon Ca-doping the Fe remains in a 3+ valence state, suggesting charge compensation through the creation of large amounts of oxygen vacancies. Electrical characterization shows that the oxide/metal resistance can be switched between high and low resistance states by applying voltage pulses. This process was shown to be forming free and a strong relaxation after switching was found. We rationalize our results by considering oxygen vacancies migration to and from the metal-oxide interface, resulting in variations of the Schottky potential barrier height that modulate the interface resistance.

  14. Structural study in ceramic multiferroic Co{sub 3}TeO{sub 6} and analysis of possible Co-Co networks

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    Singh, Harishchandra; Sinha, A. K., E-mail: anil@rrcat.gov.in; Ghosh, Haranath; Singh, M. N.; Upadhyay, Anuj [Indus Synchrotron utilization Division, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore-452013 India (India)

    2015-06-24

    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 Co{sub 3}TeO{sub 6} (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.

  15. Magnetic and electrical studies of Ho0.9RE0.1CrO3 (RE = Gd and Yb multiferroics

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    Shubhra Mathur

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available We report magnetic and electrical studies on multiferroic systems Ho0.9(RE0.1CrO3 where RE symbolizes rare earths like Gd and Yb. Solid state diffusion method has been used to synthesize the samples. Structural phase formation has been confirmed with the help of powder X-ray diffraction. Magnetization measurements show canted antiferromagnetic nature with a weak ferromagnetic phase. Néel temperature for Cr3+–Cr3+ ordering shifts to higher side with increasing radii of rare earth cations. Frequency (100 Hz to 1 MHz and temperature (300–650 K dependent resistivity measurements are suggestive of semiconducting nature of the samples.

  16. Structural And Phonon Modes Of Multiferroic Bi0.9Ca0.1Fe0.9Co0.1O3 Nanoparticles

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    Varshney, Dinesh; Das, Geeta; Kumar, Ashwini

    2011-07-01

    Multiferroic Bi0.9Ca0.1Fe0.9Co0.1O3 [BCFCO] nanoparticles of 23 nm were successfully prepared by chemical co-precipitation method. The x-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the formation of single-phase perovskite structure. Rietveld-refinement of crystal structure parameters revealed the existence of rhombohedral R3c symmetry. Raman spectrum identifies the five active optical phonon modes (A1-2, E-2, A1-4, E-8, E-9). The BCFCO nanomaterials sample shows the lower frequency shift in Raman modes as compared to pure BiFeO3 and is attributed to the structural distortion at Fe site.

  17. Magnetic, ferroelectric, and spin phonon coupling studies of Sr3Co2Fe24O41 multiferroic Z-type hexaferrite

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    Raju, N.; Shravan Kumar Reddy, S.; Ramesh, J.; Gopal Reddy, Ch.; Yadagiri Reddy, P.; Rama Reddy, K.; Sathe, V. G.; Raghavendra Reddy, V.

    2016-08-01

    The magnetic, Raman, ferroelectric, and in-field 57Fe Mössbauer studies of polycrystalline multiferroic Sr3Co2Fe24O41 are reported in this paper. From the magnetization studies, it is observed that the sample is soft magnetic in nature with low temperature magnetic spin transitions like longitudinal to transverse conical structure around 130 K and change in magnetic crystalline anisotropy from conical to planar structure at 250 K. Ferroelectric studies of the sample exhibit the spontaneous polarization at low temperature. Strong spin phonon and spin lattice coupling is observed through low temperature Raman spectroscopy. From the in-field 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy, spin up and spin down site occupations of Fe ions are calculated in the unit cell.

  18. Magnetocaloric effect in multiferroic Y-type hexaferrite Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2(Fe0.92Al0.0812O22

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    Wenfei Xu

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Magnetocaloric effect is investigated in multiferroic Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2(Fe0.92Al0.0812O22 ceramic with Y-type hexagonal system. Three magnetic transitions, from alternating longitudinal conical to mixed conical at ∼240 K, to ferrimagnetic at ∼297 K, further to paramagnetic at ∼702 K, are unambiguously determined. Furthermore, obvious MCE is shown, and the maximum values of the magnetic entropy change and relative cooling power are evaluated to be 1.53 JKg−1K−1 and 280 JKg−1 for a field change of 7 T, respectively. In addition, inverse MCE is also observed, which might be associated with the first-order magnetic phase transition between two incommensurate longitudinal conical phases.

  19. Magnetostructural Phase Diagram of Multiferroic (ND4)2FeCl5.H2O

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    Clune, A. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Hughey, K. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Musfeldt, J. L. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Tian, W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Fernandez-Baca, J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Singleton, John [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-02-13

    Spin and polarization flop transitions are fascinating, especially when controlled by external stimuli like magnetic and electric field and accompanied by large material responses involving multiple degrees of freedom. Multiferroics like MnWO4, TbMnO3, and Ni3TeO6 are flagship examples and owe their remarkable properties, for instance field control of polarization and polarization flops combined with spin helix reorientation, to the anisotropy and heavy centers that bring in spin-orbit coupling. The family of A2FeX5.H2O erythrosiderites (A = K, Rb, NH4; B = Fe, Mn, Co; X = Cl, Br, H2O) drew our attention due to the rich chemical tuning possibilities, complex phase diagrams, and topological similarities to oxide multiferroics.1 (NH4)2FeCl5.H2O is the flagship example (Fig. 1(a)). It displays a high temperature order-disorder transition involving long-range hydrogen bonding of the NH4+ group and two successive low temperature magnetic transitions below which non-collinear magnetic order and ferroelectricity are established.1 In addition to the magnetically-induced electric polarization that arises below 6.9 K (P = 3 μC/m2 along a and a smaller component along b), applied field reveals a peculiar hysteretic spin flop transition near 4.5 T above which polarization flops from the a- to the c-axis. There are elastic components as well. Taken together, these findings raise questions about the interactions that induce this behavior and whether additional non-equilibrium phases might be accessed under even higher magnetic fields.

  20. Structural and magnetic studies on (x)PbTiO{sub 3} – (1 − x)SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} composite multiferroics

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    Singh, Ajay; Singh, Vishal; Bamzai, K.K., E-mail: kkbamz@yahoo.com

    2015-04-01

    Lead titanate and strontium hexaferrite multiferroic composite with general formula (x)PbTiO{sub 3} – (1 − x)SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} (where x = 0.10, 0.20, 0.30 and 0.50) was prepared using solid state sintering method. Lead titanate and strontium hexaferrite phase formation was identified using X-ray diffraction technique, thus establishing diphase system without any secondary phase. Calculation of lattice parameter shows that the composite prefers hexagonal structure. The morphology of the formation of composite was seen through scanning electron microscopic technique. The morphological investigations show that the composites are dense, have fewer pores and ferroelectric grains are homogenously distributed in the ferrite matrix. The ferroelectric and ferromagnetic grains are identified on the basis of energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) studies. The magnetic behavior of the composites at room temperature display magnetic hysteresis loop, indicating that the composites are ferromagnetic. The value of saturation magnetization decreases with increase in ferroelectric content from x = 0.10 to 0.30, whereas for x = 0.50 it shows an increase. The magneto-capacitance shows a decrease in its value due to magnetostriction. - Highlights: • Composite multiferroic xPbTiO{sub 3} – (1 − x) SrFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} nanoparticles were prepared by solid state reaction method. • Magnetic hysteresis loop indicates the composite to be ferromagnetic. • Magneto dielectric values decreases due to magnetostriction. • Nanoparticle composite shows a strong magnetoelectric coupling for x = 0.30.

  1. Biomimetic thin film deposition

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    Rieke, P. C.; Campbell, A. A.; Tarasevich, B. J.; Fryxell, G. E.; Bentjen, S. B.

    1991-04-01

    Surfaces derivatized with organic functional groups were used to promote the deposition of thin films of inorganic minerals. These derivatized surfaces were designed to mimic the nucleation proteins that control mineral deposition during formation of bone, shell, and other hard tissues in living organisms. By the use of derivatized substrates control was obtained over the phase of mineral deposited, the orientation of the crystal lattice and the location of deposition. These features are of considerable importance in many technically important thin films, coatings, and composite materials. Methods of derivatizing surfaces are considered and examples of controlled mineral deposition are presented.

  2. Thin film ceramic thermocouples

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    Gregory, Otto (Inventor); Fralick, Gustave (Inventor); Wrbanek, John (Inventor); You, Tao (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A thin film ceramic thermocouple (10) having two ceramic thermocouple (12, 14) that are in contact with each other in at least on point to form a junction, and wherein each element was prepared in a different oxygen/nitrogen/argon plasma. Since each element is prepared under different plasma conditions, they have different electrical conductivity and different charge carrier concentration. The thin film thermocouple (10) can be transparent. A versatile ceramic sensor system having an RTD heat flux sensor can be combined with a thermocouple and a strain sensor to yield a multifunctional ceramic sensor array. The transparent ceramic temperature sensor that could ultimately be used for calibration of optical sensors.

  3. Magnetic properties of pure and Fe doped HoCrO3 thin films fabricated via a solution route

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    Yin, Shiqi; Sauyet, Theodore; Guild, Curt; Suib, S. L.; Jain, Menka

    2017-04-01

    Multiferroic properties of orthorhombically distorted perovskite rare-earth chromites, such as HoCrO3, are being investigated extensively in recent years. In the present work, we report on the effect of Fe substitution on the magnetic properties of HoCrO3 thin films. Thin films of HoCrO3 and HoCr0.7Fe0.3O3 were fabricated via a solution route on platinized silicon substrates. Structural properties of the films were evaluated by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy techniques. The surface morphology and cross-sections of the films were examined using scanning electron microscopy. Optical band gaps of pure and Fe doped HoCrO3 films are found to be 3.45 eV and 3.39 eV, respectively. The magnetization measurements show that the Néel temperatures (where Cr3+ orders) for the HoCrO3 and HoCr0.7Fe0.3O3 films are 134 and 148 K, respectively. In a magnetic field of 2 T, the maximum entropy change and relative cooling power, two parameters to evaluate the magnetocaloric properties of a material, were 0.813 J/kg K at 11 K and 21.1 J/kg for HoCrO3 film, in comparison with 0.748 J/kg K at 15 K and 26.8 J/kg for HoCr0.7Fe0.3O3 film. To our knowledge, this is the first work exploring the band gap and magnetocaloric properties of rare-earth chromite thin films. These findings should inspire the development of rare-earth chromite thin films for temperature control of nanoscale electronic devices and sensors in the low temperature region (< 30 K).

  4. Magnetic anisotropy of epitaxial La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 thin films on SrTiO3 with different orientations

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    Peng Zhou

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Epitaxial La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 thin films with different crystallographic orientations were fabricated on (001-, (110-, and (111-oriented SrTiO3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy was studied with the field angle fixed at 0°, 30°, 60°, and 90° relative to the film surface. The results show that there is a remarkable dependence of the magnetization on the magnetic field direction and crystallographic orientation. Furthermore, the (110- and (111-oriented thin films show stronger angular-dependent magnetic anisotropy than the (001 film, and the (110-oriented one can reach the saturated magnetization more easily than the other two films. Such findings are correlated with the strain imposed on the films via substrates with different orientations. Our results have implications for the better understanding of magnetic anisotropy and the tunability of the magnetoelectric coupling coefficient involving multiferroic composite thin films.

  5. Various properties of the 0.6BaTiO$_3$–0.4Ni$_{0.5}$Zn$_{0.5}$Fe$_2$O$_4$ multiferroic nanocomposite

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    RENUKA CHAUHAN; R C SRIVASTAVA

    2016-10-01

    Structural, magnetic and ferroelectric properties of 0.6BaTiO$_3$–0.4(Ni$_{0.5}Zn$_{0.5}Fe$_2$O$_4$) multiferroic nanocomposite are presented here. The structural properties of the samples were studied by XRD and Raman spectroscopy which confirm the formation of BaTiO$_3$ (BTO) phase with a tetragonal perovskite structure and asmall secondary spinel phase due to the ferrite content. The magnetic and electric orderings were investigated by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and ferroelectric ($P–E$) loop tracer at room temperature. The inceptionof ferroelectric properties is due to barium titanate. The remnant polarization increases ∼5 times for the composite with Ni$_{0.5}$Zn$_{0.5}$Fe$_2$O$_4$ (NZFO) substitution compared to BTO. The remnant polarization is conducive forswitching applications of multiferroic composite.

  6. Investigations on electrical and magnetic properties of multiferroic [(1-x)Pb(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3-xNi0.65Zn0.35Fe2O4] composites

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    Pradhan, Dhiren K.; Barik, Sujit K.; Sahoo, Satyaprakash; Puli, Venkata S.; Katiyar, R. S.

    2013-04-01

    Here, we report the magnetic, ferroelectric, dielectric properties, and Raman spectroscopic studies of multiferroic [(1-x)Pb(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3-xNi0.65Zn0.35Fe2O4] composites at room temperature. The phase formation of composites was confirmed independently from the X-ray diffraction and Raman studies. The room temperature magnetic studies reveal ferromagnetic like behavior of these composites in contrast to the paramagnetic nature of Pb(Fe0.5Nb0.5)O3. Furthermore, with increasing x, the saturation magnetization, remnant magnetization, and coercive fields are found to increase. The electrical characterizations of these composites reveal a decrease in remnant polarization and dielectric constant with increasing x. More importantly, the x = 0.2 composite is found to be a very good multiferroic material at room temperature among the composites and could be a potential candidate for future potential applications.

  7. Thin Wall Iron Castings

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    J.F. Cuttino; D.M. Stefanescu; T.S. Piwonka

    2001-10-31

    Results of an investigation made to develop methods of making iron castings having wall thicknesses as small as 2.5 mm in green sand molds are presented. It was found that thin wall ductile and compacted graphite iron castings can be made and have properties consistent with heavier castings. Green sand molding variables that affect casting dimensions were also identified.

  8. Thin Lens Ray Tracing.

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    Gatland, Ian R.

    2002-01-01

    Proposes a ray tracing approach to thin lens analysis based on a vector form of Snell's law for paraxial rays as an alternative to the usual approach in introductory physics courses. The ray tracing approach accommodates skew rays and thus provides a complete analysis. (Author/KHR)

  9. Thin supported silica membranes

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    Zivkovic, Tijana

    2007-01-01

    This thesis discusses several transport-related aspects relevant for the application of thin supported silica membranes for gas separation and nanofiltration. The influence of support geometry on overall membrane performance is investigated. Planar (i.e., flat plate), tubular, and multichannel suppo

  10. The ferroelectric and ferromagnetic characterization of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3} multilayered thin films

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    Guo Hongli; Liu Guo; Li Xuedong; Li Haimin [College of Materials Science and engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Zhang Wanli [College of Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Zhu Jianguo, E-mail: nic0400@scu.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Xiao Dingquan [College of Materials Science and engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China)

    2011-05-15

    The multiferroic (PMN-PT/CFO){sub n} (n = 1,2) multilayered thin films have been prepared on SiO{sub 2}/Si(1 0 0) substrate with LNO as buffer layer via a rf magnetron sputtering method. The structure and surface morphology of multilayered thin films were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atom force microscopy (AFM), respectively. The smooth, dense and crack-free surface shows the excellent crystal quality with root-mean-square (RMS) roughness only 2.9 nm, and average grain size of CFO thin films on the surface is about 44 nm. The influence of the thin films thickness size, periodicity n and crystallite orientation on their properties including ferroelectric, ferromagnetic properties in the (PMN-PT/CFO){sub n} multilayered thin films were investigated. For multilayered thin films with n = 1 and n 2, the remanent polarization Pr are 17.9 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} and 9.9 {mu}C/cm{sup 2}; the coercivity H{sub c} are 1044 Oe and 660 Oe, respectively. In addition, the relative mechanism are also discussed.

  11. Thin films for material engineering

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    Wasa, Kiyotaka

    2016-07-01

    Thin films are defined as two-dimensional materials formed by condensing one by one atomic/molecular/ionic species of matter in contrast to bulk three-dimensional sintered ceramics. They are grown through atomic collisional chemical reaction on a substrate surface. Thin film growth processes are fascinating for developing innovative exotic materials. On the basis of my long research on sputtering deposition, this paper firstly describes the kinetic energy effect of sputtered adatoms on thin film growth and discusses on a possibility of room-temperature growth of cubic diamond crystallites and the perovskite thin films of binary compound PbTiO3. Secondly, high-performance sputtered ferroelectric thin films with extraordinary excellent crystallinity compatible with MBE deposited thin films are described in relation to a possible application for thin-film MEMS. Finally, the present thin-film technologies are discussed in terms of a future material science and engineering.

  12. Thin film metal-oxides

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    Ramanathan, Shriram

    2009-01-01

    Presents an account of the fundamental structure-property relations in oxide thin films. This title discusses the functional properties of thin film oxides in the context of applications in the electronics and renewable energy technologies.

  13. Modern Thin-Layer Chromatography.

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    Poole, Colin F.; Poole, Salwa K.

    1989-01-01

    Some of the important modern developments of thin-layer chromatography are introduced. Discussed are the theory and instrumentation of thin-layer chromatography including multidimensional and multimodal techniques. Lists 53 references. (CW)

  14. Optical, ferroelectric and magnetic properties of multiferroelectric BiFeO3-(K0.5Na0.5)0.4(Sr 0.6Ba0.4)0.8Nb2O6 thin films

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    Yao, Yingbang

    2014-02-01

    Multiferroic BiFeO3-(K0.5Na0.5) 0.4(Sr0.6Ba0.4)0.8Nb 2O6 (BFO-KNSBN) trilayer thin films, were epitaxially grown on MgO(0 0 1) and SrTiO3(0 0 1) by using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Their ferroelectric, magnetic, dielectric and optical properties were investigated. It was found that both ferroelectric polarization and dielectric constant of the films were enhanced by introducing KNSBN as a barrier layer. Meanwhile, ferromagnetism of BFO was maintained. More interestingly, a double hysteresis magnetic loop was observed in the KNSBN-BFO-KNSBN trilayer films, where exchange bias and secondary phase in the BFO layer played crucial roles. Interactions between adjacent layers were revealed by temperature-dependent Raman spectroscopic measurements. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Electric-Field Control of Magnetism in Co40Fe40B20/(1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 Multiferroic Heterostructures with Different Ferroelectric Phases.

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    Liu, Yan; Zhao, Yonggang; Li, Peisen; Zhang, Sen; Li, Dalai; Wu, Hao; Chen, Aitian; Xu, Yang; Han, X F; Li, Shiyan; Lin, Di; Luo, Haosu

    2016-02-17

    Electric-field control of magnetism in multiferroic heterostructures composed of Co40Fe40B20 (CoFeB) and (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-xPT) with different ferroelectric phases via changing composition and temperature is explored. It is demonstrated that the nonvolatile looplike bipolar-electric-field-controlled magnetization, previously found in the CoFeB/PMN-xPT heterostructures with PMN-xPT in the rhombohedral (R) phase around the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB), also occurs for PMN-xPTs with both R phase (far away from MPB) and monoclinic (M) phase, suggesting that the phenomenon is the common feature of CoFeB/PMN-xPT multiferroic heterostructures for PMN-xPT with different phases. The magnitude of the effect changes with increasing temperature and volatile bipolar-electric-field-controlled magnetization with a butterflylike behavior occurs when the ferroelectric phase changes to the tetragonal phase (T). Moreover, for the R-phase sample with x = 0.18, an abrupt and giant increase of magnetization is observed at a characteristic temperature in the temperature dependence of magnetization curve. These results are discussed in terms of coupling between magnetism and ferroelectric domains including macro- and microdomains for different ferroelectric phases. This work is helpful for understanding the phenomena of electric-field control of magnetism in FM/FE multiferroic heterostructures and is also important for applications.

  16. Rare Earth Oxide Thin Films

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    Fanciulli, Marco

    2007-01-01

    Thin rare earth (RE) oxide films are emerging materials for microelectronic, nanoelectronic, and spintronic applications. The state-of-the-art of thin film deposition techniques as well as the structural, physical, chemical, and electrical properties of thin RE oxide films and of their interface with semiconducting substrates are discussed. The aim is to identify proper methodologies for the development of RE oxides thin films and to evaluate their effectiveness as innovative materials in different applications.

  17. NMR characterization of thin films

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    Gerald, II, Rex E.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.; Diaz, Rocio; Vukovic, Lela

    2008-11-25

    A method, apparatus, and system for characterizing thin film materials. The method, apparatus, and system includes a container for receiving a starting material, applying a gravitational force, a magnetic force, and an electric force or combinations thereof to at least the starting material, forming a thin film material, sensing an NMR signal from the thin film material and analyzing the NMR signal to characterize the thin film of material.

