Here, we report the temperature dependent Raman spectroscopic studies on orthorhombically distorted perovskite YCrO3 over a temperature range of 20-300K. Temperature dependence of DC-magnetization measurements under field cooled and zero field cooled protocols confirmed a Néel transition at TN∼142K. Magnetization isotherms recorded at 125K show a clear loop opening without any magnetization saturation up to 20kOe, indicating a coexistence of antiferromagnetic (AFM) and weak ferromagnetic (WFM) phases. Estimation of exchange constants using mean-field approximation further confirm the presence of a complex magnetic phase below TN. Temperature evolution of Raman line-shape parameters of the selected modes (associated with the octahedral rotation and A(Y)-shift in the unit-cell) reveal an anomalous phonon shift near TN. An additional phonon anomaly was identified at T*∼60K, which could possibly be attributed to the change in the spin dynamics. Moreover, the positive and negative shifts in Raman frequencies between TN and T* suggest competing WFM and AFM interactions. A close match between the phonon frequency of B3g (3)-octahedral rotation mode with the square of sublattice magnetization between TN and T* is indicative of the presence of spin-phonon coupling in multiferroic YCrO3. © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.
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