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TitleSymmetry and magnetic field driven transitions in the 2D triangular lattice compound RbFe(MoO4)2
Author(s)Ribeiro, José Luís Pires
Perez-Mato, J. M.
Frustrated magnets
Phase diagrams
Magnetic superspace groups
Issue date2011
PublisherIOP Publishing
JournalJournal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Abstract(s)The temperature versus magnetic field phase diagram of the 2D triangular lattice and multiferroic compound RbFe(MoO4)2 is analysed from the point of view of symmetry. The paramagnetic space group and its irreducible representations are used in order to obtain the magnetic symmetry of the possible modulated phases and characterize the restrictions imposed by this symmetry on the corresponding magnetic structures. Superspace symmetry is considered in the case of incommensurate phases. It is shown that the experimentally observed phases correspond to different isotropy subgroups originating in the same irreducible representation of the paramagnetic symmetry group. The relevant couplings between the primary transverse spin modulation and the electric polarization, the in-plane magnetization and the secondary longitudinal magnetic modulation are discussed. The mechanisms for the destabilization of the improper ferroelectric chiral phase and the origin of the different orientation of the spins with respect to the external field in the two collinear phases are analysed from a symmetry based perspective.
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