LiNiPO4 is a magneto-electric material, having co-existing antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric phases when suitable magnetic fields are applied at low temperatures. Such systems have received growing interest in recent years, but the nature of the magneticelectric couplings is yet to be fully understand. Hopefully, studying LiNiPO4 will shed further light on the subject, especially since the crystal structure of LiNiPO4 is rather simple compared to most relevant multiferroic materials. Although the study of the magnetic-electric couplings is of main interest to the many scientists guiding me through the last three years, it is not the primary subject of this thesis. The objective of the phD project has been to provide groundwork that may be beneficiary to future studies of LiNiPO4. More specifically, we have mapped out the magnetic HT phase diagram with magnetic fields below 14.7 T applied along the crystallographic c-axis, determined the magnetic structures for the phases in the phase diagram, and have set up a spin model Hamiltonian describing the spin wave dynamics and estimating the relevant magnetic interactions.
Energiteknologier på vej; Risø-PhD-40(EN); Risø-PhD-40; Risø-PhD-0040