Friday, May 24, 2013

1305.5426 (Jing Guo et al.)

Observation of antiferromagnetic order collapse in the pressurized
insulator LaMnPO

Jing Guo, J. W. Simonson, Liling Sun, Qi Wu, Peiwen Gao, Chao Zhang, Dachun Gu, Gabriel Kotliar, Meigan Aronson, Zhongxian Zhao
The emergence of superconductivity in the iron pnictide and cuprate high temperature superconductors usually accompanies the suppression of an antiferromagnetically (AFM) ordered state in a corresponding parent compound through the use of chemical doping or external pressure1-5. A great deal of effort has been made to find superconductivity in Mn-based compounds6-14, which are thought to bridge the gap between the two families of high temperature superconductors7,15,16, but long-ranged AFM order was not successfully suppressed via chemical doping in these investigations. Here we report the first observation of the pressure-induced elimination of long-ranged AFM order in LaMnPO single crystals that are iso-structural to the LaFeAsO superconductor15,17. By combining in-situ high pressure resistance and ac susceptibility measurements, we found that LaMnPO undergoes a crossover from an AFM insulating to an AFM metallic state at a pressure ~20 GPa and that the long-ranged AFM order collapses at a higher pressure ~32 GPa. Our findings are of importance to explore potential superconductivity in Mn-based compounds and to shed new light on the underlying mechanism of high temperature superconductivity.
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