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Observation of magnetic excitons in LaCoO 3

Giblin, S.R.; Terry, I.; Clark, S.J.; Prokscha, T.; Prabhakaran, D.; Boothroyd, A.T.; Wu, J.; Leighton, C.


S.R. Giblin

T. Prokscha

D. Prabhakaran

A.T. Boothroyd

J. Wu

C. Leighton


An impurity-driven magnetic phase transition has been investigated in at temperatures below that of the thermally induced spin state transition of the ion. We have discovered a saturating component of the magnetisation, which we attribute to previously unobserved interactions between magnetic excitons. These conclusions are confirmed by muon spin spectroscopy which indicates an ordering temperature of 50 in both the transverse and zero-field configurations. Low-energy muon measurements demonstrate that the magnetic behaviour is independent of implantation energy and hence a property of the bulk of the material. The magnetic exciton formation is attributed to the interaction between electrons bound at oxygen vacancies and neighbouring cobalt ions, and is proposed as the precursor to the magneto-electronic phase separation recently observed in doped lanthanum cobaltite.


Giblin, S., Terry, I., Clark, S., Prokscha, T., Prabhakaran, D., Boothroyd, A., …Leighton, C. (2005). Observation of magnetic excitons in LaCoO 3. European Physical Society Letters, 70(5), 677-683.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2005
Deposit Date Jun 4, 2008
Publicly Available Date Jun 4, 2008
Journal Europhysics Letters
Print ISSN 0295-5075
Electronic ISSN 1286-4854
Publisher IOP Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 70
Issue 5
Pages 677-683
Keywords Intermediate-spin state, MU-SR, Transitions, Relaxation.


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