We present a detailed study on the charge ordering transition in a GdBaCo2O5.0 system by combining high-resolution synchrotron powder/single-crystal diffraction with electron paramagnetic resonance experiments as a function of temperature. We found a second-order structural phase transition at TCO =247 K (Pmmm to Pmma) associated with the onset of long-range charge ordering. At Tmin ≈ 1.2TCO, the electron paramagnetic resonance linewidth rapidly broadens, providing evidence of antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations. This likely indicates that, analogously to manganites, the long-range antiferromagnetic order in GdBaCo2O5.0 sets in at ≈TCO. Pair distribution function analysis of diffraction data revealed signatures of structural inhomogeneities at low temperature. By comparing the average and local bond valences, we found that above TCO the local structure is consistent with a fully random occupation of Co2+ and Co3+ in a 1:1 ratio and with a complete charge ordering below TCO. Below T ≈ 100 K the charge localization is partially melted at the local scale, suggesting a reentrant behavior of charge ordering. This result is supported by the weakening of superstructure reflections and the temperature evolution of electron paramagnetic resonance linewidth that is consistent with paramagnetic reentrant behavior reported in the GdBaCo2O5.5 parent compound.
Charge ordering transition in GdBaCo2O5: Evidence of reentrant behavior / M. Allieta, M. Scavini, L. Lo Presti, M. Coduri, L. Loconte, S. Cappelli, C. Oliva, P. Ghigna, P. Pattison, V. Scagnoli. - In: PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS. - ISSN 1098-0121. - 88:21(2013 Dec 04), pp. 214104.1-214104.10.
|Titolo:||Charge ordering transition in GdBaCo2O5: Evidence of reentrant behavior|
ALLIETA, MATTIA (Corresponding)
SCAVINI, MARCO (Secondo)
|Parole Chiave:||Phase transitions ; Crystal structure ; charge ordering ; Lanthanide oxides ; Oxygen-deficient compounds|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore CHIM/02 - Chimica Fisica|
Settore FIS/03 - Fisica della Materia
|Data di pubblicazione:||4-dic-2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.88.214104|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|