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  1. Mott scattering in an elliptically polarized laser field

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    Attaourti, Y.; Manaut, B.; Taj, S.

    2004-08-01

    We study Mott scattering in the presence of a strong elliptically polarized field. Using the first Born approximation and the Dirac-Volkov states for the electron, we obtain an analytic formula for the unpolarized differential cross section. This generalizes the results found for the linearly polarized field by Li et al. [ 67, 063409 (2003)] and for the circularly polarized field by Attaourti and Manaut [ 68, 067401 (2003)].

  2. Mott scattering of polarized electrons in a strong laser field

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    Manaut, B.; Taj, S.; Attaourti, Y.

    2005-04-01

    We present analytical and numerical results of the relativistic calculation of the transition matrix element S{sub fi} and differential cross sections for Mott scattering of initially polarized Dirac particles (electrons) in the presence of a strong laser field with linear polarization. We use exact Dirac-Volkov wave functions to describe the dressed electrons and the collision process is treated in the first Born approximation. The influence of the laser field on the degree of polarization of the scattered electron is reported.

  3. Detection of spin-resolved electronic structures from a buried ferromagnetic layer utilizing forward Mott scattering

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    Ueda, S.; Mizuguchi, M.; Kojima, T.; Takanashi, K.; Ishimaru, S.; Tsujikawa, M.; Shirai, M.

    2014-03-31

    We report ultrahigh-resolution spin-resolved hard X-ray photoemission (HAXPES) for a buried FeNi alloy film. By utilizing the forward Mott scattering in a Au layer on FeNi, our spin-resolved HAXPES method does not require a standard spin detector and allows us to use the multi-channel electron detection system for the high-efficient electron detection as used in conventional photoemission spectroscopy. A combination of the forward Mott scattering and multi-channel detection leads us to measure a clear spin polarization as well as spin-resolved majority and minority states in the Fe 2p core-level spectra without using the standard spin detector. This method enables us to measure spin-resolved core-level spectra for buried ferromagnetic materials.

  4. Enhanced Thermoelectric Power in Graphene: Violation of the Mott Relation by Inelastic Scattering

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    Ghahari, Fereshte; Xie, Hong-Yi; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Foster, Matthew S.; Kim, Philip

    2016-04-01

    We report the enhancement of the thermoelectric power (TEP) in graphene with extremely low disorder. At high temperature we observe that the TEP is substantially larger than the prediction of the Mott relation, approaching to the hydrodynamic limit due to strong inelastic scattering among the charge carriers. However, closer to room temperature the inelastic carrier-optical-phonon scattering becomes more significant and limits the TEP below the hydrodynamic prediction. We support our observation by employing a Boltzmann theory incorporating disorder, electron interactions, and optical phonons.

  5. Transverse Isotropy: Disappearance of Mott oscillations in sub-barrier elastic scattering of identical heavy ions and the nuclear ineraction

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    Hussein, Mahir; Canto, L. Felipe; Donangelo, Raul

    2015-04-01

    It is found that at a certain critical value of the Sommerfeld parameter the Mott oscillations usually present in the scattering of identical heavy ions, disappear and the cross section becomes quite flat. We call this effect Transverse Isotropy (TI) (L. F. Canto, R. Donangelo and M. S. Hussein, Mod. Phys. Lett. A, 16), 1027 (2001). The critical value of the Sommerfeld parameter at which TI sets in is found to be ηc =√{ 3 s + 2 } , where s is the spin of the nuclei participating in the scattering. No TI is found in the Mott scattering of identical Fermionic nuclei. The critical center of mass energy corresponding to ηc is found to be Ec = 0.40 MeV for α + α (s = 0), and 1.2 MeV for 6 Li + 6 LI (s = 1). We further found that the inclusion of the nuclear interaction induces a significant modification in the TI. This can be verified by calculating the second derivative of the cross section at θ =90° . We suggest measurements at these sub-barrier energies for the purpose of extracting useful information about the nuclear interaction between light heavy ions. Supported by CNPq, FAPESP, FAPERJ, CAPES/ITA.

  6. Mott Transition and Magnetism in Rare Earth Nickelates and its Fingerprint on the X-ray Scattering.

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    Haule, Kristjan; Pascut, Gheorghe L

    2017-09-04

    The metal-insulator transition (MIT) remains among the most thoroughly studied phenomena in solid state physics, but the complexity of the phenomena, which usually involves cooperation of many degrees of freedom including orbitals, fluctuating local moments, magnetism, and the crystal structure, have resisted predictive ab-initio treatment. Here we develop ab-initio theoretical method for correlated electron materials, based on Dynamical Mean Field Theory, which can predict the change of the crystal structure across the MIT at finite temperature. This allows us to study the coupling between electronic, magnetic and orbital degrees of freedom with the crystal structure across the MIT in rare-earth nickelates. We predict the electronic free energy profile of the competing states, and the theoretical magnetic ground state configuration, which is in agreement with neutron scattering data, but is different from the magnetic models proposed before. The resonant elastic X-ray response at the K-edge, which was argued to be a probe of the charge order, is theoretically modelled within the Dynamical Mean Field Theory, including the core-hole interaction. We show that the line-shape of the measured resonant elastic X-ray response can be explained with the "site-selective" Mott scenario without real charge order on Ni sites.

  7. Charge-transfer and Mott-Hubbard Excitations in FeBo{sub 3} : Fe K-edge resonant Inelastic x-ray scattering study.

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    Kim, J.; Shvydko, Y.

    2011-06-06

    Momentum-resolved resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) spectroscopy has been carried out successfully at the Fe K-edge for the first time. The RIXS spectra of a FeBO{sub 3} single crystal reveal a wealth of information on {approx} 1-10 eV electronic excitations. The IXS signal resonates when the incident photon energy approaches the pre-edge (1s{sup -}-3d) and the main-edge (1s{sup -}-4p) of the Fe K-edge absorption spectrum. The RIXS spectra measured at the pre-edge and the main-edge show quantitatively different dependences on the incident photon energy, momentum transfer, photon polarization, and temperature. We present a multielectron analysis of the Mott-Hubbard (MH) and charge transfer (CT) excitations, and calculate their energies. Electronic excitations observed in the pre-edge and main-edge RIXS spectra are interpreted as MH and CT excitations, respectively. We propose the electronic structure around the chemical potential in FeBO{sub 3} based on the experimental data.

  8. Mott-insulator dynamics

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    Lundh, Emil

    2011-09-15

    The hydrodynamics of a lattice Bose gas in a time-dependent external potential is studied in a mean-field approximation. The conditions under which a Mott insulating region can melt, and the local density can adjust to the new potential, are determined. In the case of a suddenly switched potential, it is found that the Mott insulator stays insulating and the density will not adjust if the switch is too abrupt. This comes about because too rapid currents result in Bloch oscillation-type current reversals. For a stirrer moved through a Mott insulating cloud, it is seen that only if the stirrer starts in a superfluid region and the velocity is comparable to the time scale set by the tunneling will the Mott insulator be affected.

  9. Weyl Mott Insulator

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    Morimoto, Takahiro; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2016-01-01

    Relativistic Weyl fermion (WF) often appears in the band structure of three dimensional magnetic materials and acts as a source or sink of the Berry curvature, i.e., the (anti-)monopole. It has been believed that the WFs are stable due to their topological indices except when two Weyl fermions of opposite chiralities annihilate pairwise. Here, we theoretically show for a model including the electron-electron interaction that the Mott gap opens for each WF without violating the topological stability, leading to a topological Mott insulator dubbed Weyl Mott insulator (WMI). This WMI is characterized by several novel features such as (i) energy gaps in the angle-resolved photo-emission spectroscopy (ARPES) and the optical conductivity, (ii) the nonvanishing Hall conductance, and (iii) the Fermi arc on the surface with the penetration depth diverging as approaching to the momentum at which the Weyl point is projected. Experimental detection of the WMI by distinguishing from conventional Mott insulators is discussed with possible relevance to pyrochlore iridates. PMID:26822023

  10. Extrapolation procedures in Mott electron polarimetry

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    Gay, T. J.; Khakoo, M. A.; Brand, J. A.; Furst, J. E.; Wijayaratna, W. M. K. P.; Meyer, W. V.; Dunning, F. B.

    1992-01-01

    In standard Mott electron polarimetry using thin gold film targets, extrapolation procedures must be used to reduce the experimentally measured asymmetries A to the values they would have for scattering from single atoms. These extrapolations involve the dependent of A on either the gold film thickness or the maximum detected electron energy loss in the target. A concentric cylindrical-electrode Mott polarimeter, has been used to study and compare these two types of extrapolations over the electron energy range 20-100 keV. The potential systematic errors which can result from such procedures are analyzed in detail, particularly with regard to the use of various fitting functions in thickness extrapolations, and the failure of perfect energy-loss discrimination to yield accurate polarizations when thick foils are used.

  11. Extrapolation procedures in Mott electron polarimetry

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    Gay, T. J.; Khakoo, M. A.; Brand, J. A.; Furst, J. E.; Wijayaratna, W. M. K. P.; Meyer, W. V.; Dunning, F. B.

    1992-01-01

    In standard Mott electron polarimetry using thin gold film targets, extrapolation procedures must be used to reduce the experimentally measured asymmetries A to the values they would have for scattering from single atoms. These extrapolations involve the dependent of A on either the gold film thickness or the maximum detected electron energy loss in the target. A concentric cylindrical-electrode Mott polarimeter, has been used to study and compare these two types of extrapolations over the electron energy range 20-100 keV. The potential systematic errors which can result from such procedures are analyzed in detail, particularly with regard to the use of various fitting functions in thickness extrapolations, and the failure of perfect energy-loss discrimination to yield accurate polarizations when thick foils are used.

  12. 5 MeV Mott Polarimeter Development at Jefferson Lab

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    Price, J. S.; Sinclair, C. K.; Cardman, L. S.; Haanskneccht, J.; Mack, D. J.; Piot, P.; Assamagan, K. A.; Grames, J.

    1997-01-01

    Low energy (E{sub k}=100 keV) Mott scattering polarimeters are ill- suited to support operations foreseen for the polarized electron injector at Jefferson Lab. One solution is to measure the polarization at 5 MeV where multiple and plural scattering are unimportant and precision beam monitoring is straightforward. The higher injector beam current offsets the lower cross-sections. Recent improvements in the CEBAF injector polarimeter scattering chamber have improved signal to noise.

  13. A Mott insulator continuously connected to iron pnictide superconductors

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    Song, Yu; Yamani, Zahra; Cao, Chongde; Li, Yu; Zhang, Chenglin; Chen, Justin S.; Huang, Qingzhen; Wu, Hui; Tao, Jing; Zhu, Yimei; Tian, Wei; Chi, Songxue; Cao, Huibo; Huang, Yao-Bo; Dantz, Marcus; Schmitt, Thorsten; Yu, Rong; Nevidomskyy, Andriy H.; Morosan, Emilia; Si, Qimiao; Dai, Pengcheng

    2016-01-01

    Iron-based superconductivity develops near an antiferromagnetic order and out of a bad-metal normal state, which has been interpreted as originating from a proximate Mott transition. Whether an actual Mott insulator can be realized in the phase diagram of the iron pnictides remains an open question. Here we use transport, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, resonant inelastic X-ray scattering and neutron scattering to demonstrate that NaFe1−xCuxAs near x≈0.5 exhibits real space Fe and Cu ordering, and are antiferromagnetic insulators with the insulating behaviour persisting above the Néel temperature, indicative of a Mott insulator. On decreasing x from 0.5, the antiferromagnetic-ordered moment continuously decreases, yielding to superconductivity ∼x=0.05. Our discovery of a Mott-insulating state in NaFe1−xCuxAs thus makes it the only known Fe-based material, in which superconductivity can be smoothly connected to the Mott-insulating state, highlighting the important role of electron correlations in the high-Tc superconductivity. PMID:27991514

  14. A Mott insulator continuously connected to iron pnictide superconductors

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    Song, Yu; Yamani, Zahra; Cao, Chongde; Li, Yu; Zhang, Chenglin; Chen, Justin S.; Huang, Qingzhen; Wu, Hui; Tao, Jing; Zhu, Yimei; Tian, Wei; Chi, Songxue; Cao, Huibo; Huang, Yao-Bo; Dantz, Marcus; Schmitt, Thorsten; Yu, Rong; Nevidomskyy, Andriy H.; Morosan, Emilia; Si, Qimiao; Dai, Pengcheng

    2016-12-01

    Iron-based superconductivity develops near an antiferromagnetic order and out of a bad-metal normal state, which has been interpreted as originating from a proximate Mott transition. Whether an actual Mott insulator can be realized in the phase diagram of the iron pnictides remains an open question. Here we use transport, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, resonant inelastic X-ray scattering and neutron scattering to demonstrate that NaFe1-xCuxAs near x~0.5 exhibits real space Fe and Cu ordering, and are antiferromagnetic insulators with the insulating behaviour persisting above the Néel temperature, indicative of a Mott insulator. On decreasing x from 0.5, the antiferromagnetic-ordered moment continuously decreases, yielding to superconductivity ~x=0.05. Our discovery of a Mott-insulating state in NaFe1-xCuxAs thus makes it the only known Fe-based material, in which superconductivity can be smoothly connected to the Mott-insulating state, highlighting the important role of electron correlations in the high-Tc superconductivity.

  15. A Mott insulator continuously connected to iron pnictide superconductors.

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    Song, Yu; Yamani, Zahra; Cao, Chongde; Li, Yu; Zhang, Chenglin; Chen, Justin S; Huang, Qingzhen; Wu, Hui; Tao, Jing; Zhu, Yimei; Tian, Wei; Chi, Songxue; Cao, Huibo; Huang, Yao-Bo; Dantz, Marcus; Schmitt, Thorsten; Yu, Rong; Nevidomskyy, Andriy H; Morosan, Emilia; Si, Qimiao; Dai, Pengcheng

    2016-12-19

    Iron-based superconductivity develops near an antiferromagnetic order and out of a bad-metal normal state, which has been interpreted as originating from a proximate Mott transition. Whether an actual Mott insulator can be realized in the phase diagram of the iron pnictides remains an open question. Here we use transport, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, resonant inelastic X-ray scattering and neutron scattering to demonstrate that NaFe1-xCuxAs near x≈0.5 exhibits real space Fe and Cu ordering, and are antiferromagnetic insulators with the insulating behaviour persisting above the Néel temperature, indicative of a Mott insulator. On decreasing x from 0.5, the antiferromagnetic-ordered moment continuously decreases, yielding to superconductivity ∼x=0.05. Our discovery of a Mott-insulating state in NaFe1-xCuxAs thus makes it the only known Fe-based material, in which superconductivity can be smoothly connected to the Mott-insulating state, highlighting the important role of electron correlations in the high-Tc superconductivity.

  16. Thermopower of graphene and the validity of Mott's formula

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    Ghahari, Fereshte; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Kim, Philip

    2014-03-01

    Thermoelectric power (TEP) of graphene is previously measured in the disorder limited transport regime where the semiclassical Mott relation agrees with experimental data. In this presentation, we report the TEP measurement on graphene samples deposited on hexagonal boron nitride substrates where drastic suppression of disorder is achieved. Our results show that at high temperatures the measured thermopower deviates from Mott relation and this deviation is greater for higher mobility samples. We quantify this deviation in both degenerate and non-degenerate regime using Boltzmann transport theory considering different scattering mechanisms in the system.

  17. Two classes of Mott insulator

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    Lee, Dung-Hai; Kivelson, Steven A.

    2003-01-01

    There are two classes of Mott insulators in nature, distinguished by their responses to weak doping. With increasing chemical potential, type I Mott insulators undergo a first order phase transition from the undoped to the doped phase. In the presence of long-range Coulomb interactions, this leads to an inhomogeneous state exhibiting “micro-phase separation.” In contrast, in type II Mott insulators charges go in continuously above a critical chemical potential. We show that if the insulating state has a broken symmetry, this increases the likelihood that it will be type I. There exists a close analogy between these two types of Mott insulators and the familiar type I and type II superconductors.

  18. On effective holographic Mott insulators

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    Baggioli, Matteo; Pujolàs, Oriol

    2016-12-01

    We present a class of holographic models that behave effectively as prototypes of Mott insulators — materials where electron-electron interactions dominate transport phenomena. The main ingredient in the gravity dual is that the gauge-field dynamics contains self-interactions by way of a particular type of non-linear electrodynamics. The electrical response in these models exhibits typical features of Mott-like states: i) the low-temperature DC conductivity is unboundedly low; ii) metal-insulator transitions appear by varying various parameters; iii) for large enough self-interaction strength, the conductivity can even decrease with increasing doping (density of carriers) — which appears as a sharp manifestation of `traffic-jam'-like behaviour; iv) the insulating state becomes very unstable towards superconductivity at large enough doping. We exhibit some of the properties of the resulting insulator-superconductor transition, which is sensitive to the momentum dissipation rate in a specific way. These models imply a clear and generic correlation between Mott behaviour and significant effects in the nonlinear electrical response. We compute the nonlinear current-voltage curve in our model and find that indeed at large voltage the conductivity is largely reduced.

  19. Emergent heavy fermion behavior at the Wigner-Mott transition.

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    Merino, Jaime; Ralko, Arnaud; Fratini, Simone

    2013-09-20

    We study charge ordering driven by Coulomb interactions on triangular lattices relevant to the Wigner-Mott transition in two dimensions. Dynamical mean-field theory reveals the pinball liquid phase, a charge ordered metallic phase containing quasilocalized (pins) coexisting with itinerant (balls) electrons. Based on an effective periodic Anderson model for this phase, we find an antiferromagnetic Kondo coupling between pins and balls and strong quasiparticle renormalization. Non-Fermi liquid behavior can occur in such charge ordered systems due to the spin-flip scattering of itinerant electrons off the pins in analogy with heavy fermion compounds.

  20. Mott transitions in the periodic Anderson model

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    Logan, David E.; Galpin, Martin R.; Mannouch, Jonathan

    2016-11-01

    The periodic Anderson model (PAM) is studied within the framework of dynamical mean-field theory, with particular emphasis on the interaction-driven Mott transition it contains, and on resultant Mott insulators of both Mott-Hubbard and charge-transfer type. The form of the PAM phase diagram is first deduced on general grounds using two exact results, over the full range of model parameters and including metallic, Mott, Kondo and band insulator phases. The effective low-energy model which describes the PAM in the vicinity of a Mott transition is then shown to be a one-band Hubbard model, with effective hoppings that are not in general solely nearest neighbour, but decay exponentially with distance. This mapping is shown to have a range of implications for the physics of the problem, from phase boundaries to single-particle dynamics; all of which are confirmed and supplemented by NRG calculations. Finally we consider the locally degenerate, non-Fermi liquid Mott insulator, to describe which requires a two-self-energy description. This is shown to yield a number of exact results for the associated local moment, charge, and interaction-renormalised levels, together with a generalisation of Luttinger’s theorem to the Mott insulator.

  1. Interfaces in coexisting metals and Mott insulators

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    Lee, Juho; Yee, Chuck-Hou

    2017-05-01

    Motivated by the direct observation of electronic phase separation in first-order Mott transitions, we model the interface between thermodynamically coexisting metals and Mott insulators. We show how to model the required slab geometry and extract the electronic spectra. We construct an effective Landau free energy and compute the variation of its parameters across the phase diagram. Finally, using a linear mixture of the density and double occupancy, we identify a natural Ising order parameter which unifies the treatment of the bandwidth and filling controlled Mott transitions.

  2. Phase separation in doped Mott insulators

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    Yee, Chuck-Hou; Balents, Leon

    2014-03-01

    Motivated by the commonplace observation of Mott insulators away from integer filling, we construct a simple thermodynamic argument for phase separation in first-order doping-driven Mott transitions. The theory predicts the transition is percolative and should exhibit Coulomb frustration. As an application, we consider the titanate family of perovskites, an ideal test case since both the doping and correlation strength can be tuned. We compute the critical dopings required to drive the Mott transition using first-principles methods combined with dynamical mean-field theory, finding good agreement with experiment.

  3. Anomalous Metal Phase Emergent on the Verge of an Exciton Mott Transition

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    Sekiguchi, Fumiya; Mochizuki, Toshimitsu; Kim, Changsu; Akiyama, Hidefumi; Pfeiffer, Loren N.; West, Ken W.; Shimano, Ryo

    2017-02-01

    We investigate the exciton Mott transition (EMT) by using optical pump-terahertz probe spectroscopy on GaAs, with realizing the condition of Mott's gedanken experiment by the resonant excitation of 1 s excitons. We show that an anomalous metallic phase emerges on the verge of the EMT as manifested by a peculiar enhancement of the quasiparticle mass and scattering rate. From the temperature and density dependence, the observed anomaly is shown to originate from the electron-hole (e -h ) correlation which becomes prominent at low temperatures, possibly suggesting a precursor of e -h Cooper pairing.

  4. Hallmarks of the Mott-metal crossover in the hole-doped pseudospin-1/2 Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    Cao, Yue; Wang, Qiang; Waugh, Justin A.; Reber, Theodore J.; Li, Haoxiang; Zhou, Xiaoqing; Parham, Stephen; Park, S.-R.; Plumb, Nicholas C.; Rotenberg, Eli; Bostwick, Aaron; Denlinger, Jonathan D.; Qi, Tongfei; Hermele, Michael A.; Cao, Gang; Dessau, Daniel S.

    2016-04-01

    The physics of doped Mott insulators remains controversial after decades of active research, hindered by the interplay among competing orders and fluctuations. It is thus highly desired to distinguish the intrinsic characters of the Mott-metal crossover from those of other origins. Here we investigate the evolution of electronic structure and dynamics of the hole-doped pseudospin-1/2 Mott insulator Sr2IrO4. The effective hole doping is achieved by replacing Ir with Rh atoms, with the chemical potential immediately jumping to or near the top of the lower Hubbard band. The doped iridates exhibit multiple iconic low-energy features previously observed in doped cuprates--pseudogaps, Fermi arcs and marginal-Fermi-liquid-like electronic scattering rates. We suggest these signatures are most likely an integral part of the material's proximity to the Mott state, rather than from many of the most claimed mechanisms, including preformed electron pairing, quantum criticality or density-wave formation.

  5. Hallmarks of the Mott-metal crossover in the hole-doped pseudospin-1/2 Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    Cao, Yue; Wang, Qiang; Waugh, Justin A.; ...

    2016-04-22

    The physics of doped Mott insulators remains controversial after decades of active research, hindered by the interplay among competing orders and fluctuations. It is thus highly desired to distinguish the intrinsic characters of the Mott-metal crossover from those of other origins. Here we investigate the evolution of electronic structure and dynamics of the hole-doped pseudospin-1/2 Mott insulator Sr 2 IrO 4 . The effective hole doping is achieved by replacing Ir with Rh atoms, with the chemical potential immediately jumping to or near the top of the lower Hubbard band. The doped iridates exhibit multiple iconic low-energy features previously observedmore » in doped cuprates - pseudogaps, Fermi arcs and marginal-Fermi-liquid-like electronic scattering rates. We suggest these signatures are most likely an integral part of the material's proximity to the Mott state, rather than from many of the most claimed mechanisms, including preformed electron pairing, quantum criticality or density-wave formation.« less

  6. Hallmarks of the Mott-metal crossover in the hole-doped pseudospin-1/2 Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    Cao, Yue; Wang, Qiang; Waugh, Justin A.; Reber, Theodore J.; Li, Haoxiang; Zhou, Xiaoqing; Parham, Stephen; Park, S.-R.; Plumb, Nicholas C.; Rotenberg, Eli; Bostwick, Aaron; Denlinger, Jonathan D.; Qi, Tongfei; Hermele, Michael A.; Cao, Gang; Dessau, Daniel S.

    2016-01-01

    The physics of doped Mott insulators remains controversial after decades of active research, hindered by the interplay among competing orders and fluctuations. It is thus highly desired to distinguish the intrinsic characters of the Mott-metal crossover from those of other origins. Here we investigate the evolution of electronic structure and dynamics of the hole-doped pseudospin-1/2 Mott insulator Sr2IrO4. The effective hole doping is achieved by replacing Ir with Rh atoms, with the chemical potential immediately jumping to or near the top of the lower Hubbard band. The doped iridates exhibit multiple iconic low-energy features previously observed in doped cuprates—pseudogaps, Fermi arcs and marginal-Fermi-liquid-like electronic scattering rates. We suggest these signatures are most likely an integral part of the material's proximity to the Mott state, rather than from many of the most claimed mechanisms, including preformed electron pairing, quantum criticality or density-wave formation. PMID:27102065

  7. Mott transitions with partially filled correlated orbitals

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    Amaricci, A.; de' Medici, L.; Capone, M.

    2017-04-01

    We investigate the metal-insulator Mott transition in a generalized version of the periodic Anderson model, in which a band of itinerant non-interacting electrons is hybridrized with a narrow and strongly correlated band. Using the dynamical mean-field theory, we show that the precondition for the Mott transition is that the total filling of the two bands takes an odd integer value. Unlike the conventional portrait of the Mott transition, this condition corresponds to a non-integer filling of the correlated band. For an integer constant occupation of the correlated orbitals the system remains a correlated metal at arbitrary large interaction strength. We picture the transition at a non-integer filling of the correlated orbital as the Mott localization of the singlet states between itinerant and strongly interacting electrons, having occupation of one per lattice site. We show that the Mott transition is of the first order and we characterize the nature of the resulting insulating state with respect to relevant physical parameters, such as the charge-transfer energy.

  8. Constraints on topological order in mott insulators.

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    Zaletel, Michael P; Vishwanath, Ashvin

    2015-02-20

    We point out certain symmetry induced constraints on topological order in Mott insulators (quantum magnets with an odd number of spin 1/2 moments per unit cell). We show, for example, that the double-semion topological order is incompatible with time reversal and translation symmetry in Mott insulators. This sharpens the Hastings-Oshikawa-Lieb-Schultz-Mattis theorem for 2D quantum magnets, which guarantees that a fully symmetric gapped Mott insulator must be topologically ordered, but is silent about which topological order is permitted. Our result applies to the kagome lattice quantum antiferromagnet, where recent numerical calculations of the entanglement entropy indicate a ground state compatible with either toric code or double-semion topological order. Our result rules out the latter possibility.

  9. Quantum and classical solutions for statically screened two-dimensional Wannier-Mott excitons

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    Makowski, Adam J.

    2011-08-15

    Quantum solutions and classical orbits are discussed for statically screened Wannier-Mott excitons for two closely related potentials: the Stern-Howard potential and a suggested simple focusing one. Bound states and exact ''quantized'' values of screening are obtained as well. For the suggested potential, the scattering matrix, the Regge poles, and the transmission coefficient are calculated exactly. We argue that the simple potential can be utilized in applications instead of the Stern-Howard potential, which is difficult to handle.

  10. A different sort of Mott cell.

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    Jäck, H M; Beck-Engeser, G; Sloan, B; Wong, M L; Wabl, M

    1992-01-01

    NYC is a B lymphoma cell line derived from B/W mice. Upon fusion of NYC cells with a plasmacytoma, which itself produces no immunoglobulin, the resulting NYCH hybridoma cells are Mott cells; i.e., they contain large intracellular vesicles filled with immunoglobulin, the so-called Russell bodies. When NYCH.kappa, a variant of NYCH that had lost the ability to produce heavy chain, was transfected with a heavy-chain construct, this concentration of immunoglobulin in the intracellular vesicles occurred only when the transfected immunoglobulin heavy chain had the same variable region as NYC. Moreover, unlike conventional Mott cells, the hybrid cells secrete immunoglobulin at a normal rate. Images PMID:1465384

  11. DYNAMICAL RESPONSE OF QUASI ID MOTT INSULATORS.

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    ESSLER,F.H.L.TSVELIK,A.M.

    2004-01-14

    At low energies certain one dimensional Mott insulators can be described in terms of an exactly solvable quantum field theory, the U(1) Thirring model. Using exact results derived from integrability we determine dynamical properties like the frequency dependent optical conductivity and the single-particle Green's function. We discuss the effects of a small temperature and the effects on interchain tunneling in a model of infinitely many weakly coupled chains.

  12. 5 MeV Mott polarimeter for rapid precise electron beam polarization measurements

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    Price, J.S.; Poelker, B.M.; Sinclair, C.K.

    1997-11-01

    Low energy (E{sub k} = 100 keV) Mott scattering polarimeters are ill-suited to support operations foreseen for the polarized electron injector at Jefferson Lab. One solution is to measure the polarization at 5 MeV where multiple and plural scattering are unimportant and precision beam monitoring is straightforward. The higher injector beam current offsets the lower cross-sections; measured rates scale to 1 kHz/{mu}A with a 1 {mu}m thick gold target foil.

  13. Ferroelectric control of a Mott insulator

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    Yamada, Hiroyuki; Marinova, Maya; Altuntas, Philippe; Crassous, Arnaud; Bégon-Lours, Laura; Fusil, Stéphane; Jacquet, Eric; Garcia, Vincent; Bouzehouane, Karim; Gloter, Alexandre; Villegas, Javier E.; Barthélémy, Agnès; Bibes, Manuel

    2013-01-01

    The electric field control of functional properties is an important goal in oxide-based electronics. To endow devices with memory, ferroelectric gating is interesting, but usually weak compared to volatile electrolyte gating. Here, we report a very large ferroelectric field-effect in perovskite heterostructures combining the Mott insulator CaMnO3 and the ferroelectric BiFeO3 in its “supertetragonal” phase. Upon polarization reversal of the BiFeO3 gate, the CaMnO3 channel resistance shows a fourfold variation around room temperature, and a tenfold change at ~200 K. This is accompanied by a carrier density modulation exceeding one order of magnitude. We have analyzed the results for various CaMnO3 thicknesses and explain them by the electrostatic doping of the CaMnO3 layer and the presence of a fixed dipole at the CaMnO3/BiFeO3 interface. Our results suggest the relevance of ferroelectric gates to control orbital- or spin-ordered phases, ubiquitous in Mott systems, and pave the way toward efficient Mott-tronics devices. PMID:24089020

  14. Dimensional-crossover-driven Mott transition in the frustrated Hubbard model.

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    Raczkowski, Marcin; Assaad, Fakher F

    2012-09-21

    We study the Mott transition in a frustrated Hubbard model with next-nearest neighbor hopping at half-filling. The interplay between interaction, dimensionality, and geometric frustration closes the one-dimensional Mott gap and gives rise to a metallic phase with Fermi surface pockets. We argue that they emerge as a consequence of remnant one-dimensional umklapp scattering at the momenta with vanishing interchain hopping matrix elements. In this pseudogap phase, enhanced d-wave pairing correlations are driven by antiferromagnetic fluctuations. Within the adopted cluster dynamical mean-field theory on the 8 × 2 cluster and down to our lowest temperatures, the transition from one to two dimensions is continuous.

  15. Evidence of Mott physics in iron pnictides from x-ray spectroscopy

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    Lafuerza, S.; Gretarsson, H.; Hardy, F.; ...

    2017-07-24

    The existence of large instantaneous local magnetic moments in paramagnetic phases is a direct signature of Mott localization. In order to track the doping evolution of fluctuating local moments in iron-based superconductors, we jointly use two fast probes, x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopies. Exploring K- and Cr-hole-doped BaF e 2 A s 2 , we also find a systematic increase in the local moment with hole-doping, in contrast with inelastic neutron scattering measurements, which suggest an opposite trend. The results support the theoretical scenario in which a Mott insulating state that would be realized for half-filled conduction bands has anmore » influence throughout the phase diagram of these iron pnictides.« less

  16. Evidence of Mott physics in iron pnictides from x-ray spectroscopy

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    Lafuerza, S.; Gretarsson, H.; Hardy, F.; Wolf, T.; Meingast, C.; Giovannetti, G.; Capone, M.; Sefat, A. S.; Kim, Y.-J.; Glatzel, P.; de'Medici, L.

    2017-07-01

    The existence of large instantaneous local magnetic moments in paramagnetic phases is a direct signature of Mott localization. In order to track the doping evolution of fluctuating local moments in iron-based superconductors, we jointly use two fast probes, x-ray emission and absorption spectroscopies. Exploring K- and Cr-hole-doped BaF e2A s2 , we find a systematic increase in the local moment with hole-doping, in contrast with inelastic neutron scattering measurements, which suggest an opposite trend. Our results support the theoretical scenario in which a Mott insulating state that would be realized for half-filled conduction bands has an influence throughout the phase diagram of these iron pnictides.

  17. Direct observation of the M2 phase with its Mott transition in a VO2 film

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    Kim, Hoon; Slusar, Tetiana V.; Wulferding, Dirk; Yang, Ilkyu; Cho, Jin-Cheol; Lee, Minkyung; Choi, Hee Cheul; Jeong, Yoon Hee; Kim, Hyun-Tak; Kim, Jeehoon

    2016-12-01

    In VO2, the explicit origin of the insulator-to-metal transition is still disputable between Peierls and Mott insulators. Along with the controversy, its second monoclinic (M2) phase has received considerable attention due to the presence of electron correlation in undimerized vanadium ions. However, the origin of the M2 phase is still obscure. Here, we study a granular VO2 film using conductive atomic force microscopy and Raman scattering. Upon the structural transition from monoclinic to rutile, we observe directly an intermediate state showing the coexistence of monoclinic M1 and M2 phases. The conductivity near the grain boundary in this regime is six times larger than that of the grain core, producing a donut-like landscape. Our results reveal an intra-grain percolation process, indicating that VO2 with the M2 phase is a Mott insulator.

  18. Quantum phase transitions and local magnetism in Mott insulators: A local probe investigation using muons, neutrons, and photons

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    Frandsen, Benjamin A.

    Mott insulators are materials in which strong correlations among the electrons induce an unconventional insulating state. Rich interplay between the structural, magnetic, and electronic degrees of freedom resulting from the electron correlation can lead to unusual complexity of Mott materials on the atomic scale, such as microscopically heterogeneous phases or local structural correlations that deviate significantly from the average structure. Such behavior must be studied by suitable experimental techniques, i.e. "local probes", that are sensitive to this local behavior rather than just the bulk, average properties. In this thesis, I will present results from our studies of multiple families of Mott insulators using two such local probes: muon spin relaxation (muSR), a probe of local magnetism; and pair distribution function (PDF) analysis of x-ray and neutron total scattering, a probe of local atomic structure. In addition, I will present the development of magnetic pair distribution function analysis, a novel method for studying local magnetic correlations that is highly complementary to the muSR and atomic PDF techniques. We used muSR to study the phase transition from Mott insulator to metal in two archetypal Mott insulating systems: RENiO3 (RE = rare earth element) and V2O3. In both of these systems, the Mott insulating state can be suppressed by tuning a nonthermal parameter, resulting in a "quantum" phase transition at zero temperature from the Mott insulating state to a metallic state. In RENiO3, this occurs through variation of the rare-earth element in the chemical composition; in V 2O3, through the application of hydrostatic pressure. Our results show that the metallic and Mott insulating states unexpectedly coexist in phase-separated regions across a large portion of parameter space near the Mott quantum phase transition and that the magnitude of the ordered antiferromagnetic moment remains constant across the phase diagram until it is abruptly

  19. Teenage Pregnancy: An Update and Guide to Mott Foundation Resources.

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    Rugg, Carol D.