  18. [Spectral emissivity of thin films].

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    Zhong, D

    2001-02-01

    In this paper, the contribution of multiple reflections in thin film to the spectral emissivity of thin films of low absorption is discussed. The expression of emissivity of thin films derived here is related to the thin film thickness d and the optical constants n(lambda) and k(lambda). It is shown that in the special case d-->infinity the emissivity of thin films is equivalent to that of the bulk material. Realistic numerical and more precise general numerical results for the dependence of the emissivity on d, n(lambda) and k(lambda) are given.

  19. Biomimetic thin film deposition

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    Rieke, P.R.; Graff, G.E.; Campbell, A.A.; Bunker, B.C.; Baskaran, S.; Song, L.; Tarasevich, B.J.; Fryxell, G.E.

    1995-09-01

    Biological mineral deposition for the formation of bone, mollusk shell and other hard tissues provides materials scientists with illustrative materials processing strategies. This presentation will review the key features of biomineralization and how these features can be of technical importance. We have adapted existing knowledge of biomineralization to develop a unique method of depositing inorganic thin films and coating. Our approach to thin film deposition is to modify substrate surfaces to imitate the proteins found in nature that are responsible for controlling mineral deposition. These biomimetic surfaces control the nucleation and growth of the mineral from a supersaturated aqueous solution. This has many processing advantages including simple processing equipment, environmentally benign reagents, uniform coating of highly complex shapes, and enhanced adherence of coating. Many different types of metal oxide, hydroxide, sulfide and phosphate materials with useful mechanical, optical, electronic and biomedical properties can be deposited.

  20. Thin film superfluid optomechanics

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    Baker, Christopher G; McAuslan, David L; Sachkou, Yauhen; He, Xin; Bowen, Warwick P

    2016-01-01

    Excitations in superfluid helium represent attractive mechanical degrees of freedom for cavity optomechanics schemes. Here we numerically and analytically investigate the properties of optomechanical resonators formed by thin films of superfluid $^4$He covering micrometer-scale whispering gallery mode cavities. We predict that through proper optimization of the interaction between film and optical field, large optomechanical coupling rates $g_0>2\\pi \\times 100$ kHz and single photon cooperativities $C_0>10$ are achievable. Our analytical model reveals the unconventional behaviour of these thin films, such as thicker and heavier films exhibiting smaller effective mass and larger zero point motion. The optomechanical system outlined here provides access to unusual regimes such as $g_0>\\Omega_M$ and opens the prospect of laser cooling a liquid into its quantum ground state.

  1. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings

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    Weinberger, Bernard R.

    1995-12-26

    A superconductor magnetic bearing includes a shaft (10) that is subject to a load (L) and rotatable around an axis of rotation, a magnet (12) mounted to the shaft, and a stator (14) in proximity to the shaft. The stator (14) has a superconductor thin film assembly (16) positioned to interact with the magnet (12) to produce a levitation force on the shaft (10) that supports the load (L). The thin film assembly (16) includes at least two superconductor thin films (18) and at least one substrate (20). Each thin film (18) is positioned on a substrate (20) and all the thin films are positioned such that an applied magnetic field from the magnet (12) passes through all the thin films. A similar bearing in which the thin film assembly (16) is mounted on the shaft (10) and the magnet (12) is part of the stator (14) also can be constructed.

  2. Thin, Lightweight Solar Cell

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    Brandhorst, Henry W., Jr.; Weinberg, Irving

    1991-01-01

    Improved design for thin, lightweight solar photovoltaic cells with front contacts reduces degradation of electrical output under exposure to energetic charged particles (protons and electrons). Increases ability of cells to maintain structural integrity under exposure to ultraviolet radiation by eliminating ultraviolet-degradable adhesives used to retain cover glasses. Interdigitated front contacts and front junctions formed on semiconductor substrate. Mating contacts formed on back surface of cover glass. Cover glass and substrate electrostatically bonded together.

  3. Thin film processes

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    Vossen, John L

    1978-01-01

    Remarkable advances have been made in recent years in the science and technology of thin film processes for deposition and etching. It is the purpose of this book to bring together tutorial reviews of selected filmdeposition and etching processes from a process viewpoint. Emphasis is placed on the practical use of the processes to provide working guidelines for their implementation, a guide to the literature, and an overview of each process.

  4. Carbon Superatom Thin Films

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    Canning, A. [Cray Research, PSE, EPFL, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Canning, A.; Galli, G. [Institut Romand de Recherche Numerique en Physique des Materiaux (IRRMA), IN-Ecublens, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Kim, J. [Department of Physics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210 (United States)

    1997-06-01

    We report on quantum molecular dynamics simulations of C{sub 28} deposition on a semiconducting surface. Our results show that under certain deposition conditions C{sub 28} {close_quote}s act as building blocks on a nanometer scale to form a thin film of nearly defect-free molecules. The C{sub 28} {close_quote}s behave as carbon superatoms, with the majority of them being threefold or fourfold coordinated, similar to carbon atoms in amorphous systems. The microscopic structure of the deposited film supports recent suggestions about the stability of a new form of carbon, the hyperdiamond solid. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  5. Synthesis of BiFeO3 thin films on single-terminated Nb : SrTiO3 (111 substrates by intermittent microwave assisted hydrothermal method

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    Ivan Velasco-Davalos

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available We report on a simple and fast procedure to create arrays of atomically flat terraces on single crystal SrTiO3 (111 substrates and the deposition of ferroelectric BiFeO3 thin films on such single-terminated surfaces. A microwave-assisted hydrothermal method in deionized water and ammonia solution selectively removes either (SrO34− or Ti4+ layers to ensure the same chemical termination on all terraces. Measured step heights of 0.225 nm (d111 and uniform contrast in the phase image of the terraces confirm the single termination in pure and Nb doped SrTiO3 single crystal substrates. Multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films were then deposited by the same microwave assisted hydrothermal process on Nb : SrTiO3 (111 substrates. Bi(NO33 and Fe(NO33 along with KOH served as the precursors solution. Ferroelectric behavior of the BiFeO3 films on Nb : SrTiO3 (100 substrates was verified by piezoresponse force microscopy.

  6. Magnetically tunable dielectric, impedance and magnetoelectric response in MnFe2O4/(Pb1-xSrx)TiO3 composites thin films

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    Bala, Kanchan; Kotnala, R. K.; Negi, N. S.

    2017-02-01

    We have synthesized piezomagnetic-piezoelectric composites thin films MnFe2O4/(Pb1-xSrx)TiO3, where x=0.1, 0.2, and 0.3, using the metalorganic deposition (MOD) reaction method. The structural and microstructural analysis using the X-ray diffraction (XRD), AFM, and SEM reveals the presence of homogenous growth of both pervoskite and spinel phases in the composite films. Our results show that all the composites films exhibit good multiferroic as well as considerable magnetoelectric coupling. The impedance (Z‧ and Z″) and electrical modulus (M‧ and M″) Nyquist plots show distinct electrical responses with the magnetic field. Our analyses suggest that this electrical response arises due to the coexistence of the high resistive phase and the comparatively conductive phase in the MFO/PST composite films. The maximum magnetoelectric coefficient (α) is found to be 4.29 V Oe-1 cm-1 and 2.82 V Oe-1 cm-1 for compositions x=0.1 and 0.2. These values are substantially larger than those reported for bilayer composites thin films in literature and make them interesting for room temperature device applications.

  7. Handbook of thin film technology

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    Frey, Hartmut

    2015-01-01

    “Handbook of Thin Film Technology” covers all aspects of coatings preparation, characterization and applications. Different deposition techniques based on vacuum and plasma processes are presented. Methods of surface and thin film analysis including coating thickness, structural, optical, electrical, mechanical and magnetic properties of films are detailed described. The several applications of thin coatings and a special chapter focusing on nanoparticle-based films can be found in this handbook. A complete reference for students and professionals interested in the science and technology of thin films.

  8. Bismuth iron oxide thin films using atomic layer deposition of alternating bismuth oxide and iron oxide layers

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    Puttaswamy, Manjunath; Vehkamäki, Marko [University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 55, FI-00014 Helsinki (Finland); Kukli, Kaupo, E-mail: kaupo.kukli@helsinki.fi [University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 55, FI-00014 Helsinki (Finland); University of Tartu, Institute of Physics, W. Ostwald 1, EE-50411 Tartu (Estonia); Dimri, Mukesh Chandra [National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Akadeemia tee 23, EE-12618 Tallinn (Estonia); Kemell, Marianna; Hatanpää, Timo; Heikkilä, Mikko J. [University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 55, FI-00014 Helsinki (Finland); Mizohata, Kenichiro [University of Helsinki, Department of Physics, P.O. Box 64, FI-00014 Helsinki (Finland); Stern, Raivo [National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics, Akadeemia tee 23, EE-12618 Tallinn (Estonia); Ritala, Mikko; Leskelä, Markku [University of Helsinki, Department of Chemistry, P.O. Box 55, FI-00014 Helsinki (Finland)

    2016-07-29

    Bismuth iron oxide films with varying contributions from Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} or Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} were prepared using atomic layer deposition. Bismuth (III) 2,3-dimethyl-2-butoxide, was used as the bismuth source, iron(III) tert-butoxide as the iron source and water vapor as the oxygen source. The films were deposited as stacks of alternate Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers. Films grown at 140 °C to the thickness of 200–220 nm were amorphous, but crystallized upon post-deposition annealing at 500 °C in nitrogen. Annealing of films with intermittent bismuth and iron oxide layers grown to different thicknesses influenced their surface morphology, crystal structure, composition, electrical and magnetic properties. Implications of multiferroic performance were recognized in the films with the remanent charge polarization varying from 1 to 5 μC/cm{sup 2} and magnetic coercivity varying from a few up to 8000 A/m. - Highlights: • Bismuth iron oxide thin films were grown by atomic layer deposition at 140 °C. • The major phase formed in the films upon annealing at 500 °C was BiFeO{sub 3}. • BiFeO{sub 3} films and films containing excess Bi favored electrical charge polarization. • Slight excess of iron oxide enhanced saturative magnetization behavior.

  9. 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.

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

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    F. Fang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic field-induced polarization rotation and magnetoelectric coupling effects are studied for [110]-oriented (1-xPb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O3-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.

  11. Exchange bias effect in multiferroic CoCr2O4/Cr2O3 nanogranular system synthesized through a phase segregation route

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    Tian, Zhaoming; Chen, Jingting; Yuan, Songliu; Tang, Jianbang; Huo, Shaoxin; Duan, Hanning

    2011-09-01

    A nanogranular system of multiferroic CoCr2O4 nanoparticles embedded in an antiferromagnetic Cr2O3 matrix has been synthesized through a high-temperature phase segregation route from a Co-doped Cr2O3 matrix. Magnetic studies show that exchange bias fields (HEB) accompanying vertical magnetization shifts (MShift) are observed at low temperatures after field cooled from 350 K. The corresponding exchange bias field can be as large as 1420 Oe, and the vertical magnetization shift reaches 0.116 emu/g at 10 K. The exchange bias field decreases with temperature increasing and disappears at T ≈ 70 K, while the coercive field (HC) initially increases with the temperature up to 40 K, and thereafter, it decreases to zero at 100 K. This exchange bias behavior is discussed in terms of the existence of exchange coupling between the ferrimagnetic CoCr2O4 core and spin glass-like phase at the interfaces.

  12. Magnetic phase separation and strong enhancement of the neel temperature at high pressures in a new multiferroic Ba3TaFe3Si2O14

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    Lyubutin, I. S.; Starchikov, S. S.; Gavriliuk, A. G.; Troyan, I. A.; Nikiforova, Yu. A.; Ivanova, A. G.; Chumakov, A. I.; Rüffer, R.

    2017-01-01

    The high pressure properties of a new multiferroic of the langasite family Ba3TaFe3Si2O14 were investigated in diamond-anvil cells (DAC) in the temperature range of 4.2-295 K by a new method of synchrotron Mossbauer spectroscopy. Strong enhancement of the Neel temperature T N was observed at pressures above 20 GPa associated with the structural transformation. The highest value of T N is about 130K which is almost five times larger than the value at ambient pressure (about 27K). It was suggested that the high value of T N appears due to redistribution of Fe ions over 3f and 2d tetrahedral sites of the langasite structure. In this case, the short Fe-O distances and favorable Fe-O-Fe bond angles create conditions for strong superexchange interactions between iron ions, and effective two-dimensional (2D) magnetic ordering appears in the (ab) plane. The separation of the sample into two magnetic phases with different T N values of about 50 and 130K was revealed, which can be explained by the strong two dimensional 2D magnetic ordering in the (ab) plane and 3D ordering involving inter-plane interaction.

  13. Improved multiferroic properties of La-doped 0.6BiFeO3-0.4SrTiO3 solid solution ceramics

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    Ma Zheng-Zheng; Li Jian-Qing; Tian Zhao-Ming; Qiu Yang; Yuan Song-Liu

    2012-01-01

    The 0.6(Bi1-xLax)FeO3-0.4SrTiO3 (x =0,0.1) multiferroic ceramics are prepared by a modified Pechini method to study the effect of substitution of SrTiO3 and La in BiFeO3.The X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the single phase characteristics of all the compositions each with a rhombohedral structure. The magnetic properties of the ceramics are significantly improved by a solid solution with SrTiO3 and substitution of La.The values of the dielectric constant εr and loss tangent tan δ of all the samples decrease with increasing frequency and become constant at room temperature.The La-doped 0.6BiFeO3-0.4SrTiO3 ceramics exhibit improved dielectric and ferroelectric properties,with higher dielectric constant enhanced remnant polarization (Pr) and lower leakage current at room temperature.Compared with a anti-ferromagnetic BiFeO3 compound,the 0.6(Bi0.9La0.1)FeO3-0.4SrTiO3 sample shows the optimal ferromagnetism with remnant magnetization Mr ~ 0.135 emμ/g and ferroelectricity with Pr ~ 5.94 μC/cm2 at room temperature.

  14. Multiferroic Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4-BaTiO3 nanostructures: Magnetoelectric coupling, dielectric, and fluorescence

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    Verma, Kuldeep Chand; Singh, Sukhdeep; Tripathi, S. K.; Kotnala, R. K.

    2014-09-01

    Multiferroic nanostructures of Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4-BaTiO3 (NZF/BT) have been prepared by two synthesis routes, i.e., chemical combustion (CNZF/BT) and hydrothermal (HNZF/BT). The synthesis of CNZF/BT results in nanoparticles of average size 4 nm at 500 °C annealing. However, the synthesis of HNZF/BT with hydrolysis temperature 180 °C/48 h shows nanowires of diameter 3 nm and length >150 nm. A growth mechanism in the fabrication of nanoparticles and wires is given. X-ray diffraction is used to identify the crystalline phase. The transmission electron microscopy shows the dimensions of NZF/BT nanostructures. The ferromagnetism, ferroelectricity, and magnetoelectric coupling show more enhancements in HNZF/BT nanowires than CNZF/BT nanoparticles. The observed polarization depends upon shape of nanostructures, tetragonal phase, and epitaxial strain. The tension induced by the surface curvature of nanowire counteracts the near-surface depolarizing effect and meanwhile leads to unusual enhancement of polarization. The ferromagnetism depends upon superficial spin canting, spin pinning of nanocomposite, and oxygen vacancy clusters. The magnetoelectric coefficient as the function of applied dc magnetizing field under ac magnetic field 5 Oe and frequency 1093 Hz is measured. The nanodimensions of NZF/BT are observed dielectric constant up to 120 MHz. The optical activity of NZF/BT nanostructures is shown by Fluorescence spectra.

  15. TbxBi1-xFeO3 nanoparticulate multiferroics fabricated by micro-emulsion technique: Structural elucidation and magnetic behavior evaluation

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    Anwar, Zobia

    2014-04-01

    Tb-doped BiFeO3 multiferroics nanoparticles fabricated via micro-emulsion route were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The fully characterized TbxBi1-xFeO3 nanoparticles were then subjected to magnetic behavior evaluation for various technological applications. The thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) conducted in the range 25-1000 C predicted the temperature (~960 C) for phase formation. XRD estimated the crystallite size 30-47 nm, while the particles size estimated by SEM was found (80-120 nm). The XRD data confirmed the rhombohedral (space group R3c) phase with average cell volume 182.66 Å3 (for BiFeO 3). Various other physical parameters like bulk density, X-ray density and porosity were also determined from the XRD data and found in agreement with theoretical predictions. The magnetic studies showed that as Bi3+ was substituted by Tb3+, all magnetic parameters were altered. The maximum saturation magnetization (Ms) (0.6691 emug -1) was exhibited by Tb0.02Bi0.98FeO 3 while the Tb0.00Bi1.00Fe1.00O 3 showed the maximum (549 Oe) coercivity. The evaluated magnetic behavior categorized these materials as soft magnetic materials that may be useful for fabricating advanced technological applications. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

  16. Spin-phonon coupling, high-pressure phase transitions, and thermal expansion of multiferroic GaFeO3: A combined first principles and inelastic neutron scattering study

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    Gupta, Mayanak Kumar; Mittal, Ranjan; Zbiri, Mohamed; Singh, Ripandeep; Rols, Stephane; Schober, Helmut; Chaplot, Samrath Lal

    2014-10-01

    We have carried out an extensive phonon study on multiferroic GaFeO3 to elucidate its dynamical behavior. Inelastic neutron scattering measurements are performed over a wide temperature range, 150 to 1198 K. First principles lattice dynamical calculations are done for the sake of the analysis and interpretation of the observations. The comparison of the phonon spectra from magnetic and nonmagnetic calculations highlights pronounced differences. The energy range of the vibrational atomistic contributions of the Fe and O ions are found to differ significantly in the two calculation types. Therefore, magnetism induced by the active spin degrees of freedom of Fe cations plays a key role in stabilizing the structure and dynamics of GaFeO3. Moreover, the computed enthalpy in various phases of GaFeO3 is used to gain deeper insights into the high-pressure phase stability of this material. Further, the volume dependence of the phonon spectra is used to determine its thermal expansion behavior.

  17. Electrophoretic deposition of BaTiO{sub 3}/CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} multiferroic composite films

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    Zhou Dongxiang; Jian Gang [Department of Electronic Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430074 (China); Zheng Yanan, E-mail: tjuhust@gmail.com [Department of Electronic Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430074 (China); Gong Shuping; Shi Fei [Department of Electronic Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, 430074 (China)

    2011-06-15

    Electrophoretic deposition was utilized for preparation of BaTiO{sub 3}/CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} multiferroic composite thick films on indium-tin oxide substrates. The suspensions for electrophoretic experiments were prepared by dispersing BaTiO{sub 3} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with different molar ratios into solvents composed of ethanol and acetylacetone. Polyvinyl butyral was added to the suspensions in order to enhance the adhesion and strength of deposit and prevent cracking. The zeta potential values of BaTiO{sub 3}/CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} suspensions were measured to be 26.4-36.9 mV. The experiment results showed that deposited films were obtained only when the applied electric field was larger than a certain critical value. XRD and SEM analysis depicted the presence of constituent phases in composite films. The percolation threshold of composite films was improved through dispersing ferromagnetic phase into ferroelectric phase. Therefore, the ferroelectric properties of composite thick films were maintained when the ferromagnetic properties were enhanced significantly with increasing CFO content.

  18. Phase separation and charge carrier self-organization in semiconductor-multiferroic Eu0.8Ce0.2Mn2O5

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    Sanina, V. A.; Golovenchits, E. I.; Zalesskii, V. G.; Lushnikov, S. G.; Scheglov, M. P.; Gvasaliya, S. N.; Savvinov, A.; Katiyar, R. S.; Kawaji, H.; Atake, T.

    2009-12-01

    The state with a giant permittivity (ɛ'˜104) and ferromagnetism have been observed above 185 K (including room temperature) in single crystals of diluted semiconductor manganite-multiferroic Eu0.8Ce0.2Mn2O5 in the investigations of x-ray diffraction, heat capacity, dielectric and magnetic properties, conductivity, and Raman light-scattering spectra of this material. X-ray diffraction study has revealed a layered superstructure along the c axis at room temperature. A model of the state with a giant ɛ' including as-grown two-dimensional layers with doping impurities, charge carriers, and double-exchange-coupled Mn3+-Mn4+ ion pairs is suggested. At low temperatures these layers form isolated electrically neutral small-size one-dimensional superlattices, in which de Haas-van Alphen oscillations were observed. As temperature grows and hopping conductivity increases, the charge carrier self-organization in the crystal causes formation of a layered superstructure consisting of charged layers (with an excess Mn3+ concentration) alternating with dielectric layers of the initial crystal—the ferroelectricity due to charge-ordering state. Ferromagnetism results from double exchange between Mn3+ and Mn4+ ions by means of charge carriers in the charged layers. Temperature evolution of frequency shifts of Ag modes and quasielastic scattering in Raman-scattering spectra agree with the pattern of phase transitions in ECMO suggested.

