The elastic and magnetic properties of a single crystal of the bilayer manganese oxide (Pr0.6 La0.4) 1.2 Sr1.8 Mn2 O7 have been investigated by means of ultrasonic and high-field magnetization measurements. Remarkable changes in the elastic constants C11, C33, C44, and C66 as a function of temperature and magnetic field have been observed. In particular, a distinct elastic anomaly was observed at low temperatures and in magnetic fields when crossing the phase boundary between the paramagnetic insulating and the field-induced ferromagnetic metallic state. A pronounced elastic softening as a function of magnetic field (H) appears across the boundary of the low-temperature magnetic phase below around 40 K, accompanied by a distinct hysteresis. In the high-field region, however, these elastic constants exhibit a monotonic increase upon increasing the magnetic field. The high-field magnetization measurements characterizing the magnetic state point out a strong coupling between the elastic strain and the magnetic moment. The data can be described reasonably well considering a strong coupling between elastic strain and magnetic susceptibility χm =∂M/∂H.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2007 Sep 25|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics