Volume 84, Number 4, November 2008
Article Number 47006
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 12 November 2008
EPL, 84 (2008) 47006
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/84/47006

Two-fluid behaviour at the origin of the resistivity peak in doped manganites

D. I. Golosov1, N. Ossi1, A. Frydman1, I. Felner2, I. Nowik2, M. I. Tsindlekht2 and Y. M. Mukovskii3

1   Department of Physics and the Resnick Institute, Bar-Ilan University - Ramat-Gan 52900, Israel
2   Racah Institute of Physics, The Hebrew University - Jerusalem 91904, Israel
3   Moscow State Steel and Alloys Institute - 119049 Moscow, Russia

received 17 June 2008; accepted in final form 14 October 2008; published November 2008
published online 12 November 2008

We report a series of magnetic and transport measurements on high-quality single crystal samples of colossal magnetoresistive manganites, La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 and Pr0.7Sr0.3MnO3. 1% Fe doping allows a Mössbauer spectroscopy study, which shows i) unusual line broadening within the ferromagnetic phase and ii) a coexistence of ferro- and paramagnetic contributions in a region, T1 < T < T2, around the Curie point TC. In the case of Pr0.7Sr0.3MnO3, the resistivity peak occurs at a considerably higher temperature, TMI > T2. This shows that phase separation into metallic (ferromagnetic) and insulating (paramagnetic) phases cannot be generally responsible for the resistivity peak (and hence for the associated colossal magnetoresistance). Our results can be understood phenomenologically within the two-fluid approach, which also allows for a difference between TC and TMI. Our data indeed imply that while magnetic and transport properties of the manganites are closely inter-related, the two transitions at TC and TMI can be viewed as distinct phenomena.

75.47.Gk - Colossal magnetoresistance.
75.47.Lx - Manganites.
76.80.+y - Mössbauer effect; other $\gamma$-ray spectroscopy.

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