  19. Magneto-thermal conduction and magneto-caloric effect in poly and nano crystalline forms of multiferroic GdCrO3

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    Uma, S.; Philip, J.

    2014-09-01

    Gadolinium chromite, GdCrO3, belongs to the family of rare earth chromites, exhibiting multiferroism with coupling between electric polarization and magnetic ordering. It is understood that the interaction between Gd3+ and Cr3+ ions is responsible for switchable polarization in this system. Below Néel temperature the spins of Cr3+ ions interact in anti-parallel through super exchange mechanism, giving rise to antiferromagnetic ordering at around 169 K in poly and nanocrystalline phases of this material. In order to understand the nature of spin-lattice coupling and magnon-phonon interaction in the intermediate temperature range (150-250 K), the magneto-thermal conduction and magneto-caloric effect in poly and nanocrystalline forms of this material are reported. These properties show anomalies around 169 K, which is described as due to spin-phonon coupling. When particle sizes are reduced to nanometer scales, thermal conductivity decreases significantly while specific heat capacity increases. The former is explained as due to reduction in phonon mean free path and phonon scattering from nanoparticle interfaces, while the latter is ascribed to contributions from Einstein oscillators at weakly bound atoms at the interfaces of nanocrystals.

  20. Multiferroic behavior on nanometric La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 / BaTiO3 bilayers

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    Prieto, Pedro; Ordoñez, John Edward; Gomez, Maria Elena; Lopera, Wilson

    2014-03-01

    We have deposited bilayers of the FM La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 and FE BaTiO3 as a route to design systems with artificial magnetoelectric coupling on LCMO/BTO/Nb:STO system. We maintain a fixed magnetic layer thickness (tLCMO = 48 nm) and varying the thickness of the ferroelectric layer (tBTO = 20, 50, 100 nm). We analyze the influence of the thickness ratio (tBTO/ tLCMO) in electrical and magnetic properties of manganite. From X-ray diffraction analysis we observed that the samples grew textured. Magnetization and transport measurements indicate a possible multiferroic behavior in the bilayer. We found an increase in the Curie and metal-insulator transition temperature in the bilayer in comparison with those for LCMO (48nm)/STO. Hysteresis loops on bilayers show ferromagnetic behavior. This work has been supported by the ``El Patrimonio Autónomo Fondo Nacional de Financiamiento para CT&I FJC'' Colciencias-CENM Research Projects: No. 1106-48-925531 and CI7917-CC 10510 contract 0002-2013 COLCIENCIAS-UNIVALLE.

  1. Investigation on Silicon Thin Film Solar Cells

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    2003-01-01

    The preparation, current status and trends are investigated for silicon thin film solar cells. The advantages and disadvantages of amorphous silicon thin film, polycrystalline silicon thin film and mono-crystalline silicon thin film solar cells are compared. The future development trends are pointed out. It is found that polycrystalline silicon thin film solar cells will be more promising for application with great potential.

  2. Thin Film Inorganic Electrochemical Systems.

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    1995-07-01

    determined that thin film cathodes of LiCoO2 can be readily performed by either spray pyrolysis or spin coating . These cathodes are electrochemically...active. We have also determined that thin film anodes of Li4Ti5O12 can be prepared by spray pyrolysis or spin coating . These anodes are also

  3. Thin lenses of asymmetric power

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    W. F. Harris

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available It is generally supposed that thin systems, including refracting surfaces and thin lenses, have powers that are necessarily symmetric.  In other words they have powers which can be represented assymmetric dioptric power matrices and in the familar spherocylindrical form used in optometry and ophthalmology.  This paper shows that this is not correct and that it is indeed possible for a thin system to have a power that is not symmetric and which cannot be expressed in spherocylindrical form.  Thin systems of asymmetric power are illustratedby means of a thin lens that is modelled with small prisms and is chosen to have a dioptric power ma-trix that is antisymmetric.  Similar models can be devised for a thin system whose dioptric power matrix is any  2 2 ×  matrix.  Thus any power, symmetric, asymmetric or antisymmetric, is possible for a thin system.  In this sense our understanding of the power of thin systems is now complete.

  4. Selective inorganic thin films

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    Phillips, M.L.F.; Weisenbach, L.A.; Anderson, M.T. [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (United States)] [and others

    1995-05-01

    This project is developing inorganic thin films as membranes for gas separation applications, and as discriminating coatings for liquid-phase chemical sensors. Our goal is to synthesize these coatings with tailored porosity and surface chemistry on porous substrates and on acoustic and optical sensors. Molecular sieve films offer the possibility of performing separations involving hydrogen, air, and natural gas constituents at elevated temperatures with very high separation factors. We are focusing on improving permeability and molecular sieve properties of crystalline zeolitic membranes made by hydrothermally reacting layered multicomponent sol-gel films deposited on mesoporous substrates. We also used acoustic plate mode (APM) oscillator and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor elements as substrates for sol-gel films, and have both used these modified sensors to determine physical properties of the films and have determined the sensitivity and selectivity of these sensors to aqueous chemical species.

  5. Thin EFG octagons

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    Kalejs, J. P.

    1994-03-01

    This report describes work to advance the manufacturing line capabilities in crystal growth and laser cutting of Mobil Solar's unique edge-defined film-fed growth (EFG) octagon technology and to reduce the manufacturing costs of 10 cm x 10 cm polycrystalline silicon EFG wafers. The report summarizes the significant technical improvements in EFG technology achieved in the first 6 months of the PVMaT Phase 2 and the success in meeting program milestones. Technical results are reported for each of the three main pregrain areas: Task 5 -- Thin octagon growth (crystal growth) to reduce the thickness of the octagon to 200 microns; Task 6 -- Laser cutting-to improve the laser cutting process so as to produce wafers with decreased laser cutting damage at increased wafer throughput rates; and Task 7 -- Process control and product specification to implement advanced strategies in crystal growth process control and productivity designed to increase wafer yields.

  6. Thin film interconnect processes

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    Malik, Farid

    Interconnects and associated photolithography and etching processes play a dominant role in the feature shrinkage of electronic devices. Most interconnects are fabricated by use of thin film processing techniques. Planarization of dielectrics and novel metal deposition methods are the focus of current investigations. Spin-on glass, polyimides, etch-back, bias-sputtered quartz, and plasma-enhanced conformal films are being used to obtain planarized dielectrics over which metal films can be reliably deposited. Recent trends have been towards chemical vapor depositions of metals and refractory metal silicides. Interconnects of the future will be used in conjunction with planarized dielectric layers. Reliability of devices will depend to a large extent on the quality of the interconnects.

  7. Polyimide Aerogel Thin Films

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    Meador, Mary Ann; Guo, Haiquan

    2012-01-01

    Polyimide aerogels have been crosslinked through multifunctional amines. This invention builds on "Polyimide Aerogels With Three-Dimensional Cross-Linked Structure," and may be considered as a continuation of that invention, which results in a polyimide aerogel with a flexible, formable form. Gels formed from polyamic acid solutions, end-capped with anhydrides, and cross-linked with the multifunctional amines, are chemically imidized and dried using supercritical CO2 extraction to give aerogels having density around 0.1 to 0.3 g/cubic cm. The aerogels are 80 to 95% porous, and have high surface areas (200 to 600 sq m/g) and low thermal conductivity (as low as 14 mW/m-K at room temperature). Notably, the cross-linked polyimide aerogels have higher modulus than polymer-reinforced silica aerogels of similar density, and can be fabricated as both monoliths and thin films.

  8. The religion of thinness

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    Michelle Lelwica

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the almost religious-like devotion of especially women in pursuing the goal of a thinner body. The quest for a slender body is analysed as a ‘cultural religion’, which the author calls the ‘Religion of Thinness’. The analysis revolves around four observations. The first is that for many women in the US today, the quest for a slender body serves what has historically been a ‘religious’ function: providing a sense of purpose that orients and gives meaning to their lives, especially in times of suffering and uncertainty. Second, this quest has many features in common with traditional religions, including beliefs, myths, rituals, moral codes, and sacred images—all of which encourage women to find ‘salvation’ (i.e., happiness and well-being through the pursuit of a ‘better’ (i.e., thinner body.Third, this secular faith draws so many adherents in large part because it appeals to and addresses what might be referred to as spiritual needs—including the need for a sense of purpose, inspiration, security, virtue, love, and well-being—even though it shortchanges these needs, and, in the long run, fails to deliver the salvation it promises. Fourth, a number of traditional religious ideas, paradigms and motifs tacit­ly inform and support the Religion of Thinness. More specifically, its soteri­ology resurrects and recycles the misogynist, anti-body, other-worldly, and exclusivist aspects of patriarchal religion. Ultimately, the analysis is not only critical of the Religion of Thinness; it also raises suspicions about any clear-cut divisions between ‘religion’, ‘culture’, and ‘the body’. In fact, examining the functions, features, and ideologies embedded in this secular devotion gives us insight into the constitutive role of the body in the production and apprehension of religious and cultural meanings.

  9. Nonlinear optical thin films

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    Leslie, Thomas M.

    1993-01-01

    A focused approach to development and evaluation of organic polymer films for use in optoelectronics is presented. The issues and challenges that are addressed include: (1) material synthesis, purification, and the tailoring of the material properties; (2) deposition of uniform thin films by a variety of methods; (3) characterization of material physical properties (thermal, electrical, optical, and electro-optical); and (4) device fabrication and testing. Photonic materials, devices, and systems were identified as critical technology areas by the Department of Commerce and the Department of Defense. This approach offers strong integration of basic material issues through engineering applications by the development of materials that can be exploited as the active unit in a variety of polymeric thin film devices. Improved materials were developed with unprecedented purity and stability. The absorptive properties can be tailored and controlled to provide significant improvement in propagation losses and nonlinear performance. Furthermore, the materials were incorporated into polymers that are highly compatible with fabrication and patterning processes for integrated optical devices and circuits. By simultaneously addressing the issues of materials development and characterization, keeping device design and fabrication in mind, many obstacles were overcome for implementation of these polymeric materials and devices into systems. We intend to considerably improve the upper use temperature, poling stability, and compatibility with silicon based devices. The principal device application that was targeted is a linear electro-optic modulation etalon. Organic polymers need to be properly designed and coupled with existing integrated circuit technology to create new photonic devices for optical communication, image processing, other laser applications such as harmonic generation, and eventually optical computing. The progression from microscopic sample to a suitable film

  10. Multiferroic properties of nanocrystalline BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.0–0.15) perovskite ceramics

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    Chaudhari, Yogesh [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425001, Maharastra (India); Department of Physics, Shri. Pancham Khemaraj Mahavidyalaya, Sawantwadi 416510, Maharastra (India); Mahajan, Chandrashekhar M. [Department of Engineering Sciences and Humanities (DESH), Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune 411 016, Maharastra (India); Singh, Amrita [Magnetics and Advanced Ceramics Laboratory, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India); Jagtap, Prashant [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425001, Maharastra (India); Chatterjee, Ratnamala [Magnetics and Advanced Ceramics Laboratory, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India); Bendre, Subhash, E-mail: bendrest@gmail.com [Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon 425001, Maharastra (India)

    2015-12-01

    Ni doped BiFeO{sub 3} (x=0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.15) nanocrystalline ceramics were synthesized by the solution combustion method (SCM) to obtain optimal multiferroic properties. The effect of Ni doping on structural, morphological, ferroelectric, magnetic and dielectric properties of BiFeO{sub 3} was studied. The structural investigations by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern confirmed that BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics have rhombhohedral perovskite structure. The ferroelectric hysteresis measurements for BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15) compound at room temperature found to exhibit unsaturated behavior and presents partial reversal of polarization. The magnetic measurements demonstrated an enhancement of ferromagnetic property due to Ni doping in BiFeO{sub 3} when compared with undoped BiFeO{sub 3}. The variation of dielectric constant with temperature in BiFe{sub 0.9}Ni{sub 0.1}O{sub 3} and BiFe{sub 0.85}Ni{sub 0.15}O{sub 3} samples evidenced an apparent dielectric anomaly around 350 °C and 300 °C which corresponds to antiferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition of (T{sub N}) of BiFeO{sub 3}. The dependence of room temperature dielectric properties on frequency signifies that both dielectric constant (ε) and dielectric loss (tan δ) are the strong function of frequency. The results show that solution combustion method leads to synthesis of an excellent and reproducible BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} multiferroic ceramics. - Highlights: • Synthesis of BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.15) multiferroic ceramics. • Solution Combustion Method (SCM). • Ferroelectric and dielectric properties of undoped and Ni doped BiFeO{sub 3} ceramics. • High temperature synthesis of BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} multiferroic ceramics. • First detailed report about SCM synthesized the BiFe{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics.

  11. Effet de taille et du dopage sur la structure, les transitions et les propriétés optiques de particules du multiferroïque BiFeO₃ pour des applications photocatalytiques

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    Bai, Xiaofei

    2016-01-01

    This experimental PhD work has been dedicated to the synthesis, by wet chemistry methods, and characterization of nanoparticles based on multiferroic BiFeO3, with the aim of using them for photocatalytic applications. This material presents a bandgap of 2.6eV, which allows the charge carrier photoexcitation in the visible range, making BiFeO3 a very interesting system for photoinduced processes. This thesis has been particularly focused on characterizing the properties of BiFeO3 nanoparticles...

  12. Effects of electric-field-induced piezoelectric strain on the electronic transport properties of La{sub 0.9}Ce{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} thin films

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    Zheng, R.K., E-mail: zrk@ustc.edu [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Department of Applied Physics and Materials Research Center, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Dong, S.N. [Department of Physics and Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Wu, Y.Q.; Zhu, Q.X. [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Wang, Y.; Chan, H.L.W. [Department of Applied Physics and Materials Research Center, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Li, X.M.; Luo, H.S. [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China); Li, X.G. [Department of Physics and Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China)

    2012-12-15

    The authors constructed multiferroic structures by growing La{sub 0.9}Ce{sub 0.1}MnO{sub 3} (LCEMO) thin films on piezoelectric 0.68Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-0.32PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN-PT) single-crystal substrates. Due to the efficient elastic coupling at the interface, the electric-field-induced piezoelectric strain in PMN-PT substrates is effectively transferred to LCEMO films and thus, leads to a decrease in the resistance and an increase in the magnetoresistance of the films. Particularly, it was found that the resistance-strain coefficient [({Delta}R/R){sub film}/({Delta}{epsilon}{sub zz}){sub film}] of the LCEMO film was considerably enhanced by the application of magnetic fields, demonstrating strong coupling between the lattice and the spin degrees of freedom. ({Delta}R/R){sub film}/({Delta}{epsilon}{sub zz}){sub film} at 122 K was enhanced by {approx} 28.8% by a magnetic field of 1.2 T. An analysis of the overall results demonstrates that the phase separation is crucial to understand strain-mediated modulation of electronic transport properties of manganite film/PMN-PT multiferroic structures. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer La{sub 0.9}Ce{sub 0.1}Mn{sub O3} films were epitaxially grown on piezoelectric single crystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Piezoelectric strain influences the electronic transport properties of films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic field enhances the piezoelectric strain effect. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase separation is crucial to understand the piezoelectric strain effect.

  13. Host thin films incorporating nanoparticles

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    Qureshi, Uzma

    The focus of this research project was the investigation of the functional properties of thin films that incorporate a secondary nanoparticulate phase. In particular to assess if the secondary nanoparticulate material enhanced a functional property of the coating on glass. In order to achieve this, new thin film deposition methods were developed, namely use of nanopowder precursors, an aerosol assisted transport technique and an aerosol into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition system. Aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) was used to deposit 8 series of thin films on glass. Five different nanoparticles silver, gold, ceria, tungsten oxide and zinc oxide were tested and shown to successfully deposit thin films incorporating nanoparticles within a host matrix. Silver nanoparticles were synthesised and doped within a titania film by AACVD. This improved solar control properties. A unique aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (APCVD) system was used to deposit films of Au nanoparticles and thin films of gold nanoparticles incorporated within a host titania matrix. Incorporation of high refractive index contrast metal oxide particles within a host film altered the film colour. The key goal was to test the potential of nanopowder forms and transfer the suspended nanopowder via an aerosol to a substrate in order to deposit a thin film. Discrete tungsten oxide nanoparticles or ceria nanoparticles within a titanium dioxide thin film enhanced the self-cleaning and photo-induced super-hydrophilicity. The nanopowder precursor study was extended by deposition of zinc oxide thin films incorporating Au nanoparticles and also ZnO films deposited from a ZnO nanopowder precursor. Incorporation of Au nanoparticles within a VO: host matrix improved the thermochromic response, optical and colour properties. Composite VC/TiC and Au nanoparticle/V02/Ti02 thin films displayed three useful

  14. Learning unit: Thin lenses

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    Nita, L.-S.

    2012-04-01

    Learning unit: Thin lenses "Why objects seen through lenses are sometimes upright and sometimes reversed" Nita Laura Simona National College of Arts and Crafts "Constantin Brancusi", Craiova, Romania 1. GEOMETRIC OPTICS. 13 hours Introduction (models, axioms, principles, conventions) 1. Thin lenses (Types of lenses. Defining elements. Path of light rays through lenses. Image formation. Required physical quantities. Lens formulas). 2. Lens systems (Non-collated lenses. Focalless systems). 3. Human eye (Functioning as an optical system. Sight defects and their corrections). 4. Optical instruments (Characteristics exemplified by a magnifying glass. Paths of light rays through a simplified photo camera. Path of light rays through a classical microscope) (Physics curriculum for the IXth grade/ 2011). This scenario exposes a learning unit based on experimental sequences (defining specific competencies), as a succession of lessons started by noticing a problem whose solution assumes the setup of an experiment under laboratory conditions. Progressive learning of theme objectives are realised with sequential experimental steps. The central cognitive process is the induction or the generalization (development of new knowledge based on observation of examples or counterexamples of the concept to be learnt). Pupil interest in theme objectives is triggered by problem-situations, for example: "In order to better see small objects I need a magnifying glass. But when using a magnifier, small object images are sometimes seen upright and sometimes seen reversed!" Along the way, pupils' reasoning will converge to the idea: "The image of an object through a lens depends on the relative distances among object, lens, and observer". Associated learning model: EXPERIMENT Specific competencies: derived from the experiment model, in agreement with the following learning unit steps I. Evoking - Anticipation: Size of the problem, formulation of hypotheses and planning of experiment. II

  15. Simple top-down preparation of magnetic Bi0.9Gd0.1Fe1−xTixO3 nanoparticles by ultrasonication of multiferroic bulk material

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    Basith, M. A.; Ngo, Duc-The; Quader, A.;

    2014-01-01

    We present a simple technique to synthesize ultrafine nanoparticles directly from bulk multiferroic perovskitepowder. The starting materials, which were ceramic pellets of the nominal compositions Bi0.9Gd0.1-Fe1−xTixO3 (x = 0.00–0.20), were prepared initially by a solid state reaction technique, ...

  16. Chiral atomically thin films

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    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Sánchez-Castillo, A.; Ziegler, Zack; Ogawa, Yui; Noguez, Cecilia; Park, Jiwoong

    2016-06-01

    Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics, stereochemistry and spintronics. In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films, or arrays of fabricated building blocks, could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (θ) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left- and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg μm-1) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by θ and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra.

  17. Self-assembly of multiferroic core-shell particulate nanocomposites through DNA-DNA hybridization and magnetic field directed assembly of superstructures

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    Gollapudi Sreenivasulu

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Multiferroic composites of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric phases are of importance for studies on mechanical strain mediated coupling between the magnetic and electric subsystems. This work is on DNA-assisted self-assembly of superstructures of such composites with nanometer periodicity. The synthesis involved oligomeric DNA-functionalized ferroelectric and ferromagnetic nanoparticles, 600 nm BaTiO3 (BTO and 200 nm NiFe2O4 (NFO, respectively. Mixing BTO and NFO particles, possessing complementary DNA sequences, resulted in the formation of ordered core-shell heteronanocomposites held together by DNA hybridization. The composites were imaged by scanning electron microscopy and scanning microwave microscopy. The presence of heteroassemblies along with core-shell architecture is clearly observed. The reversible nature of the DNA hybridization allows for restructuring the composites into mm-long linear chains and 2D-arrays in the presence of a static magnetic field and ring-like structures in a rotating-magnetic field. Strong magneto-electric (ME coupling in as-assembled composites is evident from static magnetic field H induced polarization and low-frequency magnetoelectric voltage coefficient measurements. Upon annealing the nanocomposites at high temperatures, evidence for the formation of bulk composites with excellent cross-coupling between the electric and magnetic subsystems is obtained by H-induced polarization and low-frequency ME voltage coefficient. The ME coupling strength in the self-assembled composites is measured to be much stronger than in bulk composites with randomly distributed NFO and BTO prepared by direct mixing and sintering.

