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  1. Pressure-induced metal-insulator transition in spinel compound CuV 2S 4

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    Okada, H.; Koyama, K.; Hedo, M.; Uwatoko, Y.; Watanabe, K.

    2008-04-01

    In order to investigate the pressure effect on electrical properties of CuV 2S 4, we performed the electrical resistivity measurements under high pressures up to 8 GPa for a high-quality polycrystalline sample. The charge density wave (CDW) transition temperatures increase with increasing pressure. The residual resistivity rapidly increases with increasing pressure over 4 GPa, and the temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity at 8 GPa exhibits a semiconducting behavior below about 150 K, indicating that a pressure-induced metal-insulator transition occurs in CuV 2S 4 at 8 GPa.

  2. Metal-insulator-transition in SrTiO3 induced by argon bombardment combined with field effect

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    Xu, Jie; Zhu, Zhengyong; Zhao, Hengliang; Luo, Zhijiong

    2014-12-15

    By fabricating the Field-Effect-Transistors on argon bombardment SrTiO3 substrates, not only we have achieved one of the best mobility for Field-Effect-Transistors fabricated on SrTiO3, but also realized strong field induced Metal-Insulator-Transition. The critical sheet resistance for the Metal-Insulator-Transition is only 1/7 of the value obtained in the former experiments, indicating a different mechanism. Further study shows that the Metal-Insulator-Transition can be attributed to the oxygen vacancies formed after the bombardment becoming the electron donor under the electric field modulation, increasing SrTiO3 surface electron density and transforming the substrate into metallic state.

  3. Local Peltier-effect-induced reversible metal-insulator transition in VO2 nanowires

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    Takami, Hidefumi; Kanki, Teruo; Tanaka, Hidekazu

    2016-06-01

    We report anomalous resistance leaps and drops in VO2 nanowires with operating current density and direction, showing reversible and nonvolatile switching. This event is associated with the metal-insulator phase transition (MIT) of local nanodomains with coexistence states of metallic and insulating phases induced by thermoelectric cooling and heating effects. Because the interface of metal and insulator domains has much different Peltier coefficient, it is possible that a significant Peltier effect would be a source of the local MIT. This operation can be realized by one-dimensional domain configuration in VO2 nanowires because one straight current path through the electronic domain-interface enables theoretical control of thermoelectric effects. This result will open a new method of reversible control of electronic states in correlated electron materials.

  4. Metal-insulator transition at lanthanum aluminate-strontium titanate interface induced by oxygen plasma treatment

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    Dai, Weitao; Cen, Cheng

    The formation of two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) at lanthanum aluminate (LAO)-strontium titanate (STO) interface, as well as the 2DEG's unique characters in metal-insulator transition, have evoked widespread interest. Highly insulating interfaces are obtained for the structures with LAO thickness below 3 unit cell (uc) and abrupt transition from an insulating to conducting interface was observed for samples with thicker LAO layers. For 3uc LAO/STO samples, reversible nanoscale control of the metal-insulator transition was implemented by a conductive AFM writing. Our research furtherly discovered a very stable metal-insulator transition can be achieved by oxygen plasma (OP) treatment for samples with thicker LAO layers. AFM imaging and XPS measurement demonstrated the low energy OP treatment altered only the surface bonds, which confirmed the importance of surface properties in the heterostructures. Then microscale Hall bars were patterned at the interface and imaged by electrostatic force microscope. Their transport and magnetic properties were measured. This research will promote deeper understanding about the interfacial metal-insulator transition mechanism and open new device opportunities. This work is supported by the Department of Energy Grant No. DE-SC-0010399 and National Science Foundation Grant No. NSF-1454950.

  5. Oxygen vacancy induced metal-insulator transition in LaNiO3

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    Misra, Debolina; Kundu, Tarun Kumar

    2016-01-01

    First principle calculations were carried out to examine the metal-insulator transition in LaNiO3 due to changes in oxygen content and consequent alteration of valence state of nickel. The optical properties of all the oxygen deficient LaNiO3-x compounds were calculated to illustrate the electronic structures of the compounds and the change they undergo during the metal-insulator transition. The metallic nature of LaNiO3 is characterized by the Drude peak in the optical conductivity spectra and the high reflectivity it exhibits in the low frequency region. The complex dielectric function and the optical conductivity spectra clearly show that, for x = 0.25, i.e., LaNiO2.75 becomes a semiconductor. As x increases further to 0.5, a gap in the optical spectra appears, indicating the insulating nature of LaNiO2.5. The insulating state of LaNiO2.5 is best described by the GW+HSE method which gives a good estimation of the optical gap of the material. The absorption spectra of LaNiO2.5 clearly reveal that this material is transparent in the low frequency region. This metal-insulator transition is followed by another insulator to semiconductor transition, as x is increased further to 1 i.e., in case of LaNiO2. The metal-insulator transition is then explained on the basis of electron localization function calculations, which show the increase in the covalent bonding in the system as the transition to the insulating state sets in.

  6. Approximating metal-insulator transitions

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    Danieli, Carlo; Rayanov, Kristian; Pavlov, Boris; Martin, Gaven; Flach, Sergej

    2015-12-01

    We consider quantum wave propagation in one-dimensional quasiperiodic lattices. We propose an iterative construction of quasiperiodic potentials from sequences of potentials with increasing spatial period. At each finite iteration step, the eigenstates reflect the properties of the limiting quasiperiodic potential properties up to a controlled maximum system size. We then observe approximate Metal-Insulator Transitions (MIT) at the finite iteration steps. We also report evidence on mobility edges, which are at variance to the celebrated Aubry-André model. The dynamics near the MIT shows a critical slowing down of the ballistic group velocity in the metallic phase, similar to the divergence of the localization length in the insulating phase.

  7. Metal-insulator transition induced in CaVO{sub 3} thin films

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    Gu Man; Laverock, Jude; Chen, Bo; Smith, Kevin E.; Wolf, Stuart A.; Lu Jiwei

    2013-04-07

    Stoichiometric CaVO{sub 3} (CVO) thin films of various thicknesses were grown on single crystal SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) (001) substrates using a pulsed electron-beam deposition technique. The CVO films were capped with a 2.5 nm STO layer. We observed a temperature driven metal-insulator transition (MIT) in CVO films with thicknesses below 4 nm that was not observed in either thick CVO films or STO films. The emergence of this MIT can be attributed to the reduction in effective bandwidth due to a crossover from a three-dimensional metal to a two-dimensional insulator. The insulating phase was only induced with a drive current below 0.1 {mu}A. X-ray absorption measurements indicated different electronic structures for thick and very thin films of CVO. Compared with the thick film ({approx}60 nm), thin films of CVO (2-4 nm) were more two-dimensional with the V charge state closer to V{sup 4+}.

  8. Strain-induced significant increase in metal-insulator transition temperature in oxygen-deficient Fe oxide epitaxial thin films

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    Hirai, Kei; Kan, Daisuke; Ichikawa, Noriya; Mibu, Ko; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Andreeva, Marina; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2015-01-01

    Oxygen coordination of transition metals is a key for functional properties of transition-metal oxides, because hybridization of transition-metal d and oxygen p orbitals determines correlations between charges, spins and lattices. Strain often modifies the oxygen coordination environment and affects such correlations in the oxides, resulting in the emergence of unusual properties and, in some cases, fascinating behaviors. While these strain effects have been studied in many of the fully-oxygenated oxides, such as ABO3 perovskites, those in oxygen-deficient oxides consisting of various oxygen coordination environments like tetrahedra and pyramids as well as octahedra remain unexplored. Here we report on the discovery of a strain-induced significant increase, by 550 K, in the metal-insulator transition temperature of an oxygen-deficient Fe oxide epitaxial thin film. The observed transition at 620 K is ascribed to charge disproportionation of Fe3.66+ into Fe4+ and Fe3+, associated with oxygen-vacancy ordering. The significant increase in the metal-insulator transition temperature, from 70 K in the bulk material, demonstrates that epitaxial growth of oxygen-deficient oxides under substrate-induced strain is a promising route for exploring novel functionality. PMID:25600001

  9. Strain-induced significant increase in metal-insulator transition temperature in oxygen-deficient Fe oxide epitaxial thin films

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    Hirai, Kei; Kan, Daisuke; Ichikawa, Noriya; Mibu, Ko; Yoda, Yoshitaka; Andreeva, Marina; Shimakawa, Yuichi

    2015-01-01

    Oxygen coordination of transition metals is a key for functional properties of transition-metal oxides, because hybridization of transition-metal d and oxygen p orbitals determines correlations between charges, spins and lattices. Strain often modifies the oxygen coordination environment and affects such correlations in the oxides, resulting in the emergence of unusual properties and, in some cases, fascinating behaviors. While these strain effects have been studied in many of the fully-oxygenated oxides, such as ABO3 perovskites, those in oxygen-deficient oxides consisting of various oxygen coordination environments like tetrahedra and pyramids as well as octahedra remain unexplored. Here we report on the discovery of a strain-induced significant increase, by 550 K, in the metal-insulator transition temperature of an oxygen-deficient Fe oxide epitaxial thin film. The observed transition at 620 K is ascribed to charge disproportionation of Fe3.66+ into Fe4+ and Fe3+, associated with oxygen-vacancy ordering. The significant increase in the metal-insulator transition temperature, from 70 K in the bulk material, demonstrates that epitaxial growth of oxygen-deficient oxides under substrate-induced strain is a promising route for exploring novel functionality.

  10. Field-Induced Metal-Insulator Transition in a Two-Dimensional Organic Superconductor

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    Wosnitza, J.; Wanka, S.; Hagel, J.; Lo''hneysen, H. v.; Qualls, J. S.; Brooks, J. S.; Balthes, E.; Schlueter, J. A.; Geiser, U.; Mohtasham, J.

    2001-01-15

    The quasi-two-dimensional organic superconductor {beta}''-( BEDT-TTF){sub 2}SF{sub 5} CH{sub 2}CF {sub 2}SO{sub 3} (T{sub c}{approx}4.4 K) shows very strong Shubnikov--de Haas (SdH) oscillations which are superimposed on a highly anomalous steady background magnetoresistance, R{sub b} . Comparison with de Haas--van Alphen oscillations allows a reliable estimate of R{sub b} which is crucial for the correct extraction of the SdH signal. At low temperatures and high magnetic fields insulating behavior evolves. The magnetoresistance data violate Kohler's rule, i.e., cannot be described within the framework of semiclassical transport theory, but converge onto a universal curve appropriate for dynamical scaling at a metal-insulator transition.

  11. Two-dimensional metal-insulator transition as a strong localization induced crossover phenomenon

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    Das Sarma, S.; Hwang, E. H.

    2014-06-01

    Low-disorder and high-mobility two-dimensional (2D) electron (or hole) systems confined in semiconductor heterostructures undergo an apparent metal-insulator transition (MIT) at low temperatures as the carrier density (n) is varied. In some situations, the 2D MIT can be caused at a fixed low carrier density by changing an externally applied in-plane magnetic field parallel to the 2D layer. The goal of the current work is to obtain the critical density (nc) for the 2D MIT with the system being an effective metal (Anderson insulator) for density n above (below) nc. We study the 2D MIT phenomenon theoretically as a possible strong localization induced crossover process controlled by the Ioffe-Regel criterion, kFl=1, where kF(n) is the 2D Fermi wave vector and l (n) is the disorder-limited quantum mean free path on the metallic side. Calculating the quantum mean free path in the effective metallic phase from a realistic Boltzmann transport theory including disorder scattering effects, we solve the integral equation (with l depending on n through multidimensional integrals) defined by the Ioffe-Regel criterion to obtain the nonuniversal critical density nc as a function of the applicable physical experimental parameters including disorder strength, in-plane magnetic field, spin and valley degeneracy, background dielectric constant and carrier effective mass, and temperature. The key physics underlying the nonuniversal parameter dependence of the critical density is the density dependence of the screened Coulomb disorder. Our calculated results for the crossover critical density nc appear to be in qualitative and semiquantitative agreement with the available experimental data in different 2D semiconductor systems lending credence to the possibility that the apparent 2D MIT signals the onset of the strong localization crossover in disordered 2D systems. We also compare the calculated critical density obtained from the Ioffe-Regel criterion with that obtained from a

  12. Composition induced metal-insulator quantum phase transition in the Heusler type Fe2VAl.

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    Naka, Takashi; Nikitin, Artem M; Pan, Yu; de Visser, Anne; Nakane, Takayuki; Ishikawa, Fumihiro; Yamada, Yuh; Imai, Motoharu; Matsushita, Akiyuki

    2016-07-20

    We report the magnetism and transport properties of the Heusler compound Fe2+x V1-x Al at  -0.10  ⩽  x  ⩽  0.20 under pressure and a magnetic field. A metal-insulator quantum phase transition occurred at x  ≈  -0.05. Application of pressure or a magnetic field facilitated the emergence of finite zero-temperature conductivity σ 0 around the critical point, which scaled approximately according to the power law (P  -  P c ) (γ) . At x  ⩽  -0.05, a localized paramagnetic spin appeared, whereas above the ferromagnetic quantum critical point at x  ≈  0.05, itinerant ferromagnetism was established. At the quantum critical points at x  =  -0.05 and 0.05, the resistivity and specific heat exhibited singularities characteristic of a Griffiths phase appearing as an inhomogeneous electronic state. PMID:27218143

  13. Mott metal-insulator transition induced by utilizing a glasslike structural ordering in low-dimensional molecular conductors

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    Hartmann, Benedikt; Müller, Jens; Sasaki, Takahiko

    2014-11-01

    We utilize a glasslike structural transition in order to induce a Mott metal-insulator transition in the quasi-two-dimensional organic charge-transfer salt κ -(BEDT-TTF)2Cu [N (CN)2Br ]. In this material, the terminal ethylene groups of the BEDT-TTF molecules can adopt two different structural orientations within the crystal structure, namely eclipsed (E) and staggered (S) with the relative orientation of the outer C-C bonds being parallel and canted, respectively. These two conformations are thermally disordered at room temperature and undergo a glasslike ordering transition at Tg˜75 K. When cooling through Tg, a small fraction that depends on the cooling rate remains frozen in the S configuration, which is of slightly higher energy, corresponding to a controllable degree of structural disorder. We demonstrate that, when thermally coupled to a low-temperature heat bath, a pulsed heating current through the sample causes a very fast relaxation with cooling rates at Tg of the order of several 1000 K /min . The freezing of the structural degrees of freedom causes a decrease of the electronic bandwidth W with increasing cooling rate, and hence a Mott metal-insulator transition as the system crosses the critical ratio (W/U ) c of bandwidth to on-site Coulomb repulsion U . Due to the glassy character of the transition, the effect is persistent below Tg and can be reversibly repeated by melting the frozen configuration upon warming above Tg. Both by exploiting the characteristics of slowly changing relaxation times close to this temperature and by controlling the heating power, the materials can be fine-tuned across the Mott transition. A simple model allows for an estimate of the energy difference between the E and S state as well as the accompanying degree of frozen disorder in the population of the two orientations.

  14. Dynamically tracking the joule heating effect on the voltage induced metal-insulator transition in VO2 crystal film

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    Liao, G. M.; Chen, S.; Fan, L. L.; Chen, Y. L.; Wang, X. Q.; Ren, H.; Zhang, Z. M.; Zou, C. W.

    2016-04-01

    Insulator to metal phase transitions driven by external electric field are one of the hottest topics in correlated oxide study. While this electric triggered phenomena always mixes the electric field switching effect and joule thermal effect together, which are difficult to clarify the intrinsic mechanism. In this paper, we investigate the dynamical process of voltage-triggered metal-insulator transition (MIT) in a VO2 crystal film and observe the temperature dependence of the threshold voltages and switching delay times, which can be explained quite well based on a straightforward joule thermal model. By conducting the voltage controlled infrared transmittance measurement, the delayed infrared transmission change is also observed, further confirming the homogeneous switching process for a large-size film. All of these results show strong evidences that joule thermal effect plays a dominated role in electric-field-induced switching of VO2 crystal.

  15. Joule Heating-Induced Metal-Insulator Transition in Epitaxial VO2/TiO2 Devices.

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    Li, Dasheng; Sharma, Abhishek A; Gala, Darshil K; Shukla, Nikhil; Paik, Hanjong; Datta, Suman; Schlom, Darrell G; Bain, James A; Skowronski, Marek

    2016-05-25

    DC and pulse voltage-induced metal-insulator transition (MIT) in epitaxial VO2 two terminal devices were measured at various stage temperatures. The power needed to switch the device to the ON-state decrease linearly with increasing stage temperature, which can be explained by the Joule heating effect. During transient voltage induced MIT measurement, the incubation time varied across 6 orders of magnitude. Both DC I-V characteristic and incubation times calculated from the electrothermal simulations show good agreement with measured values, indicating Joule heating effect is the cause of MIT with no evidence of electronic effects. The width of the metallic filament in the ON-state of the device was extracted and simulated within the thermal model. PMID:27136956

  16. Investigation on onset voltage and conduction channel temperature in voltage-induced metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide

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    Yoon, Joonseok; Kim, Howon; Mun, Bongjin Simon; Park, Changwoo; Ju, Honglyoul

    2016-03-01

    The characteristics of onset voltages and conduction channel temperatures in the metal-insulator transition (MIT) of vanadium dioxide (VO2) devices are investigated as a function of dimensions and ambient temperature. The MIT onset voltage varies from 18 V to 199 V as the device length increases from 5 to 80 μm at a fixed width of 100 μm. The estimated temperature at local conduction channel increases from 110 to 370 °C, which is higher than the MIT temperature (67 °C) of VO2. A simple Joule-heating model is employed to explain voltage-induced MIT as well as to estimate temperatures of conduction channel appearing after MIT in various-sized devices. Our findings on VO2 can be applied to micro- to nano-size tunable heating devices, e.g., microscale scanning thermal cantilevers and gas sensors.

  17. Voltage-induced Metal-Insulator Transitions in Perovskite Oxide Thin Films Doped with Strongly Correlelated Electrons

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    Wang, Yudi; Gil Kim, Soo; Chen, I.-Wei

    2007-03-01

    We have observed a reversible metal-insulator transition in perovskite oxide thin films that can be controlled by charge trapping pumped by a bipolar voltage bias. In the as-fabricated state, the thin film is metallic with a very low resistance comparable to that of the metallic bottom electrode, showing decreasing resistance with decreasing temperature. This metallic state switches to a high-resistance state after applying a voltage bias: such state is non-ohmic showing a negative temperature dependence of resistance. Switching at essentially the same voltage bias was observed down to 2K. The metal-insulator transition is attributed to charge trapping that disorders the energy of correlated electron states in the conduction band. By increasing the amount of charge trapped, which increases the disorder relative to the band width, increasingly more insulating states with a stronger temperature dependence of resistivity are accessed. This metal-insulator transition provides a platform to engineer new nonvolatile memory that does not require heat (as in phase transition) or dielectric breakdown (as in most other oxide resistance devices).

  18. Field-induced quantum metal-insulator transition in the pyrochlore iridate Nd2Ir2O7

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    Tian, Zhaoming; Kohama, Yoshimitsu; Tomita, Takahiro; Ishizuka, Hiroaki; Hsieh, Timothy H.; Ishikawa, Jun J.; Kindo, Koichi; Balents, Leon; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2016-02-01

    The metal-insulator transition (MIT) is a hallmark of strong correlation in solids. Quantum MITs at zero temperature have been observed in various systems tuned by either carrier doping or bandwidth. However, such transitions have rarely been induced by application of magnetic field, as normally the field scale is too small in comparison with the charge gap, whose size is a fraction of the Coulomb repulsion energy (~1 eV). Here we report the discovery of a quantum MIT tuned by a field of ~10 T, whose magnetoresistance exceeds 60,000%. In particular, our anisotropic magnetotransport measurements on the cubic insulator Nd2Ir2O7 (ref. ) reveal that the insulating state can be suppressed by such a field to a zero-temperature quantum MIT, but only for fields near the [001] axis. The strong sensitivity to the field direction is remarkable for a cubic crystal, as is the fact that the MIT can be driven by such a small magnetic field, given the 45 meV gap energy, which is of order of 50 times the Zeeman energy for an Ir4+ spin. The systematic change in the MIT from continuous near zero field to first order under fields indicates the existence of a tricritical point proximate to the quantum MIT. We argue that these phenomena imply both strong correlation effects on the Ir electrons and an active role for the Nd spins.

  19. Plasmonic effects on the laser-induced metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide

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    Ferrara, Davon W.; MacQuarrie, Evan R.; Nag, Joyeeta; Haglund, Richard F., Jr.

    2010-03-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a strongly-correlated electron material with a well-known semiconducting to metallic phase transition that can be induced thermally, optically, or electrically. When switched to the high-temperature (T > 68°C) metallic phase, the greatest contrast in the optical properties occurs at wavelengths in the near-to-mid-infrared and beyond. In the visible to near-infrared, however, upon switching for wavelengths between ~500-1000 nm, VO2 transmits more light in the metallic phase. In this paper, we report studies of the effect of near-IR irradiation (785 nm) on lithographically prepared arrays of gold nanoparticles (NPs) covered with a thin film of VO2 and find that the presence of the NPs substantially lowers the laser threshold for low-power induction of the phase transition. Hybrid Au::VO2 structures were created by coating lithographically prepared arrays of gold nanoparticles (NPs) (diameters 140 and 200 nm, array spacing 450 nm) with 60 nm thick films of VO2 by pulsed laser deposition. Due to resonant absorption of the Au particle-plasmon resonance (PPR) at 785 nm, a temperature-dependent shift in the PPR can be generated by switching the VO2 from one phase to another. We have measured the switching behavior of VO2 and Au::VO2 structures using shuttered CW laser irradiation in order to study both optical and thermal mechanisms of the phase transition. Transient absorption measurements using a shuttered 785 nm pump laser corresponding to the PPR resonance of the Au NPs and 1550 nm CW probe show that the presence of the Au NPs lowers the threshold laser power required to induce the phase transition.

  20. Optically induced metal-insulator transition in gold::vanadium dioxide hybrid structures

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    Ferrara, Davon W.; Macquarrie, Evan R.; Nag, Joyeeta; Kaye, Anthony; Haglund, Richard F., Jr.

    2010-03-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a strongly-correlated electron material with a well-known semi-conducting to metallic phase transition that can be induced thermally, optically, or electrically. By coating lithographically prepared arrays of gold nanoparticles (NPs) of diameters up to 200 nm with 60 nm thick films of VO2 via pulsed laser deposition, hybrid Au::VO2 structures were created. Due to the sensitivity of the Au particle-plasmon resonance (PPR), a temperature dependent shift in the PPR can be generated by switching the VO2 from one phase to another, creating a tunable plasmonic metamaterial. To study the low-power switching characteristics of these structures, transient absorption measurements were made using a chopped 780 nm pump laser, corresponding to the PPR resonance of the Au NPs, and 1550 nm CW probe. Additionally, pump-probe measurements were conducted on the structures using a Ti:sapphire oscillator with 100-fs pulses. Results show that the presence of Au NPs lowers the threshold laser power required to induce the phase transition. Finite element modeling was performed to better understand the complex thermodynamics of the structure.

  1. Ferroelectric control of metal-insulator transition

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    He, Xu; Jin, Kui-juan; Ge, Chen; Ma, Zhong-shui; Yang, Guo-zhen

    2016-03-01

    We propose a method of controlling the metal-insulator transition of one perovskite material at its interface with another ferroelectric material based on first principle calculations. The operating principle is that the rotation of oxygen octahedra tuned by the ferroelectric polarization can modulate the superexchange interaction in this perovskite. We designed a tri-color superlattice of (BiFeO3)N/LaNiO3/LaTiO3, in which the BiFeO3 layers are ferroelectric, the LaNiO3 layer is the layer of which the electronic structure is to be tuned, and LaTiO3 layer is inserted to enhance the inversion asymmetry. By reversing the ferroelectric polarization in this structure, there is a metal-insulator transition of the LaNiO3 layer because of the changes of crystal field splitting of the Ni eg orbitals and the bandwidth of the Ni in-plane eg orbital. It is highly expected that a metal-transition can be realized by designing the structures at the interfaces for more materials.

  2. Low-power laser induced metal-insulator transition in gold::vanadium dioxide nanoarrays

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    Ferrara, Davon W.; Macquarrie, Evan R.; Nag, Joyeeta; Haglund, Richard F.

    2010-10-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a strongly-correlated electron material with a well-known semiconductor-to-metal transition (SMT) that can be induced thermally, optically, or electrically. By coating lithographically prepared arrays of gold nanoparticles (NPs) of diameter 140 nm with a 60 nm thick film of VO2 by pulsed laser deposition, hybrid Au::VO2 structures were created. Due to the sensitivity of the Au particle-plasmon resonance (PPR), a temperature dependent shift in the PPR can be generated by switching the VO2 from one phase to another, creating a tunable plasmonic metamaterial. To study the low-power switching characteristics of these structures, transient absorption measurements were made using a mechanically shuttered 785 nm pump laser, corresponding to the PPR resonance of the Au NPs, and 1550 nm CW probe. Results show that the presence of Au NPs significantly lowers the threshold laser power required to induce the SMT. Measurements on arrays of different grating constants (350 nm and 500 nm) support the hypothesis that the particles are acting as ``nano-radiators'' that absorb and redeposit thermal energy by scattering light back into the film. Finite element modeling was performed to better understand the complex thermodynamics of the structure.

  3. Metal Insulator transition in Vanadium Dioxide

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    Jovaini, Azita; Fujita, Shigeji; Suzuki, Akira; Godoy, Salvador

    2012-02-01

    MAR12-2011-000262 Abstract Submitted for the MAR12 Meeting of The American Physical Society Sorting Category: 03.9 (T) On the metal-insulator-transition in vanadium dioxide AZITA JOVAINI, SHIGEJI FUJITA, University at Buffalo, SALVADOR GODOY, UNAM, AKIRA SUZUKI, Tokyo University of Science --- Vanadium dioxide (VO2) undergoes a metal-insulator transition (MIT) at 340 K with the structural change from tetragonal to monoclinic crystal. The conductivity _/ drops at MIT by four orders of magnitude. The low temperature monoclinic phase is known to have a lower ground-state energy. The existence of the k-vector k is prerequisite for the conduction since the k appears in the semiclassical equation of motion for the conduction electron (wave packet). The tetragonal (VO2)3 unit is periodic along the crystal's x-, y-, and z-axes, and hence there is a three-dimensional k-vector. There is a one-dimensional k for a monoclinic crystal. We believe this difference in the dimensionality of the k-vector is the cause of the conductivity drop. Prefer Oral Session X Prefer .

  4. Magnetic field induced lattice effects in a quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor close to the Mott metal-insulator transition

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    de Souza, Mariano; Brühl, Andreas; Strack, Christian; Schweitzer, Dieter; Lang, Michael

    2012-08-01

    We present ultra-high-resolution dilatometric studies in magnetic fields on a quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor κ-(D8-BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br, which is located close to the Mott metal-insulator (MI) transition. The obtained thermal expansion coefficient, α(T), reveals two remarkable features: (i) the Mott MI transition temperature TMI=(13.6±0.6) K is insensitive to fields up to 10 T, the highest applied field; (ii) for fields along the interlayer b axis, a magnetic field induced (FI) phase transition at TFI=(9.5±0.5) K is observed above a threshold field Hc˜1 T, indicative of a spin reorientation with strong magnetoelastic coupling.

  5. Thickness-Induced Metal-Insulator Transition in Sb-doped SnO2 Ultrathin Films: The Role of Quantum Confinement

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    Ke, Chang; Zhu, Weiguang; Zhang, Zheng; Soon Tok, Eng; Ling, Bo; Pan, Jisheng

    2015-01-01

    A thickness induced metal-insulator transition (MIT) was firstly observed in Sb-doped SnO2 (SnO2:Sb) epitaxial ultrathin films deposited on sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Both electrical and spectroscopic studies provide clear evidence of a critical thickness for the metallic conductivity in SnO2:Sb thin films and the oxidation state transition of the impurity element Sb. With the shrinkage of film thickness, the broadening of the energy band gap as well as the enhancement of the impurity activation energy was studied and attributed to the quantum confinement effect. Based on the scenario of impurity level pinning and band gap broadening in quantum confined nanostructures, we proposed a generalized energy diagram to understand the thickness induced MIT in the SnO2:Sb system. PMID:26616286

  6. Thickness-Induced Metal-Insulator Transition in Sb-doped SnO2 Ultrathin Films: The Role of Quantum Confinement

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    Ke, Chang; Zhu, Weiguang; Zhang, Zheng; Soon Tok, Eng; Ling, Bo; Pan, Jisheng

    2015-11-01

    A thickness induced metal-insulator transition (MIT) was firstly observed in Sb-doped SnO2 (SnO2:Sb) epitaxial ultrathin films deposited on sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Both electrical and spectroscopic studies provide clear evidence of a critical thickness for the metallic conductivity in SnO2:Sb thin films and the oxidation state transition of the impurity element Sb. With the shrinkage of film thickness, the broadening of the energy band gap as well as the enhancement of the impurity activation energy was studied and attributed to the quantum confinement effect. Based on the scenario of impurity level pinning and band gap broadening in quantum confined nanostructures, we proposed a generalized energy diagram to understand the thickness induced MIT in the SnO2:Sb system.

  7. Thickness-Induced Metal-Insulator Transition in Sb-doped SnO2 Ultrathin Films: The Role of Quantum Confinement.

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    Ke, Chang; Zhu, Weiguang; Zhang, Zheng; Tok, Eng Soon; Ling, Bo; Pan, Jisheng

    2015-01-01

    A thickness induced metal-insulator transition (MIT) was firstly observed in Sb-doped SnO2 (SnO2:Sb) epitaxial ultrathin films deposited on sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Both electrical and spectroscopic studies provide clear evidence of a critical thickness for the metallic conductivity in SnO2:Sb thin films and the oxidation state transition of the impurity element Sb. With the shrinkage of film thickness, the broadening of the energy band gap as well as the enhancement of the impurity activation energy was studied and attributed to the quantum confinement effect. Based on the scenario of impurity level pinning and band gap broadening in quantum confined nanostructures, we proposed a generalized energy diagram to understand the thickness induced MIT in the SnO2:Sb system. PMID:26616286

  8. Metal-insulator transition in films of doped semiconductor nanocrystals.

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    Chen, Ting; Reich, K V; Kramer, Nicolaas J; Fu, Han; Kortshagen, Uwe R; Shklovskii, B I

    2016-03-01

    To fully deploy the potential of semiconductor nanocrystal films as low-cost electronic materials, a better understanding of the amount of dopants required to make their conductivity metallic is needed. In bulk semiconductors, the critical concentration of electrons at the metal-insulator transition is described by the Mott criterion. Here, we theoretically derive the critical concentration nc for films of heavily doped nanocrystals devoid of ligands at their surface and in direct contact with each other. In the accompanying experiments, we investigate the conduction mechanism in films of phosphorus-doped, ligand-free silicon nanocrystals. At the largest electron concentration achieved in our samples, which is half the predicted nc, we find that the localization length of hopping electrons is close to three times the nanocrystals diameter, indicating that the film approaches the metal-insulator transition. PMID:26618885

  9. Metal-insulator transition in films of doped semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Chen, Ting; Reich, K. V.; Kramer, Nicolaas J.; Fu, Han; Kortshagen, Uwe R.; Shklovskii, B. I.

    2016-03-01

    To fully deploy the potential of semiconductor nanocrystal films as low-cost electronic materials, a better understanding of the amount of dopants required to make their conductivity metallic is needed. In bulk semiconductors, the critical concentration of electrons at the metal-insulator transition is described by the Mott criterion. Here, we theoretically derive the critical concentration nc for films of heavily doped nanocrystals devoid of ligands at their surface and in direct contact with each other. In the accompanying experiments, we investigate the conduction mechanism in films of phosphorus-doped, ligand-free silicon nanocrystals. At the largest electron concentration achieved in our samples, which is half the predicted nc, we find that the localization length of hopping electrons is close to three times the nanocrystals diameter, indicating that the film approaches the metal-insulator transition.

  10. Metal-insulator transition near a superconducting state

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    Kaveh, M.; Mott, N. F.

    1992-03-01

    We show that when the metal-insulation transition occurs near a superconducting state it results in a different critical behavior from that of amorphous metals or uncompensated doped semiconductors. This difference results from the enhancement of the effective electron-electron interaction caused by fluctuations to the superconducting state. This explains the recent experiments of Micklitz and co-workers on amorphous superconducting mixtures Ga-Ar and Bi-Kr.

  11. The metal-insulator transition in magnetite.

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    Cullen, J. R.; Callen, E.

    1972-01-01

    We describe an electronic model for the low temperature transition in magnetite, in which the average number of electrons on a site is non-integral. The solution of the one-dimensional problem is reviewed, and the connection of the model with the Verwey ordering is discussed. Some of the implication of the three dimensional problem are discussed.

  12. Dielectric breakdown and avalanches at nonequilibrium metal-insulator transitions.

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    Shekhawat, Ashivni; Papanikolaou, Stefanos; Zapperi, Stefano; Sethna, James P

    2011-12-30

    Motivated by recent experiments on the finite temperature Mott transition in VO(2) films, we propose a classical coarse-grained dielectric breakdown model where each degree of freedom represents a nanograin which transitions from insulator to metal with increasing temperature and voltage at random thresholds due to quenched disorder. We describe the properties of the resulting nonequilibrium metal-insulator transition and explain the universal characteristics of the resistance jump distribution. We predict that by tuning voltage, another critical point is approached, which separates a phase of boltlike avalanches from percolationlike ones. PMID:22243320

  13. Strain-induced metal-insulator transition in t2 g electron system of perovskite titanate S m0.5C a0.5Ti O3 films

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    Yoshimatsu, K.; Okabe, H.; Oshima, T.; Ueda, S.; Ohtomo, A.

    2016-05-01

    We have demonstrated a strain-induced metal-insulator transition for weak Jahn-Teller effects in a t2 g electron system of S m0.5C a0.5Ti O3 , which has metallic ground states in the bulk. A clear variation of electronic properties in S m0.5C a0.5Ti O3 thin films was investigated as a function of epitaxial stain by changing a substrate and the film thickness. Under strong biaxial tensile strain, metallic behaviors were completely eliminated, as evidenced by the temperature dependence of resistivity. The observed metal-insulator transition was consistent with the behavior of the Ti 3 d density of states at the Fermi level seen in valence band hard x-ray photoemission spectra.

  14. Anderson localization effects near the Mott metal-insulator transition

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    Bragança, Helena; Aguiar, M. C. O.; Vučičević, J.; Tanasković, D.; Dobrosavljević, V.

    2015-09-01

    The interplay between Mott and Anderson routes to localization in disordered interacting systems gives rise to different transitions and transport regimes. Here, we investigate the phase diagram at finite temperatures using dynamical mean-field theory combined with typical medium theory, which is an effective theory of the Mott-Anderson metal-insulator transition. We mainly focus on the properties of the coexistence region associated with the Mott phase transition. For weak disorder, the coexistence region is found to be similar to that in the clean case. However, as we increase disorder, Anderson localization effects are responsible for shrinking the coexistence region, and at sufficiently strong disorder (approximately equal to twice the bare bandwidth) it drastically narrows, the critical temperature Tc abruptly goes to zero, and we observe a phase transition in the absence of a coexistence of the metallic and insulating phases. In this regime, the effects of interaction and disorder are found to be of comparable importance for charge localization.

