Shear-strain-induced over 90° rotation of local magnetization in FeCoSiB/PMN-PT (011) multiferroic heterostructures

Xinger Zhao, Ren Ci Peng, Zhongqiang Hu, Tiannan Yang, Weixiao Hou, Yuqing Zhou, Tao Li, Qin Du, Yuxin Cheng, Jingen Wu, Zhiguang Wang, Ziyao Zhou, Long Qing Chen, Ming Liu

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Strain-mediated magnetoelectric effect can be utilized as an energy-efficient approach for spin manipulation. However, over 90° magnetization rotation is still challenging in un-patterned magnetic films, as the piezo-strain driven by ferroelectric domain switching is generally uniaxial rather than unidirectional, which limits the developments of non-volatile magnetic memory and logic devices. Here we demonstrate the rotation of local magnetization with a large angle of 136° by applying strains with a shear component at a fixed magnetic field of 45 Oe in FeCoSiB/PMN-PT (011) multiferroic heterostructures, revealed by a vector-resolved quantitative magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) microscopy. Phase-field simulations confirm that the approximate 140° rotation of magnetization vectors is a consequence of the shear strain associated with ferroelectric/ferroelastic switching of PMN-PT (011) substrates. The visualization of over 90° magnetization rotation induced by the strain with a shear component paves the way for deterministic magnetization switching that has important implications in the energy-efficient spintronic devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-503
Number of pages9
JournalActa Materialia
StatePublished - Oct 15 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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