Observation of Domain Wall Resistance in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 Films
We report the study of the magnetoresistance (MR) and resistivity as a function of temperature in epitaxial thin films of the La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 type (LCMO). The films deposited onto Y-cut of single-crystalline LiNbO3 (LNO) substrates by pulsed-laser deposition in an on-axis geometry. For comparison, the same manganite film deposited onto LaAlO3 (LAO) substrate is studied. The MR of LCMO/LNO film is found to be anisotropic and exhibits a hysteresis loops in low magnetic fields. When magnetic field is parallel to the film plane a number of jumps are observed in the MR below magnetic fields H~6 kOe. These jumps reflect the presence of pinning centers for domain walls. Evidently, a lattice deformation produced by a mismatch of lattice constants LCMO film and LNO, which lead to distortion of the film, is the origin of such strong pinning centers.
K.V. Dyakonov et al., "Observation of Domain Wall Resistance in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 Films", Solid State Phenomena, Vols. 152-153, pp. 120-122, 2009