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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Local atomic and electronic structure in LaMnO3 across the orbital ordering transition
Author: Souza, RA
Souza-Neto, NM
Ramos, AY
Tolentino, HCN
Granado, E
Abstract: The local atomic disorder and electronic structure in the environment of manganese atoms in LaMnO3 has been studied by x-ray absorption spectroscopy over a temperature range (300-870 K) covering the orbital ordering transition (similar to710 K). The Mn-O distance splitting into short and long bonds (1.95 and 2.15 Angstrom) is kept across the transition temperature, so that the MnO6 octahedra remain locally Jahn-Teller distorted. Discontinuities in the Mn local structure are identified in the extended x-ray fine structure spectra at this temperature, associated with a reduction of the disorder in the superexchange angle and to the removal of the anisotropy in the radial disorder within the coordination shell. Subtle changes in the electronic local structure also take place at the Mn site at the transition temperature. The near-edge spectra show a small drop of the Mn 4p hole count and a small enhancement in the pre-edge structures at the transition temperature. These features are associated with an increase of the covalence of the Mn-O bonds. Our results shed light on the local electronic and structural phenomena in a model of order-disorder transition, where the cooperative distortion is overcome by the thermal disorder.
Country: EUA
Editor: American Physical Soc
Citation: Physical Review B. American Physical Soc, v. 70, n. 21, 2004.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.70.214426
Date Issue: 2004
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