    This document focuses on the involvement of the Mott Foundation in the problem of teenage pregnancy. After a brief introduction to the topic including statistics on the incidence of teenage pregnancy, methods by which other organizations and foundations have attacked the problem of teenage pregnancy are described. The role of the Mott Foundation…

  20. Nonthermal and purely electronic resistive switching in a Mott memory

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    Stoliar, P.; Rozenberg, M.; Janod, E.; Corraze, B.; Tranchant, J.; Cario, L.

    2014-07-01

    Mott insulator to metal transitions under an electric field are currently the subject of numerous fundamental and applied studies. This puzzling effect, which involves nontrivial out-of-equilibrium effects in correlated systems, is indeed at play in the operation of a new class of electronic memories, the "Mott memories." However, the combined electronic and thermal effects are difficult to disentangle in Mott insulators undergoing such transitions. We report here a comparison between the properties under an electric field of a canonical Mott insulator and a model built on a realistic two-dimensional resistor network able to capture both thermal effects and electronic transitions. This comparison made specifically on the family of narrow gap Mott insulators AM4Q8, (A =Ga or Ge; M = V, Nb or Ta; and Q=S or Se) unambiguously establishes that the resistive transition experimentally observed under an electric field arises from a purely electronic mechanism.

  1. A low-voltage retarding-field Mott polarimeter for photocathode characterization

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    McCarter, J. L.; Stutzman, M. L.; Trantham, K. W.; Anderson, T. G.; Cook, A. M.; Gay, T. J.

    2010-02-26

    Nuclear physics experiments at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility's CEBAF rely on high polarization electron beams. We describe a recently commissioned system for prequalifying and studying photocathodes for CEBAF with a load-locked, low-voltage polarized electron source coupled to a compact retarding-field Mott polarimeter. The polarimeter uses simplified electrode structures and operates from 5 to 30 kV. The effective Sherman function for this device has been calibrated by comparison with the CEBAF 5 MeV Mott polarimeter. For elastic scattering from a thick gold target at 20 keV, the effective Sherman function is 0.201(5). Its maximum efficiency at 20 keV, defined as the detected count rate divided by the incident particle current, is 5.4(2)×10-4, yielding a figure-of-merit, or analyzing power squared times efficiency, of 1.0(1)×10-5. The operating parameters of this new polarimeter design are compared to previously published data for other compact Mott polarimeters of the retarding-field type.

  2. A low-voltage retarding-field Mott polarimeter for photocathode characterization

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    McCarter, J. L.; Stutzman, M. L.; Trantham, K. W.; Anderson, T. G.; Cook, A. M.; Gay, T. J.

    2010-06-01

    Nuclear physics experiments at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility's CEBAF rely on high polarization electron beams. We describe a recently commissioned system for prequalifying and studying photocathodes for CEBAF with a load-locked, low-voltage polarized electron source coupled to a compact retarding-field Mott polarimeter. The polarimeter uses simplified electrode structures and operates from 5 to 30 kV. The effective Sherman function for this device has been calibrated by comparison with the CEBAF 5 MeV Mott polarimeter. For elastic scattering from a thick gold target at 20 keV, the effective Sherman function is 0.201(5). Its maximum efficiency at 20 keV, defined as the detected count rate divided by the incident particle current, is 5.4(2)×10 -4, yielding a figure-of-merit, or analyzing power squared times efficiency, of 1.0(1)×10 -5. The operating parameters of this new polarimeter design are compared to previously published data for other compact Mott polarimeters of the retarding-field type.

  3. MOTT FOUNDATION PROJECTS MOTT PROGRAM--FLINT PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SUMMARY REPORTS JULY 1, 1964 TO JUNE 30, 1965.

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    BRIGGS, LARRY; AND OTHERS

    ONE-PAGE REPORTS ARE PRESENTED, SUMMARIZING EACH OF THE PROJECTS IN THE MOTT PROGRAM FOR THE FLINT PUBLIC SCHOOLS--WORKSHOPS AND VISITATIONS, ADULT EDUCATION, GRADUATE TRAINING, YOUTH PROGRAMS, THE MOTT CAMP, RECREATION, A BETTER TOMORROW FOR THE URBAN CHILD, THE PERSONALIZED CURRICULUM PROGRAM, MEDICAL-DENTAL HEALTH, INTERUNIVERSITY CLINICAL…

  4. Transient carrier dynamics in a Mott insulator with antiferromagnetic order

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    Iyoda, Eiki; Ishihara, Sumio

    2014-03-01

    We study transient dynamics of hole carriers injected into a Mott insulator with antiferromagnetic long-range order. This "dynamical hole doping" contrasts with chemical hole doping. The theoretical framework for the transient carrier dynamics is presented based on the two-dimensional t-J model. The time dependencies of the optical conductivity spectra, as well as the one-particle excitation spectra, are calculated based on the Keldysh Green's function formalism at zero temperature combined with the self-consistent Born approximation. In the early stage after dynamical hole doping, the Drude component appears, and then incoherent components originating from hole-magnon scattering start to grow. Fast oscillatory behavior owing to coherent magnon and slow relaxation dynamics are confirmed in the spectra. The time profiles are interpreted as doped bare holes being dressed by magnon clouds and relaxed into spin polaron quasiparticle states. The characteristic relaxation times for Drude and incoherent peaks strongly depend on the momentum of the dynamically doped hole and the exchange constant. Implications for recent pump-probe experiments are discussed.

  5. Magnetic Behavior of a Mott-Insulator YVO3

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    Kawano, Hazuki; Yoshizawa, Hideki; Ueda, Yutaka

    1994-08-01

    As one of the members of the ABO3-type pseudoperovskite oxide family, Y1-xCaxVO3 exhibits an insulator-metal transition upon a change in the dopant calcium ion concentration x. We have reinvestigated the magnetic structure of the parent compound YVO3 with use of the neutron scattering technique. YVO3 orders at T N1=118 K with the so-called C-type antiferromagnetic structure, but changes to the G-type antiferromagnetic structure at T N2˜77 K through a first order transition with lattice distortion. These spin structures differ from those of an early study by Zubkov et al. (Sov. Phys.-JETP 39 (1974) 896). The static moment which contributes to the magnetic long range order is extrapolated to be less than 1.6 µ B at T=0 K. This value of the static moment is more than 20% smaller than 2.0 µ B expected for a localized spin system with S=1, indicating the existence of spin fluctuations in a Mott insulator YVO3.

  6. Hallmarks of the Mott-metal crossover in the hole-doped pseudospin-1/2 Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    Cao, Yue; Wang, Qiang; Waugh, Justin A.; Reber, Theodore J.; Li, Haoxiang; Zhou, Xiaoqing; Parham, Stephen; Park, S. -R.; Plumb, Nicholas C.; Rotenberg, Eli; Bostwick, Aaron; Denlinger, Jonathan D.; Qi, Tongfei; Hermele, Michael A.; Cao, Gang; Dessau, Daniel S.

    2016-04-22

    The physics of doped Mott insulators remains controversial after decades of active research, hindered by the interplay among competing orders and fluctuations. It is thus highly desired to distinguish the intrinsic characters of the Mott-metal crossover from those of other origins. Here we investigate the evolution of electronic structure and dynamics of the hole-doped pseudospin-1/2 Mott insulator Sr 2 IrO 4 . The effective hole doping is achieved by replacing Ir with Rh atoms, with the chemical potential immediately jumping to or near the top of the lower Hubbard band. The doped iridates exhibit multiple iconic low-energy features previously observed in doped cuprates - pseudogaps, Fermi arcs and marginal-Fermi-liquid-like electronic scattering rates. We suggest these signatures are most likely an integral part of the material's proximity to the Mott state, rather than from many of the most claimed mechanisms, including preformed electron pairing, quantum criticality or density-wave formation.

  7. Quench from Mott Insulator to Superfluid

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    Zurek, Wojciech H.; Dziarmaga, Jacek; Tylutki, Marek

    2012-06-01

    We study a linear ramp of the nearest-neighbor tunneling rate in the Bose-Hubbard model driving the system from the Mott insulator state into the superfluid phase. We employ the truncated Wigner approximation to simulate linear quenches of a uniform system in 1...3 dimensions, and in a harmonic trap in 3 dimensions. In all these setups the excitation energy decays like one over third root of the quench time. The -1/3 scaling is explained by an impulse-adiabatic approximation - a variant of the Kibble-Zurek mechanism - describing a crossover from non-adiabatic to adiabatic evolution when the system begins to keep pace with the increasing tunneling rate.

  8. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO3

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    Wang, Shanmin; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Yi; Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Jianzhong; Wang, Wendan; Bai, Ligang; Qian, Jiang; Yin, Liang; Sullivan, Neil S.; Jin, Changqing; He, Duanwei; Xu, Jian; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-01-01

    The Mott insulator in correlated electron systems arises from classical Coulomb repulsion between carriers to provide a powerful force for electron localization. Turning such an insulator into a metal, the so-called Mott transition, is commonly achieved by “bandwidth” control or “band filling.” However, both mechanisms deviate from the original concept of Mott, which attributes such a transition to the screening of Coulomb potential and associated lattice contraction. Here, we report a pressure-induced isostructural Mott transition in cubic perovskite PbCrO3. At the transition pressure of ∼3 GPa, PbCrO3 exhibits significant collapse in both lattice volume and Coulomb potential. Concurrent with the collapse, it transforms from a hybrid multiferroic insulator to a metal. For the first time to our knowledge, these findings validate the scenario conceived by Mott. Close to the Mott criticality at ∼300 K, fluctuations of the lattice and charge give rise to elastic anomalies and Laudau critical behaviors resembling the classic liquid–gas transition. The anomalously large lattice volume and Coulomb potential in the low-pressure insulating phase are largely associated with the ferroelectric distortion, which is substantially suppressed at high pressures, leading to the first-order phase transition without symmetry breaking. PMID:26604314

  9. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO 3

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    Wang, Shanmin; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Yi; ...

    2015-11-24

    The Mott insulator in correlated electron systems arises from classical Coulomb repulsion between carriers to provide a powerful force for electron localization. When turning such an insulator into a metal, the so-called Mott transition, is commonly achieved by "bandwidth" control or "band filling." However, both mechanisms deviate from the original concept of Mott, which attributes such a transition to the screening of Coulomb potential and associated lattice contraction. We report a pressure-induced isostructural Mott transition in cubic perovskite PbCrO3. At the transition pressure of similar to 3 GPa, PbCrO3 exhibits significant collapse in both lattice volume and Coulomb potential. Concurrentmore » with the collapse, it transforms from a hybrid multiferroic insulator to a metal. For the first time to our knowledge, these findings validate the scenario conceived by Mott. Close to the Mott criticality at similar to 300 K, fluctuations of the lattice and charge give rise to elastic anomalies and Laudau critical behaviors resembling the classic liquid-gas transition. Moreover, the anomalously large lattice volume and Coulomb potential in the low-pressure insulating phase are largely associated with the ferroelectric distortion, which is substantially suppressed at high pressures, leading to the first-order phase transition without symmetry breaking.« less

  10. Spatially Modulated 'Mottness' in La2-xBaxCuO4

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    Abbamonte,P.; Rusydi, A.; Smadici, S.; Gu, G.; Sawatzky, G.; Feng, D.

    2005-01-01

    Competition between magnetism and the kinetic energy of mobile carriers (typically holes) in doped antiferromagnets may lead to 'stripe' phases, which are charged rivers separating regions of oppositely phased antiferromagnetism. In copper oxides the main experimental evidence for such coexisting static spin and charge order comes from neutron scattering in La{sub 1.48}Nd{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 0.12} (LNSCO) and La{sub 1.875}Ba{sub 0.125}CuO{sub 4} (LBCO). However, as a neutron is neutral, it does not detect charge but rather its associated lattice distortion, so it is not known whether the stripes involve ordering of the doped holes. Here we present a study of the charge order in LBCO with resonant soft X-ray scattering (RSXS). We observe giant resonances near the Fermi level as well as near the correlated gap, demonstrating significant modulation in both the doped-hole density and the 'Mottness', or the degree to which the system resembles a Mott insulator. The peak-to-trough amplitude of the valence modulation is estimated to be 0.063 holes, which suggests an integrated area of 0.59 holes under a single stripe, close to the expected 0.5 for half-filled stripes.

  11. A scalable neuristor built with Mott memristors

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    Pickett, Matthew D.; Medeiros-Ribeiro, Gilberto; Williams, R. Stanley

    2013-02-01

    The Hodgkin-Huxley model for action potential generation in biological axons is central for understanding the computational capability of the nervous system and emulating its functionality. Owing to the historical success of silicon complementary metal-oxide-semiconductors, spike-based computing is primarily confined to software simulations and specialized analogue metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor circuits. However, there is interest in constructing physical systems that emulate biological functionality more directly, with the goal of improving efficiency and scale. The neuristor was proposed as an electronic device with properties similar to the Hodgkin-Huxley axon, but previous implementations were not scalable. Here we demonstrate a neuristor built using two nanoscale Mott memristors, dynamical devices that exhibit transient memory and negative differential resistance arising from an insulating-to-conducting phase transition driven by Joule heating. This neuristor exhibits the important neural functions of all-or-nothing spiking with signal gain and diverse periodic spiking, using materials and structures that are amenable to extremely high-density integration with or without silicon transistors.

  12. Thermally assisted ordering in Mott insulators

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    Sims, Hunter; Pavarini, Eva; Koch, Erik

    2017-08-01

    Landau theory describes phase transitions as the competition between energy and entropy: The ordered phase has lower energy, while the disordered phase has larger entropy. When heating the system, ordering is reduced entropically until it vanishes at the critical temperature. This picture implicitly assumes that the energy difference between the ordered and disordered phases does not change with temperature. We show that for orbital ordering in the Mott insulator KCuF3, this assumption fails qualitatively: entropy plays a negligible role, while thermal expansion energetically stabilizes the orbitally ordered phase to such an extent that no phase transition is observed. To understand this strong dependence on the lattice constant, we need to take into account the Born-Mayer repulsion between the ions. It is the latter, and not the Jahn-Teller elastic energy, which determines the magnitude of the distortion. This effect will be seen in all materials where the distortion expected from the Jahn-Teller mechanism is so large that the ions would touch. Our mechanism explains not only the absence of a phase transition in KCuF3, but even suggests the possibility of an inverted transition in closed-shell systems, where the ordered phase emerges only at high temperatures.

  13. Probing the Mott physics in κ-(BEDT-TTF)₂X salts via thermal expansion.

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    de Souza, Mariano; Bartosch, Lorenz

    2015-02-11

    In the field of interacting electron systems the Mott metal-to-insulator (MI) transition represents one of the pivotal issues. The role played by lattice degrees of freedom for the Mott MI transition and the Mott criticality in a variety of materials are current topics under debate. In this context, molecular conductors of the κ-(BEDT-TTF)2X type constitute a class of materials for unraveling several aspects of the Mott physics. In this review, we present a synopsis of literature results with focus on recent expansivity measurements probing the Mott MI transition in this class of materials. Progress in the description of the Mott critical behavior is also addressed.

  14. Mott transitions in three-component Falicov-Kimball model

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    Nguyen, Duong-Bo; Tran, Minh-Tien

    2013-01-01

    Metal-insulator transitions are studied within a three-component Falicov-Kimball model, which mimics a mixture of one-component and two-component fermionic particles with local repulsive interactions in optical lattices. Within the model, the two-component fermionic particles are able to hop in the lattice, while the one-component fermionic particles are localized. The model is studied by using the dynamical mean-field theory with exact diagonalization. Its homogeneous solutions establish Mott transitions for both commensurate and incommensurate fillings between one-third and two-thirds. At commensurate one-third and two-thirds fillings, the Mott transition occurs for any density of hopping particles, while at incommensurate fillings, the Mott transition can occur only for density one-half of hopping particles. At half-filling, depending on the repulsive interactions, the reentrant effect of the Mott insulator is observed. As increasing local interaction of hopping particles, the first insulator-metal transition is continuous, whereas the second metal-insulator transition is discontinuous. The second metal-insulator transition crosses a finite region where both metallic and insulating phase coexist. At third-filling, the Mott transition is established only for strong repulsive interactions. A phase separation occurs together with the phase transition.

  15. Superconducting fluctuations in organic molecular metals enhanced by Mott criticality.

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    Nam, Moon-Sun; Mézière, Cécile; Batail, Patrick; Zorina, Leokadiya; Simonov, Sergey; Ardavan, Arzhang

    2013-12-02

    Unconventional superconductivity typically occurs in materials in which a small change of a parameter such as bandwidth or doping leads to antiferromagnetic or Mott insulating phases. As such competing phases are approached, the properties of the superconductor often become increasingly exotic. For example, in organic superconductors and underdoped high-T(c) cuprate superconductors a fluctuating superconducting state persists to temperatures significantly above T(c). By studying alloys of quasi-two-dimensional organic molecular metals in the κ-(BEDT-TTF)₂X family, we reveal how the Nernst effect, a sensitive probe of superconducting phase fluctuations, evolves in the regime of extreme Mott criticality. We find strong evidence that, as the phase diagram is traversed through superconductivity towards the Mott state, the temperature scale for superconducting fluctuations increases dramatically, eventually approaching the temperature at which quasiparticles become identifiable at all.

  16. Electronic Griffiths Phases and Quantum Criticality at Disordered Mott Transitions

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    Dobrosavljevic, Vladimir

    2012-02-01

    The effects of disorder are investigated in strongly correlated electronic systems near the Mott metal-insulator transition. Correlation effects are foundootnotetextE. C. Andrade, E. Miranda, and V. Dobrosavljevic, Phys. Rev. Lett., 102, 206403 (2009). to lead to strong disorder screening, a mechanism restricted to low-lying electronic states, very similar to what is observed in underdoped cuprates. These results suggest, however, that this effect is not specific to disordered d-wave superconductors, but is a generic feature of all disordered Mott systems. In addition, the resulting spatial inhomogeneity rapidly increasesootnotetextE. C. Andrade, E. Miranda, and V. Dobrosavljevic, Phys. Rev. Lett., 104 (23), 236401 (2010). as the Mott insulator is approached at fixed disorder strength. This behavior, which can be described as an Electronic Griffiths Phase, displays all the features expected for disorder-dominated Infinite-Randomness Fixed Point scenario of quantum criticality.

  17. Excitonic correlation in the Mott crossover regime in Ge

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    Sekiguchi, Fumiya; Shimano, Ryo

    2015-04-01

    Exciton Mott transition (EMT) in Ge was investigated by using optical-pump and terahertz-probe spectroscopy. From the quantitative analysis of optical conductivity and dielectric function, we evaluated the densities of unbound electron-hole pairs and excitons after the photoexcitation, from which we determined the ionization ratio of excitons α. The Mott crossover density region in Ge was elucidated from the density dependence of α in the temperature range above the critical temperature of electron-hole droplets. The 1 s -2 p excitonic transition energy hardly shifted with increasing density toward the EMT. Combined with the similar results recently observed in bulk Si, we suggest that the robustness of excitonic correlation against the Coulomb screening is a universal feature in bulk semiconductors in the Mott crossover regime.

  18. A New Class of Jeff = 1 / 2 Mott Insulators

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    Birol, Turan; Haule, Kristjan

    2015-03-01

    We predict a novel class of Jeff=1/2 Mott insulators in a family of Ir and Rh fluoride compounds with the K2GeF6 crystal structure that are previously synthesized, but not characterized extensively. First principles calculations in the level of all electron Density Functional Theory + Dynamical Mean Field Theory (DFT+DMFT) indicate that these compounds have large Mott gaps and some of them exhibit unprecedented proximity to the ideal, SU(2) symmetric Jeff=1/2 limit.

  19. Appearance of universal metallic dispersion in a doped Mott insulator

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    Sahrakorpi, S.; Markiewicz, R. S.; Lin, Hsin; Lindroos, M.; Zhou, X. J.; Yoshida, T.; Yang, W. L.; Kakeshita, T.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Komiya, Seiki; Ando, Yoichi; Zhou, F.; Zhao, Z. X.; Sasagawa, T.; Fujimori, A.; Hussain, Z.; Shen, Z.-X.; Bansil, A.

    2008-09-01

    We have investigated the dispersion renormalization Zdisp in La2-xSrxCuO4 over the wide doping range of x=0.03-0.30 , for binding energies extending to several hundred meV’s. Strong correlation effects conspire in such a way that the system exhibits a local-density-approximation-like dispersion which essentially “undresses” (Zdisp→1) as the Mott insulator is approached. Our finding that the Mott insulator contains “nascent” or “preformed” metallic states with a vanishing spectral weight offers a challenge to existing theoretical scenarios for cuprates.

  20. Breakdown of Strong Coupling Expansions for doped Mott Insulators

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    Phillips, Philip; Galanakis, Dimitrios; Stanescu, Tudor

    2005-03-01

    We show that doped Mott insulators, such as the copper-oxide superconductors, are asymptotically slaved in that the quasiparticle weight, Z, near half-filling depends critically on the existence of the high energy scale set by the upper Hubbard band. In particular, near half filling, the following dichotomy arises: Z0 when the high energy scale is integrated out but Z=0 in the thermodynamic limit when it is retained. Slavery to the high energy scale arises from quantum interference between electronic excitations across the Mott gap.

  1. From Band Insulator to Mott Insulator in One Dimension

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    Fabrizio, Michele; Gogolin, Alexander O.; Nersesyan, Alexander A.

    1999-09-01

    We derive the phase diagram for the one-dimensional model of a ferroelectric perovskite recently analyzed by Egami, Ishihara, and Tachiki [Science 261, 1307 (1993)]. We show that the interplay between covalency, ionicity, and strong correlations results in a spontaneously dimerized phase which separates the weak-coupling band insulator from the strong-coupling Mott insulator. The transition from the band insulator to the dimerized phase is identified as an Ising critical point. The charge gap vanishes at this single point with the optical conductivity diverging as σ\\(ω\\)~ω-3/4. The spin excitations are gapless above the second transition to the Mott insulator phase.

  2. A new class of polar mott-insulators via heterostructruring

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    Kim, Chanul; Park, Hyowon; Marianetti, Chris

    2014-03-01

    We propose simple design rules based on charge transfer and ion size to design a new class of polar Mott insulators in perovskite-based transition metal oxides. Ab Initio DFT+U calculations are then used to selectively scan phase space in double perovskites which have strong potential to be polar and Mott insulating. We begin by exploring pairs of A-type ions (A, A') and pairs of B-type ions (B, B') in AA' BB'O6 which will have nominal charge transfer consistent with valencies that are conducive to a Mott insulator. Additionally, the A-type ions are chosen to have a large size mismatch and are ordered to break symmetry, creating conditions favorable to a polar distortion. We uncover a number of materials which are strong candidates to be polar Mott insulators in experiment, including BaLaVNiO6, BaLaVCoO6, BaLaVCuO6, BaLaCrNiO6, BaBiVCoO6, BaBiVNiO6, and PbLaVNiO6. Furthermore, we show that the magnetic state and the band gap are sensitive to the particular ordering of the transition metals. Finally, we discuss possible applications and the potential to grow these systems in experiment. Functional Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering, Semiconductor Research Corporation.

  3. Spin-wave spectral properties of the Mott-Hubbard antiferromagnet: The intermediate-coupling regime

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    Singh, Avinash

    1993-09-01

    Spectral properties of spin-wave excitations in the Mott-Hubbard antiferromagnet are studied in the intermediate-coupling regime, wherein extended-range spin couplings are present in the equivalent spin-1/2 Heisenberg model. A systematic expansion in powers of t2/U2 is developed for the spin-wave propagator in the random-phase approximation, and its quantitative usefulness is investigated. In two dimensions the spin-wave density of states exhibits a peak structure, resembling the broadening effect of spin-wave damping. Implications for recent light-pair scattering experiments in La2CuO4 wherein the complete spin-wave spectrum is accessible in principle, are discussed.

  4. Bose-Hubbard models with synthetic spin-orbit coupling: Mott insulators, spin textures, and superfluidity.

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    Cole, William S; Zhang, Shizhong; Paramekanti, Arun; Trivedi, Nandini

    2012-08-24

    Motivated by the experimental realization of synthetic spin-orbit coupling for ultracold atoms, we investigate the phase diagram of the Bose-Hubbard model in a non-Abelian gauge field in two dimensions. Using a strong coupling expansion in the combined presence of spin-orbit coupling and tunable interactions, we find a variety of interesting magnetic Hamiltonians in the Mott insulator (MI), which support magnetic textures such as spin spirals and vortex and Skyrmion crystals. An inhomogeneous mean-field treatment shows that the superfluid (SF) phases inherit these exotic magnetic orders from the MI and display, in addition, unusual modulated current patterns. We present a slave-boson theory which gives insight into such intertwined spin-charge orders in the SF, and discuss signatures of these orders in Bragg scattering, in situ microscopy, and dynamic quench experiments.

  5. Chiral magnetism and spin liquid Mott insulators induced by synthetic gauge fields

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    Paramekanti, Arun; Hickey, Ciaran; Cincio, Lukasz; Papic, Zlatko; Vellat-Sadashivan, Arun; Sohal, Ramanjit

    2016-05-01

    Recent experiments using Raman-assisted tunneling or lattice-shaking have realized synthetic gauge fields and optical lattice bands with nontrivial band topology. Here we examine the effect of particle interactions in such bands, focussing on two-component fermions with local Hubbard repulsion. We show that interactions can drive the integer quantum Hall insulator into Mott insulating states which possess noncoplanar chiral magnetic textures and even chiral spin liquids with many-body topological order. We establish our results using a combination of mean field theory, strong coupling expansions, numerical exact diagonalization and DMRG methods. We also discuss possible signatures of such non-coplanar orders in Bragg scattering and noise measurements.

  6. Local theory for Mott-Anderson localization

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    Sen, Sudeshna; Terletska, Hanna; Moreno, Juana; Vidhyadhiraja, N. S.; Jarrell, Mark

    2016-12-01

    The paramagnetic metallic phase of the Anderson-Hubbard model (AHM) is investigated using a nonperturbative local moment approach within the framework of dynamical mean-field theory with a typical medium. Our focus is on the breakdown of the metallic phase near the metal-insulators transition as seen in the single-particle spectra, scattering rates, and the associated distribution of Kondo scales. We demonstrate the emergence of a universal, underlying low-energy scale, TKpeak. This lies close to the peak of the distribution of Kondo scales obtained within the metallic phase of the paramagnetic AHM. Spectral dynamics for energies ω ≲TKpeak display Fermi liquid universality crossing over to an incoherent universal dynamics for ω ≫TKpeak in the scaling regime. Such universal dynamics indicate that within a local theory the low to moderately low-energy physics is governed by an effective, disorder renormalized Kondo screening.

  7. Magnetic order and Mott transition on the checkerboard lattice

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    Swain, Nyayabanta; Majumdar, Pinaki

    2017-03-01

    The checkerboard lattice, with alternating ‘crossed’ plaquettes, serves as the two dimensional analog of the pyrochlore lattice. The corner sharing plaquette structure leads to a hugely degenerate ground state, and no magnetic order, for classical spins with short range antiferromagnetic interaction. For the half-filled Hubbard model on this structure, however, we find that the Mott insulating phase involves virtual electronic processes that generate longer range and multispin couplings. These couplings lift the degeneracy, selecting a ‘flux like’ state in the Mott insulator. Increasing temperature leads, strangely, to a sharp crossover from this state to a ‘120 degree’ correlated state and then a paramagnet. Decrease in the Hubbard repulsion drives the system towards an insulator-metal transition—the moments reduce, and a spin disordered state wins over the flux state. Near the insulator-metal transition the electron system displays a pseudogap extending over a large temperature window.

  8. Compressibility of a fermionic mott insulator of ultracold atoms.

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    Duarte, Pedro M; Hart, Russell A; Yang, Tsung-Lin; Liu, Xinxing; Paiva, Thereza; Khatami, Ehsan; Scalettar, Richard T; Trivedi, Nandini; Hulet, Randall G

    2015-02-20

    We characterize the Mott insulating regime of a repulsively interacting Fermi gas of ultracold atoms in a three-dimensional optical lattice. We use in situ imaging to extract the central density of the gas and to determine its local compressibility. For intermediate to strong interactions, we observe the emergence of a plateau in the density as a function of atom number, and a reduction of the compressibility at a density of one atom per site, indicating the formation of a Mott insulator. Comparisons to state-of-the-art numerical simulations of the Hubbard model over a wide range of interactions reveal that the temperature of the gas is of the order of, or below, the tunneling energy scale. Our results hold great promise for the exploration of many-body phenomena with ultracold atoms, where the local compressibility can be a useful tool to detect signatures of different phases or phase boundaries at specific values of the filling.

  9. Theory of high Tc ferrimagnetism in a multiorbital Mott insulator.

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    Meetei, O Nganba; Erten, Onur; Randeria, Mohit; Trivedi, Nandini; Woodward, Patrick

    2013-02-22

    We propose a model for the multiorbital material Sr(2)CrOsO(6), an insulator with remarkable magnetic properties and the highest T(c) ~/= 725 K among all perovskites with a net moment. We derive a new criterion for the Mott transition (U(1)U(2))(1/2)>2.5W by using slave-rotor mean field theory, where W is the bandwidth and U(1(2)) are the effective Coulomb interactions on Cr(Os) including Hund's coupling. We show that Sr(2)CrOsO(6) is a Mott insulator, where the large Cr U(1) compensates for the small Os U(2). The spin sector is described by a frustrated antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model that naturally explains the net moment arising from canting and also the observed nonmonotonic magnetization M(T). We predict characteristic magnetic structure factor peaks that can be probed by neutron experiments.

  10. Mott Quantum Criticality in the Anisotropic 2D Hubbard Model

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    Lenz, Benjamin; Manmana, Salvatore R.; Pruschke, Thomas; Assaad, Fakher F.; Raczkowski, Marcin

    2016-02-01

    We present evidence for Mott quantum criticality in an anisotropic two-dimensional system of coupled Hubbard chains at half-filling. In this scenario emerging from variational cluster approximation and cluster dynamical mean-field theory, the interchain hopping t⊥ acts as a control parameter driving the second-order critical end point Tc of the metal-insulator transition down to zero at t⊥c/t ≃0.2 . Below t⊥c, the volume of the hole and electron Fermi pockets of a compensated metal vanishes continuously at the Mott transition. Above t⊥c, the volume reduction of the pockets is cut off by a first-order transition. We discuss the relevance of our findings to a putative quantum critical point in layered organic conductors, whose location remains elusive so far.

  11. Theoretical prediction of fragile Mott insulators on plaquette Hubbard lattices

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    Wu, Han-Qing; He, Rong-Qiang; Meng, Zi Yang; Lu, Zhong-Yi

    2015-03-01

    Employing extensive cellular dynamical mean-field theory calculations with an exact diagonalization impurity solver, we investigate the ground-state phase diagrams and nonmagnetic metal-insulator transitions of the half-filled Hubbard model on two plaquette (the 1/5 depleted and checkerboard) square lattices. We identify three different insulators in the phase diagrams: dimer insulator, antiferromagnetic insulator, and plaquette insulator. We also demonstrate that the plaquette insulator is a novel fragile Mott insulator (FMI) which features a nontrivial one-dimensional irreducible representation of the C4 v crystalline point group and cannot be adiabatically connected to any band insulator with time-reversal symmetry. Furthermore, we study the nonmagnetic quantum phase transitions from the metal to the FMI and find that this Mott metal-insulator transition is characterized by the splitting of the noninteracting bands due to interaction effects.

  12. Constitutive relations associated with the Mott-Smith distribution function

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    Nathenson, M.; Baganoff, D.

    1973-01-01

    It is shown that the distribution function assumed by Mott-Smith determines a unique relation between heat flux, stress, and fluid velocity given by q = (3/2)??u, i.e., it provides a constitutive relation for heat flux, and it also determines a simple expression for this ratio of third-order central moments Q = . These expressions allow the equation of transfer for c x2 to be cast in a form that yields a nonlinear constitutive relation for stress. The results obtained from the Mott-Smith ansatz are compared with the theory of Baganoff and Nathenson and results from a numerical solution of the Boltzmann equation for shock-wave structure obtained by Hicks and Yen.

  13. Mott physics beyond the Brinkman-Rice scenario

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    Wysokiński, Marcin M.; Fabrizio, Michele

    2017-04-01

    The main flaw of the well-known Brinkman-Rice description, obtained through the Gutzwiller approximation, of the paramagnetic Mott transition in the Hubbard model is in neglecting high-energy virtual processes that generate, for instance, the antiferromagnetic exchange J ˜t2/U . Here, we propose a way to capture those processes by combining the Brinkman-Rice approach with a variational Schrieffer-Wolff transformation, and apply this method to study the single-band metal-to-insulator transition in a Bethe lattice with infinite coordination number, where the Gutzwiller approximation becomes exact. We indeed find for the Mott transition a description very close to the real one provided by the dynamical mean-field theory, an encouraging result in view of possible applications to more involved models.

  14. Mott metal-insulator transition on compressible lattices.

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    Zacharias, Mario; Bartosch, Lorenz; Garst, Markus

    2012-10-26

    The critical properties of the finite temperature Mott end point are drastically altered by a coupling to crystal elasticity, i.e., whenever it is amenable to pressure tuning. Similar as for critical piezoelectric ferroelectrics, the Ising criticality of the electronic system is preempted by an isostructural instability, and long-range shear forces suppress microscopic fluctuations. As a result, the end point is governed by Landau criticality. Its hallmark is, thus, a breakdown of Hooke's law of elasticity with a nonlinear strain-stress relation characterized by a mean-field exponent. Based on a quantitative estimate, we predict critical elasticity to dominate the temperature range ΔT*/T(c)≃8%, close to the Mott end point of κ-(BEDT-TTF)(2)X.

  15. Mott Metal-Insulator Transition on Compressible Lattices

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    Zacharias, Mario; Bartosch, Lorenz; Garst, Markus

    2012-10-01

    The critical properties of the finite temperature Mott end point are drastically altered by a coupling to crystal elasticity, i.e., whenever it is amenable to pressure tuning. Similar as for critical piezoelectric ferroelectrics, the Ising criticality of the electronic system is preempted by an isostructural instability, and long-range shear forces suppress microscopic fluctuations. As a result, the end point is governed by Landau criticality. Its hallmark is, thus, a breakdown of Hooke’s law of elasticity with a nonlinear strain-stress relation characterized by a mean-field exponent. Based on a quantitative estimate, we predict critical elasticity to dominate the temperature range ΔT*/Tc≃8%, close to the Mott end point of κ-(BEDT-TTF)2X.

