We show that low field magnetoelectric (ME) properties of helimagnets Ba0.5Sr1.5Zn2(Fe1-xAlx)12O22 can be efficiently tailored by the Al-substitution level. As x increases, the critical magnetic field for switching electric polarization is systematically reduced from ∼1T down to ∼1mT, and the ME susceptibility is greatly enhanced to reach a giant value of 2.0×104ps/m at an optimum x=0.08. We find that control of the nontrivial orbital moment in the octahedral Fe sites through the Al substitution is crucial for fine-tuning the magnetic anisotropy and obtaining the conspicuously improved ME characteristics.
|Journal||Physical review letters|
|Publication status||Published - 2010 Jan 21|
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)