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Biaxial strain induced electrical inhomogenities and phase separation in the ferromagnetic metallic phase in thin films of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3: A scanning tunneling potentiometry/spectroscopy study.

  • Mandar Paranjape (a1), J. Mitra (a1), A. K. Raychaudhuri (a1), N. D. Mathur (a2) and M. G. Blamire (a2)...

Abstract

We have investigated the effect of biaxial strain on local electrical/electronic properties in thin films of La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 with varying degrees of biaxial strain in them. The local electrical properties were investigated as a function of temperature by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) and scanning tunneling potentiometry (STP), along with the bulk probe like conductance fluctuations.

The results indicate a positive correlation between the lattice mismatch biaxial strain and the local electrical/electronic inhomogenities observed in the strained sample. This is plausible since the crystal structure of the manganites interfere rather strongly with the magnetic/electronic degrees of freedom. Thus even a small imbalance (biaxial strain) can induce significant changes in the electrical properties of the system.

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