Theory of magnetic switching of ferroelectricity in spiral magnets

Masahito Mochizuki*, Nobuo Furukawa

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We propose a microscopic theory for magnetic switching of electric polarization (P) in the spin-spiral multiferroics by taking TbMnO3 and DyMnO3 as examples. We reproduce their phase diagrams under a magnetic field Hex by Monte Carlo simulation of an accurate spin model and reveal that competition among the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, spin anisotropy, and spin exchange is controlled by the applied Hex, resulting in magnetic transitions accompanied by reorientation or vanishing of P. We also discuss the relevance of the proposed mechanisms to many other multiferroics such as LiCu2O2, MnWO4, and Ni3V2O4.

Original languageEnglish
Article number187601
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 25
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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