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Magnetization-steps in Y2CoMnO6 double perovskite: The role of antisite disorder

Nair, Harikrishnan S and Pradheesh, R and Xiao, Yinguo and Cherian, Dona and Elizabeth, Suja and Hansen, Thomas and Chatterji, Tapan and Brueckel, Th (2014) Magnetization-steps in Y2CoMnO6 double perovskite: The role of antisite disorder. In: JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 116 (12).

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Antisite disorder is observed to have significant impact on the magnetic properties of the double perovskite Y2CoMnO6 which has been recently identified as a multiferroic. A paramagnetic-ferromagnetic phase transition occurs in this material at T-c approximate to 75 K. At 2K, it displays a strong ferromagnetic hysteresis with a significant coercive field of H-c approximate to 15 kOe. Sharp steps are observed in the hysteresis curves recorded below 8K. In the temperature range 2K <= T <= 5K, the hysteresis loops are anomalous as the virgin curve lies outside the main loop. The field-cooling conditions as well as the rate of field-sweep are found to influence the steps. Quantitative analysis of the neutron diffraction data shows that at room temperature, Y2CoMnO6 consists of 62% of monoclinic P2(1)/n with nearly 70% antisite disorder and 38% Pnma. The bond valence sums indicate the presence of other valence states for Co and Mn which arise from disorder. We explain the origin of steps by using a model for pinning of magnetization at the antiphase boundaries created by antisite disorder. The steps in magnetization closely resemble the martensitic transformations found in intermetallics and display first-order characteristics as revealed in the Arrott's plots. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2014 07:27
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2014 07:27
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/50267

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