Pressure-induced commensurate phase with potential giant polarization in YMn$_2$O$_5$

M. Deutsch 1, 2 T.C. Hansen 3 M. T. Fernández-Díaz 3 A. Forget 4 D. Colson 4 F. Porcher 2 I. Mirebeau 2, *
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4 LNO - Laboratoire Nano-Magnétisme et Oxydes
SPEC - UMR3680 - Service de physique de l'état condensé, IRAMIS - Institut Rayonnement Matière de Saclay
Abstract : We have studied multiferroic YMn$_2$O$_5$ by high-pressure neutron diffraction in a large pressure range from 0.5 to 6.3 GPa. We observe a pressure-induced commensurate (PCM) phase with a propagation vector ($1\over 2$0$1\over 2$) that is different from those observed at ambient pressure. It coexists with the ambient pressure phases up to the highest pressure, with an increased contribution as the pressure increases. The PCM phase, which is likely generic in the RMn$_2$O$_5$ family, should be taken into account to understand the strong variation of the electric polarization under pressure.
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M. Deutsch, T.C. Hansen, M. T. Fernández-Díaz, A. Forget, D. Colson, et al.. Pressure-induced commensurate phase with potential giant polarization in YMn$_2$O$_5$. Physical Review B : Condensed matter and materials physics, American Physical Society, 2015, 92, pp.060410(R). ⟨10.1103/PhysRevB.92.060410 ⟩. ⟨cea-01349777⟩

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