Dependence of the Jahn-Teller distortion in LaMn1-xScxO3 on the isovalent Mn-site substitution
Resumen: We investigated the relative importance of removing the Mn3+ Jahn-Teller distortion in driving ferromagnetism in LaMn1-xScxO3 combining x-ray powder diffraction and x-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Mn and Sc K-edges. By increasing the Sc content, the orthorhombic distortion of the Pbnm cell in LaMnO3 decreases but the unit-cell remains slightly distorted in LaScO3. Besides, the nearly tetragonal-distorted MO6 in LaMnO3 continuously evolves into a nearly regular one in LaScO3. On the other hand, x-ray absorption spectra show that the MnO6 octahedron remains Jahn-Teller distorted and the ScO6 octahedron is nearly regular along the whole series. Moreover, the ordering of the Mn3+ Jahn-Teller distortion is not disrupted in the ab plane for any Sc concentration. This contrasts with the Gasubstituted compounds, where a regular MnO6 is found for x > 0.5. However, both LaMn0.5Sc0.5O3 and LaMn0.5Ga0.5O3 show ferromagnetic behavior independently of the presence (or not) of Jahn-Teller distorted Mn3+. Thus, our results point to the Mn-sublattice dilution as the main effect in driving ferromagnetism in these manganites over local structure effects previously proposed by the spin flipping or the vibronic superexchange models.
Idioma: Inglés
DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/712/1/012119
Año: 2016
Publicado en: Journal of physics. Conference series 712 (2016), 012119 [4 pp]
ISSN: 1742-6588

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Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/DGA/E69
Financiación: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/MINECO/MAT2012-38213-C02-01
Tipo y forma: Article (Published version)
Área (Departamento): Física de la Materia Condensada (Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada)

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