Origin of charge-orbital order in the half-doped manganites
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The microscopic origin of the charge and orbital order in the half-doped manganites is examined from ab initio density-functional calculations and exact diagonalization studies. It is shown that the dominant mechanism responsible for the charge order is the Jahn-Teller coupling, with a lesser but significant contribution from the on-site Coulomb interaction. The band structure shows a sizable interchain coupling between the zigzag chains, leading to a considerable band dispersion normal to the chains, in sharp contrast with the zigzag chain physics.