Incommensurate crystal supercell and polarization flop observed in the magnetoelectric ilmeniteMnTiO3 Academic Article uri icon

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  • MnTiO3 has been studied for many decades, but it was only in the last few years that its strong magnetoelectric behavior had been observed. Here, we use neutron scattering on two separately grown single crystals and two powder samples to show the presence of a supercell that breaks R-3 symmetry. We also present the temperature and field dependence of the dielectric constant and pyroelectric current, and show evidence of non-zero off-diagonal magnetoelectric tensor elements (forbidden by R-3 symmetry) followed by a polarization flop accompanying the spin flop transition at {\mu}0HSF = 6.5 T. M\"ossbauer spectroscopy on MnTiO3 gently doped with 57Fe was used to help shed light on the impact of the supercell on the observed behavior. Although the full supercell structure could not be solved at this time due to a lack of visible reflections, the full-scope of the results presented here suggest that the role of local spin-lattice coupling in the magnetoelectric properties of MnTiO3 is likely more important than previously thought.


  • Silverstein, Harlyn J
  • Skoropata, Elizabeth
  • Sarte, Paul M
  • Mauws, Cole
  • Aczel, Adam A
  • Choi, Eun Sang
  • van Lierop, Johan
  • Wiebe, Christopher
  • Zhou, Haidong

publication date

  • February 19, 2016