We present temperature-dependent x-ray diffraction and temperature- and field-dependent Raman scattering studies of single-crystal Mn3O4, which reveal the magnetostructural phases that evolve in the spinels due to the interplay between strong spin-orbital coupling, geometric frustration, and applied magnetic field. We present evidence that the magnetoelastic and magnetodielectric behavior in this material is governed by magnetic-field- controlled tetragonal-to-monoclinic phase changes. Most interestingly, for an applied field transverse to the ferrimagnetic ordering direction, H [11̄0], we find evidence for a field-tuned quantum phase transition to a tetragonal spin-disordered phase, indicating that a structurally symmetric, spin frustrated phase can be recovered at T∼0 for intermediate transverse fields in Mn3O4.
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