Origin of Charge-Orbital Order in the Half-Doped Manganites
The microscopic origin of the charge and orbital order in the half-doped manganites is examined from ab initio density-functional calculations and exact diagonalization studies. It is shown that the dominant mechanism responsible for the charge order is the Jahn-Teller coupling, with a lesser but significant contribution from the on-site Coulomb interaction. The band structure shows a sizable interchain coupling between the zigzag chains, leading to a considerable band dispersion normal to the chains, in sharp contrast with the zigzag chain physics.
Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 197201 (2002) [4 pages]