Magnetoelectric coupling in the type-I multiferroic ScFeO3

G. Giovannetti, D. Puggioni, P. Barone, S. Picozzi, J. M. Rondinelli, M. Capone

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We investigate the electronic structure and the ferroelectric properties of the recently discovered multiferroic ScFeO3 by means of ab initio calculations. The 3d manifold of Fe in the half-filled configuration naturally favors an antiferromagnetic ordering, with a theoretical estimate of the antiferromagnetic Néel temperature in good agreement with the experimental values. We find that the inversion symmetry breaking is driven by the off-centering of Sc atoms, which results in a large ferroelectric polarization of ∼105 μC/cm2. Surprisingly the ferroelectric polarization is sensitive to the local magnetization of the Fe atoms resulting in a large negative magnetoelectric interaction. This behavior is unexpected in type-I multiferroic materials because the magnetic and ferroelectric orders are of different origins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number195116
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number19
StatePublished - 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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