We combine neutron powder diffraction and x-ray single-crystal magnetic diffraction at the Eu L 2 edge to scrutinize the magnetic motif of the Eu ions in magnetoelectric EuTiO 3. Our measurements are consistent with an antiferromagnetic G-type pattern with the Eu magnetic moments ordering along the a,b-plane diagonal. Recent reports of a novel transition at 2.75 K with a flop of magnetic moments upon poling the sample in an electric field cannot be confirmed for a nonpoled sample. Our neutron diffraction data do not show any significant change of the structure below the Néel temperature. Magnetoelastic coupling, if present, is therefore expected to be negligible.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2012 Sep 26|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics