Charge ordering in half-doped manganites

R. Goff, J. Attfield

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Alternative descriptions for the ground state structure of the half-doped manganite Pr0.5Ca0.5MnO3 have been tested against high-resolution 10 K x-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. The best fit is obtained using a P21m symmetry model, which supports the striped charge and orbital ordering picture. The magnitude of the charge ordering is, however, only 25% of the ideal Mn3+∕Mn4+ separation. An alternative Pnm21 pseudosymmetry, used to describe Zener polaron ordering in Pr0.6Ca0.4MnO3 [ Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 097205 (2002)], gives a different, bistriped, charge and orbitally ordered model that does not fit the data as well.

Original languageEnglish
Article number140404(R)
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number14
Early online date13 Nov 2004
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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