Low-temperature ferroelectric phase and magnetoelectric coupling in underdoped La2CuO4+x
Petrovic, A. P.
Andersen, B. M.
Headings, N. S.
Hayden, S. M.
Argyriou, D. N.
Date of Issue2012
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences
We report the discovery of ferroelectricity below 4.5 K in highly underdoped La2CuO4+x accompanied by slow charge dynamics which develop below T ∼ 40 K. An anisotropic magnetoelectric response has also been observed, indicating considerable spin-charge coupling in this lightly doped parent high-temperature copper-oxide superconductor. The ferroelectric state is proposed to develop from polar nanoregions, in which spatial inversion symmetry is locally broken due to nonstoichiometric carrier doping.
DRNTU::Science::Physics::Electricity and magnetism
Physical review B
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