We report on the structural, electronic, and magnetic phases of a previously unexplored region in the phase diagram of GdBaC o 2 O 5 + δ ( δ = 0.57 and 0.63). Despite a homogenous average structure displayed by both the samples, the orthorhombic highly oxygenated GdBaC o 2 O 5.63 shows clear signatures of structural nanoscale phase separation. By combining a pair distribution function with photoluminescence and electron spin resonance techniques, we found that the nanoscale phase separation is induced by an inhomogeneous distribution of ferromagnetic C o 3 + − C o 4 + clusters embedded in an antiferromagnetic C o 3 + -rich matrix. In addition, we uncovered a phase evolution involving the collapse of the orthorhombic strain below room temperature. The origin of this noncanonical transition seems to be associated with the interplay of the observed nanoscale phase separation and a new magnetic phase transition occurring below T ∼ 180 K .
|Titolo:||Interplay of structural and magnetic nanoscale phase separation in layered cobaltites|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|