Tuning magnetic spirals beyond room temperature with chemical disorder

13 Jan 2017  ·  Morin Mickaël, Canévet Emmanuel, Raynaud Adrien, Bartkowiak Marek, Sheptyakov Denis, Ban Voraksmy, Kenzelmann Michel, Pomjakushina Ekaterina, Conder Kazimierz, Medarde Marisa ·

In the past years, magnetism-driven ferroelectricity and gigantic magnetoelectric effects have been reported for a number of frustrated magnets with spiral magnetic orders. Such materials are of high current interest due to their potential for spintronics and low-power magnetoelectric devices... However, their low magnetic order temperatures (typically <100K) greatly restrict their fields of application. Here we demonstrate that the stability domain of the spiral phase in the perovskite YBaCuFeO5 can be enlarged by more than 150K through a controlled manipulation of the Fe/Cu chemical disorder. Moreover we show that this novel mechanism can stabilize the magnetic spiral state of YBaCuFeO5 above the symbolic value of 25{\deg}C at zero magnetic field. Our findings demonstrate that the properties of a magnetic spiral, including its wavelength and stability range, can be engineered through the control of chemical disorder, offering a great potential for the design of materials with magnetoelectric properties beyond room temperature. read more

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