We studied the spin-state responses to light impurity substitution in low-spin perovskite LaCoO3 (Co3+: d6) through magnetization, x-ray fluorescence, and electrical resistivity measurements of single-crystal LaCo0.99M0.01O3 (M = Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni). In the magnetization curves measured at 1.8 K, a change in the spin-state was not observed for Cr, Mn, or Fe substitution but was observed for Ni substitution. Strong magnetic anisotropy was also found in the Ni-substituted sample. The fluorescence measurements revealed that the valences were roughly estimated to be Cr3+, Mn(4-δ )+, Fe(3+δ ′)+, and Ni3+. From the observed chemical trends, we propose that the chemical potential is a key factor in inducing the change of the low-spin state. By expanding a model of the ferromagnetic spin-state heptamer generated by hole doping [Podlesnyak, Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.101.247603 101, 247603 (2008)], the emergence of highly anisotropic spin-state molecular ferromagnets induced by low-spin Ni3+ with Jahn-Teller activity is suggested. We also discuss applicability of the present results to other materials with Fe (d6).
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2013 Jun 12|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics