Chatterji, Tapan and Ouladdiaf, Bachir and Henry, Paul F and Bhattacharya, Dipten (2012) Magnetoelastic effects in multiferroic YMnO3. Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, 24 (33). Article No-336003. ISSN 0953-8984

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We have investigated magnetoelastic effects in multiferroic YMnO3 below the antiferromagnetic phase transition, T-N approximate to 70 K, using neutron powder diffraction. The a lattice parameter of the hexagonal unit cell of YMnO3 decreases normally above T-N, but decreases anomalously below T-N, whereas the c lattice parameter increases with decreasing temperature and then increases anomalously below T-N. The unit cell volume also undergoes an anomalous contraction below T-N. By fitting the background thermal expansion for a non-magnetic lattice with the Einstein-Gruneisen equation, we determined the lattice strains Delta a, Delta c and Delta V due to the magnetoelastic effects as a function of temperature. We have also determined the temperature variation of the ordered magnetic moment of the Mn ion by fitting the measured Bragg intensities of the nuclear and magnetic reflections with the known crystal and magnetic structure models and have established that the lattice strain due to the magnetoelastic effect in YMnO3 couples with the square of the ordered magnetic moment or the square of the order parameter of the antiferromagnetic phase transition.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Electronics
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 06:28
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2016 16:32

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