Fabrication and Properties of La-Manganite/SnO2 Composites
Composites with compositions La0.7Ca0.3MnO3(LCMO) and La0.7Sr0.3MnO3(LSMO)/SnO2 were prepared by a standard ceramic technique. The structure and morphology of the composites have been studied by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). The XRD and SEM results indicate that no reaction occurs between La based maganite and SnO2 grains, and that SnO2 segregates mostly at the grain boundaries of La based maganite. The variation in resistivity with temperature has been studied and shows a semiconducting behavior, furthermore the composites exhibit metallic percolation. It is interesting to note that an enhanced magnetoresisitance (MR) effect for the composites is found over a wide temperature range from low temperature to room temperature in an applied magnetic field of 0.5 Tesla. The spin-polarized tunneling and the spin-polarized tunneling may be attributed to the enhanced low-field magnetoresistance (LFMR) effect.
Joong Hee Lee
G. W. Kim et al., "Fabrication and Properties of La-Manganite/SnO2 Composites", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 123-125, pp. 81-84, 2010