X-ray absorption fine structure measurements of the Sr and La K edges of the solid solution [Formula presented] reveal a consistent deviation from a random distribution of Sr at the La/Sr sites for [Formula presented]. Local structural disorder on the cation sublattice in the low-x samples is also observed to differ in the vicinity of the La-rich and Sr-rich clusters. The local clustering and structural disorder establish an intrinsic chemical as well as structural inhomogeneity on the nanometer scale, which may provide a mechanism for the nucleation of magnetoelectronic phase separation.
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- General Physics and Astronomy