Large two-magnon Raman hysteresis observed in a magnetically uncompensated hematite coating across the morin transition



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López Sánchez, Jesús and Campo, Adolfo del and Román sánchez, Sara and Rodríguez de la Fuente, Óscar and Carmona Tejero, Noemí and Serrano, Aída (2022) Large two-magnon Raman hysteresis observed in a magnetically uncompensated hematite coating across the morin transition. Coatings, 12 (4). ISSN 2079-6412

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A temperature-dependent Raman experiment between 80 and 600 K was performed in a nanoparticulated coating of single-phase hematite grown on a silica substrate. In that range, a thermal Raman shift hysteresis was identified in the vibrational modes that accompanies the Morin transition, observing large effects in the two-magnon Raman frequency position and in its relative intensity. Interestingly, no decrease in coercivity occurs when the hematite crosses the Morin transition below 230 K. The spin-flop processes produced in the coating leads to a strong decompensation of the surface spins, generating a ferromagnetic component over the whole temperature range studied. Such unusual effects might be promoted by a certain degree of structural disorder and the stresses produced by the nanoparticulation growth approach of the hematite coating. As a result, a high stability of the two-magnon excitation is obtained over a wide temperature range and considerable advances are made for the development of spintronic devices based on semiconductor antiferromagnetic materials.

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The present work has been supported by the Ministerio Español de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) through the projects PIE-2010-OE-013-200014, PIE 2021-60-E-030, and RTI2018-095303-A-C52. A.S. acknowledges financial support from the program “Atracción de Talento Investigador” Contract (2017-t2/IND5395, Comunidad de Madrid).

Uncontrolled Keywords:Oxide; Scattering; Films; Temperature; Alpha-Fe_2O_3; Coercivity; Pressure; Epsilon; Light; Metal; Nanoparticulated hematite coating; Confocal Raman microscopy; Two-magnon interaction; Morin transition; Thermal hysteresis
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Materials
Sciences > Physics > Solid state physics
ID Code:72144
Deposited On:23 May 2022 17:13
Last Modified:24 May 2022 06:49

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