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Title: Unexpected Intermediate State Photoinduced in the Metal-Insulator Transition of Submicrometer Phase-Separated Manganites

Abstract

At ultrafast timescales, the initial and final states of a first-order metal-insulator transition often coexist forming clusters of the two phases. In this work, we report an unexpected third long-lived intermediate state emerging at the photoinduced first-order metal-insulator transition of La0.325Pr0.3Ca0.375MnO3, known to display submicrometer length-scale phase separation. Using magnetic force microscopy and time-dependent magneto-optical Kerr effect, we determined that the third state is a nanoscale mixture of the competing ferromagnetic metallic and charge-ordered insulating phases, with its own physical properties. This discovery bridges the two different families of colossal magnetoresistant manganites known experimentally and shows for the first time that the associated states predicted by theory can coexist in a single sample.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [2];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [3];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [3];  [4];  [5];  [6];  [4];  [4]
  1. Fudan Univ., Shanghai (China). State Key Lab. of Surface Physics
  2. Southeast Univ., Nanjing (China)
  3. Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing (China). Beijing National Lab. for Condensed Matter Physics
  4. Fudan Univ., Shanghai (China). State Key Lab. of Surface Physics; Fudan Univ., Shanghai (China). Inst. for Nanoelectronics Devices and Quantum Computing; Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing (China)
  5. Fudan Univ., Shanghai (China). State Key Lab. of Surface Physics; Fudan Univ., Shanghai (China). Inst. for Nanoelectronics Devices and Quantum Computing
  6. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES); National Key Research Program of China; National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
OSTI Identifier:
1649639
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1457577
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725; 2016YFA0300702; 1504053; 11674055; 11474065; 18JC1411400; 18ZR1403200
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 120; Journal Issue: 26; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; Electrical conductivity; Kerr effect; optical conductivity; phase separation; phase transitions; photoconductivity; superparamagnetism

Citation Formats

Lin, Hanxuan, Liu, Hao, Lin, Lingfang, Dong, Shuai, Chen, Hongyan, Bai, Yu, Miao, Tian, Yu, Yang, Yu, Weichao, Tang, Jing, Zhu, Yinyan, Kou, Yunfang, Niu, Jiebin, Cheng, Zhaohua, Xiao, Jiang, Wang, Wenbin, Dagotto, Elbio, Yin, Lifeng, and Shen, Jian. Unexpected Intermediate State Photoinduced in the Metal-Insulator Transition of Submicrometer Phase-Separated Manganites. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.120.267202.
Lin, Hanxuan, Liu, Hao, Lin, Lingfang, Dong, Shuai, Chen, Hongyan, Bai, Yu, Miao, Tian, Yu, Yang, Yu, Weichao, Tang, Jing, Zhu, Yinyan, Kou, Yunfang, Niu, Jiebin, Cheng, Zhaohua, Xiao, Jiang, Wang, Wenbin, Dagotto, Elbio, Yin, Lifeng, & Shen, Jian. Unexpected Intermediate State Photoinduced in the Metal-Insulator Transition of Submicrometer Phase-Separated Manganites. United States. https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.120.267202
Lin, Hanxuan, Liu, Hao, Lin, Lingfang, Dong, Shuai, Chen, Hongyan, Bai, Yu, Miao, Tian, Yu, Yang, Yu, Weichao, Tang, Jing, Zhu, Yinyan, Kou, Yunfang, Niu, Jiebin, Cheng, Zhaohua, Xiao, Jiang, Wang, Wenbin, Dagotto, Elbio, Yin, Lifeng, and Shen, Jian. Thu . "Unexpected Intermediate State Photoinduced in the Metal-Insulator Transition of Submicrometer Phase-Separated Manganites". United States. https://doi.org/10.1103/physrevlett.120.267202. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1649639.
@article{osti_1649639,
title = {Unexpected Intermediate State Photoinduced in the Metal-Insulator Transition of Submicrometer Phase-Separated Manganites},
author = {Lin, Hanxuan and Liu, Hao and Lin, Lingfang and Dong, Shuai and Chen, Hongyan and Bai, Yu and Miao, Tian and Yu, Yang and Yu, Weichao and Tang, Jing and Zhu, Yinyan and Kou, Yunfang and Niu, Jiebin and Cheng, Zhaohua and Xiao, Jiang and Wang, Wenbin and Dagotto, Elbio and Yin, Lifeng and Shen, Jian},
abstractNote = {At ultrafast timescales, the initial and final states of a first-order metal-insulator transition often coexist forming clusters of the two phases. In this work, we report an unexpected third long-lived intermediate state emerging at the photoinduced first-order metal-insulator transition of La0.325Pr0.3Ca0.375MnO3, known to display submicrometer length-scale phase separation. Using magnetic force microscopy and time-dependent magneto-optical Kerr effect, we determined that the third state is a nanoscale mixture of the competing ferromagnetic metallic and charge-ordered insulating phases, with its own physical properties. This discovery bridges the two different families of colossal magnetoresistant manganites known experimentally and shows for the first time that the associated states predicted by theory can coexist in a single sample.},
doi = {10.1103/physrevlett.120.267202},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = 26,
volume = 120,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {6}
}

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