Europhys. Lett.
Volume 64, Number 5, December 2003
Page(s) 696 - 702
Section Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties
Published online 01 November 2003
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2003-00282-0
Europhys. Lett., 64 (5) , pp. 696-702 (2003)

Zero-temperature insulator-metal transition in doped manganites

G. Venketeswara Pai1, 2, S. R. Hassan1, 3, H. R. Krishnamurthy1, 3 and T. V. Ramakrishnan1, 3

1  Centre for Condensed Matter Theory, Department of Physics Indian Institute of Science - Bangalore 560012, India
2  The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics Strada Costiera 11 - 34014 Trieste, Italy
3  Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research Bangalore 560064, India

(Received 19 February 2003; accepted in final form 17 September 2003)

We study the transition at T=0 from a ferromagnetic insulating to a ferromagnetic metallic phase in manganites as a function of hole doping using an effective low-energy model Hamiltonian proposed by us recently. The model incorporates the quantum nature of the dynamic Jahn-Teller (JT) phonons strongly coupled to orbitally degenerate electrons as well as strong Coulomb correlation effects, and leads naturally to the coexistence of localized (JT polaronic) and band-like electronic states. We study the insulator-metal transition as a function of doping as well as of the correlation strength U and JT gain in energy $E_{\ab{JT}}$, and find, for realistic values of parameters, a ground-state phase diagram in agreement with experiments. We also discuss how several other features of manganites as well as differences in behaviour among manganites can be understood in terms of our model.

75.47.Gk - Colossal magnetoresistance.

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