Stability of Jahn-Teller distortion in LaMnO3 under pressure: An x-ray absorption study
A.Y. RAMOS; H. TOLENTINO; N. SOUZA NETO; J.P. ITIÉ; L. MORALES; A. CANEIRO
PHYSICAL REVIEW B - CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS
American Physical Society
Año: 2007 vol. 75 p. 52103 - 52107
The local environment of manganese atoms in LaMnO3 under pressure up to 15.3 GPa has been studied by x-ray absorption spectroscopy. For pressures below 8 GPa, no change is detected within the MnO6 octahedra.Above this pressure a continuous reduction of the long Mn-O distance takes place, however, the octahedral distortion persists over the whole pressure range. At 15.3 GPa the average Jahn-Teller splitting of the distances is reduced by about one-third, indicating that a total removal of the local Jahn-Teller distortion would occur only for pressures around 30 GPa, where metallization is reported to take place. A hysteresis in the long distance reduction is observed down to ambient pressure, suggesting the coexistence of MnO6 distorted and undistorted units.