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A brief discussion of the magnetocaloric effect in thin films of manganite doped with chromium

By Campillo G., Figueroa A.I., Arnache O., Osorio J., Marin Ramirez J.M. and Fallarino L.


In this work we report on the magnetocaloric effect of La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 (LCMO) and La2/3Ca1/3Mn0.94Cr0.06O3 (LCMCrO) manganite thin films grown by DC magnetron sputtering on LaAlO3 (100) substrates. X-ray diffraction shows that both doped and undoped films crystallize in the orthorhombic structure. Magnetic measurements show a decrease in both the Curie temperature, TC , and the saturation magnetization, MS , for the LCMCrO sample. The change in the magnetic entropy (?Sm ) was extracted from hysteresis loops at different temperatures around the ferromagnetic to paramagnetic transition, displaying a maximum of entropy change (?Sm ) max near TC in both films. Moreover, a shift in (?Sm ) max toward temperatures above TC with increasing magnetic field and a broadening of the entropy change curve were observed. Results of refrigeration cooling power show a lower efficiency for LCMCrO. In order to obtain a local insight into the magnetic interactions of these films, measurements of X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) were performed. XMCD suggests that an antiferromagnetic coupling between Mn4+ - Mn3+ is favored with Cr3+ incorporation, which reduces the Mn L 2,3 XMCD signal and results in a decrease of MS and (?Sm ) max in LCMCrO films. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd

Topics: Aluminum compounds, Chromium, Circular dichroism spectroscopy, Dichroism, Engineering research, Entropy, Lanthanum compounds, Magnetic materials, Magnetocaloric effects, Manganites, Saturation magnetization, X ray absorption spectroscopy, Antiferromagnetic coupling, Dc magnetron sputtering, Magnetic interactions, Manganite thin films, Orthorhombic structures, Paramagnetic transition, Refrigeration cooling, X-ray magnetic circular dichroism, Thin films
Publisher: 'IOP Publishing'
Year: 2020
DOI identifier: 10.1088/1742-6596/1247/1/012013
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