Degradation of the remanent ferromagnetic state under the action of ferroelectric relaxation processes in Co/(1-x)PMN-xPT/Co hybrids: Possible implications on cryogenic and room-temperature applications

D. Stamopoulos, M. Zeibekis, G. Vertsioti, S. J. Zhang

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Abstract

Low-dimensional hybrid structures of heterogeneous constituents usually exhibit abnormal properties, a fact that makes such hybrids attractive for various cryogenic and room-temperature applications. Here, we studied Co/(1 - x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3/Co (Co/PMN-xPT/Co) with x=0.29 and 0.30, specifically focusing on the evolution of the remanent ferromagnetic state, mrem of the Co outer layers in the whole temperature range from 300K down to 10K, upon application of an external electric field, Eex. We observed that mrem was vulnerable to degradation through the occurrence of electric field-induced magnetic instabilities (EMIs) that appeared only when Eex≠0kV/cm and were facilitated as Eex increases. However, EMIs completely ceased below a characteristic temperature Tces=170K even for the maximum |E ex|=5kV/cm applied in this work. A direct comparison of the magnetization data of the Co/PMN-xPT/Co hybrids reported here with the electromechanical properties of the parent PMN-xPT crystals plausibly indicates that EMIs are motivated by the coupling of the ferromagnetic domains of the Co outer layers with the ferroelectric domains of the PMN-xPT crystal. These results highlight the drawback of EMIs in relevant hybrids and delimit the temperature regime for the reliable operation of the Co/PMN-xPT/Co ones studied here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number084304
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume116
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 28 2014

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