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A strain-induced new phase diagram and unusually high Curie temperature in manganites

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Abstract

Raising the critical temperature of functional materials is a major challenge for the exploitation of many exciting physical phenomena, such as high-Tc superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance, and multiferroicity in strongly correlated systems. To this end, chemical doping, pressure, epitaxial strain, electric gating, interfacial charge transfer, and symmetry broken effects at the surface or edge have been used as the major means. While all these efforts have had some success, room temperature remains as the highly desirable yet difficult hurdle to clear. In this work, we demonstrate that the Curie temperature of a manganite system can be raised to over 300 K by tuning the epitaxial strain and chemical doping, and explain the underlying mechanism based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. Furthermore, we successfully designed a room temperature spin injector in a magnetic tunnel junction device based on the high-Tc manganite.

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The article was received on 20 Feb 2017, accepted on 04 Jul 2017 and first published on 05 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00768J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Advance Article
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    A strain-induced new phase diagram and unusually high Curie temperature in manganites

    Y. Kou, T. Miao, H. Wang, L. Xie, Y. Wang, H. Lin, S. Wang, H. Liu, Y. Bai, Y. Zhu, J. Shao, P. Cai, W. Wang, H. Du, X. Pan, R. Wu, L. Yin and J. Shen, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00768J

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