Application of strain to orbital-spin-coupled system MnV2O4 at cryogenic temperatures within a transmission electron microscope

Y. Murakami, T. Suzuki, Y. Nii, S. Murai, T. Arima, R. Kainuma, D. Shindo

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The impact of mechanical stress on the morphology of crystallographic and magnetic domains in shape-controlled specimens of an orbital-spin-coupled system, MnV2O4, was examined by cryogenic Lorentz microscopy. Because of the difference in thermal expansion coefficients of MnV2O4 and the supporting Mo mesh, compression on the order of 0.01% was applied to the thin-foil specimens near the structural/magnetic phase transformation temperatures. The extent of compression was comparable to the lattice striction associated with the cubic-to-tetragonal phase transformation in MnV2O4. The applied strain thus clearly influenced themorphology of crystallographic domains (i.e. twinning configuration in the tetragonal phase) produced during cooling. The magnetic domain structure was entirely dependent on the configuration of twinning in the tetragonal phase. The observations in this study provided useful information for understanding the relationship between the crystallographic domains and the magnetic domains in MnV2O4.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-232
Number of pages10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 28


  • In situ TEM observation
  • Lorentz microscopy
  • Magnetic domains
  • Phase transformations
  • Strongly correlated electron systems
  • Twin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Instrumentation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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