Tetragonal to monoclinic transition in the metallic antiferromagnet (formula presented)

A. Llobet, C. Frontera

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    The structural changes associated with the ferromagnetic (FM)/metallic to antiferromagnetic (AFM)/insulating transition of (Formula presented) are described in detail. Based on high-resolution neutron-diffraction data, in the (Formula presented) phase Mn1 and Mn2 octahedra have the same charge and are identically deformed. The electronically induced transition to the antiferromagnetic A-type structure at (Formula presented) is the result of a stretchinglike distortion of the octahedra that (i) contracts the Mn-O2 bond perpendicular to the FM planes by deviating (Formula presented) from (Formula presented) and (ii) injects electrons into Mn-O1 and Mn-O3 bonds. The observed microscopic changes are completely different to the structural transition in the A-type (Formula presented) and are discussed in the light of the orbital polarization previously proposed. © 1999 The American Physical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)R9889-R9892
    JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
    Issue number14
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999


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