  15. Anderson metal-insulator transitions with classical magnetic impurities

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    Jung, Daniel; Kettemann, Stefan; Slevin, Keith

    2016-04-01

    We study numerically the effects of classical magnetic impurities on the Anderson metal-insulator transition. We find that a small concentration of Heisenberg impurities enhances the critical disorder amplitude Wc with increasing exchange coupling strength J . The resulting scaling with J is analyzed which supports an anomalous scaling prediction by Wegner due to the combined breaking of time-reversal and spin-rotational symmetry. Moreover, we find that the presence of magnetic impurities lowers the critical correlation length exponent ν and enhances the multifractality parameter α0. The new value of ν improves the agreement with the value measured in experiments on the metal-insulator transition (MIT) in doped semiconductors like phosphor-doped silicon, where a finite density of magnetic moments is known to exist in the vicinity of the MIT. The results are obtained by a finite-size scaling analysis of the geometric mean of the local density of states which is calculated by means of the kernel polynomial method. We establish this combination of numerical techniques as a method to obtain critical properties of disordered systems quantitatively.

  16. In-plane magnetic-field-induced metal-insulator transition in (311)A GaAs two-dimensional hole systems probed by thermopower

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    Faniel, S.; Moldovan, L.; Vlad, A.; Tutuc, E.; Bishop, N.; Melinte, S.; Shayegan, M.; Bayot, V.

    2007-10-01

    We report thermopower measurements in dilute (311)A GaAs two-dimensional holes subjected to an in-plane magnetic field B that drives the system through a metal-insulator transition (MIT). The diffusion thermopower Sd decreases linearly with temperature at low B for both low-mobility [011¯] and high-mobility [2¯33] directions, as expected for metallic systems. At high B , in the insulating phase, Sd changes sign along [011¯] , while Sd drops to zero along [2¯33] . This behavior suggests that the system does not undergo any ground-state modification but, rather, that the apparent MIT transition is accompanied by a dramatic change in the dominant scattering mechanisms.

  17. Metal-insulator and charge ordering transitions in oxide nanostructures

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    Singh, Sujay Kumar

    Strongly correlated oxides are a class of materials wherein interplay of various degrees of freedom results in novel electronic and magnetic phenomena. Vanadium oxides are widely studied correlated materials that exhibit metal-insulator transitions (MIT) in a wide temperature range from 70 K to 380 K. In this Thesis, results from electrical transport measurements on vanadium dioxide (VO2) and vanadium oxide bronze (MxV 2O5) (where M: alkali, alkaline earth, and transition metal cations) are presented and discussed. Although the MIT in VO2 has been studied for more than 50 years, the microscopic origin of the transition is still debated since a slew of external parameters such as light, voltage, and strain are found to significantly alter the transition. Furthermore, recent works on electrically driven switching in VO2 have shown that the role of Joule heating to be a major cause as opposed to electric field. We explore the mechanisms behind the electrically driven switching in single crystalline nanobeams of VO2 through DC and AC transport measurements. The harmonic analysis of the AC measurement data shows that non-uniform Joule heating causes electronic inhomogeneities to develop within the nanobeam and is responsible for driving the transition in VO2. Surprisingly, field assisted emission mechanisms such as Poole-Frenkel effect is found to be absent and the role of percolation is also identified in the electrically driven transition. This Thesis also provides a new insight into the mechanisms behind the electrolyte gating induced resistance modulation and the suppression of MIT in VO2. We show that the metallic phase of VO2 induced by electrolyte gating is due to an electrochemical process and can be both reversible and irreversible under different conditions. The kinetics of the redox processes increase with temperature; a complete suppression of the transition and the stabilization of the metallic phase are achievable by gating in the rutile metallic phase

  18. Electrocaloric effect of metal-insulator transition in VO{sub 2}

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    Matsunami, Daichi; Fujita, Asaya

    2015-01-26

    The electrocaloric effect was observed in association with an electric-field induced metal-insulator transition in VO{sub 2} using a calorimetric measurement under an applied voltage. For a VO{sub 2} plate with a 0.4 mm thickness located in the center of a capacitor-like structure, the metal-insulator transition was manipulated by applying a few volts. The occurrence of a transition in such a thick sample with relatively low voltage indicates that a surface charge accumulation mechanism is effective. The isothermal entropy change reached 94 J kg{sup −1} K{sup −1}, while the adiabatic temperature change was calculated as −3.8 K under a voltage change of 0–3 V. The large entropy change is attributed to correlation of the complex freedom among spin, charge, and lattice.

  19. The metal-insulator transition in vanadium dioxide nanobeams

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    Cobden, David

    2009-05-01

    Solid materials in which electron-electron correlations are strong can exhibit dramatic phase transitions, at which an abrupt change in the electronic properties occurs with a small accompanying distortion of the lattice. Such transitions could be harnessed to make electronic or optoelectronic devices or sensors embodying different principles from those in present semiconductor technology. A famous example is the metal-insulator transition in vanadium dioxide which occurs at 67 ^oC at ambient pressure. VO2 is a stable, strong material with a simple structure. Unfortunately though, applications and methodical studies of this and other phase transitions are hindered by broadening, hysteresis and mechanical degradation at the transition, caused by the inevitable domain structure. Nanostructures of the material which are smaller than the characteristic domain size do not show these problems. Using devices made from nanobeams of VO2 we have been able to achieve good control of the transition and to determine a number of its properties for the first time. For instance, we find that the metallic phase can be supercooled by more than 50 ^oC; that the resistivity of the insulator in coexistence with the metal is independent of temperature; and that the transition occurs via the intermediate M2 phase. We also study nanoelectromechanical effects where reversible buckling of the nanobeam is coupled to the phase transition, and we investigate methods of controlling the phase transition, for example using a gate voltage.

  20. Second critical point in first order metal-insulator transitions.

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    Kostadinov, Ivan Z; Patton, Bruce R

    2008-11-28

    For first order metal-insulator transitions we show that, together with the dc conductance zero, there is a second critical point where the dielectric constant becomes zero and further turns negative. At this point the metallic reflectivity sharply increases. The two points can be separated by a phase separation state in a 3D disordered system but may tend to merge in 2D. For illustration we evaluate the dielectric function in a simple effective medium approximation and show that at the second point it turns negative. We reproduce the experimental data on a typical Mott insulator such as MnO, demonstrating the presence of the two points clearly. We discuss other experiments for studies of the phase separation state and a similar phase separation in superconductors with insulating inclusions. PMID:19113498

  1. Chiral phase transition in lattice QCD as a metal-insulator transition

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    Garcia-Garcia, Antonio M.; Osborn, James C.

    2007-02-01

    We investigate the lattice QCD Dirac operator with staggered fermions at temperatures around the chiral phase transition. We present evidence of a metal-insulator transition in the low lying modes of the Dirac operator around the same temperature as the chiral phase transition. This strongly suggests the phenomenon of Anderson localization drives the QCD vacuum to the chirally symmetric phase in a way similar to a metal-insulator transition in a disordered conductor. We also discuss how Anderson localization affects the usual phenomenological treatment of phase transitions a la Ginzburg-Landau.

  2. Metal insulator transitions in perovskite SrIrO{sub 3} thin films

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    Biswas, Abhijit; Jeong, Yoon Hee; Kim, Ki-Seok

    2014-12-07

    Understanding of metal insulator transitions in a strongly correlated system, driven by Anderson localization (disorder) and/or Mott localization (correlation), is a long standing problem in condensed matter physics. The prevailing fundamental question would be how these two mechanisms contrive to accomplish emergent anomalous behaviors. Here, we have grown high quality perovskite SrIrO{sub 3} thin films, containing a strong spin orbit coupled 5d element Ir, on various substrates such as GdScO{sub 3} (110), DyScO{sub 3} (110), SrTiO{sub 3} (001), and NdGaO{sub 3} (110) with increasing lattice mismatch, in order to carry out a systematic study on the transport properties. We found that metal insulator transitions can be induced in this system; by either reducing thickness (on best lattice matched substrate) or changing degree of lattice strain (by lattice mismatch between film and substrates) of films. Surprisingly these two pathways seek two distinct types of metal insulator transitions; the former falls into disorder driven Anderson type whereas the latter turns out to be of unconventional Mott-Anderson type with the interplay of disorder and correlation. More interestingly, in the metallic phases of SrIrO{sub 3}, unusual non-Fermi liquid characteristics emerge in resistivity as Δρ ∝ T{sup ε} with ε evolving from 4/5 to 1 to 3/2 with increasing lattice strain. We discuss theoretical implications of these phenomena to shed light on the metal insulator transitions.

  3. Quantum capacitance in thin film vanadium dioxide metal insulator transition

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    Wu, Zhe; Knighton, Talbot; Tarquini, Vinicio; Torres, David; Wang, Tongyu; Sepulveda, Nelson; Huang, Jian

    We present capacitance measurements of the electronic density of states performed in high quality vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films on sapphire (Al2O3) substrate. These films show the expected metal insulator transition near 60 °C with resistivity changing by 3 orders of magnitude with a hysteresis of 10 °C. To make a capacitive probe, a gate is suspended above the film surface using a flip-chip method with microfabricated supports. The geometric capacitance per-area reached is 40 pF/mm2. Such a large capacitance can be significantly modified by electron interaction and band charging/discharging which appear as an extra term known as the quantum capacitance (Cq). An AC signal applied to the gate allows measurement of the changing density of states (DOS) across the MIT. The DOS abruptly increases as the sample is heated through the transition point. Conversely the low temperature drop of d μ / d n is consistent with an energy gap opening in the insulating phase. These parameters shed light on the transition mechanism. NSF DMR-1105183, NSF ECCS 1306311.

  4. Correlation-induced metal-insulator transitions in d0 magnetic superlattices based on alkaline-earth monoxides: Insights from ab initio calculations

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    Lu, Yi-Lin; Dong, Shengjie; Zhou, Baozeng; Zhao, Hui; Wu, Ping

    2015-06-01

    Using first-principles density functional theory calculations, we have investigated the electronic structure and magnetic properties of four superlattices (MO)1/(MX)1 (001) (M=Ca and Sr; X=N and C). Our results show that compared with standard GGA approach, the GGA plus effective Ueff scheme can correct electronic structure and magnetic properties in some extent. With enhancing electronic correlation, for (CaO)1/(CaN)1, (SrO)1/(SrN)1, and (SrO)1/(SrC)1, the bands across Fermi level are divided into two parts and the shape of isotropic spherical spin atmosphere becomes anisotropic dumbbell-like with specific orientation, accompanying metal-insulator transitions. For (CaO)1/(CaC)1, the states just smearing with the Fermi level shift to lower energy region below Fermi level, indicating the transformation from a nearly half metal to an actual half metal occurs. The different behavior of (CaO)1/(CaC)1 compared with three other compounds may be caused by the larger ionization energy of calcium than that of strontium and the smaller electronegativity of carbon than that of nitrogen.

  5. Anderson metal-insulator transitions with classical magnetic impurities

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    Jung, Daniel; Kettemann, Stefan

    2014-08-20

    We study the effects of classical magnetic impurities on the Anderson metal-insulator transition (AMIT) numerically. In particular we find that while a finite concentration of Ising impurities lowers the critical value of the site-diagonal disorder amplitude W{sub c}, in the presence of Heisenberg impurities, W{sub c} is first increased with increasing exchange coupling strength J due to time-reversal symmetry breaking. The resulting scaling with J is compared to analytical predictions by Wegner [1]. The results are obtained numerically, based on a finite-size scaling procedure for the typical density of states [2], which is the geometric average of the local density of states. The latter can efficiently be calculated using the kernel polynomial method [3]. Although still suffering from methodical shortcomings, our method proves to deliver results close to established results for the orthogonal symmetry class [4]. We extend previous approaches [5] by combining the KPM with a finite-size scaling analysis. We also discuss the relevance of our findings for systems like phosphor-doped silicon (Si:P), which are known to exhibit a quantum phase transition from metal to insulator driven by the interplay of both interaction and disorder, accompanied by the presence of a finite concentration of magnetic moments [6].

  6. Anderson metal-insulator transitions with classical magnetic impurities

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    Jung, Daniel; Kettemann, Stefan

    2014-08-01

    We study the effects of classical magnetic impurities on the Anderson metal-insulator transition (AMIT) numerically. In particular we find that while a finite concentration of Ising impurities lowers the critical value of the site-diagonal disorder amplitude Wc, in the presence of Heisenberg impurities, Wc is first increased with increasing exchange coupling strength J due to time-reversal symmetry breaking. The resulting scaling with J is compared to analytical predictions by Wegner [1]. The results are obtained numerically, based on a finite-size scaling procedure for the typical density of states [2], which is the geometric average of the local density of states. The latter can efficiently be calculated using the kernel polynomial method [3]. Although still suffering from methodical shortcomings, our method proves to deliver results close to established results for the orthogonal symmetry class [4]. We extend previous approaches [5] by combining the KPM with a finite-size scaling analysis. We also discuss the relevance of our findings for systems like phosphor-doped silicon (Si:P), which are known to exhibit a quantum phase transition from metal to insulator driven by the interplay of both interaction and disorder, accompanied by the presence of a finite concentration of magnetic moments [6].

  7. Metal-insulator transition in low dimensional La{sub 0.75}Sr{sub 0.25}VO{sub 3} thin films

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    Dao, Tran M.; Mondal, Partha S.; Takamura, Y.; Arenholz, E.; Lee, Jaichan

    2011-06-15

    We report on the metal-insulator transition that occurs as a function of film thickness in ultrathin La{sub 0.75}Sr{sub 0.25}VO{sub 3} films. The metal-insulator transition displays a critical thickness of 5 unit cell. Above the critical thickness, metallic films exhibit a temperature driven metal-insulator transition with weak localization behavior. With decreasing film thickness, oxygen octahedron rotation in the films increases, causing enhanced electron-electron correlation. The electronelectron correlations in ultrathin films induce the transition from metal to insulator in addition to Anderson localization.

  8. Metal-insulator transitions in IZO, IGZO, and ITZO films

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    Makise, Kazumasa; Hidaka, Kazuya; Ezaki, Syohei; Asano, Takayuki; Shinozaki, Bunju; Tomai, Shigekazu; Yano, Koki; Nakamura, Hiroaki

    2014-10-21

    In this study, we measured the low-temperature resistivity of amorphous two- and three-dimensional (2D and 3D) indium-zinc oxide, indium-gallium-zinc oxide, and indium-tin-zinc oxide films with a wide range of carrier densities. To determine their critical characteristics at the metal-insulator transition (MIT), we used the Ioffe–Regel criterion. We found that the MIT occurs in a narrow range between k{sub F}ℓ =0.13 and k{sub F}ℓ =0.25, where k{sub F} and ℓ are the Fermi wave number and electron mean free path, respectively. For films in the insulating region, we analyzed ρ(T) using a procedure proposed by Zabrodskii and Zinov'eva. This analysis confirmed the occurrence of Mott and Efros–Shklovskii (ES) variable-range hopping. The materials studied show crossover behavior from exp(T{sub Mott}/T){sup 1/4} or exp(T{sub Mott}/T){sup 1/3} for Mott hopping conduction to exp(T{sub ES}/T){sup 1/2} for ES hopping conduction with decreasing temperature. For both 2D and 3D materials, we found that the relationship between T{sub Mott} and T{sub ES} satisfies T{sub ES}∝T{sub Mott}{sup 2/3}.

  9. DC current induced metal-insulator transition in epitaxial Sm{sub 0.6}Nd{sub 0.4}NiO{sub 3}/LaAlO{sub 3} thin film

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    Huang, Haoliang; Luo, Zhenlin Yang, Yuanjun; Yang, Mengmeng; Wang, Haibo; Hu, Sixia; Bao, Jun; Yun, Yu; Meng, Dechao; Lu, Yalin; Gao, Chen

    2014-05-15

    The metal-insulator transition (MIT) in strong correlated electron materials can be induced by external perturbation in forms of thermal, electrical, optical, or magnetic fields. We report on the DC current induced MIT in epitaxial Sm{sub 0.6}Nd{sub 0.4}NiO{sub 3} (SNNO) thin film deposited by pulsed laser deposition on (001)-LaAlO{sub 3} substrate. It was found that the MIT in SNNO film not only can be triggered by thermal, but also can be induced by DC current. The T{sub MI} of SNNO film decreases from 282 K to 200 K with the DC current density increasing from 0.003 × 10{sup 9} A•m{sup −2} to 4.9 × 10{sup 9} A•m{sup −2}. Based on the resistivity curves measured at different temperatures, the MIT phase diagram has been successfully constructed.

  10. Electronic Structure Evolution across the Peierls Metal-Insulator Transition in a Correlated Ferromagnet

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    Bhobe, P. A.; Kumar, A.; Taguchi, M.; Eguchi, R.; Matsunami, M.; Takata, Y.; Nandy, A. K.; Mahadevan, P.; Sarma, D. D.; Neroni, A.; Şaşıoǧlu, E.; Ležaić, M.; Oura, M.; Senba, Y.; Ohashi, H.; Ishizaka, K.; Okawa, M.; Shin, S.; Tamasaku, K.; Kohmura, Y.; Yabashi, M.; Ishikawa, T.; Hasegawa, K.; Isobe, M.; Ueda, Y.; Chainani, A.

    2015-10-01

    Transition metal compounds often undergo spin-charge-orbital ordering due to strong electron-electron correlations. In contrast, low-dimensional materials can exhibit a Peierls transition arising from low-energy electron-phonon-coupling-induced structural instabilities. We study the electronic structure of the tunnel framework compound K2Cr8O16 , which exhibits a temperature-dependent (T -dependent) paramagnetic-to-ferromagnetic-metal transition at TC=180 K and transforms into a ferromagnetic insulator below TMI=95 K . We observe clear T -dependent dynamic valence (charge) fluctuations from above TC to TMI , which effectively get pinned to an average nominal valence of Cr+3.75 (Cr4 +∶Cr3 + states in a 3 ∶1 ratio) in the ferromagnetic-insulating phase. High-resolution laser photoemission shows a T -dependent BCS-type energy gap, with 2 G (0 )˜3.5 (kBTMI)˜35 meV . First-principles band-structure calculations, using the experimentally estimated on-site Coulomb energy of U ˜4 eV , establish the necessity of strong correlations and finite structural distortions for driving the metal-insulator transition. In spite of the strong correlations, the nonintegral occupancy (2.25 d -electrons/Cr ) and the half-metallic ferromagnetism in the t2 g up-spin band favor a low-energy Peierls metal-insulator transition.

  11. Mesoscopic Metal-Insulator Transition at Ferroelastic Domain Walls in VO2

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    Jones, Keith M; Kalinin, Sergei V; Kolmakov, Andrei; Luk'yanchuk, Prof. Igor A.; Meunier, Vincent; Proksch, Roger; Shelton Jr, William Allison; Strelcov, Evgheni; Tselev, Alexander

    2010-01-01

    The novel phenomena induced by symmetry breaking at homointerfaces between ferroic variants in ferroelectric and ferroelastic materials have attracted recently much attention. Using variable temperature scanning microwave microscopy, we demonstrate the mesoscopic strain-induced metal-insulator phase transitions in the vicinity of ferroelastic domain walls in the semiconductive VO2 that nucleated at temperatures as much as 10-12 C below bulk transition, resulting in the formation of conductive channels in the material. Density functional theory is used to rationalize the process low activation energy. This behavior, linked to the strain inhomogeneity inherent in ferroelastic materials, can strongly affect interpretation of phase-transition studies in VO2 and similar materials with symmetry-lowering transitions, and can also be used to enable new generations of electronic devices though strain engineering of conductive and semiconductive regions.

  12. Controlling the metal insulator transition using the ferroelectric field effect in rare earth nickelates

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    Marshall, Matthew; Disa, Ankit; Kumah, Divine; Chen, Hanghui; Ismail-Beigi, Sohrab; Walker, Fred; Ahn, Charles

    2013-03-01

    A ferroelectric field effect transistor (FE-FET) modulates conductivity in a non-volatile manner by electrostatically accumulating and depleting charge carriers at the interface between a conducting channel and ferroelectric gate. The rare earth nickelate LaNiO3 is metallic in bulk, while other rare earth nickelates, such as NdNiO3, exhibit metal-insulator transitions and anti-ferromagnetic behavior in the bulk. Here, we show that by coupling the ferroelectric polarization of Pb0.8Zr0.2TiO3 (PZT) to the carriers in a nickelate, we can dynamically induce a metal- insulator transition in ultra-thin films of LaNiO3, and induce large changes in the MIT transition temperature in NdNiO3. Density functional theory is used to determine changes in the physical and electronic Ni-O-Ni bond angle of the nickelate at the interface between PZT and LaNiO3. The effect of the ferroelectric polarization is to decrease the Ni-O-Ni bond angle from 180 degrees and increase the carrier effective mass. Related to this change in electronic structure, we observe a change in resistivity of approximately 80% at room temperature for an ultra-thin 3 unit cell thick film of LaNiO3. Work supported by FENA and the NSF under MRSEC DMR 1119826.

  13. Metal-insulator transition in trans-polyacetylene

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    Conwell, E. M.; Mizes, H. A.; Jeyadev, S.

    1989-07-01

    We have calculated the band structure for a chain of doped trans-polyacetylene using the electronic part of the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger Hamiltonian plus the Coulomb potential arising from ions and charged solitons surrounding the chain. The lattice structure used was that determined by x rays for Na-doped polyacetylene. To agree with a number of experimental observations the donated electrons were taken to be in soliton states at all dopant concentrations. In obtaining the potential of a point charge on a chain in the metallic state, the confinement of the free electrons to a chain was taken into account. Because screening depends on the calculated energy levels, specifically on the density of states at the Fermi energy, η(EF), in the metallic state, which, in turn, depend on the potential used to obtain them, self-consistency was required in the calculations. The energy-level structure was found to depend strongly on the ion spacing, conveniently measured in terms of the average spacing a of C-H's along the chain. For ion spacing 5a, characteristic of the Na-ion-rich regions up to an average dopant concentration of ~6%, the chain remained semiconducting. For ion spacing 4a, which appears to characterize the next phase for Na doping, metallic behavior was found for a doped chain length of ~100 sites or more. Self-consistency was fulfilled with η(EF) equal to the value obtained from the saturation spin susceptibility in the metallic state. In addition to sufficiently long chains that the level spacing is comparable to kT, the metal-insulator transition is found to require considerable overlap of electron wave functions on adjacent solitons and a fairly deep potential well. The transition is best described as a Mott transition. Our model predicts that a sample in the metallic state at room temperature becomes semiconducting at lower temperature. Evidence for this is found in the temperature variation of the spin susceptibility and of ESR linewidth. It is argued that

  14. Electrical permittivity driven metal-insulator transition in heterostructures of nonpolar Mott and band insulators

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    Omori, Yukiko; Rüegg, Andreas; Sigrist, Manfred

    2014-10-01

    Metallic interfaces between insulating perovskites are often observed in heterostructures combining polar and nonpolar materials. In these systems, the polar discontinuity across the interface may drive an electronic reconstruction inducing free carriers at the interface. Here, we theoretically show that a metallic interface between a Mott and a band insulator can also form in the absence of a polar discontinuity. The condition for the appearance of such a metallic state is consistent with the classical Mott criterion: the metallic state is stable if the screening length falls below the effective Bohr radius of a particle-hole pair. In this case, the metallic state bears a remarkable similarity to the one found in polar/nonpolar heterostructures. On the other hand, if the screening length approaches the size of the effective Bohr radius, particles and holes are bound to each other resulting in an overall insulating phase. We analyze this metal-insulator transition, which is tunable by the dielectric constant, in the framework of the slave-boson mean-field theory for a lattice model with both on-site and long-range Coulomb interactions. We discuss ground-state properties and transport coefficients, which we derive in the relaxation-time approximation. Interestingly, we find that the metal-insulator transition is accompanied by a strong enhancement of the Seebeck coefficient in the band-insulator region in the vicinity of the interface. The implications of our theoretical findings for various experimental systems such as nonpolar (110) interfaces are also discussed.

  15. Metal-insulator transitions of bulk and domain-wall states in pyrochlore iridates

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    Ueda, Kentaro

    A family of pyrochlore iridates R2Ir2O7 offers an ideal platform to explore intriguing phases such as topological Mott insulator and Weyl semimetal. Here we report transport and spectroscopic studies on the metal-insulator transition (MIT) induced by the modulations of effective electron correlation and magnetic structures, which is finely tuned by external pressure, chemical substitutions (R = Nd1-x Prx and SmyNd1-y) , and magnetic field. A reentrant insulator-metal-insulator transition is observed near the paramagnetic insulator-metal phase boundary reminiscent of a first-order Mott transition for R = SmyNd1-y compounds (y~0.8). The metallic states on the magnetic domain walls (DWs), which are observed for R = Nd in real space as well as in transport properties, is simultaneously turned into the insulating one. These findings imply that the DW electronic state is intimately linked to the bulk states. For the mixed R = Nd1-x Prx compounds, the divergent behavior of resistivity with antiferromagnetic order is significantly suppressed by applying a magnetic field along [001] direction. It is attributed to the phase transition from the antiferromagnetic insulating state to the novel Weyl (semi-)metal state accompanied by the change of magnetic structure. The present study combined with experiment and theory suggests that there are abundant exotic phases with physical parameters such as electron correlation and Ir-5 d magnetic order pattern. Work performed in collaboration with J. Fujioka, B.-J. Yang, C. Terakura, N. Nagaosa, Y. Tokura (University of Tokyo, RIKEN CEMS), J. Shiogai, A. Tsukazaki, S. Nakamura, S. Awaji (Tohoku University). 1This work was supported by JSPS FIRST Program and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Grants No. 80609488 and No. 24224009).

  16. Metal-insulator transition in SrTi1-xVxO3 thin films

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    Gu, Man; Wolf, Stuart A.; Lu, Jiwei

    2013-11-01

    Epitaxial SrTi1-xVxO3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) thin films were grown on (001)-oriented (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT) substrates using the pulsed electron-beam deposition technique. The transport study revealed a temperature driven metal-insulator transition (MIT) at 95 K for x = 0.67. The films with higher vanadium concentration (x > 0.67) were metallic corresponding to a Fermi liquid system. In the insulating phase (x < 0.67), the resistivity behavior was governed by Mott's variable range hopping mechanism. The possible mechanisms for the induced MIT are discussed, including the effects of electron correlation, lattice distortion, and Anderson localization.

  17. Enhanced ferromagnetic and metal insulator transition in Sm0.55Sr0.45MnO3 thin films: Role of oxygen vacancy induced quenched disorder

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    Srivastava, M. K.; Siwach, P. K.; Kaur, A.; Singh, H. K.

    2010-11-01

    Effect of quenched disorder (QD) caused by oxygen vacancy (OV) and substrate induced inhomogeneous compressive strain, on the magnetic and transport properties of oriented polycrystalline Sm0.55Sr0.45MnO3 thin films is investigated. QD is related intimately to the ordering/disordering of the OVs and controls the paramagnetic-ferromagnetic/insulator-metal transition. OV ordered films show enhanced TC/TIM˜165 K, which is depressed by oxygen annealing. OV disordering realized by quenching reduces TC/TIM. The first order IM transition observed in SSMO single crystals is transformed into nonhysteretic and continuous one in the OV ordered films. QD appears to be diluted by OV disorder/annihilation and results in stronger carrier localization.

  18. Pure electronic metal-insulator transition at the interface of complex oxides

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    Meyers, D.; Liu, Jian; Freeland, J. W.; Middey, S.; Kareev, M.; Kwon, Jihwan; Zuo, J. M.; Chuang, Yi-De; Kim, J. W.; Ryan, P. J.; Chakhalian, J.

    2016-01-01

    In complex materials observed electronic phases and transitions between them often involve coupling between many degrees of freedom whose entanglement convolutes understanding of the instigating mechanism. Metal-insulator transitions are one such problem where coupling to the structural, orbital, charge, and magnetic order parameters frequently obscures the underlying physics. Here, we demonstrate a way to unravel this conundrum by heterostructuring a prototypical multi-ordered complex oxide NdNiO3 in ultra thin geometry, which preserves the metal-to-insulator transition and bulk-like magnetic order parameter, but entirely suppresses the symmetry lowering and long-range charge order parameter. These findings illustrate the utility of heterointerfaces as a powerful method for removing competing order parameters to gain greater insight into the nature of the transition, here revealing that the magnetic order generates the transition independently, leading to an exceptionally rare purely electronic metal-insulator transition with no symmetry change. PMID:27324948

  19. Pure electronic metal-insulator transition at the interface of complex oxides

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    Meyers, D.; Liu, Jian; Freeland, J. W.; Middey, S.; Kareev, M.; Kwon, Jihwan; Zuo, J. M.; Chuang, Yi-De; Kim, J. W.; Ryan, P. J.; Chakhalian, J.

    2016-06-01

    In complex materials observed electronic phases and transitions between them often involve coupling between many degrees of freedom whose entanglement convolutes understanding of the instigating mechanism. Metal-insulator transitions are one such problem where coupling to the structural, orbital, charge, and magnetic order parameters frequently obscures the underlying physics. Here, we demonstrate a way to unravel this conundrum by heterostructuring a prototypical multi-ordered complex oxide NdNiO3 in ultra thin geometry, which preserves the metal-to-insulator transition and bulk-like magnetic order parameter, but entirely suppresses the symmetry lowering and long-range charge order parameter. These findings illustrate the utility of heterointerfaces as a powerful method for removing competing order parameters to gain greater insight into the nature of the transition, here revealing that the magnetic order generates the transition independently, leading to an exceptionally rare purely electronic metal-insulator transition with no symmetry change.

  20. Pure electronic metal-insulator transition at the interface of complex oxides.

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    Meyers, D; Liu, Jian; Freeland, J W; Middey, S; Kareev, M; Kwon, Jihwan; Zuo, J M; Chuang, Yi-De; Kim, J W; Ryan, P J; Chakhalian, J

    2016-01-01

    In complex materials observed electronic phases and transitions between them often involve coupling between many degrees of freedom whose entanglement convolutes understanding of the instigating mechanism. Metal-insulator transitions are one such problem where coupling to the structural, orbital, charge, and magnetic order parameters frequently obscures the underlying physics. Here, we demonstrate a way to unravel this conundrum by heterostructuring a prototypical multi-ordered complex oxide NdNiO3 in ultra thin geometry, which preserves the metal-to-insulator transition and bulk-like magnetic order parameter, but entirely suppresses the symmetry lowering and long-range charge order parameter. These findings illustrate the utility of heterointerfaces as a powerful method for removing competing order parameters to gain greater insight into the nature of the transition, here revealing that the magnetic order generates the transition independently, leading to an exceptionally rare purely electronic metal-insulator transition with no symmetry change. PMID:27324948

  1. Selective electrochemical reactivity of rutile VO2 towards the suppression of metal-insulator transition

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    Singh, Sujay; Abtew, Tesfaye A.; Horrocks, Gregory; Kilcoyne, Colin; Marley, Peter M.; Stabile, Adam A.; Banerjee, Sarbajit; Zhang, Peihong; Sambandamurthy, G.

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate through electrolyte gating measurements of a single nanobeam that the rultile phase of VO2 is electrochemically more reactive than the monoclinic phase. Our results show that the complete suppression of the metal-insulator transition and stabilization of the metallic phase is possible when gate voltage is applied in the rutile metallic phase. The results are discussed based on the formation of oxygen vacancies wherein accommodation of a high concentration of vacancies in the rutile phase selectively stabilizes it by disrupting dimerization of adjacent V-V pairs required for a transition to the monoclinic phase. The creation of oxygen vacancies is proposed to proceed through the oxidation of the electrolyte. Raman spectroscopy data suggest surface metallization upon electrolyte gating with an initial coexistence of insulating monoclinic and metallic domains. The selective electrochemical reactivity of the rutile phase and the resulting defect-induced stabilization of this phase across a vastly expanded temperature window suggest a facile defect engineering route to tune electronic phase transitions.

  2. Functionalized graphene as a model system for the two-dimensional metal-insulator transition

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    Osofsky, M. S.; Hernández, S. C.; Nath, A.; Wheeler, V. D.; Walton, S. G.; Krowne, C. M.; Gaskill, D. K.

    2016-02-01

    Reports of metallic behavior in two-dimensional (2D) systems such as high mobility metal-oxide field effect transistors, insulating oxide interfaces, graphene, and MoS2 have challenged the well-known prediction of Abrahams, et al. that all 2D systems must be insulating. The existence of a metallic state for such a wide range of 2D systems thus reveals a wide gap in our understanding of 2D transport that has become more important as research in 2D systems expands. A key to understanding the 2D metallic state is the metal-insulator transition (MIT). In this report, we explore the nature of a disorder induced MIT in functionalized graphene, a model 2D system. Magneto-transport measurements show that weak-localization overwhelmingly drives the transition, in contradiction to theoretical assumptions that enhanced electron-electron interactions dominate. These results provide the first detailed picture of the nature of the transition from the metallic to insulating states of a 2D system.

  3. Functionalized graphene as a model system for the two-dimensional metal-insulator transition

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    Osofsky, M. S.; Hernández, S. C.; Nath, A.; Wheeler, V. D.; Walton, S. G.; Krowne, C. M.; Gaskill, D. K.

    2016-01-01

    Reports of metallic behavior in two-dimensional (2D) systems such as high mobility metal-oxide field effect transistors, insulating oxide interfaces, graphene, and MoS2 have challenged the well-known prediction of Abrahams, et al. that all 2D systems must be insulating. The existence of a metallic state for such a wide range of 2D systems thus reveals a wide gap in our understanding of 2D transport that has become more important as research in 2D systems expands. A key to understanding the 2D metallic state is the metal-insulator transition (MIT). In this report, we explore the nature of a disorder induced MIT in functionalized graphene, a model 2D system. Magneto-transport measurements show that weak-localization overwhelmingly drives the transition, in contradiction to theoretical assumptions that enhanced electron-electron interactions dominate. These results provide the first detailed picture of the nature of the transition from the metallic to insulating states of a 2D system. PMID:26860789

  4. Buckley Prize Talk: The Suprerconductor-(Metal)-Insulator Transition

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    Kapitulnik, Aharon

    2015-03-01

    While the classical theory of phase transitions has been extraordinarily successful, there are several reasons to exercise caution when applying this approach to the zero temperature superconducting transition. First, experimental identification of the relevant phases requires extrapolation to zero temperature, which becomes complicated, especially when one needs to identify sources of dissipation. In addition, since superconductivity may be highly inhomogeneous as appreciable superconducting order parameter may be concentrated in ``superconducting puddles'' due to disorder and/or spontaneous phase separation, the nature of the quantum phase transition to a superconducting state may be highly anomalous, where the system attempts to optimizes the formation of puddles with the Josephson coupling among them to obtain global superconductivity. In this talk we will review some of the consequences of these considerations, emphasizing the possible emergence of anomalous metallic phases close to the superconductor-insulator transition.

