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Structural, Magnetic and Dielectric Properties of Magnetoelectric TbMn1-xCuxO3

  • Shishir Ray (a1), Larry Buroker (a2), Mark S Williamsen (a3), Ying Zou (a4), Somaditya Sen (a5) and Prasenjit Guptasarma (a6)...

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TbMnO3 is a multiferroic magnetoelectric material known to simultaneously exhibit antiferromagnetism below 40K and ferroelectricity below 28K in the same crystalline phase [1]. Following interesting results of Cu substitution in LaMn1-yCuyO3 [2, 3], we report a study of TbMn1-x CuxO3 (0 < x < 0.15). We describe here our results of crystal structure refinement, together with measurements of magnetic and dielectric properties in the temperature range 2 - 320 K, and magnetic field 0 - 9 T. We find no major changes in structure or symmetry upon substitution of Cu up to x = 0.15 in TbMn1-x CuxO3. Unlike LaMn1-yCuyO3, which exhibits ferromagnetism with very low values of y, we observe antiferromagnetism at x = 0.15. Our study of dielectric properties as a function of temperature suggests increased lossy behavior upon substitution of Cu at the Mn site. In our temperature dependent studies of tan δ at 1 kHz, we observe a well-defined step-like feature near 120K in both pure and substituted samples, possibly ascribable to a change in carrier mobility, or a dielectric-relaxation process mediated by ordered oxygen vacancies [4, 5], which we will continue to study.

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Structural, Magnetic and Dielectric Properties of Magnetoelectric TbMn1-xCuxO3

  • Shishir Ray (a1), Larry Buroker (a2), Mark S Williamsen (a3), Ying Zou (a4), Somaditya Sen (a5) and Prasenjit Guptasarma (a6)...

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