Electronic and structural transition in $La_{0.2} Sr_{0.8} Mn O_3$

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Bindu, R.
Maiti, Kalobaran
Rawat, R.
Khalid, S.
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We investigate the interplay of the electronic and structural transition in La$_{0.2}$Sr$_{0.8}$MnO$_{3}$. The transport and specific heat measurements exhibit unusual evolutions and signature of a first order phase transition around 265 K. Mn K-edge extended $x$-ray absorption fine structure results reveal distortion in the MnO$_6$ octahedra even in the cubic phase and a remarkable evolution of the distortion across the phase transition. These results manifest the importance of fluctuations in Mn 3$d$ orbital occupancy and disorder in their electronic properties, which may help in understanding the orbital and spin ordering proposed in these systems.
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Condensed Matter - Strongly Correlated Electrons, Condensed Matter - Materials Science
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