  5. Thermal radiative near field transport between vanadium dioxide and silicon oxide across the metal insulator transition

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    Menges, F.; Dittberner, M.; Novotny, L.; Passarello, D.; Parkin, S. S. P.; Spieser, M.; Riel, H.; Gotsmann, B.

    2016-04-01

    The thermal radiative near field transport between vanadium dioxide and silicon oxide at submicron distances is expected to exhibit a strong dependence on the state of vanadium dioxide which undergoes a metal-insulator transition near room temperature. We report the measurement of near field thermal transport between a heated silicon oxide micro-sphere and a vanadium dioxide thin film on a titanium oxide (rutile) substrate. The temperatures of the 15 nm vanadium dioxide thin film varied to be below and above the metal-insulator-transition, and the sphere temperatures were varied in a range between 100 and 200 °C. The measurements were performed using a vacuum-based scanning thermal microscope with a cantilevered resistive thermal sensor. We observe a thermal conductivity per unit area between the sphere and the film with a distance dependence following a power law trend and a conductance contrast larger than 2 for the two different phase states of the film.

  6. Metal-insulator transition in Na{sub x}WO{sub 3}: Photoemission spectromicroscopy study

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    Paul, Sanhita Ghosh, Anirudha Raj, Satyabrata

    2014-04-24

    We have investigated the validity of percolation model, which is quite often invoked to explain the metal-insulator transition in sodium tungsten bronzes, Na{sub x}WO{sub 3} by photoelectron spectromicroscopy. The spatially resolved direct spectromicroscopic probing on both the insulating and metallic phases of high quality single crystals of Na{sub x}WO{sub 3} reveals the absence of any microscopic inhomogeneities embedded in the system within the experimental limit. Neither any metallic domains in the insulating host nor any insulating domains in the metallic host have been found to support the validity of percolation model to explain the metal-insulator transition in Na{sub x}WO{sub 3}.

  7. Disorder and Metal-Insulator Transitions in Weyl Semimetals.

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    Chen, Chui-Zhen; Song, Juntao; Jiang, Hua; Sun, Qing-feng; Wang, Ziqiang; Xie, X C

    2015-12-11

    The Weyl semimetal (WSM) is a newly proposed quantum state of matter. It has Weyl nodes in bulk excitations and Fermi arc surface states. We study the effects of disorder and localization in WSMs and find three novel phase transitions. (i) Two Weyl nodes near the Brillouin zone boundary can be annihilated pairwise by disorder scattering, resulting in the opening of a topologically nontrivial gap and a transition from a WSM to a three-dimensional quantum anomalous Hall state. (ii) When the two Weyl nodes are well separated in momentum space, the emergent bulk extended states can give rise to a direct transition from a WSM to a 3D diffusive anomalous Hall metal. (iii) Two Weyl nodes can emerge near the zone center when an insulating gap closes with increasing disorder, enabling a direct transition from a normal band insulator to a WSM. We determine the phase diagram by numerically computing the localization length and the Hall conductivity, and propose that the novel phase transitions can be realized on a photonic lattice. PMID:26705648

  8. Percolative metal-insulator transition in LaMnO3

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    Sherafati, M.; Baldini, M.; Malavasi, L.; Satpathy, S.

    2016-01-01

    We show that the pressure-induced metal-insulator transition (MIT) in LaMnO3 is fundamentally different from the Mott-Hubbard transition and is percolative in nature, with the measured resistivity obeying the percolation scaling laws. Using the Gutzwiller method to treat correlation effects in a model Hamiltonian that includes both Coulomb and Jahn-Teller interactions, we show, one, that the MIT is driven by a competition between electronic correlation and the electron-lattice interaction, an issue that has been long debated, and two, that with compressed volume, the system has a tendency towards phase separation into insulating and metallic regions, consisting, respectively, of Jahn-Teller distorted and undistorted octahedra. This tendency manifests itself in a mixed phase of intermixed insulating and metallic regions in the experiment. Conduction in the mixed phase occurs by percolation and the MIT occurs when the metallic volume fraction, steadily increasing with pressure, exceeds the percolation threshold vc≈0.29 . Measured high-pressure resistivity follows the percolation scaling laws quite well, and the temperature dependence follows the Efros-Shklovskii variable-range hopping behavior for granular materials.

  9. ARPES studies on metal-insulator-transition in NiS2-xSex

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    Han, Garam; Kim, Y. K.; Kyung, W. S.; Kim, Chul; Koh, Y. Y.; Lee, K. D.; Kim, C.

    2012-02-01

    Understanding Metal insulator transition (MIT) is one of the most challenging issues in condensed matter physics. NiS2-xSex (NSS) is a well known system for band width controlled MIT studies while most of High-Tc superconductors (HTSCs) are described within band filling MIT picture. Cubic pyrite NiS2 is known as a charge-transfer (CT) insulator and easily forms a solid solution with NiSe2, which is a good metal even though it is isostrucural and isoelectronic to NiS2. MIT is induced by Se alloying and is observed at a low temperature for x=0.5. The important merit is that there is no structure transition which often accompanies MIT. In spite of the importance of the system, even the experimental band dispersion is not known so far along with many controversies. For this reason, we performed angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy on high quality single crystals and successfully obtained Fermi surface maps of x=0.5, x=0.7 and x=0.8 systems (the metallic side). By doping dependent systematic studies on NSS and comparison with LDA calculation, we try to explain the relationship between band width and the MIT.

  10. Unraveling metal-insulator transition mechanism of VO₂ triggered by tungsten doping.

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    Tan, Xiaogang; Yao, Tao; Long, Ran; Sun, Zhihu; Feng, Yajuan; Cheng, Hao; Yuan, Xun; Zhang, Wenqing; Liu, Qinghua; Wu, Changzheng; Xie, Yi; Wei, Shiqiang

    2012-01-01

    Understanding the mechanism of W-doping induced reduction of critical temperature (T(C)) for VO(2) metal-insulator transition (MIT) is crucial for both fundamental study and technological application. Here, using synchrotron radiation X-ray absorption spectroscopy combined with first-principles calculations, we unveil the atomic structure evolutions of W dopant and its role in tailoring the T(C) of VO(2) MIT. We find that the local structure around W atom is intrinsically symmetric with a tetragonal-like structure, exhibiting a concentration-dependent evolution involving the initial distortion, further repulsion, and final stabilization due to the strong interaction between doped W atoms and VO(2) lattices across the MIT. These results directly give the experimental evidence that the symmetric W core drives the detwisting of the nearby asymmetric monoclinic VO(2) lattice to form rutile-like VO(2) nuclei, and the propagations of these W-encampassed nuclei through the matrix lower the thermal energy barrier for phase transition. PMID:22737402

  11. Metal-insulator transition by holographic charge density waves.

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    Ling, Yi; Niu, Chao; Wu, Jian-Pin; Xian, Zhuo-Yu; Zhang, Hongbao

    2014-08-29

    We construct a gravity dual for charge density waves (CDWs) in which the translational symmetry along one spatial direction is spontaneously broken. Our linear perturbation calculation on the gravity side produces the frequency dependence of the optical conductivity, which exhibits the two familiar features of CDWs, namely, the pinned collective mode and gapped single-particle excitation. These two features indicate that our gravity dual also provides a new mechanism to implement the metal to insulator phase transition by CDWs, which is further confirmed by the fact that dc conductivity decreases with the decreased temperature below the critical temperature. PMID:25215974

  12. Control of plasmonic nanoantennas by reversible metal-insulator transition

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    Abate, Yohannes; Marvel, Robert E.; Ziegler, Jed I.; Gamage, Sampath; Javani, Mohammad H.; Stockman, Mark I.; Haglund, Richard F.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate dynamic reversible switching of VO2 insulator-to-metal transition (IMT) locally on the scale of 15 nm or less and control of nanoantennas, observed for the first time in the near-field. Using polarization-selective near-field imaging techniques, we simultaneously monitor the IMT in VO2 and the change of plasmons on gold infrared nanoantennas. Structured nanodomains of the metallic VO2 locally and reversibly transform infrared plasmonic dipole nanoantennas to monopole nanoantennas. Fundamentally, the IMT in VO2 can be triggered on femtosecond timescale to allow ultrafast nanoscale control of optical phenomena. These unique features open up promising novel applications in active nanophotonics. PMID:26358623

  13. Control of plasmonic nanoantennas by reversible metal-insulator transition.

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    Abate, Yohannes; Marvel, Robert E; Ziegler, Jed I; Gamage, Sampath; Javani, Mohammad H; Stockman, Mark I; Haglund, Richard F

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate dynamic reversible switching of VO2 insulator-to-metal transition (IMT) locally on the scale of 15 nm or less and control of nanoantennas, observed for the first time in the near-field. Using polarization-selective near-field imaging techniques, we simultaneously monitor the IMT in VO2 and the change of plasmons on gold infrared nanoantennas. Structured nanodomains of the metallic VO2 locally and reversibly transform infrared plasmonic dipole nanoantennas to monopole nanoantennas. Fundamentally, the IMT in VO2 can be triggered on femtosecond timescale to allow ultrafast nanoscale control of optical phenomena. These unique features open up promising novel applications in active nanophotonics. PMID:26358623

  14. Metal-insulator transition in SrTi1-xVxO3 thin films

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    Gu, Man; Wolf, Stuart; Lu, Jiwei

    2014-03-01

    Epitaxial SrTi1-xVxO3 (0 <= x <= 1) thin films with thicknesses of ~ 16 nm were grown on (001)-oriented LSAT substrates using the pulsed electron-beam deposition technique. The transport study revealed a temperature driven metal-insulator transition (MIT) at 95 K for the film with x = 0.67. The films with higher vanadium concentration (x >0.67) were metallic, and the electrical resistivity followed the T2 law corresponding to a Fermi liquid system. In the insulating region of x <0.67, the temperature dependence of electrical resistivity for the x = 0.5 and 0.33 films can be scaled with Mott's variable range hopping model. The possible mechanism behind the observed MIT might be associated the interplay between electron-electron interactions and disorder-induced localization. The Ti4+ ion substitution introduces Anderson-localized states as well as lattice distortions that result in a reduction in the effective 3d bandwidth W. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the Army Research Office through MURI grant No. W911-NF-09-1-0398.

  15. Novel Electronic Behavior Driving NdNiO3 Metal-Insulator Transition.

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    Upton, M H; Choi, Yongseong; Park, Hyowon; Liu, Jian; Meyers, D; Chakhalian, J; Middey, S; Kim, Jong-Woo; Ryan, Philip J

    2015-07-17

    We present evidence that the metal-insulator transition (MIT) in a tensile-strained NdNiO3 (NNO) film is facilitated by a redistribution of electronic density and that it neither requires Ni charge disproportionation nor a symmetry change [U. Staub et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 126402 (2002); R. Jaramillo et al., Nat. Phys. 10, 304 (2014)]. Given that epitaxial tensile strain in thin NNO films induces preferential occupancy of the e(g) d(x(2)-y(2)) orbital we propose that the larger transfer integral of this orbital state with the O 2p orbital state mediates a redistribution of electronic density from the Ni atom. A decrease in the Ni d(x(2)-y(2)) orbital occupation is directly observed by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering below the MIT temperature. Furthermore, an increase in the Nd charge occupancy is measured by x-ray absorption at the Nd L(3) edge. Both spin-orbit coupling and crystal field effects combine to break the degeneracy of the Nd 5d states, shifting the energy of the Nd e(g) d(x(2)-y(2)) orbit towards the Fermi level, allowing the A site to become an active acceptor during the MIT. This work identifies the relocation of electrons from the Ni 3d to the Nd 5d orbitals across the MIT. We propose that the insulating gap opens between the Ni 3d and O 2p states, resulting from Ni 3d electron localization. The transition seems to be neither a purely Mott-Hubbard transition nor a simple charge transfer. PMID:26230808

  16. Quantum-critical conductivity scaling for a metal-insulator transition

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    Lee; Carini; Baxter; Henderson; Gruner

    2000-01-28

    Temperature (T)- and frequency (omega)-dependent conductivity measurements are reported here in amorphous niobium-silicon alloys with compositions (x) near the zero-temperature metal-insulator transition. There is a one-to-one correspondence between the frequency- and temperature-dependent conductivity on both sides of the critical concentration, thus establishing the quantum-critical nature of the transition. The analysis of the conductivity leads to a universal scaling function and establishes the critical exponents. This scaling can be described by an x-, T-, and omega-dependent characteristic length, the form of which is derived by experiment. PMID:10649993

  17. Light-induced resistive switching in silicon-based metal-insulator-semiconductor structures

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    Tikhov, S. V.; Gorshkov, O. N.; Koryazhkina, M. N.; Antonov, I. N.; Kasatkin, A. P.

    2016-05-01

    We have studied light-induced resistive switching in metal-insulator-semiconductor structures based on silicon covered with a tunneling-thin SiO2 layer and nanometer-thick layer of antimony. The role of an insulator was played by yttria-stabilized zirconia.

  18. Tuning the metal-insulator transition temperature of Sm0.5Nd0.5NiO3 thin films via strain

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    Gardner, H. Jeffrey; Singh, Vijay; Zhang, Le; Hong, Xia

    2014-03-01

    We have investigated the effect of substrate induced strain and film thickness on the metal-insulator transition of the correlated oxide Sm0.5Nd0.5NiO3 (SNNO). We have fabricated epitaxial 3 - 40 nm thick SNNO films on (001) LaAlO3 (LAO), (001) SrTiO3 (STO), and (110) NdGaO3 (NGO) via off-axis RF magnetron sputtering. The SNNO films are atomically smooth with (001) orientation as determined by atomic force microscopy and x-ray diffraction. SNNO films grown on LAO, subject to compressive strain, exhibit a sharp metal-insulator transition at lower temperatures. Conversely, films grown on STO and NGO, subject to tensile strain, exhibit a smeared albeit above room temperature metal-insulator transition. For all substrates, we have observed that the metal-insulator transition temperature (TMI) increases monotonically with decreasing film thickness until the electrically dead layer is reached (below 4 nm). We discuss the effect of strain and oxygen deficiencies on the TMI of SNNO thin films.

  19. Origin of the metal-insulator transition of indium atom wires on Si(111)

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    Kim, Sun-Woo; Cho, Jun-Hyung

    2016-06-01

    As a prototypical one-dimensional electron system, self-assembled indium (In) nanowires on the Si(111) surface have been believed to drive a metal-insulator transition by a charge-density-wave (CDW) formation due to Fermi surface nesting. Here, our first-principles calculations demonstrate that the structural phase transition from the high-temperature 4 ×1 phase to the low-temperature 8 ×2 phase occurs through an exothermic reaction with the consecutive bond-breaking and bond-making processes, giving rise to an energy barrier between the two phases as well as a gap opening. This atomistic picture for the phase transition not only identifies its first-order nature but also solves a long-standing puzzle of the origin of the metal-insulator transition in terms of the ×2 periodic lattice reconstruction of In hexagons via bond breakage and new bond formation, not by the Peierls-instability-driven CDW formation.

  20. Multilevel radiative thermal memory realized by the hysteretic metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide

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    Ito, Kota; Nishikawa, Kazutaka; Iizuka, Hideo

    2016-02-01

    Thermal information processing is attracting much interest as an analog of electronic computing. We experimentally demonstrated a radiative thermal memory utilizing a phase change material. The hysteretic metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide (VO2) allows us to obtain a multilevel memory. We developed a Preisach model to explain the hysteretic radiative heat transfer between a VO2 film and a fused quartz substrate. The transient response of our memory predicted by the Preisach model agrees well with the measured response. Our multilevel thermal memory paves the way for thermal information processing as well as contactless thermal management.

  1. The electrochemical impact on electrostatic modulation of the metal-insulator transition in nickelates

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    Bubel, Simon; Glaudell, Anne M.; Mates, Thomas E.; Chabinyc, Michael L.; Hauser, Adam J.; Stemmer, Susanne

    2015-03-23

    For physical studies of correlated electron systems and for realizing novel device concepts, electrostatic modulation of metal-insulator transitions (MITs) is desired. The inherently high charge densities needed to modulate MITs make this difficult to achieve. The high capacitance of ionic liquids are attractive but, voltages are needed that can be in excess of the electrochemical stability of the system. Here, we show temperature/resistivity data that suggest electrostatic modulation of the MIT temperature of NdNiO{sub 3} in a wide regime. However, additional voltammetric and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements demonstrate the electrochemical impact of the electrostatic doping approach with ionic liquids.

  2. Metal-Insulator Transition in the Hubbard Model: Correlations and Spiral Magnetic Structures

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    Timirgazin, Marat A.; Igoshev, Petr A.; Arzhnikov, Anatoly K.; Irkhin, Valentin Yu.

    2016-03-01

    The metal-insulator transition (MIT) for the square, simple cubic, and body-centered cubic lattices is investigated within the t-t^' Hubbard model at half-filling by using both the generalized for the case of spiral order Hartree-Fock approximation (HFA) and Kotliar-Ruckenstein slave-boson approach. It turns out that the magnetic scenario of MIT becomes superior over the non-magnetic one. The electron correlations lead to some suppression of the spiral phases in comparison with HFA. We found the presence of a metallic antiferromagnetic (spiral) phase in the case of three-dimensional lattices.

  3. Dimensional-Crossover-Driven Metal-Insulator Transition in SrVO3 Ultrathin Films

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    Yoshimatsu, K; Okabe, K; Kumigashira, H; Okamoto, Satoshi; Aizaki, S; Fujimori, A; Oshima, M

    2010-01-01

    We have investigated the changes occurring in the electronic structure of digitally controlled SrVO3 ultrathin films across the dimensionality-controlled metal-insulator transition (MIT) by in situ photoemission spectroscopy. With decreasing film thickness, a pseudogap is formed at EF through spectral weight transfer from the coherent part to the incoherent part. The pseudogap finally evolves into an energy gap that is indicative of the MIT in a SrVO3 ultrathin film. The observed spectral behavior is reproduced by layer dynamical-mean-field-theory calculations, and it indicates that the observed MIT is caused by the reduction in the bandwidth due to the dimensional crossover.

  4. Cryogenic microwave imaging of metal-insulator transition in doped silicon

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    Kundhikanjana, Worasom; Lai, Keji; Kelly, Michael A.; Shen, Zhi-Xun

    2011-03-01

    We report the instrumentation and experimental results of a cryogenic scanning microwave impedance microscope. The microwave probe and the scanning stage are located inside the variable temperature insert of a helium cryostat. Microwave signals in the distance modulation mode are used for monitoring the tip-sample distance and adjusting the phase of the two output channels. The ability to spatially resolve the metal-insulator transition in a doped silicon sample is demonstrated. The data agree with a semiquantitative finite element simulation. Effects of the thermal energy and electric fields on local charge carriers can be seen in the images taken at different temperatures and dc biases.

  5. Metal-insulator transition in the Pr substituted Bi-2212 bulk textured crystals

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    Prabhakaran, D.; Subramanian, C.

    1997-02-01

    Bulk textured crystals of Bi 2.2Sr 1.9Ca 1- xPr xCu 2O 8 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6) were grown by the platinum strip heater floating zone technique. The effect of Pr on the growth and superconducting properties was studied. From the X-ray diffraction studies, variation of lattice constants, phase purity and texturing quantification with respect to Pr substitution were calculated. Variation in the Sr/Ca ratio upon Pr doping was observed. Metal insulator transition was observed in the higher order Pr substituted crystals.

  6. Critical Slowing Down of the Charge Carrier Dynamics at the Mott Metal-Insulator Transition

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    Hartmann, Benedikt; Zielke, David; Polzin, Jana; Sasaki, Takahiko; Müller, Jens

    2015-05-01

    We report on the dramatic slowing down of the charge carrier dynamics in a quasi-two-dimensional organic conductor, which can be reversibly tuned through the Mott metal-insulator transition (MIT). At the finite-temperature critical end point, we observe a divergent increase of the resistance fluctuations accompanied by a drastic shift of spectral weight to low frequencies, demonstrating the critical slowing down of the order parameter (doublon density) fluctuations. The slow dynamics is accompanied by non-Gaussian fluctuations, indicative of correlated charge carrier dynamics. A possible explanation is a glassy freezing of the electronic system as a precursor of the Mott MIT.

  7. First-order metal-insulator transition not accompanied by the structural phase transition observed in VO2-based devices

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    Kim, Hyun-Tak; Chae, Byung-Gyu; Kim, Bong-Jun; Lee, Yong-Wook; Yun, Sun-Jin; Kang, Kwang-Yong

    2006-03-01

    An abrupt first-order metal-insulator transition (MIT) is observed during the application of a switching pulse voltage to VO2-based two-terminal devices. When the abrupt MIT occurs, the structural phase transition (SPT) is investigated by a micro- Raman spectroscopy and a micro-XRD. The result shows that the MIT is not accompanied with the structural phase transition (SPT); the abrupt MIT is prior to the SPT. Moreover, any switching pulse over a threshold voltage of 7.1 V for the MIT enabled the device material to transform efficiently from an insulator to a metal. The measured delay time from the source switching pulse to an induced MIT pulse is an order of 20 nsec which is much less than a delay time of about one msec deduced by thermal model. This indicates that the first-order MIT does not occur due to thermal. We think this MIT is the Mott transition. (Reference: New J. Phys. 6 (1994) 52 (www.njp.org), Appl. Phys. Lett. 86 (2005) 242101, Physica B 369 (2005. December) xxxx)

  8. Metal-insulator transition in NiS2-x Se x : chemical vs external pressure effects

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    Marini, C.; Valentini, M.; Perucchi, A.; Dore, P.; Sarma, D. D.; Lupi, S.; Postorino, P.

    2011-03-01

    The Se alloying (x)- and the pressure (P)-induced metal-insulator transitions on the strongly correlated NiS2-x Se x system have been investigated through Raman and infrared (IR) spectroscopies. Raman and IR responses of NiS2 to lattice compression are correlated to a metallization transition, occurring at ∼4 GPa. This result suggests a strong interaction between lattice and electronic degrees of freedom. In particular, IR measurements carried out by applying P on NiS2 (i.e. lattice contraction) and on Se alloying (i.e. lattice expansion) reveal that in both cases a metallic state is obtained. Our optical spectroscopy results deviate from the idea of a simple scaling factor between P and x previously claimed by transport measurements, but, on the contrary, point out the substantially different microscopic origin of the two transitions.

  9. Correlation Between Metal-Insulator Transition Characteristics and Electronic Structure Changes in Vanadium Oxide Thin Films

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    Ruzmetov,D.; Senanayake, S.; Narayanamurti, V.; Ramanathan, S.

    2008-01-01

    We correlate electron transport data directly with energy band structure measurements in vanadium oxide thin films with varying V-O stoichiometry across the VO2 metal-insulator transition. A set of vanadium oxide thin films were prepared by reactive dc sputtering from a V target at various oxygen partial pressures (O2 p.p.). Metal-insulator transition (MIT) characteristic to VO2 can be seen from the temperature dependence of electrical resistance of the films sputtered at optimal O2 p.p. Lower and higher O2 p.p. result in disappearance of the MIT. The results of the near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy of the O K edge in identical VO films are presented. Redistribution of the spectral weight from {sigma}* to {pi}* bands is found in the vanadium oxide films exhibiting stronger VO2 MIT. This is taken as evidence of the strengthening of the metal-metal ion interaction with respect to the metal-ligand and indirect V-O-V interaction in vanadium oxide films featuring sharp MIT. We also observe a clear correlation between MIT and the width and area of the lower {pi}* band, which is likely to be due to the emergence of the d|| band overlapping with {pi}*. The strengthening of this d|| band near the Fermi level only in the vanadium oxide compounds displaying the MIT points out the importance of the role of the d|| band and electron correlations in the phase transition.

  10. Cooperative phonon effects in the metal-insulator transitions of manganite and nickelate perovskites

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    Brierley, Richard T.; Guzmán Verri, Gian G.; Littlewood, Peter B.

    Metal-insulator transitions in manganite and nickelate perovskites depend on the competition between the electron kinetic energy, which favors the metallic phase, and the electron-phonon coupling and Coulomb interaction, which favor localization. The size of the A-site cation controls the relative rotation of the octahedral structural units of the perovskite in the range of 0 - 15°. This is accompanied by changes in the metal-insulator transition temperature from 0 - 600K . This effect is commonly attributed to modification in the electron bandwidth from changes in orbital overlap. Although previous theoretical studies of these materials include the electron-phonon interaction, they typically do not consider cooperative phonon effects. Using a phenomenological model of the perovskite structure, we show that the long-range anisotropic forces arising from inter-site phonon interactions are modulated by changes in the octahedral rotation. We demonstrate using statistical mechanical calculations that these changes in the strain interaction can capture the variation in transition temperature with tolerance factor observed in both the manganites and nickelates.

  11. Moderate pressure synthesis of rare earth nickelate with metal-insulator transition using polymeric precursors

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    Napierala, C.; Lepoittevin, C.; Edely, M.; Sauques, L.; Giovanelli, F.; Laffez, P.; VanTedeloo, G.

    2010-07-01

    Rare earth nickelates exhibit a reversible metal-semiconductor phase transition that is, in the infrared range, responsible for a thermo-optical contrast. The state of the art synthesis of these compounds usually requires high oxygen pressure to stabilize Ni in the oxidation state 3 +. In this work, using polymeric precursor associated with moderate pressure annealing, we show that it is possible to obtain fully oxidized rare earth nickelate with metal-insulator transition. Using thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction and transmission electronic microscopy we compare different samples synthesized at different oxygen pressures and demonstrate their structural similarity. Thermo-optical properties were measured, in the infrared range, using reflectance measurements and confirmed the metal-insulator transition at 60 °C in both samples.TEM observations lead to the conclusion that the structure commonly obtained at 175 bar is perfectly observed in the 20 bar sample without major structural defects. The two samples exhibit a thermochromic behavior and thermo-optical properties of the two samples are equivalent.

  12. Thermal Conductivity and Thermopower near the 2D Metal-Insulator transition, Final Technical Report

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    SARACHIK, MYRIAM P

    2015-02-20

    STUDIES OF STRONGLY-INTERACTING 2D ELECTRON SYSTEMS – There is a great deal of current interest in the properties of systems in which the interaction between electrons (their potential energy) is large compared to their kinetic energy. We have investigated an apparent, unexpected metal-insulator transition inferred from the behavior of the temperature-dependence of the resistivity; moreover, detailed analysis of the behavior of the magnetoresistance suggests that the electrons’ effective mass diverges, supporting this scenario. Whether this is a true phase transition or crossover behavior has been strenuously debated over the past 20 years. Our measurements have now shown that the thermoelectric power of these 2D materials diverges at a finite density, providing clear evidence that this is, in fact, a phase transition to a new low-density phase which may be a precursor or a direct transition to the long sought-after electronic crystal predicted by Eugene Wigner in 1934.

  13. Thermally driven analog of the Barkhausen effect at the metal-insulator transition in vanadium dioxide

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    Huber-Rodriguez, Benjamin; Ji, Heng; Chen, Chih-Wei; Kwang, Siu Yi; Hardy, Will J.; Morosan, Emilia; Natelson, Douglas

    2014-09-29

    The physics of the metal-insulator transition (MIT) in vanadium dioxide remains a subject of intense interest. Because of the complicating effects of elastic strain on the phase transition, there is interest in comparatively strain-free means of examining VO{sub 2} material properties. We report contact-free, low-strain studies of the MIT through an inductive bridge approach sensitive to the magnetic response of VO{sub 2} powder. Rather than observing the expected step-like change in susceptibility at the transition, we argue that the measured response is dominated by an analog of the Barkhausen effect, due to the extremely sharp jump in the magnetic response of each grain as a function of time as the material is cycled across the phase boundary. This effect suggests that future measurements could access the dynamics of this and similar phase transitions.

  14. Redox chemistry and metal-insulator transitions intertwined in a nano-porous material

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    Maximoff, Sergey N.; Smit, Berend

    2014-06-01

    Metal-organic frameworks are nano-porous adsorbents of relevance to gas separation and catalysis, and separation of oxygen from air is essential to diverse industrial applications. The ferrous salt of 2,5-dihydroxy-terephthalic acid, a metal-organic framework of the MOF74 family, can selectively adsorb oxygen in a manner that defies the classical picture: adsorption sites either do or do not share electrons over a long range. Here we propose, and then justify phenomenologically and computationally, a mechanism. Charge-transfer-mediated adsorption of electron acceptor oxygen molecules in the metal-organic framework, which is a quasi-one-dimensional electron-donor semiconductor, drives and is driven by quasi-one-dimensional metal-insulator-metal transitions that localize or delocalize the quasi-one-dimensional electrons. This mechanism agrees with the empirical evidence, and predicts a class of nano-porous semiconductors or metals and potential adsorbents and catalysts in which chemistry and metal-insulator-metal transitions intertwine.

  15. Light scattering by epitaxial VO{sub 2} films near the metal-insulator transition point

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    Lysenko, Sergiy Fernández, Felix; Rúa, Armando; Figueroa, Jose; Vargas, Kevin; Cordero, Joseph; Aparicio, Joaquin; Sepúlveda, Nelson

    2015-05-14

    Experimental observation of metal-insulator transition in epitaxial films of vanadium dioxide is reported. Hemispherical angle-resolved light scattering technique is applied for statistical analysis of the phase transition processes on mesoscale. It is shown that the thermal hysteresis strongly depends on spatial frequency of surface irregularities. The transformation of scattering indicatrix depends on sample morphology and is principally different for the thin films with higher internal elastic strain and for the thicker films where this strain is suppressed by introduction of misfit dislocations. The evolution of scattering indicatrix, fractal dimension, surface power spectral density, and surface autocorrelation function demonstrates distinctive behavior which elucidates the influence of structural defects and strain on thermal hysteresis, twinning of microcrystallites, and domain formation during the phase transition.

  16. Electronic Excitations and Metal-Insulator Transition inPoly(3-hexylthiophene) Organic Field-Effect Transistors

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    Sai, N.; Li, Z.Q.; Martin, M.C.; Basov, D.N.; Di Ventra, M.

    2006-11-07

    We carry out a comprehensive theoretical and experimentalstudy of charge injection in poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) to determinethe most likely scenario for metal-insulator transition in this system.Wecalculate the optical-absorption frequencies corresponding to a polaronand a bipolaron lattice in P3HT. We also analyze the electronicexcitations for three possible scenarios under which a first- or asecond-order metal-insulator transition can occur in doped P3HT. Thesetheoretical scenarios are compared with data from infrared absorptionspectroscopy on P3HT thin-film field-effect transistors (FETs). Ourmeasurements and theoretical predictions suggest that charge-inducedlocalized states in P3HT FETs are bipolarons and that the highest dopinglevel achieved in our experiments approaches that required for afirst-order metal-insulator transition.

  17. The Effect of Enhanced Spin-Orbit Scattering on the Superconducting - Nonsuperconducting Transition and the Metal-Insulator Transition in Granular Aluminum.

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    Miller, Theodore A.

    A small amount of bismuth was added to a set of granular aluminum samples to increase the spin-orbit scattering rate. This set is compared with a second set with no bismuth added. With the addition of bismuth, both the metal-insulator transition and the threshold for the presence of superconductivity were shifted a similar amount to higher values of resistivity. The shift of the metal-insulator transition can be explained as a result of the effect of increased spin -orbit scattering at an Anderson transiton. The fact that the superconducting threshold also shifts indicates that it is the proximity to the metal-insulator transition that depresses superconductivity.

  18. Low-energy description of the metal-insulator transition in the rare-earth nickelates

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    Subedi, Alaska; Peil, Oleg E.; Georges, Antoine

    2015-02-01

    We propose a simple theoretical description of the metal-insulator transition of rare-earth nickelates. The theory involves only two orbitals per nickel site, corresponding to the low-energy antibonding eg states. In the monoclinic insulating state, bond-length disproportionation splits the manifold of eg bands, corresponding to a modulation of the effective on-site energy. We show that, when subject to a local Coulomb repulsion U and Hund's coupling J , the resulting bond-disproportionated state is a paramagnetic insulator for a wide range of interaction parameters. Furthermore, we find that when U -3 J is small or negative, a spontaneous instability to bond disproportionation takes place for large enough J . This minimal theory emphasizes that a small or negative charge-transfer energy, a large Hund's coupling, and a strong coupling to bond disproportionation are the key factors underlying the transition. Experimental consequences of this theoretical picture are discussed.

  19. Hybridization wave as the cause of the metal-insulator transition in rare earth nickelates

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    Park, Hyowon; Marianetti, Chris A.; Millis, Andrew J.

    2012-02-01

    The metal-insulator transition driven by varying rare earth (Re) ion in ReNiO3 has been a longstanding challenge to materials theory. Experimental evidence suggesting charge order is seemingly incompatible with the strong Mott-Hubbard correlations characteristic of transition metals. We present density functional, Hartree-Fock and Dynamical Mean field calculations showing that the origin of the insulating phase is a hybridization wave, in which a two sublattice ordering of the oxygen breathing mode produces two Ni sites with almost identical Ni d-charge densities but very different magnetic moments and other properties. The high temperature crystal structure associated with smaller Re ions such as Lu is shown to be more susceptible to the distortion than the high temperature structure associated with larger Re ions such as La.

