Spin-reorientation and weak ferromagnetism in antiferromagnetic TbMn0.5Fe0.5O3

Hariharan Nhalil, Harikrishnan S. Nair, Sanathkumar R., André M. Strydom, Suja Elizabeth

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Orthorhombic single crystals of TbMn0.5Fe0.5O3 are found to exhibit spin-reorientation, magnetization reversal, and weak ferromagnetism. Strong anisotropy effects are evident in the temperature dependent magnetization measurements along the three crystallographic axes a, b, and c. A broad magnetic transition is visible at T N Fe / Mn = 286 K due to paramagnetic to AxGyCz ordering. A sharp transition is observed at T S R Fe / Mn = 28 K, which is pronounced along c axis in the form of a sharp jump in magnetization where the spins reorient to GxAyFz configuration. The negative magnetization observed below T S R Fe / Mn along c axis is explained in terms of domain wall pinning. A component of weak ferromagnetism is observed in field-scans along c-axis but below 28 K. Field-induced steps-like transitions are observed in hysteresis measurement along b axis below 28 K. It is noted that no sign of Tb-order is discernible down to 2 K. TbMn0.5Fe0.5O3 could be highlighted as a potential candidate to evaluate its magneto-dielectric effects across the magnetic transitions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number173904
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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