Long range electronic phase separation in CaFe3O5

Ka. H. Hong, Angel M. Arevalo-lopez, James Cumby, Clemens Ritter, J. Paul Attfield

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Incomplete transformations from ferromagnetic to charge ordered states in manganite perovskites lead to phase-separated microstructures showing colossal magnetoresistances. However it is unclear whether electronic matter can show spontaneous separation into multiple phases distinct from the high temperature state. Here we show that paramagnetic CaFe3O5 undergoes separation into two phases with different electronic and spin orders below their joint magnetic transition at 302 K. One phase is charge, orbital and trimeron ordered similar to the ground state of magnetite, Fe3O4, while the other has Fe2+/Fe3+charge averaging. Lattice symmetry is unchanged but differing strains from the electronic orders probably drive the phase separation. Complex low symmetry materials like CaFe3O5 where charge can be redistributed between distinct cation sites offer new possibilities for generation and control of electronic phase separated nanostructures.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2975
Number of pages6
JournalNature Communications
Early online date30 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2018


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