Giant magnetoelectric effect in HoAl3(BO3) 4

K. C. Liang, R. P. Chaudhury, B. Lorenz, Y. Y. Sun, L. N. Bezmaternykh, V. L. Temerov, C. W. Chu

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A giant magnetoelectric polarization is found in HoAl3(BO 3)4. The polarization in transverse field geometry at 70 kOe reaches 3600 μ?C/m2, which is significantly higher than reported values of linear magnetoelectric or even multiferroic compounds. The magnetostrictive effect is also measured and compared with the magnetoelectricity. The results show that spin-lattice coupling in HoAl3(BO3)4 is extremely strong and that the magnetic field causes a large polar distortion of the ionic positions in the unit cell.

Original languageEnglish
Article number180417
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 31

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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