Composition induced structural transition and improved magnetic behavior in La substituted BiFeO3 compound

  • Deepika Tripathi
  • Shreeja Pillai
  • Vilas Shelke


We present a detailed study on the structural, electronic, magnetic and dielectric properties of La substituted multiferroic bismuth ferrite. Polycrystalline Bi1 − xLaxFeO3 (0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.3) samples were prepared by conventional solid state reaction method. The Rietveld refinement of x-ray diffraction data and Raman spectroscopy study showed clear indication of emergence of orthorhombic phase. Significant improvement in magnetic properties has been observed owing to the rhombohedral (R3c) to orthorhombic (Pnma) structural transition for 30 mol% La substituted sample. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study confirmed the absence of mixed valency or detectable vacancies. Therefore, the increase in magnetization is the attribute of structural variance. The dielectric behavior showed initial increase in permittivity with La substitution but further decrease with structural change.



The financial support by the Department of Atomic Energy Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to VS, DT, SP respectively is gratefully acknowledged. The authors are thankful to Dr Alok Banerjee, Dr. Mukul Gupta, Dr. Vasant Sathe, Dr. Deshpande and Dr Awasthi of UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Indore for providing characterization facilities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsBarkatullah UniversityBhopalIndia

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