  20. Metal - Insulator Transition Driven by Vacancy Ordering in GeSbTe Phase Change Materials

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    Bragaglia, Valeria; Arciprete, Fabrizio; Zhang, Wei; Mio, Antonio Massimiliano; Zallo, Eugenio; Perumal, Karthick; Giussani, Alessandro; Cecchi, Stefano; Boschker, Jos Emiel; Riechert, Henning; Privitera, Stefania; Rimini, Emanuele; Mazzarello, Riccardo; Calarco, Raffaella

    2016-01-01

    Phase Change Materials (PCMs) are unique compounds employed in non-volatile random access memory thanks to the rapid and reversible transformation between the amorphous and crystalline state that display large differences in electrical and optical properties. In addition to the amorphous-to-crystalline transition, experimental results on polycrystalline GeSbTe alloys (GST) films evidenced a Metal-Insulator Transition (MIT) attributed to disorder in the crystalline phase. Here we report on a fundamental advance in the fabrication of GST with out-of-plane stacking of ordered vacancy layers by means of three distinct methods: Molecular Beam Epitaxy, thermal annealing and application of femtosecond laser pulses. We assess the degree of vacancy ordering and explicitly correlate it with the MIT. We further tune the ordering in a controlled fashion attaining a large range of resistivity. Employing ordered GST might allow the realization of cells with larger programming windows. PMID:27033314

  1. Metal - Insulator Transition Driven by Vacancy Ordering in GeSbTe Phase Change Materials.

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    Bragaglia, Valeria; Arciprete, Fabrizio; Zhang, Wei; Mio, Antonio Massimiliano; Zallo, Eugenio; Perumal, Karthick; Giussani, Alessandro; Cecchi, Stefano; Boschker, Jos Emiel; Riechert, Henning; Privitera, Stefania; Rimini, Emanuele; Mazzarello, Riccardo; Calarco, Raffaella

    2016-01-01

    Phase Change Materials (PCMs) are unique compounds employed in non-volatile random access memory thanks to the rapid and reversible transformation between the amorphous and crystalline state that display large differences in electrical and optical properties. In addition to the amorphous-to-crystalline transition, experimental results on polycrystalline GeSbTe alloys (GST) films evidenced a Metal-Insulator Transition (MIT) attributed to disorder in the crystalline phase. Here we report on a fundamental advance in the fabrication of GST with out-of-plane stacking of ordered vacancy layers by means of three distinct methods: Molecular Beam Epitaxy, thermal annealing and application of femtosecond laser pulses. We assess the degree of vacancy ordering and explicitly correlate it with the MIT. We further tune the ordering in a controlled fashion attaining a large range of resistivity. Employing ordered GST might allow the realization of cells with larger programming windows. PMID:27033314

  2. Metal - Insulator Transition Driven by Vacancy Ordering in GeSbTe Phase Change Materials

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    Bragaglia, Valeria; Arciprete, Fabrizio; Zhang, Wei; Mio, Antonio Massimiliano; Zallo, Eugenio; Perumal, Karthick; Giussani, Alessandro; Cecchi, Stefano; Boschker, Jos Emiel; Riechert, Henning; Privitera, Stefania; Rimini, Emanuele; Mazzarello, Riccardo; Calarco, Raffaella

    2016-04-01

    Phase Change Materials (PCMs) are unique compounds employed in non-volatile random access memory thanks to the rapid and reversible transformation between the amorphous and crystalline state that display large differences in electrical and optical properties. In addition to the amorphous-to-crystalline transition, experimental results on polycrystalline GeSbTe alloys (GST) films evidenced a Metal-Insulator Transition (MIT) attributed to disorder in the crystalline phase. Here we report on a fundamental advance in the fabrication of GST with out-of-plane stacking of ordered vacancy layers by means of three distinct methods: Molecular Beam Epitaxy, thermal annealing and application of femtosecond laser pulses. We assess the degree of vacancy ordering and explicitly correlate it with the MIT. We further tune the ordering in a controlled fashion attaining a large range of resistivity. Employing ordered GST might allow the realization of cells with larger programming windows.

  3. Role of magnetic and orbital ordering at the metal-insulator transition in NdNiO{sub 3}

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    Scagnoli, V.; Staub, U.; Mulders, A. M.; Janousch, M.; Meijer, G. I.; Hammerl, G.; Tonnerre, J. M.; Stojic, N.

    2006-03-01

    Soft x-ray resonant scattering at the Ni L{sub 2,3} edges is used to test models of magnetic- and orbital-ordering below the metal-insulator transition in NdNiO{sub 3}. The large branching ratio of the L{sub 3} to L{sub 2} intensities of the (1/2 0 1/2) reflection and the observed azimuthal angle and polarization dependence originates from a noncollinear magnetic structure. The absence of an orbital signal and the noncollinear magnetic structure show that the nickelates are materials for which orbital ordering is absent at the metal-insulator transition.

  4. Tuning directional dependent metal-insulator transitions in quasi-1D quantum wires with spin-orbit density wave instability.

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    Das, Tanmoy

    2016-07-27

    We study directional dependent band gap evolutions and metal-insulator transitions (MITs) in model quantum wire systems within the spin-orbit density wave (SODW) model. The evolution of MIT is studied as a function of varying anisotropy between the intra-wire hopping ([Formula: see text]) and inter-wire hopping ([Formula: see text]) with Rashba spin-orbit coupling. We find that as long as the anisotropy ratio ([Formula: see text]) remains below 0.5, and the Fermi surface nesting is tuned to [Formula: see text], an exotic SODW induced MIT easily develops, with its critical interaction strength increasing with increasing anisotropy. As [Formula: see text] (2D system), the nesting vector switches to [Formula: see text], making this state again suitable for an isotropic MIT. Finally, we discuss various physical consequences and possible applications of the directional dependent MIT. PMID:27248294

  5. The metal-insulator phase transition in the strained GdBiTe3

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    Van Quang, Tran; Kim, Miyoung

    2013-05-01

    In this work, we investigated the electronic structures and magnetic properties of the GdBiTe3 alloy employing a first-principles all-electron density-functional approach, aiming to understand the magnetic phase stability and electronic structure dependences on the exchange correlation potential and the strain. The results show that the ferromagnetic phase is energetically more stable over the paramagnetic phase and the metal-insulator phase transition occurs upon the lattice distortion via the strain along the perpendicular c direction, which is not influenced by the strength of correlation energy introduced to describe the localized f orbitals. Thermoelectric transport properties are also investigated to reveal that the compressive strain markedly enhances the Seebeck coefficient, which is reduced in comparison with the Bismuth telluride due to the Gd doping.

  6. Metal-insulator transition in nanocomposite VOx films formed by anodic electrodeposition

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    Tsui, Lok-kun; Hildebrand, Helga; Lu, Jiwei; Schmuki, Patrik; Zangari, Giovanni

    2013-11-01

    The ability to grow VO2 films by electrochemical methods would open a low-cost, easily scalable production route to a number of electronic devices. We have synthesized VOx films by anodic electrodeposition of V2O5, followed by partial reduction by annealing in Ar. The resulting films are heterogeneous, consisting of various metallic/oxide phases and including regions with VO2 stoichiometry. A gradual metal insulator transition with a nearly two order of magnitude change in film resistance is observed between room temperature and 140 °C. In addition, the films exhibit a temperature coefficient of resistance of ˜ -2.4%/ °C from 20 to 140 °C.

  7. Metal-insulator transition in nanocomposite VO{sub x} films formed by anodic electrodeposition

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    Tsui, Lok-kun; Lu, Jiwei; Zangari, Giovanni; Hildebrand, Helga; Schmuki, Patrik

    2013-11-11

    The ability to grow VO{sub 2} films by electrochemical methods would open a low-cost, easily scalable production route to a number of electronic devices. We have synthesized VO{sub x} films by anodic electrodeposition of V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, followed by partial reduction by annealing in Ar. The resulting films are heterogeneous, consisting of various metallic/oxide phases and including regions with VO{sub 2} stoichiometry. A gradual metal insulator transition with a nearly two order of magnitude change in film resistance is observed between room temperature and 140 °C. In addition, the films exhibit a temperature coefficient of resistance of ∼ −2.4%/ °C from 20 to 140 °C.

  8. Experimental Observation of a Metal-insulator Transition in 2D at Zero Magnetic Field

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    Kravchenko, S. V.

    1996-03-01

    The scaling theory of Abrahams et al. ^1 has had considerable success in describing many features of metal-insulator transitions. Within this theory, which was developed for non-interacting electrons, no such transition is possible in two-dimensional electron systems (2DES) in the absence of a magnetic field. However, we show experimentally that an ultra-high-mobility 2DES on the surface of silicon does exhibit the signature of a true metal-insulator phase transition at zero magnetic field at a critical electron density n_c ~10^11 cm-2. The energy of electron-electron interactions, ignored in the scaling theory,^1 is the dominant parameter in this 2DES. The resistivity, ρ, is empirically found to scale near the critical point both with temperature T and electric field E so that it can be represented by the form ρ(T,n_s)=ρ(T/T_0(n_s)) as Earrow0 or ρ(E,n_s)=ρ(E/E_0(n_s)) as Tarrow0. At the transition, the resistivity is close to 3h/e^2. Both scaling parameters, T0 and E_0, show power law behavior at the critical point. This is characteristic of a true phase transition and strongly resembles, in particular, the superconductor-insulator transition in disordered thin films,^2 as well as the transition between quantum Hall liquid and insulator.^3 Many high-mobility samples from two different sources (Institute for Metrological Service, Russia, and Siemens AG, Germany) with different oxide thicknesses and gate materials have been studied and similar results were found. Work done in collaboration with J. E. Furneaux, Whitney Mason, V. M. Pudalov, and M. D'Iorio, supported by NSF. ^1 E. Abrahams, P. W. Anderson, D. C. Licciardello, and T. V. Ramakrishnan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 673 (1979). ^2 Y. Liu, K. A. McGreer, B. Nease, D. B. Haviland, G. Martinez, J. W. Halley, and A. M. Goldman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 67, 2068 (1991). ^3 T. Wang, K. P. Clark, G. F. Spencer, A. M. Mack, and W. P. Kirk, Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 709 (1994).

  9. Systematics in the metal-insulator transition temperatures in vanadium oxides

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    Fisher, B.; Genossar, J.; Reisner, G. M.

    2016-01-01

    Nine of the known vanadium oxides, VO 2 - 1 / n (n - a positive or negative integer) with n = 2 - 6 , 8 , 9 , ∞ and -6, undergo metal-insulator transitions accompanied by structural transitions, at various temperatures TMIT (V7O13 is metallic above T=0). Among the persistent efforts to determine the driving force(s) of these transitions, electron-electron (Mott-like) and electron-phonon (Peierls-like) interactions, there were several attempts to find systematics in TMIT as function of n. Here we present an unexpectedly simple and illuminating systematics that holds for positive n: if TMIT is the absolute value of the difference between TM(n) and TP(n), which represent the contributions of electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions, respectively, all data points of TM-TP versus 1/n lie on, or close to, two simple straight lines; one is TM -TP =T∞(7 / n - 1) for V3O5, V4O7, V5O9, V7O13, V8O15, V9O17 and VO2 and the other is TM -TP =T∞(3 / n - 1) for V2O3, V6O11 and VO2.

  10. Infrared evidence of a Slater metal-insulator transition in NaOsO₃.

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    Vecchio, I Lo; Perucchi, A; Di Pietro, P; Limaj, O; Schade, U; Sun, Y; Arai, M; Yamaura, K; Lupi, S

    2013-01-01

    The magnetically driven metal-insulator transition (MIT) was predicted by Slater in the fifties. Here a long-range antiferromagnetic (AF) order can open up a gap at the Brillouin electronic band boundary regardless of the Coulomb repulsion magnitude. However, while many low-dimensional organic conductors display evidence for an AF driven MIT, in three-dimensional (3D) systems the Slater MIT still remains elusive. We employ terahertz and infrared spectroscopy to investigate the MIT in the NaOsO₃ 3D antiferromagnet. From the optical conductivity analysis we find evidence for a continuous opening of the energy gap, whose temperature dependence can be well described in terms of a second order phase transition. The comparison between the experimental Drude spectral weight and the one calculated through Local Density Approximation (LDA) shows that electronic correlations play a limited role in the MIT. All the experimental evidence demonstrates that NaOsO₃ is the first known 3D Slater insulator. PMID:24141899

  11. Infrared evidence of a Slater metal-insulator transition in NaOsO3

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    Vecchio, I. Lo; Perucchi, A.; Di Pietro, P.; Limaj, O.; Schade, U.; Sun, Y.; Arai, M.; Yamaura, K.; Lupi, S.

    2013-01-01

    The magnetically driven metal-insulator transition (MIT) was predicted by Slater in the fifties. Here a long-range antiferromagnetic (AF) order can open up a gap at the Brillouin electronic band boundary regardless of the Coulomb repulsion magnitude. However, while many low-dimensional organic conductors display evidence for an AF driven MIT, in three-dimensional (3D) systems the Slater MIT still remains elusive. We employ terahertz and infrared spectroscopy to investigate the MIT in the NaOsO3 3D antiferromagnet. From the optical conductivity analysis we find evidence for a continuous opening of the energy gap, whose temperature dependence can be well described in terms of a second order phase transition. The comparison between the experimental Drude spectral weight and the one calculated through Local Density Approximation (LDA) shows that electronic correlations play a limited role in the MIT. All the experimental evidence demonstrates that NaOsO3 is the first known 3D Slater insulator. PMID:24141899

  12. Metal-Insulator Transition in nanoparticle solids: a kinetic Monte Carlo study

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    Zimanyi, Gergely; Qu, Luman; Voros, Marton

    Nanoparticle (NP) solids recently emerged as a promising platform for high performance electronic/optoelectronic devices, including third generation solar cells, light emitting diodes and field effect transistors. A challenge of NP films is that their charge transport is in the unfavorable hopping/insulating regime. Recent experiments showed that it is possible to tune the NP solids through a Metal-Insulator Transition (MIT) via ligand engineering and ALD matrix infilling. However, the microscopic understanding of this transition is not yet clear. To address this challenge, we developed a Kinetic Monte Carlo transport modeling framework that builds on determining NP parameters from ab initio-based calculations of the energy level structures, charging energies and overlaps, and then uses these to compute the hopping mobility across a disordered NP array by the Marcus and Miller-Abrahams mechanisms. We reproduced and explained the observed non-monotonous dependence of the mobility on the NP diameter. Centrally, we extended our platform to be able to capture the MIT. We determined the MIT phase boundary on the (NP-NP overlap - Electron density) plane. We demonstrated that all mobilities fall on a universal scaling curve, allowing us to determine the critical behavior across the MIT. Supported by: UC Davis Office of Research RISE ANSWER Grant.

  13. Nanoscale Electrical Imaging of Metal-Insulator Transition in Ion-Gel Gated ZnO Field Effect Transistors

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    Ren, Yuan; Yuan, Hongtao; Wu, Xiaoyu; Iwasa, Yoshihiro; Cui, Yi; Hwang, Harold; Lai, Keji

    2015-03-01

    Electric double-layer transistors (EDLTs) using ionic liquid as the gate dielectric have demonstrated a remarkably wide range of density modulation, a condition crucial for the study of novel electronic phases in complex quantum materials. Yet little is known microscopically when carriers are modulated in the EDLT structure because of the technical challenge to image the buried electrolyte-semiconductor interface with nanoscale resolution. Using a cryogenic microwave impedance microscope, we demonstrate the real-space conductivity mapping in ZnO EDLTs with a spatial resolution of 100nm. A thin layer of ion gel, which solidifies below the glass transition temperature of 200K, was spin-coated on the ZnO surface to induce the metal-insulator transition. The microwave images acquired at different channel conductance clearly showed the spatial evolution of local conductivity through the transition. In addition, by applying a large source-drain bias, electrical inhomogeneity was also observed across the source and drain electrodes.

  14. Metal-insulator transition in a spin-orbital-lattice coupled Mott system: K2V8O16

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    Kim, Sooran; Kim, Beom Hyun; Kim, Kyoo; Min, B. I.

    2016-01-01

    We have explored the underlying mechanism of the metal-insulator transition (MIT) in hollandite-type vanadate, K2V8O16 , which has a quasi-one-dimensional chain structure and undergoes the MIT and Peierls-like structural transition upon cooling. For this purpose, we have investigated its electronic and magnetic properties in comparison to those of Rb2V8O16 that also undergoes the MIT but without the Peierls-like structural distortion. We have found that K2V8O16 is a spin-orbital-lattice coupled Mott system and manifests the orbital-selective Mott transition. The interplay of on-site Coulomb interaction, the magnetic-exchange interaction, and the Jahn-Teller-type tetragonal distortion plays an essential role in driving the MIT of K2V8O16 , inducing the the charge ordering (CO) and orbital ordering of V t2 g bands. The CO of V+3 and V+4 occurs in separate chains, preserving the inversion symmetry of the crystal. The dx y orbitals form the spin-singlet state along the chain direction. The Peierls-like distortion does not play an essential role in the MIT.

  15. Magnetic Superstructure and Metal-Insulator Transition in Mn-Substituted Sr3Ru2O7

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    Hossain, M. A.; Bohnenbuck, B.; Chuang, Y.-D.; Geck, J.; Tokura, Y.; Yoshida, Y.; Hussain, Z.; Keimer, B.; Sawatzky, G. A.; Damascelli, A.

    2010-03-01

    We present a temperature-dependent resonant elastic soft x-ray scattering (REXS) study of the metal-insulator transition in Sr3(Ru1-xMnx)2O7, performed at both Ru and Mn L-edges. Resonant magnetic superstructure reflections, which indicate an incipient instability of the parent compound, are detected below the transition. Based on modelling of the REXS intensity from randomly distributed Mn impurities, we establish the inhomogeneous nature of the metal-insulator transition, with an effective percolation threshold corresponding to an anomalously low x˜0.05 Mn substitution. In collaboration with A.G. Cruz Gonzalez, J.D. Denlinger (Berkeley Lab), I. Zegkinoglou, M.W. Haverkort (MPI, Stuttgart), I.S. Elfimov, D.G. Hawthorn (UBC), R. Mathieu, S. Satow, H. Takagi (Tokyo), H.-H. Wu and C. Sch"ußler-Langeheine (Cologne).

  16. Unusual behaviour of thermal conductivity in vanadium dioxide across the metal-insulator transition

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    Hippalgaonkar, Kedar; Lee, Sangwook; Ko, Changhyun; Yang, Fan; Suh, Joonki; Liu, Kai; Wang, Kevin; Zhang, Xiang; Dames, Chris; Wu, Junqiao

    In an electrically conductive solid, the Wiedemann-Franz (WF) law requires the electronic contribution to thermal conductivity to be proportional to the product of electrical conductivity and absolute temperature , where the ratio is the Lorenz number, typically not much different from the Sommerfeld value L0 = 2.44x10-8 W-ohm-K-2 at room temperature. The WF law reflects a basic property of metals where charge and heat are both carried by the same quasiparticles that both experience elastic scattering. At temperatures below the Debye temperature, the WF law has been experimentally shown to be robust in conventional conductors, with violations theoretically predicted or experimentally observed in strongly correlated electron systems or Luttinger liquids. However, the experimentally observed violations are at very low temperatures. Here we report breakdown of the WF law in a strongly correlated metal, in which the electronic thermal conductivity and L nearly vanish at temperatures above room temperature, where the electronic thermal conductivity amounts to only <~5% of the value expected from the WF law. Unusual behaviour of thermal conductivity in vanadium dioxide across the metal-insulator transition.

  17. Temperature dependence of thermal conductivity of VO2 thin films across metal-insulator transition

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    Kizuka, Hinako; Yagi, Takashi; Jia, Junjun; Yamashita, Yuichiro; Nakamura, Shinichi; Taketoshi, Naoyuki; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2015-05-01

    Thermal conductivity of a 300-nm-thick VO2 thin film and its temperature dependence across the metal-insulator phase transition (TMIT) were studied using a pulsed light heating thermoreflectance technique. The VO2 and Mo/VO2/Mo films with a VO2 thickness of 300 nm were prepared on quartz glass substrates: the former was used for the characterization of electrical properties, and the latter was used for the thermal conductivity measurement. The VO2 films were deposited by reactive rf magnetron sputtering using a V2O3 target and an Ar-O2 mixture gas at 645 K. The VO2 films consisted of single phase VO2 as confirmed by X-ray diffraction and electron beam diffraction. With increased temperature, the electrical resistivity of the VO2 film decreased abruptly from 6.3 × 10-1 to 5.3 × 10-4 Ω cm across the TMIT of around 325-340 K. The thermal conductivity of the VO2 film increased from 3.6 to 5.4 W m-1 K-1 across the TMIT. This discontinuity and temperature dependence of thermal conductivity can be explained by the phonon heat conduction and the Wiedemann-Franz law.

  18. Universal and Non-universal Behavior at the Metal Insulator Transition.

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    Helgren, Erik; Zeng, Li; Querlioz, Damien; Hellman, Frances

    2006-03-01

    A metal-insulator transition in amorphous metal semiconductor alloys is known to exist at dopant concentrations much higher (˜ 12 at. %) than their crystalline counterparts[1]. We have studied the MIT in alloys grown using MBE for a series of semiconductor matrices, Si, Ge and both C and H-C (hydrogenated carbon) for various dopants (magnetic Gd and non-magnetic Y and Nb), as a function of concentration and magnetic field tuning. We compare the temperature dependence of the DC conductivity in the magnetically doped systems to the non-magnetic systems and to crystalline doped semiconductors (i.e. Si:P). Results are discussed in terms of a theoretical model that incorporates both disorder and electronic correlations[2]. This model correctly describes many universally observed aspects including the remarkably similar temperature dependence of the metallic and insulating DC conductivity of crystalline and amorphous systems, despite the vastly different disorder and electron concentration. There are however very significant variations in the prefactors that control the magnitude of the conductivity, which we correlate with the microscopic physics of each system. [1] F. Hellman et al. PRL 77, 4652 [2] Lee and Ramakrishnan RMP 57, 287

  19. Charge Mediated Reversible Metal-Insulator Transition in Monolayer MoTe2 and WxMo1-xTe2 Alloy.

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    Zhang, Chenxi; Kc, Santosh; Nie, Yifan; Liang, Chaoping; Vandenberghe, William G; Longo, Roberto C; Zheng, Yongping; Kong, Fantai; Hong, Suklyun; Wallace, Robert M; Cho, Kyeongjae

    2016-08-23

    Metal-insulator transitions in low-dimensional materials under ambient conditions are rare and worth pursuing due to their intriguing physics and rich device applications. Monolayer MoTe2 and WTe2 are distinguished from other TMDs by the existence of an exceptional semimetallic distorted octahedral structure (T') with a quite small energy difference from the semiconducting H phase. In the process of transition metal alloying, an equal stability point of the H and the T' phase is observed in the formation energy diagram of monolayer WxMo1-xTe2. This thermodynamically driven phase transition enables a controlled synthesis of the desired phase (H or T') of monolayer WxMo1-xTe2 using a growth method such as chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Furthermore, charge mediation, as a more feasible method, is found to make the T' phase more stable than the H phase and induce a phase transition from the H phase (semiconducting) to the T' phase (semimetallic) in monolayer WxMo1-xTe2 alloy. This suggests that a dynamic metal-insulator phase transition can be induced, which can be exploited for rich phase transition applications in two-dimensional nanoelectronics. PMID:27415610

  20. XPS and ARPES study of the metal-insulator transition in Mn-substituted Sr3Ru2O7

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    Zhu, Zhihuai; Levy de Castro, G.; Hossain, M. A.; Manju, U.; McCheyney, J. L.; Bostwick, A.; Rotenberg, E.; Yoshida, Y.; Elfimov, I. S.; Panaccione, G.; Damascelli, A.

    2010-03-01

    We have studied the metal-insulator transition in Mn-substituted Sr3Ru2O7 by core-level x-ray photoemission (XPS) and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). In XPS, both the surface- and bulk-sensitive spectra show a two-peak structure, corresponding to the well screened and the unscreened excitations. The intensity of the well-screened peak is suppressed upon increasing the concentration of Mn, reflecting a metal-to-insulator transition induced by Mn impurities. In ARPES, changes in Fermi surface topology and band dispersions are observed as the system crosses over from a metal to a - possibly Mott - insulator. We observed a variation and enhancement of the Fermi-surface nesting upon Mn substitution, which might be connected to the emergence of the magnetic superstructure revealed by our resonant elastic soft x-ray scattering results [1].[4pt] [1] M.A. Hossain et al., arXiv:0906.0035 (2009).

  1. Mg doping of thermochromic VO2 films enhances the optical transmittance and decreases the metal-insulator transition temperature

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    Mlyuka, N. R.; Niklasson, G. A.; Granqvist, C. G.

    2009-10-01

    Thermochromic films of MgxV1-xO2 were made by reactive dc magnetron sputtering onto heated glass. The metal-insulator transition temperature decreased by ˜3 K/at. %Mg, while the optical transmittance increased concomitantly. Specifically, the transmittance of visible light and of solar radiation was enhanced by ˜10% when the Mg content was ˜7 at. %. Our results point at the usefulness of these films for energy efficient fenestration.

  2. Variation of optical conductivity spectra in the course of bandwidth-controlled metal-insulator transitions in pyrochlore iridates

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    Ueda, K.; Fujioka, J.; Tokura, Y.

    2016-06-01

    We spectroscopically investigate a series of pyrochlore iridates R2Ir2O7 (R : rare-earth and Y ions) where the metal-insulator transitions are induced by systematic bandwidth control via chemical substitutions of R ions. We establish the phase diagram of R2Ir2O7 , as endorsed by the variation of the optical conductivity spectra, in which the competing phases including paramagnetic insulator (PI), paramagnetic metal (PM), and antiferromagnetic insulator (AFI) show up as a function of bandwidth and temperature. For small R -ionic radius (R = Y-Sm), i.e., strongly correlated region, pronounced peaks on the edge of the optical gap are discerned below the magnetic transition temperature TN, which is attributable to exciton and magnon sideband absorptions. It turns out that the estimated nearest-neighbor exchange interaction increases as R -ionic radius increases, whereas TN monotonically decreases, indicating that the all-in all-out magnetic order arises from the interplay among several exchange interactions inherent to extended 5 d orbitals on the frustrated lattice. For larger R -ionic radius (R = Sm-Pr), i.e., relatively weakly correlated region, the optical conductivity spectra markedly change below 0.3 eV in the course of PM-AFI transition, implying that the magnetic order induces the insulating state. In particular, we have found distinct electrodynamics in the composition of R =Nd0.5Pr0.5 which is located on the boundary of the quantum PM-AFI transition, pointing to the possible emergence of unconventional topological electronic phases related possibly to the correlated Weyl electrons.

  3. Mid-infrared properties of a VO2 film near the metal-insulator transition

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    Choi, H. S.; Ahn, J. S.; Jung, J. H.; Noh, T. W.; Kim, D. H.

    1996-08-01

    A VO2 film was grown on a sapphire(0001) substrate using pulsed laser deposition. The film showed a first-order metal-insulator (MI) transition and its dc conductivity started to increase drastically near 68 °C and changed by three orders of magnitude. Mid-infrared transmittance and reflectance spectra of the VO2 film were measured between 20 °C and 90 °C. Using the intensity transfer-matrix method, the frequency-dependent dielectric constant ɛf(ω) and the conductivity σf(ω) of the film were obtained between 1600 and 4000 cm-1 from the measured transmittance and reflectance spectra. With the ɛf(ω) and σf(ω) spectra, mid-infrared properties of the VO2 film near the MI transition region were investigated in detail. Above 78 °C, ɛf(ω)<0 and dɛf/dω>0, which is a typical metallic behavior. In particular, ɛf(ω) and σf(ω) at 88 °C were analyzed in terms of extended Drude model in which the frequency-dependent scattering rate and the effective mass could be obtained. The mean free path of charge carriers in the dc limit was estimated to be larger by an order of magnitude than the previously reported value, i.e., 4 Å. Below 74 °C, ɛf(ω)>0 and dɛf/dω~=0, which is characteristic of an insulator. Interestingly, ɛf in the insulating region increased as the temperature approached the MI transition temperature. To explain this anomalous behavior, the MI transition of the VO2 film was modeled with coexistence of metallic and insulating domains and their dynamic evolution. Then the behaviors of ɛf(ω) and σf(ω) were explained using the effective medium approximation, which is a mean-field theory predicting a percolation transition. This work clearly demonstrates that the transport and optical properties near the MI transition region are strongly influenced by the connectivity of the metallic domains.

  4. Metal--Insulator Transition in Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Cu{sub 1}O{sub 6+d}(Bi-2201) Thin Films

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    Pop, Aurel V.

    2009-05-22

    We have studied the influence of disorder induced by oxygen on the normal state resistivity of under doped Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Cu{sub 1}O{sub 6+d}(Bi-2201) thin films, deposited in situ onto heated SrTiO{sub 3}(100) substrates by using DC magnetron sputtering for an off-stoichiometric target. The compositions and structural characterization for the deposited films were carried by (EDX), (XPS) and X-ray diffraction measurements. The effect of partial oxygen pressure in the sputtering gas on the metal-insulator transition are presented.

  5. Dynamically Babinet-invertible metasurface: a capacitive-inductive reconfigurable filter for terahertz waves using vanadium-dioxide metal-insulator transition

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    Urade, Yoshiro; Nakata, Yosuke; Okimura, Kunio; Nakanishi, Toshihiro; Miyamaru, Fumiaki; Takeda, Mitsuo W.; Kitano, Masao

    2016-03-01

    This paper proposes a reconfigurable planar metamaterial that can be switched between capacitive and inductive responses using local changes in the electrical conductivity of its constituent material. The proposed device is based on Babinet's principle and exploits the singular electromagnetic responses of metallic checkerboard structures, which are dependent on the local electrical conductivity. Utilizing the heating-induced metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide ($\\mathrm{VO}_2$), the proposed metamaterial is designed to compensate for the effect of the substrate and is experimentally characterized in the terahertz regime. This reconfigurable metamaterial can be utilized as a switchable filter and as a switchable phase shifter for terahertz waves.

  6. Tuning the metal-insulator transition in NdNiO3 heterostructures via Fermi surface instability and spin fluctuations

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    Dhaka, R. S.; Das, Tanmoy; Plumb, N. C.; Ristic, Z.; Kong, W.; Matt, C. E.; Xu, N.; Dolui, Kapildeb; Razzoli, E.; Medarde, M.; Patthey, L.; Shi, M.; Radović, M.; Mesot, Joël

    2015-07-01

    We employed in situ pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) to investigate the mechanism of the metal-insulator transition (MIT) in NdNiO3 (NNO) thin films, grown on NdGaO3(110) and LaAlO3(100) substrates. In the metallic phase, we observe three-dimensional hole and electron Fermi surface (FS) pockets formed from strongly renormalized bands with well-defined quasiparticles. Upon cooling across the MIT in NNO/NGO sample, the quasiparticles lose coherence via a spectral weight transfer from near the Fermi level to localized states forming at higher binding energies. In the case of NNO/LAO, the bands are apparently shifted upward with an additional holelike pocket forming at the corner of the Brillouin zone. We find that the renormalization effects are strongly anisotropic and are stronger in NNO/NGO than NNO/LAO. Our study reveals that substrate-induced strain tunes the crystal field splitting, which changes the FS properties, nesting conditions, and spin-fluctuation strength, and thereby controls the MIT via the formation of an electronic order parameter with QAF˜(1 /4 ,1 /4 ,1 /4 ±δ ) .

  7. Suppression of Structural Phase Transition in VO2 by Epitaxial Strain in Vicinity of Metal-insulator Transition

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    Yang, Mengmeng; Yang, Yuanjun; Bin Hong; Wang, Liangxin; Hu, Kai; Dong, Yongqi; Xu, Han; Huang, Haoliang; Zhao, Jiangtao; Chen, Haiping; Song, Li; Ju, Huanxin; Zhu, Junfa; Bao, Jun; Li, Xiaoguang; Gu, Yueliang; Yang, Tieying; Gao, Xingyu; Luo, Zhenlin; Gao, Chen

    2016-03-01

    Mechanism of metal-insulator transition (MIT) in strained VO2 thin films is very complicated and incompletely understood despite three scenarios with potential explanations including electronic correlation (Mott mechanism), structural transformation (Peierls theory) and collaborative Mott-Peierls transition. Herein, we have decoupled coactions of structural and electronic phase transitions across the MIT by implementing epitaxial strain on 13-nm-thick (001)-VO2 films in comparison to thicker films. The structural evolution during MIT characterized by temperature-dependent synchrotron radiation high-resolution X-ray diffraction reciprocal space mapping and Raman spectroscopy suggested that the structural phase transition in the temperature range of vicinity of the MIT is suppressed by epitaxial strain. Furthermore, temperature-dependent Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS) revealed the changes in electron occupancy near the Fermi energy EF of V 3d orbital, implying that the electronic transition triggers the MIT in the strained films. Thus the MIT in the bi-axially strained VO2 thin films should be only driven by electronic transition without assistance of structural phase transition. Density functional theoretical calculations further confirmed that the tetragonal phase across the MIT can be both in insulating and metallic states in the strained (001)-VO2/TiO2 thin films. This work offers a better understanding of the mechanism of MIT in the strained VO2 films.

  8. Suppression of Structural Phase Transition in VO2 by Epitaxial Strain in Vicinity of Metal-insulator Transition

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    Yang, Mengmeng; Yang, Yuanjun; Bin Hong; Wang, Liangxin; Hu, Kai; Dong, Yongqi; Xu, Han; Huang, Haoliang; Zhao, Jiangtao; Chen, Haiping; Song, Li; Ju, Huanxin; Zhu, Junfa; Bao, Jun; Li, Xiaoguang; Gu, Yueliang; Yang, Tieying; Gao, Xingyu; Luo, Zhenlin; Gao, Chen

    2016-01-01

    Mechanism of metal-insulator transition (MIT) in strained VO2 thin films is very complicated and incompletely understood despite three scenarios with potential explanations including electronic correlation (Mott mechanism), structural transformation (Peierls theory) and collaborative Mott-Peierls transition. Herein, we have decoupled coactions of structural and electronic phase transitions across the MIT by implementing epitaxial strain on 13-nm-thick (001)-VO2 films in comparison to thicker films. The structural evolution during MIT characterized by temperature-dependent synchrotron radiation high-resolution X-ray diffraction reciprocal space mapping and Raman spectroscopy suggested that the structural phase transition in the temperature range of vicinity of the MIT is suppressed by epitaxial strain. Furthermore, temperature-dependent Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS) revealed the changes in electron occupancy near the Fermi energy EF of V 3d orbital, implying that the electronic transition triggers the MIT in the strained films. Thus the MIT in the bi-axially strained VO2 thin films should be only driven by electronic transition without assistance of structural phase transition. Density functional theoretical calculations further confirmed that the tetragonal phase across the MIT can be both in insulating and metallic states in the strained (001)-VO2/TiO2 thin films. This work offers a better understanding of the mechanism of MIT in the strained VO2 films. PMID:26975328

  9. Giant Electroresistance in Edge Metal-Insulator-Metal Tunnel Junctions Induced by Ferroelectric Fringe Fields.

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    Jung, Sungchul; Jeon, Youngeun; Jin, Hanbyul; Lee, Jung-Yong; Ko, Jae-Hyeon; Kim, Nam; Eom, Daejin; Park, Kibog

    2016-01-01

    An enormous amount of research activities has been devoted to developing new types of non-volatile memory devices as the potential replacements of current flash memory devices. Theoretical device modeling was performed to demonstrate that a huge change of tunnel resistance in an Edge Metal-Insulator-Metal (EMIM) junction of metal crossbar structure can be induced by the modulation of electric fringe field, associated with the polarization reversal of an underlying ferroelectric layer. It is demonstrated that single three-terminal EMIM/Ferroelectric structure could form an active memory cell without any additional selection devices. This new structure can open up a way of fabricating all-thin-film-based, high-density, high-speed, and low-power non-volatile memory devices that are stackable to realize 3D memory architecture. PMID:27476475

  10. Giant Electroresistance in Edge Metal-Insulator-Metal Tunnel Junctions Induced by Ferroelectric Fringe Fields

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    Jung, Sungchul; Jeon, Youngeun; Jin, Hanbyul; Lee, Jung-Yong; Ko, Jae-Hyeon; Kim, Nam; Eom, Daejin; Park, Kibog

    2016-01-01

    An enormous amount of research activities has been devoted to developing new types of non-volatile memory devices as the potential replacements of current flash memory devices. Theoretical device modeling was performed to demonstrate that a huge change of tunnel resistance in an Edge Metal-Insulator-Metal (EMIM) junction of metal crossbar structure can be induced by the modulation of electric fringe field, associated with the polarization reversal of an underlying ferroelectric layer. It is demonstrated that single three-terminal EMIM/Ferroelectric structure could form an active memory cell without any additional selection devices. This new structure can open up a way of fabricating all-thin-film-based, high-density, high-speed, and low-power non-volatile memory devices that are stackable to realize 3D memory architecture. PMID:27476475

  11. Giant Electroresistance in Edge Metal-Insulator-Metal Tunnel Junctions Induced by Ferroelectric Fringe Fields

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    Jung, Sungchul; Jeon, Youngeun; Jin, Hanbyul; Lee, Jung-Yong; Ko, Jae-Hyeon; Kim, Nam; Eom, Daejin; Park, Kibog

    2016-08-01

    An enormous amount of research activities has been devoted to developing new types of non-volatile memory devices as the potential replacements of current flash memory devices. Theoretical device modeling was performed to demonstrate that a huge change of tunnel resistance in an Edge Metal-Insulator-Metal (EMIM) junction of metal crossbar structure can be induced by the modulation of electric fringe field, associated with the polarization reversal of an underlying ferroelectric layer. It is demonstrated that single three-terminal EMIM/Ferroelectric structure could form an active memory cell without any additional selection devices. This new structure can open up a way of fabricating all-thin-film-based, high-density, high-speed, and low-power non-volatile memory devices that are stackable to realize 3D memory architecture.

