Volume 81, Number 1, January 2008
Article Number 17002
Number of page(s) 6
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 21 November 2007
EPL, 81 (2008) 17002
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/81/17002

Complementarity of perturbations driving insulator-to-metal transition in a charge-ordered manganite

S. Chaudhuri and R. C. Budhani

Condensed Matter - Low Dimensional Systems Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur - Kanpur, 208016, India

received 5 August 2007; accepted in final form 29 October 2007; published January 2008
published online 21 November 2007

Modulation of charge carrier dynamics and hence electrical conductivity of solids by photo-excitation has been a rich field of research with numerous applications. Similarly, electric- and magnetic-field-assisted enhancement of conductivity are of fundamental importance and technological use. Hole-doped manganites of the type (A1-xBx)MnO3, where A and B are rare- and alkaline-earth metals, respectively, have the distinction of showing all three effects. Here we establish the complementarity of the electric, magnetic and photon fields in driving an insulator-metal transition in epitaxial thin films of La0.175Pr0.45Ca0.375MnO3 whose electrical ground state is insulating. Both pulsed and CW lasers cause a giant photon-flux-dependent enhancement of conductivity. It is further observed that electric and magnetic fields trigger the persistent enhancement of conductivity whose magnitude can be accentuated by application of these fields in parallel.

75.47.Lx - Magnetotransport phenomena; materials for magnetotransport: Manganites.
71.30.+h - Metal-insulator transitions and other electronic transitions.
78.66.-w - Optical properties of specific thin films.

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