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Magnetoelectric coupling driven by inverse magnetostriction in multiferroic BiMn3Mn4O12

Abstract : Inserting both polar A and magnetic B ions in a same crystalline phase, such as A = Bi3+, B = Fe3+ or Mn3+ in simple perovskites ABO3, has been successful in achieving multiferroic properties with large ferroelectric and magnetic orders. However, modest magnetoelectric couplings have been hitherto reported, thus preventing any application for future electronics. By means of neutron diffraction, we found a large uniform C-type modulation of an E-type antiferromagnetic structure of the Mn3+ ions in the quadruple perovskite BiMn3Mn4O12. A symmetry analysis indicates that this modulation is induced by the internal strain created by the polar Bi3+ ion, which gives evidence of a large magnetoelectric coupling driven by inverse magnetostriction. This modulation is indeed absent in the isomorphic and isovalent compound LaMn3Mn4O12 containing the nonpolar La3+ ion. Our analysis indicates that this coupling mechanism is effective owing to the symmetry-limited structural distortions and inhomogeneities characteristic of the quadruple perovskite structure, thus preventing the release of the strain. We conclude that internal strain is a key control parameter to achieve large magnetoelectric couplings in proper ferroelectrics.
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Andrea Gauzzi. Magnetoelectric coupling driven by inverse magnetostriction in multiferroic BiMn3Mn4O12. Journal of Applied Physics, American Institute of Physics, 2013, 113, pp.043920. ⟨10.1063/1.4789350⟩. ⟨hal-01052522⟩



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