  18. Magnetic field-temperature phase diagrams of multiferroic (Ni0.9Co0.1)3V2O8

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    Qureshi, N.; Ressouche, E.; Mukhin, A. A.; Ivanov, V. Yu.; Barilo, S. N.; Shiryaev, S. V.; Skumryev, V.

    2016-11-01

    We present macroscopic and neutron diffraction data on multiferroic lightly Co doped Ni3V2O8 . The magnetic H -T phase diagrams have been derived from magnetization and electric polarization measurements with field directions parallel to the principal crystallographic axes. While the phase diagram for H ∥b is very similar to that of the parent compound Ni3V2O8 for the commonly involved phases, the zero-field phases in (Ni0.9Co0.1)3V2O8 show a stronger instability for applied magnetic fields along the a or c axis. Neutron single-crystal diffraction revealed the magnetic structure of the field-induced phase for H ∥c with a collinear spin alignment along the a and b axes for the two magnetically inequivalent sites. A pronounced irreversibility has been observed for the transition between the zero-field spin cycloid and the field-induced phase, which is manifested in a propagation vector change from q =(0.322 0 0 ) to q =(0.306 0 0 ), with slight modifications of the magnetic structure after reentering the zero-field phase. The reentrant phase is characterized by a significantly larger b component of the cross-tie site spin, therefore showing remanent features of the high-field phase. For H ∥a the magnetization data reveal anomalies, one of which was proved to reflect a field-induced transition from the cycloidally to the sinusoidally modulated magnetic structure.

  19. Structural, spectroscopic, and dielectric characterizations of Mn-doped 0.67BiFeO3-0.33BaTiO3 multiferroic ceramics

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    Hang, Qiming

    2013-09-07

    0.67BiFeO3-0.33BaTiO3 multiferroic ceramics doped with x mol% MnO2 (x = 2–10) were synthesized by solid-state reaction. The formation of a perovskite phase with rhombohedral symmetry was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The average grain sizes were reduced from 0.80 μm to 0.50 μm as increasing the Mn-doped levels. Single crystalline nature of the grains was revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images and electron diffraction patterns. Polar nano-sized ferroelectric domains with an average size of 9 nm randomly distributed in the ceramic samples were revealed by TEM images. Ferroelectric domain lamellae (71° ferroelectric domains) with an average width of 5 nm were also observed. Vibrational modes were examined by Raman spectra, where only four Raman peaks at 272 cm−1 (E-4 mode), 496 cm−1 (A 1-4 mode), 639 cm−1, and 1338 cm−1 were observed. The blue shifts in the E-4 and A 1-4 Raman mode frequencies were interpreted by a spring oscillator model. The dieletric constants of the present ceramics as a function of the Mn-doped levels exhibited a V-typed curve. They were in the range of 350–700 measured at 103 Hz, and the corresponding dielectric losses were in range of 0.43–0.96, approaching to 0.09 at 106 Hz.

  20. Two phase multiferroics for voltage-induced entropy change with application in near-room-temperature refrigeration

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    Giri, Prakash; Kumar, Dhananjay; Binek, Christian

    The demand for environmental friendly, cost-effective and energy efficient cooling drives the emerging technology of magnetic refrigeration at room temperature. We fabricate a two phase mutiferroic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3) O3-PbTiO3(001) via pulsed laser deposition for application in advanced near room-temperature refrigeration and miniature cooling devices. The key innovation rests on utilizing the magnetocaloric effect in zero applied magnetic fields. The magnetocaloric effect of the composite is activated purely by electric field. We utilize strain originating from stress which is voltage-induced via the inverse piezoelectric effect of PMN-PT. The strain is carried over into the adjacent LSMO thin film thus changing its magnetic order. The voltage-induced variation in magnetization leads to change in isothermal entropy when the experiment is carried out in contact with a thermostat and gives correspondingly rise to an adiabatic temperature change when heat exchange is suppressed. This project is supported by NSF through Nebraska MRSEC DMR-1420645.

  1. The study of electronic structures for Bi{sub 0.95}R{sub 0.05}FeO{sub 3} (R = Ce, Eu, Er) multiferroic material

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    Li, Yong-tao [Experimental Teaching Center of Physics, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210046 (China); Department of Physics, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210046 (China); Zhang, Hong-guang [Experimental Teaching Center of Physics, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210046 (China); Dong, Xue-guang; Ge, Xiao-peng [Department of Physics, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China); Yan, Xiao-hong [College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210046 (China); Li, Qi, E-mail: qli@seu.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Southeast University, Nanjing 211189 (China)

    2014-10-15

    Polycrystalline samples Bi{sub 0.95}R{sub 0.05}FeO{sub 3} (R = Ce, Eu, Er) are prepared by sol–gel method. The result of X-ray diffraction manifests that all samples are in single phase and the structural phase transformation takes place in the Ce substituted samples, and that the crystal symmetry and chemical states of ions differently present in the BiFeO{sub 3} multiferroic samples after the substitution of different rare earth ions at Bi sites. The soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) experiments at O K- and Fe L{sub 3},{sub 2}-edges are performed to investigate the electronic structure of well-characterized multiferroic samples. And the O1s core level XAS spectra are also recorded to detect the distortion of lattice structure and the change of crystal field symmetry in these compounds. The XAS results indicate the whole valence state of Fe ions for the Er{sup 3+} doped sample is higher than that of Ce{sup 3+} substituted one. The difference of electronegativity among Ce{sup 3+}, Eu{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3+} ions induces the change of Fe{sup 2+} content in these doped samples. The enhancement of magnetism for the samples is therefore considered as the result of lattice structure distortion combined with the change of Fe ions whole valence state.

  2. In-field {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer study of multiferroic Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 1.5}Zn{sub 2}Fe{sub 12}O{sub 22} Y-type hexaferrite

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    Raju, N.; Shravan Kumar Reddy, S.; Gopal Reddy, Ch. [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007 (India); Yadagiri Reddy, P., E-mail: yadagirireddy@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007 (India); Rama Reddy, K. [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007 (India); Raghavendra Reddy, V. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452001 (India)

    2015-06-15

    The structural, magnetic, and in-field {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer studies of Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 1.5}Zn{sub 2}Fe{sub 12}O{sub 22} polycrystalline multiferroic, which belongs to Y-type hexaferrite class, are presented in this paper. Sr{sup 2+} substitution at Ba{sup 2+} site effects the redistribution of Zn{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions at tetrahedral sites in the crystal. The magnetization data reveals the magnetic field induced transitions in the M–H curve. The in-field Mössbauer study reveals that the occupancy of Fe{sup 3+} ions in the tetrahedral sites is more than that in the octahedral sites because of doping of Sr{sup 2+} at Ba{sup 2+} site, which plays an important role in field induced multiferroic property at low temperature. - Highlights: • The structural, magnetic, and in-field {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer studies of Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 1.5}Zn{sub 2}Fe{sub 12}O{sub 22} are reported. • Doping of Sr at Ba site yielded the field induced transitions in the material. • The Fe{sup +3} ions at tetrahedral sites are more than the octahedral sites by Sr doping.

  3. Ferromagnetic and multiferroic interfaces in granular perovskite composite xLa0.5Sr0.5CoO3-(1-x)BiFeO3

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    Lohr, Javier H.; López, Carlos A.; Saleta, Martín E.; Sánchez, Rodolfo D.

    2016-08-01

    Nanopowder of ferromagnetic La0.5Sr0.5CoO3 (LSCO) and multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) were synthesized by spray pyrolysis method. Different compositions of multiferroic xLSCO-(1-x)BFO composites were synthesized at 800 °C for 2 h. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy elemental mapping were performed to study the morphology of composites. Ferri/ferromagnetic responses above TC (LSCO) are observed, which are associated with the interfaces LSCO/BFO. This interface presents a different behavior compared to the original perovskites, and the magnitude of the magnetization depends on x. Electrical DC conductivity as a function of temperature for LSCO nanopowder (x = 1) presents a different behavior than that reported in bulk material. For x = 1 and 0.9, the model by Glazman and Matveev [Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 94, 332 (1988)] is proposed to describe the electrical conductivity. On the other hand, x = 0, 0.1, and 0.5 present a variable range hopping behavior. Complex impedance spectroscopy as a function of frequency indicates a pure resistive behavior for x ≥ 0.5 compositions, while a complex resistive-capacitive behavior is observed for low x values (0, 0.1). In these samples, low values of magnetoelectric coupling were measured with an AC lock-in technique.

  4. Predictive study of structural, electronic, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of XFeO3 (X = Ag, Zr and Ru multiferroic materials in cubic perovskite structure: first-principles calculations

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    Moulay N.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The full potential linear-muffin-tin-orbital method within the spin local density approximation has been used to study the structural, electronic, magnetic and thermodynamic properties of three multiferroic compounds of XFeO3 type. Large values of bulk modulus for these compounds have been obtained, which demonstrates their hardness. The calculated total and partial density of states of these compounds shows a complex of strong hybridized 3d and 4d states at Fermi level. The two degenerate levels eg and t2g clearly demonstrate the origin of this complex. We have also investigated the effect of pressure, from 0 GPa to 55 GPa, on the magnetic moment per atom and the exchange of magnetic energy between the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic states. For more detailed knowledge, we have calculated the thermodynamic properties, and determined heat capacity, Debye temperature, bulk modulus and enthropy at different temperatures and pressures for the three multiferroic compounds. This is the first predictive calculation of all these properties.

  5. Thin-film solar cell

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    Metselaar, J.W.; Kuznetsov, V.I.

    1998-01-01

    The invention relates to a thin-film solar cell provided with at least one p-i-n junction comprising at least one p-i junction which is at an angle alpha with that surface of the thin-film solar cell which collects light during operation and at least one i-n junction which is at an angle beta with t

  6. Rotating thin-shell wormhole

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    Ovgun, A.

    2016-11-01

    We construct a rotating thin-shell wormhole using a Myers-Perry black hole in five dimensions, using the Darmois-Israel junction conditions. The stability of the wormhole is analyzed under perturbations. We find that exotic matter is required at the throat of the wormhole to keep it stable. Our analysis shows that stability of the rotating thin-shell wormhole is possible if suitable parameter values are chosen.

  7. Studies on Thin-shells and Thin-shell Wormholes

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    Övgün, Ali

    2016-01-01

    The study of traversable wormholes is very hot topic for the past 30 years. One of the best possible way to make traversable wormhole is using the thin-shells to cut and paste two spacetime which has tunnel from one region of space-time to another, through which a traveler might freely pass in wormhole throat. These geometries need an exotic matter which involves a stress-energy tensor that violates the null energy condition. However, this method can be used to minimize the amount of the exotic matter. The goal of this thesis study is to study on thin-shell and thin-shell wormholes in general relativity in 2+1 and 3+1 dimensions. We also investigate the stability of such objects.

  8. The endometrium in assisted reproductive technology: How thin is thin?

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    Nalini Mahajan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A thin endometrium is encountered infrequently (2.4% in assisted reproductive technology cycles. When it does occur it is a cause of concern as it is associated with lower implantation rate and pregnancy rate. Though pregnancies have been reported at 4 and 5 mm it is apparent that an endometrial thickness <6 mm is associated with a trend toward lower probability of pregnancy. Hormone replacement therapy – frozen embryo transfer (FET cycles appear to give better results due to an improvement in endometrial receptivity (ER. The etiology of thin endometrium plays a significant part in its receptivity. A number of treatments have been tried to improve endometrial growth, but none has been validated so far. Confirming ER of a thin endometrium by an ER array test before FET offers reassurance.

  9. Monitoring the growth of SrTiO3 and La0.66Sr0.33MnO3 thin films using a low-pressure Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction system

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    Mercey, Bernard; David, Adrian; Copie, Olivier; Prellier, Wilfrid

    2016-12-01

    Oxides display a variety of electronic phenomena, including ferroelectricity, magnetism or multiferroicity. Recently, a large interest has raised from the interfaces between two oxides of few unit cells, which show unexpected electronic properties such as superconductivity or magnetism. Thus, the structural quality of interfaces as well as a precise control of the thickness are main challenges for researchers who grow oxide films. To achieve such a high quality interface and a careful control of the growth, Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction in-situ monitoring, is often used and mounted in a pulsed laser ablation system. While high pressure is widely utilized, low pressure is rarely utilized for oxides except when coupled to a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) chamber. Here, the preparation of high-quality oxide thin films is reported and the different factors which affect the reliability of such an approach are presented, i.e. the correlation between the observed intensity oscillations and the deposited thickness. It is shown that oxides thin films grown on SrTiO3 single crystals, in a low-pressure environment with the laser-MBE system, possess extremely high physical characteristics (magnetoresistance, ferroelectricity, ferromagnetism, metal/insulating transition) very close to the bulk values and that the interface is nearly perfect, of the same quality as found for semiconductors.

  10. Thin-film metal hydrides.

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    Remhof, Arndt; Borgschulte, Andreas

    2008-12-01

    The goal of the medieval alchemist, the chemical transformation of common metals into nobel metals, will forever be a dream. However, key characteristics of metals, such as their electronic band structure and, consequently, their electric, magnetic and optical properties, can be tailored by controlled hydrogen doping. Due to their morphology and well-defined geometry with flat, coplanar surfaces/interfaces, novel phenomena may be observed in thin films. Prominent examples are the eye-catching hydrogen switchable mirror effect, the visualization of solid-state diffusion and the formation of complex surface morphologies. Thin films do not suffer as much from embrittlement and/or decrepitation as bulk materials, allowing the study of cyclic absorption and desorption. Therefore, thin-metal hydride films are used as model systems to study metal-insulator transitions, for high throughput combinatorial research or they may be used as indicator layers to study hydrogen diffusion. They can be found in technological applications as hydrogen sensors, in electrochromic and thermochromic devices. In this review, we discuss the effect of hydrogen loading of thin niobium and yttrium films as archetypical examples of a transition metal and a rare earth metal, respectively. Our focus thereby lies on the hydrogen induced changes of the electronic structure and the morphology of the thin films, their optical properties, the visualization and the control of hydrogen diffusion and on the study of surface phenomena and catalysis.

  11. Strain effect on the magnetic properties of SrRuO{sub 3} thin films on ferroelectric PMN-PT substrates

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    Herklotz, Andreas; Kataja, Mikko; Schultz, Ludwig; Doerr, Kathrin [IFW Dresden, IMW, Helmholtzstrasse 20, 01069 Dresden (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    We investigate a two-component multiferroic system consisting of a ferroelectric 0.72PbMg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3}O{sub 3}-0.28PbTiO{sub 3} (PMN-PT) substrate and ferromagnetic SrRuO{sub 3} (SRO) thin films. The inverse piezoelectric effect of the substrate is used to reversibly vary the strain state of the epitaxial SRO films in order to clarify the strain dependence of the magnetic film properties. Buffer films of Sr{sub 1-x}Ba{sub x}TiO{sub 3} are introduced to vary the as-grown state of the SRO films and to cover a wider range from compressive to tensile strain. High resolution X-ray diffraction is deployed to structurally characterize the films and to determine Poisson's ratio of SRO, which is not known so far. SQUID magnetometry reveals that the Curie temperature is increasing with tensile strain, but starts to decrease again under high strain. Angular-dependent measurements provide that the easy axis orientation shows a complex dependence on strain and temperature. SQUID measurements on conventional substrates like SrTiO{sub 3} and LaAlO{sub 3} and electric transport measurements complete the data.

  12. Raman scattering spectra, magnetic and ferroelectric properties of BiFeO{sub 3}–CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite thin films structure

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    Tyagi, Mintu [School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Patiala 147004, Punjab (India); Kumari, Mukesh; Chatterjee, Ratnamala [Magnetics and Advanced Ceramics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi 110016 (India); Sharma, Puneet, E-mail: puneet.sharma@thapar.edu [School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Patiala 147004, Punjab (India)

    2014-09-01

    Multiferroic (1−x)BiFeO{sub 3}(BFO)–xCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}(CFO) (x=0 and 0.1) nanocomposite thin films were deposited on ITO coated glass using sol–gel spin coating technique. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy examinations confirm the coexistence of both perovskite BFO and spinel CFO phases. The effect of addition of CFO in BFO matrix has been studied on Raman spectra, magnetic and ferroelectric properties. BFO/CFO nanocomposite showed good magnetic behavior (M{sub s}∼40.3 emu/cm{sup 3}, M{sub r}∼12.9 emu/cm{sup 3}, H{sub c}∼90 Oe) with no change in ferroelectric properties. The strain analysis carried out by Raman spectroscopy reveals that both BFO and CFO bands are found to be strained in BFO/CFO composite nanostructure. The strain of the bands is discussed on the basis of lattice mismatch (interfacial stress) between CFO (a=0.839 nm) and BFO (a=0.396 nm) phases.

  13. Photovoltaic properties of Aurivillius phase Bi{sub 5}FeTi{sub 3}O{sub 15} thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Kooriyattil, Sudheendran [Department of Physics and Institute for Functional Nanomaterials, University of Puerto Rico, P.O. Box 70377, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-8377 (United States); Department of Physics, Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur 680011, Kerala (India); Katiyar, Rajesh K.; Pavunny, Shojan P., E-mail: rkatiyar@uprrp.edu, E-mail: shojanpp@gmail.com; Morell, Gerardo; Katiyar, Ram S., E-mail: rkatiyar@uprrp.edu, E-mail: shojanpp@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Institute for Functional Nanomaterials, University of Puerto Rico, P.O. Box 70377, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-8377 (United States)

    2014-08-18

    We report a remarkable photovoltaic effect in pulsed laser deposited multiferroic aurivillius phase Bi{sub 5}FeTi{sub 3}O{sub 15} (BFTO) thin films sandwiched between ZnO:Al transparent conductive oxide top electrode and SrRuO{sub 3} bottom electrode fabricated on amorphous fused silica substrates. The structural and micro structural properties of these films were analysed by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy techniques. The films were showing a photo sensitive ferroelectric behaviour with a notable apparent polarization in the range of 10–15 μC/cm{sup 2}. These films also exhibited a switchable photo-response and this parameter was observed to be sensitive to polarisation field and the polarization direction. The device shows a large ON/OFF photo current ratio with an open circuit voltage of 0.14 V. The photo response at zero bias of this BFTO based heterostructures showed rapid increase to a saturation value of 6 μA at zero bias.

  14. Element specific and depth-resolved interface magnetism in BiFeO3/La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 thin films

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    Bertinshaw, Joel; Brück, Sebastian; Fritzsche, Helmut; Khaydukov, Yury; Soltwedel, Olaf; Keller, Thomas; Goering, Eberhard; Audehm, Patrick; Hutchison, Wayne; Maran, Ronald; Valanoor, Nagarajan; Klose, Frank; Ulrich, Clemens

    2013-03-01

    In recent years significant research has been conducted to probe the emergent physics of atomically sharp transition metal oxide layered systems. The spin, orbital and charge state at the interface has a drastic impact on the exhibited emergent physics. We have investigated epitaxial bi-layers of multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) / ferromagnetic La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO). Polarized Neutron Reflectivity conducted at ANSTO, Chalk River, and FRM-II provided the absolute magnetic moment at the interface and X-ray Resonant Magnetic Reflectivity performed at BESSY II provided element specific magnetic information. We determined the precise magnetic properties of the bi-layer interface region, which indicated a region of depleted magnetization extending ~25Å into the LSMO at the interface, despite no FM in the BFO and in contrast to previous results on an inverse LSMO/BFO system. The importance of this result extends to the study and functionality of all strongly correlated thin film systems.

  15. Strain-dependence Of The Structure And Ferroic Properties Of Epitaxial NiTiO3 Thin Films Grown On Different Substrates

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    Varga, Tamas; Droubay, Timothy C.; Bowden, Mark E.; Kovarik, Libor; Hu, Dehong; Chambers, Scott A.

    2015-08-14

    Polarization-induced weak ferromagnetism has been predicted a few years back in perovskite MTiO3 (M = Fe, Mn, Ni) [Fennie, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 167203 (2008)]. We set out to stabilize this metastable perovskite structure by growing NiTiO3 epitaxially on different substrates, and to investigate the dependence of polar and magnetic properties on strain. Epitaxial NiTiO3 films were deposited on Al2O3, Fe2O3, and LiNbO3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition, and characterized using several techniques. The effect of substrate choice on lattice strain, film structure, and physical properties was investigated. Our structural data from x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy shows that substrate-induced strain has a marked effect on the structure and crystalline quality of the films. Physical property measurements reveal a dependence of the weak ferromagnetism and lattice polarization on strain, and highlight our ability to control the ferroic properties in NiTiO3 thin films by the choice of substrate. Our results are also consistent with the theoretical prediction that the ferromagnetism in acentric NiTiO3 is polarization-induced. From the substrates studied here, the perovskite substrate LiNbO3 proved to be the most promising one for strong multiferroism.

