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Influence of the triangular Mn-O breathing mode on magnetic ordering in multiferroic hexagonal manganites

Tara Niamh Tosic1*, Quintin Noël Meier2, Nicola Ann Spaldin1

1 Materials Theory, ETH Zürich, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 27, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland

2 Université Grenoble Alpes, CEA, LITEN, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble, France

* Corresponding authors emails: tara.tosic@mat.ethz.ch
DOI10.24435/materialscloud:qf-c9 [version v1]

Publication date: Jan 17, 2023

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Tara Niamh Tosic, Quintin Noël Meier, Nicola Ann Spaldin, Influence of the triangular Mn-O breathing mode on magnetic ordering in multiferroic hexagonal manganites, Materials Cloud Archive 2023.11 (2023), doi: 10.24435/materialscloud:qf-c9.


We use a combination of symmetry analysis, phenomenological modeling, and first-principles density functional theory to explore the interplay between the magnetic ground state and the detailed atomic structure in the hexagonal rare-earth manganites. We find that the magnetic ordering is sensitive to a breathing mode distortion of the Mn and O ions in the ab plane, which is described by the K1 mode of the high-symmetry structure. Our density functional calculations of the magnetic interactions indicate that this mode particularly affects the single-ion anisotropy and the interplanar symmetric exchanges. By extracting the parameters of a magnetic model Hamiltonian from our first-principles results, we develop a phase diagram to describe the magnetic structure as a function of the anisotropy and exchange interactions. This in turn allows us to explain the dependence of the magnetic ground state on the identity of the rare-earth ion and on the K1 mode. The attached files contain VASP input files and bash scripts for running all the DFT calculations in the manuscript.

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2023.11 (version v1) [This version] Jan 17, 2023 DOI10.24435/materialscloud:qf-c9