Observation of nonreciprocal magnetoelectric x-ray scattering in magnetite

M. Matsubara, Y. Shimada, T. Arima, Y. Taguchi, Y. Tokura

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We report the observation of nonreciprocal magnetoelectric x-ray scattering (MEXS) in globally centrosymmetric crystal of magnetite (Fe3O4). At the (222) Bragg reflection, resonant MEXS was observed around the pre-edge region of Fe K absorption. This unique scattering, being distinct from conventional magnetic or charge scattering, originates from an interference between electric dipole and electric quadrupole E1-E2 transition matrix elements at the spinel A site with locally broken inversion symmetry (Td). The present results imply the possible application of MEXS to a broad class of materials with locally lacking inversion symmetry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number220404
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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