Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 48, Issue 10, pp 3852–3856 | Cite as

Weak ferromagnetic polar phase in the BiFe1−xTixO3 multiferroics

  • V. A. Khomchenko
  • I. O. Troyanchuk
  • V. Sikolenko
  • J. A. Paixão


Neutron powder diffraction and magnetization measurements of selected samples of the BiFe1−xTixO3 series were performed. Ti4+ substitution was shown to induce the appearance of weak ferromagnetism in the initial polar R3c phase stable at x ≤ 0.1. In the concentration range 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1, room-temperature residual magnetization increases from 0 to 0.25 emu/g (the latter is characteristic of the field-induced weak ferromagnetic state in pure BiFeO3). The calculated ferroelectric polarization decreases from ~70 μC/cm2 (x = 0) to ~60 μC/cm2 (x = 0.1) at room temperature. Magnetic ordering coexists with the large spontaneous polarization in a broad temperature range to make the BiFe1−xTixO3 (x → 0.1) perovskites promising for multiferroic applications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. A. Khomchenko
    • 1
  • I. O. Troyanchuk
    • 2
  • V. Sikolenko
    • 3
    • 4
  • J. A. Paixão
    • 1
  1. 1.CEMDRX/Department of PhysicsUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.SSPA “Scientific-Practical Materials Research Center of NAS of Belarus”MinskBelarus
  3. 3.Laboratory for Neutron ScatteringPaul Scherrer InstituteVilligenSwitzerland
  4. 4.Karlsruhe Institute of TechnologyKarlsruheGermany

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