Europhys. Lett.
Volume 76, Number 5, December 2006
Page(s) 926 - 932
Section Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties
Published online 01 November 2006
Europhys. Lett., 76 (5), pp. 926-932 (2006)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2006-10343-x

Charge/orbital ordering vs. Jahn-Teller distortion in $\chem{La_{0.5}Sr_{1.5}MnO_{4}}$

U. Staub1, V. Scagnoli1, A. M. Mulders1, M. Janousch1, Z. Honda2 and J. M. Tonnerre3

1  Swiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut - 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
2  Department of Functional Materials Science, Saitama University Shimo-Ohkubo 255, Saitama, 338-8570, Japan
3  Laboratoire de Cristallographie, CNRS - 38042 Grenoble, France

received 23 February 2006; accepted in final form 4 October 2006
published online 1 November 2006

Temperature dependences of a magnetic and an orbital Bragg reflection at the Mn L2,3 edges of $\chem{La_{0.5}Sr_{1.5}MnO_{4}}$ have been collected. The temperature evolution of the orbital reflection depends strongly on the X-ray energy and reflects the different order parameters, which are assigned to orbitals and Jahn-Teller distortions. The Jahn-Teller order parameter saturates at $150\un{K}$, whereas the orbital order parameter gradually increases. These results are discussed in context with the possible driving forces, the orbital-orbital super exchange and the Jahn-Teller strain field interaction.

75.25.+z - Spin arrangements in magnetically ordered materials (including neutron and spin-polarized electron studies, synchrotron-source X-ray scattering, etc.).
71.30.+h - Metal-insulator transitions and other electronic transitions.
75.47.Lx - Manganites.

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