The complete phase diagram of a "colossal" magnetoresistance material (La1-xCaxMnO3) was obtained for the first time through magnetization and resistivity measurements over a broad range of temperatures and concentrations. Near x=0.50, the ground state changes from a ferromagnetic (FM) conductor to an antiferromagnetic (AFM) insulator, leading to a strongly first order AFM transition with supercooling of ∼30% TN at x=0.50. An unexpectedly large magnetoresistance is seen at low temperatures in the FM phase, and is largely attributed to unusual domain wall scattering.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)