Theoretical study on the spin and orbital orderings in Ruddlesden-Popper compound La3-3xCa1+3xMn3O10(0 ≤ x ≤ 1)
National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, 210093, P.R. China
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Revised: 30 October 2008
Published online: 4 December 2008
In this paper, the spin and orbital orderings of the n = 3 Ruddlesden-Popper (RP) series of compounds La3-3xCa1+3xMn3O10 have been analyzed theoretically for the whole doping range 0 ≤ x ≤ 1, the calculation is based on the unrestricted Hartree-Fock approximation and the real-space recursion method. In agreement with experimental observations, we find that the ground state of La3-3xCa1+3xMn3O10 is ferromagnetic metal at x=0.3 and is G-type antiferromagnetic insulator at x = 1. The ferromagnetic metallic state is sustained for lower doping range 0 ≤ x < 0.39; while for the wide middle doping range 0.39 < x < 0.96, A-type antiferromagnetic metal and ferromagnetic metal compete strongly with each other, they are finally replaced by G-type antiferromagnetically ordered state when x > 0.96. Our study unveils a strong spin-orbital correlation in the ferromagnetic metallic state for doping range 0 ≤ x < 0.39, an orbital ordering transition takes place at x = 0.06 which changes from the nearest-neighbor antiferro-orbital ordering (0 ≤ x < 0.06) to the layer-type antiferro-orbital ordering (0.06 < x < 0.39).
PACS: 75.25.+z – Spin arrangements in magnetically ordered materials / 75.47.Gk – Colossal magnetoresistance
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