  12. Metal-insulator transition in an one-dimensional half-filled interacting mesoscopic ring with spinless fermions: Exact results

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    Saha, Madhumita; Maiti, Santanu K.

    2016-04-01

    We calculate persistent current of one-dimensional rings of fermions neglecting the spin degrees of freedom considering only nearest-neighbor Coulomb interactions with different electron fillings in both ordered and disordered cases. We treat the interaction exactly and find eigenenergies by exact diagonalization of many-body Hamiltonian and compute persistent current by numerical derivative method. We also determine Drude weight to estimate the conducting nature of the system. From our numerical results, we obtain a metal-insulator transition in half-filled case with increasing correlation strength U but away from half-filling no such transition is observed even for large U.

  13. Metal-insulator transition upon heating and negative-differential-resistive-switching induced by self-heating in BaCo{sub 0.9}Ni{sub 0.1}S{sub 1.8}

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    Fisher, B.; Genossar, J.; Chashka, K. B.; Patlagan, L.; Reisner, G. M.

    2014-04-14

    The layered compound BaCo{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}S{sub 2−y} (0.05 < x < 0.2 and 0.05 < y < 0.2) exhibits an unusual first-order structural and electronic phase transition from a low-T monoclinic paramagnetic metal to a high-T tetragonal antiferromagnetic insulator around 200 K with huge hysteresis (∼40 K) and large volume change (∼0.01). Here, we report on unusual voltage-controlled resistive switching followed by current-controlled resistive switching induced by self-heating in polycrystalline BaCo{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}S{sub 2−y} (nominal x = 0.1 and y = 0.2). These were due to the steep metal to insulator transition upon heating followed by the activated behavior of the resistivity above the transition. The major role of Joule heating in switching is supported by the absence of nonlinearity in the current as function of voltage, I(V), obtained in pulsed measurements, in the range of electric fields relevant to d.c. measurements. The voltage-controlled negative differential resistance around the threshold for switching was explained by a simple model of self-heating. The main difficulty in modeling I(V) from the samples resistance as function of temperature R(T) was the progressive increase of R(T), and to a lesser extend the decrease of the resistance jumps at the transitions, caused by the damage induced by cycling through the transitions by heating or self-heating. This was dealt with by following systematically R(T) over many cycles and by using the data of R(T) in the heating cycle closest to that of the self-heating one.

  14. Correlating the Energetics and Atomic Motions of the Metal-Insulator Transition of M1 Vanadium Dioxide

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    Booth, Jamie M.; Drumm, Daniel W.; Casey, Phil S.; Smith, Jackson S.; Seeber, Aaron J.; Bhargava, Suresh K.; Russo, Salvy P.

    2016-01-01

    Materials that undergo reversible metal-insulator transitions are obvious candidates for new generations of devices. For such potential to be realised, the underlying microscopic mechanisms of such transitions must be fully determined. In this work we probe the correlation between the energy landscape and electronic structure of the metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide and the atomic motions occurring using first principles calculations and high resolution X-ray diffraction. Calculations find an energy barrier between the high and low temperature phases corresponding to contraction followed by expansion of the distances between vanadium atoms on neighbouring sub-lattices. X-ray diffraction reveals anisotropic strain broadening in the low temperature structure’s crystal planes, however only for those with spacings affected by this compression/expansion. GW calculations reveal that traversing this barrier destabilises the bonding/anti-bonding splitting of the low temperature phase. This precise atomic description of the origin of the energy barrier separating the two structures will facilitate more precise control over the transition characteristics for new applications and devices. PMID:27211303

  15. Correlating the Energetics and Atomic Motions of the Metal-Insulator Transition of M1 Vanadium Dioxide

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    Booth, Jamie M.; Drumm, Daniel W.; Casey, Phil S.; Smith, Jackson S.; Seeber, Aaron J.; Bhargava, Suresh K.; Russo, Salvy P.

    2016-05-01

    Materials that undergo reversible metal-insulator transitions are obvious candidates for new generations of devices. For such potential to be realised, the underlying microscopic mechanisms of such transitions must be fully determined. In this work we probe the correlation between the energy landscape and electronic structure of the metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide and the atomic motions occurring using first principles calculations and high resolution X-ray diffraction. Calculations find an energy barrier between the high and low temperature phases corresponding to contraction followed by expansion of the distances between vanadium atoms on neighbouring sub-lattices. X-ray diffraction reveals anisotropic strain broadening in the low temperature structure’s crystal planes, however only for those with spacings affected by this compression/expansion. GW calculations reveal that traversing this barrier destabilises the bonding/anti-bonding splitting of the low temperature phase. This precise atomic description of the origin of the energy barrier separating the two structures will facilitate more precise control over the transition characteristics for new applications and devices.

  16. Correlating the Energetics and Atomic Motions of the Metal-Insulator Transition of M1 Vanadium Dioxide.

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    Booth, Jamie M; Drumm, Daniel W; Casey, Phil S; Smith, Jackson S; Seeber, Aaron J; Bhargava, Suresh K; Russo, Salvy P

    2016-01-01

    Materials that undergo reversible metal-insulator transitions are obvious candidates for new generations of devices. For such potential to be realised, the underlying microscopic mechanisms of such transitions must be fully determined. In this work we probe the correlation between the energy landscape and electronic structure of the metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide and the atomic motions occurring using first principles calculations and high resolution X-ray diffraction. Calculations find an energy barrier between the high and low temperature phases corresponding to contraction followed by expansion of the distances between vanadium atoms on neighbouring sub-lattices. X-ray diffraction reveals anisotropic strain broadening in the low temperature structure's crystal planes, however only for those with spacings affected by this compression/expansion. GW calculations reveal that traversing this barrier destabilises the bonding/anti-bonding splitting of the low temperature phase. This precise atomic description of the origin of the energy barrier separating the two structures will facilitate more precise control over the transition characteristics for new applications and devices. PMID:27211303

  17. Structural and metal-insulator transitions in ionic liquid-gated Ca3Ru2O7 surface

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    Puls, Conor P.; Cai, Xinxin; Zhang, Yuhe; Peng, Jin; Mao, Zhiqiang; Liu, Ying

    2014-06-01

    We report the fabrication and measurements of ionic liquid gated Hall bar devices prepared on the ab face of a thin Ca3Ru2O7 flake exfoliated from bulk single crystals that were grown by a floating zone method. The devices were categorized into two types: those with their electrical transport properties dominated by c-axis transport in type A or that of the in-plane in type B devices. Bulk physical phenomena, including a magnetic transition near 56 K, a structural and metal-insulator transition at a slightly lower temperature, as well as the emergence of a highly unusual metallic state as the temperature is further lowered, were found in both types of devices. However, the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations were found in type A but not type B devices, most likely due to enhanced disorder on the flake surface. Finally, the ionic liquid gating of a type B device revealed a shift in critical temperature of the structural and metal-insulator transition, suggesting that this transition is tunable by the electric field effect.

  18. Metal insulator transition with ferrimagnetic order in epitaxial thin films of spinel NiCo2O4

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    Silwal, Punam; Miao, Ludi; Stern, Ilan; Zhou, Xiaolan; Hu, Jin; Ho Kim, Dae

    2012-01-01

    We have grown epitaxial thin films of spinel NiCo2O4 on single crystalline MgAl2O4 (001) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Magnetization measurement revealed hysteresis loops consistent with the reported ferrimagnetic order. The electrical transport exhibits a metallic behavior with the lowest resistivity of 0.8 mΩ cm and a metal insulator transition around the Néel temperature. The systematic variation in the properties of the films grown at different growth temperatures indicates a close relationship between the magnetic order and electrical transport.

  19. Voltage control of metal-insulator transition and non-volatile ferroelastic switching of resistance in VOx/PMN-PT heterostructures.

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    Nan, Tianxiang; Liu, Ming; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Sun, Nian X

    2014-01-01

    The central challenge in realizing electronics based on strongly correlated electronic states, or 'Mottronics', lies in finding an energy efficient way to switch between the distinct collective phases with a control voltage in a reversible and reproducible manner. In this work, we demonstrate that a voltage-impulse-induced ferroelastic domain switching in the (011)-oriented 0.71Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.29PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) substrates allows a robust non-volatile tuning of the metal-insulator transition in the VOx films deposited onto them. In such a VOx/PMN-PT heterostructure, the unique two-step electric polarization switching covers up to 90% of the entire poled area and contributes to a homogeneous in-plane anisotropic biaxial strain, which, in turn, enables the lattice changes and results in the suppression of metal-insulator transition in the mechanically coupled VOx films by 6 K with a resistance change up to 40% over a broad range of temperature. These findings provide a framework for realizing in situ and non-volatile tuning of strain-sensitive order parameters in strongly correlated materials, and demonstrate great potentials in delivering reconfigurable, compactable, and energy-efficient electronic devices. PMID:25088796

  20. Voltage Control of Metal-insulator Transition and Non-volatile Ferroelastic Switching of Resistance in VOx/PMN-PT Heterostructures

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    Nan, Tianxiang; Liu, Ming; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Sun, Nian X.

    2014-08-01

    The central challenge in realizing electronics based on strongly correlated electronic states, or `Mottronics', lies in finding an energy efficient way to switch between the distinct collective phases with a control voltage in a reversible and reproducible manner. In this work, we demonstrate that a voltage-impulse-induced ferroelastic domain switching in the (011)-oriented 0.71Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.29PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) substrates allows a robust non-volatile tuning of the metal-insulator transition in the VOx films deposited onto them. In such a VOx/PMN-PT heterostructure, the unique two-step electric polarization switching covers up to 90% of the entire poled area and contributes to a homogeneous in-plane anisotropic biaxial strain, which, in turn, enables the lattice changes and results in the suppression of metal-insulator transition in the mechanically coupled VOx films by 6 K with a resistance change up to 40% over a broad range of temperature. These findings provide a framework for realizing in situ and non-volatile tuning of strain-sensitive order parameters in strongly correlated materials, and demonstrate great potentials in delivering reconfigurable, compactable, and energy-efficient electronic devices.

  1. Voltage Control of Metal-insulator Transition and Non-volatile Ferroelastic Switching of Resistance in VOx/PMN-PT Heterostructures

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    Nan, Tianxiang; Liu, Ming; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Sun, Nian X.

    2014-01-01

    The central challenge in realizing electronics based on strongly correlated electronic states, or ‘Mottronics', lies in finding an energy efficient way to switch between the distinct collective phases with a control voltage in a reversible and reproducible manner. In this work, we demonstrate that a voltage-impulse-induced ferroelastic domain switching in the (011)-oriented 0.71Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.29PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) substrates allows a robust non-volatile tuning of the metal-insulator transition in the VOx films deposited onto them. In such a VOx/PMN-PT heterostructure, the unique two-step electric polarization switching covers up to 90% of the entire poled area and contributes to a homogeneous in-plane anisotropic biaxial strain, which, in turn, enables the lattice changes and results in the suppression of metal-insulator transition in the mechanically coupled VOx films by 6 K with a resistance change up to 40% over a broad range of temperature. These findings provide a framework for realizing in situ and non-volatile tuning of strain-sensitive order parameters in strongly correlated materials, and demonstrate great potentials in delivering reconfigurable, compactable, and energy-efficient electronic devices. PMID:25088796

  2. Magnetic and Metal-Insulator Transition in natural Transition Metal Sulfides

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    Wang, Renxiong; Metz, Tristin; Liu, I.-Lin; Wang, Kefeng; Wang, Xiangfeng; Jeffries, J. R.; Saha, S. R.; Greene, R. L.; Paglione, J.; Santelli, C. C.; Post, J.,

    In collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, we present detailed studies of a class of natural minerals with potential to harbor correlated behavior. Transition metal sulfide minerals, such as Bornite (Cu5FeS4), are an important family of compounds known for their thermoelectric properties. We will present low temperature experimental studies of magnetic transitions and focus on a compound that exhibits a metal to insulator transition concident with entrance to an antiferromagnetic ground state, suggesting a potentially interesting system with promise for realizing new correlated states of matter in a naturally occurring mineral.

  3. Metal-insulator transition in AlxGa1-xAs/GaAs heterostructures with large spacer width

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    Gold, A.

    1991-10-01

    Analytical results are presented for the mobility of a two-dimensional electron gas in a heterostructure with a thick spacer layer α. Due to multiple-scattering effects a metal-insulator transition occurs at a critical electron density Nc=N1/2i/(4π1/2α) (Ni is the impurity density). The transport mean free path l(t) (calculated in Born approximation) at the metal-insulator transition is l(t)c=2α. A localization criterion in terms of the renormalized single-particle mean free path l(sr) is presented: kFcl(sr)c=(1/2)1/2 (kFc is the Fermi wave number at the critical density). I compare the theoretical results with recent experimental results found in AlxGa1-xAs/GaAs heterostructures with large spacer width: 1200<α<2800 Å. Remote impurity doping and homogeneous background doping are considered. The only fitting parameter used for the theoretical results is the background doping density NB=6×1013 cm-3. My theory is in fair agreement with the experimental results.

  4. Relative Influence of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors on the Metal-Insulator Transition of VO2 Nanowires

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    Kim, In Soo

    The influence of stoichiometry on the metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanowires was investigated using Raman spectroscopy. Controlled reduction of nominally strain-free suspended VO2 nanowires was conducted by rapid thermal annealing (RTA). The deficiency in oxygen assisted in the unprecedented suppression of the metallic (R) phase to temperatures as low as 103 K through generation of free electrons. In a complementary manner, oxygen-rich conditions stabilized the metastable monoclinic (M2) and triclinic (T) phases. A pseudo-phase diagram with dimensions of temperature and stoichiometry was established, highlighting the accessibility of new phases in the nanowire geometry. Detection of the dynamic elastic response across the metal-insulator transition in suspended VO2 nanowires was enabled by fiber-coupled polarization dependent interferometry. Dual-beam Raman spectroscopy was developed to determine the local domain/phase structure of VO2 nanowires, which allowed for accurate modeling using COMSOL finite element analysis (FEA). The Young's moduli of the single crystal insulating (M1) and metallic (R) phases without artifacts were determined for the first time. The sources of dissipation were identified as clamping losses, structural losses, thermoelastic damping, and domain wall motion. While contribution of thermoelastic damping was found to be dominant in the terminal phases, extraordinary dissipation was observed upon formation and movement of domain walls. Finally, it was shown that creation of local defects could lead to new classes of tunable sensors with a discrete and programmable frequency response with temperature.

  5. Bond formation effects on the metal-insulator transition in the half-filled kagome Hubbard model

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    Higa, Ryota; Asano, Kenichi

    2016-06-01

    We study the metal-insulator transition in the half-filled Hubbard model on a Kagome lattice using the variational cluster approximation. The strong coupling limit of the model corresponds to the S =1 /2 Kagome Heisenberg antiferromagnet, which is known to have a singlet ground state, although its detail is still debated. As the results of the cluster methods generally depend much on the choice of the unit cluster, we have chosen the clusters that are compatible with these singlet ground states in the strong coupling case found so far, which basically consist of even number of sites. It is found that the correlated electrons on the Kagome lattice have a strong tendency to form valence-bond structures, which are the resonation of electrons on a single bond or several bonds forming loops. The zero-temperature metal-insulator transition at some interaction strength is possibly driven by the formation of such short range valence bonds and shows a second order character, which is distinctive from the Brinkman-Rice scenario. The electrons on these valence bonds further localizes onto each site as the interaction increases, and the valence bonds of electrons finally turn into magnetic singlet bonds between localized S =1 /2 spins, which are consistent with the ground states of the Kagome antiferromagnet.

  6. Magnetic Superstructure and Metal-Insulator Transition in Mn-Substituted Sr3 Ru 2 O 7

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    Hossain, M. A.; Zhu, Z. H.; Bohnenbuck, B.; Chuang, Y.-D.; Yoshida, Y.; Hussain, Z.; Keimer, B.; Elfimov, I. S.; Sawatzky, G. A.; Damascelli, A.

    2011-03-01

    We present a temperature-dependent resonant elastic soft x-ray scattering (REXS) study of the metal-insulator transition in Sr 3 (Ru 1-x Mn x)2 O7 , performed at both Ru and Mn L -edges. Resonant magnetic superstructure reflections together with ab-initio density functional theory calculations identify the ground state as a spin checkerboard with blocks of 4 spins up and 4 spins down. Based on modelling of the REXS intensity from randomly distributed Mn impurities, we establish the inhomogeneous nature of the metal-insulator transition, with an effective percolation threshold corresponding to an anomalously low x ~ 0.05 Mn substitution. Perhaps more important, our results suggest that the same checkerboard instability might be present already in the parent compound Sr 3 Ru 2 O7 . In collaboration with: A.G. Cruz Gonzalez, J.D. Denlinger (Berkeley) I. Zegkinoglou, M.W. Haverkort (MPI) J. Geck, D.G. Hawthorn (UBC) R. Mathieu, Y. Tokura, S. Satow, H. Takagi (Tokyo) H.-H. Wu and C. Schussler-Langeheine (Cologne).

  7. Electron lone pair distortion facilitated metal-insulator transition in β-Pb{sub 0.33}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanowires

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    Wangoh, L.; Quackenbush, N. F.; Marley, P. M.; Banerjee, S.; Sallis, S.; Fischer, D. A.; Woicik, J. C.; Piper, L. F. J.

    2014-05-05

    The electronic structure of β-Pb{sub 0.33}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanowires has been studied with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques. The recent synthesis of defect-free β-Pb{sub 0.33}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanowires resulted in the discovery of an abrupt voltage-induced metal insulator transition. First principle calculations predicted an additional V-O-Pb hybridized “in-gap” state unique to this vanadium bronze playing a significant role in facilitating the transition. We confirm the existence, energetic position, and orbital character of the “in-gap” state. Moreover, we reveal that this state is a hybridized Pb 6s–O 2p antibonding lone pair state resulting from the asymmetric coordination of the Pb{sup 2+} ions.

  8. High resolution Hall measurements across the VO2 metal-insulator transition reveal impact of spatial phase separation

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    Yamin, Tony; Strelniker, Yakov M.; Sharoni, Amos

    2016-01-01

    Many strongly correlated transition metal oxides exhibit a metal-insulator transition (MIT), the manipulation of which is essential for their application as active device elements. However, such manipulation is hindered by lack of microscopic understanding of mechanisms involved in these transitions. A prototypical example is VO2, where previous studies indicated that the MIT resistance change correlate with changes in carrier density and mobility. We studied the MIT using Hall measurements with unprecedented resolution and accuracy, simultaneously with resistance measurements. Contrast to prior reports, we find that the MIT is not correlated with a change in mobility, but rather, is a macroscopic manifestation of the spatial phase separation which accompanies the MIT. Our results demonstrate that, surprisingly, properties of the nano-scale spatially-separated metallic and semiconducting domains actually retain their bulk properties. This study highlights the importance of taking into account local fluctuations and correlations when interpreting transport measurements in highly correlated systems. PMID:26783076

  9. High resolution Hall measurements across the VO2 metal-insulator transition reveal impact of spatial phase separation

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    Yamin, Tony; Strelniker, Yakov M.; Sharoni, Amos

    2016-01-01

    Many strongly correlated transition metal oxides exhibit a metal-insulator transition (MIT), the manipulation of which is essential for their application as active device elements. However, such manipulation is hindered by lack of microscopic understanding of mechanisms involved in these transitions. A prototypical example is VO2, where previous studies indicated that the MIT resistance change correlate with changes in carrier density and mobility. We studied the MIT using Hall measurements with unprecedented resolution and accuracy, simultaneously with resistance measurements. Contrast to prior reports, we find that the MIT is not correlated with a change in mobility, but rather, is a macroscopic manifestation of the spatial phase separation which accompanies the MIT. Our results demonstrate that, surprisingly, properties of the nano-scale spatially-separated metallic and semiconducting domains actually retain their bulk properties. This study highlights the importance of taking into account local fluctuations and correlations when interpreting transport measurements in highly correlated systems.

  10. Density functional plus dynamical mean-field theory of the metal-insulator transition in early transition-metal oxides

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    Dang, Hung T.; Ai, Xinyuan; Millis, Andrew J.; Marianetti, Chris A.

    2014-09-01

    The combination of density functional theory and single-site dynamical mean-field theory, using both Hartree and full continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo impurity solvers, is used to study the metal-insulator phase diagram of perovskite transition-metal oxides of the form ABO3 with a rare-earth ion A =Sr, La, Y and transition metal B =Ti, V, Cr. The correlated subspace is constructed from atomiclike d orbitals defined using maximally localized Wannier functions derived from the full p-d manifold; for comparison, results obtained using a projector method are also given. Paramagnetic DFT + DMFT computations using full charge self-consistency along with the standard "fully localized limit" (FLL) double counting are shown to incorrectly predict that LaTiO3, YTiO3, LaVO3, and SrMnO3 are metals. A more general examination of the dependence of physical properties on the mean p-d energy splitting, the occupancy of the correlated d states, the double-counting correction, and the lattice structure demonstrates the importance of charge-transfer physics even in the early transition-metal oxides and elucidates the factors underlying the failure of the standard approximations. If the double counting is chosen to produce a p-d splitting consistent with experimental spectra, single-site dynamical mean-field theory provides a reasonable account of the materials properties. The relation of the results to those obtained from "d-only" models in which the correlation problem is based on the frontier orbital p-d antibonding bands is determined. It is found that if an effective interaction U is properly chosen the d-only model provides a good account of the physics of the d1 and d2 materials.

  11. Theory of the metal-insulator transition in Pr Ru4 P12 and Pr Fe4 P12

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    Curnoe, S. H.; Harima, H.; Takegahara, K.; Ueda, K.

    2004-12-01

    All symmetry-allowed couplings between the 4f2 -electron ground state doublet of trivalent praseodymium in PrRu4P12 and PrFe4P12 and displacements of the phosphorus, iron, or ruthenium ions are considered. Two types of displacements can change the crystal lattice from body-centred cubic to simple orthorhombic or to simple cubic. The first type lowers the point group symmetry from tetrahedral to orthorhombic, while the second type leaves it unchanged, with corresponding space group reductions Im3¯→Pmmm and Im3¯→Pm3¯ , respectively. In former case, the lower point group symmetry splits the degeneracy of the 4f2 doublet into states with opposite quadrupole moment, which then leads to antiquadrupolar ordering, as in PrFe4P12 . Either kind of displacement may conspire with nesting of the Fermi surface to cause the metal-insulator or partial metal-insulator transition observed in PrFe4P12 and PrRu4P12 . We investigate this scenario using band-structure calculations, and it is found that displacements of the phosphorus ions in PrRu4P12 (with space-group reduction Im3¯→Pm3¯ ) open a gap everywhere on the Fermi surface.

  12. Pressure-driven metal-insulator transition in BiFeO3 from dynamical mean-field theory

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    Shorikov, A. O.; Lukoyanov, A. V.; Anisimov, V. I.; Savrasov, S. Y.

    2015-07-01

    A metal-insulator transition (MIT) in BiFeO3 under pressure was investigated by a method combining generalized gradient corrected local density approximation with dynamical mean-field theory (GGA+DMFT). Our paramagnetic calculations are found to be in agreement with the experimental phase diagram: Magnetic and spectral properties of BiFeO3 at ambient and high pressures were calculated for three experimental crystal structures R 3 c , P b n m , and P m 3 ¯m . At ambient pressure in the R 3 c phase, an insulating gap of 1.2 eV was obtained in good agreement with its experimental value. Both R 3 c and P b n m phases have a metal-insulator transition that occurs simultaneously with a high-spin (HS) to low-spin (LS) transition. The critical pressure for the P b n m phase is 25-33 GPa, which agrees well with the experimental observations. The high-pressure and -temperature P m 3 ¯m phase exhibits a metallic behavior observed experimentally as well as in our calculations in the whole range of considered pressures and undergoes the LS state at 33 GPa, where a P b n m to P m 3 ¯m transition is experimentally observed. The antiferromagnetic GGA+DMFT calculations carried out for the P b n m structure result in simultaneous MIT and HS-LS transitions at a critical pressure of 43 GPa in agreement with the experimental data.

  13. Full-configuration-interaction study of the metal-insulator transition in model systems: Peierls dimerization in H(n) rings and chains.

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    Giner, Emmanuel; Bendazzoli, Gian Luigi; Evangelisti, Stefano; Monari, Antonio

    2013-02-21

    The Peierls dimerization with associated metal-insulator transition is studied in a model systems with ab initio methods. These are chains and rings H(N) of hydrogen atoms treated by full CI using a minimal STO-3G atomic orbital basis for N = 6 to N = 14. We describe and discuss in some detail the potential energy surface governing Peierls' dimerization and study the localization tensor as the indicator of the metal-insulator transition. Results for linear chains and rings are compared. PMID:23445017

  14. Superconductor-Metal-Insulator Transitions in two dimensional amorphous NbxSi1-x

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    Humbert, Vincent; Couëdo, François; Crauste, Olivier; Bergé, Laurent; Drillien, Anne-Aelle; Akiko Marrache-Kikuchi, Claire; Dumoulin, Louis

    2014-12-01

    We report on the study of the two-dimensional Disorder-induced Superconductor- Insulator Transition (D-SIT) in NbxSi1-x thin films. In this proceeding, we present new results on the emergence of an insulating state from a 2d metallic state.

  15. Role of thermal strain in the metal-insulator and structural phase transition of epitaxial VO2 films

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    Théry, V.; Boulle, A.; Crunteanu, A.; Orlianges, J. C.; Beaumont, A.; Mayet, R.; Mennai, A.; Cosset, F.; Bessaudou, A.; Fabert, M.

    2016-05-01

    The metal-insulator switching characteristics of VO2 play a crucial role in the performances of VO2-based devices. In this paper we study high-quality (010)-oriented epitaxial films grown on (001) sapphire substrates by means of electron-beam evaporation and investigate the role of interface defects and thermal strain on the parallel evolution of the metal-insulator transition (MIT) and structural phase transition (SPT) between the monoclinic (insulator) and rutile (metal) phases. It is demonstrated that the highly-mismatched VO2/Al2O3 interface promotes a domain-matching epitaxial growth process where the film grows in a strain-relaxed state and the lattice distortions are confined at the interface in regions with limited spatial extent. Upon cooling down from the growth temperature, tensile strain is stored in the films as a consequence of the thermal expansion mismatch between VO2 and Al2O3 . The thinnest films exhibit the highest level of tensile strain in the interfacial plane resulting in a shift of both the MIT and the SPT temperatures towards higher values, pointing to a stabilization of the monoclinic/insulating phase. Concomitantly, the electrical switching characteristics are altered (lower resistivity ratio and broader transition) as a result of the presence of structural defects located at the interface. The SPT exhibits a similar evolution with, additionally, a broader hysteresis due to the formation of an intermediate, strain-stabilized phase in the M1-R transition. Films with thickness ranging between 100-300 nm undergo a partial strain relaxation and exhibit the best performances, with a sharp (10°C temperature range) and narrow (hysteresis <4°C) MIT extending over more than four orders of magnitude in resistivity (6 ×104 ).

  16. The finite size effect on the metal-insulator transition of MOCVD grown VO{sub 2} films

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    Kim, Hyung Kook; Chiarello, R.P.; You, Hoydoo; Chang, M.H.L.; Zhang, T.J.; Lam, D.J.

    1991-11-01

    We studied the finite size effect on the metal-insulator phase transition and the accompanying tetragonal to monoclinic structural phase transition of VO{sub 2} films grown by MOCVD. X-ray diffraction measurements and electrical conductivity measurements were done as a function of temperature for VO{sub 2} films with out-of-plane particle size ranging from 60--310 {Angstrom}. Each Vo{sub 2} film was grown on a thin TiO{sub 2} buffer layer, which in turn was grown by MOCVD on a polished sapphire (112) substrate. The transition was found to be first order. As the out-of-plane particle size becomes larger, the transition temperature shifts and the transition width narrows. For the 60{Angstrom} film the transition was observed at {approximately}61{degrees}C with a transition width if {approximately}10{degrees}C, while for the 310{Angstrom} film the transition temperature was {approximately}59{degrees}C and the transition width {approximately} 2{degree}C. We also observed thermal hysteresis for each film, which became smaller with increasing particle size.

  17. The finite size effect on the metal-insulator transition of MOCVD grown VO sub 2 films

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    Kim, Hyung Kook; Chiarello, R.P.; You, Hoydoo; Chang, M.H.L.; Zhang, T.J.; Lam, D.J.

    1991-11-01

    We studied the finite size effect on the metal-insulator phase transition and the accompanying tetragonal to monoclinic structural phase transition of VO{sub 2} films grown by MOCVD. X-ray diffraction measurements and electrical conductivity measurements were done as a function of temperature for VO{sub 2} films with out-of-plane particle size ranging from 60--310 {Angstrom}. Each Vo{sub 2} film was grown on a thin TiO{sub 2} buffer layer, which in turn was grown by MOCVD on a polished sapphire (112) substrate. The transition was found to be first order. As the out-of-plane particle size becomes larger, the transition temperature shifts and the transition width narrows. For the 60{Angstrom} film the transition was observed at {approximately}61{degrees}C with a transition width if {approximately}10{degrees}C, while for the 310{Angstrom} film the transition temperature was {approximately}59{degrees}C and the transition width {approximately} 2{degree}C. We also observed thermal hysteresis for each film, which became smaller with increasing particle size.

  18. Metal-insulator transition in SrTi{sub 1−x}V{sub x}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Gu, Man; Wolf, Stuart A.; Lu, Jiwei

    2013-11-25

    Epitaxial SrTi{sub 1−x}V{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) thin films were grown on (001)-oriented (LaAlO{sub 3}){sub 0.3}(Sr{sub 2}AlTaO{sub 6}){sub 0.7} (LSAT) substrates using the pulsed electron-beam deposition technique. The transport study revealed a temperature driven metal-insulator transition (MIT) at 95 K for x = 0.67. The films with higher vanadium concentration (x > 0.67) were metallic corresponding to a Fermi liquid system. In the insulating phase (x < 0.67), the resistivity behavior was governed by Mott's variable range hopping mechanism. The possible mechanisms for the induced MIT are discussed, including the effects of electron correlation, lattice distortion, and Anderson localization.

  19. Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6}: End point of a spin-polarized metal-insulator transition by 5d band filling

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    Krockenberger, Y.; Mogare, K.; Jansen, M.; Reehuis, M.; Tovar, M.; Vaitheeswaran, G.; Kanchana, V.; Bultmark, F.; Delin, A.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.; Winkler, A.; Alff, L.

    2007-01-01

    In the search for new spintronic materials with high spin polarization at room temperature, we have synthesized an osmium-based double perovskite with a Curie temperature of 725 K. Our combined experimental results confirm the existence of a sizable induced magnetic moment at the Os site, supported by band-structure calculations, in agreement with a proposed kinetic-energy-driven mechanism of ferrimagnetism in these compounds. The intriguing property of Sr{sub 2}CrOsO{sub 6} is that it is at the end point of a metal-insulator transition due to 5d band filling and at the same time ferrimagnetism and high-spin polarization are preserved.

  20. Effect of crystal-field splitting and interband hybridization on the metal-insulator transitions of strongly correlated systems

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    Poteryaev, Alexander I.; Ferrero, Michel; Georges, Antoine; Parcollet, Olivier

    2008-07-01

    We investigate a quarter-filled two-band Hubbard model involving a crystal-field splitting, which lifts the orbital degeneracy as well as an interorbital hopping (interband hybridization). Both terms are relevant to the realistic description of correlated materials such as transition-metal oxides. The nature of the Mott metal-insulator transition is clarified and is found to depend on the magnitude of the crystal-field splitting. At large values of the splitting, a transition from a two-band to a one-band metal is first found as the on-site repulsion is increased and is followed by a Mott transition for the remaining band, which follows the single-band (Brinkman-Rice) scenario well documented previously within dynamical mean-field theory. At small values of the crystal-field splitting, a direct transition from a two-band metal to a Mott insulator with partial orbital polarization is found, which takes place simultaneously for both orbitals. This transition is characterized by a vanishing of the quasiparticle weight for the majority orbital but has a first-order character for the minority orbital. It is pointed out that finite-temperature effects may easily turn the metallic regime into a bad metal close to the orbital polarization transition in the metallic phase.

  1. Comprehensive studies of interfacial strain and oxygen vacancy on metal-insulator transition of VO2 film.

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    Fan, L L; Chen, S; Liao, G M; Chen, Y L; Ren, H; Zou, C W

    2016-06-29

    As a typical strong correlation material, vanadium dioxide (VO2) has attracted wide interest due to its particular metal-insulator transition (MIT) property. However, the relatively high critical temperature (T c) of ~68 °C seriously hinders its practical applications. Thus modulating the phase transition process and decreasing the T c close to room temperature have been hot topics for VO2 study. In the current work, we conducted a multi-approach strategy to control the phase transition of VO2 films, including the interfacial tensile/compressive strain and oxygen vacancies. A synchrotron radiation reciprocal space mapping technique was used to directly record the interfacial strain evolution and variations of lattice parameters. The effects of interfacial strain and oxygen vacancies in the MIT process were systematically investigated based on band structure and d-orbital electron occupation. It was suggested that the MIT behavior can be modulated through the combined effects of the interfacial strain and oxygen vacancies, achieving the distinct phase transition close to room temperature. The current findings not only provide better understanding for strain engineering and oxygen vacancies controlling phase transition behavior, but also supply a combined way to control the phase transition of VO2 film, which is essential for VO2 film based device applications in the future. PMID:27168422

  2. Resistance noise spectroscopy across the thermally and electrically driven metal-insulator transitions in VO2 nanobeams

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    Alsaqqa, Ali; Kilcoyne, Colin; Singh, Sujay; Horrocks, Gregory; Marley, Peter; Banerjee, Sarbajit; Sambandamurthy, G.

