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Title: Oxygen octahedra distortion induced structural and magnetic phase transitions in Bi{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}Fe{sub 1−x}Mn{sub x}O{sub 3} ceramics

The co-doping of Ca and Mn in respective Bi and Fe-sites of BiFeO{sub 3} lattice leads to structural transition from rhombohedral (R3c space group) to orthorhombic (Pbnm space group) crystal symmetry. The tilt angle for anti-phase rotation of the oxygen octahedra of BiFeO{sub 3} at room temperature is observed to be ∼13.8°. It decreases with the increase in the co-doping percentage which suggests the composition-driven structural phase transition. The remnant magnetization for sample with 15% of co-doping becomes about 16 times that of BiFeO{sub 3}. It may be attributed to the suppression of cycloid spin structure and uncompensated spins at the surface of nanocrystallites. Further increase in co-doping percentage results in the sharp reduction of remnant magnetization due to the dominant contribution from the collinear antiferromagnetic ordering in the Pbnm space group. The Arrott plot analysis clearly indicates the composition-driven crossover from the antiferromagnetic to weak ferromagnetic ordering and vice versa. Electron spin resonance results provide the evidence for the composition-driven phase transitions from an incommensurate spin cycloidal modulated state to one with nearly homogeneous spin order. The band gap (2.17 eV) of BiFeO{sub 3} measured using UV-Vis spectra was supported by the resonance Raman spectra.
Authors:
;  [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, Patna 800013 (India)
  2. Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781039 (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22410215
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 117; Journal Issue: 19; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; BISMUTH COMPOUNDS; CALCIUM COMPOUNDS; CERAMICS; CRYSTALS; ELECTRON SPIN RESONANCE; EV RANGE; FERRITES; MAGNETIZATION; MANGANESE COMPOUNDS; ORTHORHOMBIC LATTICES; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; RAMAN SPECTRA; SURFACES; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0273-0400 K; TRIGONAL LATTICES; ULTRAVIOLET SPECTRA; VISIBLE SPECTRA