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Magnetically tunable nonlinear current-voltage characteristics in oxygen deficient manganite perovskites

Kutty, TRN and Philip, John (2002) Magnetically tunable nonlinear current-voltage characteristics in oxygen deficient manganite perovskites. In: Current Applied Physics, 2 (3). pp. 261-268.

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(La0.667Ca0.333Mn1-xMO3-delta)-O-x (M = Mg, Li or Re) exhibit insulating behaviour and nonlinear current-voltage (J-E) relationship with voltage-limiting characteristics at temperatures below the ferromagnetic transition (T-c). The high current region is set in at field strengths <60 V/cm. Nonlinearity exponent, alpha in the relation J = kE(alpha) increases inversely with temperature. In presence of an external magnetic field, the J-E curves show higher current density at lower field strengths. Microstructural studies indicate that there is no segregation of secondary phases in the grain boundary regions. There is remarkable changes in p(T) as well as J-E curves with the grain size. Annealing studies in lower p(O2) atmospheres indicate that there is significant out-diffusion of oxygen ions through the grain boundary layer (GBL) regions creating oxygen vacancies in the GBL regions. The concentration of Mn4+ ions is lowered at the GBL due to oxygen vacancies, reducing the probability of hopping and resulting in insulating behaviour. Therefore an insulating barrier is introduced between two conducting grains and the carrier motion between the grains is inhibited. Thus below T-c, where sufficient increase in resistivity is observed the conduction may be arising as a result of spin dependent tunneling across the barrier. External electric field lowers the barrier height and establishes carrier transport across the barrier. Above certain field strength, barrier height diminishes significantly and thereby allowing large number of carriers for conduction, giving rise to highly nonlinear conductivity. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Applied Physics
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Nonlinear conductivity;Manganites;Magnetic semiconductors
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2011 05:12
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2011 05:12
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/39267

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