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Relativistic nature of a magnetoelectric modulus of Cr2O3 crystals: A four-dimensional pseudoscalar and its measurement

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Hehl, Friedrich W.
Obukhov, Yuri N.
Published in Physical Review. A. 2008, vol. 77, no. 2, p. 022106
Abstract The magnetoelectric effect of chromium sesquioxide Cr2O3 has been determined experimentally as a function of temperature. One measures the electric field-induced magnetization on Cr2O3 crystals or the magnetic field-induced polarization. From the magnetoelectric moduli of Cr2O3 we extract a four-dimensional relativistic invariant pseudoscalar alpha-tilde. It is temperature dependent and of the order of ~10−4/Z0, with Z0 as vacuum impedance. We show that the new pseudoscalar is odd under parity transformation and odd under time inversion. Moreover, alpha-tilde is for Cr2O3 what Tellegen's gyrator is for two port theory, the axion field for axion electrodynamics, and the PEMC (perfect electromagnetic conductor) for electrical engineering.
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HEHL, Friedrich W. et al. Relativistic nature of a magnetoelectric modulus of Cr2O3 crystals: A four-dimensional pseudoscalar and its measurement. In: Physical Review. A, 2008, vol. 77, n° 2, p. 022106. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:803

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