Pressure-induced enhancement of ferroelectricity in multiferroic R Mn2 O5 (R=Tb,Dy,Ho)

C. R. Dela Cruz, B. Lorenz, Y. Y. Sun, Y. Wang, S. Park, S. W. Cheong, M. M. Gospodinov, C. W. Chu

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Measurements of ferroelectric polarization and dielectric constant were done on R Mn2 O5 (R=Tb,Dy,Ho) with applied hydrostatic pressures of up to 18 kbar. At ambient pressure, distinctive anomalies were observed in the temperature profile of both physical properties at critical temperatures marking the onset of long range antiferromegnetic order (TN1) and ferroelectricity (TC1), as well as at temperatures when anomalous changes in the polarization, dielectric constant, and spin wave commensurability have been previously reported. In particular, the step in the dielectric constant at low temperatures (TC2), associated with both a drop in the ferroelectric polarization and an incommensurate magnetic structure, was shown to be suddenly quenched upon passing an R -dependent critical pressure. This was shown to correlate with the stabilization of the high ferroelectric polarization state, which is coincident with the commensurate magnetic structure. The observation is suggested to be due to a pressure-induced phase transition into a commensurate magnetic structure, as exemplified by the pressure-temperature (p-T) phase diagrams constructed in this work. The p-T phase diagrams are determined for all three compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number174106
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov 12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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