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Title: Effect of Ho substitution on structure and magnetic properties of BiFeO{sub 3}

Structure and magnetic properties of trivalent Ho substituted BiFeO{sub 3} (Ho{sub x}Bi{sub 1−x}FeO{sub 3}) have been studied for the compositional range x = 0 to 0.2. The structure remains in rhombohedral R3c for x < 0.15, and further increase in x results a structural transition to orthorhombic Pnma. The decrease in Raman modes and the appearance of new mode at 475 cm{sup −1} confirms the structural changes. Ho doping at Bi site breaks the spin cycloid of BiFO{sub 3} and leads to the observation of ferromagnetic order at low temperatures. With increase in temperature, the M-H curves exhibit a pinching leading to double hysteresis loops. A minimum is observed in M-T curves for low fields at compensation temperature (Θ{sub C}) and H{sub C} attains a maximum close to Θ{sub C}. Variation of H{sub C} with temperature is discussed in terms of a model consisting of two sublattices. The improved magnetic properties achieved by Ho doping enhance the potential of BiFeO{sub 3} for multiferroic applications.
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli, Hyderabad 500 046 (India)
  2. UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, R-5 Shed, B.A.R.C., Mumbai 400 085 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22273843
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 17; Conference: 55. annual conference on magnetism and magnetic materials, Atlanta, GA (United States), 14-18 Nov 2010; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; BISMUTH COMPOUNDS; CONCENTRATION RATIO; FERRITES; HOLMIUM COMPOUNDS; HYSTERESIS; MAGNETIC PROPERTIES; ORTHORHOMBIC LATTICES; SPIN; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; TRIGONAL LATTICES