A-site ordering and stripe phases in manganite films
Faculty of Sciences. Physics
Physica: B: condensed matter. - Amsterdam
International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems (SCES, 2007), MAY 13-18, 2007, Houston, TX
, p. 1645-1646
University of Antwerp
Insulating and metallic stripes above and below the Curie temperature, T-C, respectively, were observed by a high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and/or spectroscopy (STS) in A-site ordered and macroscopically strain free epitaxial La0.75Ca0.25MnO3 film grown on MgO substrate. The "insulating" stripes were found to be incommensurable to the lattice and aligned along (110) direction. Metallic stripes were commensurable with periodicity 2a(p)similar to 0.8 nm and aligned parallel to the crystallographic a/b-axis. Formation of these stripes involves competing charge, orbital, and lattice orders and is an outcome of an overlapping of electron wave functions mediated by the local lattice-strain distribution, existed even in A-site ordered film due to the difference in cation radii of La and Ca. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.