  16. Electronics: Mott Transistor: Fundamental Studies and Device Operation Mechanisms

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    2016-03-21

    doped SmNiO3. Upon electron doping via hydrogenation, a strongly correlated Mott insulating state is formed in the nickelate. It is therefore...important to understand the carrier transport mechanism in the doped nickelate where carriers are strongly 1. REPORT DATE (DD-MM-YYYY) 4. TITLE AND...switches.The report presents our progress in studying electron transport mechanisms in doped SmNiO3. Upon electron doping via hydrogenation, a strongly

  17. Mottness at finite doping and charge-instabilities in cuprates.

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    Peli, S; Dal Conte, S; Comin, R; Nembrini, N; Ronchi, A; Abrami, P; Banfi, F; Ferrini, G; Brida, D; Lupi, S; Fabrizio, M; Damascelli, A; Capone, M; Cerullo, G; Giannetti, C

    2017-08-01

    The influence of the Mott physics on the doping-temperature phase diagram of copper oxides represents a major issue that is subject of intense theoretical and experimental effort. Here, we investigate the ultrafast electron dynamics in prototypical single-layer Bi-based cuprates at the energy scale of the O-2p→Cu-3d charge-transfer (CT) process. We demonstrate a clear evolution of the CT excitations from incoherent and localized, as in a Mott insulator, to coherent and delocalized, as in a conventional metal. This reorganization of the high-energy degrees of freedom occurs at the critical doping pcr ≈0.16 irrespective of the temperature, and it can be well described by dynamical mean field theory calculations. We argue that the onset of the low-temperature charge instabilities is the low-energy manifestation of the underlying Mottness that characterizes the p < pcr region of the phase diagram. This discovery sets a new framework for theories of charge order and low-temperature phases in underdoped copper oxides.

  18. Theory of a continuous Mott transition in two dimensions

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    Senthil, T.

    2008-07-01

    We study theoretically the zero-temperature phase transition in two dimensions from a Fermi liquid to a paramagnetic Mott insulator with a spinon Fermi surface. We show that the approach to the bandwidth-controlled Mott transition from the metallic side is accompanied by a vanishing quasiparticle residue and a diverging effective mass. The Landau parameters Fs0,Fa0 also diverge. Right at the quantum critical point there is a sharply defined “critical Fermi surface” but no Landau quasiparticle. The critical point has a Tln1/T specific heat and a nonzero T=0 resistivity. We predict an interesting universal resistivity jump in the residual resistivity at the critical point as the transition is approached from the metallic side. The crossovers out of the critical region are also studied. Remarkably the initial crossover out of criticality on the metallic side is to a marginal Fermi liquid metal. At much lower temperatures there is a further crossover into the Landau Fermi liquid. The ratio of the two crossover scales vanishes when approaching the critical point. Similar phenomena are found in the insulating side. The filling-controlled Mott transition is also studied. Implications for experiments on the layered triangular lattice organic material κ-(ET)2Cu2(CN)3 are discussed.

  19. Optical Properties of a Vibrationally Modulated Solid State Mott Insulator

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    Kaiser, S.; Clark, S. R.; Nicoletti, D.; Cotugno, G.; Tobey, R. I.; Dean, N.; Lupi, S.; Okamoto, H.; Hasegawa, T.; Jaksch, D.; Cavalleri, A.

    2014-01-01

    Optical pulses at THz and mid-infrared frequencies tuned to specific vibrational resonances modulate the lattice along chosen normal mode coordinates. In this way, solids can be switched between competing electronic phases and new states are created. Here, we use vibrational modulation to make electronic interactions (Hubbard-U) in Mott-insulator time dependent. Mid-infrared optical pulses excite localized molecular vibrations in ET-F2TCNQ, a prototypical one-dimensional Mott-insulator. A broadband ultrafast probe interrogates the resulting optical spectrum between THz and visible frequencies. A red-shifted charge-transfer resonance is observed, consistent with a time-averaged reduction of the electronic correlation strength U. Secondly, a sideband manifold inside of the Mott-gap appears, resulting from a periodically modulated U. The response is compared to computations based on a quantum-modulated dynamic Hubbard model. Heuristic fitting suggests asymmetric holon-doublon coupling to the molecules and that electron double-occupancies strongly squeeze the vibrational mode. PMID:24448171

  20. Nonlocal Parity Order in the Two-Dimensional Mott Insulator.

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    Fazzini, Serena; Becca, Federico; Montorsi, Arianna

    2017-04-14

    The Mott insulator is characterized by having small deviations around the (integer) average particle density n, with pairs with n-1 and n+1 particles forming bound states. In one dimension, the effect is captured by a nonzero value of a nonlocal "string" of parities, which instead vanishes in the superfluid phase where density fluctuations are large. Here, we investigate the interaction induced transition from the superfluid to the Mott insulator, in the paradigmatic Bose Hubbard model at n=1. By means of quantum Monte Carlo simulations and finite size scaling analysis on L×M ladders, we explore the behavior of "brane" parity operators from one dimension (i.e., M=1 and L→∞) to two dimensions (i.e., M→∞ and L→∞). We confirm the conjecture that, adopting a standard definition, their average value decays to zero in two dimensions also in the insulating phase, evaluating the scaling factor of the "perimeter law" [S. P. Rath et al., Ann. Phys. (Berlin) 334, 256 (2013)ANPYA20003-380410.1016/j.aop.2013.04.006]. Upon introducing a further phase in the brane parity, we show that its expectation value becomes nonzero in the insulator, while still vanishing at the transition to the superfluid phase. These quantities are directly accessible to experimental measures, thus providing an insightful signature of the Mott insulator.

  1. Nonlocal Parity Order in the Two-Dimensional Mott Insulator

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    Fazzini, Serena; Becca, Federico; Montorsi, Arianna

    2017-04-01

    The Mott insulator is characterized by having small deviations around the (integer) average particle density n , with pairs with n -1 and n +1 particles forming bound states. In one dimension, the effect is captured by a nonzero value of a nonlocal "string" of parities, which instead vanishes in the superfluid phase where density fluctuations are large. Here, we investigate the interaction induced transition from the superfluid to the Mott insulator, in the paradigmatic Bose Hubbard model at n =1 . By means of quantum Monte Carlo simulations and finite size scaling analysis on L ×M ladders, we explore the behavior of "brane" parity operators from one dimension (i.e., M =1 and L →∞ ) to two dimensions (i.e., M →∞ and L →∞ ). We confirm the conjecture that, adopting a standard definition, their average value decays to zero in two dimensions also in the insulating phase, evaluating the scaling factor of the "perimeter law" [S. P. Rath et al., Ann. Phys. (Berlin) 334, 256 (2013), 10.1016/j.aop.2013.04.006]. Upon introducing a further phase in the brane parity, we show that its expectation value becomes nonzero in the insulator, while still vanishing at the transition to the superfluid phase. These quantities are directly accessible to experimental measures, thus providing an insightful signature of the Mott insulator.

  2. Nonequilibrium electronic transport in a one-dimensional Mott insulator

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    Heidrich-Meisner, F.; Gonzalez, Ivan; Al-Hassanieh, K. A.; Feiguin, A. E.; Rozenberg, M. J.; Dagotto, Elbio R

    2010-01-01

    We calculate the nonequilibrium electronic transport properties of a one-dimensional interacting chain at half filling, coupled to noninteracting leads. The interacting chain is initially in a Mott insulator state that is driven out of equilibrium by applying a strong bias voltage between the leads. For bias voltages above a certain threshold we observe the breakdown of the Mott insulator state and the establishment of a steady-state elec- tronic current through the system. Based on extensive time-dependent density-matrix renormalization-group simulations, we show that this steady-state current always has the same functional dependence on voltage, independent of the microscopic details of the model and we relate the value of the threshold to the Lieb-Wu gap. We frame our results in terms of the Landau-Zener dielectric breakdown picture. Finally, we also discuss the real-time evolution of the current, and characterize the current-carrying state resulting from the breakdown of the Mott insulator by computing the double occupancy, the spin structure factor, and the entanglement entropy.

  3. Mottness at finite doping and charge instabilities in cuprates

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    Peli, S.; Conte, S. Dal; Comin, R.; Nembrini, N.; Ronchi, A.; Abrami, P.; Banfi, F.; Ferrini, G.; Brida, D.; Lupi, S.; Fabrizio, M.; Damascelli, A.; Capone, M.; Cerullo, G.; Giannetti, C.

    2017-08-01

    The influence of Mott physics on the doping-temperature phase diagram of copper oxides represents a major issue that is the subject of intense theoretical and experimental efforts. Here, we investigate the ultrafast electron dynamics in prototypical single-layer Bi-based cuprates at the energy scale of the O-2p --> Cu-3d charge-transfer (CT) process. We demonstrate a clear evolution of the CT excitations from incoherent and localized, as in a Mott insulator, to coherent and delocalized, as in a conventional metal. This reorganization of the high-energy degrees of freedom occurs at the critical doping pcr ~ 0.16 irrespective of the temperature, and it can be well described by dynamical mean-field theory calculations. We argue that the onset of low-temperature charge instabilities is the low-energy manifestation of the underlying Mottness that characterizes the p < pcr region of the phase diagram. This discovery sets a new framework for theories of charge order and low-temperature phases in underdoped copper oxides.

  4. Bad-Metal Behavior Reveals Mott Quantum Criticality in Doped Hubbard Models

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    Vučičević, J.; Tanasković, D.; Rozenberg, M. J.; Dobrosavljević, V.

    2015-06-01

    Bad-metal (BM) behavior featuring linear temperature dependence of the resistivity extending to well above the Mott-Ioffe-Regel (MIR) limit is often viewed as one of the key unresolved signatures of strong correlation. Here we associate the BM behavior with the Mott quantum criticality by examining a fully frustrated Hubbard model where all long-range magnetic orders are suppressed, and the Mott problem can be rigorously solved through dynamical mean-field theory. We show that for the doped Mott insulator regime, the coexistence dome and the associated first-order Mott metal-insulator transition are confined to extremely low temperatures, while clear signatures of Mott quantum criticality emerge across much of the phase diagram. Remarkable scaling behavior is identified for the entire family of resistivity curves, with a quantum critical region covering the entire BM regime, providing not only insight, but also quantitative understanding around the MIR limit, in agreement with the available experiments.

  5. Charge dynamics of the antiferromagnetically ordered Mott insulator

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    Han, Xing-Jie; Liu, Yu; Liu, Zhi-Yuan; Li, Xin; Chen, Jing; Liao, Hai-Jun; Xie, Zhi-Yuan; Normand, B.; Xiang, Tao

    2016-10-01

    We introduce a slave-fermion formulation in which to study the charge dynamics of the half-filled Hubbard model on the square lattice. In this description, the charge degrees of freedom are represented by fermionic holons and doublons and the Mott-insulating characteristics of the ground state are the consequence of holon-doublon bound-state formation. The bosonic spin degrees of freedom are described by the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model, yielding long-ranged (Néel) magnetic order at zero temperature. Within this framework and in the self-consistent Born approximation, we perform systematic calculations of the average double occupancy, the electronic density of states, the spectral function and the optical conductivity. Qualitatively, our method reproduces the lower and upper Hubbard bands, the spectral-weight transfer into a coherent quasiparticle band at their lower edges and the renormalisation of the Mott gap, which is associated with holon-doublon binding, due to the interactions of both quasiparticle species with the magnons. The zeros of the Green function at the chemical potential give the Luttinger volume, the poles of the self-energy reflect the underlying quasiparticle dispersion with a spin-renormalised hopping parameter and the optical gap is directly related to the Mott gap. Quantitatively, the square-lattice Hubbard model is one of the best-characterised problems in correlated condensed matter and many numerical calculations, all with different strengths and weaknesses, exist with which to benchmark our approach. From the semi-quantitative accuracy of our results for all but the weakest interaction strengths, we conclude that a self-consistent treatment of the spin-fluctuation effects on the charge degrees of freedom captures all the essential physics of the antiferromagnetic Mott-Hubbard insulator. We remark in addition that an analytical approximation with these properties serves a vital function in developing a full understanding of the

  6. Mott-barrier diodes based on epitaxially grown n-GaAs films

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    Averin, S. V.; Azakian, E. A.; Guliaev, Iu. V.; Dmitriev, M. D.; Liubchenko, V. E.; Petrenko, I. V.; Sveshnikov, Iu. N.

    The fabrication and properties of epitaxially grown n-GaAs film Mott-barrier diodes are examined. The doping profile of a film grown via gas-phase epitaxy is presented, and the volt-farad characteristics of Schottky and Mott diodes are compared. An investigation of frequency conversion shows that the optimal heterodyne power for the Mott diode is significantly lower than that for the Schottky diode, which makes it possible to reduce the mixer noise temperature. It is noted that Mott-barrier diodes are particularly suitable for the submillimeter range.

  7. Spectral evolution with doping of an antiferromagnetic Mott state

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    Wu, Huan-Kuang; Lee, Ting-Kuo

    2017-01-01

    Since the discovery of half-filled cuprate to be a Mott insulator, the excitation spectra above the chemical potential for the unoccupied states has attracted much research attention. There were many theoretical works using different numerical techniques to study this problem, but many have reached different conclusions. One of the reasons is the lack of very detailed high-resolution experimental results for the theories to be compared with. Recently, the scanning tunneling spectroscopy [P. Cai et al., Nat. Phys. 12, 1047 (2016), 10.1038/nphys3840; C. Ye et al., Nat. Commun. 4, 1365 (2013), 10.1038/ncomms2369] on lightly doped Mott insulator with an antiferromagnetic order found the presence of in-gap states with energy of order half an eV above the chemical potential. The measured spectral properties with doping are not quite consistent with earlier theoretical works. Although the experiment has disorder and localization effect, but for the energy scale we will study here, a model without disorder is sufficed to illustrate the underlying physics. We perform a diagonalization method on top of the variational Monte Carlo calculation to study the evolution of antiferromagnetic Mott state with doped hole concentration in the Hubbard model. Our results found in-gap states that behave similarly with ones reported by STS. These in-gap states acquire a substantial amount of dynamical spectral weight transferred from the upper Hubbard band. The in-gap states move toward chemical potential with increasing spectral weight as doping increases. Our result also provides information about the energy scale of these in-gap states in relation with the Coulomb coupling strength U .

  8. Bloch oscillations in the Mott-insulator regime

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    Kolovsky, Andrey R.

    2004-07-01

    We study the dynamical response of cold interacting atoms in the Mott insulator phase to a static force. As shown in the experiment by [M. Greiner et al., Nature 415, 39 (2002)], this response has resonant character, with the main resonance defined by coincidence of Stark energy and on-site interaction energy. We analyze the dynamics of the atomic momentum distribution, which is the quantity measured in the experiment, for near resonant forcing. The momentum distribution is shown to develop a recurring interference pattern, with a recurrence time which we define in the paper.

  9. Mott Transition in a Metallic Liquid: Gutzwiller Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    Chern, Gia-Wei; Barros, Kipton; Batista, Cristian D.; Kress, Joel D.; Kotliar, Gabriel

    2017-06-01

    We present a formulation of quantum molecular dynamics that includes electron correlation effects via the Gutzwiller method. Our new scheme enables the study of the dynamical behavior of atoms and molecules with strong electron interactions. The Gutzwiller approach goes beyond the conventional mean-field treatment of the intra-atomic electron repulsion and captures crucial correlation effects such as band narrowing and electron localization. We use Gutzwiller quantum molecular dynamics to investigate the Mott transition in the liquid phase of a single-band metal and uncover intriguing structural and transport properties of the atoms.

  10. Lucretia Mott: Friend of Justice. With a Message from Rosalynn Carter. Picture-book Biography Series.

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    Sawyer, Kem Knapp

    An illustrated biography for children features Lucretia Mott, one of the pioneers of the movement for womens' rights. Born in 1793, Lucretia Mott was raised a Quaker; her strong spiritual beliefs underlay her outspoken advocacy of equal rights for women and blacks, and against war. Lucretia became a leader among those who wished to abolish…

  11. A comparison of Mott cell morphology of three avian species. II. - Bad behavior by plasmacytes?

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    Cotter, Paul F; Bakst, Murray R

    2017-02-01

    Mott cells are atypical plasmacytes recognized microscopically by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) distensions (Russell bodies) a result of retained secretory product (antibody). Originally associated with parasitism, they are observed in a broad spectrum of immunopathology, sometimes involving hypergammaglobulinemia. Few descriptions of Mott cells appear in avian literature. The purpose of the manuscript is to provide examples identified by light microscopy in three poultry species. Transmission electron micrographs (TEM) of plasmacytes from the turkey oviduct mucosa are included for comparison with Mott cell light microscopic images. Wright's stained blood and bone marrow from commercial and specific pathogen free (SPF) chickens, ducks, and turkeys are the sources. Mott cell positive samples commonly occurred with leukocytosis or leukemoid reactions, polymicrobial bacteremia, and fungemia. Atypical granulocytes and leukocytes regularly accompanied Mott cells. It is proposed that circulating Mott cells are "sentinels" indicative of stress, dyscrasia, and pathology. Moreover, Mott cells, like other atypia, complicate the interpretation of simple heterophil/lymphocyte (H/L) ratios. As Mott cells are defective plasmacytes these observations address hematology, immunology, pathology, and welfare issues.

  12. Spectral properties near the Mott transition in the two-dimensional Hubbard model

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    Kohno, Masanori

    2013-03-01

    Single-particle excitations near the Mott transition in the two-dimensional (2D) Hubbard model are investigated by using cluster perturbation theory. The Mott transition is characterized by the loss of the spectral weight from the dispersing mode that leads continuously to the spin-wave excitation of the Mott insulator. The origins of the dominant modes of the 2D Hubbard model near the Mott transition can be traced back to those of the one-dimensional Hubbard model. Various anomalous spectral features observed in cuprate high-temperature superconductors, such as the pseudogap, Fermi arc, flat band, doping-induced states, hole pockets, and spinon-like and holon-like branches, as well as giant kink and waterfall in the dispersion relation, are explained in a unified manner as properties near the Mott transition in a 2D system.

  13. Mott transition and magnetism on the anisotropic triangular lattice

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    Acheche, S.; Reymbaut, A.; Charlebois, M.; Sénéchal, D.; Tremblay, A.-M. S.

    2016-12-01

    Spin-liquid behavior was recently suggested experimentally in the moderately one-dimensional organic compound κ -H3 (Cat-EDT-TTF)2. This compound can be modeled by the one-band Hubbard model on the anisotropic triangular lattice with t'/t ≃1.5 , where t' is the minority hopping. It thus becomes important to extend previous studies, that were performed in the range 0 ≤t'/t ≤1.2 , to find out whether there is a regime where Mott insulating behavior can be found without long-range magnetic order. To this end, we study the above model in the range 1.2 ≤t'/t ≤2 using cluster dynamical mean-field theory (CDMFT). We argue that it is important to choose a symmetry-preserving cluster rather than a quasi-one-dimensional cluster. We find that, upon increasing t'/t beyond t'/t ≈1.3 , the Mott transition at zero temperature is replaced by a first-order transition separating a metallic state from a collinear magnetic insulating state excluding the possibility to find a quantum spin liquid for the physically relevant value t'/t ≃1.5 . The phase diagram obtained in this study can provide a working basis for moderately one-dimensional compounds on the anisotropic triangular lattice.

  14. Mott Quantum Criticality in the Anisotropic 2D Hubbard Model

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    Lenz, Benjamin; Manmana, Salvatore R.; Pruschke, Thomas; Assaad, Fakher F.; Raczkowski, Marcin

    We present evidence for Mott quantum criticality in an anisotropic two-dimensional system of coupled Hubbard chains at half-filling. In this scenario emerging from variational cluster approximation and cluster dynamical mean-field theory, the interchain hopping t⊥ acts as control parameter driving the second-order critical endpoint Tc of the metal-insulator transition down to zero at t⊥c / t ~= 0 . 2 . Below t⊥c the volume of hole and electron Fermi pockets of a compensated metal vanishes continuously at the Mott transition. Above t⊥c the volume reduction of the pockets is cut off by a first-order transition. We discuss the relevance of our findings to a putative quantum critical point in layered organic conductors whose location remains elusive so far. We acknowledge support by DFG research units FOR1807 and FOR1346, ERC Starting Grant No. 306897 and NSF Grant No. PHY11-25915, and computer support by the GWDG and Jülich Supercomputing Centre.

  15. Finite temperature quantum critical transport near the Mott transition

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    Terletska, Hanna; Dobrosavljevic, Vladimir

    2010-03-01

    We use Dynamical Mean-Field Theory to study incoherent transport above the critical end-point temperature Tc of the single band Hubbard model at half-filling. By employing an eigenvalue analysis for the free energy functional, we are able to precisely identify the crossover temperature T*(U) separating the Fermi liquid and the Mott insulating regimes. Our calculations demonstrate that a broad parameter range exist around the crossover line, where the family of resistivity curves displays simple scaling behavior. This is interpreted as a manifestation of quantum criticality controlled by the T=0 Mott transition, which is ``interrupted'' by the emergence of the coexistence dome at T < Tc . We argue that in situations where the critical temperature Tc is significantly reduced, so that the coexistence region is reduced or even absent (as in two-band, particle-hole asymmetric models, where this is found even in the clean d->∞ limit [1, 2]), similar critical scaling properties should persist down to much lower temperatures, resembling quantum critical transport similar to that found in a number of experiments [2]. [1] A. Amaricci, G. Sordi, and M. J. Rosenberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 146403 (2008) [2] A. Camjayi, K. Haule, V. Dobrosavljevic, and G. Kotliar, Nature Physics, 4, 932 (2008)

  16. Mott glass phase in a diluted bilayer Heisenberg quantum antiferromagnet

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    Ma, Nv-Sen; Sandvik, Anders W.; Yao, Dao-Xin

    2015-09-01

    We use quantum Monte Carlo simulations to study a dimer-diluted S = 1/2 Heisenberg model on a bilayer square lattice with intralayer interaction J1 and interlayer interaction J2. Below the classical percolation threshold pc, the system has three phases reachable by tuning the interaction ratio g = J2/J1: a Néel ordered phase, a gapless quantum glass phase, and a gapped quantum paramagnetic phase. We present the ground-state phase diagram in the plane of dilution p and interaction ratio g. The quantum glass phase is certified to be of the gapless Mott glass type, having a uniform susceptibility vanishing at zero temperature T and following a stretched exponential form at T > 0; χu exp(-b/Tα) with α < 1. At the phase transition point from Neel ordered to Mott glass, we find that the critical exponents are different from those of the clean system described by the standard O(3) universality class in 2+1 dimensions.

  17. The Mott-Hubbard Insulator: localization and topological quantum order

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    Martin, Richard M.

    2010-03-01

    An insulating state of condensed matter is characterized by localization of the center of mass of the electrons. This criterion can be addressed in terms of the ground state on a torus with boundary conditions ψK(x1+L,x2, ) = exp( i K L) ψK(x1,x2, ). As shown by Kohn[1], in an insulator the energy is insensitive to K as L ->∞, whereas in an ideal metal it increases as K^2. In addition, Souza, et al. derived expressions for the localization length in terms of the wavefunction as a function of K. The present work generalizes the arguments to provide a fundamental distinction between ``band'' and ``Mott-Hubbard'' insulators. The criteria involve only counting of electrons and experimentally measurable quantities independent of models, and they lead to the requirement that a Mott-Hubbard insulator with no broken local symmetry must have topological quantum order.[4pt] [1] W. Kohn, Phys. Rev. 133, A171 (1964)[0pt] [2] I. Souza, et al., Phys. Rev. B 62, 1666 (2000).

  18. Mott-Hubbard Physics in a Patterned GaAs Heterostructure with Honeycomb Topology

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    Pellegrini, Vittorio

    2013-03-01

    This talk considers efforts directed towards the design and exploration of novel collective electron states in artificial lattice structures that are realized in semiconductor heterostructures by nanofabrication methods. These studies reveal striking interplays between electron interactions and geometrical constraints (topology). We focus on the honeycomb topology, or ``artificial graphene'' (AG), that supports Dirac fermions. Dirac fermions and the emergence of quantum phases, such as spin liquids and topologically protected states, can be studied by highly demanding inelastic light scattering methods and by electrical transport at low temperatures. In particular, we probed the excitation spectrum of electrons in the honeycomb lattice in a magnetic field identifying collective modes that emerged from the Coulomb interaction, as predicted by the Mott-Hubbard model. These observations allow us to determine the Hubbard gap and suggest the existence of a Coulomb-driven ground state. Studies of electrons confined to artificial lattices should provide key perspectives on strong electron correlation in condensed matter science. Work done in collaboration with A. Singha, M. Gibertini, M. Polini, B. Karmakar, M. Katsnelson, S. Yuan, A. Pinczuk, G. Vignale, L.N. Pfeiffer, K.W. West

  19. Mott-Ioffe-Regel limit and resistivity crossover in a tractable electron-phonon model

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    Werman, Yochai; Berg, Erez

    2016-02-01

    Many metals display resistivity saturation—a substantial decrease in the slope of the resistivity as a function of temperature that occurs when the electron scattering rate τ-1 becomes comparable to the Fermi energy EF/ℏ (the Mott-Ioffe-Regel limit). At such temperatures, the usual description of a metal in terms of ballistically propagating quasiparticles is no longer valid. We present a tractable model of a large number N of electronic bands coupled to N2 optical phonon modes, which displays a crossover behavior in the resistivity at temperatures where τ-1˜EF/ℏ . At low temperatures, the resistivity obeys the familiar linear form, while at high temperatures, the resistivity still increases linearly, but with a modified slope (that can be either lower or higher than the low-temperature slope, depending on the band structure). The high-temperature non-Boltzmann regime is interpreted by considering the diffusion constant and the compressibility, both of which scale as the inverse square root of the temperature.

  20. Mott-insulator phases of spin-3/2 fermions in the presence of quadratic Zeeman coupling.

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    Rodríguez, K; Argüelles, A; Colomé-Tatché, M; Vekua, T; Santos, L

    2010-07-30

    We study the influence of the quadratic Zeeman effect on the Mott-insulator phases of hard-core 1D spin-3/2 fermions. We show that, contrary to spinor bosons, the quadratic Zeeman coupling preserves an SU(2)⊗SU(2) symmetry, leading for large-enough quadratic Zeeman coupling to an isotropic pseudo-spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet. Decreasing the quadratic Zeeman coupling, this phase undergoes, depending on the scattering lengths, either a Kosterlitz-Thouless transition into a gapped dimerized phase or a commensurate-incommensurate transition into a gapless spin liquid. This rich phase diagram can be observed experimentally in four-component fermions in optical lattices under similar entropy constraints to those needed for Néel order in spin-1/2 gases.

  1. Mott-insulator phases of spin-3/2 fermions in the presence of quadratic Zeeman coupling

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    Rodriguez, K.; Argueelles, A.; Colome-Tatche, M.; Vekua, T.; Santos, L.

    2010-07-30

    We study the influence of the quadratic Zeeman effect on the Mott-insulator phases of hard-core 1D spin-3/2 fermions. We show that, contrary to spinor bosons, the quadratic Zeeman coupling preserves an SU(2) x SU(2) symmetry, leading for large-enough quadratic Zeeman coupling to an isotropic pseudo-spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet. Decreasing the quadratic Zeeman coupling, this phase undergoes, depending on the scattering lengths, either a Kosterlitz-Thouless transition into a gapped dimerized phase or a commensurate-incommensurate transition into a gapless spin liquid. This rich phase diagram can be observed experimentally in four-component fermions in optical lattices under similar entropy constraints to those needed for Neel order in spin-1/2 gases.

  2. Cluster Mott insulators and two Curie-Weiss regimes on an anisotropic kagome lattice

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    Chen, Gang; Kee, Hae-Young; Kim, Yong Baek

    2016-06-01

    Motivated by recent experiments on the quantum-spin-liquid candidate material LiZn2Mo3O8 , we study a single-band extended Hubbard model on an anisotropic kagome lattice with the 1/6 electron filling. Due to the partial filling of the lattice, the intersite repulsive interaction is necessary to generate Mott insulators, where electrons are localized in clusters rather than at lattice sites. It is shown that these cluster Mott insulators are generally U(1) quantum spin liquids with spinon Fermi surfaces. The nature of charge excitations in cluster Mott insulators can be quite different from conventional Mott insulator and we show that there exists a cluster Mott insulator where charge fluctuations around the hexagonal cluster induce a plaquette charge order (PCO). The spinon excitation spectrum in this spin-liquid cluster Mott insulator is reconstructed due to the PCO so that only 1/3 of the total spinon excitations are magnetically active. Based on these results, we propose that the two Curie-Weiss regimes of the spin susceptibility in LiZn2Mo3O8 may be explained by finite-temperature properties of the cluster Mott insulator with the PCO as well as fractionalized spinon excitations. Existing and possible future experiments on LiZn2Mo3O8 , and other Mo-based cluster magnets are discussed in light of these theoretical predictions.

  3. Interference in the Mott Insulator State of Distinguishable Particles

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    Tian, Lin; Fujiwara, Fumitaka; Byrnes, Tim; Yamamoto, Yoshihisa

    2008-03-01

    Particle statistics plays a crucial role in strongly interacting quantum many-body systems. Here, we study the Hubbard model for distinguishable particles at unit filling. We show that when on-site repulsive interaction dominates over tunneling, the ground state is a Mott insulator state with higher order coherence between the particles. This result can be experimentally confirmed by the recovery of the interference pattern in the density correlation functions and is robust against non- uniformity of the interaction and tunneling parameters. We also show that this state is a maximally entangled state, in contrast to its bosonic counterpart. L. Tian, F. Fujiwara, T. Byrnes, and Y. Yamamoto, preprint, arXiv/0705.2023.

  4. Ge doping of GaN beyond the Mott transition

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    Ajay, A.; Schörmann, J.; Jiménez-Rodriguez, M.; Lim, C. B.; Walther, F.; Rohnke, M.; Mouton, I.; Amichi, L.; Bougerol, C.; Den Hertog, M. I.; Eickhoff, M.; Monroy, E.

    2016-11-01

    We present a study of germanium as n-type dopant in wurtzite GaN films grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy, reaching carrier concentrations of up to 6.7  ×  1020 cm-3 at 300 K, well beyond the Mott density. The Ge concentration and free carrier density were found to scale linearly with the Ge flux in the studied range. All the GaN:Ge layers present smooth surface morphology with atomic terraces, without trace of pits or cracks, and the mosaicity of the samples has no noticeable dependence on the Ge concentration. The variation of the GaN:Ge band gap with the carrier concentration is consistent with theoretical calculations of the band gap renormalization due to electron-electron and electron-ion interaction, and Burstein-Moss effect.

  5. Mott transition and anomalous resistive state in the pyrochlore molybdates

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    Swain, Nyayabanta; Majumdar, Pinaki

    2017-07-01

    The rare-earth based pyrochlore molybdates involve orbitally degenerate electrons Hund's coupled to local moments. The large Hund's coupling promotes ferromagnetism, the superexchange between the local moments prefers antiferromagnetism, and Hubbard repulsion tries to open a Mott gap. The phase competition is tuned by the rare-earth ionic radius, decreasing which leads to change from a ferromagnetic metal to a spin disordered highly resistive ground state, and ultimately an “Anderson-Mott” insulator. We attempt a quantitative theory of the molybdates by studying their minimal model on a pyrochlore geometry, using a static auxiliary field based Monte Carlo. We establish a thermal phase diagram that closely corresponds to the experiments, predict the hitherto unexplored orbital correlations, quantify and explain the origin of the anomalous resistivity, and present dynamical properties across the metal-insulator transition.

  6. Inhomogeneous field induced magnetoelectric effect in Mott insulators

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    Boulaevskii, Lev N; Batista, Cristian D

    2008-01-01

    We consider a Mott insulator like HoMnO{sub 3} whose magnetic lattice is geometrically frustrated and comprises a 3D array of triangular layers with magnetic moments ordered in a 120{sup o} structure. We show that the effect of a uniform magnetic field gradient, {gradient}H, is to redistribute the electronic charge of the magnetically ordered phase leading to a unfirom electric field gradient. The resulting voltage difference between the crystal edges is proportional to the square of the crystal thickness, or inter-edge distance, L. It can reach values of several volts for |{gradient}H| {approx} 0.01 T/cm and L {approx_equal} 1mm, as long as the crystal is free of antiferromagnetic domain walls.

  7. Critical conductance of a one-dimensional doped Mott insulator

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    Garst, M.; Novikov, D. S.; Stern, Ady; Glazman, L. I.

    2008-01-01

    We consider the two-terminal conductance of a one-dimensional Mott insulator undergoing the commensurate-incommensurate quantum phase transition to a conducting state. We treat the leads as Luttinger liquids. At a specific value of compressibility of the leads, corresponding to the Luther-Emery point, the conductance can be described in terms of the free propagation of noninteracting fermions with charge e/2 . At that point, the temperature dependence of the conductance across the quantum phase transition is described by a Fermi function. The deviation from the Luther-Emery point in the leads changes the temperature dependence qualitatively. In the metallic state, the low-temperature conductance is determined by the properties of the leads, and is described by the conventional Luttinger-liquid theory. In the insulating state, conductance occurs via activation of e/2 charges, and is independent of the Luttinger-liquid compressibility.

  8. Slowdown of the Electronic Relaxation Close to the Mott Transition

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    Sayyad, Sharareh; Eckstein, Martin

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the time-dependent reformation of the quasiparticle peak in a correlated metal near the Mott transition, after the system is quenched into a hot electron state and equilibrates with an environment which is colder than the Fermi-liquid crossover temperature. Close to the transition, we identify a purely electronic bottleneck time scale, which depends on the spectral weight around the Fermi energy in the bad metallic phase in a nonlinear way. This time scale can be orders of magnitude larger than the bare and renormalized electronic hopping time, so that a separation of electronic and lattice time scales may break down. The results are obtained using nonequilibrium dynamical mean-field theory and a slave-rotor representation of the Anderson impurity model.

  9. Wannier-Mott excitons in semiconductors with a superlattice

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    Suris, R. A.

    2015-06-15

    The effect of the motion of a Wannier-Mott exciton in semiconductors with a superlattice formed by heterojunctions on the exciton binding energy and wave function is analyzed. This effect arises as a result of the fact that the dispersion laws of the electron and hole that form an exciton in a superlattice differ from the quadratic law. The investigated one-dimensional superlattice consists of alternating semiconductor layers with different energy positions of the conduction and valence bands, i.e., with one-dimensional wells and barriers. The exciton state in a superlattice consisting of quantum dots is analyzed. It is demonstrated that the closer the electron and hole effective masses, the greater the dependence of the binding energy on the exciton quasi-momentum. The possibility of replacing the tunneling excitation transfer between superlattice cells with the dipole-dipole one at certain exciton quasi-wave vector values is investigated.

  10. A cylindrically symmetric "micro-Mott" electron polarimeter

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    Clayburn, N. B.; Brunkow, E.; Burtwistle, S. J.; Rutherford, G. H.; Gay, T. J.

    2016-05-01

    A small, novel, cylindrically symmetric Mott electron polarimeter is described. The effective Sherman function, Seff, or analyzing power, for 20 kV Au target bias with a 1.3 keV energy loss window is 0.16 ± 0.01, where uncertainty in the measurement is due primarily to uncertainty in the incident electron polarization. For an energy loss window of 0.5 keV, Seff reaches its maximum value of 0.24 ± 0.02. The device's maximum efficiency, I/Io, defined as the detected count rate divided by the incident particle rate, is 3.7 ± 0.2 × 10-4 at 20 keV. The figure-of-merit of the device, η, is defined as Seff2I/Io and equals 9.0 ± 1.6 × 10-6. Potential sources of false asymmetries due to detector electronic asymmetry and beam misalignment have been investigated. The new polarimeter's performance is compared to published results for similar compact retarding-field Mott polarimeters, and it is concluded that this device has a relatively large Seff and low efficiency. SIMION® electron trajectory simulations and Sherman function calculations are presented to explain the differences in performance between this device and previous designs. This design has an Seff that is insensitive to spatial beam fluctuations and, for an energy loss window >0.5 keV, negligible background due to spurious ion and X-ray production at the target.

