Anisotropic-strain-induced antiferromagnetic-insulating state with strong phase instability in epitaxial (La0.8Pr0.2)0.67Ca0.33MnO3 films

Zhang, F. H.; Huang, Z.; Gao, G. Y.; Chen, P. F.; Wang, L. F.; Tan, X. L.; Wu, W. B.
February 2010
Applied Physics Letters;2/8/2010, Vol. 96 Issue 6, p062507
Academic Journal
We grow epitaxial (La0.8Pr0.2)0.67Ca0.33MnO3 films simultaneously on the lattice-closely-matched substrates, cubic (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 [LSAT(001)] and orthorhombic NdGaO3 [NGO(001) and NGO(110)]. While all as-grown films show a ferromagnetic-metallic (FM) ground state as observed for the bulk target, the annealed films show quite different magnetotransport behavior as follows: on NGO(110) they show a robust FM ground state, on LSAT(001) and NGO(001) however, they show surprisingly a coexisted antiferromagnetic insulating state with high phase instability in a wide temperature range. The phase coexistence being easily induced via the control of anisotropic epitaxial strain suggests that the phase separation in manganites could be elastically driven, and thus can be strain-engineered for devices applications.


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