We use neutron scattering to investigate the doping evolution of the magnetic correlations in the single-layer manganite Pr1-xCa1-xMnO4, away from the x = 0.5 composition where the CE-type commensurate antiferromagnetic (AF) structure is stable. We find that short-range incommensurate spin correlations develop as the system is electron doped (x < 0.5), which coexist with the CE-type AF order. This suggests that electron doping in this system induces an inhomogeneous electronic self-organization, where commensurate AF patches with x = 0.5 are separated by electron-rich domain walls with short-range magnetic correlations. This behavior is strikingly different than for the perovskite Pr1-xCaxMnO3, where the long-range CE-type commensurate AF structure is stable over a wide range of electron or hole doping around x = 0.5.
2009. Vol. 103, no 16