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Title: Partial glass isosymmetry transition in multiferroic hexagonal ErMn O 3

Ferroelectric transitions of a hexagonal multiferroic, ErMnO 3, are studied by x-ray scattering techniques. An isosymmetry transition, similar to that previously observed for YMnO 3, approximately 300 K below the well-known ferroic transition temperature is investigated. The partial glassy behavior of the isosymmetry transition is identified by appearance of quasi-elastic scattering lines in high-energy-resolution scans. The glassy behavior is further supported by the increased interlayer decorrelation of (√3×√3)R30º ordering below the isosymmetry transition. The transition behavior is considered for possible hidden sluggish modes and two-step phase transitions theoretically predicted for the stacked triangular antiferromagnets. The in-plane azimuthal (orientational) ordering behaviors were also compared to the theoretical predictions. Coherent x-ray speckle measurements show unambiguously that the domain sizes decrease anomalously near both the isosymmetry and ferroic transitions. However, domain boundary fluctuations increase monotonically with an Arrhenius form with an activation energy of 0.54(5) eV through both transitions.
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  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Materials Science Division
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Advanced Photon Source (APS)
  3. Rochester Inst. of Technology, Rochester, NY (United States). Dept. of Physics
  4. Rutgers Univ., Piscataway, NJ (United States). Rutgers Center for Emergent Materials and Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357; FG02-07ER46382
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 93; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1238397