© 2002 American Institute of Physics

Published in Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 91 No. 10 (2002) at doi: 10.1063/1.1451702


The polycrystalline YbxCa1−xMnO3 (x=0.1,0.2) were studied by x-ray powder diffraction, magnetic, and electrical resistivity measurements. The YbxCa1−xMnO3 crystallizes in an orthogonally distorted perovskite structure, and shows the ferromagnetic ordering with TC more than 110 K. However, the field dependence of magnetization and electrical resistivity exhibits very complicated behavior. A magnetic field induced insulator–metal transition has been found in the Yb0.2Ca0.8MnO3 compound. In addition, the large asymmetry in magnetization and resistivity hysteresis loops has been observed in this compound at 10 K, which might be due to the charge ordering and magnetocrystalline anisotropy.