Modulation of metal-insulator transitions in La0.8Ca0.2MnO3/0.7Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3PbTiO3 heterostructures by electric fields
Department of Physics, the University of Hong Kong - Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
2 College of Physics and Electronic Information Science, Tianjin Normal University - Tianjin 300074, China
Accepted: 12 July 2011
We have deposited La0.8Ca0.2MnO3 (LCMO) thin films onto a 0.7Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.3PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) single-crystal substrate to construct field effect devices and investigated the electric-field–induced strain and polarization effects on the structure, magnetic, and transport properties of LCMO films. LCMO not only exhibits the usual insulator-metal transition associated with the onset of ferromagnetic state, but also a lower-temperature metal-insulator transition due to charge/orbital order. Especially, the latter transition can be modulated reversely and continuously by electric fields, leading to a large electroresistance in LCMO films (ΔR/R(0) of ∼70% at 50 K). Such phenomenon could be explained based on the coactions of the piezoelectric effect and the ferroelectric-field polarization effect, which could ultimately tailor the strain and density of charge carriers in LCMO films.
PACS: 73.50.-h – Electronic transport phenomena in thin films / 75.70.-i – Magnetic properties of thin films, surfaces, and interfaces / 77.65.-j – Piezoelectricity and electromechanical effects
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