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Electronic phase separation and other novel phenomena and properties exhibited by mixed-valent rare-earth manganites and related materials

Shenoy, Vijay B and Rao, CNR (2008) Electronic phase separation and other novel phenomena and properties exhibited by mixed-valent rare-earth manganites and related materials. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 366 (1862). pp. 63-82.

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Abstract

Transition metal oxides, such as the mixed-valent rare-earth manganites $Ln_{(1-x)}AxMnO_3$ (Ln, rare-earth ion, and A, alkaline-earth ion), show a variety of electronic orders with spatially correlated charge, spin and orbital arrangements, which in turn give rise to many fascinating phenomena and properties. These materials are also electronically inhomogeneous, i.e. they contain disjoint spatial regions with different electronic orders. Not only do we observe signatures of such electronic phase separation in a variety of properties, but we can also observe the different ‘phases’ visually through different types of imaging. We discuss various experiments pertaining to electronic orders and electronic inhomogeneities in the manganites and present a discussion of theoretical approaches to their understanding. It is noteworthy that the mixed-valent rare-earth cobaltates of the type $Ln_{(1-x)}AxCoO_3$ also exhibit electronic inhomogeneities just as the manganites.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to The Royal Society.
Keywords: Rare-earth cobaltates;Rare-earth manganites;Electronic phase separation;Charge-ordering.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:42
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/13092

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