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Contact: Lynn Yarris
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Glassy State in PCMO Crystal

Caption: Ultrafast pulses of x-rays from Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source revealed a glass-like re-ordering of electron-spin states in PCMO crystals as samples recovered from a photo-excited conductor state back to the insulator state. In this schematic, circles and lobes show manganese sites and orbitals with pink and blue colors representing opposite spin orientations.

Credit: Image courtesy of Berkeley Lab

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