Giant Effect of Uniaxial Pressure on Magnetic Domain Populations in Multiferroic Bismuth Ferrite

Ramazanoglu M. K. , RATCLIFF W., YI H. T. , Sirenko A. A. , CHEONG S., KIRYUKHIN V.

PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, vol.107, no.6, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 107 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1103/physrevlett.107.067203
  • Title of Journal : PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS


Neutron diffraction is used to show that small (similar to 7 MPa, or 70 bar) uniaxial pressure produces significant changes in the populations of magnetic domains in a single crystal of 2% Nd-doped bismuth ferrite. The magnetic easy plane of the domains converted by the pressure is rotated 60 degrees relative to its original position. These results demonstrate extreme sensitivity of the magnetic properties of multiferroic bismuth ferrite to tiny (less than 10(-4)) elastic strain, as well as weakness of the forces pinning the domain walls between the cycloidal magnetic domains in this material.