W.A. Ruiz, C. Kengle, J. Payne, D. Brown, M.P. Warusawithana, T.M. Pekarek
Dr. Thomas Pekarek | College of Arts and Sciences | Department of Physics
We have investigated the magnetic properties of thin films related to the standard CMR system La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 where Y substituted for 50% of the La atoms. These La1/3Y1/3Sr1/3MnO3 films were grown as a random alloy where La, Y, and Sr atoms randomly occupied the A-site or as a superlattice where each unit-cell-thick layer stacked along the crystallographic (001) direction contained only one of the atoms La, Y, and Sr occupying the A-site. One of the key magnetic features of La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 is a prominent ferromagnetic transition near 350 K. We find the substitution of La with Y suppresses this ferromagnetic transition in both the random alloy and the superlattice samples. In the superlattice sample we find a magnetic transition that is coincident with a metal-to-insulator transition we observe in electronic transport. In the random alloy sample, we see a similar magnetic transition but at lower temperatures where we find the sample is too insulating to measure electronic transport. We will compare our measurements on these La1/3Y1/3Sr1/3MnO3 samples with CMR thin films of La2/3Sr1/3MnO3.