Pre-edges in oxygen (1s) x-ray absorption spectra: A spectral indicator for electron hole depletion and transport blocking in iron perovskites

Braun, Artur; Bayraktar, Defne; Erat, Selma; Harvey, Ashley S.; Beckel, Daniel; Purton, John A.; Holtappels, Peter; Gauckler, Ludwig J.; Graule, Thomas
May 2009
Applied Physics Letters;5/18/2009, Vol. 94 Issue 20, p202102
Academic Journal
The eg↑/(t2g↓+eg↓) band ratio in cation-substituted La–Fe oxides is identified in O (1s) x-ray absorption spectra as a linear spectral indicator for conducting electron holes. The t2g↓ and eg↓ bands act as a conductivity inhibitor by ferromagnetic double exchange coupling on the eg↑ electron. Disorder induced by substitution appears to modulate the hole conduction such that an exponential relation is found between the conductivity and the eg↑/(t2g↓+eg↓) ratio and hole concentration. The quantitative correlation of conductivity and x-ray absorption spectra from heterovalent-substituted LaFeO3 lets substitution-driven metal insulator transitions appear in a new light.


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