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Keywords:

  • Dielectrics;
  • Ferroelectric materials;
  • Magnetic fields
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A very large drop in dielectric constant upon application of small magnetic fields is observed at room temperature for LuFe2O4 (see figure). Such behavior is unprecedented and indicates a strong coupling of spins and electric dipoles at room temperature. This behavior of LuFe2O4 is apparently related to its ferroelectricity, which occurs through the highly unusual mechanism of Fe2+ and Fe3+ ordering.