Field-induced reentrant magnetoelectric phase in LiNiPO4

Rasmus Toft-Petersen, Ellen Fogh, Takumi Kihara, Jens Jensen, Katharina Fritsch, Jooseop Lee, Garrett E. Granroth, Matthew B. Stone, David Vaknin, Hiroyuki Nojiri, Niels Bech Christensen

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Abstract

Using pulsed magnetic fields up to 30 T we have measured the bulk magnetization and electrical polarization of LiNiPO4 and have studied its magnetic structure by time-of-flight neutron Laue diffraction. Our data establish the existence of a reentrant magnetoelectric phase between 19 T and 21 T. We show that a magnetized version of the zero field commensurate structure explains the magnetoelectric response quantitatively. The stability of this structure suggests a field-dependent spin anisotropy. Above 21 T, amagnetoelectrically inactive, short-wavelength incommensurate structure is identified. Our results demonstrate the combination of pulsed fields with epithermal neutron Laue diffraction as a powerful method to probe even complex phase diagrams in strong magnetic fields.
Original languageEnglish
Article number064421
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume95
Issue number6
Number of pages8
ISSN2469-9950
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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