Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, Volume 116, Number 9 (2016)
Keywords:Colossal magnetoresistance, Electric fields, Electric resistance, Electroresistance, Experimental evidence, FeRh thin films, Magnetic phase transitions, Magnetism, Magnetoelectric couplings, metallic alloys, Modulation, Phase instability, Piezoelectric strain
We report a giant, ∼22%, electroresistance modulation for a metallic alloy above room temperature. It is achieved by a small electric field of 2 kV/cm via piezoelectric strain-mediated magnetoelectric coupling and the resulting magnetic phase transition in epitaxial FeRh/BaTiO3 heterostructures. This work presents detailed experimental evidence for an isothermal magnetic phase transition driven by tetragonality modulation in FeRh thin films, which is in contrast to the large volume expansion in the conventional temperature-driven magnetic phase transition in FeRh. Moreover, all the experimental results in this work illustrate FeRh as a mixed-phase model system well similar to phase-separated colossal magnetoresistance systems with phase instability therein. © 2016 American Physical Society.
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