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Chin. Phys. B, 2019, Vol. 28(2): 027502    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/28/2/027502
Special Issue: Virtual Special Topic — Magnetism and Magnetic Materials

Unusual tunability of multiferroicity in GdMn2O5 by electric field poling far above multiferroic ordering point

Xiang Li(李翔)1,2, Shuhan Zheng(郑书翰)2, Liman Tian(田礼漫)1, Rui Shi(石锐)1, Meifeng Liu(刘美风)1, Yunlong Xie(谢云龙)1, Lun Yang(杨伦)1, Nian Zhao(赵念)1, Lin Lin(林林)2, Zhibo Yan(颜志波)2, Xiuzhang Wang(王秀章)1, Junming Liu(刘俊明)1,2,3
1 Institute for Advanced Materials, Hubei Normal University, Huangshi 435002, China;
2 Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Innovative Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China;
3 Institute for Advanced Materials, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, China

The multiferroicity in the RMn2O5 family remains unclear, and less attention has been paid to its dependence on high-temperature (high-T) polarized configuration. Moreover, no consensus on the high-T space group symmetry has been reached so far. In view of this consideration, one may argue that the multiferroicity of RMn2O5 in the low-T range depends on the poling sequence starting far above the multiferroic ordering temperature. In this work, we investigate in detail the variation of magnetically induced electric polarization in GdMn2O5 and its dependence on electric field poling routine in the high-T range. It is revealed that the multiferroicity does exhibit qualitatively different behaviors if the high-T poling routine changes, indicating the close correlation with the possible high-T polarized state. These emergent phenomena may be qualitatively explained by the co-existence of two low-T polarization components, a scenario that was proposed earlier. One is the component associated with the Mn3+-Mn4+-Mn3+ exchange striction that seems to be tightly clamped by the high-T polarized state, and the other is the component associated with the Gd3+-Mn4+-Gd3+ exchange striction that is free of the clamping. The present findings may offer a different scheme for the electric control of the multiferroicity in RMn2O5.

Keywords:  multiferroicity      GdMn2O5      high-T polarized state      exchange striction  
Received:  06 September 2018      Revised:  28 November 2018      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  75.85.+t (Magnetoelectric effects, multiferroics)  
  75.30.Kz (Magnetic phase boundaries (including classical and quantum magnetic transitions, metamagnetism, etc.))  
  77.80.-e (Ferroelectricity and antiferroelectricity)  

Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11804088, 11234005, 11374147, 51431006, and 11704109), the National Key Research Program of China (Grant No. 2016YFA0300101), and the Research Project of Hubei Provincial Department of Education, China (Grant No. B2018146).

Corresponding Authors:  Xiang Li     E-mail:

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Xiang Li(李翔), Shuhan Zheng(郑书翰), Liman Tian(田礼漫), Rui Shi(石锐), Meifeng Liu(刘美风), Yunlong Xie(谢云龙), Lun Yang(杨伦), Nian Zhao(赵念), Lin Lin(林林), Zhibo Yan(颜志波), Xiuzhang Wang(王秀章), Junming Liu(刘俊明) Unusual tunability of multiferroicity in GdMn2O5 by electric field poling far above multiferroic ordering point 2019 Chin. Phys. B 28 027502

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