Multiferroic rare earth manganites attracted recent attention because of the coexistence of different types of magnetic and ferroelectric orders resulting in complex phase diagrams and a wealth of physical phenomena. The coupling and mutual interference of the different orders and the large magnetoelectric effect observed in several compounds are of fundamental interest and bear the potential for future applications in which the dielectric (magnetic) properties can be modified by the onset of a magnetic (dielectric) transition or the application of a magnetic (electric) field. The physical mechanisms of the magnetoelectric effect and the origin of ferroelectric order at magnetic transitions have yet to be explored. We discuss multiferroic phenomena in the hexagonal HoMnO 3 and show that the strong magneto-dielectric coupling is intimately related to the lattice strain induced by unusually large spin-phonon correlations.
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||107th Annual Meeting of the American Ceramic Society - Baltimore, MD, United States|
Duration: 2005 Apr 10 → 2005 Apr 13
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ceramics and Composites
- Materials Chemistry