The mechanical spectra of Mn-substituted yttrium orthoferrite YFe1-xMnxO3 (x = 0, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) ceramics were performed at kilohertz from 100 to 360 K. Two internal friction (IF) peaks are observed around 150 K and 230 K, respectively, and both the IF peaks exhibit frequency dispersion behavior. The IF peak around 150 K is associated with a step increase in the modulus and its mechanical relaxation rate follows the Vogel-Fulcher relation with τ0 = 4.45 × 10−11s, Eα = 0.03 eV, and TVF = 155 K. This IF peak can be explained in terms of a freezing of oxygen vacancies after excluding the possible magnetic spin glass transition. Another IF peak around 230 K presents a relaxation behavior and it follows Arrhenius law. Furthermore, the relaxation behavior was verified by the dielectric spectrum and it can be ascribed to the charge carrier hopping between Fe2+ and Fe3+.
Study of mechanical and dielectric spectrum in YFe1-xMnxO3 ceramics
Weili Zhu, Ju He, Yaming Jin, Ruixia Ti, Tingting Xu, Chen Yue, Fengzhen Huang, Xiaomei Lu, Feng Yan, Jinsong Zhu; Study of mechanical and dielectric spectrum in YFe1-xMnxO3 ceramics. J. Appl. Phys. 21 January 2014; 115 (3): 033508. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4862301
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