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Title: Giant Spin-Driven Ferroelectric Polarization in BiFeO 3 at Room Temperature

Although BiFeO 3 is the most extensively investigated multiferroic material, its magnetoelectic couplings are barely understood. Here we report a thorough study of the magentoelectric (ME) couplings in spin-cycloidal buk BiFeO 3 using first-principles calculations and microscopic spin-wave models compared with neutron-scattering measurements. We find that huge exchange-striction (ES) polarizations, i.e. the electric response of the magnetic exchange through ferroelectric and antiferrodistortive distortions, is giant enough to dominate over all other ME couplings. We show that BiFeO 3 has a hidden record-high spin-driven polarization ( 3 C/cm 2) at room-temperature. The huge ES polarizations can be tuned by coupling to the antiferrodistortive rotations.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Materials Science & Technology Division
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 20; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)z; USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; magnetoelectric couplings; spin-driven polarization