Interface ferromagnetism in a SrMnO3/LaMnO3 superlattice

S. Smadici, B. B. Nelson-Cheeseman, A. Bhattacharya, P. Abbamonte

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Resonant soft x-ray absorption measurements at the O K edge on a SrMnO 3/LaMnO3 superlattice show a shoulder at the energy of doped holes, which corresponds to the main peak of resonant scattering from the modulation in the doped hole density. Scattering line shape at the Mn L 3,2 edges has a strong variation below the ferromagnetic transition temperature. This variation has a period equal to half the superlattice superperiod and follows the development of the ferromagnetic moment, pointing to a ferromagnetic phase developing at the interfaces. It occurs at the resonant energies for Mn3+ and Mn4+ valences. A model for these observations is presented, which includes a double-exchange two-site orbital and the variation with temperature of the hopping frequency tij between the two sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number174427
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - Nov 28 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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