The paramagnetic properties of La1-xSrxMnO3 (x∼1/8) single-crystal perovskites have been studied. The effective moments μeff obtained from fits to the Curie-Weiss law in the paramagnetic regime are strongly enhanced from their theoretical values, both above and below the pseudocubic orthorhombic (O-O′) Jahn-Teller (JT) transition. This indicates the presence of clusters and that this clustering is not induced or affected by the JT transition. The μeff values in the O and O′ phases are very similar, however, their paramagnetic Curie temperatures are rather different, implying that the JT distortion only induces a change in the exchange-coupling parameters but not in the character of the clusters. The correlation between the high-temperature paramagnetic and low-temperature ferromagnetic parameters suggests that the O and O′ phases are not only analogous structurally but have also comparable exchange-coupling parameters and are consequently similar magnetically. Finally, the competition between the JT distortion, the magnetic field, and the molecular field, among other factors, apparently governs the properties of these systems.
|Physical Review B-Condensed Matter
|Published - 20 Aug 2001