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is a strongly correlated material that exhibits a sharp thermally driven metal-insulator transition at Tc ~ 340 K. The transition can also be triggered by a DC voltage in the insulating phase with a threshold (Vth) behavior. The mechanisms behind these transitions are hotly discussed and resistance noise spectroscopy is a suitable tool to delineate different transport mechanisms in correlated systems. We present results from a systematic study of the low frequency (1 mHz < f < 10 Hz) noise behavior in VO2 nanobeams across the thermally and electrically driven transitions. In the thermal transition, the power spectral density (PSD) of the resistance noise is unchanged as we approach Tc from 300 K and an abrupt drop in the magnitude is seen above Tc and it remains unchanged till 400 K. However, the noise behavior in the electrically driven case is distinctly different: as the voltage is ramped from zero, the PSD gradually increases by an order of magnitude before reaching Vth and an abrupt increase is seen at Vth. The noise magnitude decreases above Vth, approaching the V = 0 value. The individual roles of percolation, Joule heating and signatures of correlated behavior will be discussed. This work is supported by NSF DMR 0847324.

  3. Field Effect and Strongly Localized Carriers in the Metal-Insulator Transition Material VO(2).

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    Martens, K; Jeong, J W; Aetukuri, N; Rettner, C; Shukla, N; Freeman, E; Esfahani, D N; Peeters, F M; Topuria, T; Rice, P M; Volodin, A; Douhard, B; Vandervorst, W; Samant, M G; Datta, S; Parkin, S S P

    2015-11-01

    The intrinsic field effect, the change in surface conductance with an applied transverse electric field, of prototypal strongly correlated VO(2) has remained elusive. Here we report its measurement enabled by epitaxial VO(2) and atomic layer deposited high-κ dielectrics. Oxygen migration, joule heating, and the linked field-induced phase transition are precluded. The field effect can be understood in terms of field-induced carriers with densities up to ∼5×10(13)  cm(-2) which are trongly localized, as shown by their low, thermally activated mobility (∼1×10(-3)  cm(2)/V s at 300 K). These carriers show behavior consistent with that of Holstein polarons and strongly impact the (opto)electronics of VO(2). PMID:26588400

  4. Thermopower analysis of the electronic structure around the metal-insulator transition in V1-xWxO2

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    Katase, Takayoshi; Endo, Kenji; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2014-10-01

    The electronic structure across the metal-insulator (MI) transition of electron-doped V1-xWxO2 epitaxial films (x =0-0.06) grown on α-Al2O3 substrates was studied by means of thermopower (S) measurements. Significant increase of |S | values accompanied by MI transition was observed, and the transition temperatures of S (TS) decreased with x in a good linear relation with MI transition temperatures. |S| values of V1-xWxO2 films at T>TS were constant at low values of 23μVK-1 independently of x, which reflects a metallic electronic structure, whereas those at T

  5. Superconductor-Metal-Insulator transition in two dimensional Ta thin Films

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    Park, Sun-Gyu; Kim, Eunseong

    2013-03-01

    Superconductor-insulator transition has been induced by tuning film thickness or magnetic field. Recent electrical transport measurements of MoGe, Bi, Ta thin films revealed an interesting intermediate metallic phase which intervened superconducting and insulating phases at certain range of magnetic field. Especially, Ta thin films show the characteristic IV behavior at each phase and the disorder tuned intermediate metallic phase [Y. Li, C. L. Vicente, and J. Yoon, Physical Review B 81, 020505 (2010)]. This unexpected metallic phase can be interpreted as a consequence of vortex motion or contribution of fermionic quasiparticles. In this presentation, we report the scaling behavior during the transitions in Ta thin film as well as the transport measurements in various phases. Critical exponents v and z are obtained in samples with wide ranges of disorder. These results reveal new universality class appears when disorder exceeds a critical value. Dynamical exponent z of Superconducting sample is found to be 1, which is consistent with theoretical prediction of unity. z in a metallic sample is suddenly increased to be approximately 2.5. This critical exponent is much larger than the value found in other system and theoretical prediction. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support by the National Research Foundation of Korea through the Creative Research Initiatives.

  6. Dynamic phase coexistence and non-Gaussian resistance fluctuations in VO2 near the metal-insulator transition

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    Samanta, Sudeshna; Raychaudhuri, A. K.; Zhong, Xing; Gupta, A.

    2015-11-01

    We have carried out an extensive investigation on the resistance fluctuations (noise) in an epitaxial thin film of VO2 encompassing the metal-insulator transition (MIT) region to investigate the dynamic phase coexistence of metal and insulating phases. Both flicker noise as well as the Nyquist noise (thermal noise) were measured. The experiments showed that flicker noise, which has a 1 /f spectral power dependence, evolves with temperature in the transition region following the evolution of the phase fractions and is governed by activated kinetics. Importantly, closer to the insulating end of the transition, when the metallic phase fraction is low, the magnitude of the noise shows an anomaly and a strong non-Gaussian component of noise develops. In this region, the local electron temperature (as measured through the Nyquist noise thermometry) shows a deviation from the equilibrium bath temperature. It is proposed that this behavior arises due to current crowding where a substantial amount of the current is carried through well separated small metallic islands leading to a dynamic correlated current path redistribution and an enhanced effective local current density. This leads to a non-Gaussian component to the resistance fluctuation and an associated local deviation of the electron temperature from the bath. Our experiment establishes that phase coexistence leads to a strong inhomogeneity in the region of MIT that makes the current transport strongly inhomogeneous and correlated.

  7. Linear-in-temperature resistivity close to a topological metal insulator transition in ultra-multi valley fcc-ytterbium

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    Enderlein, Carsten; Fontes, Magda; Baggio-Saitovich, Elisa; Continentino, Mucio A.

    2016-01-01

    The semimetal-to-semiconductor transition in fcc-Yb under modest pressure can be considered a picture book example of a metal-insulator transition of the Lifshitz type. We have performed transport measurements at low temperatures in the closest vicinity of the transition and related DFT calculations of the Fermi surface. Our resistivity measurements show a linear temperature dependence with an unusually low dρ / dT at low temperatures approaching the MIT. The calculations suggest fcc-ytterbium being an ultra-multi valley system with 24 electron and 6 hole pockets in the Brillouin zone. Such Fermi surface topology naturally supports the appearance of strongly correlated phases. An estimation of the quasiparticle-enhanced effective mass shows that the scattering rate is by at least two orders of magnitude lower than in other materials which exhibit linear-in-T behavior at a quantum critical point. However, we cannot exclude an excessive effective mass enhancement, when the van Hove singularity touches the Fermi level.

  8. Giant oxygen isotope effect on the metal-insulator transition of RNiO{sub 3} perovskites

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    Medarde, M.; Fauth, F.; Furrer, A.; Lacorre, P.; Conder, K.

    1998-08-01

    The metal to insulator transition displayed by all the members of the perovskite family RNiO{sub 3} (R = 4f rare earth different from La) has attracted a lot of interest since it constitutes one of the few examples of this phenomenon in perfectly stoichiometric compounds. In spite of the great deal of work performed during the last six years, the mechanism responsible for the electronic localization is still a matter of controversy. The observation of unusually large O isotope shifts on the metal-insulator temperature T{sub MI} reported in this study represents an important advance since it clearly proves the dominant role of the electron lattice interaction as driving force for the transition. Moreover, the good agreement between this observation and a simple model based on the existence of Jahn-Teller polarons in the metallic state gives further qualitative and quantitative support to the polaronic picture recently suggested to account for O isotope effects in other 3d transition metal oxides containing Jahn-Teller ions.

  9. Spatial Inhomogeneity in Oxygen Modulated Potassium Tungsten Oxide Thin Films: implications for superconductivity and metal-insulator transitions

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    Munakata, Ko; Luna, Katherine; Tsukada, Akio; Risbud, Subhash; Geballe, Theodore; Beasley, Malcolm

    2012-02-01

    High quality potassium tungsten oxide (K0.33 WOy) films were synthesized by pulsed laser deposition followed by annealing in vacuum. Oxygen concentration modulated anomalous correlation of metal-insulator and superconductivity transitions were studied; a similar scenario was recently suggested in the literature [1] for polycrystalline rubidium tungsten oxide samples. Detailed studies of the transport properties below and above the superconducting transition temperature exhibit a diversity of unexpected behavior. Some of our results can be interpreted as a signature of reduced dimensionality in the ab-plane in oxygen-rich insulating samples, implying a formation of spatially inhomogeneous electronic structure. We compare such phenomenology to the behavior of other materials with strong electron-phonon interactions, and discuss its implication for the possible high temperature superconducting anomaly in sodium tungsten oxides reported in the literature [2]. [1] D. C. Ling et. al., J. Phys. Conf. Ser. 150, 052141 (2009). [2] S. Reich, and Y. Tsabba, Eur. Phys. J. B 9, 1 (1999).

  10. Strain controlled systematic variation of metal-insulator transition in epitaxial NdNiO{sub 3} thin films

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    Kumar, Yogesh; Choudhary, R. J.; Kumar, Ravi

    2012-10-01

    We report here the strain dependent structural and electrical transport properties of epitaxial NdNiO{sub 3} thin films. Pulsed laser deposition technique was used to grow the NdNiO{sub 3} thin films on c-axis oriented SrTiO{sub 3} single crystals. Deposited films were irradiated using 200 MeV Ag{sup 15+} ion beam at the varying fluence (1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 11}, 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 11}, and 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}). X-ray diffraction studies confirm the epitaxial growth of the deposited films, which is maintained even up to the highest fluence. Rise in the in-plane compressive strain has been observed after the irradiation. All the films exhibit metal-insulator transition, however, a systematic decrease in the transition temperature (T{sub MI}) has been observed after irradiation, which may be attributed to the increase in the in-plane compression. Raman spectroscopy data reveal that this reduction in T{sub MI}, with the irradiation, is related to the decrease in band gap due to the stress generated by the in-plane compressive strain.

  11. Metal-insulator transition in nanostructured SrTiO3/LaAlO3

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    Zhuang, Houlong; Cooper, Valentino R.; Ganesh, P.; Xu, Haixuan; Kent, P. R. C.

    2015-03-01

    It is well known that an insulator-to-metal transition occurs at SrTiO3/LaAlO3 epitaxial heterostructures when the number of LaAlO3 layers reaches a critical value of four. With first-principles calculations, we show that instead of requiring the threshold number of layers to trigger metallicity, the so-called 1+2 overlayer heterostructure also exhibits metallic states. Interestingly, we demonstrate that these metallic states form a two-dimensional electron gas at the overlayer heterostructure. We understand that these fascinating phenomena originate from a modified ``polar catastrophe'' model, where the overlayer heterostructure accumulates an electrostatic potential more rapidly than regular heterostructures, leading to the reduction of number of LAO layers. Using this model, we further show that the thinner 1+1 overlayer heterostructure exhibits a similar 2DEG. Our work provides a novel approach of inducing 2DEGs in oxide heterostructures, which are beneficial for modern electronics applications. HZ, PRCK, VRC and PG were sponsored by the LDRD at ORNL for the U.S. DOE and HX by the University of Tennessee JDRD and UT/ORNL-JIAM programs.

  12. Metal-insulator transition in Nd1-xEuxNiO3: Entropy change and electronic delocalization

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    Jardim, R. F.; Barbeta, V. B.; Andrade, S.; Escote, M. T.; Cordero, F.; Torikachvili, M. S.

    2015-05-01

    The metal-insulator (MI) phase transition in Nd1-xEuxNiO3, 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.35, has been investigated through the pressure dependence of the electrical resistivity ρ(P, T) and measurements of specific heat CP(T). The MI transition temperature (TMI) increases with increasing Eu substitution and decreases with increasing pressure. Two distinct regions for the Eu dependence of dTMI/dP were found: (i) for x ≤ 0.15, dTMI/dP is nearly constant and ˜-4.3 K/kbar; (ii) for x ≥ 0.15, dTMI/dP increases with x and it seems to reach a saturation value ˜-6.2 K/kbar for the x = 0.35 sample. This change is accompanied with a strong decrease in the thermal hysteresis in ρ(P, T) between the cooling and warming cycles, observed in the vicinity of TMI. The entropy change (ΔS) at TMI for the sample x = 0, estimated by using the dTMI/dP data and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, resulted in ΔS ˜ 1.2 J/mol K, a value in line with specific heat measurements. When the Eu concentration is increased, the antiferromagnetic (AF) and the MI transitions are separated in temperature, permitting that an estimate of the entropy change due to the AF/Paramagnetic transition be carried out, yielding ΔSM ˜ 200 mJ/mol K. This value is much smaller than that expected for a s = 1/2 spin system. The analysis of ρ(P, T) and CP(T) data indicates that the entropy change at TMI is mainly due to the electronic delocalization and not related to the AF transition.

  13. Modulation of metal-insulator transitions by field-controlled strain in NdNiO3/SrTiO3/PMN-PT (001) heterostructures

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    Heo, Seungyang; Oh, Chadol; Eom, Man Jin; Kim, Jun Sung; Ryu, Jungho; Son, Junwoo; Jang, Hyun Myung

    2016-01-01

    The band width control through external stress has been demonstrated as a useful knob to modulate metal-insulator transition (MIT) in RNiO3 as a prototype correlated materials. In particular, lattice mismatch strain using different substrates have been widely utilized to investigate the effect of strain on transition temperature so far but the results were inconsistent in the previous literatures. Here, we demonstrate dynamic modulation of MIT based on electric field-controlled pure strain in high-quality NdNiO3 (NNO) thin films utilizing converse-piezoelectric effect of (001)-cut - (PMN-PT) single crystal substrates. Despite the difficulty in the NNO growth on rough PMN-PT substrates, the structural quality of NNO thin films has been significantly improved by inserting SrTiO3 (STO) buffer layers. Interestingly, the MIT temperature in NNO is downward shifted by ~3.3 K in response of 0.25% in-plane compressive strain, which indicates less effective TMI modulation of field-induced strain than substrate-induced strain. This study provides not only scientific insights on band-width control of correlated materials using pure strain but also potentials for energy-efficient electronic devices. PMID:26916618

  14. Modulation of metal-insulator transitions by field-controlled strain in NdNiO3/SrTiO3/PMN-PT (001) heterostructures

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    Heo, Seungyang; Oh, Chadol; Eom, Man Jin; Kim, Jun Sung; Ryu, Jungho; Son, Junwoo; Jang, Hyun Myung

    2016-02-01

    The band width control through external stress has been demonstrated as a useful knob to modulate metal-insulator transition (MIT) in RNiO3 as a prototype correlated materials. In particular, lattice mismatch strain using different substrates have been widely utilized to investigate the effect of strain on transition temperature so far but the results were inconsistent in the previous literatures. Here, we demonstrate dynamic modulation of MIT based on electric field-controlled pure strain in high-quality NdNiO3 (NNO) thin films utilizing converse-piezoelectric effect of (001)-cut - (PMN-PT) single crystal substrates. Despite the difficulty in the NNO growth on rough PMN-PT substrates, the structural quality of NNO thin films has been significantly improved by inserting SrTiO3 (STO) buffer layers. Interestingly, the MIT temperature in NNO is downward shifted by ~3.3 K in response of 0.25% in-plane compressive strain, which indicates less effective TMI modulation of field-induced strain than substrate-induced strain. This study provides not only scientific insights on band-width control of correlated materials using pure strain but also potentials for energy-efficient electronic devices.

  15. Modulation of metal-insulator transitions by field-controlled strain in NdNiO3/SrTiO3/PMN-PT (001) heterostructures.

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    Heo, Seungyang; Oh, Chadol; Eom, Man Jin; Kim, Jun Sung; Ryu, Jungho; Son, Junwoo; Jang, Hyun Myung

    2016-01-01

    The band width control through external stress has been demonstrated as a useful knob to modulate metal-insulator transition (MIT) in RNiO3 as a prototype correlated materials. In particular, lattice mismatch strain using different substrates have been widely utilized to investigate the effect of strain on transition temperature so far but the results were inconsistent in the previous literatures. Here, we demonstrate dynamic modulation of MIT based on electric field-controlled pure strain in high-quality NdNiO3 (NNO) thin films utilizing converse-piezoelectric effect of (001)-cut Pb(Mg(1/3)Nb(2/3)O3-(PbTiO3) (PMN-PT) single crystal substrates. Despite the difficulty in the NNO growth on rough PMN-PT substrates, the structural quality of NNO thin films has been significantly improved by inserting SrTiO3 (STO) buffer layers. Interestingly, the MIT temperature in NNO is downward shifted by ~3.3 K in response of 0.25% in-plane compressive strain, which indicates less effective TMI modulation of field-induced strain than substrate-induced strain. This study provides not only scientific insights on band-width control of correlated materials using pure strain but also potentials for energy-efficient electronic devices. PMID:26916618

  16. Heteroepitaxial VO{sub 2} thin films on GaN: Structure and metal-insulator transition characteristics

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    Zhou You; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2012-10-01

    Monolithic integration of correlated oxide and nitride semiconductors may open up new opportunities in solid-state electronics and opto-electronics that combine desirable functional properties of both classes of materials. Here, we report on epitaxial growth and phase transition-related electrical properties of vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) thin films on GaN epitaxial layers on c-sapphire. The epitaxial relation is determined to be (010){sub vo{sub 2}} parallel (0001){sub GaN} parallel (0001){sub A1{sub 2O{sub 3}}} and [100]{sub vo{sub 2}} parallel [1210]{sub GaN} parallel [0110]{sub A1{sub 2O{sub 3}}} from x-ray diffraction. VO{sub 2} heteroepitaxial growth and lattice mismatch are analyzed by comparing the GaN basal plane (0001) with the almost close packed corrugated oxygen plane in vanadium dioxide and an experimental stereographic projection describing the orientation relationship is established. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy suggests a slightly oxygen rich composition at the surface, while Raman scattering measurements suggests that the quality of GaN layer is not significantly degraded by the high-temperature deposition of VO{sub 2}. Electrical characterization of VO{sub 2} films on GaN indicates that the resistance changes by about four orders of magnitude upon heating, similar to epitaxial VO{sub 2} films grown directly on c-sapphire. It is shown that the metal-insulator transition could also be voltage-triggered at room temperature and the transition threshold voltage scaling variation with temperature is analyzed in the framework of a current-driven Joule heating model. The ability to synthesize high quality correlated oxide films on GaN with sharp phase transition could enable new directions in semiconductor-photonic integrated devices.

  17. The Si(1 1 1) (7 × 7) reconstruction: A surface close to a Mott Hubbard metal insulator transition?

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    Fick, D.; Bromberger, C.; Jänsch, H. J.; Kühlert, O.; Schillinger, R.; Weindel, C.

    2006-09-01

    Li adsorption at extremely low coverages on the "metallic" Si(1 1 1)-(7 × 7) surface has been experimentally studied recently by β-NMR experiments. Instead of increasing linearly with the sample temperature, as expected for a metallic system, the relaxation rate α = 1/ T1 is almost constant in between 50 K and 300 K sample temperature and rises Arrhenius like above. In order to understand this behaviour in a transparent way a closed form analysis is presented using rectangular density of states distributions. The almost temperature independent relaxation rate below 300 K points to an extremely localized and thus narrow band (width about 10 meV) which pins the Fermi energy. Because of the steeply rising relaxation rate beyond 300 K it is located energetically within a gap (about 380 meV wide) in between a lower filled and an upper empty (Hubbard) band. In dynamical mean field theories based on Hubbard Hamiltonians this kind of density of states is typical for correlated electron systems close to a Mott-Hubbard metal-insulator transition.

  18. Metallic Si (111) - (7×7) -reconstruction: A surface close to a Mott-Hubbard metal-insulator transition

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    Schillinger, R.; Bromberger, C.; Jänsch, H. J.; Kleine, H.; Kühlert, O.; Weindel, C.; Fick, D.

    2005-09-01

    Li adsorption at extremely low coverages ( 10-3 ML and below) on the metallic Si(111)-(7×7) surface has been studied by β -NMR experiments (measurement of T1 -times). Instead of increasing linearly with the sample temperature, as expected for a metallic system, the relaxation rate α=1/T1 is almost constant in between 50K and 300K sample temperature and rises considerably above. Comparison with T1 -times around 900K (observed with Li6 -NMR) excludes adsorbate diffusion as the cause of the relaxation rate. Thus the almost temperature independent relaxation rate below 300K points to an extremely localized and thus narrow band (width about 10meV ) which pins the Fermi energy. It is responsible for the metallicity of the (7×7) -reconstruction. Because of the steeply rising relaxation rate beyond 300K this narrow band is located energetically within a gap (approximately 100-500meV wide) in between a lower filled and an upper empty (Hubbard) band. Due to its extremely narrow width it can hardly be detected in photo electron experiments. In dynamical mean field theories based on Hubbard Hamiltonians this kind of density of states is typical for correlated electron systems close to a Mott-Hubbard metal-insulator transition.

  19. Disordered RuO2 exhibits two dimensional, low-mobility transport and a metal-insulator transition

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    Osofsky, M. S.; Krowne, C. M.; Charipar, K. M.; Bussmann, K.; Chervin, C. N.; Pala, I. R.; Rolison, D. R.

    2016-02-01

    The discovery of low-dimensional metallic systems such as high-mobility metal oxide field-effect transistors, the cuprate superconductors, and conducting oxide interfaces (e.g., LaAlO3/SrTiO3) has stimulated research into the nature of electronic transport in two-dimensional systems given that the seminal theory for transport in disordered metals predicts that the metallic state cannot exist in two dimensions (2D). In this report, we demonstrate the existence of a metal-insulator transition (MIT) in highly disordered RuO2 nanoskins with carrier concentrations that are one-to-six orders of magnitude higher and with mobilities that are one-to-six orders of magnitude lower than those reported previously for 2D oxides. The presence of an MIT and the accompanying atypical electronic characteristics place this form of the oxide in a highly diffusive, strong disorder regime and establishes the existence of a metallic state in 2D that is analogous to the three-dimensional case.

  20. Growth temperature-dependent metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide epitaxial films on perovskite strontium titanate (111) single crystals

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    Wang, Liangxin; Yang, Yuanjun; Zhao, Jiangtao; Hong, Bin; Hu, Kai; Peng, Jinlan; Zhang, Haibin; Wen, Xiaolei; Luo, Zhenlin; Li, Xiaoguang; Gao, Chen

    2016-04-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) epitaxial films were grown on perovskite single-crystal strontium titanate (SrTiO3) substrates by reactive radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The growth temperature-dependent metal-insulator transition (MIT) behavior of the VO2 epitaxial films was then investigated. We found that the order of magnitude of resistance change across the MIT increased from 102 to 104 with increasing growth temperature. In contrast, the temperature of the MIT does not strongly depend on the growth temperature and is fairly stable at about 345 K. On one hand, the increasing magnitude of the MIT is attributed to the better crystallinity and thus larger grain size in the (010)-VO2/(111)-SrTiO3 epitaxial films at elevated temperature. On the other hand, the strain states do not change in the VO2 films deposited at various temperatures, resulting in stable V-V chains and V-O bonds in the VO2 epitaxial films. The accompanied orbital occupancy near the Fermi level is also constant and thus the MIT temperatures of VO2 films deposited at various temperatures are nearly the same. This work demonstrates that high-quality VO2 can be grown on perovskite substrates, showing potential for integration into oxide heterostructures and superlattices.

  1. Electronic properties and the nature of metal-insulator transition in NdNiO3 prepared at ambient oxygen pressure

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    Hooda, M. K.; Yadav, C. S.

    2016-06-01

    We report the electronic properties of the NdNiO3, prepared at the ambient oxygen pressure condition. The metal-insulator transition temperature is observed at 192 K, but the low temperature state is found to be less insulating compared to the NdNiO3 prepared at high oxygen pressure. The electric resistivity, Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity of the compound show large hysteresis below the metal-insulator transition. The large value of the effective mass (m*~8me) in the metallic state indicates the narrow character of the 3d band. The electric conduction at low temperatures (T=2-20 K) is governed by the variable range hopping of the charge carriers.

  2. Electric field-assisted metal insulator transition in vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films: optical switching behavior and anomalous far-infrared emissivity variation

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    Crunteanu, Aurelian; Fabert, Marc; Cornette, Julie; Colas, Maggy; Orlianges, Jean-Christophe; Bessaudou, Annie; Cosset, Françoise

    2014-03-01

    We present the vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films deposition using e-beam evaporation of a vanadium target under oxygen atmosphere on different substrates (sapphire, Si, SiO2/Si…) and we focus on their electrical and optical properties variations as the material undergoes a metal-insulator transition under thermal and electrical stimuli. The phase transition induces extremely abrupt changes in the electronic and optical properties of the material: the electrical resistivity increases up to 5 orders of magnitude while the optical properties (transmission, reflection, refractive index) are drastically modified. We present the integration of these films in simple planar optical devices and we demonstrate electrical-activated optical modulators for visible-infrared signals with high discrimination between the two states. We will highlight a peculiar behavior of the VO2 material in the infrared and far infrared regions (2- 20 μm), namely its anomalous emissivity change under thermal- end electrical activation (negative differential emittance phenomenon) with potential applications in active coatings for thermal regulation, optical limiting or camouflage coatings.

  3. A new route to the Mott-Hubbard metal-insulator transition: Strong correlations effects in Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3

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    Lee, Hong Sub; Choi, Sun Gyu; Park, Hyung-Ho; Rozenberg, M. J.

    2013-01-01

    Resistive random access memory based on the resistive switching phenomenon is emerging as a strong candidate for next generation non-volatile memory. So far, the resistive switching effect has been observed in many transition metal oxides, including strongly correlated ones, such as, cuprate superconductors, colossal magnetoresistant manganites and Mott insulators. However, up to now, no clear evidence of the possible relevance of strong correlation effects in the mechanism of resistive switching has been reported. Here, we study Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3, which shows bipolar resistive switching. Performing micro-spectroscopic studies on its bare surface we are able to track the systematic electronic structure changes in both, the low and high resistance state. We find that a large change in the electronic conductance is due to field-induced oxygen vacancies, which drives a Mott metal-insulator transition at the surface. Our study demonstrates that strong correlation effects may be incorporated to the realm of the emerging oxide electronics.

  4. Metal-Insulator Transition in VO2 : A DFT +DMFT Perspective

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    Brito, W. H.; Aguiar, M. C. O.; Haule, K.; Kotliar, G.

    2016-07-01

    We present a theoretical investigation of the electronic structure of rutile (metallic) and M1 and M2 monoclinic (insulating) phases of VO2 employing a fully self-consistent combination of density functional theory and embedded dynamical mean field theory calculations. We describe the electronic structure of the metallic and both insulating phases of VO2 , and propose a distinct mechanism for the gap opening. We show that Mott physics plays an essential role in all phases of VO2 : undimerized vanadium atoms undergo classical Mott transition through local moment formation (in the M2 phase), while strong superexchange within V dimers adds significant dynamic intersite correlations, which remove the singularity of self-energy for dimerized V atoms. The resulting transition from rutile to dimerized M1 phase is adiabatically connected to the Peierls-like transition, but is better characterized as the Mott transition in the presence of strong intersite exchange. As a consequence of Mott physics, the gap in the dimerized M1 phase is temperature dependent. The sole increase of electronic temperature collapses the gap, reminiscent of recent experiments.

  5. Metal-Insulator Transition in VO_{2}: A DFT+DMFT Perspective.

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    Brito, W H; Aguiar, M C O; Haule, K; Kotliar, G

    2016-07-29

    We present a theoretical investigation of the electronic structure of rutile (metallic) and M_{1} and M_{2} monoclinic (insulating) phases of VO_{2} employing a fully self-consistent combination of density functional theory and embedded dynamical mean field theory calculations. We describe the electronic structure of the metallic and both insulating phases of VO_{2}, and propose a distinct mechanism for the gap opening. We show that Mott physics plays an essential role in all phases of VO_{2}: undimerized vanadium atoms undergo classical Mott transition through local moment formation (in the M_{2} phase), while strong superexchange within V dimers adds significant dynamic intersite correlations, which remove the singularity of self-energy for dimerized V atoms. The resulting transition from rutile to dimerized M_{1} phase is adiabatically connected to the Peierls-like transition, but is better characterized as the Mott transition in the presence of strong intersite exchange. As a consequence of Mott physics, the gap in the dimerized M_{1} phase is temperature dependent. The sole increase of electronic temperature collapses the gap, reminiscent of recent experiments. PMID:27517782

  6. Tunable Anderson metal-insulator transition in quantum spin-Hall insulators

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    Chen, Chui-Zhen; Liu, Haiwen; Jiang, Hua; Sun, Qing-feng; Wang, Ziqiang; Xie, X. C.

    2015-06-01

    We numerically study disorder effects in the Bernevig-Hughes-Zhang (BHZ) model, and we find that the Anderson transition of a quantum spin-Hall insulator (QSHI) is determined by model parameters. The BHZ Hamiltonian is equivalent to two decoupled spin blocks that belong to the unitary class. In contrast to the common belief that a two-dimensional unitary system scales to an insulator except at certain critical points, we find, through calculations scaling properties of the localization length, level statistics, and participation ratio, that a possible exotic metallic phase emerges between the QSHI and normal insulator phases in the InAs/GaSb-type BHZ model. On the other hand, direct transition from a QSHI to a normal insulator is found in the HgTe/CdTe-type BHZ model. Furthermore, we show that the metallic phase originates from the Berry phase and can survive both inside and outside the gap.

  7. Modulating Photoluminescence of Monolayer Molybdenum Disulfide by Metal-Insulator Phase Transition in Active Substrates.

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    Hou, Jiwei; Wang, Xi; Fu, Deyi; Ko, Changhyun; Chen, Yabin; Sun, Yufei; Lee, Sangwook; Wang, Kevin X; Dong, Kaichen; Sun, Yinghui; Tongay, Sefaattin; Jiao, Liying; Yao, Jie; Liu, Kai; Wu, Junqiao

    2016-08-01

    The atomic thickness and flatness allow properties of 2D semiconductors to be modulated with influence from the substrate. Reversible modulation of these properties requires an "active," reconfigurable substrate, i.e., a substrate with switchable functionalities that interacts strongly with the 2D overlayer. In this work, the photoluminescence (PL) of monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 ) is modulated by interfacing it with a phase transition material, vanadium dioxide (VO2 ). The MoS2 PL intensity is enhanced by a factor of up to three when the underlying VO2 undergoes the thermally driven phase transition from the insulating to metallic phase. A nonvolatile, reversible way to rewrite the PL pattern is also demonstrated. The enhancement effect is attributed to constructive optical interference when the VO2 turns metallic. This modulation method requires no chemical or mechanical processes, potentially finding applications in new switches and sensors. PMID:27335137

  8. Unusual M2-mediated metal-insulator transition in epitaxial VO2 thin films on GaN substrates

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    Yang, Hyoung Woo; Inn Sohn, Jung; Yang, Jae Hoon; Jang, Jae Eun; Cha, Seung Nam; Kim, Jongmin; Kang, Dae Joon

    2015-01-01

    We report on the epitaxial growth of vanadium dioxide (\\text{VO}2) thin films on (0001) GaN substrates using a radio frequency magnetron sputtering method and discuss their unusual M2-mediated metal-insulator transition (MIT) properties. We found that large lattice misfits between the \\text{VO}2 film and the GaN substrate could favor the stabilization of the intermediate insulating \\text{M}2 phase, which is known to be observed only in either doped or uniaxially strained samples. We demonstrated that the MIT in \\text{VO}2 films on GaN substrates could be mediated via a monoclinic \\text{M}2 phase during the transition from a monoclinic \\text{M}1 to a rutile R phase. This was confirmed by temperature-dependent Raman studies that exhibited both an evident upshift of a high-frequency phonon mode (ω\\text{V-O}) from 618 \\text{cm}-1 (\\text{M}1) to 645 \\text{cm}-1 (\\text{M}2) and a distinct peak splitting of a low-frequency phonon mode (ω\\text{V-V}) at 221 \\text{cm}-1 (\\text{M}2) for increasing temperatures. Moreover, a resistance change of four orders of magnitude was observed for \\text{VO}2 thin films on GaN substrates, being indicative of the high quality of \\text{VO}2 thin films. This study may offer great opportunities not only to improve the understanding of M2-mediated MIT behavior in \\text{VO}2 thin films, but also to realize novel electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  9. Universal role of quantum uncertainty in Anderson metal-insulator transition

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    Cheng, W. W.; Zhang, Z. J.; Gong, L. Y.; Zhao, S. M.

    2016-07-01

    We explore quantum uncertainty, based on Wigner-Yanase skew information, in various one-dimensional single-electron wave functions. For the power-law function and eigenfunctions in the Aubry-André model, the electronic localization properties are well-defined. For them, we find that quantum uncertainty is relatively small and large for delocalized and localized states, respectively. And around the transition points, the first-order derivative of the quantum uncertainty exhibits singular behavior. All these characters can be used as signatures of the transition from a delocalized phase to a localized one. With this criterion, we also study the quantum uncertainty in one-dimensional disorder system with long-range correlated potential. The results show that the first-order derivative of spectrum-averaged quantum uncertainty is minimal at a certain correlation exponent αm for a finite system, and has perfect finite-size scaling behaviors around αm. By extrapolating αm, the threshold value αc ≃ 1.56 ± 0.02 is obtained for the infinite system. Thus we give another perspective and propose a consistent interpretation for the discrepancies about localization property in the long-range correlated potential model. These results suggest that the quantum uncertainty can provide us with a new physical intuition to the localization transition in these models.

  10. Disproportionation, Metal-Insulator Transition, and Critical Interaction Strength in Na1/2CoO2

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    Kunes, Jan

    2006-03-01

    Spontaneous breaking of symmetry is one of the key concepts of solid state physics related to phase transitions. Charge/spin density wave, or charge/spin ordering if the propagation vector is commensurate, are notorious examples of broken symmetry. The charge disproportionation in Na0.5CoO2 is the main theme of the present work. The results of LDA+U calculations will be presented, exhibiting a charge disproportionation transition at U 3eV. NaxCoO2 attracted considerable attention mainly due to superconductivity of its hydrated form Na0.3CoO2.1.3H2O [1]. Besides the superconductivity NaxCoO2 exhibits several intriguing properties throughout its phase diagram, such crossover from Pauli-like to Curie-Weiss susceptibility at x=0.5, spin-density wave around x=0.7 or several phase transitions for x=0.5 including metal-insulator transition, charge ordering and magnetic ordering [2]. The NaxCoO2 lattice consists of triangular CoO2 layers separated by Na layer. The mobility of Na ions and fractional occupation of Na sublattice provides an additional complication. Using LDA+U functional within FPLO [3] bandstructure method we have performed series of supercell calculations allowing for breaking of the symmetry between different Co sites. We have found that for large enough, but physically realistic, values of the on-site Coulomb interaction U the Co sublattice disproportionates into sites with formal valencies Co^4+ and Co^3+. We have found that at the same time a gap opens in the excitation spectrum. Details of the bandstructure across the transition as well as the driving forces of the transition in the LDA+U mean field picture will be discussed. [1] K. Takada et al., Nature (London) 422, 53 (2003).[2] M. L. Foo et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 247001 (2004).[3] K. Koepernik and H. Eschrig, Phys. Rev. B 59, 1743 (1999).

