Structural features associated with multiferroic behavior in the RX3(BO3)4 system

H. Zhang, S. Liu, C. S. Nelson, L. N. Bezmaternykh, Y. S. Chen, S. G. Wang, R. P.S.M. Lobo, K. Page, M. Matsuda, D. M. Pajerowski, T. J. Williams, T. A. Tyson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


The magnetoelectric effect in the RX3(BO3)4 system (R = Ho, Eu, Sm, Nd, Gd; X = Fe, Al) varies significantly with the cation R despite very similar structural arrangements. Our structural studies reveal a symmetry reducing tilting of the BO3 planes and of the FeO6 polyhedra in the systems exhibiting low magnetic field induced electric polarization. Neutron scattering measurements reveal a lack of magnetic ordering indicating the primary importance of the atomic structure in the multiferroic behavior of this system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number505704
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number50
StatePublished - Sep 30 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


  • crystal structure
  • ferroelectric
  • magnetoelectric
  • multiferroic
  • spin-lattice coupling


Dive into the research topics of 'Structural features associated with multiferroic behavior in the RX3(BO3)4 system'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this