  16. Strain-Dependence of the Structure and Ferroic Properties of Epitaxial NiTiO3 Thin Films Grown on Different Substrates

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    Tamas Varga

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Polarization-induced weak ferromagnetism has been predicted a few years back in perovskite MTiO3 (M = Fe, Mn, and Ni. We set out to stabilize this metastable perovskite structure by growing NiTiO3 epitaxially on different substrates and to investigate the dependence of polar and magnetic properties on strain. Epitaxial NiTiO3 films were deposited on Al2O3, Fe2O3, and LiNbO3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition and characterized using several techniques. The effect of substrate choice on lattice strain, film structure, and physical properties was investigated. Our structural data from X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy shows that substrate-induced strain has a marked effect on the structure and crystalline quality of the films. Physical property measurements reveal a dependence of the weak ferromagnetism and lattice polarization on strain and highlight our ability to control the ferroic properties in NiTiO3 thin films by the choice of substrate. Our results are also consistent with the theoretical prediction that the ferromagnetism in acentric NiTiO3 is polarization induced. From the substrates studied here, the perovskite substrate LiNbO3 proved to be the most promising one for strong multiferroism.

  17. Lack of multiferroic behavior in BaCuSi2O6 is consistent with the frustrated magnetic scenario for this material

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    Zapf, Vivien [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Jaime, Marcelo [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Chikara, Shalinee [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Fisher, Ian [Stanford Univ., CA (United States); Batista, C. D. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)

    2017-03-01

    BaCuSi2O6 is a well-known quantum magnet that exhibits a Bose-Einstein Condensation quantum phase transition in applied magnetic fields. It contains Cu dimers that form singlets in zero magnetic field, and in applied fields as the singlet-triplet gap is suppressed a quantum phase transition occurs to canted XY antiferromagnetism between critical fields Hc1 = 23 T and Hc2 = 59 T. In addition, as the temperature is lowered, a rare frustrationinduced dimensional reduction has been proposed from three to two dimensions. Recently, however, a controversy has arisen about the details of the magnetic ordering due to the discovery of a tetragonal to orthorhombic structural transition at 100 K with an incommensurate modulation along the b-axis. Multiple magnon modes were observed in neutron diffraction studies, while NMR found modulation of the spin structure along both the ab plane and the c-axis. In this scenario the material is still a Bose-Einstein condensate system but the frustration is not perfect, calling into question the dimension reduction scenario. A recent study of BaCuSi2O6 combining inelastic neutron diffraction and density functional theory suggest that the material isn’t even frustrated at all and that the spins are ordered ferromagnetically in the a-b plane and antiferromagnetically along the c-axis. After a detailed symmetry analysis we have concluded that the magnetic scenario postulated by this most recent unfrustrated theory6 will render BaCuSi2O6 a multiferroic between Hc1 and Hc2, with electric polarization in easy axis of the a-b plane for magnetic fields along the c-axis via an inverse Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya mechanism. Electric polarization is a sensitive symmetry probe of magnetic order, since magnetic systems that break spatial inversion symmetry can induce an overall ferroelectricity in the crystalline lattice. In pulsed magnetic fields

  18. Lead nitroprusside: A new precursor for the synthesis of the multiferroic Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5,} an anion-deficient perovskite

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    Gil, Diego M. [Instituto de Química Inorgánica, Facultad de Bioquímica, Química y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Ayacucho 471, 4000 San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Nieva, Gladys [Centro Atómico Bariloche, Instituto Balseiro, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Franco, Diego G. [Centro Atómico Bariloche, Instituto Balseiro, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Instituto de Investigaciones en Fisicoquímica de Córdoba (INFIQC – CONICET), Departamento de Fisicoquímica, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Ciudad Universitaria, X5000HUA Córdoba (Argentina); Gómez, María Inés [Instituto de Química Inorgánica, Facultad de Bioquímica, Química y Farmacia, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Ayacucho 471, 4000 San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); and others

    2013-08-15

    In order to investigate the formation of multiferroic oxide Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5}, the thermal decomposition of Pb[Fe(CN){sub 5}NO] has been studied. The complex precursor and the thermal decomposition products were characterized by IR and Raman spectroscopy, thermal analysis, powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy and magnetic measurements. The crystal structure of Pb[Fe(CN){sub 5}NO] was refined by Rietveld analysis. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic system, space group Pnma. The thermal decomposition in air produces highly pure Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} as final product. This oxide is an anion deficient perovskite with an incommensurate superstructure. The magnetic measurements confirm that Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} shows a weak ferromagnetic signal probably due to disorder in the perfect antiferromagnetic structure or spin canting. The estimated ordering temperature from the fit of a phenomenological model was 520 K. The SEM images reveal that the thermal decomposition of Pb[Fe(CN){sub 5}NO] produces Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} with small particle size. - Highlights: • Pb[Fe(CN){sub 5}NO] was synthesized and characterized. • Pb[Fe(CN){sub 5}NO] belongs to orthorhombic crystal system, space group Pnma. • Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} was obtained by thermal decomposition of Pb[Fe(CN){sub 5}NO]. • Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} is a weak ferromagnet due to spin canting. • Ordering temperature of Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} from the fit of a phenomenological model was 520 K. - Graphical abstract: Field cooling (FC) and zero field cooling (ZFC) magnetization curves at H = 10 and 1000 Oe for Pb{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 5} obtained at 750 °C. Remnant magnetization after applying H = 1 T, FC procedure at 0.8 Oe. The fitted expression (see text) yield an ordering temperature T{sub o} = 520 K. Display Omitted.

  19. Thin-film solar cell

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    Metselaar, J.W.; Kuznetsov, V. I.

    1998-01-01

    The invention relates to a thin-film solar cell provided with at least one p-i-n junction comprising at least one p-i junction which is at an angle alpha with that surface of the thin-film solar cell which collects light during operation and at least one i-n junction which is at an angle beta with the light-collecting surface. In this context, the relationships 45 < alpha < 135 degrees and 45 < beta < 135 degrees apply. The invention also relates to a panel provided with a plurality of such t...

  20. Birefringent non-polarizing thin film design

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    QI Hongji; HONG Ruijin; HE Hongbo; SHAO Jianda; FAN Zhengxiu

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, 2×2 characteristic matrices of uniaxially anisotropic thin film for extraordinary and ordinary wave are deduced at oblique incidence. Furthermore, the reflectance and transmittance of thin films are calculated separately for two polarizations, which provide a new concept for designing non-polarizing thin films at oblique incidence. Besides, using the multilayer birefringent thin films, non-polarizing designs, such as beam splitter thin film at single wavelength, edge filter and antireflection thin film over visible spectral region are obtained at oblique incidence.

  1. Size effects in thin films

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    Tellier, CR; Siddall, G

    1982-01-01

    A complete and comprehensive study of transport phenomena in thin continuous metal films, this book reviews work carried out on external-surface and grain-boundary electron scattering and proposes new theoretical equations for transport properties of these films. It presents a complete theoretical view of the field, and considers imperfection and impurity effects.

  2. Thin film corrosion. Final report

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    Raut, M.K.

    1980-06-01

    Corrosion of chromium/gold (Cr/Au) thin films during photolithography, prebond etching, and cleaning was evaluated. Vapors of chromium etchant, tantalum nitride etchant, and especially gold etchant were found to corrosively attack chromium/gold films. A palladium metal barrier between the gold and chromium layers was found to reduce the corrosion from gold etchant.

  3. Shear Thinning of Noncolloidal Suspensions

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    Vázquez-Quesada, Adolfo; Tanner, Roger I.; Ellero, Marco

    2016-09-01

    Shear thinning—a reduction in suspension viscosity with increasing shear rates—is understood to arise in colloidal systems from a decrease in the relative contribution of entropic forces. The shear-thinning phenomenon has also been often reported in experiments with noncolloidal systems at high volume fractions. However its origin is an open theoretical question and the behavior is difficult to reproduce in numerical simulations where shear thickening is typically observed instead. In this letter we propose a non-Newtonian model of interparticle lubrication forces to explain shear thinning in noncolloidal suspensions. We show that hidden shear-thinning effects of the suspending medium, which occur at shear rates orders of magnitude larger than the range investigated experimentally, lead to significant shear thinning of the overall suspension at much smaller shear rates. At high particle volume fractions the local shear rates experienced by the fluid situated in the narrow gaps between particles are much larger than the averaged shear rate of the whole suspension. This allows the suspending medium to probe its high-shear non-Newtonian regime and it means that the matrix fluid rheology must be considered over a wide range of shear rates.

  4. High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography.

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    Costanzo, Samuel J.

    1984-01-01

    Clarifies where in the scheme of modern chromatography high performance thin layer chromatography (TLC) fits and why in some situations it is a viable alternative to gas and high performance liquid chromatography. New TLC plates, sample applications, plate development, and instrumental techniques are considered. (JN)

  5. Observability inequalities for thin shells

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    柴树根; 姚鹏飞

    2003-01-01

    We consider the exact controllability problem from boundary for thin shells. Under some check-able geometric assumptions on the middle surface, we establish the observability inequalities via the Bochnertechnique for the Dirichlet control and the Neumann control problems. We also give several examples to verifythe geometric assumptions.

  6. Capillary thinning of polymeric filaments

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    Kolte, Mette Irene; Szabo, Peter

    1999-01-01

    The capillary thinning of filaments of a Newtonian polybutene fluid and a viscoelastic polyisobutylene solution are analyzed experimentally and by means of numerical simulation. The experimental procedure is as follows. Initially, a liquid sample is placed between two cylindrical plates. Then, th...... and quantified. (C) 1999 The Society of Rheology. [S0148-6055(99)00103-0]....

  7. Magnetic structure of low-dimensional LiCu{sub 2}O{sub 2} multiferroic according to {sup 63,65}Cu and {sup 7}Li NMR studies

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    Sadykov, A. F., E-mail: sadykov@imp.uran.ru; Gerashchenko, A. P.; Piskunov, Yu. V.; Ogloblichev, V. V.; Smol' nikov, A. G.; Verkhovskii, S. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Metal Physics, Ural Division (Russian Federation); Yakubovskii, A. Yu. [National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute (Russian Federation); Tishchenko, E. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems (Russian Federation); Bush, A. A. [Moscow State Technical University of Radio Engineering, Electronics, and Automation (Russian Federation)

    2012-10-15

    The complex NMR study of the magnetic structure of LiCu{sub 2}O{sub 2} multiferroic has been performed. It has been shown that the spin spirals in LiCu{sub 2}O{sub 2} are beyond the ab, bc, and ac crystallographic planes. The external magnetic field applied along the c axis of the crystal does not change the spatial orientation of spirals in Cu{sup 2+} chains. A magnetic field of H{sub 0} = 94 kOe applied along the a and b axes rotates the planes of spin spirals in chains, tending to orient the normal n of spirals along the external magnetic field. The rotation angle of the planes of the magnetic moments are maximal at H{sub 0} Double-Vertical-Line b.

  8. Microwave Characterization of Pb0.45Ca0.55(Fe0.5Nb0.5)1- x Sn x O3 Multiferroics at X-Band

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    Singh, Charanjeet; Kaur, Randeep; Bindra Narang, S.; Puri, Maalti; Dhiman, Tanvi; Kaur, Harpreet

    2016-10-01

    The microwave characteristics of Pb0.45Ca0.55(Fe0.5Nb0.5)1- x Sn x O3 multiferroics ( x = 0.03, 0.06, 0.09, 0.12, 0.15) have been investigated as a function of frequency (8-12 GHz) and thickness for different substitutions of Sn4+ ions. The absorber testing device method is used to study microwave properties in the rectangular slotted waveguide. The condition of microwave signal after passing through different compositions has been reported. The quarter wavelength criterion is used to evaluate the microwave absorption. The large microwave absorption is observed at lower as well as higher substitution. Maximum reflected power has been found at higher substitution. The different compositions for electromagnetic applications have also been put forth.

  9. Structural, magnetic and specific heat studies of Bi1-xLaxMn2O5 (x=0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3) multiferroics

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    Sagar, E.; Kumar, N. Pavan; Reddy, P. Venugopal

    2016-12-01

    A series of multiferroic materials with the compositional formula Bi1-xLaxMn2O5 (x=0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3) in single phase were prepared by the solid state reaction technique. After characterizing the samples structurally, a systematic investigation of specific heat and magnetization studies were carried out over the temperature range, 2-300 K. Based on these studies, it has been observed that the magnetization versus temperature plots of all the samples are found to split in the ZFC and FC modes and the observed behavior is explained on the basis of magnetic inhomogeneity. Finally, using the specific heat data, the magnetic entropy values were calculated using Einstein model.

  10. Correlation between ferromagnetism and the concentration of interfacial defects in multiferroic Bi7Fe2.75Co0.25Ti3O21 studied by positron annihilation

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    Ge, W. N.; Li, X. N.; Xu, J. P.; Huang, S. J.; Liu, J. D.; Zhu, Z.; Fu, Z. P.; Lu, Y. L.; Ye, B. J.

    2017-03-01

    This paper investigated the effect of the annealing temperature on the interfacial defects and the magnetization of a single-phase multiferroic Bi7Fe2.75Co0.25Ti3O21. With the increase of annealing temperature, the average thickness of the nonaplates increased from 80 to 180 nm. But the magnetic property measurement shows that the saturation magnetization gradually decreases with the increase of the annealing temperature correspondingly. Positron annihilation measurements reveal that the interfacial defects disappear obviously when the annealing temperature increased, which is found to agree well with the variation of saturation magnetization. The results suggest that with the higher concentration of interfacial defects may bring about higher saturation magnetization for the Aurivillius phase material, opening a window to improve the magnetic performance through controlling the concentration of interfacial defects.

  11. Microstructure of epitaxial thin films of the ferromagnetic shape memory alloy Ni{sub 2}MnGa

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    Eichhorn, Tobias

    2011-12-09

    This work is concerned with the preparation and detailed characterization of epitaxial thin films of the Heusler compound Ni{sub 2}MnGa. This multiferroic compound is of both technological and scientific interest due to the outstanding magnetic shape memory (MSM) behavior. Huge magnetic-field-induced strains up to 10 % have been observed for single crystals close to a Ni{sub 2}MnGa composition. The effect is based on a redistribution of crystallographic twin variants of tetragonal or orthorhombic symmetry. Under the driving force of the external magnetic field twin boundaries can move through the crystal, which largely affects the macroscopic shape. The unique combination of large reversible strain, high switching frequency and high work output makes the alloy a promising actuator material. Since the MSM effect results from an intrinsic mechanism, MSM devices possess great potential for implementation in microsystems, e.g. microfluidics. So far significant strains, in response to an external magnetic field, have been observed for bulk single crystals and foams solely. In order to take advantage of the effect in applications concepts for miniaturization are needed. The rather direct approach, based on epitaxial thin films, is explored in the course of this work. This involves sample preparation under optimized deposition parameters and fabrication of freestanding single-crystalline films. Different methods to achieve freestanding microstructures such as bridges and cantilevers are presented. The complex crystal structure is extensively studied by means of X-ray diffraction. Thus, the different crystallographic twin variants that are of great importance for the MSM effect are identified. In combination with microscopy the twinning architecture for films of different crystallographic orientation is clarified. Intrinsic blocking effects in samples of (100) orientation are explained on basis of the variant configuration. In contrast, a promising twinning microstructure

  12. Thin films under chemical stress

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    1991-01-01

    The goal of work on this project has been develop a set of experimental tools to allow investigators interested in transport, binding, and segregation phenomena in composite thin film structures to study these phenomena in situ. Work to-date has focuses on combining novel spatially-directed optical excitation phenomena, e.g. waveguide eigenmodes in thin dielectric slabs, surface plasmon excitations at metal-dielectric interfaces, with standard spectroscopies to understand dynamic processes in thin films and at interfaces. There have been two main scientific thrusts in the work and an additional technical project. In one thrust we have sought to develop experimental tools which will allow us to understand the chemical and physical changes which take place when thin polymer films are placed under chemical stress. In principle this stress may occur because the film is being swelled by a penetrant entrained in solvent, because interfacial reactions are occurring at one or more boundaries within the film structure, or because some component of the film is responding to an external stimulus (e.g. pH, temperature, electric field, or radiation). However all work to-date has focused on obtaining a clearer understanding penetrant transport phenomena. The other thrust has addressed the kinetics of adsorption of model n-alkanoic acids from organic solvents. Both of these thrusts are important within the context of our long-term goal of understanding the behavior of composite structures, composed of thin organic polymer films interspersed with Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) and self-assembled monolayers. In addition there has been a good deal of work to develop the local technical capability to fabricate grating couplers for optical waveguide excitation. This work, which is subsidiary to the main scientific goals of the project, has been successfully completed and will be detailed as well. 41 refs., 10 figs.

  13. Magnetoelectric properties of multiferroic composites (1−x)ErMnO{sub 3}–xY{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} at room temperature

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    Raneesh, B. [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686 560 (India); International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686 560 (India); Soumya, H.; Philip, J. [Sophisticated Test and Instrumentation Centre, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin 682 022 (India); Thomas, S. [International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686 560 (India); Nandakumar, K., E-mail: nkkalarikkal@mgu.ac.in [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686 560 (India); International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686 560 (India)

    2014-10-25

    Highlights: • (1−x)ErMnO{sub 3}–xY{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 1) composites show room temperature ME coupling. • Magnetic properties of the samples measured as a function of YIG concentration show soft magnetic behavior. • Strong ME coupling is demonstrated in the composite 0.5RMnO{sub 3}–0.5YIG. • Phonon transport through these composites is effectively suppressed with YIG concentration. - Abstract: We report multiferroic behavior of the composites (1−x)ErMnO{sub 3}–xY{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 1) with spin–charge coupling at room temperature. These composites have been synthesized by sol–gel technique followed by solid-state reaction. Crystalline phases and microstructures of the composites are examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) techniques. The XRD results indicate that the composites consist of both hexagonal ErMnO{sub 3} and cubic Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} (YIG) phases. Dielectric constant decreases with increase in YIG concentration. Magnetic properties of the composite samples measured as a function of YIG concentration show soft magnetic behavior, with magnetization increasing with increasing YIG content. Strong magnetoelectric (ME) coupling is demonstrated in the composite 0.5ErMnO{sub 3}–0.5YIG by a dynamic lock-in amplifier set up. Thermal measurements using photopyroelectric technique indicate that thermal conductivity decreases with increase in YIG content or phonon transport through these composites is effectively suppressed with YIG concentration. These results provide data and criteria for the design and fabrication of potential devices based on this room temperature multiferroic material.

  14. Selective epitaxial growth for YBCO thin films

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    Damen, C.A.J.; Smilde, H.-J.H.; Blank, D.H.A.; Rogalla, H.

    1998-01-01

    A novel selective epitaxial growth (SEG) technique for (YBCO) thin films is presented. The method involves the deposition of a thin (about 10 nm) metal layer, in the desired pattern, on a substrate before the deposition of the superconducting thin film. During growth the metal reacts with the YBCO,

  15. Thinning spatial point processes into Poisson processes

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    Møller, Jesper; Schoenberg, Frederic Paik

    2010-01-01

    are identified, and where we simulate backwards and forwards in order to obtain the thinned process. In the case of a Cox process, a simple independent thinning technique is proposed. In both cases, the thinning results in a Poisson process if and only if the true Papangelou conditional intensity is used, and...

  16. Thinning spatial point processes into Poisson processes

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    Møller, Jesper; Schoenberg, Frederic Paik

    , and where one simulates backwards and forwards in order to obtain the thinned process. In the case of a Cox process, a simple independent thinning technique is proposed. In both cases, the thinning results in a Poisson process if and only if the true Papangelou conditional intensity is used, and thus can...

  17. Ultra-thin chip technology and applications

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    2010-01-01

    Ultra-thin chips are the "smart skin" of a conventional silicon chip. This book shows how very thin and flexible chips can be fabricated and used in many new applications in microelectronics, microsystems, biomedical and other fields. It provides a comprehensive reference to the fabrication technology, post processing, characterization and the applications of ultra-thin chips.

