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Magnetostructural coupling and multiferroic properties in the spin-frustrated system Ni1-xZnxCr2O4

Chandrasekhar, Devi K and Murthy, Krishna J and Lin, J Y and Wu, H C and Tseng, W J and Venimadhav, A and Yang, H D (2016) Magnetostructural coupling and multiferroic properties in the spin-frustrated system Ni1-xZnxCr2O4. In: PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 94 (20).

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.94.205143


The magnetic phase diagram of Ni1-xZnxCr2O4 demonstrates complex magnetic transitions for x = 0.05 with two long-range magnetic- order transitions at T-C1 = 41K and T-C2 = 17 K. A glasslike feature emerges between TC1 and TC2 with the application of a direct current (dc) magnetic field in alternating current (ac) susceptibility measurements. Dielectric measurements show a change from the conventional dielectric to a quantum-paraelectric-like behavior without anomalies near the magnetic ordering temperature in the range 0.05 <= x <= 1. The strong correlation among magnetic, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties near the structural relaxation temperatures 41 and 17 K confirms the emergence of multiferroic behavior in Ni0.95Zn0.05Cr2O4. A significant x-ray magnetic circular dichroism signal at the Ni site and ac susceptibility measurements indicate a spin-canting behavior between TC1 and TC2. The dilute doping of the non-Jahn-Teller Zn ion in the Jahn-Teller Ni site modulate the different magnetic exchange interactions of Ni and Cr, which could invoke spin-canting and multiferroic behaviors.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
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Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 05:32
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2017 05:32
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/55859

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