In this communication, we present a systematic investigation on structural, electric, magnetic and thermoelectric power properties of REMnO3 (RE = Dy, Gd, Eu and Sm) manganites which were prepared using solid-state reaction route. The samples exhibit orthorhombic crystal structure with Pbnm space group. Rietveld analysis of x-ray diffraction (XRD) data shows that the unit cell volume increases with increase in ionic radii of the rare earth ion, (Formula presented.). The particle size was calculated from the scanning electron microscope (SEM) images. The estimated particle size is observed to decrease with increasing ionic radii of the rare earth ions. All samples exhibit insulating behaviour and display immeasurably high resistivity at low temperatures. Magnetization studies indicate that the samples display a transition in the low temperature region. Magnetization data also reveals that antiferromagnetic behaviour is observed for all samples. Thermoelectric power results show that large thermoelectric power is seen for these manganites. Thermoelectric power of high-temperature region was successfully analysed using small polaron hopping (SPH) model.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics