Multiferroic properties of an åkermanite Sr 2CoSi 2O 7 single crystal in high magnetic fields

M. Akaki, H. Iwamoto, T. Kihara, M. Tokunaga, H. Kuwahara

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Abstract

The magnetic and dielectric properties of åkermanite Sr 2CoSi 2O 7 single crystals in high magnetic fields were investigated. We have observed finite induced electric polarization along the c axis in high fields, wherein all Co spins were forcibly aligned to the magnetic field direction. Existence of the induced polarization in the spin-polarized state accompanied with the finite slope in the magnetization curve suggests the possible role of the orbital angular momenta in the excited states as its microscopic origin. The emergence of the field-induced polarization without particular magnetic order can be regarded as the magnetoelectric effects of the second order from the symmetry point of view. A low magnetic field-driven electric polarization flip induced by a rotating field, even at room temperature, has been successfully demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number060413
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume86
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug 28
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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