  11. Covalency and the metal-insulator transition in titanate and vanadate perovskites

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    Dang, Hung T.; Millis, Andrew J.; Marianetti, Chris A.

    2014-04-01

    A combination of density functional and dynamical mean-field theory is applied to the perovskites SrVO3, LaTiO3, and LaVO3. We show that DFT + DMFT in conjunction with the standard fully localized-limit (FLL) double-counting predicts that LaTiO3 and LaVO3 are metals even though experimentally they are correlation-driven ("Mott") insulators. In addition, the FLL double counting implies a splitting between oxygen p and transition metal d levels, which differs from experiment. Introducing into the theory an ad hoc double counting correction, which reproduces the experimentally measured insulating gap leads also to a p-d splitting consistent with experiment if the on-site interaction U is chosen in a relatively narrow range (˜6±1 eV). The results indicate that these early transition metal oxides will serve as critical test for the formulation of a general ab initio theory of correlated electron metals.

  12. Accumulation capacitance frequency dispersion of III-V metal-insulator-semiconductor devices due to disorder induced gap states

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    Galatage, R. V.; Zhernokletov, D. M.; Dong, H.; Brennan, B.; Hinkle, C. L.; Wallace, R. M.; Vogel, E. M.

    2014-07-01

    The origin of the anomalous frequency dispersion in accumulation capacitance of metal-insulator-semiconductor devices on InGaAs and InP substrates is investigated using modeling, electrical characterization, and chemical characterization. A comparison of the border trap model and the disorder induced gap state model for frequency dispersion is performed. The fitting of both models to experimental data indicate that the defects responsible for the measured dispersion are within approximately 0.8 nm of the surface of the crystalline semiconductor. The correlation between the spectroscopically detected bonding states at the dielectric/III-V interface, the interfacial defect density determined using capacitance-voltage, and modeled capacitance-voltage response strongly suggests that these defects are associated with the disruption of the III-V atomic bonding and not border traps associated with bonding defects within the high-k dielectric.

  13. Accumulation capacitance frequency dispersion of III-V metal-insulator-semiconductor devices due to disorder induced gap states

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    Galatage, R. V.; Zhernokletov, D. M.; Dong, H.; Brennan, B.; Hinkle, C. L.; Wallace, R. M.; Vogel, E. M.

    2014-07-07

    The origin of the anomalous frequency dispersion in accumulation capacitance of metal-insulator-semiconductor devices on InGaAs and InP substrates is investigated using modeling, electrical characterization, and chemical characterization. A comparison of the border trap model and the disorder induced gap state model for frequency dispersion is performed. The fitting of both models to experimental data indicate that the defects responsible for the measured dispersion are within approximately 0.8 nm of the surface of the crystalline semiconductor. The correlation between the spectroscopically detected bonding states at the dielectric/III-V interface, the interfacial defect density determined using capacitance-voltage, and modeled capacitance-voltage response strongly suggests that these defects are associated with the disruption of the III-V atomic bonding and not border traps associated with bonding defects within the high-k dielectric.

  14. Exotic topological states near a quantum metal-insulator transition in pyrochlore iridates

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    Tian, Zhaoming

    Pyrochlore iridates have attracted great interest as prime candidates that may host topologically nontrivial states, spin ice ordering and quantum spin liquid states, in particular through the interplay between different degrees of freedom, such as local moments and mobile electrons. Based on our extensive study using our high quality single crystals, we will discuss such examples, i.e. chiral spin liquid in a quadratic band touching state, Weyl semimetallic state and chiral domain wall transport nearby a quantum insulator-semimetal transition in pyrochlore iridates. This work is based on the collaboration with Nakatsuji Satoru, Kohama Yoshimitsu, Tomita Takahiro, Kindo Koichi, Jun J. Ishikawa, Balents Leon, Ishizuka Hiroaki, Timothy H. Hsieh. ZM. Tian was supported by JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship (No.P1402).

  15. Volume-based considerations for the metal-insulator transition of CMR oxides

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    Neumeier, J.J.; Hundley, M.F.; Cornelius, A.L.; Andres, K.

    1998-03-01

    The sensitivity of {rho} [electrical resistivity] to changes in volume which occur through: (1) applied pressure, (2) variations in temperature, and (3) phase transitions, is evaluated for some selected CMR oxides. It is argued that the changes in volume associated with phase changes are large enough to produce self pressures in the range of 0.18 to 0.45 GPa. The extreme sensitivity of the electrical resistivity to pressure indicates that these self pressures are responsible for large features in the electrical resistivity and are an important component for occurrence the metallicity below {Tc}. It is suggested that this is related to a strong volume dependence of the electron phonon coupling in the CMR oxides.

  16. Structurally-driven metal-insulator transition in Ca{sub 2}Ru{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} (0{<=}x<0.14): A single crystal X-ray diffraction study

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    Qi, T.F.; Ge, M.; Korneta, O.B.; Parkin, S.; De Long, L.E.; Cao, G.

    2011-04-15

    Correlation between structure and transport properties are investigated in high-quality single-crystals of Ca{sub 2}Ru{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 4} with 0metal-insulator (MI) transition at 357 K. Upon chromium doping on the ruthenium site, the metal-insulator transition temperature (T{sub MI}) was drastically reduced, and is related to the competition between structural changes that occur upon Cr doping and with decreasing temperature. A strong suppression of structural distortions with increasing Cr substitution was identified. No clear T{sub MI} can be observed when x>13.5% and the system behaves as an insulator. Such a large, sharp metal-insulator transition and tuneable transition temperature may have potential applications in electronic devices. -- Graphical abstract: The metal-insulator transition temperature (T{sub MI}) was drastically reduced by Cr doping, and is closely related to the distortion of structure. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} The metal-insulator transition temperature (T{sub MI}) was drastically reduced by doping Cr into Ca{sub 2}RuO{sub 4} single crystal. {yields} Detailed single crystal structural analysis provided important insight into this structurally-driven metal-insulator transition. {yields} Negative Volume Thermal Expansion (NVTE) was observed with increasing temperature.

  17. Synchronization of pairwise-coupled, identical, relaxation oscillators based on metal-insulator phase transition devices: A model study

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    Parihar, Abhinav; Shukla, Nikhil; Datta, Suman; Raychowdhury, Arijit

    2015-02-01

    Computing with networks of synchronous oscillators has attracted wide-spread attention as novel materials and device topologies have enabled realization of compact, scalable and low-power coupled oscillatory systems. Of particular interest are compact and low-power relaxation oscillators that have been recently demonstrated using MIT (metal-insulator-transition) devices using properties of correlated oxides. Further the computational capability of pairwise coupled relaxation oscillators has also been shown to outperform traditional Boolean digital logic circuits. This paper presents an analysis of the dynamics and synchronization of a system of two such identical coupled relaxation oscillators implemented with MIT devices. We focus on two implementations of the oscillator: (a) a D-D configuration where complementary MIT devices (D) are connected in series to provide oscillations and (b) a D-R configuration where it is composed of a resistor (R) in series with a voltage-triggered state changing MIT device (D). The MIT device acts like a hysteresis resistor with different resistances in the two different states. The synchronization dynamics of such a system has been analyzed with purely charge based coupling using a resistive (RC) and a capacitive (CC) element in parallel. It is shown that in a D-D configuration symmetric, identical and capacitively coupled relaxation oscillator system synchronizes to an anti-phase locking state, whereas when coupled resistively the system locks in phase. Further, we demonstrate that for certain range of values of RC and CC, a bistable system is possible which can have potential applications in associative computing. In D-R configuration, we demonstrate the existence of rich dynamics including non-monotonic flows and complex phase relationship governed by the ratios of the coupling impedance. Finally, the developed theoretical formulations have been shown to explain experimentally measured waveforms of such pairwise coupled

  18. Heavy holes localization, metal-insulator transition and superconductivity of HTSC oxides

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    Golovashkin, A.I.; Anshukova, N.V.; Ivanova, L.I.; Maljuchkov, O.T.; Rusakov, A.P.

    1996-12-31

    On the basis of experimental studies of specific heat, magnetic properties and thermal expansion it was shown that dielectric-metal phase transition was the consequence of delocalization of heavy holes located on metal-apical oxygen bonds in the high-temperature superconducting (HTSC) oxide systems. The dielectric gaps in electronic spectrum of the oxide systems appear owing to the charge density waves (CDW) of the ordered arrays of such localized (heavy) holes. The CDW is the microscopic reason of the negative thermal expansion observed in dielectric phases of some HTSC systems. The free carriers introduced in the oxide systems by doping can couple through excitations of these localized holes (local bosons). Such free carriers pairing leads to the high-temperature superconductivity with small coherence length and anomalous (with positive curvature) temperature dependence of H{sub c2}(T). The suggested localized holes on the metal-apical oxygen bonds and local bosons in addition to the usual phonons are the basis for the explanation of the experimental data presented in this report.

  19. Topological textures and metal-insulator transition in Reentrant Integer Quantum Hall Effect: role of disorder

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    Lyanda-Geller, Yuli; Simion, George

    2015-03-01

    We investigate a ground state of the two-dimensional (2D) electron liquid in the presence of disorder for Landau level filling factors, for which the re-entrant integer quantum Hall effect is observed. Our particular interest is the range of filling factors, which in a clean 2D system is favorable to formation of the two-electron (2e) bubble crystal. For the smooth random potential due to charged impurities placed far away from the 2D gas, the ground state is a lightly distorted 2e bubble crystal. However, for positively or negatively charged residual impurities located approximately within about three magnetic lengths from the 2D electrons, the ground state contains charged 2e complexes formed either by positively charged impurity and 3e defect bubble, or negatively charged impurity and 2e defect bubble. In the vicinity of 1e and 3e defect bubbles, the 2e bubbles of the crystal change their shape from round to elongated forming hedgehog (for 1e defect) or vortex (for 3e defect) textures. The topological textures due to these complexes interact with vortex and hedgehog excitations, generated as temperature increases that are not bound by residual impurities. The temperature of insulator to metal transition calculated with both bound and unbound defects agrees with experiment. Research was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Award DE-SC0010544.

  20. Probing the Metal-Insulator Transition in BaTiO3 by Electrostatic Doping

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    Raghavan, Santosh; Zhang, Jack Y.; Shoron, Omor F.; Stemmer, Susanne

    2016-07-01

    The metal-to-insulator transition in BaTiO3 is investigated using electrostatic doping, which avoids effects from disorder and strain that would accompany chemical doping. SmTiO3/BaTiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures are doped with a constant sheet carrier density of 3 ×1014 cm-2 that is introduced via the polar SmTiO3/BaTiO3 interface. Below a critical BaTiO3 thickness, the structures exhibit metallic behavior with high carrier mobilities at low temperatures, similar to SmTiO3/SrTiO3 interfaces. Above this thickness, data indicate that the BaTiO3 layer becomes ferroelectric. The BaTiO3 lattice parameters increase to a value consistent with a strained, tetragonal unit cell, the structures are insulating below ˜125 K , and the mobility drops by more than an order of magnitude, indicating self-trapping of carriers. The results shed light on the interplay between charge carriers and ferroelectricity.

  1. Directing colloidal assembly and a metal-insulator transition using quenched-disordered polymeric networks

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    Phan, Anh; Jadrich, Ryan; Schweizer, Kenneth

    2015-03-01

    Replica integral equation and effective medium theory methods are employed to elucidate how to massively reconfigure a colloidal assembly and realize equilibrium states of high electrical conductivity at low physical volume fractions. This is achieved by employing variable mesh size networks of rigid rod or semiflexible polymers as a templating internal field. By exploiting bulk phase separation frustration and the tunable competing processes of colloid adsorption on the low dimensional network and fluctuation-driven colloid clustering in the pore spaces, distinct spatial organizations of greatly enhanced particle contacts can be achieved. As a result, a continuous, but very abrupt, transition from an insulating to metallic-like state can be realized via a small change of either the colloid-template or colloid-colloid attraction strength. Polymer conformational fluctuations are found to significantly modify the physical adsorption process and hence the ability of colloids to organize along the filamentary network strands. Qualitatively new physical behavior can emerge as the pore size approaches the colloid diameter, reflecting strong frustrating constraints of the template on colloidal assembly.

  2. Tunneling Spectroscopy of Amorphous Magnetic Rare Earth-Si Alloys near the Metal-Insulator Transition

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    Xiong, P.; Zink, B. L.; Tran, M. Q.; Gebala, A. E.; Wilcox, E. M.; Hellman, F.; Dynes, R. C.

    1997-03-01

    Amorphous dilute magnetic semiconductors exhibit striking differences in the electrical and magneto-transport behavior from their crystalline or nonmagnetic analogs.(F. Hellman et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 4652 (1996).) Magnetic impurities cause a large suppression of conductivity below 50 K in a-Si_xGd_1-x and a-Si_xTb_1-x relative to the nonmagnetic a-Si_xY_1-x (x ~ 0.85-0.9). Application of a magnetic field increases the conductivity by orders of magnitude. We have fabricated good quality tunnel junctions on a-Si:Gd and the nonmagnetic a-Si:Y to probe the electronic density of states in these two systems. We present the results of the tunneling spectroscopy and its magnetic field dependence for a series of the two alloys at different compositions. We will discuss the correlation between the tunneling spectra and the transport properties and its implications on the possible origin of the magnetic field tuned insulator-metal transition in a-Si:Gd. Research Supported by ONR Grant No. N000149151320 and NSF Grant No. DMR-9208599.

  3. The Unusual Metal-Insulator Transition in Ca(2-x)Sr(x)RuO(4)

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    Rice, T. Maurice

    2002-03-01

    The isoelectronic compounds Ca_2-xSr_xRuO4 offer a rare opportunity to follow the evolution of the electronic structure from a multiband metal, Sr_2RuO_4, to a Mott insulator, Ca_2RuO_4. The evolution is not at all monotonic but proceeds through a series of intermediate regions with unexpected behavior [1]. Sr_2RuO4 is a good metal with the 4 electrons in the t_2g-subshell of the Ru^4+-ions distributed equally in 3 bands. These in turn separate into a d_xy-band which disperses in both directions in the RuO_2-planes and d_xz/d_yz-bands dispersing only in one direction. The hybridization between these components occurs only through very weak interplanar processes. Substituting Ca for Sr leads to band narrowing through a rotation of the RuO_4-octahedra. A series of electronic structure calculations [2] using the LDA+DMFT method to incorporate strong correlations, predict an unusual state with 3 electrons localizing in the narrower d_xz/d_yz bands while the last electron remains itinerant in the broader d_xy-band. The observation of a strongly enhanced and temperature dependent spin susceptibility in the metallic state at x=0.5 is attributed to the S=1/2 local moments of the localized hole in the d_xz/d_yz-orbitals. The superexchange interaction between the local moments is strongly dependent on the specific orbital occupation and so glassy behavior in the orbital ordering can account for the glassy behavior observed in the susceptibility in the range 0.2 < x < 0.5. The final transition to a Mott insulator at x < 0.2 is driven by a compression of the RuO_4-octahedra and a switch to an electronic configuration with a filled d_xy-orbital and 2 electrons in the d_xz/d_yz orbitals which has a S=1 local moment expected for a Ru^4+-ion. [1] S. Nakatsuji and Y. Maeno, Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 2666 (2000). [2] V.I. Anisimov, I.A. Nekrasov, D.E. Kondakov, T.M. Rice, and M. Sigrist, cond-mat0107095 and Eur. Phys. Jour. B (in press).

  4. Metal-Insulator Transitions.

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    Mott, Nevill

    1978-01-01

    Explains how changes in temperature, pressure, magnetic field or alloy composition can affect the electronic band structure of substances, leading in some cases to dramatic changes in conductivity. (GA)

  5. First-principles study of Sr2Ir1-xRhxO4: charge transfer, spin-orbit coupling change, and the metal-insulator transition

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    Sim, Jae-Hoon; Kim, Heung-Sik; Han, Myung Joon

    2015-03-01

    Using first-principles density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we investigated the electronic structure of Rh-doped iridate, Sr2Ir1-xRhxO4 for which the doping (x) dependent metal-insulator transition (MIT) has been reported experimentally and the controversial discussion developed regarding the origin of this transition. Our DFT+U calculation shows that the value of < L . S > remains largely intact over the entire doping range considered here (x = 0 . 0 , 0 . 125 , 0 . 25 , 0 . 50 , 0 . 75 , and 1 . 0) in good agreement with the branching ratio measured by x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Also contrary to a previous picture to explain MIT based on the charge transfer between the transition-metal sites, our calculation clearly shows that those sites remain basically isoelectronic while the impurity bands of predominantly rhodium character are introduced near the Fermi level. As the doping increases, this impurity band overlaps with lower Hubbard band of iridium, leading to metal-insulator transition. The results will be discussed with comparison to the case of Ru doping. Computational resources were suported by The National Institute of Supercomputing and Networking/Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information with supercomputing resources including technical spport (Grant No. KSC-2013-C2-23).

  6. Fano response induced by the interference between localized plasmons and interface reflections in metal-insulator-metal waveguide structure

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    Li, Hong-Ju; Wang, Ling-Ling; Zhai, Xiang

    2016-06-01

    The original Fano response induced by the interference between the localized plasmons and interface-reflected surface plasmon polaritons in a single metal-insulator-metal waveguide with two parallel separated metal strips is predicted theoretically through the coupled mode theory combined with the Fano function. The prominent asymmetric line shape resulting from the coupling between the discrete dipole resonance formed between metal strips and an interface-reflected-induced continuum is confirmed by the performed numerical simulations. The novel Fano spectrum is tuned easily by varying the length and coupling distance of metal strips. By introducing another separated metal strip, the outstanding double Fano behavior is obtained, and the corresponding underlying physics is illustrated. In particular, based on the performed refractive index sensing spectra, the high sensitivity of 855 nm/RIU and figure of merit up to 30 are achieved via the double Fano resonance. Undoubtedly, such ingenious structure may benefit the fabrications of nano-integrated plasmonic devices for optical switching and sensing.

  7. Electrolysis-induced protonation of VO2 thin film transistor for the metal-insulator phase modulation

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    Katase, Takayoshi; Endo, Kenji; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2016-02-01

    Compared to state-of-the-art modulation techniques, protonation is the most ideal to control the electrical and optical properties of transition metal oxides (TMOs) due to its intrinsic non-volatile operation. However, the protonation of TMOs is not typically utilized for solid-state devices because of imperative high-temperature annealing treatment in hydrogen source. Although one solution for room temperature (RT) protonation of TMOs is liquid-phase electrochemistry, it is unsuited for practical purposes due to liquid-leakage problem. Herein we demonstrate solid-state RT-protonation of vanadium dioxide (VO2), which is a well-known thermochromic TMO. We fabricated the three terminal thin-film-transistor structure on an insulating VO2 film using a water-infiltrated nanoporous glass, which serves as a solid electrolyte. For gate voltage application, water electrolysis and protonation/deprotonation of VO2 film surface occurred, leading to reversible metal-insulator phase conversion of ~11-nm-thick VO2 layer. The protonation was clearly accompanied by the structural change from an insulating monoclinic to a metallic tetragonal phase. Present results offer a new route for the development of electro-optically active solid-state devices with TMO materials by engineering RT protonation.

  8. Magnetic, electrical, and structural studies on the metal-insulator transition in CuIr2S4-xSex (0⩽x⩽4)

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    Somasundaram, P.; Kim, D.; Honig, J. M.; Pekarek, T. M.; Gu, T.; Goldman, A. I.

    1998-06-01

    Magnetic transitions and structural transformations have been investigated in CuIr2S4-xSex (0⩽x⩽4). It is found from magnetic, resistivity, and thermopower studies that the transition temperature decreases as the Se concentration is increased. The change in magnetization occurs over a 10-15 K range at lower Se concentration, while it broadens to 30 K for an Se concentration of x=0.5. Low-temperature studies proved that beyond the composition corresponding to x=0.5 the cubic structure is stabilized. The metal-insulator transition beyond the x=0.5 composition arises from the electronic rather than from the lattice contribution.

  9. Effective Hamiltonians for correlated narrow energy band systems and magnetic insulators: Role of spin-orbit interactions in metal-insulator transitions and magnetic phase transitions

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    Chakraborty, Subrata; Vijay, Amrendra

    2016-04-01

    Using a second-quantized many-electron Hamiltonian, we obtain (a) an effective Hamiltonian suitable for materials whose electronic properties are governed by a set of strongly correlated bands in a narrow energy range and (b) an effective spin-only Hamiltonian for magnetic materials. The present Hamiltonians faithfully include phonon and spin-related interactions as well as the external fields to study the electromagnetic response properties of complex materials and they, in appropriate limits, reduce to the model Hamiltonians due to Hubbard and Heisenberg. With the Hamiltonian for narrow-band strongly correlated materials, we show that the spin-orbit interaction provides a mechanism for metal-insulator transition, which is distinct from the Mott-Hubbard (driven by the electron correlation) and the Anderson mechanism (driven by the disorder). Next, with the spin-only Hamiltonian, we demonstrate the spin-orbit interaction to be a reason for the existence of antiferromagnetic phase in materials which are characterized by a positive isotropic spin-exchange energy. This is distinct from the Néel-VanVleck-Anderson paradigm which posits a negative spin-exchange for the existence of antiferromagnetism. We also find that the Néel temperature increases as the absolute value of the spin-orbit coupling increases.

  10. Effective Hamiltonians for correlated narrow energy band systems and magnetic insulators: Role of spin-orbit interactions in metal-insulator transitions and magnetic phase transitions.

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    Chakraborty, Subrata; Vijay, Amrendra

    2016-04-14

    Using a second-quantized many-electron Hamiltonian, we obtain (a) an effective Hamiltonian suitable for materials whose electronic properties are governed by a set of strongly correlated bands in a narrow energy range and (b) an effective spin-only Hamiltonian for magnetic materials. The present Hamiltonians faithfully include phonon and spin-related interactions as well as the external fields to study the electromagnetic response properties of complex materials and they, in appropriate limits, reduce to the model Hamiltonians due to Hubbard and Heisenberg. With the Hamiltonian for narrow-band strongly correlated materials, we show that the spin-orbit interaction provides a mechanism for metal-insulator transition, which is distinct from the Mott-Hubbard (driven by the electron correlation) and the Anderson mechanism (driven by the disorder). Next, with the spin-only Hamiltonian, we demonstrate the spin-orbit interaction to be a reason for the existence of antiferromagnetic phase in materials which are characterized by a positive isotropic spin-exchange energy. This is distinct from the Néel-VanVleck-Anderson paradigm which posits a negative spin-exchange for the existence of antiferromagnetism. We also find that the Néel temperature increases as the absolute value of the spin-orbit coupling increases. PMID:27083708

  11. Low-temperature oriented growth of vanadium dioxide films on CoCrTa metal template on Si and vertical metal-insulator transition

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    Okimura, Kunio; Mian, Md.Suruz

    2012-09-15

    The authors achieved oriented growth of vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) films on CoCrTa metal template grown on an Si substrate. Low-temperature ({approx}250 Degree-Sign C) deposition of VO{sub 2} films using inductively coupled-plasma-assisted sputtering technique realized an abrupt interface between VO{sub 2} and CoCrTa layers, suppressing the oxidation and diffusion of metal components. The films revealed a metal-insulator transition with resistance change of over 2 orders of magnitude. The CoCrTa film, in which Co hexagonal crystalline grains with c-axis orientation were surrounded by segregated Cr and Ta, serves for the oriented growth of VO{sub 2} crystalline film, enabling higher orders of transition in resistance and low voltage switching, even for the vertical (out-of-plane) direction.

  12. Tuning the metal-insulator transition via epitaxial strain and Co doping in NdNiO3 thin films grown by polymer-assisted deposition

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    Yao, Dan; Shi, Lei; Zhou, Shiming; Liu, Haifeng; Zhao, Jiyin; Li, Yang; Wang, Yang

    2016-01-01

    The epitaxial NdNi1-xCoxO3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.10) thin films on (001) LaAlO3 and (001) SrTiO3 substrates were grown by a simple polymer-assisted deposition technique. The co-function of the epitaxial strain and Co doping on the metal-insulator transition in perovskite nickelate NdNiO3 thin films is investigated. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy reveal that the as-prepared thin films exhibit good crystallinity and heteroepitaxy. The temperature dependent resistivities of the thin films indicate that both the epitaxial strain and Co doping lower the metal-insulator (MI) transition temperature, which can be treated as a way to tune the MI transition. Furthermore, under the investigated Co-doping levels, the MI transition temperature (TMI) shifts to low temperatures with Co content increasing under both compressive and tensile strain, and the more distinction is in the former situation. When x is increased up to 0.10, the insulating phase is completely suppressed under the compressive strain. With the strain increases from compression to tension, the resistivities are enhanced both in the metal and insulating regions. However, the Co-doping effect on the resistivity shows a more complex situation. As Co content x increases from zero to 0.10, the resistivities are reduced both in the metal and insulating regions under the tensile strain, whereas they are enhanced in the high-temperature metal region under the compressive strain. Based on the temperature dependent resistivity in the metal regions, it is suggested that the electron-phonon coupling in the films becomes weaker with the increase of both the strain and Co-doping.

  13. Detailed mapping of the local Ir4+ dimers through the metal-insulator transitions of CuIr2S4 thiospinel by X-ray atomic pair distribution function measurements.

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    Božin, E S; Masadeh, A S; Hor, Y S; Mitchell, J F; Billinge, S J L

    2011-01-28

    The evolution of the short-range structural signature of the Ir4+ dimer state in CuIr2S4 thiospinel has been studied across the metal-insulator phase transitions as the metallic state is induced by temperature, Cr doping, and x-ray fluence. An atomic pair distribution function (PDF) approach reveals that there are no local dimers that survive into the metallic phase when this is invoked by temperature and doping. The PDF shows Ir4+ dimers when they exist, regardless of whether or not they are long-range ordered. At 100 K, exposure to a 98 keV x-ray beam melts the long-range dimer order within a few seconds, though the local dimers remain intact. This shows that the metallic state accessed on warming and doping is qualitatively different from the state obtained under x-ray irradiation. PMID:21405330

  14. Disorder Driven Metal-Insulator Transition in BaPb1-xBixO3 and Inference of Disorder-Free Critical Temperature

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    Luna, Katherine; Giraldo-Gallo, Paula; Geballe, Theodore; Fisher, Ian; Beasley, Malcolm

    2014-10-01

    We performed point-contact spectroscopy tunneling measurements on single crystal BaPb1-xBixO3 for 0≤x ≤0.28 at temperatures T =2-40 K and find a suppression in the density of states at low bias voltages that is characteristic of disordered metals. Both the correlation gap and the zero-temperature conductivity are zero at a critical concentration xc=0.30. Not only does this suggests that a disorder driven metal-insulator transition occurs before the onset of the charge disproportionated charge density wave insulator, but we also explore whether a scaling theory is applicable. In addition, we estimate the disorder-free critical temperature and compare these results to Ba1-xKxBiO3.

  15. Metal-insulator transition characteristics of vanadium dioxide thin films synthesized by ultrasonic nebulized spray pyrolysis of an aqueous combustion mixture

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    Bharathi, R.; Naorem, Rameshwari; Umarji, A. M.

    2015-08-01

    We report the synthesis of high quality vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films by a novel spray pyrolysis technique, namely ultrasonic nebulized spray pyrolysis of aqueous combustion mixture (UNSPACM). This simple and cost effective two step process involves synthesis of a V2O5 film on an LaAlO3 substrate followed by a controlled reduction to form single phase VO2. The formation of M1 phase (P21/c) is confirmed by Raman spectroscopic studies. A thermally activated metal-insulator transition (MIT) was observed at 61 ^\\circ C, where the resistivity changes by four orders of magnitude. Activation energies for the low conduction phase and the high conduction phase were obtained from temperature variable resistance measurements. The infrared spectra also show a dramatic change in reflectance from 13% to over 90% in the wavelength range of 7-15 μ m. This indicates the suitability of the films for optical switching applications at infrared frequencies.

  16. Substrate-mediated strain effect on the role of thermal heating and electric field on metal-insulator transition in vanadium dioxide nanobeams.

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    Kim, Min-Woo; Jung, Wan-Gil; Hyun-Cho; Bae, Tae-Sung; Chang, Sung-Jin; Jang, Ja-Soon; Hong, Woong-Ki; Kim, Bong-Joong

    2015-01-01

    Single-crystalline vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructures have recently attracted great attention because of their single domain metal-insulator transition (MIT) nature that differs from a bulk sample. The VO2 nanostructures can also provide new opportunities to explore, understand, and ultimately engineer MIT properties for applications of novel functional devices. Importantly, the MIT properties of the VO2 nanostructures are significantly affected by stoichiometry, doping, size effect, defects, and in particular, strain. Here, we report the effect of substrate-mediated strain on the correlative role of thermal heating and electric field on the MIT in the VO2 nanobeams by altering the strength of the substrate attachment. Our study may provide helpful information on controlling the properties of VO2 nanobeam for the device applications by changing temperature and voltage with a properly engineered strain. PMID:26040637

  17. Substrate-mediated strain effect on the role of thermal heating and electric field on metal-insulator transition in vanadium dioxide nanobeams

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    Kim, Min-Woo; Jung, Wan-Gil; Hyun-Cho; Bae, Tae-Sung; Chang, Sung-Jin; Jang, Ja-Soon; Hong, Woong-Ki; Kim, Bong-Joong

    2015-06-01

    Single-crystalline vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructures have recently attracted great attention because of their single domain metal-insulator transition (MIT) nature that differs from a bulk sample. The VO2 nanostructures can also provide new opportunities to explore, understand, and ultimately engineer MIT properties for applications of novel functional devices. Importantly, the MIT properties of the VO2 nanostructures are significantly affected by stoichiometry, doping, size effect, defects, and in particular, strain. Here, we report the effect of substrate-mediated strain on the correlative role of thermal heating and electric field on the MIT in the VO2 nanobeams by altering the strength of the substrate attachment. Our study may provide helpful information on controlling the properties of VO2 nanobeam for the device applications by changing temperature and voltage with a properly engineered strain.

  18. Testing the universality of the many-body metal-insulator transition by time evolution of a disordered one-dimensional ultracold fermionic gas

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    Tezuka, Masaki; García-García, Antonio M.

    2012-03-01

    It is now possible to study experimentally the combined effect of disorder and interactions in cold atom physics. Motivated by these developments we investigate the dynamics around the metal-insulator transition (MIT) in a one-dimensional Fermi gas with short-range interactions in a quasiperiodic potential by the time-dependent density-matrix renormalization group technique. By tuning disorder and interactions we study the MIT from the weakly to the strongly interacting limit. The MIT is not universal as time evolution, well described by a process of anomalous diffusion, depends qualitatively on the interaction strength. By using scaling ideas we relate the parameter that controls the diffusion process with the critical exponent that describes the divergence of the localization length. In the limit of strong interactions theoretical arguments suggest that the motion at the MIT tends to ballistic and critical exponents approach mean-field predictions.

  19. Improved metal-insulator-transition characteristics of ultrathin VO{sub 2} epitaxial films by optimized surface preparation of rutile TiO{sub 2} substrates

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    Martens, Koen; Aetukuri, Nagaphani; Jeong, Jaewoo; Samant, Mahesh G.; Parkin, Stuart S. P.

    2014-02-24

    Key to the growth of epitaxial, atomically thin films is the preparation of the substrates on which they are deposited. Here, we report the growth of atomically smooth, ultrathin films of VO{sub 2} (001), only ∼2 nm thick, which exhibit pronounced metal-insulator transitions, with a change in resistivity of ∼500 times, at a temperature that is close to that of films five times thicker. These films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition on single crystalline TiO{sub 2}(001) substrates that were treated by dipping in acetone, HCl and HF in successive order, followed by an anneal at 700–750  °C in flowing oxygen. This pretreatment removes surface contaminants, TiO{sub 2} defects, and provides a terraced, atomically smooth surface.

  20. Cu(Ir1 − xCrx)2S4: a model system for studying nanoscale phase coexistence at the metal-insulator transition

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    Božin, E. S.; Knox, K. R.; Juhás, P.; Hor, Y. S.; Mitchell, J. F.; Billinge, S. J. L.

    2014-01-01

    Increasingly, nanoscale phase coexistence and hidden broken symmetry states are being found in the vicinity of metal-insulator transitions (MIT), for example, in high temperature superconductors, heavy fermion and colossal magnetoresistive materials, but their importance and possible role in the MIT and related emergent behaviors is not understood. Despite their ubiquity, they are hard to study because they produce weak diffuse signals in most measurements. Here we propose Cu(Ir1 − xCrx)2S4 as a model system, where robust local structural signals lead to key new insights. We demonstrate a hitherto unobserved coexistence of an Ir4+ charge-localized dimer phase and Cr-ferromagnetism. The resulting phase diagram that takes into account the short range dimer order is highly reminiscent of a generic MIT phase diagram similar to the cuprates. We suggest that the presence of quenched strain from dopant ions acts as an arbiter deciding between the competing ground states. PMID:24518384

  1. Cu(Ir1 - xCrx)2S4: a model system for studying nanoscale phase coexistence at the metal-insulator transition

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    Božin, E. S.; Knox, K. R.; Juhás, P.; Hor, Y. S.; Mitchell, J. F.; Billinge, S. J. L.

    2014-02-01

    Increasingly, nanoscale phase coexistence and hidden broken symmetry states are being found in the vicinity of metal-insulator transitions (MIT), for example, in high temperature superconductors, heavy fermion and colossal magnetoresistive materials, but their importance and possible role in the MIT and related emergent behaviors is not understood. Despite their ubiquity, they are hard to study because they produce weak diffuse signals in most measurements. Here we propose Cu(Ir1 - xCrx)2S4 as a model system, where robust local structural signals lead to key new insights. We demonstrate a hitherto unobserved coexistence of an Ir4+ charge-localized dimer phase and Cr-ferromagnetism. The resulting phase diagram that takes into account the short range dimer order is highly reminiscent of a generic MIT phase diagram similar to the cuprates. We suggest that the presence of quenched strain from dopant ions acts as an arbiter deciding between the competing ground states.

  2. Substrate-mediated strain effect on the role of thermal heating and electric field on metal-insulator transition in vanadium dioxide nanobeams

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    Kim, Min-Woo; Jung, Wan-Gil; Hyun-Cho; Bae, Tae-Sung; Chang, Sung-Jin; Jang, Ja-Soon; Hong, Woong-Ki; Kim, Bong-Joong

    2015-01-01

    Single-crystalline vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructures have recently attracted great attention because of their single domain metal-insulator transition (MIT) nature that differs from a bulk sample. The VO2 nanostructures can also provide new opportunities to explore, understand, and ultimately engineer MIT properties for applications of novel functional devices. Importantly, the MIT properties of the VO2 nanostructures are significantly affected by stoichiometry, doping, size effect, defects, and in particular, strain. Here, we report the effect of substrate-mediated strain on the correlative role of thermal heating and electric field on the MIT in the VO2 nanobeams by altering the strength of the substrate attachment. Our study may provide helpful information on controlling the properties of VO2 nanobeam for the device applications by changing temperature and voltage with a properly engineered strain. PMID:26040637

  3. Fluctuations of the order parameter in R 0.55Sr0.45MnO3 manganites near the metal-insulator phase transition

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    Bukhanko, F. N.; Bukhanko, A. F.

