Magnetoelectric effect induced by the delocalised 93mNb state

Y. Cheng*, Z. Y. Guo, Y. L. Liu, Ben-Li Young, C. H. Lee

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We herein report on the density- and temperature-dependent decay of the 93mNb nuclear excited atom and present a simple interpretation of the underlying physics. This anomaly indicates nuclear resonant absorption and delocalisation of the long-lived Mössbauer state in the crystal. A non-linear magnetoelectric response, on low-frequency drive current, appeared in the bulk metal of a high-purity niobium crystal and then disappeared along with the disappearance of delocalised nuclear excitation. Several non-linear resonant peaks, of the order of several hundred Hertz, increased in magnitude with the applied magnetic field, and the central frequencies of these peaks decreased with temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-54
Number of pages12
JournalRadiation Effects and Defects in Solids
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2015


  • Niobium
  • anomalous decay
  • delocalised nuclear excitation
  • long-lived Mössbauer effect
  • magnetoelectric effects
  • neutron activation


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