Metal-insulator transition and its relation to magnetic structure in (LaMnO3)2n/(SrMnO3)n Superlattices

A. Bhattacharya, S. J. May, S. G.E. Te Velthuis, M. Warusawithana, X. Zhai, Bin Jiang, J. M. Zuo, M. R. Fitzsimmons, S. D. Bader, J. N. Eckstein

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Superlattices of (LaMnO3)2n/(SrMnO3)n (1≤n≤5), composed of the gapped insulators LaMnO3 and SrMnO3, undergo a metal-insulator transition as a function of n, being metallic for n≤2 and insulating for n3. Measurements of transport, magnetization, and polarized neutron reflectivity reveal that the ferromagnetism is relatively uniform in the metallic state, and is strongly modulated in the insulating state, being high in LaMnO3 and suppressed in SrMnO3. The modulation is consistent with a Mott transition driven by the proximity between the (LaMnO3)/(SrMnO3) interfaces. The insulating state for n3 obeys variable range hopping at low temperatures. We suggest that this is due to states at the Fermi level that emerge at the (LaMnO3)/(SrMnO3) interfaces and are localized by disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number257203
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number25
StatePublished - Jun 27 2008

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