Indexed on: 01 Jun '04Published on: 01 Jun '04Published in: Physical review letters
The temperature (T) dependence of the charge-stripe order in La2-xSrxNiO4 has been investigated in the vicinity of x approximately 1/3 by synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction measurements. With decreasing T, a prominent commensurate-incommensurate (C-IC) crossover is observed in the x<1/3 region, while for the x>1/3 region the IC order is dominant over the whole T range. Such a C-IC crossover is interpreted as the entropy-driven self-doping of the charge stripes, and its x dependence indicates the clear electron-hole asymmetry with the x=1/3 compound as the Mott insulator.
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