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Piezomagnetism is a phenomenon observed in some antiferromagnetic crystals. It is characterised by a linear coupling between the system's magnetic polarisation and mechanical strain. In a piezomagnetic, one may induce a spontaneous magnetic moment by applying physical stress, or a physical deformation by applying a magnetic field.

Piezomagnetism differs from the related property of magnetostriction; if an applied magnetic field is reversed in direction, the strain produced changes signs. Additionally, a non-zero piezomagnetic moment can be produced by mechanical strain alone, at zero field, which is not true of magnetostriction.[1] According to IEEE: "Piezomagnetism is the linear magnetomechanical effect analogous to the linear electromechanical effect of piezoelectricity. Similarly, magnetostriction and electrostriction are analogous second-order effects. These higher-order effects can be represented as effectively first-order when variations in the system parameters are small compared with the initial values of the parameters".[2]

The piezomagnetic effect is made possible by an absence of certain symmetry elements in a crystal structure; specifically, symmetry under time reversal forbids the property.[3]

The first experimental observation of piezomagnetism was made in 1960, in the fluorides of cobalt and manganese.[4]

The strongest piezomagnet known is uranium dioxide, with magnetoelastic memory switching at magnetic fields near 180,000 Oe.[5]


  1. ^ B. D. Cullity (1971), Fundamentals of magnetostriction. Journal of Metals 1, 323.
  2. ^ IEEE Std 319-1990 (1991), IEEE Standard on Magnetostrictive Materials: Piezomagnetic Nomenclature.
  3. ^ I. E. Dzialoshinskii (1958), The problem of piezomagnetism. Soviet Phys. JETP 6, 621.
  4. ^ A.S. Borovik-Romanov (1960), Piezomagnetism in the antiferromagnetic fluorides of cobalt and manganese. Soviet Phys. JETP 11, 786.
  5. ^ M. Jaime et al. (2017), Piezomagnetism and magnetoelastic memory in uranium dioxide. Nature Communications 8, 99.