  11. Single-component molecular material hosting antiferromagnetic and spin-gapped Mott subsystems

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    Takagi, Rina; Hamai, Takamasa; Gangi, Hiro; Miyagawa, Kazuya; Zhou, Biao; Kobayashi, Akiko; Kanoda, Kazushi

    2017-03-01

    We investigated a system based solely on a single molecular species, Cu(tmdt) 2, accommodating d and π orbitals within the molecule. 13C nuclear magnetic resonance measurements captured singlet-triplet excitations of π spins indicating the existence of a π -electron-based spin-gapped Mott insulating subsystem, which has been hidden by the large magnetic susceptibility exhibited by the d spins forming antiferromagnetic chains. The present results demonstrate a unique hybrid Mott insulator composed of antiferromagnetic and spin-singlet Mott subsystems with distinctive dimensionalities.

  12. Spin-gapped Mott insulator with the dimeric arrangement of twisted molecules Zn(tmdt)2

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    Takagi, Rina; Gangi, Hiro; Miyagawa, Kazuya; Zhou, Biao; Kobayashi, Akiko; Kanoda, Kazushi

    2017-06-01

    13C nuclear magnetic resonance measurements were performed for a single-component molecular material Zn(tmdt)2, in which tmdt's form an arrangement similar to the so-called κ -type molecular packing in quasi-two-dimensional Mott insulators and superconductors. A detailed analysis of the powder spectra uncovered local spin susceptibility in the tmdt π orbitals. The obtained shift and relaxation rate revealed singlet-triplet excitations of the π spins, indicating that Zn(tmdt)2 is a spin-gapped Mott insulator with exceptionally large electron correlations compared to conventional molecular Mott systems.

  13. Spin Hall Effects Due to Phonon Skew Scattering

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    Gorini, Cosimo; Eckern, Ulrich; Raimondi, Roberto

    2015-08-01

    A diversity of spin Hall effects in metallic systems is known to rely on Mott skew scattering. In this work its high-temperature counterpart, phonon skew scattering, which is expected to be of foremost experimental relevance, is investigated. In particular, the phonon skew scattering spin Hall conductivity is found to be practically T independent for temperatures above the Debye temperature TD. As a consequence, in Rashba-like systems a high-T linear behavior of the spin Hall angle demonstrates the dominance of extrinsic spin-orbit scattering only if the intrinsic spin splitting is smaller than the temperature.

  14. Parity-time symmetry-breaking mechanism of dynamic Mott transitions in dissipative systems

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    Tripathi, Vikram; Galda, Alexey; Barman, Himadri; ...

    2016-07-05

    Here, we describe the critical behavior of the electric field-driven (dynamic) Mott insulator-to-metal transitions in dissipative Fermi and Bose systems in terms of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians invariant under simultaneous parity (P) and time-reversal (T) operations. The dynamic Mott transition is identified as a PT symmetry-breaking phase transition, with the Mott insulating state corresponding to the regime of unbroken PT symmetry with a real energy spectrum. We also established that the imaginary part of the Hamiltonian arises from the combined effects of the driving field and inherent dissipation. We derive the renormalization and collapse of the Mott gap at the dielectric breakdownmore » and describe the resulting critical behavior of transport characteristics. The critical exponent we obtained is in an excellent agreement with experimental findings.« less

  15. Colossal magnetoresistance in a Mott insulator via magnetic field-driven insulator-metal transition

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    Zhu, M.; Peng, J.; Zou, T.; ...

    2016-05-25

    Here, we present a new type of colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) arising from an anomalous collapse of the Mott insulating state via a modest magnetic field in a bilayer ruthenate, Ti-doped Ca3Ru2O7. Such an insulator-metal transition is accompanied by changes in both lattice and magnetic structures. Our findings have important implications because a magnetic field usually stabilizes the insulating ground state in a Mott-Hubbard system, thus calling for a deeper theoretical study to reexamine the magnetic field tuning of Mott systems with magnetic and electronic instabilities and spin-lattice-charge coupling. This study further provides a model approach to search for CMR systemsmore » other than manganites, such as Mott insulators in the vicinity of the boundary between competing phases.« less

  16. Mott lobes of the S =1 Bose-Hubbard model with three-body interactions

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    Hincapie-F, A. F.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    2016-09-01

    Using the density-matrix renormalization-group method, we studied the ground state of the one-dimensional S =1 Bose-Hubbard model with local three-body interactions, which can be a superfluid or a Mott insulator state. We drew the phase diagram of this model for both ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interaction. Regardless of the sign of the spin-dependent coupling, we obtained that the Mott lobes area decreases as the spin-dependent strength increases, which means that the even-odd asymmetry of the two-body antiferromagnetic chain is absent for local three-body interactions. For antiferromagnetic coupling, we found that the density drives first-order superfluid-Mott insulator transitions for even and odd lobes. Ferromagnetic Mott insulator and superfluid states were obtained with a ferromagnetic coupling, and a tendency to a "long-range" order was observed.

  17. Colossal magnetoresistance in a Mott insulator via magnetic field-driven insulator-metal transition

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    Zhu, M.; Peng, J.; Zou, T.; Prokes, K.; Mahanti, S. D.; Hong, Tao; Mao, Z. Q.; Liu, G. Q.; Ke, X.

    2016-05-25

    Here, we present a new type of colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) arising from an anomalous collapse of the Mott insulating state via a modest magnetic field in a bilayer ruthenate, Ti-doped Ca3Ru2O7. Such an insulator-metal transition is accompanied by changes in both lattice and magnetic structures. Our findings have important implications because a magnetic field usually stabilizes the insulating ground state in a Mott-Hubbard system, thus calling for a deeper theoretical study to reexamine the magnetic field tuning of Mott systems with magnetic and electronic instabilities and spin-lattice-charge coupling. This study further provides a model approach to search for CMR systems other than manganites, such as Mott insulators in the vicinity of the boundary between competing phases.

  18. Colossal magnetoresistance in a Mott insulator via magnetic field-driven insulator-metal transition

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    Zhu, M.; Peng, J.; Zou, T.; Prokes, K.; Mahanti, S. D.; Hong, Tao; Mao, Z. Q.; Liu, G. Q.; Ke, X.

    2016-05-25

    Here, we present a new type of colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) arising from an anomalous collapse of the Mott insulating state via a modest magnetic field in a bilayer ruthenate, Ti-doped Ca3Ru2O7. Such an insulator-metal transition is accompanied by changes in both lattice and magnetic structures. Our findings have important implications because a magnetic field usually stabilizes the insulating ground state in a Mott-Hubbard system, thus calling for a deeper theoretical study to reexamine the magnetic field tuning of Mott systems with magnetic and electronic instabilities and spin-lattice-charge coupling. This study further provides a model approach to search for CMR systems other than manganites, such as Mott insulators in the vicinity of the boundary between competing phases.

  19. Parity-time symmetry-breaking mechanism of dynamic Mott transitions in dissipative systems

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    Tripathi, Vikram; Galda, Alexey; Barman, Himadri; Vinokur, Valerii M.

    2016-07-05

    Here, we describe the critical behavior of the electric field-driven (dynamic) Mott insulator-to-metal transitions in dissipative Fermi and Bose systems in terms of non-Hermitian Hamiltonians invariant under simultaneous parity (P) and time-reversal (T) operations. The dynamic Mott transition is identified as a PT symmetry-breaking phase transition, with the Mott insulating state corresponding to the regime of unbroken PT symmetry with a real energy spectrum. We also established that the imaginary part of the Hamiltonian arises from the combined effects of the driving field and inherent dissipation. We derive the renormalization and collapse of the Mott gap at the dielectric breakdown and describe the resulting critical behavior of transport characteristics. The critical exponent we obtained is in an excellent agreement with experimental findings.

  20. Universality of pseudogap and emergent order in lightly doped Mott insulators

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    Battisti, I.; Bastiaans, K. M.; Fedoseev, V.; de la Torre, A.; Iliopoulos, N.; Tamai, A.; Hunter, E. C.; Perry, R. S.; Zaanen, J.; Baumberger, F.; Allan, M. P.

    2017-01-01

    It is widely believed that high-temperature superconductivity in the cuprates emerges from doped Mott insulators. When extra carriers are inserted into the parent state, the electrons become mobile but the strong correlations from the Mott state are thought to survive--inhomogeneous electronic order, a mysterious pseudogap and, eventually, superconductivity appear. How the insertion of dopant atoms drives this evolution is not known, nor is whether these phenomena are mere distractions specific to hole-doped cuprates or represent genuine physics of doped Mott insulators. Here we visualize the evolution of the electronic states of (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4, which is an effective spin-1/2 Mott insulator like the cuprates, but is chemically radically different. Using spectroscopic-imaging scanning tunnelling microscopy (SI-STM), we find that for a doping concentration of x ~ 5%, an inhomogeneous, phase-separated state emerges, with the nucleation of pseudogap puddles around clusters of dopant atoms. Within these puddles, we observe the same iconic electronic order that is seen in underdoped cuprates. We investigate the genesis of this state and find evidence at low doping for deeply trapped carriers, leading to fully gapped spectra, which abruptly collapse at a threshold of x ~ 4%. Our results clarify the melting of the Mott state, and establish phase separation and electronic order as generic features of doped Mott insulators.

  1. Unusual Mott transition in multiferroic PbCrO 3

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    Wang, Shanmin; Zhu, Jinlong; Zhang, Yi; Yu, Xiaohui; Zhang, Jianzhong; Wang, Wendan; Bai, Ligang; Qian, Jiang; Yin, Liang; Sullivan, Neil S.; Jin, Changqing; He, Duanwei; Xu, Jian; Zhao, Yusheng

    2015-11-24

    The Mott insulator in correlated electron systems arises from classical Coulomb repulsion between carriers to provide a powerful force for electron localization. When turning such an insulator into a metal, the so-called Mott transition, is commonly achieved by "bandwidth" control or "band filling." However, both mechanisms deviate from the original concept of Mott, which attributes such a transition to the screening of Coulomb potential and associated lattice contraction. We report a pressure-induced isostructural Mott transition in cubic perovskite PbCrO3. At the transition pressure of similar to 3 GPa, PbCrO3 exhibits significant collapse in both lattice volume and Coulomb potential. Concurrent with the collapse, it transforms from a hybrid multiferroic insulator to a metal. For the first time to our knowledge, these findings validate the scenario conceived by Mott. Close to the Mott criticality at similar to 300 K, fluctuations of the lattice and charge give rise to elastic anomalies and Laudau critical behaviors resembling the classic liquid-gas transition. Moreover, the anomalously large lattice volume and Coulomb potential in the low-pressure insulating phase are largely associated with the ferroelectric distortion, which is substantially suppressed at high pressures, leading to the first-order phase transition without symmetry breaking.

  2. Möbius molecules and fragile Mott insulators

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    Muechler, Lukas; Maciejko, Joseph; Neupert, Titus; Car, Roberto

    2014-12-01

    Motivated by the concept of Möbius aromatics in organic chemistry, we extend the recently introduced concept of fragile Mott insulators (FMI) to ring-shaped molecules with repulsive Hubbard interactions threaded by a half-quantum of magnetic flux (h c /2 e ) . In this context, an FMI is the insulating ground state of a finite-size molecule that cannot be adiabatically connected to a single Slater determinant, i.e., to a band insulator, provided that time-reversal and lattice translation symmetries are preserved. Based on exact numerical diagonalization for finite Hubbard interaction strength U and existing Bethe-ansatz studies of the one-dimensional Hubbard model in the large-U limit, we establish a duality between Hubbard molecules with 4 n and 4 n +2 sites, with n integer. A molecule with 4 n sites is an FMI in the absence of flux but becomes a band insulator in the presence of a half-quantum of flux, while a molecule with 4 n +2 sites is a band insulator in the absence of flux but becomes an FMI in the presence of a half-quantum of flux. Including next-nearest-neighbor hoppings gives rise to new FMI states that belong to multidimensional irreducible representations of the molecular point group, giving rise to a rich phase diagram.

  3. Möbius molecules and fragile Mott insulators

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    Muechler, Lukas; Maciejko, Joseph; Neupert, Titus; Car, Roberto

    2015-03-01

    Motivated by the concept of Möbius aromatics in organic chemistry, we extend the recently introduced concept of fragile Mott insulators (FMI) to ring-shaped molecules with repulsive Hubbard interactions threaded by a half-quantum of magnetic flux (hc / 2 e). In this context, a FMI is the insulating ground state of a finite-size molecule that cannot be adiabatically connected to a single Slater determinant, i.e., to a band insulator, provided that time-reversal and lattice translation symmetries are preserved. Based on exact numerical diagonalization for finite Hubbard interaction strength U and existing Bethe-ansatz studies of the one-dimensional Hubbard model in the large- U limit, we establish a duality between Hubbard molecules with 4 n and 4 n + 2 sites, with n integer. A molecule with 4 n sites is an FMI in the absence of flux but becomes a band insulator in the presence of a half-quantum of flux, while a molecule with 4 n + 2 sites is a band insulator in the absence of flux but becomes an FMI in the presence of a half-quantum of flux. Including next-nearest-neighbor-hoppings gives rise to new FMI states that belong to multidimensional irreducible representations of the molecular point group, giving rise to a rich phase diagram. Reference: arXiv:1409.6732

  4. Designing Quantum Spin-Orbital Liquids in Artificial Mott Insulators

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    Dou, Xu; Kotov, Valeri N.; Uchoa, Bruno

    2016-08-24

    Quantum spin-orbital liquids are elusive strongly correlated states of matter that emerge from quantum frustration between spin and orbital degrees of freedom. A promising route towards the observation of those states is the creation of artificial Mott insulators where antiferromagnetic correlations between spins and orbitals can be designed. We show that Coulomb impurity lattices on the surface of gapped honeycomb substrates, such as graphene on SiC, can be used to simulate SU(4) symmetric spin-orbital lattice models. We exploit the property that massive Dirac fermions form mid-gap bound states with spin and valley degeneracies in the vicinity of a Coulomb impurity. Due to electronic repulsion, the antiferromagnetic correlations of the impurity lattice are driven by a super-exchange interaction with SU(4) symmetry, which emerges from the bound states degeneracy at quarter filling. We propose that quantum spin-orbital liquids can be engineered in artificially designed solid-state systems at vastly higher temperatures than achievable in optical lattices with cold atoms. Lastly, we discuss the experimental setup and possible scenarios for candidate quantum spin-liquids in Coulomb impurity lattices of various geometries.

  5. Designing Quantum Spin-Orbital Liquids in Artificial Mott Insulators

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    Dou, Xu; Kotov, Valeri N.; Uchoa, Bruno

    2016-08-24

    Quantum spin-orbital liquids are elusive strongly correlated states of matter that emerge from quantum frustration between spin and orbital degrees of freedom. A promising route towards the observation of those states is the creation of artificial Mott insulators where antiferromagnetic correlations between spins and orbitals can be designed. We show that Coulomb impurity lattices on the surface of gapped honeycomb substrates, such as graphene on SiC, can be used to simulate SU(4) symmetric spin-orbital lattice models. We exploit the property that massive Dirac fermions form mid-gap bound states with spin and valley degeneracies in the vicinity of a Coulomb impurity.more » Due to electronic repulsion, the antiferromagnetic correlations of the impurity lattice are driven by a super-exchange interaction with SU(4) symmetry, which emerges from the bound states degeneracy at quarter filling. We propose that quantum spin-orbital liquids can be engineered in artificially designed solid-state systems at vastly higher temperatures than achievable in optical lattices with cold atoms. Lastly, we discuss the experimental setup and possible scenarios for candidate quantum spin-liquids in Coulomb impurity lattices of various geometries.« less

  6. Designing Quantum Spin-Orbital Liquids in Artificial Mott Insulators

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    Dou, Xu; Kotov, Valeri N.; Uchoa, Bruno

    2016-01-01

    Quantum spin-orbital liquids are elusive strongly correlated states of matter that emerge from quantum frustration between spin and orbital degrees of freedom. A promising route towards the observation of those states is the creation of artificial Mott insulators where antiferromagnetic correlations between spins and orbitals can be designed. We show that Coulomb impurity lattices on the surface of gapped honeycomb substrates, such as graphene on SiC, can be used to simulate SU(4) symmetric spin-orbital lattice models. We exploit the property that massive Dirac fermions form mid-gap bound states with spin and valley degeneracies in the vicinity of a Coulomb impurity. Due to electronic repulsion, the antiferromagnetic correlations of the impurity lattice are driven by a super-exchange interaction with SU(4) symmetry, which emerges from the bound states degeneracy at quarter filling. We propose that quantum spin-orbital liquids can be engineered in artificially designed solid-state systems at vastly higher temperatures than achievable in optical lattices with cold atoms. We discuss the experimental setup and possible scenarios for candidate quantum spin-liquids in Coulomb impurity lattices of various geometries. PMID:27553516

  7. Photo-doped carrier dynamics in Mott insulatoring systems

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    Iyoda, Eiki; Ishihara, Sumio

    2013-03-01

    Electron/hole doping in Mott insulators, for example two-dimensional cuprates, has been well investigated in relation to high-Tc superconductivity. Especially related to photo-doping, many experiments on photo-induced phase transition in strongly correlated systems have been made. In the usual photo-doping setup, the system is excited with fs-laser pulse and generated electron-hole pairs affect properties of materials. Recently, another type of photo-doped experiment with heterostructure has been made, and hole or electron carriers are dynamically injected through the heterostructure. In this theoretical study, we examine photo-doped carrier dynamics in the t-J model with dynamically doped holes. We formulate dynamics of the carriers by non-equilibrium Green functions. We take an initial state of holes and decompose the non-equilibrium Green's function into a series of equilibrium Green's functions by using Wick's theorem. The effect of the initial distribution appears from the higher terms in the series. We treat magnons with the self-consistent Born approximation. The non-equilibrium Green function derived in this way shows double time dependence. We will present physical quantities in transient process, for example, one-particle excitation spectra for holes.

  8. Quantum critical behavior of the superfluid-Mott glass transition

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    Vojta, Thomas; Crewse, Jack; Puschmann, Martin; Arovas, Daniel; Kiselev, Yury

    2016-10-01

    We investigate the zero-temperature superfluid to insulator transitions in a diluted two-dimensional quantum rotor model with particle-hole symmetry. We map the Hamiltonian onto a classical (2 +1 ) -dimensional X Y model with columnar disorder which we analyze by means of large-scale Monte Carlo simulations. For dilutions below the lattice percolation threshold, the system undergoes a generic superfluid-Mott glass transition. In contrast to other quantum phase transitions in disordered systems, its critical behavior is of conventional power-law type with universal (dilution-independent) critical exponents z =1.52 (3 ) , ν =1.16 (5 ) , β /ν =0.48 (2 ) , γ /ν =2.52 (4 ) , and η =-0.52 (4 ) . These values agree with and improve upon earlier Monte Carlo results [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 015703 (2004)], 10.1103/PhysRevLett.92.015703 while (partially) excluding other findings in the literature. As a further test of universality, we also consider a soft-spin version of the classical Hamiltonian. In addition, we study the percolation quantum phase transition across the lattice percolation threshold; its critical behavior is governed by the lattice percolation exponents in agreement with recent theoretical predictions. We relate our results to a general classification of phase transitions in disordered systems, and we briefly discuss experiments.

  9. Infinite bandwidth of a Mott-Hubbard insulator

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    Freericks, James; Cohn, Jeffrey; van Dongen, Peter; Krishnamurthy, Hulikal

    The conventional viewpoint of the strongly correlated electron metal-insulator transition is that a single band splits into two upper and lower Hubbard bands at the metal-insulator transition. Much work has investigated whether this transition is continuous or discontinuous. Here we focus on another aspect and ask the question of whether there are additional upper and lower Hubbard bands, which stretch all the way out to infinity|leading to an infinite bandwidth for the Mott insulator. While we are not yet able to provide a rigorous proof of this result, we use exact diagonalization studies on small clusters to motivate the existence of these additional bands, and we discuss some different methods that might be utilized to provide a rigorous proof of this result. Even though the extra upper and lower Hubbard bands have very low total spectral weight, those states are expected to have extremely long lifetimes, leading to a nontrivial contribution to the transport density of states for dc transport and modifying the high temperature limit for the electrical resistivity. JKF supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Grant No. DE-FG02-08ER46542, and by the McDevitt bequest at Georgetown University. HRK supported by the Indian Science Foundation.

  10. On the nature of the Mott transition in multiorbital systems

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    Facio, Jorge I.; Vildosola, V.; García, D. J.; Cornaglia, Pablo S.

    2017-02-01

    We analyze the nature of a Mott metal-insulator transition in multiorbital systems using dynamical mean-field theory. The auxiliary multiorbital quantum impurity problem is solved using continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo and the rotationally invariant slave-boson (RISB) mean-field approximation. We focus our analysis on the Kanamori Hamiltonian and find that there are two markedly different regimes determined by the nature of the lowest-energy excitations of the atomic Hamiltonian. The RISB results at T →0 suggest the following rule of thumb for the order of the transition at zero temperature: a second-order transition is to be expected if the lowest-lying excitations of the atomic Hamiltonian are charge excitations, while the transition tends to be first order if the lowest-lying excitations are in the same charge sector as the atomic ground state. At finite temperatures, the transition is first order and its strength, as measured, e.g., by the jump in the quasiparticle weight at the transition, is stronger in the parameter regime where the RISB method predicts a first-order transition at zero temperature. Interestingly, these results seem to apply to a wide variety of models and parameter regimes.

  11. Nature of strong hole pairing in doped Mott antiferromagnets

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    Zhu, Zheng; Jiang, Hong-Chen; Sheng, D. N.; Weng, Zheng-Yu

    2014-06-01

    Cooper pairing instability in a Fermi liquid is well understood by the BCS theory, but pairing mechanism for doped Mott insulators still remains elusive. Previously it has been shown by density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method that a single doped hole is always self-localized due to the quantum destructive interference of the phase string signs hidden in the t-J ladders. Here we report a DMRG investigation of hole binding in the same model, where a novel pairing-glue scheme beyond the BCS realm is discovered. Specifically, we show that, in addition to spin pairing due to superexchange interaction, the strong frustration of the phase string signs on the kinetic energy gets effectively removed by pairing the charges, which results in strong binding of two holes. By contrast, if the phase string signs are ``switched off'' artificially, the pairing strength diminishes significantly even if the superexchange coupling remains the same. In the latter, unpaired holes behave like coherent quasiparticles with pairing drastically weakened, whose sole origin may be attributed to the resonating-valence-bond (RVB) pairing of spins. Such non-BCS pairing mechanism is therefore beyond the RVB picture and may shed important light on the high-Tc cuprate superconductors.

  12. Fermi surface topology in the proximity to the Mott insulator

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    Yamaji, Youhei; Imada, Masatoshi

    2010-03-01

    Since the discovery of cuprate superconductors, how its low energy electronic excitations evolve with doping has attracted much attention. The normal metallic state offers a typical example of strongly correlated metallic state. Recent experiments suggest the existence of the k-dependent renormalized quasiparticle [1], or more drastic reconstruction of the Fermi surface [2]. Numerical theories on the two-dimensional Hubbard model also predict the reconstruction of the Fermi surface [3]. We propose a scenario for the Fermi surface reconstruction in the proximity to the Mott insulator based on the simple slave-boson mean-field theory [4] including charge fluctuations [5]. The key idea is the emergence of new fermionic excitations consisting of charge bosons and low energy coherent electrons, and occurrence of topological changes in the Fermi surface. We also discuss relation between the topological changes and superconductivities. [1] As a review, A. Damascelli, Z. Hussain, and Z.-X. Shen, Rev. Mod. Phys. 75, 473 (2003). [2] J. Meng, et al., arXiv: 0906.2682v1. [3] For example, T. D. Stanescu and G. Kotliar, Phys. Rev. B 74, 125110 (2006). [4] G. Kotliar, and A. E. Ruckenstein: Phys. Rev. Lett. 57, 1362 (1987). [5] R. Raimondi, and C. Castellani; Phys. Rev. B 48, 11453 (1993).

  13. Anderson localization and Mott insulator phase in the time domain

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    Sacha, Krzysztof

    2015-01-01

    Particles in space periodic potentials constitute standard models for investigation of crystalline phenomena in solid state physics. Time periodicity of periodically driven systems is a close analogue of space periodicity of solid state crystals. There is an intriguing question if solid state phenomena can be observed in the time domain. Here we show that wave-packets localized on resonant classical trajectories of periodically driven systems are ideal elements to realize Anderson localization or Mott insulator phase in the time domain. Uniform superpositions of the wave-packets form stationary states of a periodically driven particle. However, an additional perturbation that fluctuates in time results in disorder in time and Anderson localization effects emerge. Switching to many-particle systems we observe that depending on how strong particle interactions are, stationary states can be Bose-Einstein condensates or single Fock states where definite numbers of particles occupy the periodically evolving wave-packets. Our study shows that non-trivial crystal-like phenomena can be observed in the time domain. PMID:26074169

  14. Strongly enhanced thermal transport in a lightly doped Mott insulator

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    Zlatic, Veljko; Freericks, Jim

    2013-03-01

    We discuss the charge and heat transport of a ``bad metal'' described by the Falicov-Kimball model near half-filling, using DMFT. For a lightly doped Mott insulator, the exact solution gives transport coefficients of a universal form at low, T <=T0 , and high temperatures, T >=Tμ . These characteristic temperatures are such that, for T <=T0 , transport is not affected by the excitations across the gap and that, for T >=Tμ , the chemical potential is at the center of the gap. At intermediate temperatures, T0 <= T <=Tμ , the chemical potential moves in the gap and the Wiedemann-Franz law doesn't hold. Here, the increased asymmetry of the electron and hole currents can very much enhance the thermopower S(T) and the figure of merit ZT. At a small doping and U >>1 we find ZT >=100. Above Tμ, the electron-hole symmetry is restored and S(T) drops to small values. For U >1 and moderate doping, there is a broad temperature interval in which ZT >1, even though the electronic thermal conductivity and the effective Lorenz number are not small. In this regime, the phonons might be less adverse to ZT. Large ZT is also obtained for a three-dimensional cubic lattice. Similar effects could not be obtained with non-interacting electrons or a Fermi liquid. This work is supported by the NSF grant No. DMR-1006605. V.Z. acknowledges support by Croatian MZOS Grant No.0035-0352843-2849

  15. Comparison of exact and approximate formulas for the Mott correction to energy loss of relativistic heavy ions

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    Eby, P. B.; Sung, C. C.

    1986-01-01

    A comparison is conducted between an exact numerical calculation and two approximate analytic expressions for the Mott correction to energy loss of heavy ions. A complete tabulation of the Mott correction is presented together with a comparison of some of the approximate expressions for the Mott correction due to Ahlen (1978) and Morgan and Eby (1973). Comparison is made with results of an experimental calibration of the HEAO-3 Heavy Cosmic Ray experimental chambers at the Bevalac.

  16. Characteristics of a Mott field-effect transistor (MottFET) based on La1-xSrxMnO3

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    Lee, Suyoun; Lee, Keundong; Gwon, Hyojin; Baek, Seung-Hyub; Park, Baeho; Kim, Jin-Sang

    2013-03-01

    Recently, the metal-insulator transition (MIT) phenomenon shown in transition metal oxides has attracted much interest due to its superior characteristics such as fast switching speed (~ femtoseconds), high on/off ratio, and low power consumption. One example is the MottFET, which utilizes the MIT modulated by electric field through the band-filling in a Mott insulator. In this work, we examined MottFET devices based on La1-xSrxMnO3(LSMO), which is one of the mostly studied Mott insulators and attractive for the potential application in spintronic devices due to its intriguing properties such as colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) and half-metallicity. For the devices with the composition near the boundary of the metal-insulator transition, we confirmed that the conductivity of the channel could be modulated by a gate electric field of moderate strength. In addition, for the future application in spintronic devices, we investigated the dependence of device characteristics on the magnetic field. As the applied magnetic field increased, we found that the current-voltage characteristic showed anomalous behavior, which might be attributed to the electron-electron interaction, spin ordering, and the magnetic impurities in the channel. This work was supported by KIST Grant 2E22731 from Ministry of Educational Science and Technology.

  17. Universality and critical behavior of the dynamical Mott transition in a system with long-range interactions

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    Rademaker, Louk; Vinokur, Valerii M.; Galda, Alexey

    2017-01-01

    We study numerically the voltage-induced breakdown of a Mott insulating phase in a system of charged classical particles with long-range interactions. At half-filling on a square lattice this system exhibits Mott localization in the form of a checkerboard pattern. We find universal scaling behavior of the current at the dynamic Mott insulator-metal transition and calculate scaling exponents corresponding to the transition. Our results are in agreement, up to a difference in universality class, with recent experimental evidence of a dynamic Mott transition in a system of interacting superconducting vortices. PMID:28300065

  18. Universality and critical behavior of the dynamical Mott transition in a system with long-range interactions

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    Rademaker, Louk; Vinokur, Valerii M.; Galda, Alexey

    2017-03-16

    Here, we study numerically the voltage-induced breakdown of a Mott insulating phase in a system of charged classical particles with long-range interactions. At half-filling on a square lattice this system exhibits Mott localization in the form of a checkerboard pattern. We find universal scaling behavior of the current at the dynamic Mott insulator-metal transition and calculate scaling exponents corresponding to the transition. Our results are in agreement, up to a difference in universality class, with recent experimental evidence of a dynamic Mott transition in a system of interacting superconducting vortices.

  19. Universality and critical behavior of the dynamical Mott transition in a system with long-range interactions

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    Rademaker, Louk; Vinokur, Valerii M.; Galda, Alexey

    2017-03-01

    We study numerically the voltage-induced breakdown of a Mott insulating phase in a system of charged classical particles with long-range interactions. At half-filling on a square lattice this system exhibits Mott localization in the form of a checkerboard pattern. We find universal scaling behavior of the current at the dynamic Mott insulator-metal transition and calculate scaling exponents corresponding to the transition. Our results are in agreement, up to a difference in universality class, with recent experimental evidence of a dynamic Mott transition in a system of interacting superconducting vortices.

  20. A new class of in-plane Ferroelectric Mott insulators via oxide hetorostructuring

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    Kim, Chanul; Park, Hyowon; Marianetti, Chris

    2015-03-01

    We propose simple design rules based on charge transfer, cation ordering, and size mismatch to design a new class of in-plane ferroelectric Mott insulators in perovskite-based transition metal oxides. Ab Initio DFT+U calculations are then used to selectively scan phase space based on these rules. We begin by exploring pairs of A-type ions (A, A') and pairs of B-type ions (B, B') in AA' BB'O6 which will have nominal charge transfer consistent with valencies that are conducive to a low Mott gap insulator. Additionally, the A-type ions are chosen to have a large size mismatch and stereochemical effect. The ordering of A/A' and B/B' still retains C4v symmetry which may be spontaneously broken to yield an in-plane ferroelectric. We uncover a number of materials which are strong candidates to be in-plane ferroelectric Mott insulators in experiment, including BaBiVCuO6, BaBiVNiO6, PbLaVCuO6. Finally, we will discuss potential applications of in-plane ferroelectric Mott insulators such as ferroelectric photovoltaics, Mott FET, and optoelectronic devices. Semiconductor Research Corporation (FAME).

  1. Characterizing featureless Mott insulating state by quasiparticle interference: A dynamical mean field theory view

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    Mukherjee, Shantanu; Lee, Wei-Cheng

    2015-12-01

    The quasiparticle interferences (QPIs) of the featureless Mott insulators are investigated by a T -matrix formalism implemented with the dynamical mean field theory (T -DMFT). In the Mott insulating state, due to the singularity at zero frequency in the real part of the electron self-energy [Re Σ (ω )˜η /ω ] predicted by DMFT, where η can be considered as the "order parameter" for the Mott insulating state, QPIs are completely washed out at small bias voltages. However, a further analysis shows that Re Σ (ω ) serves as an energy-dependent chemical potential shift. As a result, the effective bias voltage seen by the system is e V'=e V -Re Σ (e V ) , which leads to a critical bias voltage e Vc˜√{η } satisfying e V'=0 if and only if η is nonzero. Consequently, the same QPI patterns produced by the noninteracting Fermi surfaces appear at this critical bias voltage e Vc in the Mott insulating state. We propose that this reentry of noninteracting QPI patterns at e Vc could serve as an experimental signature of the Mott insulating state, and the order parameter can be experimentally measured as η ˜(eVc) 2 .

  2. Characterizing Featureless Mott Insulating State by Quasiparticle Interferences - A DMFT Prospect

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    Mukherjee, Shantanu; Lee, Wei-Cheng

    In this talk we discuss the quasiparticle interferences (QPIs) of a Mott insulator using a T-matrix formalism implemented with the dynamical mean-field theory (T-DMFT). In the Mott insulating state, the DMFT predicts a singularity in the real part of electron self energy s (w) at low frequencies, which completely washes out the QPI at small bias voltage. However, the QPI patterns produced by the non-interacting Fermi surfaces can appear at a critical bias voltage in Mott insulating state. The existence of this non-zero critical bias voltage is a direct consequence of the singular behavior of Re[s (w)] /sim n/w with n behaving as the 'order parameter' of Mott insulating state. We propose that this reentry of non-interacting QPI patterns could serve as an experimental signature of Mott insulating state, and the 'order parameter' can be experimentally measured W.C.L acknowledges financial support from start up fund from Binghamton University.

  3. Orbital-selective Mott phase in multiorbital models for iron pnictides and chalcogenides

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    Yu, Rong; Si, Qimiao

    2017-09-01

    There is increasing recognition that the multiorbital nature of the 3 d electrons is important to the proper description of the electronic states in the normal state of the iron-based superconductors. Earlier studies of the pertinent multiorbital Hubbard models identified an orbital-selective Mott phase, which anchors the orbital-selective behavior seen in the overall phase diagram. An important characteristics of the models is that the orbitals are kinetically coupled, i.e., hybridized, to each other, which makes the orbital-selective Mott phase especially nontrivial. A U (1 ) slave-spin method was used to analyze the model with nonzero orbital-level splittings. Here we develop a Landau free-energy functional to shed further light on this issue. We put the microscopic analysis from the U (1 ) slave-spin approach in this perspective, and show that the intersite spin correlations are crucial to the renormalization of the bare hybridization amplitude towards zero and the concomitant realization of the orbital-selective Mott transition. Based on this insight, we discuss additional ways to study the orbital-selective Mott physics from a dynamical competition between the interorbital hybridization and collective spin correlations. Our results demonstrate the robustness of the orbital-selective Mott phase in the multiorbital models appropriate for the iron-based superconductors.

