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Title: Magnetization jumps and exchange bias induced by a partially disordered antiferromagnetic state in (FeTiO{sub 3}){sub 0.9}-(Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.1}

Magnetization jumps (MJs) and the exchange bias (EB) effect are simultaneously observed in the mixed-spin oxide (FeTiO{sub 3}){sub 0.9}-(Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub 0.1} at 2.0 K. Dc and ac susceptibility measurements confirm a reentrant spin glass phase with a partially disordered antiferromagnetic (PDA) state below the irreversibility temperature (T{sub ir} = 60 K). Antiferromagnetic (AFM) Fe{sup 3+} clusters are nested in AFM Fe{sup 2+} lattices forming a triangular lattice, in which 2/3 of the magnetic moments order antiferromagnetically with each other leaving the remaining 1/3 “confused.” This geometric frustration in the triangular lattice leads to a PDA state that is the ground state of the AFM triangular configuration. The PDA state, in the presence of a critical trigger field, evolves into a ferromagnetic (FM) state, and induces the AFM spins of the Fe{sup 2+} ions to enter a FM state, resulting in the MJs. Meanwhile, the FM spins of Fe{sup 2+} can serve as the pinned phase, and the AFM spins of Fe{sup 3+} can serve as the pinning phase, resulting in the EB effect. Thus, we point out that the PDA state is very likely to be at the origin of the MJs and the EB effect.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Physics, Hebei Advanced Thin Films Laboratory, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China)
  2. Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22304258
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 21; 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; ANTIFERROMAGNETISM; ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY; COMPOSITE MATERIALS; FERRITES; GROUND STATES; IRON COMPOUNDS; IRON IONS; IRON OXIDES; MAGNETIC MOMENTS; MAGNETIZATION; SPIN; SPIN GLASS STATE; TRIANGULAR CONFIGURATION