Kumari, Shalini and Ortega, N. and Kumar, A. and Pavunny, S. P. and Hubbard, J. W. and Rinaldi, C. and Srinivasan, G. and Scott, J. F. and Katiyar, Ram S. (2015) Dielectric anomalies due to grain boundary conduction in chemically substituted BiFeO3. Journal of Applied Physics, 117 (11). 114102-1-114102-13. ISSN 1089-7550

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We describe systematic studies on Nd and Mn co-doped BiFeO3, i.e., (Bi0.95Nd0.05) (Fe0.97Mn0.03)O-3 (BNFM) polycrystalline electroceramics. Raman spectra and X-ray diffraction patterns revealed the formation of rhombohedral crystal structure at room temperature, and ruled out structural changes in BiFeO3 (BFO) after low percentage chemical substitution. Strong dielectric dispersion and a sharp anomaly around 620K observed near the Neel temperature (T-N similar to 643K of BFO) support strong magneto-dielectric coupling, verified by the exothermic peak in differential thermal data. Impedance spectroscopy disclosed the appearance of grain boundary contributions in the dielectric data in the region, and their disappearance just near the Neel temperature suggests magnetically active grain boundaries. The resistive grain boundary components of the BNFM are mainly responsible for magneto-dielectric coupling. Capacitive grain boundaries are not observed in the modulus spectra and the dielectric behavior deviates from the ideal Debye-type. The ac conduction studies illustrate short-range order with ionic translations assisted by both large and small polaron hopping. Magnetic studies indicate that the weak antiferromagnetic phase of BNFM ceramics is dominated by a strong paramagnetic response (unsaturated magnetization even at applied magnetic field of 7 T). The bulk BNFM sample shows a good in-plane magnetoelectric coupling (ME) coefficient.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Applied Physics/Condensed Matter
Depositing User: Dr. Rajpal Walke
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 11:27
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 11:27
URI: http://npl.csircentral.net/id/eprint/1767

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