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A large enhancement of magnetocaloric effect by chemical ordering in manganites

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Abstract

For conventional ferromagnetic systems, the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) is dominated by the entropy changes upon magnetic phase transitions. For strongly correlated oxides such as manganites, in which competing magnetic orders coexist and respond to an external field differently, the MCE is more complex due to the electronic phase separation (EPS) phenomenon. Taking the well-known (La2/3Pr1/3)5/8Ca3/8MnO3 (LPCMO) manganite as a model system, we investigated how the length scale of EPS phases affects the MCE. Specifically, the EPS length scale can be dramatically reduced by the spatial ordering of Pr dopants in the LPCMO system. Experimental results indicate that the magnetic entropy change of the Pr-ordered LPCMO is considerably larger than that of the Pr-random LPCMO by a factor up to six at the onset temperature of the ferromagnetic phase. A direct relation between the length scale of EPS and MCE has been established based on the experimental results.

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The article was received on 23 Nov 2017, accepted on 02 Jan 2018 and first published on 02 Jan 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC05369J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018,6, 1224-1228
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    A large enhancement of magnetocaloric effect by chemical ordering in manganites

    Y. Wang, Y. Zhu, H. Liu, H. Lin, T. Miao, Y. Yu, F. Han, W. Wang, J. Sun, L. Yin and J. Shen, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, 6, 1224
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC05369J

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