Effects of high pressure exceeding 10 GPa on spin-driven ferroelectricity were investigated for a multiferroic, triangular-lattice antiferromagnet (TLA), CuCrO2. For this purpose, we developed a system which enables us to measure ferroelectric polarization under a pressure of 10 GPa by using a diamond anvil cell. We found that the magnetic transition temperature accompanying the ferroelectric one in CuCrO2 was remarkably enhanced by applying pressure. The result is simply explained by considering the pressure-induced enhancement of inter- and/or intralayer magnetic interaction due to the compression of the lattice. In addition, the coercive electric field for the polarization reversal was also increased with increasing pressure, while the amplitude of the ferroelectric polarization was steeply suppressed at around 8 GPa. A possible origin of the observed pressure effects on the ferroelectric property in the multiferroic TLA is discussed in terms of a ferroelectric- antiferroelectric transition and structural domain rearrangement by uniaxial stress.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2013 Mar 4|