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Phase Transition and Anomalous Low Temperature Ferromagnetic Phase in Pr0.6Sr0.4MnO3 Single Crystals

Roessler, S and Harikrishnan, S and Kumar, CM Naveen and Bhat, HL and Elizabeth, Suja and Roessler, UK and Steglich, F and Wirth, S (2009) Phase Transition and Anomalous Low Temperature Ferromagnetic Phase in Pr0.6Sr0.4MnO3 Single Crystals. In: Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism, 22 (2). pp. 205-208.

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Abstract

We report on the magnetic and electrical properties of Pr0.6Sr0.4MnO3 single crystals. This compound undergoes a continuous paramagnetic-ferromagnetic transition with a Curie temperature T C∼301 K and a first-order structural transition at T S∼64 K. At T S, the magnetic susceptibility exhibits an abrupt jump, and a corresponding small hump is seen in the resistivity. The critical behavior of the static magnetization and the temperature dependence of the resistivity are consistent with the behavior expected for a nearly isotropic ferromagnet with short-range exchange belonging to the Heisenberg universality class. The magnetization (M–H) curves below T S are anomalous in that the virgin curve lies outside the subsequent M–H loops. The hysteretic structural transition at T S as well as the irreversible magnetization processes below T S can be explained by phase separation between a high-temperature orthorhombic and a low-temperature monoclinic ferromagnetic phase.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Keywords: Manganites;Phase separation.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2009 09:58
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:24
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/18603

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