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Spin Amplitude Modulation Driven Magnetoelectric Coupling in the New Multiferroic FeTe2O5Br

The magnetic and ferroelectric properties of the layered geometrically frustrated cluster compound FeTe2O5Br were investigated with single-crystal neutron diffraction and dielectric measurements. An incommensurate transverse amplitude modulated magnetic order with the wave vector q = (1/2, 0.463, 0) develops below T-N = 10.6(2) K. Simultaneously, a ferroelectric order due to exchange striction involving polarizable Te4+ lone-pair electrons develops perpendicular to q and to Fe3+ magnetic moments. The observed magnetoelectric coupling is proposed to originate from the temperature dependent phase difference between neighboring amplitude modulation waves.

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