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Transition-Metal-Substituted Semiconducting Oxides



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UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA Santa Barbara Magnetism in Transition Metal Substituted Semiconducting Oxides A Dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in Materials by Aditi S Risbud Committee in charge Professor Ram Seshadri Chair Professor Anthony K Cheetham Professor Nicola A Spaldin Professor Juergen Eckert September 2005 The dissertation of Aditi S Risbud is approved Professor Anthony K Cheetham Professor Nicola A Spaldin Professor Juergen Eckert Professor Ram Seshadri Committee Chair August 2005 Magnetism in Transition Metal Substituted Semiconducting Oxides Copyright c 2005 by Aditi S Risbud iii for my parents iv Acknowledgements Often as a chapter in one s life comes to a close an appreciation for what is about to be lost begins to surface It is a credit to Santa Barbara that from the moment of my arrival I was aware of how fortunate I would be to complete my Ph D work in such a beautiful environment This work would not have been possible without the help of my advisor Ram Seshadri who I thank for being a wonderful advisor these past few years Ram s enthusiasm and relentless curiosity about science has been an inspiration and I appreciate all his guidance over my time here I must also grudgingly admit that I am now a Linux user and happy about it My thesis research has been a collaborative effort and I must thank all those that have made my dissertation work complete Nicola Spaldin s support throughout my thesis has been invaluable on top of that she is probably the coolest professor I know Thanks for the careful reading of my thesis Gavin Lawes straightforward and innovative description of the magnetic bev havior of my materials systems lent valuable insight into my research Lauren Snedeker was a fantastic intern cheerily plugging away in the lab and helping my thesis work along Mentoring is a highly rewarding part of science and I was happy to work with Lauren Margaret MacRae and Rey Honrada during my



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