The optical and magneto-optical (MO) properties of (La0.7A0.3)MnO3 (A=Sr, Ca, and Ce) thin films have been investigated. It is found that the value shape of spectra is strongly dependent on different cation dopings. The Sr-doped thin film exhibits a strong Drude response and maximum Kerr rotation angle of 0.32° at ∼3.4 eV. Interestingly, the replacement of Sr ions with the smaller Ca ions and the tetravalent Ce ions all lead to a remarkable suppression of the carrier density and the MO response. Such differences are interpreted as due to their different electronic band structures.
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