  4. Effective field theory and integrability in two-dimensional Mott transition

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    Bottesi, Federico L.; Zemba, Guillermo R.

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: > Mott transition in 2d lattice fermion model. > 3D integrability out of 2D. > Effective field theory for Mott transition in 2d. > Double Chern-Simons. > d-Density waves. - Abstract: We study the Mott transition in a two-dimensional lattice spinless fermion model with nearest neighbors density-density interactions. By means of a two-dimensional Jordan-Wigner transformation, the model is mapped onto the lattice XXZ spin model, which is shown to possess a quantum group symmetry as a consequence of a recently found solution of the Zamolodchikov tetrahedron equation. A projection (from three to two space-time dimensions) property of the solution is used to identify the symmetry of the model at the Mott critical point as U{sub q}(sl(2)-circumflex)xU{sub q}(sl(2)-circumflex), with deformation parameter q = -1. Based on this result, the low-energy effective field theory for the model is obtained and shown to be a lattice double Chern-Simons theory with coupling constant k = 1 (with the standard normalization). By further employing the effective filed theory methods, we show that the Mott transition that arises is of topological nature, with vortices in an antiferromagnetic array and matter currents characterized by a d-density wave order parameter. We also analyze the behavior of the system upon weak coupling, and conclude that it undergoes a quantum gas-liquid transition which belongs to the Ising universality class.

  5. Absence of a direct superfluid to mott insulator transition in disordered bose systems.

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    Pollet, L; Prokof'ev, N V; Svistunov, B V; Troyer, M

    2009-10-02

    We prove the absence of a direct quantum phase transition between a superfluid and a Mott insulator in a bosonic system with generic, bounded disorder. We also prove the compressibility of the system on the superfluid-insulator critical line and in its neighborhood. These conclusions follow from a general theorem of inclusions, which states that for any transition in a disordered system, one can always find rare regions of the competing phase on either side of the transition line. Quantum Monte Carlo simulations for the disordered Bose-Hubbard model show an even stronger result, important for the nature of the Mott insulator to Bose glass phase transition: the critical disorder bound Delta(c) corresponding to the onset of disorder-induced superfluidity, satisfies the relation Delta(c)>Eg/2, with Eg/2 the half-width of the Mott gap in the pure system.

  6. Quantum critical Mott transitions in a bilayer Kondo insulator-metal model system

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    Sen, Sudeshna; Vidhyadhiraja, N. S.

    2016-04-01

    A bilayer system comprising a Kondo insulator coupled to a simple metal (KI-M) is considered. Employing the framework of dynamical mean-field theory, the model system is shown to exhibit a surface of quantum critical points (QCPs) that separates a Kondo screened, Fermi liquid phase from a local moment, Mott insulating phase. The quantum critical nature of these Mott transitions is characterized by the vanishing of (a) the coherence scale on the Fermi liquid side, and (b) the Mott gap on the MI side. In contrast to the usual "large-to-small" Fermi surface (FS) QCPs in heavy-fermion systems, the bilayer KI-M system exhibits a complete FS destruction.

  7. Mott transition in the dynamic Hubbard model within slave boson mean-field approach

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    Le, Duc-Anh

    2014-04-01

    At zero temperature, the Kotliar-Ruckenstein slave boson mean-field approach is applied to the dynamic Hubbard model. In this paper, the influences of the dynamics of the auxiliary boson field on the Mott transition are investigated. At finite boson frequency, the Mott-type features of the Hubbard model is found to be enhanced by increasing the pseudospin coupling parameter g. For sufficiently large pseudospin coupling g, the Mott transition occurs even for modest values of the bare Hubbard interaction U. The lack of electron-hole symmetry is highlighted through the quasiparticle weight. Our results are in good agreement with the ones obtained by two-site dynamical mean-field theory and determinant quantum Monte Carlo simulation.

  8. Electron–hole doping asymmetry of Fermi surface reconstructed in a simple Mott insulator

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    Kawasugi, Yoshitaka; Seki, Kazuhiro; Edagawa, Yusuke; Sato, Yoshiaki; Pu, Jiang; Takenobu, Taishi; Yunoki, Seiji; Yamamoto, Hiroshi M.; Kato, Reizo

    2016-01-01

    It is widely recognized that the effect of doping into a Mott insulator is complicated and unpredictable, as can be seen by examining the Hall coefficient in high Tc cuprates. The doping effect, including the electron–hole doping asymmetry, may be more straightforward in doped organic Mott insulators owing to their simple electronic structures. Here we investigate the doping asymmetry of an organic Mott insulator by carrying out electric-double-layer transistor measurements and using cluster perturbation theory. The calculations predict that strongly anisotropic suppression of the spectral weight results in the Fermi arc state under hole doping, while a relatively uniform spectral weight results in the emergence of a non-interacting-like Fermi surface (FS) in the electron-doped state. In accordance with the calculations, the experimentally observed Hall coefficients and resistivity anisotropy correspond to the pocket formed by the Fermi arcs under hole doping and to the non-interacting FS under electron doping. PMID:27492864

  9. Ultrafast energy- and momentum-resolved dynamics of magnetic correlations in the photo-doped Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    Dean, M. P. M.; Cao, Y.; Liu, X.; Wall, S.; Zhu, D.; Mankowsky, R.; Thampy, V.; Chen, X. M.; Vale, J. G.; Casa, D.; Kim, Jungho; Said, A. H.; Juhas, P.; Alonso-Mori, R.; Glownia, J. M.; Robert, A.; Robinson, J.; Sikorski, M.; Song, S.; Kozina, M.; Lemke, H.; Patthey, L.; Owada, S.; Katayama, T.; Yabashi, M.; Tanaka, Yoshikazu; Togashi, T.; Liu, J.; Rayan Serrao, C.; Kim, B. J.; Huber, L.; Chang, C. -L.; McMorrow, D. F.; Forst, M.; Hill, J. P.

    2016-05-09

    Measuring how the magnetic correlations evolve in doped Mott insulators has greatly improved our understanding of the pseudogap, non-Fermi liquids and high-temperature superconductivity1, 2, 3, 4. Recently, photo-excitation has been used to induce similarly exotic states transiently5, 6, 7. However, the lack of available probes of magnetic correlations in the time domain hinders our understanding of these photo-induced states and how they could be controlled. Here, we implement magnetic resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at a free-electron laser to directly determine the magnetic dynamics after photo-doping the Mott insulator Sr2IrO4. We find that the non-equilibrium state, 2 ps after the excitation, exhibits strongly suppressed long-range magnetic order, but hosts photo-carriers that induce strong, non-thermal magnetic correlations. These two-dimensional (2D) in-plane Néel correlations recover within a few picoseconds, whereas the three-dimensional (3D) long-range magnetic order restores on a fluence-dependent timescale of a few hundred picoseconds. In conclusion, the marked difference in these two timescales implies that the dimensionality of magnetic correlations is vital for our understanding of ultrafast magnetic dynamics.

  10. Ultrafast energy- and momentum-resolved dynamics of magnetic correlations in the photo-doped Mott insulator Sr2IrO4.

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    Dean, M P M; Cao, Y; Liu, X; Wall, S; Zhu, D; Mankowsky, R; Thampy, V; Chen, X M; Vale, J G; Casa, D; Kim, Jungho; Said, A H; Juhas, P; Alonso-Mori, R; Glownia, J M; Robert, A; Robinson, J; Sikorski, M; Song, S; Kozina, M; Lemke, H; Patthey, L; Owada, S; Katayama, T; Yabashi, M; Tanaka, Yoshikazu; Togashi, T; Liu, J; Rayan Serrao, C; Kim, B J; Huber, L; Chang, C-L; McMorrow, D F; Först, M; Hill, J P

    2016-06-01

    Measuring how the magnetic correlations evolve in doped Mott insulators has greatly improved our understanding of the pseudogap, non-Fermi liquids and high-temperature superconductivity. Recently, photo-excitation has been used to induce similarly exotic states transiently. However, the lack of available probes of magnetic correlations in the time domain hinders our understanding of these photo-induced states and how they could be controlled. Here, we implement magnetic resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at a free-electron laser to directly determine the magnetic dynamics after photo-doping the Mott insulator Sr2IrO4. We find that the non-equilibrium state, 2 ps after the excitation, exhibits strongly suppressed long-range magnetic order, but hosts photo-carriers that induce strong, non-thermal magnetic correlations. These two-dimensional (2D) in-plane Néel correlations recover within a few picoseconds, whereas the three-dimensional (3D) long-range magnetic order restores on a fluence-dependent timescale of a few hundred picoseconds. The marked difference in these two timescales implies that the dimensionality of magnetic correlations is vital for our understanding of ultrafast magnetic dynamics.

  11. Ultrafast energy- and momentum-resolved dynamics of magnetic correlations in the photo-doped Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    Dean, M. P. M.; Cao, Y.; Liu, X.; Wall, S.; Zhu, D.; Mankowsky, R.; Thampy, V.; Chen, X. M.; Vale, J. G.; Casa, D.; Kim, Jungho; Said, A. H.; Juhas, P.; Alonso-Mori, R.; Glownia, J. M.; Robert, A.; Robinson, J.; Sikorski, M.; Song, S.; Kozina, M.; Lemke, H.; Patthey, L.; Owada, S.; Katayama, T.; Yabashi, M.; Tanaka, Yoshikazu; Togashi, T.; Liu, J.; Rayan Serrao, C.; Kim, B. J.; Huber, L.; Chang, C.-L.; McMorrow, D. F.; Först, M.; Hill, J. P.

    2016-06-01

    Measuring how the magnetic correlations evolve in doped Mott insulators has greatly improved our understanding of the pseudogap, non-Fermi liquids and high-temperature superconductivity. Recently, photo-excitation has been used to induce similarly exotic states transiently. However, the lack of available probes of magnetic correlations in the time domain hinders our understanding of these photo-induced states and how they could be controlled. Here, we implement magnetic resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at a free-electron laser to directly determine the magnetic dynamics after photo-doping the Mott insulator Sr2IrO4. We find that the non-equilibrium state, 2 ps after the excitation, exhibits strongly suppressed long-range magnetic order, but hosts photo-carriers that induce strong, non-thermal magnetic correlations. These two-dimensional (2D) in-plane Néel correlations recover within a few picoseconds, whereas the three-dimensional (3D) long-range magnetic order restores on a fluence-dependent timescale of a few hundred picoseconds. The marked difference in these two timescales implies that the dimensionality of magnetic correlations is vital for our understanding of ultrafast magnetic dynamics.

  12. Ultrafast energy- and momentum-resolved dynamics of magnetic correlations in the photo-doped Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    Dean, M. P. M.; Cao, Y.; Liu, X.; ...

    2016-05-09

    Measuring how the magnetic correlations evolve in doped Mott insulators has greatly improved our understanding of the pseudogap, non-Fermi liquids and high-temperature superconductivity1, 2, 3, 4. Recently, photo-excitation has been used to induce similarly exotic states transiently5, 6, 7. However, the lack of available probes of magnetic correlations in the time domain hinders our understanding of these photo-induced states and how they could be controlled. Here, we implement magnetic resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at a free-electron laser to directly determine the magnetic dynamics after photo-doping the Mott insulator Sr2IrO4. We find that the non-equilibrium state, 2 ps after the excitation,more » exhibits strongly suppressed long-range magnetic order, but hosts photo-carriers that induce strong, non-thermal magnetic correlations. These two-dimensional (2D) in-plane Néel correlations recover within a few picoseconds, whereas the three-dimensional (3D) long-range magnetic order restores on a fluence-dependent timescale of a few hundred picoseconds. In conclusion, the marked difference in these two timescales implies that the dimensionality of magnetic correlations is vital for our understanding of ultrafast magnetic dynamics.« less

  13. Ultrafast energy- and momentum-resolved dynamics of magnetic correlations in the photo-doped Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    Dean, M. P. M.; Cao, Y.; Liu, X.; Wall, S.; Zhu, D.; Mankowsky, R.; Thampy, V.; Chen, X. M.; Vale, J. G.; Casa, D.; Kim, Jungho; Said, A. H.; Juhas, P.; Alonso-Mori, R.; Glownia, J. M.; Robert, A.; Robinson, J.; Sikorski, M.; Song, S.; Kozina, M.; Lemke, H.; Patthey, L.; Owada, S.; Katayama, T.; Yabashi, M.; Tanaka, Yoshikazu; Togashi, T.; Liu, J.; Rayan Serrao, C.; Kim, B. J.; Huber, L.; Chang, C. -L.; McMorrow, D. F.; Forst, M.; Hill, J. P.

    2016-05-09

    Measuring how the magnetic correlations evolve in doped Mott insulators has greatly improved our understanding of the pseudogap, non-Fermi liquids and high-temperature superconductivity1, 2, 3, 4. Recently, photo-excitation has been used to induce similarly exotic states transiently5, 6, 7. However, the lack of available probes of magnetic correlations in the time domain hinders our understanding of these photo-induced states and how they could be controlled. Here, we implement magnetic resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at a free-electron laser to directly determine the magnetic dynamics after photo-doping the Mott insulator Sr2IrO4. We find that the non-equilibrium state, 2 ps after the excitation, exhibits strongly suppressed long-range magnetic order, but hosts photo-carriers that induce strong, non-thermal magnetic correlations. These two-dimensional (2D) in-plane Néel correlations recover within a few picoseconds, whereas the three-dimensional (3D) long-range magnetic order restores on a fluence-dependent timescale of a few hundred picoseconds. In conclusion, the marked difference in these two timescales implies that the dimensionality of magnetic correlations is vital for our understanding of ultrafast magnetic dynamics.

  14. From a Quasimolecular Band Insulator to a Relativistic Mott Insulator in t_{2g}^{5} Systems with a Honeycomb Lattice Structure.

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    Kim, Beom Hyun; Shirakawa, Tomonori; Yunoki, Seiji

    2016-10-28

    The t_{2g} orbitals of an edge-shared transition-metal oxide with a honeycomb lattice structure form dispersionless electronic bands when only hopping mediated by the edge-sharing oxygens is accessible. This is due to the formation of isolated quasimolecular orbitals (QMOs) in each hexagon, introduced recently by Mazin et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 197201 (2012)], which stabilizes a band insulating phase for t_{2g}^{5} systems. However, with the help of the exact diagonalization method to treat the electron kinetics and correlations on an equal footing, we find that the QMOs are fragile against not only the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) but also the Coulomb repulsion. We show that the electronic phase of t_{2g}^{5} systems can vary from a quasimolecular band insulator to a relativistic J_{eff}=1/2 Mott insulator with increasing the SOC as well as the Coulomb repulsion. The different electronic phases manifest themselves in electronic excitations observed in optical conductivity and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. Based on our calculations, we assert that the currently known Ru^{3+} and Ir^{4+} based honeycomb systems are far from the quasimolecular band insulator but rather the relativistic Mott insulator.

  15. From a Quasimolecular Band Insulator to a Relativistic Mott Insulator in t2g 5 Systems with a Honeycomb Lattice Structure

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    Kim, Beom Hyun; Shirakawa, Tomonori; Yunoki, Seiji

    2016-10-01

    The t2 g orbitals of an edge-shared transition-metal oxide with a honeycomb lattice structure form dispersionless electronic bands when only hopping mediated by the edge-sharing oxygens is accessible. This is due to the formation of isolated quasimolecular orbitals (QMOs) in each hexagon, introduced recently by Mazin et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 197201 (2012)], which stabilizes a band insulating phase for t2g 5 systems. However, with the help of the exact diagonalization method to treat the electron kinetics and correlations on an equal footing, we find that the QMOs are fragile against not only the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) but also the Coulomb repulsion. We show that the electronic phase of t2g 5 systems can vary from a quasimolecular band insulator to a relativistic Jeff=1 /2 Mott insulator with increasing the SOC as well as the Coulomb repulsion. The different electronic phases manifest themselves in electronic excitations observed in optical conductivity and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. Based on our calculations, we assert that the currently known Ru3 + and Ir4 + based honeycomb systems are far from the quasimolecular band insulator but rather the relativistic Mott insulator.

  16. Pressure-Induced Metallization of the Mott Insulator MnO

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    Patterson, J R; Aracne, C M; Jackson, D D; Weir, S T; Malba, V; Baker, P A; Vohra, Y K

    2004-01-12

    High-pressure electrical conductivity experiments have been performed on the Mott insulator MnO to a maximum pressure of 106 GPa. We observe a steady decrease in resistivity to 90 GPa, followed by a large, rapid decrease by a factor of 10{sup 5} between 90 and 106 GPa. Temperature cycling the sample at 87 and 106 GPa shows insulating and metallic behavior at these pressures, respectively. Our observations provide strong evidence for a pressure-induced Mott insulator-to-metal transition with an accompanying magnetic collapse beginning at 90 GPa.

  17. Superfluid to Mott-insulator transition in Bose-Hubbard models.

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    Capello, Manuela; Becca, Federico; Fabrizio, Michele; Sorella, Sandro

    2007-08-03

    We study the superfluid-insulator transition in Bose-Hubbard models in one-, two-, and three-dimensional cubic lattices by means of a recently proposed variational wave function. In one dimension, the variational results agree with the expected Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless scenario of the interaction-driven Mott transition. In two and three dimensions, we find evidence that, across the transition, most of the spectral weight is concentrated at high energies, suggestive of preformed Mott-Hubbard sidebands. This result is compatible with the experimental data by Stoferle et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 130403 (2004)].

  18. Mott-insulator transition in a two-dimensional atomic Bose gas.

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    Spielman, I B; Phillips, W D; Porto, J V

    2007-02-23

    Cold atoms in periodic potentials are versatile quantum systems for implementing simple models prevalent in condensed matter theory. Here we realize the 2D Bose-Hubbard model by loading a Bose-Einstein condensate into an optical lattice, and study the resulting Mott insulator. The measured momentum distributions agree quantitatively with theory (no adjustable parameters). In these systems, the Mott insulator forms in a spatially discrete shell structure which we probe by focusing on correlations in atom shot noise. These correlations show a marked dependence on the lattice depth, consistent with the changing size of the insulating shell expected from simple arguments.

  19. Spectral properties near the Mott transition in the one-dimensional Hubbard model.

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    Kohno, Masanori

    2010-09-03

    The single-particle spectral properties near the Mott transition in the one-dimensional Hubbard model are investigated by using the dynamical density-matrix renormalization group method and the Bethe ansatz. The pseudogap, hole-pocket behavior, spectral-weight transfer, and upper Hubbard band are explained in terms of spinons, holons, antiholons, and doublons. The Mott transition is characterized by the emergence of a gapless mode whose dispersion relation extends up to the order of hopping t (spin exchange J) in the weak (strong) interaction regime caused by infinitesimal doping.

  20. Metal-Mott insulator transition of SrMnO3 by fluorine doping

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    Ramwala, Mohini; Singh, Deobrat; Gupta, Sanjeev K.; Sonvane, Yogesh

    2017-05-01

    We have studied the electronic band structure based metallic properties of a pure cubic SrMnO3 and fluorine doped cubic SrMnO3 peroskite crystal structure which has mott-insulating properties. We also found the stable cubic structure using Generalised Gradient Approximation (GGA) in Perder-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) through First-principles calculation. The bond structure of pure SrMnO3 signifies its metallic behavior and that of fluorine doped SrMnO3 show mottness. These materials are of great importance in microelectronics and telecommunication.

  1. New class of planar ferroelectric Mott insulators via first-principles design

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    Kim, Chanul; Park, Hyowon; Marianetti, Chris A.

    2015-12-11

    which is not common in known materials. Here we use first-principles calculations to design layered double perovskite oxides AABBO6 which achieve the aforementioned properties in the context of Mott insulators. In our design rules, the gap is dictated by B/B electronegativity difference in a Mott state, while the polarization is obtained via nominal d0 filling on the B-site, A-type cations bearing lone-pair electrons, and A = A size mismatch. Successful execution is demonstrated in BaBiCuVO6, BaBiNiVO6, BaLaCuVO6, and PbLaCuVO6.

  2. Detecting quantum coherence of Bose gases in optical lattices by scattering light intensity in cavity.

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    Zhou, Xiaoji; Xu, Xu; Yin, Lan; Liu, W M; Chen, Xuzong

    2010-07-19

    We propose a new method of detecting quantum coherence of a Bose gas trapped in a one-dimensional optical lattice by measuring the light intensity from Raman scattering in cavity. After pump and displacement process, the intensity or amplitude of scattering light is different for different quantum states of a Bose gas, such as superfluid and Mott-Insulator states. This method can also be useful to detect quantum states of atoms with two components in an optical lattice.

  3. Spin-orbital fluctuations in the paramagnetic Mott insulator (V1-xCrx)2O3

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    Leiner, Jonathan; Stone, Matthew; Lumsden, Mark; Bao, Wei; Broholm, Collin

    2015-03-01

    The phase diagram of rhombohedral V2O3 features several distinct strongly correlated phases as a function of doping, pressure and temperature. When doped with chromium for 180 K Mott metal to insulator transition. Using the modern time-of-flight neutron scattering spectrometer SEQUOIA at the SNS, we have probed the excitation spectrum of (V0.96Cr0.04)2O3 in the PI phase and in the monoclinic commensurate anti-ferromagnet for T <180 K. An effective exchange Hamiltonian that accounts for the low T spin waves indicates alternating FM and AFM interactions for nearest neighbor spin pairs that are equivalent in the PI. We argue that the corresponding spin-orbital fluctuations are responsible for the extremely short-range dynamic spin correlations that we document in the PI phase. Research at the Spallation Neutron Source was sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy. Research was also supported by ORNL LDRD funding.

  4. Volume-wise destruction of the antiferromagnetic Mott insulating state through quantum tuning

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    Frandsen, Benjamin A.; Liu, Lian; Cheung, Sky C.; Guguchia, Zurab; Khasanov, Rustem; Morenzoni, Elvezio; Munsie, Timothy J. S.; Hallas, Alannah M.; Wilson, Murray N.; Cai, Yipeng; Luke, Graeme M.; Chen, Bijuan; Li, Wenmin; Jin, Changqing; Ding, Cui; Guo, Shengli; Ning, Fanlong; Ito, Takashi U.; Higemoto, Wataru; Billinge, Simon J. L.; Sakamoto, Shoya; Fujimori, Atsushi; Murakami, Taito; Kageyama, Hiroshi; Alonso, Jose Antonio; Kotliar, Gabriel; Imada, Masatoshi; Uemura, Yasutomo J.

    2016-01-01

    RENiO3 (RE=rare-earth element) and V2O3 are archetypal Mott insulator systems. When tuned by chemical substitution (RENiO3) or pressure (V2O3), they exhibit a quantum phase transition (QPT) between an antiferromagnetic Mott insulating state and a paramagnetic metallic state. Because novel physics often appears near a Mott QPT, the details of this transition, such as whether it is first or second order, are important. Here, we demonstrate through muon spin relaxation/rotation (μSR) experiments that the QPT in RENiO3 and V2O3 is first order: the magnetically ordered volume fraction decreases to zero at the QPT, resulting in a broad region of intrinsic phase separation, while the ordered magnetic moment retains its full value until it is suddenly destroyed at the QPT. These findings bring to light a surprising universality of the pressure-driven Mott transition, revealing the importance of phase separation and calling for further investigation into the nature of quantum fluctuations underlying the transition. PMID:27531192

  5. Device Performance of the Mott Insulator LaVO3 as a Photovoltaic Material

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    Wang, Lingfei; Li, Yongfeng; Bera, Ashok; Ma, Chun; Jin, Feng; Yuan, Kaidi; Yin, Wanjian; David, Adrian; Chen, Wei; Wu, Wenbin; Prellier, Wilfrid; Wei, Suhuai; Wu, Tom

    2015-06-01

    Searching for solar-absorbing materials containing earth-abundant elements with chemical stability is of critical importance for advancing photovoltaic technologies. Mott insulators have been theoretically proposed as potential photovoltaic materials. In this paper, we evaluate their performance in solar cells by exploring the photovoltaic properties of Mott insulator LaVO3 (LVO). LVO films show an indirect band gap of 1.08 eV as well as strong light absorption over a wide wavelength range in the solar spectrum. First-principles calculations on the band structure of LVO further reveal that the d -d transitions within the upper and lower Mott-Hubbard bands and p -d transitions between the O 2 p and V 3 d band contribute to the absorption in visible and ultraviolet ranges, respectively. Transport measurements indicate strong carrier trapping and the formation of polarons in LVO. To utilize the strong light absorption of LVO and to overcome its poor carrier transport, we incorporate it as a light absorber in solar cells in conjunction with carrier transporters and evaluate its device performance. Our complementary experimental and theoretical results on such prototypical solar cells made of Mott-Hubbard transition-metal oxides pave the road for developing light-absorbing materials and photovoltaic devices based on strongly correlated electrons.

  6. Volume-wise destruction of the antiferromagnetic Mott insulating state through quantum tuning

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    B. A. Frandsen; Liu, L.; Cheung, S. C.; Guguchia, Z.; Khasanov, R.; Morenzoni, E.; Munsie, T. J.S.; Hallas, A. M.; Wilson, M. N.; Cai, Y.; Luke, G. M.; Chen, B.; Li, W.; Jin, C.; Ding, C; Guo, S.; Ning, F.; Ito, T. U.; Higemoto, W.; Billinge, S. J.L.; Sakamoto, S.; Fujimori, A.; Murakami, T.; Kageyama, H.; Alonso, J. A.; Kotliar, G.; Imada, M.; Uemura, Y. J.

    2016-08-17

    RENiO3 (RE=rare-earth element) and V2O3 are archetypal Mott insulator systems. When tuned by chemical substitution (RENiO3) or pressure (V2O3), they exhibit a quantum phase transition (QPT) between an antiferromagnetic Mott insulating state and a paramagnetic metallic state. Because novel physics often appears near a Mott QPT, the details of this transition, such as whether it is first or second order, are important. Here, we demonstrate through muon spin relaxation/rotation (μSR) experiments that the QPT in RENiO3 and V2O3 is first order: the magnetically ordered volume fraction decreases to zero at the QPT, resulting in a broad region of intrinsic phase separation, while the ordered magnetic moment retains its full value until it is suddenly destroyed at the QPT. These findings bring to light a surprising universality of the pressure-driven Mott transition, revealing the importance of phase separation and calling for further investigation into the nature of quantum fluctuations underlying the transition.

  7. Volume-wise destruction of the antiferromagnetic Mott insulating state through quantum tuning

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    Frandsen, Benjamin A.; Liu, Lian; Cheung, Sky C.; Guguchia, Zurab; Khasanov, Rustem; Morenzoni, Elvezio; Munsie, Timothy J. S.; Hallas, Alannah M.; Wilson, Murray N.; Cai, Yipeng; Luke, Graeme M.; Chen, Bijuan; Li, Wenmin; Jin, Changqing; Ding, Cui; Guo, Shengli; Ning, Fanlong; Ito, Takashi U.; Higemoto, Wataru; Billinge, Simon J. L.; Sakamoto, Shoya; Fujimori, Atsushi; Murakami, Taito; Kageyama, Hiroshi; Alonso, Jose Antonio; Kotliar, Gabriel; Imada, Masatoshi; Uemura, Yasutomo J.

    2016-08-01

    RENiO3 (RE=rare-earth element) and V2O3 are archetypal Mott insulator systems. When tuned by chemical substitution (RENiO3) or pressure (V2O3), they exhibit a quantum phase transition (QPT) between an antiferromagnetic Mott insulating state and a paramagnetic metallic state. Because novel physics often appears near a Mott QPT, the details of this transition, such as whether it is first or second order, are important. Here, we demonstrate through muon spin relaxation/rotation (μSR) experiments that the QPT in RENiO3 and V2O3 is first order: the magnetically ordered volume fraction decreases to zero at the QPT, resulting in a broad region of intrinsic phase separation, while the ordered magnetic moment retains its full value until it is suddenly destroyed at the QPT. These findings bring to light a surprising universality of the pressure-driven Mott transition, revealing the importance of phase separation and calling for further investigation into the nature of quantum fluctuations underlying the transition.

  8. Competing roles of longitudinal and transverse Hund's terms on Mott transitions

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    Quan, Ya-Min; Yu, Xiang-Long; Wang, Qing-Wei; Zou, Liang-Jian

    2017-02-01

    Effects of longitudinal (JZ) and transverse (including spin-flip JX and pair-hopping JP terms) Hund's couplings on Mott transitions of two-orbital Hubbard models are studied by the rotationally invariant slave boson approach. We show that in the half-filled asymmetric systems, the orbital selective Mott phase (OSMP) expands with increasing JX,P /JZ when JX,P /JZ < 1, and has the largest region in the isotropic case (JX,P /JZ = 1); and further increasing spin-flip Hund's coupling to JX,P /JZ > 1 may quickly suppress the OSMP state. In other near-half-filled systems, the transverse Hund's coupling favors or unfavors the OSMP state, depending on the electronic correlation strength of the systems. In the quarter-filled and around systems, a small JX,P /JZ < 1 has less effect on Mott transition, while a large JX,P /JZ > 1 enhances the electron itineracy and considerably increases the critical correlation strength of the Mott transition both in symmetric and asymmetric systems. These results could be addressed by different spin-orbital states favored by JX, JP and JZ components, respectively; and the competing longitudinal and transverse Hund's coupling terms lead to most strong quantum fluctuations in the isotropic system.

  9. Volume-wise destruction of the antiferromagnetic Mott insulating state through quantum tuning

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    B. A. Frandsen; Liu, L.; Cheung, S. C.; ...

    2016-08-17

    RENiO3 (RE=rare-earth element) and V2O3 are archetypal Mott insulator systems. When tuned by chemical substitution (RENiO3) or pressure (V2O3), they exhibit a quantum phase transition (QPT) between an antiferromagnetic Mott insulating state and a paramagnetic metallic state. Because novel physics often appears near a Mott QPT, the details of this transition, such as whether it is first or second order, are important. Here, we demonstrate through muon spin relaxation/rotation (μSR) experiments that the QPT in RENiO3 and V2O3 is first order: the magnetically ordered volume fraction decreases to zero at the QPT, resulting in a broad region of intrinsic phasemore » separation, while the ordered magnetic moment retains its full value until it is suddenly destroyed at the QPT. These findings bring to light a surprising universality of the pressure-driven Mott transition, revealing the importance of phase separation and calling for further investigation into the nature of quantum fluctuations underlying the transition.« less

  10. Promising Breakthroughs: Initial Results of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation's Breaking Through Initiative. In Brief

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    Bragg, Debra D.; Barnett, Elisabeth A.

    2008-01-01

    The Breaking Through (BT) initiative of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation seeks to prepare low-skilled adults, adult learners who are below college-level in reading, writing and/or mathematics, often lacking a high school diploma, and frequently low-income, to be successful in college and the labor market by strengthening and expanding policies…

  11. Flat-Band Potential of a Semiconductor: Using the Mott-Schottky Equation

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    Gelderman, K.; L. Lee; Donne, S. W.

    2007-01-01

    An experiment is suitable for fourth-year undergraduate and graduate students in which the nature of the semiconductor materials through determination of flat-band potential using the Mott-Schottky equation is explored. The experiment confirms the soundness of the technique.

  12. Upper critical field reaches 90 tesla near the Mott transition in fulleride superconductors

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    Kasahara, Y.; Takeuchi, Y.; Zadik, R. H.; ...

    2017-02-17

    Controlled access to the border of the Mott insulating state by variation of control parameters offers exotic electronic states such as anomalous and possibly high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity. The alkali-doped fullerides show a transition from a Mott insulator to a superconductor for the first time in three-dimensional materials, but the impact of dimensionality and electron correlation on superconducting properties has remained unclear. Here we show that, near the Mott insulating phase, the upper critical field Hc2 of the fulleride superconductors reaches values as high as ~90 T—the highest among cubic crystals. This is accompanied by a crossover from weak- to strong-couplingmore » superconductivity and appears upon entering the metallic state with the dynamical Jahn–Teller effect as the Mott transition is approached. Lastly, these results suggest that the cooperative interplay between molecular electronic structure and strong electron correlations plays a key role in realizing robust superconductivity with high-Tc and high-Hc2.« less

  13. Upper critical field reaches 90 tesla near the Mott transition in fulleride superconductors

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    Kasahara, Y.; Takeuchi, Y.; Zadik, R. H.; Takabayashi, Y.; Colman, R. H.; McDonald, R. D.; Rosseinsky, M. J.; Prassides, K.; Iwasa, Y.

    2017-02-01

    Controlled access to the border of the Mott insulating state by variation of control parameters offers exotic electronic states such as anomalous and possibly high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity. The alkali-doped fullerides show a transition from a Mott insulator to a superconductor for the first time in three-dimensional materials, but the impact of dimensionality and electron correlation on superconducting properties has remained unclear. Here we show that, near the Mott insulating phase, the upper critical field Hc2 of the fulleride superconductors reaches values as high as ~90 T--the highest among cubic crystals. This is accompanied by a crossover from weak- to strong-coupling superconductivity and appears upon entering the metallic state with the dynamical Jahn-Teller effect as the Mott transition is approached. These results suggest that the cooperative interplay between molecular electronic structure and strong electron correlations plays a key role in realizing robust superconductivity with high-Tc and high-Hc2.

  14. Mott transition in a two-leg Bose-Hubbard ladder under an artificial magnetic field

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    Keleş, Ahmet; Oktel, M. Ö.

    2015-01-01

    We consider the Bose-Hubbard model on a two-leg ladder under an artificial magnetic field and investigate the superfluid-to-Mott insulator transition in this setting. Recently, this system has been experimentally realized [M. Atala et al., Nature Phys. 10, 588 (2014), 10.1038/nphys2998], albeit in a parameter regime that is far from the Mott transition boundary. Depending on the strength of the magnetic field, the single-particle spectrum has either a single ground state or two degenerate ground states. The transition between these two phases is reflected in the many-particle properties. We first investigate these phases through the Bogoliubov approximation in the superfluid regime and calculate the transition boundary for weak interactions. For stronger interactions the system is expected to form a Mott insulator. We calculate the Mott transition boundary as a function of the magnetic field and interleg coupling with mean-field theory, strong-coupling expansion, and density matrix renormalization group (DMRG). Finally, using the DMRG, we investigate the particle-hole excitation gaps of this system at different filling factors and find peaks at simple fractions, indicating the possibility of correlated phases.

  15. Upper critical field reaches 90 tesla near the Mott transition in fulleride superconductors

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    Kasahara, Y.; Takeuchi, Y.; Zadik, R. H.; Takabayashi, Y.; Colman, R. H.; McDonald, R. D.; Rosseinsky, M. J.; Prassides, K.; Iwasa, Y.