  18. Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films

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    Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

    2010-01-01

    Morphology and performance are conjointed attributes of metamaterials, of which sculptured thin films (STFs) are examples. STFs are assemblies of nanowires that can be fabricated from many different materials, typically via physical vapor deposition onto rotating substrates. The curvilinear--nanowire morphology of STFs is determined by the substrate motions during fabrication. The optical properties, especially, can be tailored by varying the morphology of STFs. In many cases prototype devices have been fabricated for various optical, thermal, chemical, and biological applications.

  19. Thin films of soft matter

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    Kalliadasis, Serafim

    2007-01-01

    A detailed overview and comprehensive analysis of the main theoretical and experimental advances on free surface thin film and jet flows of soft matter is given. At the theoretical front the book outlines the basic equations and boundary conditions and the derivation of low-dimensional models for the evolution of the free surface. Such models include long-wave expansions and equations of the boundary layer type and are analyzed via linear stability analysis, weakly nonlinear theories and strongly nonlinear analysis including construction of stationary periodic and solitary wave and similarity solutions. At the experimental front a variety of very recent experimental developments is outlined and the link between theory and experiments is illustrated. Such experiments include spreading drops and bubbles, imbibitions, singularity formation at interfaces and experimental characterization of thin films using atomic force microscopy, ellipsometry and contact angle measurements and analysis of patterns using Minkows...

  20. Transfinite thin plate spline interpolation

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    Bejancu, Aurelian

    2009-01-01

    Duchon's method of thin plate splines defines a polyharmonic interpolant to scattered data values as the minimizer of a certain integral functional. For transfinite interpolation, i.e. interpolation of continuous data prescribed on curves or hypersurfaces, Kounchev has developed the method of polysplines, which are piecewise polyharmonic functions of fixed smoothness across the given hypersurfaces and satisfy some boundary conditions. Recently, Bejancu has introduced boundary conditions of Beppo Levi type to construct a semi-cardinal model for polyspline interpolation to data on an infinite set of parallel hyperplanes. The present paper proves that, for periodic data on a finite set of parallel hyperplanes, the polyspline interpolant satisfying Beppo Levi boundary conditions is in fact a thin plate spline, i.e. it minimizes a Duchon type functional.

  1. Ultimately Thin Metasurface Wave Plates

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    Keene, David; Durach, Maxim

    2015-01-01

    Optical properties of a metasurface which can be considered a monolayer of two classical uniaxial metamaterials, parallel-plate and nanorod arrays, are investigated. It is shown that such metasurface acts as an ultimately thin sub-50 nm wave plate. This is achieved via an interplay of epsilon-near-zero and epsilon-near-pole behavior along different axes in the plane of the metasurface allowing for extremely rapid phase difference accumulation in very thin metasurface layers. These effects are shown to not be disrupted by non-locality and can be applied to the design of ultrathin wave plates, Pancharatnam-Berry phase optical elements and plasmon-carrying optical torque wrench devices.

  2. Thin film fuel cell electrodes.

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    Asher, W. J.; Batzold, J. S.

    1972-01-01

    Earlier work shows that fuel cell electrodes prepared by sputtering thin films of platinum on porous vycor substrates avoid diffusion limitations even at high current densities. The presented study shows that the specific activity of sputtered platinum is not unusually high. Performance limitations are found to be controlled by physical processes, even at low loadings. Catalyst activity is strongly influenced by platinum sputtering parameters, which seemingly change the surface area of the catalyst layer. The use of porous nickel as a substrate shows that pore size of the substrate is an important parameter. It is noted that electrode performance increases with increasing loading for catalyst layers up to two microns thick, thus showing the physical properties of the sputtered layer to be different from platinum foil. Electrode performance is also sensitive to changing differential pressure across the electrode. The application of sputtered catalyst layers to fuel cell matrices for the purpose of obtaining thin total cells appears feasible.

  3. Polycrystalline thin films : A review

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    Valvoda, V. [Charles Univ., Prague (Czech Republic). Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

    1996-09-01

    Polycrystalline thin films can be described in terms of grain morphology and in terms of their packing by the Thornton`s zone model as a function of temperature of deposition and as a function of energy of deposited atoms. Grain size and preferred grain orientation (texture) can be determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. A review of XRD analytical methods of texture analysis is given with main attention paid to simple empirical functions used for texture description and for structure analysis by joint texture refinement. To illustrate the methods of detailed structure analysis of thin polycrystalline films, examples of multilayers are used with the aim to show experiments and data evaluation to determine layer thickness, periodicity, interface roughness, lattice spacing, strain and the size of diffraction coherent volumes. The methods of low angle and high angle XRD are described and discussed with respect to their complementary information content.

  4. Fundamentals of thin solar cells

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    Yablonovitch, E. [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)

    1995-08-01

    It is now widely recognized that thin solar cells can present certain advantages for performance and cost. This is particularly the case when light trapping in the semiconductor film is incorporated, as compensation for the diminished single path thickness of the solar cell. In a solar cell thinner than a minority carrier diffusion length, the current collection is of course very easy. More importantly the concentration of an equivalent number of carriers in a thinner volume results in a higher Free Energy, or open circuit voltage. This extra Free Energy may be regarded as due to the concentration factor, just as it would be for photons, electrons, or for any chemical species. The final advantage of a thin solar cell is in the diminished material usage, a factor of considerable importance when we consider the material cost of the high quality semiconductors which we hope to employ.

  5. Fat and Thin Fisher Zeroes

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    Janke, W; Stathakopoulos, M

    2002-01-01

    We show that it is possible to determine the locus of Fisher zeroes in the thermodynamic limit for the Ising model on planar (``fat'') phi4 random graphs and their dual quadrangulations by matching up the real part of the high- and low-temperature branches of the expression for the free energy. Similar methods work for the mean-field model on generic, ``thin'' graphs. Series expansions are very easy to obtain for such random graph Ising models.

  6. Thin Film Deposition Techniques (PVD)

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    Steinbeiss, E.

    The most interesting materials for spin electronic devices are thin films of magnetic transition metals and magnetic perovskites, mainly the doped La-manganites [1] as well as several oxides and metals for passivating and contacting the magnetic films. The most suitable methods for the preparation of such films are the physical vapor deposition methods (PVD). Therefore this report will be restricted to these deposition methods.

  7. Thinning increases climatic resilience of red pine

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    Magruder, Matthew; Chhin, Sophan; Palik, Brian; Bradford, John B.

    2013-01-01

    Forest management techniques such as intermediate stand-tending practices (e.g., thinning) can promote climatic resiliency in forest stands by moderating tree competition. Residual trees gain increased access to environmental resources (i.e., soil moisture, light), which in turn has the potential to buffer trees from stressful climatic conditions. The influences of climate (temperature and precipitation) and forest management (thinning method and intensity) on the productivity of red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) in Michigan were examined to assess whether repeated thinning treatments were able to increase climatic resiliency (i.e., maintaining productivity and reduced sensitivity to climatic stress). The cumulative productivity of each thinning treatment was determined, and it was found that thinning from below to a residual basal area of 14 m2·ha−1 produced the largest average tree size but also the second lowest overall biomass per acre. On the other hand, the uncut control and the thinning from above to a residual basal area of 28 m2·ha−1 produced the smallest average tree size but also the greatest overall biomass per acre. Dendrochronological methods were used to quantify sensitivity of annual radial growth to monthly and seasonal climatic factors for each thinning treatment type. Climatic sensitivity was influenced by thinning method (i.e., thinning from below decreased sensitivity to climatic stress more than thinning from above) and by thinning intensity (i.e., more intense thinning led to a lower climatic sensitivity). Overall, thinning from below to a residual basal area of 21 m2·ha−1 represented a potentially beneficial compromise to maximize tree size, biomass per acre, and reduced sensitivity to climatic stress, and, thus, the highest level of climatic resilience.

  8. New thin materials for electronics.

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    Schwartzberg, Adam

    2012-02-01

    The work described in this report is from an Early Career LDRD to develop and investigate novel thin film organic conductors with drastically improved electronic properties over the current state of the art. In collaboration with the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory a Langmuir-Blodgett trough (LB) was built from scavenged parts and added to a scanning Raman microscope at LBNL. First order thin peptoid film samples were fabricated for testing Raman and photoluminescence imagining techniques. Tests showed that a single peptoid sheet can be successfully imaged using confocal Raman spectroscopy and a peptoid sheet can be successfully imaged using near-field photoluminescence at a resolution less than 70 nm. These results have helped position Sandia for advances in this area of MOF film creation. In collaboration with the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a Langmuir-Blodgett trough (LB) was built and added to a scanning Raman microscope at LBNL. Thin peptoid film samples were fabricated for testing Raman and photoluminescence imagining techniques. Tests showed that a single peptoid sheet can be successfully imaged using confocal Raman spectroscopy, and a peptoid sheet can be successfully imaged using near-field photoluminescence at a resolution less than 70 nm. These results have positioned Sandia for advance in this area of MOF film creation. The interactions with LBNL also led to award of two user projects at the Molecular Foundry at LBNL led by current Sandia staff and the appointment of a current Sandia staff to the Molecular Foundry User Executive Committee.

  9. Thin Wall Austempered Ductile Iron (TWADI

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    M. Górny

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the analysis of thin walled castings made of ductile iron is considered. It is shown that thin wall austempered ductile iron can be obtained by means of short-term heat treatment of thin wall castings without addition of alloying elements. Metallographic examinations of 2 mm thin walled castings along with casting with thicker wall thickness (20x28 mm after different austempring conditions are presented. It has been proved that short-term heat treatment amounted 20 minutes of austenitizing at 880 oC followed by holding at 400 oC for 5 minutes causes ausferrite matrix in 2 mm wall thickness castings, while casting with thicker wall thickness remain untransformed and martensite is still present in a matrix. Finally there are shown that thin wall ductile iron is an excellent base material for austempering heat treatments. As a result high mechanical properties received in thin wall plates made of austempered ductile iron.

  10. Thin-film crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Brendel, Rolf

    2011-01-01

    This introduction to the physics of silicon solar cells focuses on thin cells, while reviewing and discussing the current status of the important technology. An analysis of the spectral quantum efficiency of thin solar cells is given as well as a full set of analytical models. This is the first comprehensive treatment of light trapping techniques for the enhancement of the optical absorption in thin silicon films.

  11. Thin films for emerging applications v.16

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    Francombe, Maurice H

    1992-01-01

    Following in the long-standing tradition of excellence established by this serial, this volume provides a focused look at contemporary applications. High Tc superconducting thin films are discussed in terms of ion beam and sputtering deposition, vacuum evaporation, laser ablation, MOCVD, and other deposition processes in addition to their ultimate applications. Detailed treatment is also given to permanent magnet thin films, lateral diffusion and electromigration in metallic thin films, and fracture and cracking phenomena in thin films adhering to high-elongation substrates.

  12. Thin Wall Austempered Ductile Iron (TWADI)

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    M. Górny; E. Fraś

    2009-01-01

    In this paper the analysis of thin walled castings made of ductile iron is considered. It is shown that thin wall austempered ductile iron can be obtained by means of short-term heat treatment of thin wall castings without addition of alloying elements. Metallographic examinations of 2 mm thin walled castings along with casting with thicker wall thickness (20x28 mm) after different austempring conditions are presented. It has been proved that short-term heat treatment amounted 20 minutes of a...

  13. Drying of thin colloidal films

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    Routh, Alexander F.

    2013-04-01

    When thin films of colloidal fluids are dried, a range of transitions are observed and the final film profile is found to depend on the processes that occur during the drying step. This article describes the drying process, initially concentrating on the various transitions. Particles are seen to initially consolidate at the edge of a drying droplet, the so-called coffee-ring effect. Flow is seen to be from the centre of the drop towards the edge and a front of close-packed particles passes horizontally across the film. Just behind the particle front the now solid film often displays cracks and finally the film is observed to de-wet. These various transitions are explained, with particular reference to the capillary pressure which forms in the solidified region of the film. The reasons for cracking in thin films is explored as well as various methods to minimize its effect. Methods to obtain stratified coatings through a single application are considered for a one-dimensional drying problem and this is then extended to two-dimensional films. Different evaporative models are described, including the physical reason for enhanced evaporation at the edge of droplets. The various scenarios when evaporation is found to be uniform across a drying film are then explained. Finally different experimental techniques for examining the drying step are mentioned and the article ends with suggested areas that warrant further study.

  14. Flexible thin film magnetoimpedance sensors

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    Kurlyandskaya, G.V., E-mail: galina@we.lc.ehu.es [Universidad del País Vasco, UPV/EHU, Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, P.O. Box 644, Bilbao 48080 (Spain); Ural Federal University, Laboratory of Magnetic sensoric, Lenin Ave. 51, 620083 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Fernández, E. [BCMaterials UPV-EHU, Vizcaya Science and Technology Park, 48160 Derio (Spain); Svalov, A. [Universidad del País Vasco, UPV/EHU, Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, P.O. Box 644, Bilbao 48080 (Spain); Ural Federal University, Laboratory of Magnetic sensoric, Lenin Ave. 51, 620083 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Burgoa Beitia, A. [Universidad del País Vasco, UPV/EHU, Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, P.O. Box 644, Bilbao 48080 (Spain); García-Arribas, A. [Universidad del País Vasco, UPV/EHU, Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, P.O. Box 644, Bilbao 48080 (Spain); BCMaterials UPV-EHU, Vizcaya Science and Technology Park, 48160 Derio (Spain); Larrañaga, A. [SGIker, Servicios Generales de Investigación, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), 48080 Bilbao (Spain)

    2016-10-01

    Magnetically soft thin film deposited onto polymer substrates is an attractive option for flexible electronics including magnetoimpedance (MI) applications. MI FeNi/Ti based thin film sensitive elements were designed and prepared using the sputtering technique by deposition onto rigid and flexible substrates at different deposition rates. Their structure, magnetic properties and MI were comparatively analyzed. The main structural features were sufficiently accurately reproduced in the case of deposition onto cyclo olefine polymer substrates compared to glass substrates for the same conditions. Although for the best condition (28 nm/min rate) of the deposition onto polymer a significant reduction of the MI field sensitivity was found satisfactory for sensor applications sensitivity: 45%/Oe was obtained for a frequency of 60 MHz. - Highlights: • [FeNi/Ti]{sub 3}/Cu/[FeNi/Ti]{sub 3} films were prepared by sputtering at different deposition rates. • Polymer substrates insure sufficiently accurate reproducibility of the film structure. • High deposition rate of 28 nm/min insures the highest values of the magnetoimpedance sensitivity. • Deposition onto polymer results in the satisfactory magnetoimpedance sensitivity of 45%/Oe.

  15. Interband electronic transitions and phase transformation of multiferroic Bi{sub 1−x}La{sub x}Fe{sub 1−y}Ti{sub y}O{sub 3} ceramics revealed by temperature-dependent spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Xu, L. P.; Jiang, P. P.; Duan, Z. H.; Hu, Z. G., E-mail: zghu@ee.ecnu.edu.cn; Zhu, Z. Q.; Chu, J. H. [Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices (MOE), Department of Electronic Engineering, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241 (China); Zhang, L. L.; Yu, J. [Functional Material Research Laboratory, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China)

    2013-12-21

    Optical properties and phase transition of Bi{sub 1−x}La{sub x}Fe{sub 1−y}Ti{sub y}O{sub 3} (BLFTO) ceramics with different composition (0.02 ≤ x ≤ 0.10, 0.01 ≤ y ≤ 0.06) have been investigated by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) in the temperature range of −70–450 °C. The real part of the complex dielectric function ε{sub 1} increases with the temperature. Meanwhile, the imaginary part ε{sub 2} in the low-energy region decreases with the temperature and has an opposite trend in the high-energy side. Four typical interband transitions (E{sub a} ∼ 2.50 eV, E{sub b} ∼ 2.70 eV, E{sub c} ∼ 3.60 eV, and E{sub d} ∼ 4.25 eV) can be observed from the second derivative of the complex dielectric functions with aid of the standard critical point model. The critical point (CP) transition becomes broadening and shifts to a lower energy side as La and Ti compositions increase. Moreover, the CP transition energies show a red-shift trend with increasing the temperature until 320 °C, due to the lattice thermal expansion and electron-phonon interaction. The typical interband transitions and partial spectral weight present anomalies in the proximity of antiferromagnetic transition owing to the coupling between magnetic and ferroelectric order parameters and spin-lattice coupling for BLFTO multiferroic materials. It was found that the Néel temperature of BLFTO ceramics decreases from 364 to 349 °C with increasing doping composition of La and Ti elements. These phenomena can be attributed to the modification of electronic structure and magnetic order because the differences of electronegativity and ionic radii between Bi and La, Fe and Ti induce the variations on the bond angle and bond length between cations and anions. Moreover, the substitution for magnetic Fe{sup 3+} ions with nonmagnetic Ti{sup 4+} ions can reduce the exchange interaction between adjacent magnetic moments. Therefore, SE technique can be sensitive for

  16. Structural, electrical and dielectric properties of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}–ErMnO{sub 3} multiferroic composites

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    Mandal, S.K., E-mail: saniitkgp2007@gmail.com [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Agartala, Tripura 799055 (India); Dey, P., E-mail: pujaiitkgp2007@gmail.com [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Agartala, Tripura 799055 (India); Nath, T.K. [Department of Physics and Meteorology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India)

    2014-02-15

    A different kind of multiferroics with composite character has been studied. Detailed study on electrical and dielectric properties of structurally characterized multiferroic composites xLa{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}–(1 − x)ErMnO{sub 3} (where, x = 0, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 1), prepared through chemical ‘pyrophoric reaction’ technique, have been presented. Average particle size of the composites is found to be in nanometric region. Both structural and magnetic studies confirm almost complete immiscibility within the mixture of two compounds of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} and ErMnO{sub 3} having nearly identical chemical formula. Impedance value is found to be decreased with increasing La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} content in the composites that can be attributed to the improved electrical connectivity in the sample. Dielectric study reveals that pure ErMnO{sub 3}, 0.1La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}–0.9ErMnO{sub 3} and 0.15La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}–0.85ErMnO{sub 3} composites exhibiting ferroelectric relaxor behavior, whereas 0.2La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}–0.8ErMnO{sub 3} composite is found to be strongly diffusive ferroelectric sample. Appearance of a distinct hump in dielectric constant of 0.1La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}–0.9ErMnO{sub 3} composite at the vicinity of para-ferromagnetic transition temperature may be due to some sort of magneto-electric coupling in these composites.

  17. Delamination of Compressed Thin Layers at Corners

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    Sørensen, Kim D.; Jensen, Henrik Myhre; Clausen, Johan

    2008-01-01

    An analysis of delamination for a thin elastic layer under compression, attached to a substrate at a corner is carried out. The analysis is performed by combining results from interface fracture mechanics and the theory of thin shells. In contrast with earlier results for delamination on a flat...

  18. Delamination of Compressed thin Layers at Corners

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    Clausen, Johan; Jensen, Henrik Myhre; Sørensen, Kim Dalsten

    2008-01-01

    An analysis of delamination for a thin elastic film, attached to a substrate with a corner, is carried out. The film is in compression and the analysis is performed by combining results from fracture mechanics and the theory of thin shells. The results show a very strong dependency of the angle...

  19. Intrinsically conductive polymer thin film piezoresistors

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    Lillemose, Michael; Spieser, Martin; Christiansen, N.O.

    2008-01-01

    We report on the piezoresistive effect in the intrinsically conductive polymer, polyaniline. A process recipe for indirect patterning of thin film polyaniline has been developed. Using a specially designed chip, the polyaniline thin films have been characterised with respect to resistivity...

  20. Thin disk lasers: history and prospects

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    Speiser, Jochen

    2016-04-01

    During the early 1990s, collaboration between the German Aerospace Center and the University of Stuttgart started to work on the Thin Disk concept. The core idea behind the thin disk design is the use of a thin, disk-shaped active medium that is cooled through one of the flat faces of the disk. This ensures a large surface-to-volume ratio and therefore provides very efficient thermal management. Today, the thin disk concept is used in various commercial lasers - ranging from compact, efficient low power systems to multi-kW lasers, including cw lasers and also pulsed (femtosecond to nanosecond) oscillators and amplifiers. The whole development of the Thin Disk laser was and will be accompanied by numerical modeling and optimization of the thermal and thermo-mechanic behavior of the disk and also the heat sink structure, mostly based on finite element models. For further increasing the energy and efficiency of pulsed Thin Disk lasers, the effects of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) are a core issue. Actual efforts are oriented towards short pulse and ultra-short pulse amplifiers with (multi-)kW average power or Joule-class Thin Disk amplifiers, but also on new designs for cw thin disk MOPA designs.

