• Roqueta, J.; Pomar, A.; Balcells, L.; Frontera, C.; Valencia, S.; Abrudan, R.; Bozzo, B.; Konstantinovic, Z.; Santiso, J.; Martinez, B.: Strain-Engineered Ferromagnetism in LaMnO3 Thin Films. Crystal Growth & Design 15 (2015), p. 5332-5337

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A systematic study of the growth process of LaMnO3 (LMO) thin films, by pulsed laser deposition, on top of SrTiO3 substrates under different oxygen partial pressures (PO2) is reported. It is found that the accommodation of the orthorhombic LMO phase onto the cubic STO structure, i.e., the amount of structural strain, is controlled by the background oxygen pressure. We demonstrate that magnetic ehavior can be continuously tuned from robust ferromagnetic (FM) ordering to an antiferromagnet. These results strongly point to a strain-induced selective orbital occupancy as the origin of the observed FM behavior, in agreement with recent theoretical calculations