    2017-01-01

    Controlled access to the border of the Mott insulating state by variation of control parameters offers exotic electronic states such as anomalous and possibly high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity. The alkali-doped fullerides show a transition from a Mott insulator to a superconductor for the first time in three-dimensional materials, but the impact of dimensionality and electron correlation on superconducting properties has remained unclear. Here we show that, near the Mott insulating phase, the upper critical field Hc2 of the fulleride superconductors reaches values as high as ∼90 T—the highest among cubic crystals. This is accompanied by a crossover from weak- to strong-coupling superconductivity and appears upon entering the metallic state with the dynamical Jahn–Teller effect as the Mott transition is approached. These results suggest that the cooperative interplay between molecular electronic structure and strong electron correlations plays a key role in realizing robust superconductivity with high-Tc and high-Hc2. PMID:28211544

  16. Upper critical field reaches 90 tesla near the Mott transition in fulleride superconductors.

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    Kasahara, Y; Takeuchi, Y; Zadik, R H; Takabayashi, Y; Colman, R H; McDonald, R D; Rosseinsky, M J; Prassides, K; Iwasa, Y

    2017-02-17

    Controlled access to the border of the Mott insulating state by variation of control parameters offers exotic electronic states such as anomalous and possibly high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity. The alkali-doped fullerides show a transition from a Mott insulator to a superconductor for the first time in three-dimensional materials, but the impact of dimensionality and electron correlation on superconducting properties has remained unclear. Here we show that, near the Mott insulating phase, the upper critical field Hc2 of the fulleride superconductors reaches values as high as ∼90 T-the highest among cubic crystals. This is accompanied by a crossover from weak- to strong-coupling superconductivity and appears upon entering the metallic state with the dynamical Jahn-Teller effect as the Mott transition is approached. These results suggest that the cooperative interplay between molecular electronic structure and strong electron correlations plays a key role in realizing robust superconductivity with high-Tc and high-Hc2.

  17. Poor electronic screening in lightly doped Mott insulators observed with scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Battisti, I.; Fedoseev, V.; Bastiaans, K. M.; de la Torre, A.; Perry, R. S.; Baumberger, F.; Allan, M. P.

    2017-06-01

    The effective Mott gap measured by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in the lightly doped Mott insulator (Sr1-xLax) 2IrO4 differs greatly from values reported by photoemission and optical experiments. Here we show that this is a consequence of the poor electronic screening of the tip-induced electric field in this material. Such effects are well known from STM experiments on semiconductors and go under the name of tip-induced band bending (TIBB). We show that this phenomenon also exists in the lightly doped Mott insulator (Sr1-xLax) 2IrO4 and that, at doping concentrations of x ≤4 % , it causes the measured energy gap in the sample density of states to be bigger than the one measured with other techniques. We develop a model able to retrieve the intrinsic energy gap leading to a value which is in rough agreement with other experiments, bridging the apparent contradiction. At doping x ≈5 % we further observe circular features in the conductance layers that point to the emergence of a significant density of free carriers in this doping range and to the presence of a small concentration of donor atoms. We illustrate the importance of considering the presence of TIBB when doing STM experiments on correlated-electron systems and discuss the similarities and differences between STM measurements on semiconductors and lightly doped Mott insulators.

  18. THE MOTT FOUNDATION CHILDREN'S HEALTH CENTER--THE WORLD OF STEPHEN SHAKER.

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    THE C.S. MOTT FOUNDATION CHILDREN'S HEALTH CENTER WAS BUILT TO SERVE CHILDREN OF THOSE BORDERLINE FAMILIES WHOSE INCOMES PROHIBIT PRIVATE MEDICAL CARE YET MAKE THEM INELIGIBLE FOR DIRECT RELIEF OF ANY KIND. THE NEED FOR SUCH A CENTER WAS PROVED BY THE CHILDREN'S 18,000 VISITS ANNUALLY FOR HEALTH CARE. WHILE PROVIDING CARE FOR CHILDREN WAS THE MAIN…

  19. Mott-Hubbard transition and spin-liquid state on the pyrochlore lattice

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    Swain, Nyayabanta; Tiwari, Rajarshi; Majumdar, Pinaki

    2016-10-01

    The pyrochlore lattice involves corner-sharing tetrahedra and the resulting geometric frustration is believed to suppress any antiferromagnetic order for Mott insulators on this structure. There are nevertheless short-range correlations which could be vital near the Mott-Hubbard insulator-metal transition. We use a static auxiliary-field-based Monte Carlo to study this problem in real space on reasonably large lattices. The method reduces to unrestricted Hartree-Fock at zero temperature but captures the key magnetic fluctuations at finite temperature. Our results reveal that increasing interaction drives the nonmagnetic (semi) metal to a "spin disordered" metal with small local moments, at some critical coupling, and then, through a small pseudogap window, to a large moment, gapped, Mott insulating phase at a larger coupling. The spin disordered metal has a finite residual resistivity which grows with interaction strength, diverging at the upper coupling. We present the resistivity, optical conductivity, and density of states across the metal-insulator transition and for varying temperature. These results set the stage for the more complex cases of Mott transition in the pyrochlore iridates and molybdates.

  20. Coulomb Liquid Phases of Bosonic Cluster Mott Insulators on a Pyrochlore Lattice.

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    Lv, Jian-Ping; Chen, Gang; Deng, Youjin; Meng, Zi Yang

    2015-07-17

    Employing large-scale quantum Monte Carlo simulations, we reveal the full phase diagram of the extended Hubbard model of hard-core bosons on the pyrochlore lattice with partial fillings. When the intersite repulsion is dominant, the system is in a cluster Mott insulator phase with an integer number of bosons localized inside the tetrahedral units of the pyrochlore lattice. We show that the full phase diagram contains three cluster Mott insulator phases with 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 boson fillings, respectively. We further demonstrate that all three cluster Mott insulators are Coulomb liquid phases and its low-energy property is described by the emergent compact U(1) quantum electrodynamics. In addition to measuring the specific heat and entropy of the cluster Mott insulators, we investigate the correlation function of the emergent electric field and verify it is consistent with the compact U(1) quantum electrodynamics description. Our result sheds light on the magnetic properties of various pyrochlore systems, as well as the charge physics of the cluster magnets.

  1. THE MOTT FOUNDATION CHILDREN'S HEALTH CENTER--THE WORLD OF STEPHEN SHAKER.

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    Flint Board of Education, MI.

    THE C.S. MOTT FOUNDATION CHILDREN'S HEALTH CENTER WAS BUILT TO SERVE CHILDREN OF THOSE BORDERLINE FAMILIES WHOSE INCOMES PROHIBIT PRIVATE MEDICAL CARE YET MAKE THEM INELIGIBLE FOR DIRECT RELIEF OF ANY KIND. THE NEED FOR SUCH A CENTER WAS PROVED BY THE CHILDREN'S 18,000 VISITS ANNUALLY FOR HEALTH CARE. WHILE PROVIDING CARE FOR CHILDREN WAS THE MAIN…

  2. Breakdown of Hooke's law of elasticity at the Mott critical endpoint in an organic conductor.

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    Gati, Elena; Garst, Markus; Manna, Rudra S; Tutsch, Ulrich; Wolf, Bernd; Bartosch, Lorenz; Schubert, Harald; Sasaki, Takahiko; Schlueter, John A; Lang, Michael

    2016-12-01

    The Mott metal-insulator transition, a paradigm of strong electron-electron correlations, has been considered as a source of intriguing phenomena. Despite its importance for a wide range of materials, fundamental aspects of the transition, such as its universal properties, are still under debate. We report detailed measurements of relative length changes ΔL/L as a function of continuously controlled helium-gas pressure P for the organic conductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Cl across the pressure-induced Mott transition. We observe strongly nonlinear variations of ΔL/L with pressure around the Mott critical endpoint, highlighting a breakdown of Hooke's law of elasticity. We assign these nonlinear strain-stress relations to an intimate, nonperturbative coupling of the critical electronic system to the lattice degrees of freedom. Our results are fully consistent with mean-field criticality, predicted for electrons in a compressible lattice with finite shear moduli. We argue that the Mott transition for all systems that are amenable to pressure tuning shows the universal properties of an isostructural solid-solid transition.

  3. Mechanism and observation of Mott transition in VO2-based two- and three-terminal devices

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    Kim, Hyun-Tak; Chae, Byung-Gyu; Youn, Doo-Hyeb; Maeng, Sung-Lyul; Kim, Gyungock; Kang, Kwang-Yong; Lim, Yong-Sik

    2004-05-01

    When holes of about 0.018% are induced into a conduction band (breakdown of critical on-site Coulomb energy), an abrupt first-order Mott metal-insulator transition (MIT) rather than a continuous Hubbard MIT near a critical on-site Coulomb energy U/Uc=1, where U is on-site Coulomb energy between electrons, is observed on an inhomogeneous VO2 film, a strongly correlated Mott insulator. As a result, discontinuous jumps of the density of states on the Fermi surface are observed and inhomogeneity inevitably occurs. The off-current and temperature dependences of the abrupt MIT in a two-terminal device and the gate effect in a three-terminal device are clear evidence that the abrupt Mott MIT was induced by the excitation of holes. Raman spectra measured by a micro-Raman system show an MITs without the structural phase transition. Moreover, the magnitude of the observed jumps DgrJobserved at the abrupt MIT is an average over an inhomogeneous measurement region of the maximum true jump, DgrJtrue, deduced from the Brinkman-Rice picture. A brief discussion of whether VO2 is a Mott insulator or a Peierls insulator is presented.

  4. Field-Driven Mott Gap Collapse and Resistive Switch in Correlated Insulators

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    Mazza, G.; Amaricci, A.; Capone, M.; Fabrizio, M.

    2016-10-01

    Mott insulators are "unsuccessful metals" in which Coulomb repulsion prevents charge conduction despite a metal-like concentration of conduction electrons. The possibility to unlock the frozen carriers with an electric field offers tantalizing prospects of realizing new Mott-based microelectronic devices. Here we unveil how such unlocking happens in a simple model that shows the coexistence of a stable Mott insulator and a metastable metal. Considering a slab subject to a linear potential drop, we find, by means of the dynamical mean-field theory, that the electric breakdown of the Mott insulator occurs via a first-order insulator-to-metal transition characterized by an abrupt gap collapse in sharp contrast to the standard Zener breakdown. The switch on of conduction is due to the field-driven stabilization of the metastable metallic phase. Outside the region of insulator-metal coexistence, the electric breakdown occurs through a more conventional quantum tunneling across the Hubbard bands tilted by the field. Our findings rationalize recent experimental observations and may offer a guideline for future technological research.

  5. Flat-Band Potential of a Semiconductor: Using the Mott-Schottky Equation

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    Gelderman, K.; L. Lee; Donne, S. W.

    2007-01-01

    An experiment is suitable for fourth-year undergraduate and graduate students in which the nature of the semiconductor materials through determination of flat-band potential using the Mott-Schottky equation is explored. The experiment confirms the soundness of the technique.

  6. Electric-field-induced intradimer charge disproportionation in the dimer-Mott insulator β'-(BEDT-TTF ) 2IC l2

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    Hattori, Yuma; Iguchi, Satoshi; Sasaki, Takahiko; Iwai, Shinichiro; Taniguchi, Hiromi; Kishida, Hideo

    2017-02-01

    Raman scattering spectra of the dimer-Mott insulator β'-(BEDT-TTF ) 2IC l2 [BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene] under a static electric field are investigated. The application of the electric field induces two additional Raman peaks on both sides of the original peak position of the charge-sensitive Raman mode (ν2) in the spectra. At 10 kV/cm, the original peak almost disappears and only the newly emerging peaks are observed. The emergence of these peaks indicates the field-induced charge disproportionation within the dimer. The temporal change of the Raman signals with the inversion of the electric field suggests a macroscopic domain formation of the charge-disproportionate dimers. This picture is reinforced by the direct measurement of the polarization.

  7. Magnetic phase diagram and Mott transition of the half-filled 1/5 -depleted Hubbard model with frustration

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    Yamada, Atsushi

    2014-12-01

    The magnetic properties and Mott transition of the half-filled Hubbard model on the 1/5 -depleted square lattice with frustration are studied at zero temperature by the variational cluster approximation. The (π ,π ) Néel ordering is stable in a wide region of the phase diagram and almost completely veils the nonmagnetic Mott transition for the nonfrustrated case. However, (π ,π ) Néel ordering is severely suppressed by the frustration, and even with moderate frustrations the nonmagnetic Mott transition takes place in the range where the intradimer hoppings are larger than the intraplaquette hoppings.

  8. Rayleigh Scattering.

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    Young, Andrew T.

    1982-01-01

    The correct usage of such terminology as "Rayleigh scattering,""Rayleigh lines,""Raman lines," and "Tyndall scattering" is resolved during an historical excursion through the physics of light-scattering by gas molecules. (Author/JN)

  9. Rayleigh Scattering.

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    Young, Andrew T.

    1982-01-01

    The correct usage of such terminology as "Rayleigh scattering,""Rayleigh lines,""Raman lines," and "Tyndall scattering" is resolved during an historical excursion through the physics of light-scattering by gas molecules. (Author/JN)

  10. Superconductivity and bandwidth-controlled Mott metal-insulator transition in 1T-TaS2-xSex

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    Ang, R.; Miyata, Y.; Ieki, E.; Nakayama, K.; Sato, T.; Liu, Y.; Lu, W. J.; Sun, Y. P.; Takahashi, T.

    2013-09-01

    We have performed high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) of layered chalcogenide 1T-TaS2-xSex to elucidate the electronic states especially relevant to the occurrence of superconductivity. We found a direct evidence for a Ta-5d-derived electron pocket associated with the superconductivity, which is fragile against a Mott-gap opening observed in the insulating ground state for S-rich samples. In particular, a strong electron-electron interaction-induced Mott gap driven by a Ta 5d orbital also exists in the metallic ground state for Se-rich samples, while finite ARPES intensity near the Fermi level likely originating from a Se 4p orbital survives, indicative of the orbital-selective nature of the Mott transition. Present results suggest that effective electron correlation and p-d hybridization play a crucial role to tune the superconductivity and Mott metal-insulator transition.

  11. Inadequacy of the Mott-Schottky equation in strongly pinned double Schottky barriers with no deep donors

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    Schipani, F.; Aldao, C. M.; Ponce, M. A.

    2012-12-01

    The capacitive behaviour of an intergranular double Schottky barrier in a polycrystalline semiconductor was evaluated. We found that the widely applied version of the Mott-Schottky equation can lead to significant errors. Even though we considered strong Fermi level pinning at the interface and no deep levels, the Mott-Schottky equation can be inadequate leading to huge errors due to voltage splitting at double Schottky barriers. Experiments carried out on ZnO varistors corroborated the main trends of our analysis.

  12. First-order Isostructural Mott transition in highly-compressed MnO

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    Yoo, C

    2004-06-18

    We present evidence for an isostructural, first-order Mott transition in MnO at 105 {+-} 5 GPa, based on high-resolution x-ray emission spectroscopy and angle-resolved x-ray diffraction data. The pressure-induced structural/spectral changes provide a coherent picture of MnO phase transitions from paramagnetic B1 to antiferromagnetic distorted B1 at 30 GPa, to paramagnetic B8 at 90 GPa, and to diamagnetic B8 at 105 {+-} 5 GPa. The last is the Mott transition, accompanied by a complete loss of magnetic moment, an {approx}6.6% volume collapse and a visual appearance change to metallic luster consistent with recent resistivity measurements.

  13. Divergent precursors of the Mott-Hubbard transition at the two-particle level.

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    Schäfer, T; Rohringer, G; Gunnarsson, O; Ciuchi, S; Sangiovanni, G; Toschi, A

    2013-06-14

    Identifying the fingerprints of the Mott-Hubbard metal-insulator transition may be quite elusive in correlated metallic systems if the analysis is limited to the single particle level. However, our dynamical mean-field calculations demonstrate that the situation changes completely if the frequency dependence of the two-particle vertex functions is considered: The first nonperturbative precursors of the Mott physics are unambiguously identified well inside the metallic regime by the divergence of the local Bethe-Salpeter equation in the charge channel. In the low-temperature limit this occurs for interaction values where incoherent high-energy features emerge in the spectral function, while at high temperatures it is traceable up to the atomic limit.

  14. Analytical slave-spin mean-field approach to orbital selective Mott insulators

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    Komijani, Yashar; Kotliar, Gabriel

    2017-09-01

    We use the slave-spin mean-field approach to study particle-hole symmetric one- and two-band Hubbard models in the presence of Hund's coupling interaction. By analytical analysis of the Hamiltonian, we show that the locking of the two orbitals vs orbital selective Mott transition can be formulated within a Landau-Ginzburg framework. By applying the slave-spin mean field to impurity problems, we are able to make a correspondence between impurity and lattice. We also consider the stability of the orbital selective Mott phase to the hybridization between the orbitals and study the limitations of the slave-spin method for treating interorbital tunnelings in the case of multiorbital Bethe lattices with particle-hole symmetry.

  15. First-order melting of a weak spin-orbit mott insulator into a correlated metal

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    Hogan, Tom; Yamani, Z.; Walkup, D.; ...

    2015-06-25

    Herein, the electronic phase diagram of the weak spin-orbit Mott insulator (Sr1-xLax)3Ir2O7 is determined via an exhaustive experimental study. Upon doping electrons via La substitution, an immediate collapse in resistivity occurs along with a narrow regime of nanoscale phase separation comprised of antiferromagnetic, insulating regions and paramagnetic, metallic puddles persisting until x≈0.04. Continued electron doping results in an abrupt, first-order phase boundary where the Néel state is suppressed and a homogenous, correlated, metallic state appears with an enhanced spin susceptibility and local moments. In conclusion, as the metallic state is stabilized, a weak structural distortion develops and suggests a competingmore » instability with the parent spin-orbit Mott state.« less

  16. New class of planar ferroelectric Mott insulators via first-principles design

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    Kim, Chanul; Park, Hyowon; Marianetti, Chris A.

    2015-12-01

    The bulk photovoltaic effect requires a low electronic band gap (i.e., ≈1 -2 eV) and large electronic polarization, which is not common in known materials. Here we use first-principles calculations to design layered double perovskite oxides AA'BB'O6 which achieve the aforementioned properties in the context of Mott insulators. In our design rules, the gap is dictated by B/B' electronegativity difference in a Mott state, while the polarization is obtained via nominal d0 filling on the B-site, A-type cations bearing lone-pair electrons, and A ≠A' size mismatch. Successful execution is demonstrated in BaBiCuVO6, BaBiNiVO6, BaLaCuVO6, and PbLaCuVO6.

  17. First-Order Melting of a Weak Spin-Orbit Mott Insulator into a Correlated Metal.

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    Hogan, Tom; Yamani, Z; Walkup, D; Chen, Xiang; Dally, Rebecca; Ward, Thomas Z; Dean, M P M; Hill, John; Islam, Z; Madhavan, Vidya; Wilson, Stephen D

    2015-06-26

    The electronic phase diagram of the weak spin-orbit Mott insulator (Sr(1-x)La(x))(3)Ir(2)O(7) is determined via an exhaustive experimental study. Upon doping electrons via La substitution, an immediate collapse in resistivity occurs along with a narrow regime of nanoscale phase separation comprised of antiferromagnetic, insulating regions and paramagnetic, metallic puddles persisting until x≈0.04. Continued electron doping results in an abrupt, first-order phase boundary where the Néel state is suppressed and a homogenous, correlated, metallic state appears with an enhanced spin susceptibility and local moments. As the metallic state is stabilized, a weak structural distortion develops and suggests a competing instability with the parent spin-orbit Mott state.

  18. Resolving the VO2 controversy: Mott mechanism dominates the insulator-to-metal transition

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    Nájera, O.; Civelli, M.; Dobrosavljević, V.; Rozenberg, M. J.

    2017-01-01

    We consider a minimal model to investigate the metal-insulator transition in VO2. We adopt a Hubbard model with two orbitals per unit cell, which captures the competition between Mott and singlet-dimer localization. We solve the model within dynamical mean-field theory, characterizing in detail the metal-insulator transition and finding new features in the electronic states. We compare our results with available experimental data, obtaining good agreement in the relevant model parameter range. Crucially, we can account for puzzling optical conductivity data obtained within the hysteresis region, which we associate with a metallic state characterized by a split heavy quasiparticle band. Our results show that the thermal-driven insulator-to-metal transition in VO2 is compatible with a Mott electronic mechanism, providing fresh insight to a long-standing "chicken-and-egg" debate and calling for further research of "Mottronics" applications of this system.

  19. Site-Selective Mott Transition in a Quasi-One-Dimensional Vanadate V6 O13

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    Shimizu, Yasuhiro; Aoyama, Satoshi; Jinno, Takaaki; Itoh, Masayuki; Ueda, Yutaka

    2015-04-01

    The microscopic mechanism of the metal-insulator transition is studied by orbital-resolved 51V NMR spectroscopy in a prototype of the quasi-one-dimensional system V6 O13 . We uncover that the transition involves a site-selective d orbital order lifting twofold orbital degeneracy in one of the two VO6 chains. The other chain leaves paramagnetic moments on the singly occupied dx y orbital across the transition. The two chains respectively stabilize an orbital-assisted spin-Peierls state and an antiferromagnetic long-range order in the ground state. The site-selective Mott transition may be a source of the anomalous metal and the Mott-Peierls duality.

  20. Spin frustration and magnetic ordering in the Mott insulating fcc-Cs3C60

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    Kasahara, Yuichi; Takeuchi, Yuki; Itou, Tatsuaki; Iwasa, Yoshihiro; Arcon, Denis; Rosseinsky, Matthew; Prassides, Kosmas

    2014-03-01

    The low-temperature magnetic state at ambient pressure has been investigated by specific heat and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements in face-centered-cubic (fcc-) Cs3C60, which is characterized by a Mott insulating state with S = 1 / 2 spins in C603- anions and a geometrical spin frustration inherent in the fcc lattice. Specific heat exhibited no sharp anomaly down to 0.4 K, but both magnetic specific heat and NMR relaxation rate revealed a broad peak around 2.5 K, indicating that the reported antiferromagnetic ordering is accompanied by a gradual freezing of electronic spins with distributed transition temperatures. These results are unexpected in the conventional fcc antiferromagnets. Interplay of geometrical frustration, orientational disorder of C60 molecules, and weak Mottness gives rise to the unique magnetic ground state in fcc-Cs3C60.

  1. Ultrafast and reversible control of the exchange interaction in Mott insulators

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    Mentink, J. H.; Balzer, K.; Eckstein, M.

    2015-01-01

    The strongest interaction between microscopic spins in magnetic materials is the exchange interaction Jex. Therefore, ultrafast control of Jex holds the promise to control spins on ultimately fast timescales. We demonstrate that time-periodic modulation of the electronic structure by electric fields can be used to reversibly control Jex on ultrafast timescales in extended antiferromagnetic Mott insulators. In the regime of weak driving strength, we find that Jex can be enhanced and reduced for frequencies below and above the Mott gap, respectively. Moreover, for strong driving strength, even the sign of Jex can be reversed and we show that this causes time reversal of the associated quantum spin dynamics. These results suggest wide applications, not only to control magnetism in condensed matter systems, for example, via the excitation of spin resonances, but also to assess fundamental questions concerning the reversibility of the quantum many-body dynamics in cold atom systems. PMID:25819547

  2. Extension of the radiative lifetime of Wannier-Mott excitons in semiconductor nanoclusters

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    Kukushkin, V. A.

    2015-01-15

    The purpose of the study is to calculate the radiative lifetime of Wannier-Mott excitons in three-dimensional potential wells formed of direct-gap narrow-gap semiconductor nanoclusters in wide-gap semiconductors and assumed to be large compared to the exciton radius. Calculations are carried out for the InAs/GaAs heterosystem. It is shown that, as the nanocluster dimensions are reduced to values on the order of the exciton radius, the exciton radiative lifetime becomes several times longer compared to that in a homogeneous semiconductor. The increase in the radiative lifetime is more pronounced at low temperatures. Thus, it is established that the placement of Wannier-Mott excitons into direct-gap semiconductor nanoclusters, whose dimensions are of the order of the exciton radius, can be used for considerable extension of the exciton radiative lifetime.

  3. Mott lobes evolution of the spin-1 Bose-Hubbard model

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    Hincapie-F, A. F.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.

    2016-02-01

    We study spin-1 bosons confined in a one-dimensional optical lattice, taking into consideration both ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic interaction. Using the density matrix renormalization group, we determine the phase diagram for the two firsts lobes and report the evolution of the first and second Mott lobes with respect to the spin-exchange interaction parameter (U 2). We determine that for the antiferromagnetic case, the first lobe is suppressed while the second grows as |U 2| increases. For the ferromagnetic case, the first and second Mott lobes are suppressed by the spin-exchange interaction parameter. We propose an expresion to describe the evolution of the critical point with the increase in |U 2| for both cases.

  4. Understanding Mott-Schottky Measurements under Illumination in Organic Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Zonno, Irene; Martinez-Otero, Alberto; Hebig, Jan-Christoph; Kirchartz, Thomas

    2017-03-01

    The Mott-Schottky analysis in the dark is a frequently used method to determine the doping concentration of semiconductors from capacitance-voltage measurements, even for such complex systems as polymer:fullerene blends used for organic solar cells. While the analysis of capacitance-voltage measurements in the dark is relatively well established, the analysis of data taken under illumination is currently not fully understood. Here, we present experiments and simulations to show which physical mechanisms affect the Mott-Schottky analysis under illumination. We show that the mobility of the blend has a major influence on the shape of the capacitance-voltage curve and can be obtained from data taken under reverse bias. In addition, we show that the apparent shift of the built-in voltage observed previously can be explained by a shift of the onset of space-charge-limited collection with illumination intensity.

  5. Finite mass enhancement across bandwidth controlled Mott transition in NiS2-xSex

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    Han, Garam; Kyung, W. S.; Kim, Y. K.; Cheng, C. M.; Tsuei, K. D.; Lee, K. D.; Hur, N.; Kim, H.-D.; Kim, C.

    One of the most important and still debated issues in the strongly correlated electron systems is on the metal insulator transition (MIT) mechanism. In the bandwidth controlled Mott transition (BCMT) scenario, which Mott originally proposed, MIT occurs through a mass divergence in which the effective mass of the quasi-particle (QP) diverges approaching the MIT. The interpretation is supported by dynamic mean field theory (DMFT) model calculations. However, few direct observations have been made yet due to various experimental restrictions. In this talk, I present systematic angle resolved photoemission studies on the MIT in NiS2-xSex, which is a well-known BCMT material. We observed not only the bandwidth shrinkage but also the coherent quasi-particle peak (QP) which is not of the surface origin. In addition, we experimentally showed the mass of the QP remains finite approaching the MIT. This work was supported by IBS-R009-D1.

  6. First-order melting of a weak spin-orbit mott insulator into a correlated metal

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    Hogan, Tom; Yamani, Z.; Walkup, D.; Chen, Xiang; Dally, Rebecca; Ward, Thomas Zac; Dean, M. P. M.; Hill, John P.; Islam, Z.; Madhavan, Vidya; Wilson, Stephen D.

    2015-06-25

    Herein, the electronic phase diagram of the weak spin-orbit Mott insulator (Sr1-xLax)3Ir2O7 is determined via an exhaustive experimental study. Upon doping electrons via La substitution, an immediate collapse in resistivity occurs along with a narrow regime of nanoscale phase separation comprised of antiferromagnetic, insulating regions and paramagnetic, metallic puddles persisting until x≈0.04. Continued electron doping results in an abrupt, first-order phase boundary where the Néel state is suppressed and a homogenous, correlated, metallic state appears with an enhanced spin susceptibility and local moments. In conclusion, as the metallic state is stabilized, a weak structural distortion develops and suggests a competing instability with the parent spin-orbit Mott state.

  7. Carrier doping to the organic Mott insulator by conjugating with tetrathiafulvalene

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    Takahashi, Y.; Nakagawa, Y.; Hayakawa, K.; Inabe, T.; Naito, T.

    2012-09-01

    The electrical conductivity of the organic Mott insulator ET-F2TCNQ (ET = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene, F2TCNQ = 2,5-difluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) crystal was found to be enhanced by conjugation with a tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) single crystal on its surface; surface sheet resistance decreased from 5 × l05 to 2 × 103 Ω/sq. The mechanism of this decrement was investigated through optical and atomic force microscopy measurements at the interface. When TTF was conjugated to the ET-F2TCNQ crystal, electron injection from TTF and complex formation between TTF and F2TCNQ occurred. Neutral ET molecules were consequently generated at the interface, and this charge doping broke the Mott insulating state.

  8. Absence of Asymptotic Freedom in Doped Mott Insulators: Breakdown of Strong Coupling Expansions

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    Phillips, Philip; Galanakis, Dimitrios; Stanescu, Tudor D.

    2004-12-01

    We show that doped Mott insulators such as the copper-oxide superconductors are asymptotically slaved in that the quasiparticle weight Z near half-filling depends critically on the existence of the high-energy scale set by the upper Hubbard band. In particular, near half-filling, the following dichotomy arises: Z≠0 when the high-energy scale is integrated out but Z=0 in the thermodynamic limit when it is retained. Slavery to the high-energy scale arises from quantum interference between electronic excitations across the Mott gap. Broad spectral features seen in photoemission in the normal state of the cuprates are argued to arise from high-energy slavery.

  9. Unstable Domain-Wall Solution in the Metal-Mott Insulator Coexisting Regime

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    Lee, Tsung-Han; Dobrosavljevic, Vladimir; Vucicevic, Jaksa; Tanaskovic, Darko; Miranda, Eduardo

    2015-03-01

    We employ Dynamical Mean Field Theory (DMFT) with multidimensional optimization (Conjugate Gradient and Broyden method) to investigate the transport properties of the unstable solution in the Mott metal-insulator coexisting regime. Physically, this solution is expected to describe the properties of the domain wall separating the metallic and the Mott-insulating regions in a spatially inhomogeneous case. We show that the multidimensional optimization can efficiently converge not only to the local minima of the free energy, describing the two coexisting phases, but also to the saddle-point describing the unstable solution. This unstable solution represents a new phase of matter: its low temperature transport properties differ qualitatively from both the metal and the insulator, displaying incoherent metallic behavior down to lowest temperatures.

  10. Ferroelectric charge order enhanced by magnetic frustration in dimer Mott insulators

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    Gomi, Hiroki; Inagaki, Takeshi J.; Takahashi, Akira

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the effect of magnetic frustration on the dielectric properties of dimer Mott insulators. We adopt the two-dimensional quarter-filled extended Hubbard model for κ -(BEDT -TTF )2X with an additional coupling with the dimer lattice motions, and numerically obtain the ground state. In the parameter range for strong magnetic frustration, an interdimer bond-length alternation mode that lifts the quasidegeneracy of classical spin configurations is strongly coupled to the electron system; this alternation mode occurs even with an extremely small electron-lattice coupling constant. Furthermore, the bond-length alternation induces in the dimers electric dipoles, which align along the same direction. A dimer Mott insulator phase with the ferroelectric charge order is obtained in the region. These results are consistent with the relaxorlike dielectric anomaly in κ -(BEDT-TTF ) 2Cu2(CN) 3 .

  11. Coexistence of Midgap Antiferromagnetic and Mott States in Undoped, Hole- and Electron-Doped Ambipolar Cuprates.

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    Yin, Xinmao; Zeng, Shengwei; Das, Tanmoy; Baskaran, G; Asmara, Teguh Citra; Santoso, Iman; Yu, Xiaojiang; Diao, Caozheng; Yang, Ping; Breese, Mark B H; Venkatesan, T; Lin, Hsin; Ariando; Rusydi, Andrivo

    2016-05-13

    We report the first observation of the coexistence of a distinct midgap state and a Mott state in undoped and their evolution in electron and hole-doped ambipolar Y_{0.38}La_{0.62}(Ba_{0.82}La_{0.18})_{2}Cu_{3}O_{y} films using spectroscopic ellipsometry and x-ray absorption spectroscopies at the O K and Cu L_{3,2} edges. Supported by theoretical calculations, the midgap state is shown to originate from antiferromagnetic correlation. Surprisingly, while the magnetic state collapses and its correlation strength weakens with dopings, the Mott state in contrast moves toward a higher energy and its correlation strength increases. Our result provides important clues to the mechanism of electronic correlation strengths and superconductivity in cuprates.

  12. Critical Behavior in Doping-Driven Metal-Insulator Transition on Single-Crystalline Organic Mott-FET.

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    Sato, Yoshiaki; Kawasugi, Yoshitaka; Suda, Masayuki; Yamamoto, Hiroshi M; Kato, Reizo

    2017-02-08

    We present the carrier transport properties in the vicinity of a doping-driven Mott transition observed at a field-effect transistor (FET) channel using a single crystal of the typical two-dimensional organic Mott insulator κ-(BEDT-TTF)2CuN(CN)2Cl (κ-Cl). The FET shows a continuous metal-insulator transition (MIT) as electrostatic doping proceeds. The phase transition appears to involve two-step crossovers, one in Hall measurement and the other in conductivity measurement. The crossover in conductivity occurs around the conductance quantum e(2)/h, and hence is not associated with "bad metal" behavior, which is in stark contrast to the MIT in half-filled organic Mott insulators or that in doped inorganic Mott insulators. Through in-depth scaling analysis of the conductivity, it is found that the above carrier transport properties in the vicinity of the MIT can be described by a high-temperature Mott quantum critical crossover, which is theoretically argued to be a ubiquitous feature of various types of Mott transitions.

  13. High pressure metallization of Mott Insulators: Magnetic, structural and electronic properties

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    Pasternak, M.P.; Hearne, G.; Sterer, E.; Taylor, R.D.; Jeanloz, R.

    1993-07-20

    High pressure studies of the insulator-metal transition in the (TM)I{sub 2} (TM = V, Fe, Co and Ni) compounds are described. Those divalent transition-metal iodides are structurally isomorphous and classified as Mott Insulators. Resistivity, X-ray diffraction and Moessbauer Spectroscopy were employed to investigate the electronic, structural, and magnetic properties as a function of pressure both on the highly correlated and on the metallic regimes.

  14. Condensate fraction in a 2D Bose gas measured across the Mott-insulator transition.

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    Spielman, I B; Phillips, W D; Porto, J V

    2008-03-28

    We realize a single-band 2D Bose-Hubbard system with Rb atoms in an optical lattice and measure the condensate fraction as a function of lattice depth, crossing from the superfluid to the Mott-insulating phase. We quantitatively identify the location of the superfluid to normal transition by observing when the condensed fraction vanishes. Our measurement agrees with recent quantum Monte Carlo calculations for a finite-sized 2D system to within experimental uncertainty.

  15. Selective Mottness as a key to iron superconductors: weak and strong correlations

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    de Medici, Luca

    2014-03-01

    I will discuss the strength of electronic correlations in the normal phase of Fe-superconductors and trace a comparison with cuprates. The phase diagram of the high-Tc cuprates is dominated by the Mott insulating phase of the parent compounds. Approaching it from large doping, a standard Fermi-liquid is seen to gradually turn into a bad non-Fermi liquid metal in which quasiparticles have heavily differentiated coherence depending on momentum, a process which culminates in the pseudogap regime, in which the antinodal region in momentum space acquires a gap before the material reaches a fully gapped Mott state. I will show that experiments for electron- and hole-doped BaFe2As2 support an analogous scenario. The doping evolution is dominated by the influence of a Mott insulator that would be realized for half-filled conduction bands, while the stoichiometric compound does not play a special role. Weakly and strongly correlated conduction electrons coexist in much of the phase diagram, a differentiation that increases with hole-doping. We identify the reason for this ``selective Mottness'' in a simple emergent mechanism, an ``orbital decoupling,'' triggered by the strong Hund's coupling. When this mechanism is active charge excitations in the different orbitals are decoupled and each orbital behaves as a single band Hubbard model, where the correlation degree almost only depends on how doped is each orbital from half-filling. This scenario reconciles contrasting evidences on the electronic correlation strength, implies a strong asymmetry between hole- and electron-doping and establishes a deep connection with the cuprates. L. de' Medici, G. Giovannetti and M. Capone, ArXiv:1212.3966 Work supported by CNRS - ESPCI ParisTech, France

  16. Competing ground states of strongly correlated bosons in the Harper-Hofstadter-Mott model

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    Natu, Stefan S.; Mueller, Erich J.; Das Sarma, S.

