Sep 12 – 17, 2010
CERN
Europe/Zurich timezone
The conference is now over. Thanks to all for their participation. <p> The talks from the various sessions are all online.

Magnetoelectric AgCrO2: A new local insight given by PAC

Not scheduled
500/1-001 - Main Auditorium (CERN)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium

CERN

CH - 1211 Geneva 23 Switzerland
72
Show room on map
POSTER Magnetism and Magnetic materials - Bulk and thin layers

Speaker

Mr Goncalo De Pinho Oliveira (Universidade de Lisboa-CFNUL)

Description

Magnetism, Perturbed Angular Correlation, Magnetoelectric, AgCrO2

Summary

Systems exhibiting coupling between ferroelectric (FE) and (anti)ferromagnetic (AFM/FM) orders, are suitable for new magnetoelectric memories, which allow to write electrically information and to read it magnetically (or vice-versa) [1-3].
This work is focused in the delafossite type compound AgCrO2, which has gave rise a recent renewed interest due to its magnetoelectric properties [3]. Single-phase polycrystalline samples were prepared through the standard solid-state reaction method, using O2 flow. The phase purity was checked through Rietveld XRD powder analysis. The temperature dependence of the magnetization and of the dielectric constant exhibits the expected behavior near the AFM and FE ordering temperature (TN =21 K). Furthermore, the temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility below T=100 K shows a peculiar behavior, generally attributed to the development of 2D short-range magnetic correlations (SRMC), due to strong frustration, coming from the AFM exchange interactions in a triangular spin lattice [4].
We have studied in detail the temperature dependence of the electric field gradient (EFG) at the Cr site via perturbed angular correlation measurements with the 111In probe. We have evidence that a second EFG emerges below 100 K and remains down to 10 K. In addition, the relative abundance of these two EFG varies linearly extrapolating to 50% at T=0 K.
Taking into account the strong interplay between magnetic and electric degrees of freedom present in AgCrO2, the SRMC can facilitate the onset of a second EFG (EFG2) that having a relatively close frequency to the first one (EFG1), but with a different asymmetry parameter (n2). A possibility that could explain our data is connected with ion polar displacements that would start below 100 K. A-site displacements were in fact suggested to occur in LiCrO2[5]. Moreover, a distortion of the Cr triangular lattice was claimed below TN in CuCrO2 [6]. In this way, our results suggest that the observed EFG2 might be associated with a precursor effect of the FE/AFM phase transition.

References:
1. Y.H. Chu, L.W. Martin, et al, Nature Materials 7, 478 (2008).
2. M. Bibes and A. Barthélémy, Nature Materials 7, 425 (2008).
3. S. Seki et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 067204-1, (2008)
4. Y. Oohara, et al, Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 63 (3):847–850, 1994.
5. J. Sugiyama, et al, Physical Review B, 79 (18):184411, 2009.
6. K. Kimura, et al, Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 78 (11), 113710, 2009

Please specify whether you would prefer an oral or poster contribution. Oral contribution

Primary author

Mr Goncalo De Pinho Oliveira (Universidade de Lisboa-CFNUL)

Co-authors

Dr Abílio Almeida (IFIMUP & IN- Instituto de Nanociência e Nanotecnologia, Depto Física e Astronomia da Fac. Ciências daUniversidade do Porto) Dr Armandina M. L. Lopes (1CFNUL, Centro de Física Nuclear, Universidade de Lisboa) Dr J. Agostinho Moreira (IFIMUP & IN- Instituto de Nanociência e Nanotecnologia, Depto Física e Astronomia da Fac. Ciências daUniversidade do Porto) Dr João G. Correia (ITN, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, Sacavém, Portugal) Dr João P. Araújo (IFIMUP & IN- Instituto de Nanociência e Nanotecnologia, Depto Física e Astronomia da Fac. Ciências daUniversidade do Porto) Ms Tânia M. Mendonça (IFIMUP & IN- Instituto de Nanociência e Nanotecnologia, Depto Física e Astronomia da Fac. Ciências daUniversidade do Porto) Dr Vitor S. Amaral (Departamento de Física e CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro)

Presentation materials

There are no materials yet.