Disorder-induced Room Temperature Ferromagnetism in Glassy Chromites
2014 (English)In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 4, 4686- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We report an unusual robust ferromagnetic order above room temperature upon amorphization of perovskite [YCrO3] in pulsed laser deposited thin films. This is contrary to the usual expected formation of a spin glass magnetic state in the resulting disordered structure. To understand the underlying physics of this phenomenon, we combine advanced spectroscopic techniques and first-principles calculations. We find that the observed order-disorder transformation is accompanied by an insulator-metal transition arising from a wide distribution of Cr-O-Cr bond angles and the consequent metallization through free carriers. Similar results also found in YbCrO3-films suggest that the observed phenomenon is more general and should, in principle, apply to a wider range of oxide systems. The ability to tailor ferromagnetic order above room temperature in oxide materials opens up many possibilities for novel technological applications of this counter intuitive effect.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 4, 4686- p.
Condensed Matter Physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-204955DOI: 10.1038/srep04686ISI: 000334286200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-204955DiVA: diva2:640325