    2016-06-01

    Using an efficient cluster approach, we study the physics of two-dimensional lattice bosons in a strong magnetic field in the regime where the tunneling is much weaker than the on-site interaction strength. We study both the dilute, hard-core bosons at filling factors much smaller than unity occupation per site and the physics in the vicinity of the superfluid-Mott lobes as the density is tuned away from unity. For hard-core bosons, we carry out extensive numerics for a fixed flux per plaquette ϕ =1 /5 and ϕ =1 /3 . At large flux, the lowest-energy state is a strongly correlated superfluid, analogous to He-4, in which the order parameter is dramatically suppressed, but nonzero. At filling factors ν =1 /2 ,1 , we find competing incompressible states which are metastable. These appear to be commensurate density wave states. For small flux, the situation is reversed and the ground state at ν =1 /2 is an incompressible density wave solid. Here, we find a metastable lattice supersolid phase, where superfluidity and density wave order coexist. We then perform careful numerical studies of the physics near the vicinity of the Mott lobes for ϕ =1 /2 and ϕ =1 /4 . At ϕ =1 /2 , the superfluid ground state has commensurate density wave order. At ϕ =1 /4 , incompressible phases appear outside the Mott lobes at densities n =1.125 and n =1.25 , corresponding to filling fractions ν =1 /2 and 1, respectively. These phases, which are absent in single-site mean-field theory, are metastable and have slightly higher energy than the superfluid, but the energy difference between them shrinks rapidly with increasing cluster size, suggestive of an incompressible ground state. We thus explore the interplay between Mott physics, magnetic Landau levels, and superfluidity, finding a rich phase diagram of competing compressible and incompressible states.

  17. NMR study of the superconducting gap variation near the Mott transition in Cs₃C₆₀.

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    Wzietek, P; Mito, T; Alloul, H; Pontiroli, D; Aramini, M; Riccò, M

    2014-02-14

    Former extensive studies of superconductivity in the A3C60 compounds, where A is an alkali metal, have led one to consider that Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer electron-phonon pairing prevails in those compounds, though the incidence of electronic Coulomb repulsion has been highly debated. The discovery of two isomeric fulleride compounds Cs3C60 which exhibit a transition with pressure from a Mott insulator (MI) to a superconducting (SC) state clearly reopens that question. Using pressure (p) as a single control parameter of the C60 balls lattice spacing, one can now study the progressive evolution of the SC properties when the electronic correlations are increased towards the critical pressure p(c) of the Mott transition. We have used 13C and 133Cs NMR measurements on the cubic phase A15-Cs3C60 just above p(c)=5.0(3) kbar, where the SC transition temperature Tc displays a dome shape with decreasing cell volume. From the T dependence below T(c) of the nuclear spin lattice relaxation rate (T1)(-1) we determine the electronic excitations in the SC state, that is 2Δ, the gap value. The latter is found to be largely enhanced with respect to the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer value established in the case of dense A3C60 compounds. It even increases slightly with decreasing p towards p(c), where T(c) decreases on the SC dome, so that 2Δ/k(B)T(c) increases regularly upon approaching the Mott transition. These results bring clear evidence that the increasing correlations near the Mott transition are not significantly detrimental to superconductivity. They rather suggest that repulsive electron interactions might even reinforce elecron-phonon superconductivity, being then partly responsible for the large T(c) values, as proposed by theoretical models taking the electronic correlations as a key ingredient.

  18. NMR Study of the Superconducting Gap Variation near the Mott Transition in Cs3C60

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    Wzietek, P.; Mito, T.; Alloul, H.; Pontiroli, D.; Aramini, M.; Riccò, M.

    2014-02-01

    Former extensive studies of superconductivity in the A3C60 compounds, where A is an alkali metal, have led one to consider that Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer electron-phonon pairing prevails in those compounds, though the incidence of electronic Coulomb repulsion has been highly debated. The discovery of two isomeric fulleride compounds Cs3C60 which exhibit a transition with pressure from a Mott insulator (MI) to a superconducting (SC) state clearly reopens that question. Using pressure (p) as a single control parameter of the C60 balls lattice spacing, one can now study the progressive evolution of the SC properties when the electronic correlations are increased towards the critical pressure pc of the Mott transition. We have used C13 and Cs133 NMR measurements on the cubic phase A15-Cs3C60 just above pc=5.0(3) kbar, where the SC transition temperature Tc displays a dome shape with decreasing cell volume. From the T dependence below Tc of the nuclear spin lattice relaxation rate (T1)-1 we determine the electronic excitations in the SC state, that is 2Δ, the gap value. The latter is found to be largely enhanced with respect to the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer value established in the case of dense A3C60 compounds. It even increases slightly with decreasing p towards pc, where Tc decreases on the SC dome, so that 2Δ /kBTc increases regularly upon approaching the Mott transition. These results bring clear evidence that the increasing correlations near the Mott transition are not significantly detrimental to superconductivity. They rather suggest that repulsive electron interactions might even reinforce elecron-phonon superconductivity, being then partly responsible for the large Tc values, as proposed by theoretical models taking the electronic correlations as a key ingredient.

  19. Non-local order in Mott insulators, duality and Wilson loops

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    Rath, Steffen Patrick; Simeth, Wolfgang; Endres, Manuel; Zwerger, Wilhelm

    2013-07-15

    It is shown that the Mott insulating and superfluid phases of bosons in an optical lattice may be distinguished by a non-local ‘parity order parameter’ which is directly accessible via single site resolution imaging. In one dimension, the lattice Bose model is dual to a classical interface roughening problem. We use known exact results from the latter to prove that the parity order parameter exhibits long range order in the Mott insulating phase, consistent with recent experiments by Endres et al. [M. Endres, M. Cheneau, T. Fukuhara, C. Weitenberg, P. Schauß, C. Gross, L. Mazza, M.C. Bañuls, L. Pollet, I. Bloch, et al., Science 334 (2011) 200]. In two spatial dimensions, the parity order parameter can be expressed in terms of an equal time Wilson loop of a non-trivial U(1) gauge theory in 2+1 dimensions which exhibits a transition between a Coulomb and a confining phase. The negative logarithm of the parity order parameter obeys a perimeter law in the Mott insulator and is enhanced by a logarithmic factor in the superfluid. -- Highlights: •Number statistics of cold atoms in optical lattices show non-local correlations. •These correlations are measurable via single site resolution imaging. •Incompressible phases exhibit an area law in particle number fluctuations. •This leads to long-range parity order of Mott-insulators in one dimension. •Parity order in 2d is connected with a Wilson-loop in a lattice gauge theory.

  20. Transition from a Two-Dimensional Superfluid to a One-Dimensional Mott Insulator

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    Bergkvist, Sara; Rosengren, Anders; Saers, Robert; Lundh, Emil; Rehn, Magnus; Kastberg, Anders

    2007-09-14

    A two-dimensional system of atoms in an anisotropic optical lattice is studied theoretically. If the system is finite in one direction, it is shown to exhibit a transition between a two-dimensional superfluid and a one-dimensional Mott insulating chain of superfluid tubes. Monte Carlo simulations are consistent with the expectation that the phase transition is of Kosterlitz-Thouless type. The effect of the transition on experimental time-of-flight images is discussed.

  1. Identification of Mott insulators and Anderson insulators in self-assembled gold nanoparticles thin films.

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    Jiang, Cheng-Wei; Ni, I-Chih; Tzeng, Shien-Der; Wu, Cen-Shawn; Kuo, Watson

    2014-06-07

    How the interparticle tunnelling affects the charge conduction of self-assembled gold nanoparticles is studied by three means: tuning the tunnel barrier width by different molecule modification and by substrate bending, and tuning the barrier height by high-dose electron beam exposure. All approaches indicate that the metal-Mott insulator transition is governed predominantly by the interparticle coupling strength, which can be quantified by the room temperature sheet resistance. The Hubbard gap, following the prediction of quantum fluctuation theory, reduces to zero rapidly as the sheet resistance decreases to the quantum resistance. At very low temperature, the fate of devices near the Mott transition depends on the strength of disorder. The charge conduction is from nearest-neighbour hopping to co-tunnelling between nanoparticles in Mott insulators whereas it is from variable-range hopping through charge puddles in Anderson insulators. When the two-dimensional nanoparticle network is under a unidirectional strain, the interparticle coupling becomes anisotropic so the average sheet resistance is required to describe the charge conduction.

  2. High-density Two-Dimensional Small Polaron Gas in a Delta-Doped Mott Insulator

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    Ouellette, Daniel G.; Moetakef, Pouya; Cain, Tyler A.; Zhang, Jack Y.; Stemmer, Susanne; Emin, David; Allen, S. James

    2013-01-01

    Heterointerfaces in complex oxide systems open new arenas in which to test models of strongly correlated material, explore the role of dimensionality in metal-insulator-transitions (MITs) and small polaron formation. Close to the quantum critical point Mott MITs depend on band filling controlled by random disordered substitutional doping. Delta-doped Mott insulators are potentially free of random disorder and introduce a new arena in which to explore the effect of electron correlations and dimensionality. Epitaxial films of the prototypical Mott insulator GdTiO3 are delta-doped by substituting a single (GdO)+1 plane with a monolayer of charge neutral SrO to produce a two-dimensional system with high planar doping density. Unlike metallic SrTiO3 quantum wells in GdTiO3 the single SrO delta-doped layer exhibits thermally activated DC and optical conductivity that agree in a quantitative manner with predictions of small polaron transport but with an extremely high two-dimensional density of polarons, ~7 × 1014 cm−2. PMID:24257578

  3. Continuous Mott transition between a metal and a quantum spin liquid

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    Mishmash, Ryan V.; González, Iván; Melko, Roger G.; Motrunich, Olexei I.; Fisher, Matthew P. A.

    2015-06-01

    More than half a century after first being proposed by Sir Nevill Mott, the deceptively simple question of whether the interaction-driven electronic metal-insulator transition may be continuous remains enigmatic. Recent experiments on two-dimensional materials suggest that when the insulator is a quantum spin liquid, lack of magnetic long-range order on the insulating side may cause the transition to be continuous, or only very weakly first order. Motivated by this, we study a half-filled extended Hubbard model on a triangular lattice strip geometry. We argue, through use of large-scale numerical simulations and analytical bosonization, that this model harbors a continuous (Kosterlitz-Thouless-like) quantum phase transition between a metal and a gapless spin liquid characterized by a spinon Fermi surface, i.e., a "spinon metal." These results may provide a rare insight into the development of Mott criticality in strongly interacting two-dimensional materials and represent one of the first numerical demonstrations of a Mott insulating quantum spin liquid phase in a genuinely electronic microscopic model.

  4. High-density two-dimensional small polaron gas in a delta-doped Mott insulator.

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    Ouellette, Daniel G; Moetakef, Pouya; Cain, Tyler A; Zhang, Jack Y; Stemmer, Susanne; Emin, David; Allen, S James

    2013-11-21

    Heterointerfaces in complex oxide systems open new arenas in which to test models of strongly correlated material, explore the role of dimensionality in metal-insulator-transitions (MITs) and small polaron formation. Close to the quantum critical point Mott MITs depend on band filling controlled by random disordered substitutional doping. Delta-doped Mott insulators are potentially free of random disorder and introduce a new arena in which to explore the effect of electron correlations and dimensionality. Epitaxial films of the prototypical Mott insulator GdTiO3 are delta-doped by substituting a single (GdO)(+1) plane with a monolayer of charge neutral SrO to produce a two-dimensional system with high planar doping density. Unlike metallic SrTiO3 quantum wells in GdTiO3 the single SrO delta-doped layer exhibits thermally activated DC and optical conductivity that agree in a quantitative manner with predictions of small polaron transport but with an extremely high two-dimensional density of polarons, ~7 × 10(14) cm(-2).

  5. Unquenched eg1 orbital moment in the Mott-insulating antiferromagnet KOsO4

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    Song, Young-Joon; Ahn, Kyo-Hoon; Lee, Kwan-Woo; Pickett, Warren E.

    2014-12-01

    Applying the correlated electronic structure method based on density functional theory plus the Hubbard U interaction, we have investigated the tetragonal scheelite structure Mott insulator KOsO4, whose eg1 configuration should be affected only slightly by spin-orbit coupling (SOC). The method reproduces the observed antiferromagnetic Mott-insulating state, populating the Os dz2 majority orbital. The quarter-filled eg manifold is characterized by a symmetry breaking due to the tetragonal structure, and the Os ion shows a crystal field splitting Δcf=1.7 eV from the t2 g complex, which is relatively small considering the high formal oxidation state Os 7 +. The small magnetocrystalline anisotropy before including correlation (i.e., in the metallic state) is increased by more than an order of magnitude in the Mott-insulating state, a result of a strong interplay between large SOC and a strong correlation. In contrast to conventional wisdom that the eg complex will not support orbital magnetism, we find that for the easy axis [100] direction the substantial Os orbital moment ML≈-0.2 μB compensates half of the Os spin moment MS=0.4 μB . The origin of the orbital moment is analyzed and understood in terms of additional spin-orbital lowering of symmetry, and beyond that due to structural distortion, for magnetization along [100]. Further interpretation is assisted by analysis of the spin density and the Wannier function with SOC included.

  6. Collective excitations and the nature of Mott transition in undoped gapped graphene.

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    Jafari, S A

    2012-08-01

    The particle-hole continuum (PHC) for massive Dirac fermions provides an unprecedented opportunity for the formation of two collective split-off states, one in the singlet and the other in the triplet (spin-1) channel, when the short-range interactions are added to the undoped system. Both states are close in energy and are separated from the continuum of free particle-hole excitations by an energy scale of the order of the gap parameter Δ. They both disperse linearly with two different velocities, reminiscent of spin-charge separation in Luttinger liquids. When the strength of Hubbard interactions is stronger than a critical value, the velocity of singlet excitation, which we interpret as a charge composite boson, becomes zero and renders the system a Mott insulator. Beyond this critical point the low-energy sector is left with a linearly dispersing triplet mode-a characteristic of a Mott insulator. The velocity of the triplet mode at the Mott criticality is twice the velocity of the underlying Dirac fermions. The phase transition line in the space of U and Δ is in qualitative agreement with our previous dynamical mean field theory calculations.

  7. Ellen N. La Motte: the making of a nurse, writer, and activist.

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    Williams, Lea M

    2015-01-01

    This article examines the early career of Ellen N. La Motte (1873-1961) to trace how her training at the Johns Hopkins Training School for Nurses and years spent as a tuberculosis nurse in Baltimore shaped her perception of tuberculosis prevention and women's suffrage. Although studies of tuberculosis have frequently alluded to her work, no sustained biocritical discussion of her development as a nurse and scholar exists. Between 1902, when she graduated from nursing school, and 1914, the start of the Great War, La Motte published a textbook and dozens of articles in journals devoted to nursing and social reform and delivered many speeches at local, regional, and national meetings. In addition, as her reputation as an expert in the field of tuberculosis nursing grew, her advocacy for the vote for women increased, and she used her writing and speaking skills on behalf of the suffrage cause. This article assesses how the skills La Motte acquired during these years helped mold her into a successful and respected nurse, writer, and activist.

  8. Mott Transitions and Staggered Orders in the Three-Component Fermionic System: Variational Cluster Approach

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    Hasunuma, Takumi; Kaneko, Tatsuya; Miyakoshi, Shohei; Ohta, Yukinori

    2016-07-01

    The variational cluster approximation is used to study the ground-state properties and single-particle spectra of the three-component fermionic Hubbard model defined on the two-dimensional square lattice at half filling. First, we show that either a paired Mott state or color-selective Mott state is realized in the paramagnetic system, depending on the anisotropy in the interaction strengths, except around the SU(3) symmetric point, where a paramagnetic metallic state is maintained. Then, by introducing Weiss fields to observe spontaneous symmetry breakings, we show that either a color-density-wave state or color-selective antiferromagnetic state is realized depending on the interaction anisotropy and that the first-order phase transition between these two states occurs at the SU(3) point. We moreover show that these staggered orders originate from the gain in potential energy (or Slater mechanism) near the SU(3) point but originate from the gain in kinetic energy (or Mott mechanism) when the interaction anisotropy is strong. The staggered orders near the SU(3) point disappear when the next-nearest-neighbor hopping parameters are introduced, indicating that these orders are fragile, protected only by the Fermi surface nesting.

  9. Pairwise entanglement and the Mott transition for correlated electrons in nanochains

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    Rycerz, Adam

    2017-05-01

    Pairwise entanglement, calculated separately for charge and spin degrees of freedom, is proposed as a ground-state signature of the Mott transition in correlated nanoscopic systems. Utilizing the exact diagonalization—ab initio, for chains containing N≤slant 16 hydrogenic-like atoms (at the half filling), we find that the vanishing of the nearest-neighbor charge concurrence indicates the crossover from a partly-localized quantum liquid to the Mott insulator. Spin concurrence remains nonzero at the insulating phase, showing that the decopling of spin and charge degrees of freedom may manifest itself by wavefunctions entangled in spin, but separable in charge coordinates. At the quarter filling, the analysis for N≤slant 20 shows that spin concurrence vanishes immediately when the charge-energy gap obtained from the scaling with 1/N\\to 0 vanishes, constituting a finite-system version of the Mott transition. Analytic derivations of the formulas expressing either charge or spin concurrence in terms of ground-state correlation functions are also provided.

  10. Strongly Correlated Superconductivity close to a Mott transition in orbitally degenerate models

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    Capone, Massimo; Fabrizio, Michele; Castellani, Claudio; Tosatti, Erio

    2004-03-01

    Recently a novel strongly correlated superconductivity (SCS) scenario has been proposed [1] which deals with the question whether and under which conditions Cooper-pairing may get enhanced by strong electron repulsion close to a Mott transition. The core of the SCS proposal is that the effective repulsion between quasiparticles vanishes close to the Mott transition, whereas any pairing attraction will remain unrenormalized if it acts inside the spin channel. This scenario was originally demonstrated through a Dynamical Mean Field Theory (DMFT) solution of a model for doped fullerenes, but it is believed to be far more general. Very recently, a twofold orbitally degenerate model with inverted Hund rule exchange has been proposed as a new candidate for SCS [2]. We report fresh DMFT work that fully confirms this expectation, and provides an extremely appealing phase diagram, where superconductivity arises by doping the Mott insulator, out of an unstable a pseudogapped metal, very much as it happens in cuprates. [1] M. Capone, M. Fabrizio, C. Castellani, and E. Tosatti, Science 296, 2364 (2002). [2] M. Fabrizio, A.F. Ho, L. De Leo, and G. Santoro, Phys. Rev. Lett., to appear; L. De Leo and M. Fabrizio, unpublished.

  11. Path to poor coherence in the periodic Anderson model from Mott physics and hybridization

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    Amaricci, A.; de'Medici, L.; Sordi, G.; Rozenberg, M. J.; Capone, M.

    2012-06-01

    We investigate the anomalous metal arising from hole-doping the Mott insulating state in the periodic Anderson model. Using dynamical mean-field theory we show that, as opposed to the electron-doped case, in the hole-doped regime the hybridization between localized and delocalized orbitals leads to the formation of composite quasiparticles reminiscent of the Zhang-Rice singlets. We compute the coherence temperature of this state, showing its extremely small value at low doping. As a consequence the weakly doped Mott state deviates from the predictions of Fermi-liquid theory already at small temperatures. The onset of the Zhang-Rice state and of the consequent poor coherence is due to the electronic structure in which both localized and itinerant carriers have to be involved in the formation of the conduction states and to the proximity to the Mott state. By investigating the magnetic properties of this state, we discuss the relation between the anomalous metallic properties and the behavior of the magnetic degrees of freedom.

  12. Hidden Mott transition and large-U superconductivity in the two-dimensional Hubbard model

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    Tocchio, Luca F.; Becca, Federico; Sorella, Sandro

    2016-11-01

    We consider the one-band Hubbard model on the square lattice by using variational and Green's function Monte Carlo methods, where the variational states contain Jastrow and backflow correlations on top of an uncorrelated wave function that includes BCS pairing and magnetic order. At half-filling, where the ground state is antiferromagnetically ordered for any value of the on-site interaction U , we can identify a hidden critical point UMott, above which a finite BCS pairing is stabilized in the wave function. The existence of this point is reminiscent of the Mott transition in the paramagnetic sector and determines a separation between a Slater insulator (at small values of U ), where magnetism induces a potential energy gain, and a Mott insulator (at large values of U ), where magnetic correlations drive a kinetic energy gain. Most importantly, the existence of UMott has crucial consequences when doping the system: We observe a tendency for phase separation into hole-rich and hole-poor regions only when doping the Slater insulator, while the system is uniform by doping the Mott insulator. Superconducting correlations are clearly observed above UMott, leading to the characteristic dome structure in doping. Furthermore, we show that the energy gain due to the presence of a finite BCS pairing above UMott shifts from the potential to the kinetic sector by increasing the value of the Coulomb repulsion.

  13. Pressure-induced Mott transition in transition-metal iodides (invited)

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    Pasternak, M. P.; Taylor, R. D.; Jeanloz, Raymond

    1991-11-01

    Many of the transition-metal (TM) compounds, because of exchange and correlation interactions within the narrow and poorly overlapping d bands, become antiferromagnetic insulators, the Mott insulators (MI). The properties of the MI and their gradual transition into the noncorrelated metallic state (the Mott transition) are of crucial importance for the elucidation of high-temperature superconducting materials features in particular and to magnetism in general. The transition of the MI into a metal can be achieved either by doping or by high pressure. The first method is definitely inappropriate for studying the nature of the Mott transition; for the narrow-band materials the electronic and structural disorder inherent in doping has a strongly perturbing effect. To yield the definitive data on the Mott transition, high-pressure work on well-characterized materials should be sought. The present studies provide for the first time extensive information on the Mott-Hubbard gap closure induced by high pressure. High-pressure studies using diamond anvil cells were conducted with several (TM)I2 compounds. They all have layered structures and order antiferromagnetically at ambient pressure. 129I Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS) was used to study the properties of the (TM)2+ sublattice magnetization as a function of pressure and temperature, and x-ray diffraction was used to look for possible crystallographic transitions and to obtain the equation of state. Results show that the high-pressure transition at Pc from a magnetic to a nonmagnetic state is not accompanied by crystallographic changes. Previous studies [M. P. Pasternak et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 65, 790 (1990)] with NiI2 have confirmed the presence of a metallic state at P ≳ Pc. Inherent to the pressure behavior of the magnetic state is the gradual increase of TN in all cases and a slight increase in the TM2+ moments with pressure increase. The collapse of the magnetic state is abrupt for some cases (NiI2) and gradual

  14. Low-energy magnon dynamics and magneto-optics of the skyrmionic Mott insulator Cu2OSeO3

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    Laurita, N. J.; Marcus, G. G.; Trump, B. A.; Kindervater, J.; Stone, M. B.; McQueen, T. M.; Broholm, C. L.; Armitage, N. P.

    2017-06-01

    In this paper, we present a comprehensive study of the low-energy optical magnetic response of the skyrmionic Mott insulator Cu2OSeO3 via high resolution time-domain THz spectroscopy. In zero field, a new magnetic excitation (f0=2.03 THz ) which has not been predicted by spin-wave theory is observed and shown, with accompanying time-of-flight neutron scattering experiments, to be a zone folded magnon from the R to Γ points of the Brillouin zone. Highly sensitive polarimetry experiments performed in weak magnetic fields, μ0H <200 mT , observe Faraday and Kerr rotations which are proportional to the sample magnetization, allowing for optical detection of the skyrmion phase and construction of a magnetic phase diagram. From these measurements, we extract a critical exponent of β =0.35 ±0.04 , in good agreement with the expected value for the 3D Heisenberg universality class of β =0.367 . In large magnetic fields, μ0H >5 T , we observe the magnetically active uniform mode of the ferrimagnetic field polarized phase whose dynamics as a function of field and temperature are studied. In addition to extracting a geff=2.08 ±0.03 , we observe the uniform mode to decay through a non-Gilbert damping mechanism and to possess a finite spontaneous decay rate, Γ0≈25 GHz , in the zero temperature limit. Our observations are attributed to Dzyaloshinkii-Moriya interactions, which have been proposed to be exceptionally strong in Cu2OSeO3 and are expected to impact the low-energy magnetic response of such chiral magnets.

  15. Large Fermi Surface of Heavy Electrons at the Border of Mott Insulating State in NiS2

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    Friedemann, S.; Chang, H.; Gamża, M. B.; Reiss, P.; Chen, X.; Alireza, P.; Coniglio, W. A.; Graf, D.; Tozer, S.; Grosche, F. M.

    2016-05-01

    One early triumph of quantum physics is the explanation why some materials are metallic whereas others are insulating. While a treatment based on single electron states is correct for most materials this approach can fail spectacularly, when the electrostatic repulsion between electrons causes strong correlations. Not only can these favor new and subtle forms of matter, such as magnetism or superconductivity, they can even cause the electrons in a half-filled energy band to lock into position, producing a correlated, or Mott insulator. The transition into the Mott insulating state raises important fundamental questions. Foremost among these is the fate of the electronic Fermi surface and the associated charge carrier mass, as the Mott transition is approached. We report the first direct observation of the Fermi surface on the metallic side of a Mott insulating transition by high pressure quantum oscillatory measurements in NiS2. Our results point at a large Fermi surface consistent with Luttinger’s theorem and a strongly enhanced quasiparticle effective mass. These two findings are in line with central tenets of the Brinkman-Rice picture of the correlated metal near the Mott insulating state and rule out alternative scenarios in which the carrier concentration vanishes continuously at the metal-insulator transition.

  16. Large Fermi Surface of Heavy Electrons at the Border of Mott Insulating State in NiS2

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    Friedemann, S.; Chang, H.; Gamża, M. B.; Reiss, P.; Chen, X.; Alireza, P.; Coniglio, W. A.; Graf, D.; Tozer, S.; Grosche, F. M.

    2016-01-01

    One early triumph of quantum physics is the explanation why some materials are metallic whereas others are insulating. While a treatment based on single electron states is correct for most materials this approach can fail spectacularly, when the electrostatic repulsion between electrons causes strong correlations. Not only can these favor new and subtle forms of matter, such as magnetism or superconductivity, they can even cause the electrons in a half-filled energy band to lock into position, producing a correlated, or Mott insulator. The transition into the Mott insulating state raises important fundamental questions. Foremost among these is the fate of the electronic Fermi surface and the associated charge carrier mass, as the Mott transition is approached. We report the first direct observation of the Fermi surface on the metallic side of a Mott insulating transition by high pressure quantum oscillatory measurements in NiS2. Our results point at a large Fermi surface consistent with Luttinger’s theorem and a strongly enhanced quasiparticle effective mass. These two findings are in line with central tenets of the Brinkman-Rice picture of the correlated metal near the Mott insulating state and rule out alternative scenarios in which the carrier concentration vanishes continuously at the metal-insulator transition. PMID:27174799

  17. Large Fermi Surface of Heavy Electrons at the Border of Mott Insulating State in NiS2

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    Friedemann, S.; Chang, H.; Gamża, M. B.; ...

    2016-05-12

    One early triumph of quantum physics is the explanation why some materials are metallic whereas others are insulating. While a treatment based on single electron states is correct for most materials this approach can fail spectacularly, when the electrostatic repulsion between electrons causes strong correlations. Not only can these favor new and subtle forms of matter, such as magnetism or superconductivity, they can even cause the electrons in a half-filled energy band to lock into position, producing a correlated, or Mott insulator. The transition into the Mott insulating state raises important fundamental questions. Foremost among these is the fate ofmore » the electronic Fermi surface and the associated charge carrier mass, as the Mott transition is approached. We report the first direct observation of the Fermi surface on the metallic side of a Mott insulating transition by high pressure quantum oscillatory measurements in NiS2. We find our results point at a large Fermi surface consistent with Luttinger's theorem and a strongly enhanced quasiparticle effective mass. These two findings are in line with central tenets of the Brinkman-Rice picture of the correlated metal near the Mott insulating state and rule out alternative scenarios in which the carrier concentration vanishes continuously at the metal-insulator transition.« less

  18. Large Fermi Surface of Heavy Electrons at the Border of Mott Insulating State in NiS2

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    Friedemann, S.; Chang, H.; Gamża, M. B.; Reiss, P.; Chen, X.; Alireza, P.; Coniglio, W. A.; Graf, D.; Tozer, S.; Grosche, F. M.

    2016-05-12

    One early triumph of quantum physics is the explanation why some materials are metallic whereas others are insulating. While a treatment based on single electron states is correct for most materials this approach can fail spectacularly, when the electrostatic repulsion between electrons causes strong correlations. Not only can these favor new and subtle forms of matter, such as magnetism or superconductivity, they can even cause the electrons in a half-filled energy band to lock into position, producing a correlated, or Mott insulator. The transition into the Mott insulating state raises important fundamental questions. Foremost among these is the fate of the electronic Fermi surface and the associated charge carrier mass, as the Mott transition is approached. We report the first direct observation of the Fermi surface on the metallic side of a Mott insulating transition by high pressure quantum oscillatory measurements in NiS2. We find our results point at a large Fermi surface consistent with Luttinger's theorem and a strongly enhanced quasiparticle effective mass. These two findings are in line with central tenets of the Brinkman-Rice picture of the correlated metal near the Mott insulating state and rule out alternative scenarios in which the carrier concentration vanishes continuously at the metal-insulator transition.

  19. Theoretical description of photo-doping in Mott and charge-transfer insulators

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    Eckstein, Martin

    2012-02-01

    Many aspects of photo-excited insulator-to-metal transitions in Mott and charge-transfer systems are theoretically not well understood: How is the photo-doped state related to a chemically doped state? On what timescale do we expect the formation of quasiparticles? To describe the electronic dynamics of Mott insulators, we have used nonequilibrium dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) in combination with Quantum Monte Carlo and various weak and strong-coupling [1] techniques. In the talk, I will briefly present the current status of this approach and of related cluster approaches for nonequilibrium. I will then discuss results for the photo-doping in the Hubbard model, and in a in a p-d model for charge-transfer insulators. When the onsite Coulomb repulsion U is much larger than the hopping, rapid thermalization of the pump-excited Mott insulator is inhibited by the energetic stabilization of doublon-hole pairs [2], and various types of non-thermal states can arise. Immediately after the excitation process, the system of doublons and holes is too hot to form quasiparticle states, but coupling to a heat-bath of phonons can drive the system into a metallic state with well developed doublon and hole bands. Close to the metal-insulator transition, on the other hand, when U is of the order as the hopping, doublons and holes rapidly thermalize due to the electron-electron interaction, which makes the system a bad metal rather than a Fermi liquid. [4pt] [1] M. Eckstein and Ph. Werner, Phys. Rev. B 82, 115115 (2010).[0pt] [2] M. Eckstein and Ph. Werner, Phys. Rev. B 84, 035122 (2011).

  20. Metallization of solid molecular hydrogen in two dimensions: Mott-Hubbard-type transition

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    Biborski, Andrzej; Kådzielawa, Andrzej P.; Spałek, Józef

    2017-08-01

    We analyze the pressure-induced metal-insulator transition in a two-dimensional vertical stack of H2 molecules in (x-y) plane, and show that it represents a striking example of the Mott-Hubbard-type transition. Our combined exact diagonalization approach, formulated and solved in the second quantization formalism, includes also simultaneous ab initio readjustment of the single-particle wave functions, contained in the model microscopic parameters. The system is studied as a function of applied side force (generalized pressure), both in the H2-molecular and H-quasiatomic states. Extended Hubbard model is taken at the start, together with longer-range electron-electron interactions incorporated into the scheme. The stacked molecular plane transforms discontinuously into a (quasi)atomic state under the applied force via a two-step transition: the first between molecular insulating phases and the second from the molecular to the quasiatomic metallic phase. No quasiatomic insulating phase occurs. All the transitions are accompanied by abrupt changes of the bond length and the intermolecular distance (lattice parameter), as well as by discontinuous changes of the principal electronic properties, which are characteristic of the Mott-Hubbard transition here associated with the jumps of the predetermined equilibrium lattice parameter and the effective bond length. The phase transition can be interpreted in terms of the solid hydrogen metallization under pressure exerted by, e.g., the substrate covered with a monomolecular H2 film of the vertically stacked molecules. Both the Mott and Hubbard criteria at the insulator to metal transition are discussed.

  1. Chaotic dynamics in nanoscale NbO2 Mott memristors for analogue computing

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    Kumar, Suhas; Strachan, John Paul; Williams, R. Stanley

    2017-08-01

    At present, machine learning systems use simplified neuron models that lack the rich nonlinear phenomena observed in biological systems, which display spatio-temporal cooperative dynamics. There is evidence that neurons operate in a regime called the edge of chaos that may be central to complexity, learning efficiency, adaptability and analogue (non-Boolean) computation in brains. Neural networks have exhibited enhanced computational complexity when operated at the edge of chaos, and networks of chaotic elements have been proposed for solving combinatorial or global optimization problems. Thus, a source of controllable chaotic behaviour that can be incorporated into a neural-inspired circuit may be an essential component of future computational systems. Such chaotic elements have been simulated using elaborate transistor circuits that simulate known equations of chaos, but an experimental realization of chaotic dynamics from a single scalable electronic device has been lacking. Here we describe niobium dioxide (NbO2) Mott memristors each less than 100 nanometres across that exhibit both a nonlinear-transport-driven current-controlled negative differential resistance and a Mott-transition-driven temperature-controlled negative differential resistance. Mott materials have a temperature-dependent metal-insulator transition that acts as an electronic switch, which introduces a history-dependent resistance into the device. We incorporate these memristors into a relaxation oscillator and observe a tunable range of periodic and chaotic self-oscillations. We show that the nonlinear current transport coupled with thermal fluctuations at the nanoscale generates chaotic oscillations. Such memristors could be useful in certain types of neural-inspired computation by introducing a pseudo-random signal that prevents global synchronization and could also assist in finding a global minimum during a constrained search. We specifically demonstrate that incorporating such

  2. Invariance principle for Mott variable range hopping and other walks on point processes

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    Caputo, P.; Faggionato, A.; Prescott, T.

    2013-08-01

    We consider a random walk on a homogeneous Poisson point process with energy marks. The jump rates decay exponentially in the A-power of the jump length and depend on the energy marks via a Boltzmann--like factor. The case A=1 corresponds to the phonon-induced Mott variable range hopping in disordered solids in the regime of strong Anderson localization. We prove that for almost every realization of the marked process, the diffusively rescaled random walk, with arbitrary start point, converges to a Brownian motion whose diffusion matrix is positive definite, and independent of the environment. Finally, we extend the above result to other point processes including diluted lattices.

