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Localized reversible nanoscale phase separation in Pr0.63Ca0.37MnO3 single crystal using a scanning tunneling microscope tip

Kar, Sohini and Raychaudhuri, AK (2007) Localized reversible nanoscale phase separation in Pr0.63Ca0.37MnO3 single crystal using a scanning tunneling microscope tip. In: Applied Physics Letters, 91 (14).

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Abstract

We report the destabilization of the charge ordered insulating (COI) state in a localized region of Pr0.63Ca0.37MnO3 single crystal by current injection using a scanning tunneling microscope tip. This leads to controlled phase separation and formation of localized metallic nanoislands in the COI matrix which have been detected by local tunneling conductance mapping. The metallic regions thus created persist even after reducing the injected current to lower values. The original conductance state can be restored by injecting a current of similar magnitude but of opposite polarity. We thus achieve reversible nanoscale phase separation that gives rise to the possibility to "write, read, and erase" nanosized conducting regions in an insulating matrix with high spatial resolution. (c) 2007 American Institute of Physics.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Institute of Physics.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 06:24
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:57
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/26300

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