TEM studies of domain formation mechanisms in MnV2O4

Y. Murakami, Y. Nii, T. Arima, D. Shindo, K. Yanagisawa, A. Tonomura

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Crystallographic and magnetic domains produced in a spinel-type compound MnV2O4, which exhibits a type of giant magnetostriction attributed to twin boundary motion, have been studied using transmission electron microscopy techniques. Although MnV2O4 undergoes a displacive cubic-to-tetragonal transformation upon cooling, it does not show a well-defined habit plane (i.e. the plane with a specific index that is favored for minimizing the transformation) due to the small elongation/contraction in the lattice. Electron holography demonstrates a considerable reduction in the magnetic signal by cooling the tetragonal phase to 40 K. Despite the elimination of micrometer-scale ferrimagnetic domains, weak magnetic contrast still remained, indicating small residual magnetic domains in particular portions, such as in the crosshatch of twinning pairs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S731-S735
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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