The spin structure in BiFe1-xCoxO3 (x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20) was investigated as a function of Co substitution, temperature, and magnetic field. It was found that the cycloidal spin structure of BiFeO3 changed to a collinear one with spin canting and composition-independent spontaneous magnetization of ∼0.25 μB/f.u. for the Co substituted samples on heating. The collinear phase was stabilized under magnetic fields. The spin structure change was clarified also by the temperature dependence of 57Fe Mössbauer spectra, and the results indicated the first order nature of this transition.
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