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Martensite-like transition and spin-glass behavior in nanocrystalline Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3

Jammalamadaka, Narayana S and Rao, SS and Vanacken, J and Stesmans, A and Bhat, SV and Moshchalkov, VV (2011) Martensite-like transition and spin-glass behavior in nanocrystalline Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3. In: AIP ADVANCES, 1 (4).

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We report on isothermal pulsed (20 ms) field magnetization, temperature dependent AC - susceptibility, and the static low magnetic field measurements carried out on 10 nm sized Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 nanoparticles (PCMO10). The saturation field for the magnetization of PCMO10 (similar to 250 kOe) is found to be reduced in comparison with that of bulk PCMO (similar to 300 kOe). With increasing temperature, the critical magnetic field required to `melt' the residual charge-ordered phase decays exponentially while the field transition range broadens, which is indicative of a Martensite-like transition. The AC - susceptibility data indicate the presence of a frequency-dependent freezing temperature, satisfying the conventional Vogel-Fulcher and power laws, pointing to the existence of a spin-glass-like disordered magnetic phase. The present results lead to a better understanding of manganite physics and might prove helpful for practical applications. Copyright 2011 Author(s). This article is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. doi:10.1063/1.3664786]

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: AIP ADVANCES
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to American Institute of Physics
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 13:05
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2012 03:43
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/44576

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