We present a detailed magnetothermal study of Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3, a perovskite manganite in which an insulator-metal transition can be driven by magnetic field but also by pressure, visible light, X-rays or high currents. We find that the field-induced transition is associated with a large release of energy which accounts for its strong irreversibility. In the ferromagnetic metallic state, specific heat and magnetization measurements indicate a much smaller spin-wave stiffness than seen in any other ferromagnetic manganite, which we explain in terms of ferromagnetism among the Pr moments. The Pr ferromagnetism also appears to influence the low-temperature thermodynamic phase diagram of this material and the uniquely sensitive metastability of the insulating state.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Philosophical Magazine B: Physics of Condensed Matter; Statistical Mechanics, Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties|
|State||Published - Apr 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Physics and Astronomy(all)