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Perovskite-type Nd0.7Bao0.3MnO3 has been synthesized and its magnetic and magnetotransport properties studied in the temperature range from 5 K to 300 K. X-ray diffraction indicates that the crystal-symmetry is orthorhombic with a50.5508~1! nm, b50.5496~2! nm, and c50.7764~3! nm. There exist two magnetic phase transitions. It first undergoes a paramaganetic-to ferromagnetic phase transition at Curie temperature, TC5115 K, and then partial ordering of Nd magnetic moments develops at TNd540 K as temperature is further decreased. Resistivity measurements indicate corresponding insulator-to-metal transition near TC and a reentrant metal-to-insulator transition near 40 K. Colossal magnetoresistance exists over a wide temperature range, MR 5@R(H)-R(0)#/R(0) is over 90% below 120 K. The maximum MR ~98%! appears at 95 K, close to the paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transition. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.



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