Magnetic and Magnetoelectric Properties of Scandoborate NdSc3(BO3)(4)

Eremin, E., V; Dubrovskii, A. A.; Gudim, I. A.; Titova, V. R.; Merkulov, M., V/ Physics Of The Solid State/

Trigonal neodymium scandoborate NdSc3(BO3)4 single crystals have been grown by the batch flux method using bismuth trimolybdate and their magnetic and magnetoelectric properties have been investigated in the temperature range of 4.2–300 K in magnetic fields of up to 9 T. Magnetically, the compound is a paramagnet and its properties are determined by the magnetic properties of the Nd3+ ion with allowance for the Van Vleck paramagnetic correction. The magnetoelectric polarization value has been found to be comparable with that of the previously investigated diluted neodymium aluminum borate Nd0.35Y0.65Al3(BO3)4. The latter circumstance opens up another subclass of compounds that should exhibit the giant magnetoelectric effect.