Delicate competing electronic states in ultrathin manganite films

Zhaoliang Liao, Rongying Jin, E. W. Plummer, Jiandi Zhang
2017 Physical review B  
The coupling between the electrical transport properties of La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 (LSMO) thin films and structural phase transitions of SrTiO3 (STO) substrates at Ts = 105 K has been investigated. We found that the electrical resistivity of LSMO films exhibit a cusp at Ts, which is greatly amplified by tuning films to the verge of metallic and insulating phases, i.e., to the boundary of two delicate competing electronic states. Our results demonstrate that small amounts of strain can tip the subtle
more » ... n tip the subtle balance of competing interactions and tune the electronic properties in correlated electron materials.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.95.085130 fatcat:zsbrqby4ffe7jldntngr67fxti