In this work, we use ultrafast optical pump-optical probe spectroscopy to probe the polaron dynamics in La0.7 Ca0.3 MnO3 (LCMO) thin films. The temporal evolution in transient reflectivity change ΔR/R exhibits two relaxing components: a fast component with a time constant of subpicosecond and a slow component with time constant ranging from tens of picoseconds to hundreds of picoseconds. The amplitude of the fast component, though has been seldom discussed before, exhibits the similar temperature dependence with that of the resistivity and the neutron scattering intensity due to nanoscale correlated polarons. The results strongly suggest that the fast photoinduced reflectivity change may have been due to the photoexcitation and trapping process of correlated Jahn-Teller polarons in the paramagnetic and ferromagnetic phases and, thus, implies the presence of electronic inhomogeneity in LCMO manganites.
|Journal||Journal of Applied Physics|
|State||Published - 9 Mar 2009|