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Tuning magnetoelectricity in a mixed-anisotropy antiferromagnet

Ellen Fogh
Jian-Rui Soh
Alessandro Bombardi
Henrik. Rønnow
Olav Syljuåsen


Abstract Control of magnetization and electric polarization is attractive in relation to tailoring materials for data storage and devices such as sensors or antennae. In magnetoelectric materials, these degrees of freedom are closely coupled, allowing polarization to be controlled by a magnetic field, and magnetization by an electric field, but the magnitude of the effect remains a challenge in the case of single-phase magnetoelectrics for applications. We demonstrate that the magnetoelectric properties of the mixed-anisotropy antiferromagnet LiNi 1− x Fe x PO 4 are profoundly affected by partial substitution of Ni 2+ ions with Fe 2+ on the transition metal site. This introduces random site-dependent single-ion anisotropy energies and causes a lowering of the magnetic symmetry of the system. In turn, magnetoelectric couplings that are symmetry-forbidden in the parent compounds, LiNiPO 4 and LiFePO 4 , are unlocked and the dominant coupling is enhanced by almost two orders of magnitude. Our results demonstrate the potential of mixed-anisotropy magnets for tuning magnetoelectric properties.

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hal-04429744 , version 1 (31-01-2024)



Ellen Fogh, Bastian Klemke, Manfred Reehuis, Philippe Bourges, Christof Niedermayer, et al.. Tuning magnetoelectricity in a mixed-anisotropy antiferromagnet. Nature Communications, 2023, 14 (1), pp.3408. ⟨10.1038/s41467-023-39128-7⟩. ⟨hal-04429744⟩
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