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Title: Exchange bias effect in epitaxial La{sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}/SrMnO{sub 3} thin film structure

Bilayers consisting of La{sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} (LCMO) and SrMnO{sub 3} (SMO) have been prepared by pulsed-laser deposition on SrTiO{sub 3} (001) substrates. Unconventional magnetic coupling was found after cooling in a small field. The LCMO/SMO bilayers exhibit an exchange bias field of 209 Oe, which vanishes as the temperature rises above 90 K. A small magnetization has been found above the Curie temperature of the pure LCMO thin films. Spin-cluster-like antiferromagnetic (AFM)/ferromagnetic (FM) clusters have been deduced to exist at the interface due to the competing types of magnetic order at the interface. The magnetic relaxation is found to follow a double-exponential equation and a slow relaxation process is observed due to the strong exchange coupling between AFM/FM clusters and the LCMO layer. We speculate that the short-range high-temperature FM order of the Mn{sup 3+} and Mn{sup 4+} moments above the Curie temperature at the interface gives rise to the magnetic regions that pin the FM LCMO layer as the temperature decreases.
Authors:
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  1. Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22314346
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: 8; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ANTIFERROMAGNETISM; ATOMIC FORCE MICROSCOPY; COOLING; CURIE POINT; ENERGY BEAM DEPOSITION; EPITAXY; EQUATIONS; INTERFACES; LASER RADIATION; LAYERS; MAGNETIZATION; MANGANESE IONS; PULSED IRRADIATION; RELAXATION; SPIN; STRONTIUM TITANATES; SUBSTRATES; THIN FILMS