  1. Christhin: Quantitative Analysis of Thin Layer Chromatography

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    Barchiesi, Maximiliano; Renaudo, Carlos; Rossi, Pablo; Pramparo, María de Carmen; Nepote, Valeria; Grosso, Nelson Ruben; Gayol, María Fernanda

    2012-01-01

    Manual for Christhin 0.1.36 Christhin (Chromatography Riser Thin) is software developed for the quantitative analysis of data obtained from thin-layer chromatographic techniques (TLC). Once installed on your computer, the program is very easy to use, and provides data quickly and accurately. This manual describes the program, and reading should be enough to use it properly.

  2. Discontinious Galerkin formulations for thin bending problems

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    Nguyen, T.D.

    2008-01-01

    A structural thin bending problem is essentially associated with a fourth-order partial differential equation. Within the finite element framework, the numerical solution of thin bending problems demands the use of C^1 continuous shape functions. Elements using these functions are challenging and di

  3. Neutron activation analysis of thin orange pottery

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    Harbottle, G; Sayre, E V; Abascal, R

    1976-01-01

    The evidence thus far obtained supports the idea of ''Thin Orange'' ware, typical of classic Teotihuacan culture, easily identifiable petrographically or chemically, not necessarily made at Teotihuacan itself but widely traded, and ''thin, orange'' pottery, fabricated in many other places, and perhaps at other times as well.

  4. Reconstitution of the muscle thin filament from recombinant troponin components and the native thin filaments.

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    Matsumoto, Fumiko; Deshimaru, Shungo; Oda, Toshiro; Fujiwara, Satoru

    2010-04-15

    We have developed a technique by which muscle thin filaments are reconstituted from the recombinant troponin components and the native thin filaments. By this technique, the reconstituted troponin complex is exchanged into the native thin filaments in the presence of 20% glycerol and 0.3M KCl at pH 6.2. More than 90% of endogenous troponin complex was replaced with the recombinant troponin complex. Structural integrity and Ca(2+) sensitivity of the reconstituted thin filament prepared by this technique was confirmed by X-ray fiber diffraction measurements and the thin filament-activated myosin subfragment 1 ATPase measurements, respectively.

  5. HTML thin client and transactions

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    Touchette, J F

    1999-01-01

    When writing applications for thin clients such as Web browsers, you face several challenges that do not exist with fat-client applications written in Visual Basic, Delphi, or Java. For one thing, your development tools do not include facilities for automatically building reliable, nonrepeatable transactions into applications. Consequently, you must devise your own techniques to prevent users from transmitting duplicate transactions. The author explains how to implement reliable, nonrepeatable transactions using a technique that is applicable to any Java Server Development Kit based architecture. Although the examples presented are based on the IBM WebSphere 2.1 Application Server, they do not make use of any IBM WebSphere extensions. In short, the concepts presented here can be implemented in Perl CGI and ASP scripts, and the sample code has been tested with JDK 1.1.6 and 1.2. (0 refs).

  6. BDS thin film damage competition

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    Stolz, C J; Thomas, M D; Griffin, A J

    2008-10-24

    A laser damage competition was held at the 2008 Boulder Damage Symposium in order to determine the current status of thin film laser resistance within the private, academic, and government sectors. This damage competition allows a direct comparison of the current state-of-the-art of high laser resistance coatings since they are all tested using the same damage test setup and the same protocol. A normal incidence high reflector multilayer coating was selected at a wavelength of 1064 nm. The substrates were provided by the submitters. A double blind test assured sample and submitter anonymity so only a summary of the results are presented here. In addition to the laser resistance results, details of deposition processes, coating materials, and layer count will also be shared.

  7. Spin glasses on thin graphs

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    Baillie, C F; Johnston, D A; Plechác, P

    1995-01-01

    In a recent paper we found strong evidence from simulations that the Ising antiferromagnet on ``thin'' random graphs - Feynman diagrams - displayed a mean-field spin glass transition. The intrinsic interest of considering such random graphs is that they give mean field results without long range interactions or the drawbacks, arising from boundary problems, of the Bethe lattice. In this paper we reprise the saddle point calculations for the Ising and Potts ferromagnet, antiferromagnet and spin glass on Feynman diagrams. We use standard results from bifurcation theory that enable us to treat an arbitrary number of replicas and any quenched bond distribution. We note the agreement between the ferromagnetic and spin glass transition temperatures thus calculated and those derived by analogy with the Bethe lattice, or in previous replica calculations. We then investigate numerically spin glasses with a plus or minus J bond distribution fo rthe Ising and Q=3,3,10,50 state Potts models, paying particular attention t...

  8. Ising spins on thin graphs

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    Baillie, C F; Kownacki, J P

    1994-01-01

    The Ising model on ``thin'' graphs (standard Feynman diagrams) displays several interesting properties. For ferromagnetic couplings there is a mean field phase transition at the corresponding Bethe lattice transition point. For antiferromagnetic couplings the replica trick gives some evidence for a spin glass phase. In this paper we investigate both the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic models with the aid of simulations. We confirm the Bethe lattice values of the critical points for the ferromagnetic model on \\phi^3 and \\phi^4 graphs and examine the putative spin glass phase in the antiferromagnetic model by looking at the overlap between replicas in a quenched ensemble of graphs. We also compare the Ising results with those for higher state Potts models and Ising models on ``fat'' graphs, such as those used in 2D gravity simulations.

  9. Thin film bioreactors in space

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    Hughes-Fulford, M.; Scheld, H. W.

    Studies from the Skylab, SL-3 and D-1 missions have demonstrated that biological organisms grown in microgravity have changes in basic cellular functions such as DNA, mRNA and protein synthesis, cytoskeleton synthesis, glucose utilization and cellular differentiation. Since microgravity could affect prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells at a subcellular and molecular level, space offers us an opportunity to learn more about basic biological systems with one important variable removed. The thin film bioreactor will facilitate the handling of fluids in microgravity, under constant temperature and will allow multiple samples of cells to be grown with variable conditions. Studies on cell cultures grown in microgravity would enable us to identify and quantify changes in basic biological function in microgravity which are needed to develop new applications of orbital research and future biotechnology.

  10. Thin film bioreactors in space

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    Hughes-Fulford, M.; Scheld, H. W.

    1989-01-01

    Studies from the Skylab, SL-3 and D-1 missions have demonstrated that biological organisms grown in microgravity have changes in basic cellular functions such as DNA, mRNA and protein synthesis, cytoskeleton synthesis, glucose utilization, and cellular differentiation. Since microgravity could affect prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells at a subcellular and molecular level, space offers an opportunity to learn more about basic biological systems with one inmportant variable removed. The thin film bioreactor will facilitate the handling of fluids in microgravity, under constant temperature and will allow multiple samples of cells to be grown with variable conditions. Studies on cell cultures grown in microgravity would make it possible to identify and quantify changes in basic biological function in microgravity which are needed to develop new applications of orbital research and future biotechnology.

  11. Shielding superconductors with thin films

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    Posen, Sam; Catelani, Gianluigi; Liepe, Matthias U; Sethna, James P

    2015-01-01

    Determining the optimal arrangement of superconducting layers to withstand large amplitude AC magnetic fields is important for certain applications such as superconducting radiofrequency cavities. In this paper, we evaluate the shielding potential of the superconducting film/insulating film/superconductor (SIS') structure, a configuration that could provide benefits in screening large AC magnetic fields. After establishing that for high frequency magnetic fields, flux penetration must be avoided, the superheating field of the structure is calculated in the London limit both numerically and, for thin films, analytically. For intermediate film thicknesses and realistic material parameters we also solve numerically the Ginzburg-Landau equations. It is shown that a small enhancement of the superheating field is possible, on the order of a few percent, for the SIS' structure relative to a bulk superconductor of the film material, if the materials and thicknesses are chosen appropriately.

  12. TEC – Thin Environmental Cladding

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Permasteelisa Group developed with Fiberline Composites a new curtain wall system (Thin Environmental Cladding or TEC, making use of pultruded GFRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer material instead of traditional aluminum. Main advantages using GFRP instead of aluminum are the increased thermal performance and the limited environmental impact. Selling point of the selected GFRP resin is the light transmission, which results in pultruded profiles that allow the visible light to pass through them, creating great aesthetical effects. However, GFRP components present also weaknesses, such as high acoustic transmittance (due to the reduced weight and anisotropy of the material, low stiffness if compared with aluminum (resulting in higher facade deflection and sensible fire behavior (as combustible material. This paper will describe the design of the TEC-facade, highlighting the functional role of glass within the facade concept with regards to its acoustic, structural, aesthetics and fire behavior.

  13. A monolithic thin film electrochromic window

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    Goldner, R.B.; Arntz, F.O.; Berera, G.; Haas, T.E.; Wong, K.K. (Tufts Univ., Medford, MA (United States). Electro-Optics Technology Center); Wei, G. (Mobil Solar Energy Corp., Billerica, MA (United States)); Yu, P.C. (PPG Industries, Inc., Monroeville, PA (United States))

    1991-01-01

    Three closely related thin film solid state ionic devices that are potentially important for applications are: electrochromic smart windows, high energy density thin film rechargeable batteries, and thin film electrochemical sensors. Each usually has at least on mixed ion/electron conductor, an electron-blocking ion conductor, and an ion-blocking electron conductor, and many of the technical issues associated with thin film solid state ionics are common to all three devices. Since the electrochromic window has the added technical requirement of electrically-controlled optical modulation, (over the solar spectrum), and since research at the authors' institution has focused primarily on the window structure, this paper will address the electrochromic window, and particularly a monolithic variable reflectivity electrochromic window, as an illustrative example of some of the challenges and opportunities that are confronting the thin film solid state ionics community. 33 refs.

  14. A monolithic thin film electrochromic window

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    Goldner, R.B.; Arntz, F.O.; Berera, G.; Haas, T.E.; Wong, K.K. [Tufts Univ., Medford, MA (United States). Electro-Optics Technology Center; Wei, G. [Mobil Solar Energy Corp., Billerica, MA (United States); Yu, P.C. [PPG Industries, Inc., Monroeville, PA (United States)

    1991-12-31

    Three closely related thin film solid state ionic devices that are potentially important for applications are: electrochromic smart windows, high energy density thin film rechargeable batteries, and thin film electrochemical sensors. Each usually has at least on mixed ion/electron conductor, an electron-blocking ion conductor, and an ion-blocking electron conductor, and many of the technical issues associated with thin film solid state ionics are common to all three devices. Since the electrochromic window has the added technical requirement of electrically-controlled optical modulation, (over the solar spectrum), and since research at the authors` institution has focused primarily on the window structure, this paper will address the electrochromic window, and particularly a monolithic variable reflectivity electrochromic window, as an illustrative example of some of the challenges and opportunities that are confronting the thin film solid state ionics community. 33 refs.

  15. Thin liquid films dewetting and polymer flow

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    Blossey, Ralf

    2012-01-01

    This book is a treatise on the thermodynamic and dynamic properties of thin liquid films at solid surfaces and, in particular, their rupture instabilities. For the quantitative study of these phenomena, polymer thin films haven proven to be an invaluable experimental model system.   What is it that makes thin film instabilities special and interesting, warranting a whole book? There are several answers to this. Firstly, thin polymeric films have an important range of applications, and with the increase in the number of technologies available to produce and to study them, this range is likely to expand. An understanding of their instabilities is therefore of practical relevance for the design of such films.   Secondly, thin liquid films are an interdisciplinary research topic. Interdisciplinary research is surely not an end to itself, but in this case it leads to a fairly heterogeneous community of theoretical and experimental physicists, engineers, physical chemists, mathematicians and others working on the...

  16. Squirming through shear-thinning fluids

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    Datt, Charu; Elfring, Gwynn J; Pak, On Shun

    2015-01-01

    Many microorganisms find themselves immersed in fluids displaying non-Newtonian rheological properties such as viscoelasticity and shear-thinning viscosity. The effects of viscoelasticity on swimming at low Reynolds numbers have already received considerable attention, but much less is known about swimming in shear-thinning fluids. A general understanding of the fundamental question of how shear-thinning rheology influences swimming still remains elusive. To probe this question further, we study a spherical squirmer in a shear-thinning fluid using a combination of asymptotic analysis and numerical simulations. Shear-thinning rheology is found to affect a squirming swimmer in nontrivial and surprising ways; we predict and show instances of both faster and slower swimming depending on the surface actuation of the squirmer. We also illustrate that while a drag and thrust decomposition can provide insights into swimming in Newtonian fluids, extending this intuition to problems in complex media can prove problemat...

  17. X-ray diffraction study of Ba{sub 3}TaFe{sub 3}Si{sub 2}O{sub 14} single crystal—a promising langasite-type multiferroic

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    Dudka, A. P., E-mail: dudka@ns.crys.ras.ru [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation); Balbashov, A. M. [Moscow Power Engineering Institute (Russian Federation); Lyubutin, I. S. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation)

    2016-01-15

    Ba{sub 3}TaFe{sub 3}Si{sub 2}O{sub 14} single crystals (sp. gr. P321, Z = 1), promising langasite-type multiferroics, have been grown by floating zone melting. An accurate X-ray diffraction study of Ba{sub 3}TaFe{sub 3}Si{sub 2}O{sub 14} single crystal has been performed using two datasets, obtained independently for two different orientations of the same sample on a diffractometer equipped with a CCD area detector at 295 K. Structure refinement is performed based on an averaged dataset: a = 8.5355(1) Å, c = 5.2332(1) Å, sp. gr. P321, Z = 1; the R factors of model structure refinement were found to be R/wR = 1.02/1.23% for 4552 independent reflections. Disordering asymmetry is revealed for the magnetic Fe ion in the 3f site and the Ba cation in the 3e site.

  18. Studies of electrical conductivity and complex initial permeability of multiferroic xBa0.95Sr0.05TiO3-(1-x)BiFe0.90Gd0.10O3 ceramics

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    Miah, Mohammad J.; Khan, M. N. I.; Hossain, A. K. M. Akther

    2016-07-01

    Multiferroic xBa0.95Sr0.05TiO3-(1-x)BiFe0.90Gd0.10O3 [xBST-(1-x)BFGO] (x = 0.00, 0.10 and 0.20) ceramics were prepared by the standard solid-state reaction technique. Crystal structure of the ceramics was determined by X-ray diffraction pattern. All the compositions exhibited rhombohedral crystal structure. The tolerance factor `t' varied from 0.847 to 0.864. The AC conductivity spectrum followed the Jonscher's power law. The Nyquist plots indicated that only grains have the contribution to the resistance in this material and the values of grain resistance (Rg) increased with BST content. The real part of complex initial permeability decreased with the increase in frequency and increased with increasing BST content. Magnetoelectric coefficient was determined for all compositions. The maximum value of magnetoelectric coefficient was found to be 1.467 mV.cm-1.Oe-1 for x = 0.20.

  19. Polaron response dominated multiferroic property in 12R-type hexagonal Ba(Ti{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 2/3})O{sub 3-δ} ceramics

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    Wei, Xian-Kui, E-mail: rcyu@aphy.iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: xiankui.wei@epfl.ch [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Ceramics laboratory, EPFL-Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne 1015 (Switzerland); Su, Yantao; Sui, Yu [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Department of Physics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Jin, Changqing; Yu, Richeng, E-mail: rcyu@aphy.iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: xiankui.wei@epfl.ch [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2015-08-07

    We report the multiferroic properties of 12R-type hexagonal Ba(Ti{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 2/3})O{sub 3-δ} found in Mn-doped BaTiO{sub 3} series samples. Hysteresis measurements reveal the coexistence of weak ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity at room temperature. Furthermore, frequency-driven dynamic ferroelectric phase transition is disclosed around a critical frequency of 220 Hz. Analyses on the dielectric relaxation, leakage current, crystal structure, and magnetic susceptibility lead us to conclude that the response of polarons dominates the observed physical properties, and the dynamic phase transition may ascribe to the response mode changes of the localized electrons. More importantly, we figure out the crucial factors leading to difference of the ferroelectric and magnetic properties of the 12R-type Ba(Ti{sub 1/3}Mn{sub 2/3})O{sub 3-δ} samples from that of the 6H-type Ba(Ti{sub 1-x}M{sub x})O{sub 3-δ} (M = Fe, Mn) samples.

  20. Multiferroic properties of the PbTiOsub>3sub>/Lasub>2/3sub>Srsub>1/3sub>MnOsub>3sub> interface studied from first principles.

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    Borisov, Vladislav; Ostanin, Sergey; Mertig, Ingrid

    2017-02-27

    Magnetoelectric coupling and spin polarization at the multiferroic PbTiOsub>3sub>/Lasub>2/3sub>Srsub>1/3sub>MnOsub>3sub> (PTO/LSMO) interface is studied from first principles in view of the recent experimental observation of the tunneling magnetoresistance sign inversion in Co/PZT/LSMO tunnel junctions (D. Pantel et al., Nat. Mater. 11, 289 (2012)). Our results confirm the stabilization of the locally antiferromagnetic order in the manganite when the PTO polarization points away from the LSMO side, which changes the interface magnetization by 6.3-6.9 μsub>Bsub> per surface unit cell in agreement with previous studies. We contribute by analyzing the charge transfer from the half-metallic LSMO side which induces metallicity and local magnetic moments in the interface PTO layers. This results in either p- or n-doped conductive behavior, depending on the polarization direction. Electronic correlations were determined to qualitatively change the picture for certain configurations, as far as the magnetic phase transition in the manganite and the spin character of the interface states are concerned. Most importantly, depending on the interface termination, the spin polarization of the PTO/LSMO interface is positive for one polarization state of PTO and acquires a "spin-valve" character upon the ferroelectric switching.

  1. Spatially Resolved Ferroelectric Domain-Switching-Controlled Magnetism in Co40Fe40B20/Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.7Ti0.3O3 Multiferroic Heterostructure.

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    Li, Peisen; Zhao, Yonggang; Zhang, Sen; Chen, Aitian; Li, Dalai; Ma, Jing; Liu, Yan; Pierce, Daniel T; Unguris, John; Piao, Hong-Guang; Zhang, Huiyun; Zhu, Meihong; Zhang, Xiaozhong; Han, Xiufeng; Pan, Mengchun; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2017-01-25

    Intrinsic spatial inhomogeneity or phase separation in cuprates, manganites, etc., related to electronic and/or magnetic properties, has attracted much attention due to its significance in fundamental physics and applications. Here we use scanning Kerr microscopy and scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis with in situ electric fields to reveal the existence of intrinsic spatial inhomogeneity of the magnetic response to an electric field on a mesoscale with the coexistence of looplike (nonvolatile) and butterfly-like (volatile) behaviors in Co40Fe40B20/Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)0.7Ti0.3O3 ferromagnetic/ferroelectric (FM/FE) multiferroic heterostructures. Both the experimental results and micromagnetic simulations suggest that these two behaviors come from the 109° and the 71°/180° FE domain switching, respectively, which have a spatial distribution. This FE domain-switching-controlled magnetism is significant for understanding the nature of FM/FE coupling on the mesoscale and provides a path for designing magnetoelectric devices through domain engineering.

  2. Structure Evolution and Multiferroic Properties in Cobalt Doped Bi4NdTi3Fe1-xCoxO15-Bi3NdTi2Fe1-xCoxO12-δ Intergrowth Aurivillius Compounds

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    Zhang, D. L.; Huang, W. C.; Chen, Z. W.; Zhao, W. B.; Feng, L.; Li, M.; Yin, Y. W.; Dong, S. N.; Li, X. G.

