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Magnetotransport and magnetoresistive anisotropy in perovskite manganites

  • Author / Creator
    Egilmez, Mehmet
  • We have investigated several topics in the area of manganites including oxygen disorder, grain boundaries, low field magnetoresistance, magnetoresistive anisotropy and magnetic properties. Studied materials were in the form of polycrystalline samples and epitaxial thin films. The studied compounds were Sm(1-x)Sr(x)MnO3 (SSMO) and La(1-x)Ca(x)MnO3 (LCMO). 1-We have studied the effects of oxygen disorder and grain boundary disorder in the SSMO system close to half hole doping level. The temperature dependencies of resistivity and magnetoresistance were measured as a function of the vacuum annealing time. We observed a logarithmic increase of the resistivity as a function of vacuum annealing time. We have shown that an increasing grain boundary disorder softens the magnetic phase transition from a first order phase transition into a second order transition. Furthermore, the peaks in the resistivity and specific heat are broadened and there is an increase in the charge-carrier scattering rates in the metallic state. On the other hand, the polaronic hopping activation energies in the insulating state changed slightly as a function of grain boundary disorder. The origin of these phenomena is discussed. Magnetoresistive anisotropy has been studied as a function of the grain size. Results showed a strong grain size dependence of anisotropic electrical transport in granular samples of manganites. 2-We investigated the anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) in ultrathin LCMO films grown on various substrates. It was found that depending on the strain state, the AMR in some of these systems exceeds 100% and can even change sign. These changes are dramatic when compared to the few percent change in AMR in conventional ferromagnets. The mechanism behind these changes in the AMR is discussed. We have also studied the effects of strain on resistive peak broadening with a simple percolation model. We have shown that strain associated with a lattice mismatched substrate in thin films can cause new electronic behavior, not found in bulk materials or thicker films of the same chemical composition. Resistivity of the ultra thin films exhibit strong relaxation effects when measured as a function of time in a constant magnetic field.

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  • Graduation date
    2009-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3TG85
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Doctoral
  • Department
    • Department of Physics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Jung Jan (Physics)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Fenrich Frances (Physics)
    • Etsell Thomas ( Chemical-materials science engineering)
    • Kravchinsky Vadim (Physics)
    • Chow Kim (Physics)
    • Jung Jan (Physics)
    • Alexandrov A.S. (Physics, Loughborough University, UK)