Raman studies of spin-phonon coupling in hexagonal BaFe12O 19

Xiang Bai Chen, Nguyen Thi Minh Hien, Kiok Han, Jung Chul Sur, N. H. Sung, B. K. Cho, In Sang Yang

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Phonon softening in hexagonal BaFe12O19 single crystal is observed in temperature dependent polarized Raman spectroscopy. The phonon softening is significantly enhanced below ∼80 K, at which the magnetization in a magnetic field along c-axis shows a clear change in the temperature dependence, indicating a magnetic phase transition near 80 K. Possible interpretations of the anomalous temperature dependence of the phonon frequencies-phonon softening behaviors are discussed. The phonon softening would be correlated to local structural and magnetic phase transition in hexagonal BaFe12O19, in which the spin-phonon coupling would have major contribution for the phonon softening. We also discuss that the spin-phonon coupling would be affected by both the spin ordering and the individual phonon vibration in magnetic material.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013912
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 7 Jul 2013

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The authors gratefully thank Professor G. S. Jeon of Ewha Womans University for discussing possible mechanism of spin-phonon coupling, and Professor K. H. Kim of Seoul National University for providing BaAlO sample for comparison measurements. X. B. Chen acknowledges the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant No. 2010-0022857. I. S. Yang acknowledges the financial support by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2011-0030633). 12 19


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