Mondal, Parthasarathi and Bhattacharya, Dipten and Choudhury, Pranab (2006) Dielectric anomaly at the orbital order-disorder transition in LaMnO3+δ. Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, 18 (29). pp. 6869-6881. ISSN 0953-8984

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We report a novel dielectric anomaly around the Jahn-Teller orbital orderdisorder transition temperature TJT in LaMnO3+δ. The transition has been characterized by resistivity (ρ) vs. temperature (T), calorimetry, and temperature dependent X-ray diffraction studies. Measurements of complex dielectric permittivity ε* (= ε'+ iε") over a low frequency range (1 Hz -10 MHz) across TJT reveal distinct anomaly. This observation and the reported relatively high static dielectric constant at T = 0 (ε0 ~ 18-20), possibly, indicate that the orbital order gives rise to intrinsic polarization that undergoes transition at TJT. The frequency dispersion of the dielectric response at any given temperature, however, reveals that the dielectric response consists of Maxwell-Wagner component, due to interfaces, within such low frequency range. The TJT and the nature of the anomaly in ε'(ω,T), ε"(ω,T) at TJT, of course, vary - from sharp upward feature to a smeared plateau and then a downward trend - depending on the Mn4+ concentration of the sample. The observation of intrinsic dielectric response due to long-range orbital order in LaMnO3 - where no ferroelectric order is possible due to the absence of offcenter distortion in MnO6 octahedra - may throw a new light on these classes of materials vis-à-vis multiferroic materials.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Electronics
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 08:33
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2012 08:33

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