Glassiness in charge dynamics of half-doped manganite: A study on oxygen-deficient charge-ordered R0.5Ca0.5MnO3−δ (R = Pr, Nd and Sm)
Department of Solid State Physics, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032, India
2 Surface Physics Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics - 1/AF Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700 064, India
Accepted: 15 November 2010
We report signature of glassiness in charge dynamics for oxygen-deficient charge-ordered manganites, R0.5Ca0.5MnO3− δ, where R = Pr, Nd and Sm. Structural investigation reveals strong orthorhombic distortion in the oxygen-deficient specimens. Excellent agreement of the experimental data with the defect model, scaling of the complex dielectric plot as well as critical slowing-down behaviour of the freezing temperature suggest a charge-glass–like state at low temperature. The appearance of charge-glass state is proposed to be a consequence of frozen ionic and defect charges in the lattice triggered by oxygen deficiency in the charge-ordered compounds.
PACS: 77.22.-d – Dielectric properties of solids and liquids / 77.22.Gm – Dielectric loss and relaxation / 75.47.Lx – Magnetic oxides
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