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dr. Andreas Scaramucci: Structure and Magnetic Order in Multiferroic YBaFeCuO5

When:We 10-12-2014 13:00 - 14:00


Using density functional theory, we investigate the structure and magnetic ordering of the bilayered perovskite multiferroic YBaFeCuO5 (YBFCO). We calculate energies of configurations with various Fe3+/Cu2+ ordering in the YBFCO structure. We find a set of configurations characterized by a specific correlation of Fe3+ and Cu2+ positions, which have energies close to the ground state. The exchange coupling constants for these configurations are compatible with the high-temperature commensurate magnetic ordering but do not explain the experimentally observed low-temperature incommensurate order. Finally, we propose a new mechanism, based on the particular type of magnetic cation disorder in YBFCO, which can induce spin spiral states.