Enhancement of magnetic and electrical properties in Sc substituted BiFeO3 multiferroic

Durga Rao, T and A, Kumari and Niranjan, Manish K and Asthana, Saket (2014) Enhancement of magnetic and electrical properties in Sc substituted BiFeO3 multiferroic. Physica B: Condensed Matter, 448. pp. 267-272. ISSN 0921-4526

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Polycrystalline BiFe1-xScxO3 (x=0, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.15) compounds are prepared using solid state reaction. The XRD patterns show that all compounds are crystallized in rhombohedral structure with R3c space group. An induced weak ferromagnetism in Sc substituted BiFeO 3 due to suppression of spiral modulated spin structure is revealed. In addition, a spin glass like behaviour is observed from the zero field cooled (ZFC) and field cooled (FC) magnetization curves in the low temperature region. Further, the coupling between the ferroelectric and (anti) ferromagnetic orders is evident from the appearance of anomaly in the dielectric data near the magnetic Néel temperature (373 °C). The reduction of oxygen vacancies due to Sc substitution is evident from the ac conductivity data and the suppressed anomaly in dielectric data at 220 °C. The temperature dependence of ac conductivity is consistent with correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model. The temperature dependent ac conductivity and activation energies indicate that electronic conduction, oxygen vacancies movement and creation of defects are the prime contributors to the ac conductivity in measured temperature regions. The improved magnetic and electrical properties due to the structural modification are prominent for novel device applications.

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Asthana, Sakethttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-6420-3304
Niranjan, Manish KUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ac conductivity; Activation energy; Antiferromagnetic; Multiferroics
Subjects: Physics
Divisions: Department of Physics
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 09:09
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2017 09:48
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/1048
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physb.2014.03.055
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0921-4526/
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