Mar 20 – 23, 2023
Campus Garching
Europe/Berlin timezone

Magnetism of pure and Fe-doped multiferroic CoCr2O4 thin films under strain

Mar 20, 2023, 3:00 PM
SCC/0-002 - Taurus 1&2 (Galileo)

SCC/0-002 - Taurus 1&2


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Talk (17 + 3 min) Magnetism, Superconductivity, Topological Systems, Magnetic Thin Films an other electronic phenomena Magnetic Thin Films & Nano


Thomas Saerbeck (Institut Laue-Langevin)


Mutliferroic materials are under investigation due to the prospect of controlling the magnetic state with electrical potentials or vice versa. We present an investigation of thin film multifferroic CoCr$_2$O$_4$ (CCO) in pure and Fe-doped form grown with different crystallographic orientation and strain on either MgAl$_2$O$_4$(001) (MAO) or Al$_2$O$_3$(0001) (ALO) substrates. Bulk CCO shows a ferrimagnetic transition temperature at about 95 K with 0.08 $\mu_\text{B}$/f.u. and a transition into a conical spin state with multiferroic character at 26 K [1]. The doping with Fe leads to different sublattice magnetizations, magnetic compensation and increased transition temperatures [2].
Both substrates accommodate epitaxial growth of CCO, while the lattice mismatch of about 3% leads to a compressive strain. CCO on MAO follows the orientation of the substrate with a (001) film normal. The oxygen sublattice match of the (0001) ALO plane leads to a (111) growth. Polarized neutron reflectometry, in combination with several complementary techniques, is used to investigate the chemical and magnetic morphology as a function of depth. The measurements reveal a homogeneous magnetization profile with a magnetization 0.18 $\mu_\text{B}$/f.u. at 2 K, which is higher than reported magnetizations in bulk. Despite the large strain, the substrate interfaces are sharp and structural and magnetic effects do not exceed 5 nm. We will compare these results to the magnetization behavior of thin film Fe-doped CCO.
[1] Y. Yamasaki et al. PRL 96, 207204 (2006).
[2] R. Padam et al. APL 102, 112412 (2013).

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Thomas Saerbeck (Institut Laue-Langevin)


Prof. Chi-Wah Leung (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) Prof. Johan van Lierop (The University of Manitoba) Prof. Ko-Wei Lin (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) Dr Rachel Nickel (The University of Manitoba)

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