Evidence of the Griffiths phase in multiferroic BiMnO3 and BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3 films

VG Prokhorov, GG Kaminsky, JM Kim, YJ Yoo, YP Lee, VL Svetchnikov, GG Levchenko, YM Nikolaenko

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    Microstructure and magnetic properties of BiMnO3 and BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3 films, prepared by rf magnetron sputtering on LaAlO3 (001) single-crystalline substrate, are investigated. The selected-area electron diffraction analysis allows us to identify the crystal structure of the BiMnO3 film as orthorhombic, while the BiFe0.5Mn0.5O3 film has a hexagonal lattice symmetry. High-resolution electron microscopy study reveals the presence of strip-domain phase with a periodic spacing of about 3c in both films. Magnetic measurements show that in addition to the basic paramagnetic phase the films exhibit Griffiths phase behavior in a wide temperature range. We argue that the observed weak ferromagnetism is due to the strip-domain layered inclusions, rather than intrinsic physical origin of the films.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)413-418
    Number of pages6
    JournalLow Temperature Physics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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