Electronic structure and anomalous band-edge absorption feature in multiferroic MnWO4: An optical spectroscopic study

Woo Seok Choi, K. Taniguchi, S. J. Moon, S. S.A. Seo, T. Arima, H. Hoang, I. S. Yang, T. W. Noh, Y. S. Lee

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We investigated the electronic structure and lattice dynamics of multiferroic MnWO4 by optical spectroscopy. With variation in polarization, temperature, and magnetic field, we obtained optical responses over a wide range of photon energies. The electronic structure of MnWO 4 near to the Fermi level was examined with interband transitions identified in optical conductivity spectra above a band gap of 2.5 eV. As for the lattice dynamics, we identified all the infrared transverse optical-phonon modes available according to the group-theory analysis. Although we did not observe much change in global electronic structure across the phase-transition temperatures, an optical absorption at around 2.2 eV showed an evident change depending upon the spin configuration and magnetic field. The behavior of this band-edge absorption indicates that spin-orbit coupling plays an important role in multiferroic MnWO4.

Original languageEnglish
Article number205111
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May 13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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