Magnetic and magnetodielectric properties of erbium iron garnet ceramicMagnetic and magnetodielectric properties of erbium iron garnet ceramic
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Electron microscopy for materials research (EMAT)
2013New York, N.Y. :American Institute of Physics, 2013
Journal of applied physics / American Institute of Physics. - New York, N.Y., 1937, currens
113(2013):3, p. 1-5
University of Antwerp
An Er3Fe5O12 ceramic has been sintered in oxygen atmosphere at 1400 °C for dielectric measurements. Its structural quality at room temperature has been checked by combining transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. It crystallizes in the cubic space group Ia3d with a = 12.3488(1). The dielectric permittivity ([variant_greek_epsilon]′) and losses (tan δ) measurements as a function of temperature reveal the existence of two anomalies, a broad one between 110 K and 80 K, attributed to the Er3+ spin reorientation, and a second sharper feature at about 45 K associated to the appearance of irreversibility on the magnetic susceptibility curves. In contrast to the lack of magnetic field impact on [variant_greek_epsilon]′ for the former anomaly, a complex magnetic field effect has been evidenced below 45 K. The isothermal [variant_greek_epsilon]′(H) curves show the existence of positive magnetodielectric effect, reaching a maximum of 0.14% at 3 T and 10 K. Its magnitude decreases as H is further increased. Interestingly, for the lowest H values, a linear regime in the [variant_greek_epsilon]′(H) curve is observed. From this experimental study, it is concluded that the [variant_greek_epsilon]′ anomaly, starting above the compensation temperature Tc (75 K) and driven by the internal magnetic field, is not sensitive to an applied external magnetic field. Thus, below 45 K, it is the magnetic structure which is responsible for the coupling between spin and charge in this iron garnet.