Evidence of a pressure-induced orbital transition in a layered manganite

K. Kato, Y. Ohishi, M. Takata, E. Nishibori, M. Sakata, Y. Moritomo

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The charge density distribution of a bilayer manganite La 1.04Sr1.96Mn2O7 has been investigated by means of the maximum entropy method using the synchrotron radiation x-ray powder data. La1.04Sr1.96Mn 2O7 shows a layered-type (A-type) antiferromagnetic spin-ordering below TN≈200 K. We directly observed that application of pressure of several GPa at 17 K changes the orbital state from the two-dimensional dx2-y2 state to the three-dimensionally fluctuating state. This orbital transition, which is probably driven by the pressure-induced modification of the oxygen environment around the Mn site, causes the metallic conductivity as well as the ferromagnetism of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012404
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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