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

Helimagnets by disorder: its role in the high-T$_S$ spiral magnet YBaCuFeO$_5$

Mar 22, 2023, 5:40 PM
MW 2 001 - Lecture hall (Fakultät für Maschinenwesen)

MW 2 001 - Lecture hall

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Talk (17 + 3 min) Magnetism, Superconductivity, Topological Systems, Magnetic Thin Films an other electronic phenomena Bulk Magnetism 1


Dr Arnau Romaguera (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC))


Most of the spiral magnetoelectric multiferroics investigated in recent years are geometrically or exchange frustrated magnets with low magnetic transition temperatures. The exceptional stability of the spiral magnetic order (at T$_S$) in the layered structure of YBaCuFeO$_5$ [1,2] involves a non-conventional mechanism (“spiral order by disorder”) theoretically developed by Scaramucci et al. [3]. Using neutrons we have investigated the impact of tuning frustration through B-site disorder (n$_d$) on the magnetic spiral phase in the reference compound YBaCuFeO$_5$ [4] The influence of disorder (and only disorder) on the magnetic phase diagram is studied on a quantitative basis. The interplay between disorder, stability and the detailed features of the incommensurate spiral magnetic orders has been investigated in samples of identical composition, spanning a wide range of n$_d$ values. Three different regimes are distinguished in the YBaCuFeO$_5$ phase diagram versus disorder, which set limits to T$_S$ and the cycloidal component of the helicoidal order [4,5]. This layered structure appears as a very efficient realization of the new avenue to supply functional helimagnets at normal working temperatures.

[1] M. Morin et al. Nat. Commun. 7, 13758 (2016).
[2] T. Shang et al., Sci. Adv. 4, eaau6386 (2018).
[3] A. Scaramucci et al., Phys. Rev. Research. 2, 013273 (2020); Phys. Rev. X 8, 011005 (2018).
[4] A. Romaguera et al., Phys. Rev. Research (2022) (accepted, in press).
[5] X. Zhang et al., Acta Mater. 206, 116608 (2021); J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 551, 169165 (2022).

Primary authors

Dr Arnau Romaguera (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC)) Dr Xiaodong Zhang (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC)) Ms Ruyong Li (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC)) Dr Oscar Fabelo (Institut Laue-Langevin) Dr Javier Blasco (Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón (CSIC-Univ. de Zaragoza)) Jose Luis Garcia-Muñoz (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC).)

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