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Mapping of local electronic properties in nanostructured CMR thin films by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Local Conductance Map (LCMAP)

Kar, Sohini and Ghosh, Barnali and Brar, LK and Paranjape, MA and Raychaudhuri, AK (2004) Mapping of local electronic properties in nanostructured CMR thin films by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and Local Conductance Map (LCMAP). In: MRS Proceedings, 838 . O10.13.

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Abstract

We have investigated the local electronic properties and the spatially resolved magnetoresistance of a nanostructured film of a colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) material by local conductance mapping (LCMAP) using a variable temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) operating in a magnetic field. The nanostructured thin films (thickness ≈500nm) of the CMR material La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) on quartz substrates were prepared using chemical solution deposition (CSD) process. The CSD grown films were imaged by both STM and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Due to the presence of a large number of grain boundaries (GB's), these films show low field magnetoresistance (LFMR) which increases at lower temperatures. The measurement of spatially resolved electronic properties reveal the extent of variation of the density of states (DOS) at and close to the Fermi level (EF) across the grain boundaries and its role in the electrical resistance of the GB. Measurement of the local conductance maps (LCMAP) as a function of magnetic field as well as temperature reveals that the LFMR occurs at the GB. While it was known that LFMR in CMR films originates from the GB, this is the first investigation that maps the local electronic properties at a GB in a magnetic field and traces the origin of LFMR at the GB.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2011 12:01
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2011 12:01
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/39838

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