Non-resonant and resonant X-ray scattering studies on multiferroic TbMn2O5

J. Koo, C. Song, S. Ji, J. S. Lee, J. Park, T. H. Jang, C. H. Yang, J. H. Park, Y. H. Jeong, K. B. Lee, T. Y. Koo, Y. J. Park, J. Y. Kim, D. Wermeille, A. I. Goldman, G. Srajer, S. Park, S. W. Cheong

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Comprehensive x-ray scattering studies, including resonant scattering at Mn L, Tb L, and M edges, were performed on single crystals of TbMn2O5 for crystallographic data to elucidate the nature of its commensurate and incommensurate phases. The scattering results provide direct evidence of symmetry lowering to the ferroelectric phase driven by magnetically induced lattice modulations and show the presence of multiple magnetic orders. The competing orders under spin-frustrated geometry are believed to cause discommensuration and result in the commensurate-to-incommensurate phase transition around 24 K. It is proposed that the low temperature incommensurate phase consists of commensurate domains separated by antiphase domain walls which change both signs of spontaneous polarizations and x-ray scattering amplitudes for forbidden reflections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number197601
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - Nov 8 2007

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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