Panwar, Neeraj and Coondoo, Indrani and Singh, R. S. and Agarwal, S. K. (2010) Intrinsic and extrinsic transport properties of Pr0.67Ba0.33MnO3:Ag2O composites. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 507 (2). pp. 439-442. ISSN 0925-8388

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We have studied the electrical resistivity, magnetoresistance (MR), and specific heat of (1 − x) Pr0.67Ba0.33MnO3:xAg2O (x = 0–30 mol% Ag2O) composite manganites. Two insulator–metal-like transitions (TP1 ∼ 194 K and TP2 ∼ 160 K) are observed in the electrical resistivity behaviour of the pristine material Pr0.67Ba0.33MnO3 (PBMO). With Ag2O addition, TP1 becomes sharper whereas TP2 disappears beyond 25 mol% Ag2O addition. Electrical resistivity also decreases in the composites in the whole temperature range of measurement. Intrinsic MR (due to grain) gets enhanced from 22% for the pure sample to ∼40% for 30% Ag2O sample with 0.6 T field. Extrinsic MR (due to grain boundary), however, is found to decrease with Ag2O addition. Peak MR enhances in composite at the same temperature and at low temperature, beyond the peak, it is almost constant in a large temperature window. Anomaly observed in the specific heat (CP) near the high temperature insulator–metal transition temperature for various samples signifies the onset of magnetic ordering. Also CP vs T trend is similar in all the samples indicating that Ag2O addition does not produce any magnetic inhomogeneity.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Composite manganites; Low field magnetoresistance; Specific heat
Subjects: Chemistry
Materials Science
Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering
Depositing User: Ms Neetu Chandra
Date Deposited: 08 May 2012 12:06
Last Modified: 08 May 2012 12:06

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