Magnetic-field control of electric polarization in a helimagnetic haxaferrite Ba2Mg2Fe12O22

S. Ishiwata, Y. Taguchi, H. Murakawa, Y. Onose, Y. Tokura

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A Y-type hexaferrite Ba2Mg2Fe12O 22 undergoes a transition to a proper-screw type helimagnetic structure with a propagation vector k0 [001] at 195 K, below which the system shows field-induced successive transitions under magnetic fields up to 1 T. Magnetization measurements also indicate the presence of the conical spin structure at low magnetic fields (∼ 10 mT) below about 50 K. We report on the magnetic control of the electric polarization in Ba2Mg 2Fe12O22 with using the linearly oscillating fields up to 1 T at 5 K. The polarization vector can be cyclically reversed by weak magnetic fields of 30 mT. In addition, the polarization vector is repeatedly reversed without significant decay even by applying fields of ± 1 T, which suggests that the sense of the spin helix is somehow conserved in the process of the field-induced phase transitions. We propose that the conical spin structure carries the polarization vector upon the reversal of magnetic field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042073
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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