    2013-06-01

    The magnetic phase transformations induced by changes of the composition, external magnetic field strength, and temperature in manganites with a nearly half-filled conduction band in the vicinity of the metal-insulator phase transition have been investigated experimentally. It has been found that the substitution of rare-earth ions (Sm) for Nd ions with a larger ionic radius in R 0.55Sr0.45MnO3 manganites leads to a linear decrease in the Curie temperature T C from 270 to 130 K and a transformation of the second-order ferromagnetic (FM) phase transition into a first-order phase transition. The results of measurements of the alternating-current (ac) magnetic susceptibility in the (Nd1 - y Sm y )0.55Sr0.45MnO3 system indicate the existence of a Griffiths-like phase in samples with a samarium concentration y > 0.5 in the temperature range T C < T < T* (where T* ˜ 220 K). For samples with y > 0.5, the magnetization isotherms at temperatures above T C exhibit specific features in the form of reversible metamagnetic phase transitions associated with strong fluctuations of the short-range ferromagnetic order in the system of Mn spins in the high-temperature Griffiths phase consisting of ferromagnetic clusters. According to the results of measurements of the ac magnetic susceptibility in the (Sm1 - y Gd y )0.55Sr0.45MnO3 system for a gadolinium concentration y = 0.5, there is an antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase with an unusually low critical temperature of the spin ordering T N ≊ 48.5 K. An increase in the external static magnetic field at 4.2 K leads to an irreversible induction of the ferromagnetic phase, which is stable in the temperature range 4.2-60 K. In the temperature range 60 K < T < 150 K, there exists a high-temperature Griffiths-like phase consisting of clusters (correlations) with a local charge/orbital ordering. The metastable antiferromagnetic structure is retained in samples with gadolinium concentrations y = 0.6 and 0.7, but it is destroyed with a further

  4. Distinctive Finite Size Effects on the Phase Diagram and Metal-insulator Transitions of Tungsten-doped Vanadium(IV) Oxide

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    L Whittaker; T Wu; C Patridge; S Ganapathy; S Banerjee

    2011-12-31

    The influence of finite size in altering the phase stabilities of strongly correlated materials gives rise to the interesting prospect of achieving additional tunability of solid-solid phase transitions such as those involved in metal-insulator switching, ferroelectricity, and superconductivity. We note here some distinctive finite size effects on the relative phase stabilities of insulating (monoclinic) and metallic (tetragonal) phases of solid-solution W{sub x}V{sub 1-x}O{sub 2}. Ensemble differential scanning calorimetry and individual nanobelt electrical transport measurements suggest a pronounced hysteresis between metal {yields} insulator and insulator {yields} metal phase transformations. Both transitions are depressed to lower critical temperatures upon the incorporation of substitutional tungsten dopants but the impact on the former transition seems far more prominent. In general, the depression in the critical temperatures upon tungsten doping far exceeds corresponding values for bulk W{sub x}V{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} of the same composition. Notably, the depression in phase transition temperature saturates at a relatively low dopant concentration in the nanobelts, thought to be associated with the specific sites occupied by the tungsten substitutional dopants in these structures. The marked deviations from bulk behavior are rationalized in terms of a percolative model of the phase transition taking into account the nucleation of locally tetragonal domains and enhanced carrier delocalization that accompany W{sup 6+} doping in the W{sub x}V{sub 1-x}O{sub 2} nanobelts.

  5. Real-Time Structural and Electrical Characterization of Metal-Insulator Transition in Strain-Modulated Single-Phase VO2 Wires with Controlled Diameters.

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    Kim, Min-Woo; Ha, Sung-Soo; Seo, Okkyun; Noh, Do Young; Kim, Bong-Joong

    2016-07-13

    Single-crystal VO2 wires have gained tremendous popularity for enabling the study of the fundamental properties of the metal-insulator transition (MIT); however, it remains tricky to precisely measure the intrinsic properties of the transitional phases with controlled wire-growth properties, such as diameter. Here, we report a facile method for growing VO2 wires with controlled diameters by separating the formation of the liquidus V2O5 seed droplets from the evolution of the VO2 wire using oxygen gas. The kinetic analyses suggest that the growth proceeds via the VS (vapor-solid) mechanism, whereas the droplet determines the size and the location of the wire. In situ Raman spectroscopy combined with analyses of the electrical properties of an individual wire allowed us to construct a diameter-temperature phase diagram from three initial phases (i.e., M1, T, and M2), which were created by misfit stress from the substrate and were preserved at room temperature. We also correlated this relation with resistivity-diameter and activation energy-diameter relations supported by theoretical modeling. These carefully designed approaches enabled us to elucidate the details of the phase transitions over a wide range of stress conditions, offering an opportunity to quantify relevant thermodynamic and electronic parameters (including resistivities, activation energies, and energy barriers of the key insulating phases) and to explain the intriguing behaviors of the T phase during the MIT. PMID:27253750

  6. Tunable metal-insulator transition in Nd1-xYxNiO3 (x = 0.3, 0.4) perovskites thin film at near room temperature

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    Shao, Tao; Qi, Zeming; Wang, Yuyin; Li, Yuanyuan; Yang, Mei; Wang, Yu; Zhang, Guobin; Liu, Miao

    2015-07-01

    Metal-insulator transition (MIT) occurs due to the charge disproportionation and lattice distortions in rare-earth nickelates. Existing studies revealed that the MIT behavior of rare-earth nickelates is fairly sensitive to external stress/pressure, suggesting a viable route for MIT strain engineering. Unlike applying extrinsic strain, the MIT can also be modulated by through rare-earth cation mixing, which can be viewed as intrinsic quantum stress. We choose Nd1-XYXNiO3 (x = 0.3, 0.4) perovskites thin films as a prototype system to exhibit the tunable sharp MIT at near room temperature. By adjusting Y concentration, the transition temperature of the thin films can be changed within the range of 340-360 K. X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS), and in situ infrared spectroscopy are employed to probe the structural and optical property variation affected by composition and temperature. The infrared transmission intensity decreases with temperature across the MIT, indicating a pronounced thermochromic effect. Meanwhile, the XAFS result exhibits that the crystal atomistic structure changes accompanying with the Y atoms incorporation and MIT phase transition. The heavily doped Y atoms result in the pre-edge peak descent and Ni-O bond elongation, suggesting an enhanced charge disproportionation effect and the weakening of hybridization between Ni-3d and O-2p orbits.

  7. Phonon mode spectroscopy, electron-phonon coupling, and the metal-insulator transition in quasi-one-dimensional M2Mo6Se6

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    Petrović, A. P.; Lortz, R.; Santi, G.; Decroux, M.; Monnard, H.; Fischer, Ø.; Boeri, L.; Andersen, O. K.; Kortus, J.; Salloum, D.; Gougeon, P.; Potel, M.

    2010-12-01

    We present electronic-structure calculations, electrical resistivity data, and the first specific-heat measurements in the normal and superconducting states of quasi-one-dimensional M2Mo6Se6 (M=Tl,In,Rb) . Rb2Mo6Se6 undergoes a metal-insulator transition at ˜170K : electronic-structure calculations indicate that this is likely to be driven by the formation of a dynamical charge-density wave. However, Tl2Mo6Se6 and In2Mo6Se6 remain metallic down to low temperature, with superconducting transitions at Tc=4.2K and 2.85 K, respectively. The absence of any metal-insulator transition in these materials is due to a larger in-plane bandwidth, leading to increased interchain hopping which suppresses the density wave instability. Electronic heat-capacity data for the superconducting compounds reveal an exceptionally low density of states DEF=0.055 states eV-1atom-1 , with BCS fits showing 2Δ/kBTc≥5 for Tl2Mo6Se6 and 3.5 for In2Mo6Se6 . Modeling the lattice specific heat with a set of Einstein modes, we obtain the approximate phonon density of states F(ω) . Deconvolving the resistivity for the two superconductors then yields their electron-phonon transport coupling function αtr2F(ω) . In Tl2Mo6Se6 and In2Mo6Se6 , F(ω) is dominated by an optical “guest ion” mode at ˜5meV and a set of acoustic modes from ˜10 to 30 meV. Rb2Mo6Se6 exhibits a similar spectrum; however, the optical phonon has a lower intensity and is shifted to ˜8meV . Electrons in Tl2Mo6Se6 couple strongly to both sets of modes, whereas In2Mo6Se6 only displays significant coupling in the 10-18 meV range. Although pairing is clearly not mediated by the guest ion phonon, we believe it has a beneficial effect on superconductivity in Tl2Mo6Se6 , given its extraordinarily large coupling strength and higher Tc compared to In2Mo6Se6 .

  8. Hopping conduction in p-type MoS{sub 2} near the critical regime of the metal-insulator transition

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    Park, Tae-Eon; Jang, Chaun E-mail: presto@kist.re.kr; Suh, Joonki; Wu, Junqiao; Seo, Dongjea; Park, Joonsuk; Lin, Der-Yuh; Huang, Ying-Sheng; Choi, Heon-Jin; Chang, Joonyeon E-mail: presto@kist.re.kr

    2015-11-30

    We report on temperature-dependent charge and magneto transport of chemically doped MoS{sub 2}, p-type molybdenum disulfide degenerately doped with niobium (MoS{sub 2}:Nb). The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity is characterized by a power law, ρ(T) ∼ T{sup −0.25}, which indicates that the system resides within the critical regime of the metal-insulator (M-I) transition. By applying high magnetic field (∼7 T), we observed a 20% increase in the resistivity at 2 K. The positive magnetoresistance shows that charge transport in this system is governed by the Mott-like three-dimensional variable range hopping (VRH) at low temperatures. According to relationship between magnetic-field and temperature dependencies of VRH resistivity, we extracted a characteristic localization length of 19.8 nm for MoS{sub 2}:Nb on the insulating side of the M-I transition.

  9. Interfacial reaction between metal-insulator transition material NbO2 thin film and wide band gap semiconductor GaN

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    Posadas, Agham; Kvit, Alexander; Demkov, Alexander

    Materials that undergo a metal-insulator transition (MIT) are potentially useful for a wide variety of applications including electronic and opto-electronic switches, memristors, sensors, and coatings. In most such materials, the MIT is driven by temperature. In one such material, NbO2, the MIT mechanism is primarily of the Peierls-type, in which the dimerization of the Nb atoms without electron correlation causes the transition from metallic to semiconducting. We describe our initial work at combining NbO2 and GaN in epitaxial form, which could be potentially useful in resistive switching devices operating at very high temperatures. We grow NbO2 films on GaN(0001)/Si(111) substrates using reactive molecular beam epitaxy from a metal evaporation source and molecular oxygen. X-ray diffraction shows that the films are found to grow with a single out of plane orientation but with three symmetry-related orientation domains in the plane. In situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirms that the phase pure NbO2 is formed but that a chemical reaction occurs between the GaN and NbO2 during the growth forming a polycrystalline interfacial layer. We perform STEM-EELS analysis of the film and the interface to further elucidate their chemical and structural properties.

  10. Charge disproportionation without charge transfer in the rare-earth-element nickelates as a possible mechanism for the metal-insulator transition.

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    Johnston, Steve; Mukherjee, Anamitra; Elfimov, Ilya; Berciu, Mona; Sawatzky, George A

    2014-03-14

    We study a model for the metal-insulator (M-I) transition in the rare-earth-element nickelates RNiO3, based upon a negative charge transfer energy and coupling to a rocksaltlike lattice distortion of the NiO6 octahedra. Using exact diagonalization and the Hartree-Fock approximation we demonstrate that electrons couple strongly to these distortions. For small distortions the system is metallic, with a ground state of predominantly d8L character, where L_ denotes a ligand hole. For sufficiently large distortions (δdNi-O∼0.05-0.10  Å), however, a gap opens at the Fermi energy as the system enters a periodically distorted state alternating along the three crystallographic axes, with (d8L_2)S=0(d8)S=1 character, where S is the total spin. Thus the M-I transition may be viewed as being driven by an internal volume "collapse" where the NiO6 octahedra with two ligand holes shrink around their central Ni, while the remaining octahedra expand accordingly, resulting in the (1/2, 1/2, 1/2) superstructure observed in x-ray diffraction in the insulating phase. This insulating state is an example of charge ordering achieved without any actual movement of the charge. PMID:24679313

  11. Sudden slowing down of charge carrier dynamics at the Mott metal-insulator transition in κ-(D8-BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br

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    Brandenburg, Jens; Müller, Jens; Schlueter, John A.

    2012-02-01

    We investigate the dynamics of correlated charge carriers in the vicinity of the Mott metal-insulator (MI) transition in the quasi-two-dimensional organic charge-transfer salt κ-(D8-BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br by means of fluctuation (noise) spectroscopy. The observed 1/f-type fluctuations are quantitatively very well described by a phenomenological model based on the concept of non-exponential kinetics. The main result is a correlation-induced enhancement of the fluctuations accompanied by a substantial shift of spectral weight to low frequencies in the vicinity of the Mott critical endpoint. This sudden slowing down of the electron dynamics, observed here in a pure Mott system, may be a universal feature of MI transitions. Our findings are compatible with an electronic phase separation in the critical region of the phase diagram and offer an explanation for the not yet understood absence of effective mass enhancement when crossing the Mott transition.

  12. Sudden slowing down of charge carrier dynamics at the Mott metal-insulator transition in kappa-(D{sub 8}-BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br.

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    Brandenburg, J.; Muller, J.; Schlueter, J. A.

    2012-02-01

    We investigate the dynamics of correlated charge carriers in the vicinity of the Mott metal-insulator (MI) transition in the quasi-two-dimensional organic charge-transfer salt {kappa}-(D{sub 8}-BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Cu[N(CN){sub 2}]Br by means of fluctuation (noise) spectroscopy. The observed 1/f-type fluctuations are quantitatively very well described by a phenomenological model based on the concept of non-exponential kinetics. The main result is a correlation-induced enhancement of the fluctuations accompanied by a substantial shift of spectral weight to low frequencies in the vicinity of the Mott critical endpoint. This sudden slowing down of the electron dynamics, observed here in a pure Mott system, may be a universal feature of MI transitions. Our findings are compatible with an electronic phase separation in the critical region of the phase diagram and offer an explanation for the not yet understood absence of effective mass enhancement when crossing the Mott transition.

  13. Massive Temperature-Induced Metal—Insulator Transition in Individual Nanowires of a Non-Stoichiometric Vanadium Oxide Bronze

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    Patridge, C.; Wu, T; Jaye, C; Ravel, B; Takeuchi, E; Fischer, D; Sambandamurthy, G; Banerjee, S

    2010-01-01

    Metal-insulator transitions in strongly correlated materials, induced by varying either temperature or dopant concentration, remain a topic of enduring interest in solid-state chemistry and physics owing to their fundamental importance in answering longstanding questions regarding correlation effects. We note here the unprecedented observation of a four-orders-of-magnitude metal-insulator transition in single nanowires of {delta}-K{sub x}V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, when temperature is varied, which thus represents a rare new addition to the pantheon of materials exhibiting pronounced metal-insulator transitions in proximity to room temperature.

  14. Epitaxial growth of in-plane-dimerized, single phase NbO2 thin films for metal-insulator transition applications

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    Posadas, Agham; Hadamek, Tobias; O'Hara, Andy; Demkov, Alexander

    2015-03-01

    NbO2 is a exhibits a metal-insulator transition that may have potential applications in electronic devices. The strong conductivity change in NbO2 occurs along the dimerization direction and for devices utilizing NbO2 as a channel material (in-plane transport) such as transistors, one would like the dimerization direction to be in the plane of the film. The electrical properties of Nb oxides are strongly dependent on the oxidation state of Nb. It is therefore critical to be able to control the oxidation state of Nb during growth. Here, we describe the epitaxial growth of in-plane-dimerized NbO2 using molecular beam epitaxy on a variety of substrates (STO, LSAT, MgO, BTO and GaN), growth temperatures, and oxygen-to-niobium flux ratios. We show that the particular substrate used significantly affects the bulk and surface crystallinity, as well as the degree of oxidation. We also show the evolution of the valence and core level photoemission spectra of Nb oxides as a function of oxygen-to-niobium flux ratio and point out the optimum growth conditions to achieve phase-pure, epitaxial NbO2 films.

  15. NMR studies of metal-insulator transition in the spinel-type Cu(Ir1-xVx)2S4

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    Niki, H.; Okuda, H.; Okada, Y.; Higa, K.; Oshiro, M.; Fukuyoshi, N.; Mahoe, R.; Yogi, M.; Nakama, T.; Yagasaki, K.; Ebisu, S.; Nagata, S.

    2011-01-01

    In order to investigate the physical properties of a metal-insulator transition (MIT) on Ir rich side in Cu(Ir1-xVx)2S4 from a microscopic point of view, 63Cu NMR measurements for Cu(Ir1-xVx)2S4 (x = 0.00, 0.03 and 0.05) have been carried out from 4.2 to 300 K. The temperature dependences of the line width, Knight shift and spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) have been measured for these samples. A sudden decreases of the 1/T1T and the negative contribution to the Knight shift from the core polarization of Cu conduction electrons for x = 0.00 and 0.03 samples show clearly the existence of the MIT at TMI = 226 and 175 K, respectively, being attributed to the opening of a band gap below TMI. However, the temperature dependences of the 1/T1T and the Knight shift for x = 0.05 sample change continuously as the band gap is remarkably suppressed below TMI. The density of states at Fermi level in the insulating phase is reduced to about 20 % of that in the metallic phase.

  16. Chromium-niobium co-doped vanadium dioxide films: Large temperature coefficient of resistance and practically no thermal hysteresis of the metal-insulator transition

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    Miyazaki, Kenichi; Shibuya, Keisuke; Suzuki, Megumi; Sakai, Kenichi; Fujita, Jun-ichi; Sawa, Akihito

    2016-05-01

    We investigated the effects of chromium (Cr) and niobium (Nb) co-doping on the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) and the thermal hysteresis of the metal-insulator transition of vanadium dioxide (VO2) films. We determined the TCR and thermal-hysteresis-width diagram of the V1-x-yCrxNbyO2 films by electrical-transport measurements and we found that the doping conditions x ≳ y and x + y ≥ 0.1 are appropriate for simultaneously realizing a large TCR value and an absence of thermal hysteresis in the films. By using these findings, we developed a V0.90Cr0.06Nb0.04O2 film grown on a TiO2-buffered SiO2/Si substrate that showed practically no thermal hysteresis while retaining a large TCR of 11.9%/K. This study has potential applications in the development of VO2-based uncooled bolometers.

  17. Simultaneous metal-insulator and antiferromagnetic transitions in orthorhombic perovskite iridate S r0.94I r0.78O2.68 single crystals

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    Zheng, H.; Terzic, J.; Ye, Feng; Wan, X. G.; Wang, D.; Wang, Jinchen; Wang, Xiaoping; Schlottmann, P.; Yuan, S. J.; Cao, G.

    2016-06-01

    The orthorhombic perovskite SrIr O3 is a semimetal, an intriguing exception in iridates where the strong spin-orbit interaction coupled with electron correlations tends to impose an insulating state. We report results of our investigation of bulk single-crystal S r0.94I r0.78O2.68 or Ir-deficient, orthorhombic perovskite SrIr O3 . It retains the same crystal structure as stoichiometric SrIr O3 but exhibits a sharp, simultaneous antiferromagnetic (AFM) and metal-insulator (MI) transition occurring in the basal-plane resistivity at 185 K. Above it, the basal-plane resistivity features an extended regime of almost linear temperature dependence up to 800 K but the strong electronic anisotropy renders an insulating behavior in the out-of-plane resistivity. The Hall resistivity undergoes an abrupt sign change and grows below 40 K, which along with the Sommerfeld constant of 20 mJ /mol K2 suggests a multiband effect. All results including our first-principles calculations underscore a delicacy of the paramagnetic, metallic state in SrIr O3 that is in close proximity to an AFM insulating state. The contrasting ground states in isostructural S r0.94I r0.78O2.68 and SrIr O3 illustrate a critical role of lattice distortions and Ir deficiency in rebalancing the ground state in the iridates. Finally, the concurrent AFM and MI transitions reveal a direct correlation between the magnetic transition and formation of an activation gap in the iridate, which is conspicuously absent in S r2Ir O4 .

  18. Thermopower analysis of metal-insulator transition temperature modulations in vanadium dioxide thin films with lattice distortion

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    Katase, Takayoshi; Endo, Kenji; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2015-07-01

    Insulator-to-metal (MI) phase transition in vanadium dioxide (V O2) thin films with controlled lattice distortion was investigated by thermopower measurements. V O2 epitaxial films with different crystallographic orientations, grown on (0001 ) α -A l2O3 , (11 2 ¯0 ) α -A l2O3 , and (001 ) Ti O2 substrates, showed significant decrease of absolute value of Seebeck coefficient (S ) from ˜200 to 23 μ V K-1 , along with a sharp drop in electrical resistivity (ρ ) , due to the transition from an insulator to a metal. The MI transition temperatures observed both in ρ (Tρ) and S (TS) for the V O2 films systematically decrease with lattice shrinkage in the pseudorutile structure along the c axis, accompanying a broadening of the MI transition temperature width. Moreover, the onset TS, where the insulating phase starts to become metallic, is much lower than the onset Tρ. This difference is attributed to the sensitivity of S for the detection of hidden metallic domains in the majority insulating phase, which cannot be detected in ρ measurements. Consequently, S measurements provide a straightforward and excellent approach for a deeper understanding of the MI transition process in V O2 .

  19. Metal-insulator transition in AC{sub 60}:RbC{sub 60} and KC{sub 60}

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    Khazeni, K.; Crespi, V.H.; Hone, J.; Zettl, A.; Cohen, M.L. |

    1997-09-01

    At zero pressure polymerized RbC{sub 60} is an insulator, whereas polymerized KC{sub 60} is a metal with a slight low-temperature resistive upturn. We report measurements of the resistivity of RbC{sub 60} under pressure, finding a hysteretic resistive transition in RbC{sub 60} near 200 K at 5 kbar, at which point the material transforms from insulator to metal. Correcting the resistivity to constant volume, both materials are metallic below the transition with a common low-temperature resistive upturn which is suppressed under compression. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  20. Local structural distortion and electronic modifications in PrNiO3 across the metal-insulator transition

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    Piamonteze, C.; Tolentino, H.C.N.; Ramos, A.Y.; Massa, N. E.; Alonso, J.A.; Martinez-Lope, M.J.; Casais, M.T.

    2003-01-24

    Local electronic and structural properties of PrNiO3 perovskite were studied by means of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy at Ni K and L edges. The EXAFS results at Ni K edge show a structural transition from three different Ni-O bond-lengths at the insulating phase to two Ni-O bond-lengths above TMI. These results were interpreted as being due to a transition from a structure with two different Ni sites at the insulating phase to one distorted Ni site at the metallic phase. The Ni L edge spectra show a remarkable difference between the spectra measured at the insulating and metallic phases that indicates a decreasing degree of hybridization between Ni3d and O2p bands from the metallic to the insulating phase.

  1. Metal-insulator transition in Nd{sub 1−x}Eu{sub x}NiO{sub 3}: Entropy change and electronic delocalization

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    Jardim, R. F. Andrade, S.; Barbeta, V. B.; Escote, M. T.; Cordero, F.; Torikachvili, M. S.

    2015-05-07

    The metal-insulator (MI) phase transition in Nd{sub 1–x}Eu{sub x}NiO{sub 3}, 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.35, has been investigated through the pressure dependence of the electrical resistivity ρ(P, T) and measurements of specific heat C{sub P}(T). The MI transition temperature (T{sub MI}) increases with increasing Eu substitution and decreases with increasing pressure. Two distinct regions for the Eu dependence of dT{sub MI}/dP were found: (i) for x ≤ 0.15, dT{sub MI}/dP is nearly constant and ∼−4.3 K/kbar; (ii) for x ≥ 0.15, dT{sub MI}/dP increases with x and it seems to reach a saturation value ∼−6.2 K/kbar for the x = 0.35 sample. This change is accompanied with a strong decrease in the thermal hysteresis in ρ(P, T) between the cooling and warming cycles, observed in the vicinity of T{sub MI}. The entropy change (ΔS) at T{sub MI} for the sample x = 0, estimated by using the dT{sub MI}/dP data and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation, resulted in ΔS ∼ 1.2 J/mol K, a value in line with specific heat measurements. When the Eu concentration is increased, the antiferromagnetic (AF) and the MI transitions are separated in temperature, permitting that an estimate of the entropy change due to the AF/Paramagnetic transition be carried out, yielding ΔS{sub M} ∼ 200 mJ/mol K. This value is much smaller than that expected for a s = 1/2 spin system. The analysis of ρ(P, T) and C{sub P}(T) data indicates that the entropy change at T{sub MI} is mainly due to the electronic delocalization and not related to the AF transition.

  2. Size-dependent metal-insulator transition in platinum-dispersed silicon dioxide thin film: A candidate for future non-volatile memory

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    Chen, Albert B. K.

    Non-volatile random access memories (NVRAM) are promising data storage and processing devices. Various NVRAM, such as FeRAM and MRAM, have been studied in the past. But resistance switching random access memory (RRAM) has demonstrated the most potential for replacing flash memory in use today. In this dissertation, a novel RRAM material design that relies upon an electronic transition, rather than a phase change (as in chalcogenide Ovonic RRAM) or a structural change (such in oxide and halide filamentary RRAM), is investigated. Since the design is not limited to a single material but applicable to general combinations of metals and insulators, the goal of this study is to use a model material to delineate the intrinsic features of the electronic metal/insulator transition in random systems and to demonstrate their relevance to reliable memory storage and retrieval. We fabricated amorphous SiO2 thin films embedded with randomly dispersed Pt atoms. Macroscopically, this random material exhibits a percolation transition in electric conductivity similar to the one found in various insulator/metal granular materials. However, at Pt concentrations well below the bulk percolation limit, a distinct insulator to metal transition occurs in the thickness direction as the film thickness falls below electron's "diffusion" distance, which is the tunneling distance at 0K. The thickness-triggered metal- to-insulator transition (MIT) can be similarly triggered by other conditions: (a) a changing Pt concentration (a concentration-triggered MIT), (b) a changing voltage/polarity (voltage-triggered MIT), and (c) an UV irradiation (photon-triggered MIT). The resistance switching characteristics of this random material were further investigated in several device configurations under various test conditions. These include: materials for the top and bottom electrodes, fast pulsing, impedance spectroscopy, static stressing, retention, fatigue and temperature from 10K to 448K. The SiO2-Pt

  3. Key role of lattice symmetry in the metal-insulator transition of NdNiO3 films

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    Zhang, Jack Y.; Kim, Honggyu; Mikheev, Evgeny; Hauser, Adam J.; Stemmer, Susanne

    2016-01-01

    Bulk NdNiO3 exhibits a metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) as the temperature is lowered that is also seen in tensile strained films. In contrast, films that are under a large compressive strain typically remain metallic at all temperatures. To clarify the microscopic origins of this behavior, we use position averaged convergent beam electron diffraction in scanning transmission electron microscopy to characterize strained NdNiO3 films both above and below the MIT temperature. We show that a symmetry lowering structural change takes place in case of the tensile strained film, which undergoes an MIT, but is absent in the compressively strained film. Using space group symmetry arguments, we show that these results support the bond length disproportionation model of the MIT in the rare-earth nickelates. Furthermore, the results provide insights into the non-Fermi liquid phase that is observed in films for which the MIT is absent. PMID:27033955

  4. Key role of lattice symmetry in the metal-insulator transition of NdNiO3 films

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    Zhang, Jack Y.; Kim, Honggyu; Mikheev, Evgeny; Hauser, Adam J.; Stemmer, Susanne

    2016-04-01

    Bulk NdNiO3 exhibits a metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) as the temperature is lowered that is also seen in tensile strained films. In contrast, films that are under a large compressive strain typically remain metallic at all temperatures. To clarify the microscopic origins of this behavior, we use position averaged convergent beam electron diffraction in scanning transmission electron microscopy to characterize strained NdNiO3 films both above and below the MIT temperature. We show that a symmetry lowering structural change takes place in case of the tensile strained film, which undergoes an MIT, but is absent in the compressively strained film. Using space group symmetry arguments, we show that these results support the bond length disproportionation model of the MIT in the rare-earth nickelates. Furthermore, the results provide insights into the non-Fermi liquid phase that is observed in films for which the MIT is absent.

  5. Continuous metal-insulator transition at 410 K of the antiferromagnetic perovskite NaOsO3

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    Yamaura, K.; Shi, Y. G.; Guo, Y. F.; Yu, S.; Arai, M.; Belik, A. A.; Sato, A.; Takayama-Muromachi, E.; Tian, H. F.; Yang, H. X.; Li, J. Q.; Varga, T.; Mitchell, J. F.; Okamoto, S.

    2010-03-01

    Newly synthesized perovskite NaOsO3 shows a Curie-Weiss metallic nature at high temperature and suddenly goes into an antiferromagnetically insulating state at 410 K on cooling. Electronic specific heat at the low temperature limit is absent, indicating that the band gap fully opens. In situ observation in electron microscopy undetected any lattice anomalies in the vicinity of the transition temperature. It is most likely that the antiferromagnetic correlation plays an essential role in the gap opening. Use of the Advanced Photon Source was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. This research was supported in part by the WPI Initiative on Materials Nanoarchitectonics from MEXT, Japan, and the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (20360012) from JSPS.

  6. Directing Colloidal Assembly and a Metal-Insulator Transition Using a Quench-Disordered Porous Rod Template

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    Jadrich, Ryan B.; Schweizer, Kenneth S.

    2014-11-01

    Replica and effective-medium theory methods are employed to elucidate how to massively reconfigure a colloidal assembly to achieve globally homogeneous, strongly clustered, and percolated equilibrium states of high electrical conductivity at low physical volume fractions. A key idea is to employ a quench-disordered, large-mesh rigid-rod network as a templating internal field. By exploiting bulk phase separation frustration and the tunable competing processes of colloid adsorption on the low-dimensional network and fluctuation-driven colloid clustering in the pore spaces, two distinct spatial organizations of greatly enhanced particle contacts can be achieved. As a result, a continuous, but very abrupt, transition from an insulating to metallic-like state can be realized via a small change of either the colloid-template or colloid-colloid attraction strength. The approach is generalizable to more complicated template or colloidal architectures.

  7. Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Photodetectors

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    Lin, Chu-Hsuan; Liu, Chee Wee

    2010-01-01

    The major radiation of the Sun can be roughly divided into three regions: ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light. Detection in these three regions is important to human beings. The metal-insulator-semiconductor photodetector, with a simpler process than the pn-junction photodetector and a lower dark current than the MSM photodetector, has been developed for light detection in these three regions. Ideal UV photodetectors with high UV-to-visible rejection ratio could be demonstrated with III–V metal-insulator-semiconductor UV photodetectors. The visible-light detection and near-infrared optical communications have been implemented with Si and Ge metal-insulator-semiconductor photodetectors. For mid- and long-wavelength infrared detection, metal-insulator-semiconductor SiGe/Si quantum dot infrared photodetectors have been developed, and the detection spectrum covers atmospheric transmission windows. PMID:22163382

  8. Key role of lattice symmetry in the metal-insulator transition of NdNiO3 films

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    Zhang, Jack Y.; Kim, Honggyu; Mikheev, Evgeny; Hauser, Adam J.; Stemmer, Susanne

    2016-04-01

    Here, bulk NdNiO3 exhibits a metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) as the temperature is lowered that is also seen in tensile strained films. In contrast, films that are under a large compressive strain typically remain metallic at all temperatures. To clarify the microscopic origins of this behavior, we use position averaged convergent beam electron diffraction in scanning transmission electron microscopy to characterize strained NdNiO3 films both above and below the MIT temperature. We show that a symmetry lowering structural change takes place in case of the tensile strained film, which undergoes an MIT, but is absent in the compressively strained film. Usingmore » space group symmetry arguments, we show that these results support the bond length disproportionation model of the MIT in the rare-earth nickelates. Furthermore, the results provide insights into the non-Fermi liquid phase that is observed in films for which the MIT is absent.« less

  9. Polarity and the Metal-Insulator Transition in ultrathin LaNiO3 on SrTiO3

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    Freeland, J. W.; Tung, I. C.; Luo, G.; Zhou, H.; Lee, J. H.; Chang, S. H.; Morgan, D.; Bedzyk, M. J.; Fong, D. D.

    Dimensionality and strain control of nickelates has been shown as a route for control of interesting electronic and magnetic phases. However, little is know about the evolution of atomic structure in these layered architectures and the interplay with these states. Here we present, a detailed study of lattice structures measured real time during the layer-by-layer growth of LaNiO3 on SrTiO3. Using hard X-rays coupled with oxide MBE, we have tracked the lattice structure evolution as a function of depth across the regime where transport shows a clear metal to insulator transition. At the same time X-ray absorption shows the films are closer to LaNiO2.5 when thin and evolve to LaNiO3 by 10 unit cells thickness. Analysis of the structure during growth displays a very complex evolution throughout the film of the lattice parameter and displacement of the B-site from the unit cell center, which theory connects with pathways of compensating the polar mismatch at the surface and interface. Work at the APS, Argonne is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, and Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  10. The metal-insulator transition in vanadium dioxide: A view at bulk and surface contributions for thin films and the effect of annealing

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    Yin, W.; West, K. G.; Lu, J. W.; Pei, Y.; Wolf, S. A.; Reinke, P.; Sun, Y.

    2009-06-01

    Vanadium dioxide is investigated as potential oxide barrier in spin switches, and in order to incorporate VO{sub 2} layers in complex multilayer devices, it is necessary to understand the relation between bulk and surface/interface properties. Highly oriented VO{sub 2} thin films were grown on (0001) sapphire single crystal substrates with reactive bias target ion beam deposition. In the analysis of the VO{sub 2} films, bulk-sensitive methods [x-ray diffraction (XRD) and transport measurements] and surface sensitive techniques [photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy] were employed. The samples were subjected to heating cycles with annealing temperatures of up to 425 and 525 K. Prior to annealing the VO{sub 2} films exhibit the transition from the monoclinic to the tetragonal phase with the concurrent change in conductivity by more than a factor of 10{sup 3} and their phase purity is confirmed by XRD. Annealing to 425 K and thus cycling across the metal-insulator transition (MIT) temperature has no impact on the bulk properties of the VO{sub 2} film but the surface undergoes irreversible electronic changes. The observation of the valence band with PES during the annealing illustrates that the surface adopts a partially metallic character, which is retained after cooling. Annealing to a higher temperature (525 K) triggers a modification of the bulk, which is evidenced by a considerable reduction in the MIT characteristics, and a degradation in crystallite morphology. The local measurement of the conductivity with scanning tunneling spectroscopy shows the transition of the surface from predominantly semiconducting surface prior to annealing to a surface with an overwhelming contribution from metallic sections afterward. The spatial distribution of metallic regions cannot be linked in a unique manner to the crystallite size or location within the crystallites. The onset of oxygen depletion at the surface is held responsible