We studied the effect of naturally formed homointerfaces on the magnetic and electric transport behavior of a heavily twinned, 40 nm thick, pseudomorphic epitaxial film of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 deposited by molecular beam epitaxy on ferroelastic LaAlO3(001) substrate. As proved by high resolution X-ray diffraction analysis, the lamellar twin structure of the substrate is imprinted in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3. In spite of the pronounced thermomagnetic irreversibility in the DC low field magnetization, spin-glass-like character, possibly related to the structural complexity, was ruled out, on the base of AC susceptibility results. The magnetic characterization indicates anisotropic ferromagnetism, with a saturation magnetization Ms = 3.2 μB/Mn, slightly reduced with respect to the fully polarized value of 3.7 μB/Mn. The low field DC magnetization vs temperature is non bulklike, with a two step increase in the field cooled MFC(T) branch and a two peak structure in the zero field cooled MZFC(T) one. Correspondingly, two peaks are present in the resistivity vs temperature ρ(T) curve. With reference to the behavior of epitaxial manganites deposited on bicrystal substrates, results are discussed in terms of a two phase model, in which each couple of adjacent ferromagnetic twin cores, with bulklike TC = 370 K, is separated by a twin boundary with lower Curie point TC = 150 K, acting as barrier for spin polarized transport. The two phase scenario is compared with the alternative one based on a single ferromagnetic phase with the peculiar ferromagnetic domains structure inherent to twinned manganites films, reported to be split into interconnected and spatially separated regions with in-plane and out-of-plane magnetization, coinciding with twin cores and twin boundaries respectively.
|Titolo:||Effect of natural homointerfaces on the magnetic properties of pseudomorphic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 thin film: Phase separation vs split domain structure|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
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