Space-Modulated Structures in BiFeO3 Films
In this work, we explore the properties of antiferromagnetic cycloid and the phase transitions between commensurate and incommensurate magnetic states in epitaxial BiFeO3 film. Additional magnetic anisotropy induced by strain effects in the films allocates cycloids with the definite directions of spin rotation. Peculiar feature of the cycloids propagating in the films whose symmetry is different from the single crystals is the orientation of spin rotational plane that does not contain electric polarization in contrast with the bulk materials. We construct a diagram of phase transitions induced by magnetic field applied along normal to the surface and show considerable decrease of the strength of magnetic field destroying cycloid in films compared with the bulk.