High-pressure structural stability of multiferroic hexagonal RMnO 3 (R=Y, Ho, Lu)

P. Gao, Z. Chen, T. A. Tyson, T. Wu, K. H. Ahn, Z. Liu, R. Tappero, S. B. Kim, S. W. Cheong

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Structural changes in RMnO3 (R= Y, Ho, Lu) under high pressure were examined by synchrotron x-ray diffraction methods at room temperature. Compression occurs more readily in the ab plane than along the c axis. With increased pressure, a pressure-induced hexagonal to orthorhombic phase transition was observed starting at ∼22 GPa for Lu(Y)MnO3. When the pressure is increased to 35 GPa, a small volume fraction of Lu(Y)MnO 3 is converted to the orthorhombic phase and the orthorhombic phase is maintained on pressure release. High-pressure infrared absorption spectroscopy and Mn K-edge near-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy confirm that the hexagonal P63cm structure is stable below ∼20 GPa and the environment around the Mn ion is not changed. Shifts in the unoccupied p-band density of states with pressure are observed in the Mn K-edge spectra. A schematic pressure-temperature phase diagram is given for the small ion RMnO3 system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number224113
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 27 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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