Hybridization of electronic states and orbital symmetry in transition metal oxides are generally considered key ingredients in the description of both their electronic and magnetic properties. In the prototypical case of La0.65Sr0.35MnO3 (LSMO), a landmark system for spintronics applications, a description based solely on Mn 3d and O 2p electronic states is reductive.We thus analyzed elemental and orbital distributions in the LSMO valence band through a comparison between density functional theory calculations and experimental photoelectron spectra in a photon energy range from soft to hard x rays. We reveal a number of hidden contributions, arising specifically from La 5p, Mn 4s, and O 2s orbitals, considered negligible in previous analyses; our results demonstrate that all these contributions are significant for a correct description of the valence band of LSMO and of transition metal oxides in general.
Offi, F., Yamauchi, K., Picozzi, S., Lollobrigida, V., Verna, A., Schlueter, C., et al. (2021). Identification of hidden orbital contributions in the La0.65Sr0.35MnO3 valence band. PHYSICAL REVIEW MATERIALS, 5(10), 104403 [10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.5.104403].