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Imaging of Hybrid-Multiferroic and Translation Domains in a Spin-Spiral Ferroelectric

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  31 January 2011

Dennis Meier
Affiliation:, Universität Bonn, HISKP, 53115, NRW, Germany
Naëmi Leo
Affiliation:, Universität Bonn, HISKP, 53115, Germany
Thomas Lottermoser
Affiliation:, Universität Bonn, HISKP, 53115, NRW, Germany
Petra Becker
Affiliation:, Universität zu Köln, Institut für Kristallographie, Köln, NRW, Germany
Ladislav Bohatý
Affiliation:, Universität zu Köln, Institut für Kristallographie, Köln, NRW, Germany
Manfred Fiebig
Affiliation:, United States
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Two fundamentally different types of domains were resolved in multiferroic MnWO4 by optical second harmonic generation (SHG). Hybrid-multiferroic (absolute) domains reflect the magnetic chirality coupled 1:1 to the spontaneous polarization because of the magnetic origin of the ferroelectric order. Magnetic translation (relative) domains reflect discontinuities in the progression of the magnetic spin spiral. SHG topography is the only experimental method so far allowing one to image both types of domains. The imaging procedure and the SHG contributions involved are therefore discussed in detail.

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