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Spatially resolved study of electronic transport through grain boundaries in nanostructured films of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3

Kar, Sohini and Sarkar, Jayanta and Ghosh, Barnali and Raychaudhuri, AK (2006) Spatially resolved study of electronic transport through grain boundaries in nanostructured films of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3. In: Physical Review B, 74 (8). 085412-1.

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Abstract

We present an investigation on spatially resolved studies of electronic transport in nanostructured (NS) films of the colossal magnetoresistive material La0.67Sr0.33MnO3. The NS films (thickness approximate to 500 nm) were grown on fused quartz and Si substrates using the chemical solution deposition process. In addition to structural characterization, average transport properties of the films were characterized by conventional resistivity and magnetoresistance measurements (1.5 K < T < 300 K and H <= 10 T). The presence of a large number of natural grain boundaries (GB) makes the electronic transport in NS films markedly different from that seen in epitaxial/textured films of the same material, such as the occurrence of low field magnetoresistance (LFMR) which increases at lower temperatures. The spatially resolved local electronic properties of the NS films as a function of temperature and low magnetic field were investigated by local conductance mapping using a variable temperature scanning tunneling microscope. These measurements reveal the extent of variation of the density of states (DOS) at and close to the Fermi level (E-F) at the grain boundaries and how it evolves as a function of temperature and in a magnetic field. The DOS in the GB region gets depleted as the temperature is reduced below 100 K. This eventually leads to an activated transport in the film below 10 K. We were also able to establish that a part of the LFMR seen in the GB region arises because the DOS of the material in the GB region is enhanced on application of magnetic field.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Physical Society.
Keywords: grain boundaries;nanostructured materials;magnetic thin films;colossal magnetoresistance;scanning tunnelling microscopy;electronic density of states;Fermi level.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2009 07:23
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:59
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/17929

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