Antiferromagnetic order and phase coexistence in a model of antisite disordered double perovskites
Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Chhatnag Road, Jhusi, 211019 Allahabad, India
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Revised: 31 July 2011
Published online: 15 September 2011
In addition to the well known ferromagnetism, double perovskites are also expected to exhibit antiferromagnetic (AF) order driven by electron delocalisation. This has been seen in model Hamiltonian studies and confirmed via ab initio calculations. The AF phases should occur, for example, on sufficient electron doping of materials like Sr2FeMoO6 (SFMO) via La substitution for Sr. Clear experimental indication of such AF order is limited, possibly because of increase in antisite disorder with La doping on SFMO, although intriguing signatures of non ferromagnetic behaviour are seen. We study the survival of electronically driven antiferromagnetism in the presence of spatially correlated antisite disorder in a two dimensional model and extract the signals in magnetism and transport. We discover that A and G type AF order, that is predicted in the clean limit, is actually suppressed less strongly than ferromagnetism by antisite disorder. The AF phases are metallic, and, remarkably, more conducting that the ferromagnet for similar antisite disorder. We also highlight the phase coexistence window that connects the ferromagnetic regime to the A type antiferromagnetic phase, and comment on the situation in three dimensions.
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