    2017-01-01

    Here, we report the structure evolution, magnetic and ferroelectric properties in Co-doped 4- and 3-layered intergrowth Aurivillius compounds Bi4NdTi3Fe1-xCoxO15-Bi3NdTi2Fe1-xCoxO12-δ. The compounds suffer a structure evolution from the parent 4-layered phase (Bi4NdTi3FeO15) to 3-layered phase (Bi3NdTi2CoO12-δ) with increasing cobalt doping level from 0 to 1. Meanwhile the remanent magnetization and polarization show opposite variation tendencies against the doping level, and the sample with x = 0.3 has the largest remanent magnetization and the smallest polarization. It is believed that the Co concentration dependent magnetic properties are related to the population of the Fe3+ -O-Co3+ bonds, while the suppressed ferroelectric polarization is due to the enhanced leakage current caused by the increasing Co concentration. Furthermore, the samples (x = 0.1–0.7) with ferromagnetism show magnetoelectric coupling effects at room temperature. The results indicate that it is an effective method to create new multiferroic materials through modifying natural superlattices. PMID:28272495

  3. Highly textured Sr, Nb co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} thin films grown on SrRuO{sub 3}/Si substrates by rf- sputtering

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    Ostos, C. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, AP 70360, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia, AP 14, Ensenada B.C. 22890 (Mexico); Raymond, O.; Siqueiros, J. M. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia, AP 14, Ensenada B.C. 22890 (Mexico); Suarez-Almodovar, N. [Universidad de La Habana, Facultad de Fisica-IMRE, San Lazaro y L, 10400, Louisiana Habana (Cuba); Bueno-Baques, D. [Centro de Investigacion en Quimica Aplicada, Enrique Reyna 140, Saltillo, Coah. 25253 (Mexico); Mestres, L. [Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat de Quimica, Av. Diagonal 648, 08028, Barcelona (Spain)

    2011-07-15

    In this study, (011)-highly oriented Sr, Nb co-doped BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) thin films were successfully grown on SrRuO{sub 3}/Si substrates by rf-magnetron sputtering. The presence of parasite magnetic phases was ruled out based on the high resolution x-ray diffraction data. BFO films exhibited a columnar-like grain growth with rms surface roughness values of {approx_equal}5.3 nm and average grain sizes of {approx_equal}65-70 nm for samples with different thicknesses. Remanent polarization values (2P{sub r}) of 54 {mu}C cm{sup -2} at room temperature were found for the BFO films with a ferroelectric behavior characteristic of an asymmetric device structure. Analysis of the leakage mechanisms for this structure in negative bias suggests Schottky injection and a dominant Poole-Frenkel trap-limited conduction at room temperature. Oxygen vacancies and Fe{sup 3+}/Fe{sup 2+} trap centers are consistent with the surface chemical bonding states analysis from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data. The (011)-BFO/SrRuO{sub 3}/Si film structure exhibits a strong magnetic interaction at the interface between the multiferroic film and the substrate layer where an enhanced ferromagnetic response at 5 K was observed. Zero-field cooled (ZFC) and field cooled (FC) magnetization curves of this film system revealed a possible spin glass behavior at spin freezing temperatures below 30 K depending on the BFO film thickness.

  4. Nanoscale study of perovskite BiFeO{sub 3}/spinel (Fe,Zn){sub 3}O{sub 4} co-deposited thin film by electrical scanning probe methods

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    Borowiak, Alexis S., E-mail: alexis.borowiak@sanken.osaka-u.ac.jp [Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Okada, Koichi; Kanki, Teruo [Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Gautier, Brice [Université de Lyon, INSA de Lyon, Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon, 20, Avenue Albert Einstein, 69621 Villeurbanne (France); Vilquin, Bertrand [Université de Lyon, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon, 36 Avenue Guy de Collongue, 69134 Ecully Cedex (France); Tanaka, Hidekazu [Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan)

    2015-10-01

    Highlights: • A BFO/FZO sample has been prepared using PLD and investigated by SPM techniques. • SPM/HAADF-STEM images have allowed to understand the sample physical properties. • Without destructive material methods we were able to distinguish BFO and FZO. - Abstract: For this study, a BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) perovskite/(Fe,Zn){sub 3}O{sub 4} (FZO) spinel sample grown on SrTiO{sub 3}:Nb (0 0 1) has been prepared using pulsed laser deposition with a single target composition of (Bi{sub 1.1}FeO{sub 3}){sub 0.65}(Fe{sub 2.2}Zn{sub 0.8}O{sub 4}){sub 0.35}. The nanoscale electrical properties of ferroelectric BFO/semi-conducting FZO thin film have been investigated using piezoresponse force microscopy (PFM) and conductive-atomic force microscopy (C-AFM). Scanning probe methods reveal that BFO grows as nano-islets with a complex structure which is coherent with the cross-sectional high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) images. The comparison between nanoscale electrical techniques and HAADF-STEM images have allowed to understand the origin of the different physical properties of the multiferroic/magnetoconductive co-deposited thin film at the nanoscale. By using PFM/C-AFM techniques, we were able to fully distinguish BFO and FZO materials in the nanostructured sample without using destructive material characterization methods.

  5. Near-field optical thin microcavity theory

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    Wu, Jiu Hui; Hou, Jiejie

    2016-01-01

    The thin microcavity theory for near-field optics is proposed in this study. By applying the power flow theorem and the variable theorem,the bi-harmonic differential governing equation for electromagnetic field of a three-dimensional thin microcavity is derived for the first time. Then by using the Hankel transform, this governing equation is solved exactly and all the electromagnetic components inside and outside the microcavity can be obtained accurately. According to the above theory, the near-field optical diffraction from a subwavelength aperture embedded in a thin conducting film is investigated, and numerical computations are performed to illustrate the edge effect by an enhancement factor of 1.8 and the depolarization phenomenon of the near-field transmission in terms of the distance from the film surface. This thin microcavity theory is verified by the good agreement between our results and those in the previous literatures. The thin microcavity theory presented in the study should be useful in the possible applications of the thin microcavities in near-field optics and thin-film optics.

  6. Thinning in artificially regenerated young beech stands

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    Novák Jiří

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Although beech stands are usually regenerated naturally, an area of up to 5,000 ha year−1 is artificially regenerated by beech in the Czech Republic annually. Unfortunately, these stands often showed insufficient stand density and, consequently, lower quality of stems. Therefore, thinning methods developed for naturally regenerated beech stands are applicable with difficulties. The paper evaluates the data from two thinning experiments established in young artificially regenerated beech stands located in different growing conditions. In both experiments, thinning resulted in the lower amount of salvage cut in following years. Positive effect of thinning on periodic stand basal area increment and on periodic diameter increment of dominant trees was found in the beech stand located at middle elevations. On the other hand, thinning effects in mountain conditions were negligible. Thinning focusing on future stand quality cannot be commonly applied in artificially regenerated beech stands because of their worse initial quality and lower density. However, these stands show good growth and response to thinning, hence their management can be focused on maximising beech wood production.

  7. A review of CANDU feeder wall thinning

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    Chung, Han Sub [Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    Flow Accelerated Corrosion is an active degradation mechanism of CANDU feeder. The tight bend downstream to Grayloc weld connection, close to reactor face, suffers significant wall thinning by FAC. Extensive in-service inspection of feeder wall thinning is very difficult because of the intense radiation field, complex geometry, and space restrictions. Development of a knowledge-based inspection program is important in order to guarantee that adequate wall thickness is maintained throughout the whole life of feeder. Research results and plant experiences are reviewed, and the plant inspection databases from Wolsong Units One to Four are analyzed in order to support developing such a knowledge-based inspection program. The initial thickness before wall thinning is highly non-uniform because of bending during manufacturing stage, and the thinning rate is non-uniform because of the mass transfer coefficient distributed non-uniformly depending on local hydraulics. It is obvious that the knowledge-based feeder inspection program should focus on both fastest thinning locations and thinnest locations. The feeder wall thinning rate is found to be correlated proportionately with QV of each channel. A statistical model is proposed to assess the remaining life of each feeder using the QV correlation and the measured thicknesses. W-1 feeder suffered significant thinning so that the shortest remaining life barely exceeded one year at the end of operation before replacement. W-2 feeder showed far slower thinning than W-1 feeder despite the faster coolant flow. It is believed that slower thinning in W-2 is because of higher chromium content in the carbon steel feeder material. The average Cr content of W-2 feeder is 0.051%, while that value is 0.02% for W-1 feeder. It is to be noted that FAC is reduced substantially even though the Cr content of W-2 feeder is still very low

  8. Nanostructured thin films and coatings functional properties

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    Zhang, Sam

    2010-01-01

    The second volume in ""The Handbook of Nanostructured Thin Films and Coatings"" set, this book focuses on functional properties, including optical, electronic, and electrical properties, as well as related devices and applications. It explores the large-scale fabrication of functional thin films with nanoarchitecture via chemical routes, the fabrication and characterization of SiC nanostructured/nanocomposite films, and low-dimensional nanocomposite fabrication and applications. The book also presents the properties of sol-gel-derived nanostructured thin films as well as silicon nanocrystals e

  9. Stability of generic cylindrical thin shell wormholes

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    Mazharimousavi, S Habib; Amirabi, Z

    2014-01-01

    We revisit the stability analysis of cylindrical thin shell wormholes which have been studied in literature so far. Our approach is more systematic and in parallel to the method which is used in spherically symmetric thin shell wormholes. The stability condition is summarized as the positivity of the second derivative of an effective potential at the equilibrium radius, i.e. $V^{\\prime \\prime}\\left(a_{0}\\right) >0$. This may serve as the master equation in all stability problems for the cylindrical thin-shell wormholes.

  10. Carbon nanotube based transparent conductive thin films.

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    Yu, X; Rajamani, R; Stelson, K A; Cui, T

    2006-07-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) based optically transparent and electrically conductive thin films are fabricated on plastic substrates in this study. Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are chemically treated with a mixture of concentrated sulfuric acid and nitric acid before being dispersed in aqueous surfactant-contained solutions. SWNT thin films are prepared from the stable SWNT solutions using wet coating techniques. The 100 nm thick SWNT thin film exhibits a surface resistivity of 6 kohms/square nanometer with an average transmittance of 88% on the visible light range, which is three times better than the films prepared from the high purity as-received SWNTs.

  11. Studies in thin film flows

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    McKinley, I S

    2000-01-01

    the general case of non-zero capillary number numerically. Using the lubrication approximation to the Navier-Stokes equations we investigate the evolution and stability of a thin film of incompressible Newtonian fluid on a planar substrate subjected to a jet of air blowing normally to the substrate. For the simple model of the air jet we adopt, the initially axisymmetric problems we study are identical to those of a drop spreading on a turntable rotating at constant angular velocity (the simplest model for spin coating). We consider both drops without a dry patch (referred to as 'non-annular') and drops with a dry patch at their centre (referred to as 'annular'). First, both symmetric two-dimensional and axisymmetric three-dimensional drops are considered in the quasi-static limit of small capillary number. The evolution of both non-annular and annular drops and the stability of equilibrium solutions to small perturbations with zero wavenumber are determined. Using a specially developed finite-difference code...

  12. Photoconductivity of thin organic films

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    Tkachenko, Nikolai V.; Chukharev, Vladimir; Kaplas, Petra; Tolkki, Antti; Efimov, Alexander; Haring, Kimmo; Viheriälä, Jukka; Niemi, Tapio; Lemmetyinen, Helge

    2010-04-01

    Thin organic films were deposited on silicon oxide surfaces with golden interdigitated electrodes (interelectrode gap was 2 μm), and the film resistivities were measured in dark and under white light illumination. The compounds selected for the measurements include molecules widely used in solar cell applications, such as polythiophene ( PHT), fullerene ( C60), pyrelene tetracarboxylic diimide ( PTCDI) and copper phthalocyanine ( CuPc), as well as molecules potentially interesting for photovoltaic applications, e.g. porphyrin-fullerene dyads. The films were deposited using thermal evaporation (e.g. for C60 and CuPc films), spin coating for PHT, and Langmuir-Schaeffer for the layer-by-layer deposition of porphyrin-fullerene dyads. The most conducting materials in the series are films of PHT and CuPc with resistivities 1.2 × 10 3 Ω m and 3 × 10 4 Ω m, respectively. Under light illumination resistivity of all films decreases, with the strongest light effect observed for PTCDI, for which resistivity decreases by 100 times, from 3.2 × 10 8 Ω m in dark to 3.1 × 10 6 Ω m under the light.

  13. Photoconductivity of thin organic films

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    Tkachenko, Nikolai V. [Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 541, FIN-33101 Tampere (Finland); Chukharev, Vladimir, E-mail: Vladimir.Chukharev@tut.fi [Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 541, FIN-33101 Tampere (Finland); Kaplas, Petra; Tolkki, Antti; Efimov, Alexander [Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 541, FIN-33101 Tampere (Finland); Haring, Kimmo; Viheriaelae, Jukka; Niemi, Tapio [Optoelectronics Research Centre, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 692, FIN-33101 Tampere (Finland); Lemmetyinen, Helge [Department of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Tampere University of Technology, P.O. Box 541, FIN-33101 Tampere (Finland)

    2010-04-01

    Thin organic films were deposited on silicon oxide surfaces with golden interdigitated electrodes (interelectrode gap was 2 {mu}m), and the film resistivities were measured in dark and under white light illumination. The compounds selected for the measurements include molecules widely used in solar cell applications, such as polythiophene (PHT), fullerene (C{sub 60}), pyrelene tetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) and copper phthalocyanine (CuPc), as well as molecules potentially interesting for photovoltaic applications, e.g. porphyrin-fullerene dyads. The films were deposited using thermal evaporation (e.g. for C{sub 60} and CuPc films), spin coating for PHT, and Langmuir-Schaeffer for the layer-by-layer deposition of porphyrin-fullerene dyads. The most conducting materials in the series are films of PHT and CuPc with resistivities 1.2 x 10{sup 3} {Omega} m and 3 x 10{sup 4} {Omega} m, respectively. Under light illumination resistivity of all films decreases, with the strongest light effect observed for PTCDI, for which resistivity decreases by 100 times, from 3.2 x 10{sup 8} {Omega} m in dark to 3.1 x 10{sup 6} {Omega} m under the light.

  14. Ultra-thin multilayer capacitors.

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    Renk, Timothy Jerome; Monson, Todd C.

    2009-06-01

    The fabrication of ultra-thin lanthanum-doped lead zirconium titanate (PLZT) multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) using a high-power pulsed ion beam was studied. The deposition experiments were conducted on the RHEPP-1 facility at Sandia National Laboratories. The goal of this work was to increase the energy density of ceramic capacitors through the formation of a multilayer device with excellent materials properties, dielectric constant, and standoff voltage. For successful device construction, there are a number of challenging requirements including achieving correct stoichiometric and crystallographic composition of the deposited PLZT, as well as the creation of a defect free homogenous film. This report details some success in satisfying these requirements, although 900 C temperatures were necessary for PLZT perovskite phase formation. These temperatures were applied to a previously deposited multi-layer film which was then post-annealed to this temperature. The film exhibited mechanical distress attributable to differences in the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the various layers. This caused significant defects in the deposited films that led to shorts across devices. A follow-on single layer deposition without post-anneal produced smooth layers with good interface behavior, but without the perovskite phase formation. These issues will need to be addressed in order for ion beam deposited MLCCs to become a viable technology. It is possible that future in-situ heating during deposition may address both the CTE issue, and result in lowered processing temperatures, which in turn could raise the probability of successful MLCC formation.

  15. Magnetization in permalloy thin films

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    Rachana Gupta; Mukul Gupta; Thomas Gutberlet

    2008-11-01

    Thin films of permalloy (Ni80Fe20) were prepared using an Ar+N2 mixture with magnetron sputtering technique at ambient temperature. The film prepared with only Ar gas shows reflections corresponding to the permalloy phase in X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern. The addition of nitrogen during sputtering results in broadening of the peaks in XRD pattern, which finally leads to an amorphous phase. The - loop for the sample prepared with only Ar gas is matching well with the values obtained for the permalloy. For the samples prepared with increased nitrogen partial pressure the magnetic moment decreased rapidly and the values of coercivity increased. The polarized neutron reflectivity measurements (PNR) were performed in the sample prepared with only Ar gas and with nitrogen partial pressure of 5 and 10%. It was found that the spin-up and spin-down reflectivities show exactly similar reflectivity for the sample prepared with Ar gas alone, while PNR measurements on 5 and 10% sample show splitting in the spin-up and spin-down reflectivity.

  16. de Sitter Thin Brane Model

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    Nishi, Masato

    2015-01-01

    We discuss the large mass hierarchy problem in a braneworld model which represents our acceleratively expanding universe. The RS model with warped one extra dimension added to flat 4-dimensional space-time cannot describe our expanding universe. Here, we study instead the de Sitter thin brane model. This is described by the same action as that for the RS model, but the 4-dimensional space-time on the branes is $\\rm dS_4$. We study the model for both the cases of positive 5-dimensional cosmological constant $\\Lambda_5$ and negative one. In the positive $\\Lambda_5$ case, the 4-dimensional large hierarchy necessitates a 5-dimensional large hierarchy, and we cannot get a natural explanation. On the other hand, in the negative $\\Lambda_5$ case, the large hierarchy is naturally realized in the 5-dimensional theory in the same manner as in the RS model. Moreover, another large hierarchy between the Hubble parameter and the Planck scale is realized by the $\\cal{O}\\rm (10^2)$ hierarchy of the 5-dimensional quantities....

  17. De Sitter thin brane model

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    Nishi, Masato

    2016-07-01

    We discuss the large mass hierarchy problem in a braneworld model which represents our acceleratively expanding universe. The Randall-Sundrum (RS) model with one extra warped dimension added to a flat four-dimensional space-time cannot describe our expanding universe. Here, we study instead the de Sitter thin brane model. This is described by the same action as that for the RS model, but the four-dimensional space-time on the branes is dS_4. We study the model for both the cases of positive five-dimensional cosmological constant Λ_5 and a negative one. In the positive Λ_5 case, the four-dimensional large hierarchy necessitates a five-dimensional large hierarchy, and we cannot get a natural explanation. On the other hand, in the negative Λ_5 case, the large hierarchy is naturally realized in the five-dimensional theory in the same manner as in the RS model. Moreover, another large hierarchy between the Hubble parameter and the Planck scale is realized by the O(10^2) hierarchy of the five-dimensional quantities. Finally, we find that the lightest mass of the massive Kaluza-Klein modes and the intervals of the mass spectrum are of order 10^2 GeV, which are the same as in the RS case and do not depend on the value of the Hubble parameter.

  18. Reconnection in thin current sheets

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    Tenerani, Anna; Velli, Marco; Pucci, Fulvia; Rappazzo, A. F.

    2016-05-01

    It has been widely believed that reconnection is the underlying mechanism of many explosive processes observed both in nature and laboratory, but the question of reconnection speed and initial trigger have remained mysterious. How is fast magnetic energy release triggered in high Lundquist (S) and Reynolds (R) number plasmas?It has been shown that a tearing mode instability can grow on an ideal timescale, i.e., independent from the the Lundquist number, once the current sheet thickness becomes thin enough, or rather the inverse aspect ratio a/L reaches a scale a/L~S-1/3. As such, the latter provides a natural, critical threshold for current sheets that can be formed in nature before they disrupt in a few Alfvén time units. Here we discuss the transition to fast reconnection extended to simple viscous and kinetic models and we propose a possible scenario for the transition to explosive reconnection in high-Lundquist number plasmas, that we support with fully nonlinear numerical MHD simulations of a collapsing current sheet.

  19. Epitaxy, thin films and superlattices

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    Jagd Christensen, Morten

    1997-05-01

    This report is the result of structural investigations of 3d transition metal superlattices consisting of Fe/V, Cr/Mn, V/Mn and Fe/Mn, and a structural and magnetic study of a series of Ho/Pr alloys. The work includes preparation and characterization of substrates as well as growth of thin films and Fe/V superlattices by molecular beam epitaxy, including in-situ characterization by reflection high energy electron diffraction and Auger electron spectroscopy. Structural characterization has been done by x-ray diffraction and neutron diffraction. The x-ray diffraction experiments have been performed on the rotating copper anode at Risoe, and at synchrotron facilities in Hamburg and Brookhaven, and the neutron scattering was done at the Danish research reactor DR3 at Risoe. In addition to longitudinal scans, giving information about the structural parameters in the modulation direction, non-specular scans were also performed. This type of scans gives information about in-plane orientation and lattice parameters. From the analysis, structural information is obtained about lattice parameters, epitaxial strain, coherence lengths and crystallographic orientation for the superlattice systems, except Fe/Mn superlattices, which could not be modelled. For the Ho/Pr alloys, x-ray magnetic scattering was performed, and the crystal and magnetic structure was investigated. (au) 14 tabs.; 58 ills., 96 refs.

  20. TEC – Thin Environmental Cladding

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    Alan Tomasi

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Corresponding author: Alan Tomasi, Group R&D Project Manager, Permasteelisa S.p.A., viale E. Mattei 21/23 | 31029 Vittorio Veneto, Treviso, Italy. Tel.: +39 0438 505207; E-mail: a.tomasi@permasteelisagroup.com; www.permasteelisagroup.com Permasteelisa Group developed with Fiberline Composites a new curtain wall system (Thin Environmental Cladding or TEC, making use of pultruded GFRP (Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer material instead of traditional aluminum. Main advantages using GFRP instead of aluminum are the increased thermal performance and the limited environmental impact. Selling point of the selected GFRP resin is the light transmission, which results in pultruded profiles that allow the visible light to pass through them, creating great aesthetical effects. However, GFRP components present also weaknesses, such as high acoustic transmittance (due to the reduced weight and anisotropy of the material, low stiffness if compared with aluminum (resulting in higher facade deflection and sensible fire behavior (as combustible material. This paper will describe the design of the TEC-facade, highlighting the functional role of glass within the facade concept with regards to its acoustic, structural, aesthetics and fire behavior.