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Titolo: Magnetic properties of pseudomorphic epitaxial films of Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 under different biaxial tensile stresses
Data di pubblicazione: 2010
Abstract: In order to analyze the effect of strain on the magnetic properties of narrow-band manganites, temperature- and field-dependent susceptibilities of about 8.5-nm-thick epitaxial Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 films, respectively, grown on (001) and (110) SrTiO3 substrates, have been compared. For ultrathin samples grown on (001) SrTiO3, a bulklike cluster-glass magnetic behavior is found, indicative of the possible coexistence of antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic phases. On the contrary, ultrathin films grown on (110) substrates show a robust ferromagnetism with a strong spontaneous magnetization of about 3.4μB/Mn atom along the easy axis. On the base of high-resolution reciprocal space mapping analyses performed by x-ray diffraction, the different behaviors are discussed in terms of the crystallographic constraints imposed by the epitaxy of Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3 on SrTiO3. We suggest that for growth on (110) SrTiO3, the tensile strain on the film c axis, lying within the substrate plane, favors the ferromagnetic phase, possibly by allowing a mixed occupancy and hybridization of both in-plane and out-of-plane eg orbitals. Our data allow to shed some physics of inhomogeneous states in manganites and on the nature of their ferromagnetic insulating state.
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