  3. Mott insulators of ultracold fermionic alkaline Earth atoms: underconstrained magnetism and chiral spin liquid.

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    Hermele, Michael; Gurarie, Victor; Rey, Ana Maria

    2009-09-25

    We study Mott insulators of fermionic alkaline earth atoms, described by Heisenberg spin models with enhanced SU(N) symmetry. In dramatic contrast to SU(2) magnetism, more than two spins are required to form a singlet. On the square lattice, the classical ground state is highly degenerate and magnetic order is thus unlikely. In a large-N limit, we find a chiral spin liquid ground state with topological order and Abelian fractional statistics. We discuss its experimental detection. Chiral spin liquids with non-Abelian anyons may also be realizable with alkaline earth atoms.

  4. Ferromagnetism in the Mott insulator Ba2NaOsO6

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    Erickson, A.S.; Misra, S.; Miller, G.J.; Harrison, W.A.; Kim, J.M.; Fisher, I.R.; /Stanford U., Appl. Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Geballe Lab.

    2010-01-15

    Results are presented of single crystal structural, thermodynamic, and reflectivity measurements of the double-perovskite Ba{sub 2}NaOsO{sub 6}. These characterize the material as a 5d1 ferromagnetic Mott insulator with an ordered moment of {approx} 0.2 {micro}B per formula unit and T{sub C} = 6.8(3) K. The magnetic entropy associated with this phase transition is close to Rln2, indicating that the quartet groundstate anticipated from consideration of the crystal structure is split, consistent with a scenario in which the ferromagnetism is associated with orbital ordering.

  5. Topological Bose-Mott insulators in a one-dimensional optical superlattice.

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    Zhu, Shi-Liang; Wang, Z-D; Chan, Y-H; Duan, L-M

    2013-02-15

    We study topological properties of the Bose-Hubbard model with repulsive interactions in a one-dimensional optical superlattice. We find that the Mott insulator states of the single-component (two-component) Bose-Hubbard model under fractional fillings are topological insulators characterized by a nonzero charge (or spin) Chern number with nontrivial edge states. For ultracold atomic experiments, we show that the topological Chern number can be detected through measuring the density profiles of the bosonic atoms in a harmonic trap.

  6. Signatures of the Mott transition in the antiferromagnetic state of the two-dimensional Hubbard model

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    Fratino, L.; Sémon, P.; Charlebois, M.; ...

    2017-06-06

    The properties of a phase with large correlation length can be strongly influenced by the underlying normal phase. Here, we illustrate this by studying the half-filled two-dimensional Hubbard model using cellular dynamical mean-field theory with continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo. Sharp crossovers in the mechanism that favors antiferromagnetic correlations and in the corresponding local density of states are observed. We found that these crossovers occur at values of the interaction strength U and temperature T that are controlled by the underlying normal-state Mott transition.

  7. Antiferromagnetic resonance in the Mott insulator fcc-Cs3C60.

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    Suzuki, Yuta; Shibasaki, Seiji; Kubozono, Yoshihiro; Kambe, Takashi

    2013-09-11

    The magnetic ground state of the fcc phase of the Mott insulator Cs3C60 was studied using a low-temperature electron spin resonance technique, and antiferromagnetic resonance (AFMR) below 1.57 K was directly observed at ambient pressure. The AFMR modes for the fcc phase of Cs3C60 were investigated using a conventional two-sublattice model with uniaxial anisotropy, and the spin-flop field was determined to be 4.7 kOe at 1.57 K. The static magnetic exchange interactions and anisotropy field for fcc-Cs3C60 were also estimated.

  8. Signatures of the Mott transition in the antiferromagnetic state of the two-dimensional Hubbard model

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    Fratino, L.; Sémon, P.; Charlebois, M.; Sordi, G.; Tremblay, A.-M. S.

    2017-06-01

    The properties of a phase with large correlation length can be strongly influenced by the underlying normal phase. We illustrate this by studying the half-filled two-dimensional Hubbard model using cellular dynamical mean-field theory with continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo. Sharp crossovers in the mechanism that favors antiferromagnetic correlations and in the corresponding local density of states are observed. These crossovers occur at values of the interaction strength U and temperature T that are controlled by the underlying normal-state Mott transition.

  9. Phase boundary of the boson Mott insulator in a rotating optical lattice

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    Umucalilar, R. O.; Oktel, M. Oe.

    2007-11-15

    We consider the Bose-Hubbard model in a two-dimensional rotating optical lattice and investigate the consequences of the effective magnetic field created by rotation. Using a Gutzwiller-type variational wave function, we find an analytical expression for the Mott insulator (MI)-superfluid (SF) transition boundary in terms of the maximum eigenvalue of the Hofstadter butterfly. The dependence of phase boundary on the effective magnetic field is complex, reflecting the self-similar properties of the single particle energy spectrum. Finally, we argue that fractional quantum Hall phases exist close to the MI-SF transition boundaries, including MI states with particle densities greater than one.

  10. Doped Mott Insulators in (111) Bilayers of Perovskite Transition-Metal Oxides with a Strong Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Okamoto, Satoshi

    2013-01-01

    The electronic properties of Mott insulators realized in (111) bilayers of perovskite transition-metal oxides are studied. The low-energy effective Hamiltonians for such Mott insulators are derived in the presence of a strong spin-orbit coupling. These models are characterized by the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg interaction and the anisotropic interaction whose form depends on the $d$ orbital occupancy. From exact diagonalization analyses on finite clusters, the ground state phase diagrams are derived, including a Kitaev spin liquid phase in a narrow parameter regime for $t_{2g}$ systems. Slave-boson mean-field analyses indicate the possibility of novel superconducting states induced by carrier doping into the Mott-insulating parent systems, suggesting the present model systems as unique playgrounds for studying correlation-induced novel phenomena. Possible experimental realizations are also discussed.

  11. Effect of the Mott cross section on the determination of the charge of ultraheavy cosmic rays from emulsion tracks

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    Eby, P. B.; Morgan, S. H.; Parnell, T. A.

    1978-01-01

    Energy deposition due to secondary electrons is calculated as a function of distance from the axis of the track of a heavy ion. The calculation incorporates the empirical formulas of Kobetich and Katz (1968) for delta-ray energy dissipation. Both the Mott and Born-approximation expressions for the delta-ray energy distributions are used, and the results are compared. The energy deposition projected along a line perpendicular to the track is also calculated. These results are used to estimate the effect that the use of the Mott cross section would have in the interpretation of photometric measurements on emulsion tracks of trans-iron cosmic-ray particles. It is shown that the use of 50 keV as a characteristic track-formation electron energy to estimate the effect of the Mott cross section systematically overestimates charge as derived from emulsions for Z greater than 20.

  12. Electric-field-induced metal maintained by current of the Mott insulator Ca2RuO4

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    Nakamura, Fumihiko; Sakaki, Mariko; Yamanaka, Yuya; Tamaru, Sho; Suzuki, Takashi; Maeno, Yoshiteru

    2013-01-01

    Recently, “application of electric field (E-field)” has received considerable attention as a new method to induce novel quantum phenomena since application of E-field can tune the electronic states directly with obvious scientific and industrial advantages over other turning methods. However, E-field-induced Mott transitions are rare and typically require high E-field and low temperature. Here we report that the multiband Mott insulator Ca2RuO4 shows unique insulator-metal switching induced by applying a dry-battery level voltage at room temperature. The threshold field Eth ~40 V/cm is much weaker than the Mott gap energy. Moreover, the switching is accompanied by a bulk structural transition. Perhaps the most peculiar of the present findings is that the induced metal can be maintained to low temperature by a weak current. PMID:23985626

  13. U(1) slave-spin theory and its application to Mott transition in a multiorbital model for iron pnictides

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    Yu, Rong; Si, Qimiao

    2012-08-01

    A U(1) slave-spin representation is introduced for multiorbital Hubbard models. As with the Z2 form of de’Medici [Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.72.205124 72, 205124 (2005)], this approach represents a physical electron operator as the product of a slave spin and an auxiliary fermion operator. For nondegenerate multiorbital models, our U(1) approach is advantageous in that it captures the noninteracting limit at the mean-field level. For systems with either a single orbital or degenerate multiple orbitals, the U(1) and Z2 slave-spin approaches yield the same results in the slave-spin-condensed phase. In general, the U(1) slave-spin approach contains a U(1) gauge redundancy, and properly describes a Mott insulating phase. We apply the U(1) slave-spin approach to study the metal-to-insulator transition in a five-orbital model for parent iron pnictides. We demonstrate a Mott transition as a function of the interactions in this model. The nature of the Mott insulating state is influenced by the interplay between the Hund's rule coupling and crystal-field splittings. In the metallic phase, when the Hund's rule coupling is beyond a threshold, there is a crossover from a weakly correlated metal to a strongly correlated one, through which the quasiparticle spectral weight rapidly drops. The existence of such a strongly correlated metallic phase supports the incipient Mott picture of the parent iron pnictides. In the parameter regime for this phase and in the vicinity of the Mott transition, we find that an orbital selective Mott state has nearly as competitive a ground-state energy.

  14. Unified understanding of superconductivity and Mott transition in alkali-doped fullerides from first principles

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    Nomura, Yusuke; Sakai, Shiro; Capone, Massimo; Arita, Ryotaro

    2015-01-01

    Alkali-doped fullerides A3C60 (A = K, Rb, Cs) are surprising materials where conventional phonon-mediated superconductivity and unconventional Mott physics meet, leading to a remarkable phase diagram as a function of volume per C60 molecule. We address these materials with a state-of-the-art calculation, where we construct a realistic low-energy model from first principles without using a priori information other than the crystal structure and solve it with an accurate many-body theory. Remarkably, our scheme comprehensively reproduces the experimental phase diagram including the low-spin Mott-insulating phase next to the superconducting phase. More remarkably, the critical temperatures Tc’s calculated from first principles quantitatively reproduce the experimental values. The driving force behind the surprising phase diagram of A3C60 is a subtle competition between Hund’s coupling and Jahn-Teller phonons, which leads to an effectively inverted Hund’s coupling. Our results establish that the fullerides are the first members of a novel class of molecular superconductors in which the multiorbital electronic correlations and phonons cooperate to reach high Tc s-wave superconductivity. PMID:26601242

  15. Reducing orbital occupancy in VO2 suppresses Mott physics while Peierls distortions persist

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    Quackenbush, Nicholas F.; Paik, Hanjong; Holtz, Megan E.; Wahila, Matthew J.; Moyer, Jarrett A.; Barthel, Stefan; Wehling, Tim O.; Arena, Dario A.; Woicik, Joseph C.; Muller, David A.; Schlom, Darrell G.; Piper, Louis F. J.

    2017-08-01

    The characteristics of the cooperative Mott-Peierls metal-insulator transition (MIT) of VO2 can be altered by employing epitaxial strain. While the most commonly used substrate for this purpose is isostructural rutile TiO2, thin films often suffer from interdiffusion of Ti ions near the interface. Exploiting this phenomena, we investigate the nature of interfacial V4 +/Ti4 + cation intermixing and its effects on the MIT using scanning transmission electron microscopy with electron energy loss spectroscopy (STEM-EELS), soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES), along with supporting density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We find that the reduced orbital occupancy in highly Ti incorporated VO2 is responsible for suppressing the MIT. Interdiffused films are found to be metallic at all measured temperatures, despite a resolute dimerization inferred from x-ray absorption data at lower temperatures. Our results demonstrate that the Mott physics can be suppressed in doped VO2, while a lattice dimerization remains thermodynamically favorable.

  16. Charge-ordering cascade with spin-orbit Mott dimer states in metallic iridium ditelluride

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    Ko, K.-T.; Lee, H.-H.; Kim, D.-H.; Yang, J.-J.; Cheong, S.-W.; Eom, M. J.; Kim, J. S.; Gammag, R.; Kim, K.-S.; Kim, H.-S.; Kim, T.-H.; Yeom, H.-W.; Koo, T.-Y.; Kim, H.-D.; Park, J.-H.

    2015-06-01

    Spin-orbit coupling results in technologically-crucial phenomena underlying magnetic devices like magnetic memories and energy-efficient motors. In heavy element materials, the strength of spin-orbit coupling becomes large to affect the overall electronic nature and induces novel states such as topological insulators and spin-orbit-integrated Mott states. Here we report an unprecedented charge-ordering cascade in IrTe2 without the loss of metallicity, which involves localized spin-orbit Mott states with diamagnetic Ir4+-Ir4+ dimers. The cascade in cooling, uncompensated in heating, consists of first order-type consecutive transitions from a pure Ir3+ phase to Ir3+-Ir4+ charge-ordered phases, which originate from Ir 5d to Te 5p charge transfer involving anionic polymeric bond breaking. Considering that the system exhibits superconductivity with suppression of the charge order by doping, analogously to cuprates, these results provide a new electronic paradigm of localized charge-ordered states interacting with itinerant electrons through large spin-orbit coupling.

  17. Dimensional crossover and cold-atom realization of topological Mott insulators

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    Scheurer, Mathias S.; Rachel, Stephan; Orth, Peter P.

    2015-01-01

    Interacting cold-atomic gases in optical lattices offer an experimental approach to outstanding problems of many body physics. One important example is the interplay of interaction and topology which promises to generate a variety of exotic phases such as the fractionalized Chern insulator or the topological Mott insulator. Both theoretically understanding these states of matter and finding suitable systems that host them have proven to be challenging problems. Here we propose a cold-atom setup where Hubbard on-site interactions give rise to spin liquid-like phases: weak and strong topological Mott insulators. They represent the celebrated paradigm of an interacting and topological quantum state with fractionalized spinon excitations that inherit the topology of the non-interacting system. Our proposal shall help to pave the way for a controlled experimental investigation of this exotic state of matter in optical lattices. Furthermore, it allows for the investigation of a dimensional crossover from a two-dimensional quantum spin Hall insulating phase to a three-dimensional strong topological insulator by tuning the hopping between the layers. PMID:25669431

  18. Ultra-fast photo-carrier relaxation in Mott insulators with short-range spin correlations

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    Eckstein, Martin; Werner, Philipp

    2016-01-01

    Ultra-fast spectroscopy can reveal the interplay of charges with low energy degrees of freedom, which underlies the rich physics of correlated materials. As a potential glue for superconductivity, spin fluctuations in Mott insulators are of particular interest. A theoretical description of the coupled spin and charge degrees of freedom is challenging, because magnetic order is often only short-lived and short-ranged. In this work we theoretically investigate how the spin-charge interactions influence the relaxation of a two-dimensional Mott-Hubbard insulator after photo-excitation. We use a nonequilibrium variant of the dynamical cluster approximation, which, in contrast to single-site dynamical mean-field theory, captures the effect of short-range correlations. The relaxation time is found to scale with the strength of the nearest-neighbor spin correlations, and can be 10–20 fs in the cuprates. Increasing the temperature or excitation density decreases the spin correlations and thus implies longer relaxation times. This may help to distinguish the effect of spin-fluctuations on the charge relaxation from the influence of other bosonic modes in the solid. PMID:26883536

  19. A continuous Mott transition between a metal and a quantum spin liquid

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    Mishmash, Ryan V.; Gonzalez, Ivan; Melko, Roger G.; Motrunich, Olexei I.; Fisher, Matthew P. A.

    2015-03-01

    More than half a century after first being proposed by Sir Nevill Mott, the deceptively simple question of whether the interaction-driven electronic metal-insulator transition may be continuous remains enigmatic. Recent experiments on two-dimensional materials suggest that when the insulator is a quantum spin liquid, lack of magnetic long-range order on the insulating side may cause the transition to be continuous, or only very weakly first order. Motivated by this, we study a half-filled extended Hubbard model on a triangular lattice strip geometry. We argue, through use of large-scale numerical simulations and analytical bosonization, that this model harbors a continuous (Kosterlitz-Thouless-like) quantum phase transition between a metal and a gapless spin liquid characterized by a spinon Fermi sea, i.e., a ``spin Bose metal''. These results may provide a rare insight into the development of Mott criticality in strongly interacting two-dimensional materials and elucidate a mechanism by which spin-liquid phases are stabilized in the vicinity of such transitions.

  20. Continuous transitions between composite Fermi liquid and Landau Fermi liquid: A route to fractionalized Mott insulators

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    Barkeshli, Maissam; McGreevy, John

    2012-08-01

    One of the most successful theories of a non-Fermi-liquid metallic state is the composite Fermi-liquid (CFL) theory of the half-filled Landau level. In this paper, we study continuous quantum phase transitions out of the CFL state and into a Landau Fermi liquid, in the limit of no disorder and fixed particle number. This transition can be induced by tuning the bandwidth of the Landau level relative to the interaction energy, for instance through an externally applied periodic potential. We find a transition to the Landau Fermi liquid through a gapless Mott insulator with a Fermi surface of neutral fermionic excitations. In the presence of spatial symmetries, we also find a direct continuous transition between the CFL and the Landau Fermi liquid. The transitions have a number of characteristic observable signatures, including the presence of two crossover temperature scales, resistivity jumps, and vanishing compressibility. When the composite fermions are paired instead, our results imply quantum critical points between various non-Abelian topological states, including the ν=1/2 Moore-Read Pfaffian [Ising × U(1) topological order], a version of the Kitaev B phase (Ising topological order), and paired electronic superconductors. To study such transitions, we use a projective construction of the CFL, which goes beyond the conventional framework of flux attachment to include a broader set of quantum fluctuations. These considerations suggest a possible route to fractionalized Mott insulators by starting with fractional quantum Hall states and tuning the Landau-level bandwidth.

  1. Tuning a strain-induced orbital selective Mott transition in epitaxial VO2

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    Mukherjee, Shantanu; Quackenbush, N. F.; Paik, H.; Schlueter, C.; Lee, T.-L.; Schlom, D. G.; Piper, L. F. J.; Lee, Wei-Cheng

    2016-06-01

    We present evidence of strain-induced modulation of electron correlation effects and increased orbital anisotropy in the rutile phase of epitaxial VO2/TiO2 films from hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and soft V L-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy, respectively. By using the U(1) slave spin formalism, we further argue that the observed anisotropic correlation effects can be understood by a model of orbital selective Mott transition at a filling that is noninteger but close to the half filling. Because the overlaps of wave functions between d orbitals are modified by the strain, orbital-dependent renormalizations of the bandwidths and the onsite energy occur. These renormalizations generally result in different occupation numbers in different orbitals. We find that if the system has a noninteger filling number near the half filling such as for VO2, certain orbitals could reach an occupation number closer to half filling under the strain, resulting in a strong reduction in the quasiparticle weight Zα of that orbital. Our work demonstrates that such an orbital selective Mott transition, defined as the case with Zα=0 in some but not all orbitals, could be accessed by epitaxial-strain engineering of correlated electron systems.

  2. Strong-coupling approach to Mott transition of massless and massive Dirac fermions on honeycomb lattice

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    Adibi, Elaheh; Jafari, S. Akbar

    2016-02-01

    Phase transitions in the Hubbard model and ionic Hubbard model at half-filling on the honeycomb lattice are investigated in the strong-coupling perturbation theory which corresponds to an expansion in powers of the hopping t around the atomic limit. Within this formulation we find analytic expressions for the single-particle spectrum, whereby the calculation of the insulating gap is reduced to a simple root finding problem. This enables high-precision determination of the insulating gap that does not require any extrapolation procedure. The critical value of Mott transition on the honeycomb lattice is obtained to be Uc≈2.38 t . Studying the ionic Hubbard model at the lowest order, we find two insulating states, one with Mott character at large U and another with single-particle gap character at large ionic potential Δ . The present approach gives a critical gapless state at U =2 Δ at lowest order. By systematically improving on the perturbation expansion, the density of states around this critical gapless phase reduces.

  3. Hopping conduction in bismuth modified zinc vanadate glasses: An applicability of Mott's model

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    Punia, R.; Kundu, R. S.; Murugavel, S.; Kishore, N.

    2012-12-01

    The dc conductivity measured in a wide range of temperatures (room temperature to 533.16 K) for glass samples of compositions 50V2O5.xBi2O3.(50-x) ZnO; x = 0, 5, 10, 15, and 20, is discussed in this paper. The temperature dependent dc conductivity has been analyzed in the framework of various theoretical models, which describe the hopping conduction in disordered semiconducting systems. It has been observed that Mott's model of polaron hopping in transition metals is in good agreement with the experimental data in high as well as intermediate temperature regions. The various polaron hopping parameters have also been deduced. It has been ascertained by these estimated quantities and different approaches that the electrical conduction in present glass system is due to non-adiabatic variable range hopping of small polarons. Moreover, it has been found that Mott's and Greaves' variable range hopping models are in good agreement with the experimental data in the whole studied temperature range in the present investigation.

  4. Coexistence and competition of on-site and intersite Coulomb interactions in Mott-molecular-dimers

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    Arruda, Alberto; Juliano, Raffael; Werlang, Thiago; Craco, Luis

    2015-03-01

    Recent findings of Mott-Hubbard physics in ultracold atoms trapped in periodic potentials have reinvigorated the search for quantum simulators of fermionic and bosonic Hubbard-like models. With this in mind, we performed a systematic study of a two-site realization of the Hubbard model, i.e, in a regime where this model can exactly treated. Particularly, we reveal the interplay between on-site (U) and intersite (V) Coulomb interactions in the extended two-site Hubbard model. Due to its atomic-like form quantum correlations intrinsic to Mott-molecular-dimers are exactly computed. Our results for physical quantities such as double occupancy and specific heat are consistent with those obtained for the one-band Hubbard model, suggesting that a two-site dimer model is able to capture the essential thermodynamic properties of strongly interacting electron systems. It is shown that intersite Coulomb interactions promotes the formation of doublons, which compete with the spin-singlet state induced by the on-site Coulomb repulsion. Our results are expected to be relevant for understanding electronic and thermodynamical properties of interacting electrons in strongly coupled magnetic atoms.

  5. Unified understanding of superconductivity and Mott transition in alkali-doped fullerides from first principles.

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    Nomura, Yusuke; Sakai, Shiro; Capone, Massimo; Arita, Ryotaro

    2015-08-01

    Alkali-doped fullerides A 3C60 (A = K, Rb, Cs) are surprising materials where conventional phonon-mediated superconductivity and unconventional Mott physics meet, leading to a remarkable phase diagram as a function of volume per C60 molecule. We address these materials with a state-of-the-art calculation, where we construct a realistic low-energy model from first principles without using a priori information other than the crystal structure and solve it with an accurate many-body theory. Remarkably, our scheme comprehensively reproduces the experimental phase diagram including the low-spin Mott-insulating phase next to the superconducting phase. More remarkably, the critical temperatures T c's calculated from first principles quantitatively reproduce the experimental values. The driving force behind the surprising phase diagram of A 3C60 is a subtle competition between Hund's coupling and Jahn-Teller phonons, which leads to an effectively inverted Hund's coupling. Our results establish that the fullerides are the first members of a novel class of molecular superconductors in which the multiorbital electronic correlations and phonons cooperate to reach high T c s-wave superconductivity.

  6. Anderson-Mott transition in arrays of a few dopant atoms in a silicon transistor.

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    Prati, Enrico; Hori, Masahiro; Guagliardo, Filippo; Ferrari, Giorgio; Shinada, Takahiro

    2012-07-01

    Dopant atoms are used to control the properties of semiconductors in most electronic devices. Recent advances such as single-ion implantation have allowed the precise positioning of single dopants in semiconductors as well as the fabrication of single-atom transistors, representing steps forward in the realization of quantum circuits. However, the interactions between dopant atoms have only been studied in systems containing large numbers of dopants, so it has not been possible to explore fundamental phenomena such as the Anderson-Mott transition between conduction by sequential tunnelling through isolated dopant atoms, and conduction through thermally activated impurity Hubbard bands. Here, we observe the Anderson-Mott transition at low temperatures in silicon transistors containing arrays of two, four or six arsenic dopant atoms that have been deterministically implanted along the channel of the device. The transition is induced by controlling the spacing between dopant atoms. Furthermore, at the critical density between tunnelling and band transport regimes, we are able to change the phase of the electron system from a frozen Wigner-like phase to a Fermi glass by increasing the temperature. Our results open up new approaches for the investigation of coherent transport, band engineering and strongly correlated systems in condensed-matter physics.

  7. Ultra-fast photo-carrier relaxation in Mott insulators with short-range spin correlations

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    Eckstein, Martin; Werner, Philipp

    2016-02-01

    Ultra-fast spectroscopy can reveal the interplay of charges with low energy degrees of freedom, which underlies the rich physics of correlated materials. As a potential glue for superconductivity, spin fluctuations in Mott insulators are of particular interest. A theoretical description of the coupled spin and charge degrees of freedom is challenging, because magnetic order is often only short-lived and short-ranged. In this work we theoretically investigate how the spin-charge interactions influence the relaxation of a two-dimensional Mott-Hubbard insulator after photo-excitation. We use a nonequilibrium variant of the dynamical cluster approximation, which, in contrast to single-site dynamical mean-field theory, captures the effect of short-range correlations. The relaxation time is found to scale with the strength of the nearest-neighbor spin correlations, and can be 10–20 fs in the cuprates. Increasing the temperature or excitation density decreases the spin correlations and thus implies longer relaxation times. This may help to distinguish the effect of spin-fluctuations on the charge relaxation from the influence of other bosonic modes in the solid.

  8. Ultracold bosons in a synthetic periodic magnetic field: Mott phases and reentrant superfluid-insulator transitions

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    Saha, K.; Sengupta, K.; Ray, K.

    2010-11-15

    We study Mott phases and superfluid-insulator (SI) transitions of ultracold bosonic atoms in a two-dimensional square optical lattice at commensurate filling and in the presence of a synthetic periodic vector potential characterized by a strength p and a period l=qa, where q is an integer and a is the lattice spacing. We show that the Schroedinger equation for the noninteracting bosons in the presence of such a periodic vector potential can be reduced to an one-dimensional Harper-like equation which yields q energy bands. The lowest of these bands have either single or double minima whose position within the magnetic Brillouin zone can be tuned by varying p for a given q. Using these energies and a strong-coupling expansion technique, we compute the phase diagram of these bosons in the presence of a deep optical lattice. We chart out the p and q dependence of the momentum distribution of the bosons in the Mott phases near the SI transitions and demonstrate that the bosons exhibit several reentrant field-induced SI transitions for any fixed period q. We also predict that the superfluid density of the resultant superfluid state near such a SI transition has a periodicity q (q/2) in real space for odd (even) q and suggest experiments to test our theory.

  9. Topological edge Mott insulating state in two dimensions at finite temperatures: Bulk and edge analysis

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    Yoshida, Tsuneya; Kawakami, Norio

    2016-08-01

    We study a bilayer Kane-Mele-Hubbard model with lattice distortion and interlayer spin exchange interaction under cylinder geometry. Our analysis based on real-space dynamical mean field theory with continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo demonstrates the emergence of a topological edge Mott insulating (TEMI) state which hosts gapless edge modes only in collective spin excitations. This is confirmed by the numerical calculations at finite temperatures for the spin-Hall conductivity and the single-particle excitation spectrum; the spin-Hall conductivity is almost quantized, σspinx y˜2 (e /2 π ) , predicting gapless edge modes carrying the spin current, while the helical edge modes in the single-particle spectrum are gapped out with respecting symmetry. It is clarified how the TEMI state evolves from the ordinary spin-Hall insulating state with increasing the Hubbard interaction at a given temperature and then undergoes a phase transition to a trivial Mott insulating state. With a bosonization approach at zero temperature, we further address which collective modes host gapless edge modes in the TEMI state.

  10. Mott metal-insulator transition in the doped Hubbard-Holstein model

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    Kurdestany, Jamshid Moradi; Satpathy, S.

    2017-08-01

    Motivated by the current interest in the understanding of the Mott insulators away from half-filling, observed in many perovskite oxides, we study the Mott metal-insulator transition in the doped Hubbard-Holstein model using the Hartree-Fock mean field theory. The Hubbard-Holstein model is the simplest model containing both the Coulomb and the electron-lattice interactions, which are important ingredients in the physics of the perovskite oxides. In contrast to the half-filled Hubbard model, which always results in a single phase (either metallic or insulating), our results show that away from half-filling, a mixed phase of metallic and insulating regions occurs. As the dopant concentration is increased, the metallic part progressively grows in volume, until it exceeds the percolation threshold, leading to percolative conduction. This happens above a critical dopant concentration δc, which, depending on the strength of the electron-lattice interaction, can be a significant fraction of unity. This means that the material could be insulating even for a substantial amount of doping, in contrast to the expectation that doped holes would destroy the insulating behavior of the half-filled Hubbard model. While effects of fluctuation beyond the mean field remain an open question, our results provide a starting point for the understanding of the density-driven metal-insulator transition observed in many complex oxides.

  11. Gate-Tuned Mott Transition in Dilute InAs/GaSb Quantum Wells

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    Du, Lingjie; Lou, Wenkai; Chang, Kai; Sullivan, Gerard; Du, Rui-Rui

    We investigate the origin of the bulk gap in inverted InAs/GaSb quantum wells (QWs) that host spatially-separated electrons and holes using charge-neutral point (CNP) density (n_o~p_o) in gated devices as a tuning parameter. We find two distinct gap regimes: for I), n_o >>5×1010/cm2, a soft gap opens predominately by hybridization, which closes under B// >~10T; for II), approaching the dilute limit n_o~5×1010/cm2, a hard gap opens leading to a true bulk insulator with quantized helical edges, continuously for B// up to 35T. Our results confirm that hard gap is associated with the Quantum Spin Hall (QSH) effect but cannot be explained by single-particle band theory. Instead it originates from many-body correlations. The data are remarkably consistent with a Mott insulator bulk state in the dilute InAs/GaSb bilayers. Specifically, spontaneous exciton binding is a viable mechanism for driving the Mott transition. Our results point to the importance of charge interactions in properties of QSHE in InAs/GaSb, in addition to single-particle band theories. The work in Rice was supported by DOE (measurements) and NSF (materials).

  12. Maximally--localized Wannier Functions in Mott Insulators: the Case of MnO.

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    Posternak, M.; Baldereschi, A.; Marzari, N.

    2000-03-01

    Wannier functions can be considered a generalization of ``localized molecular orbitals'' to the case of extended systems. As such, they allow for a clear description of chemical bonds, and provide a convenient basis to study correlation effects. The localization algorithm of Marzari and Vanderbilt(N. Marzari and D. Vanderbilt, Phys. Rev. B 56) 12847 (1997). is combined here with the all--electron FLAPW method, and then applied to the case of antiferromagnetic MnO, a half--filled d shell Mott insulator. Two different one-electron schemes have been explored: local spin density (LSD), and LSD+U. In the latter case, the screened on--site Coulomb interaction U is explicitly included. The observed mixed charge--transfer/Mott--Hubbard character of MnO, as well as the mechanism of superexchange, are discussed in terms of the calculated Wannier functions, which display O 2p/Mn 3d bonding character. The centers of these Wannier functions are either on the Mn sites, or close to the O sites. Finally, their individual contributions to the Born effective charges are also presented.

  13. Dimensional crossover and cold-atom realization of topological Mott insulators.

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    Scheurer, Mathias S; Rachel, Stephan; Orth, Peter P

    2015-02-11

    Interacting cold-atomic gases in optical lattices offer an experimental approach to outstanding problems of many body physics. One important example is the interplay of interaction and topology which promises to generate a variety of exotic phases such as the fractionalized Chern insulator or the topological Mott insulator. Both theoretically understanding these states of matter and finding suitable systems that host them have proven to be challenging problems. Here we propose a cold-atom setup where Hubbard on-site interactions give rise to spin liquid-like phases: weak and strong topological Mott insulators. They represent the celebrated paradigm of an interacting and topological quantum state with fractionalized spinon excitations that inherit the topology of the non-interacting system. Our proposal shall help to pave the way for a controlled experimental investigation of this exotic state of matter in optical lattices. Furthermore, it allows for the investigation of a dimensional crossover from a two-dimensional quantum spin Hall insulating phase to a three-dimensional strong topological insulator by tuning the hopping between the layers.

  14. A novel method for measurement of the spin correlation function for relativistic electron pairs produced in Møller scattering

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    Bodek, K.; Kępka, D.; Rozpędzik, D.; Zejma, J.; Kozela, A.

    2017-04-01

    A self-calibrating double-Mott polarimeter is proposed for measurement of the spin correlation function of relativistic electron pairs produced in Møller scattering. The polarization of outgoing electrons (appearing when the beam is polarized) is utilized for calibration of effective analyzing powers in the secondary Mott scattering used for spin analysis. The experiment will measure the newly introduced relative spin correlation function. This new observable can be measured with a significantly better accuracy than the regular spin correlation function in a small scale experiment. It is shown that both the spin correlation function and the relative spin correlation function are theoretically equivalent. A specific experimental data analysis scenario is proposed, which effectively eliminates the systematic effects related to the imperfect geometry and detector efficiency.

  15. Comments on ``Extension of the Mott-Smith method to denser gases'' [Phys. Fluids A 4, 1856 (1992)

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    Cercignani, Carlo; Frezzotti, Aldo; Sgarra, Carlo

    1995-06-01

    This Brief Communication is devoted to a discussion of Orlov's extension of the Mott-Smith method to study the propagation of a shock wave in a moderately dense hard sphere gas. It is shown that, at least in the present form, the method is not compatible with the conservation of momentum and energy.

  16. Doping-driven orbital-selective Mott transition in multi-band Hubbard models with crystal field splitting

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    Yilin, Wang; Li, Huang; Liang, Du; Xi, Dai

    2016-03-01

    We have studied the doping-driven orbital-selective Mott transition in multi-band Hubbard models with equal band width in the presence of crystal field splitting. Crystal field splitting lifts one of the bands while leaving the others degenerate. We use single-site dynamical mean-field theory combined with continuous time quantum Monte Carlo impurity solver to calculate a phase diagram as a function of total electron filling N and crystal field splitting Δ. We find a large region of orbital-selective Mott phase in the phase diagram when the doping is large enough. Further analysis indicates that the large region of orbital-selective Mott phase is driven and stabilized by doping. Such models may account for the orbital-selective Mott transition in some doped realistic strongly correlated materials. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 2011CBA00108) and the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB921700).

  17. Breakdown of Hooke’s law of elasticity at the Mott critical endpoint in an organic conductor

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    Gati, Elena; Garst, Markus; Manna, Rudra S.; Tutsch, Ulrich; Wolf, Bernd; Bartosch, Lorenz; Schubert, Harald; Sasaki, Takahiko; Schlueter, John A.; Lang, Michael

    2016-01-01

    The Mott metal-insulator transition, a paradigm of strong electron-electron correlations, has been considered as a source of intriguing phenomena. Despite its importance for a wide range of materials, fundamental aspects of the transition, such as its universal properties, are still under debate. We report detailed measurements of relative length changes ΔL/L as a function of continuously controlled helium-gas pressure P for the organic conductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Cl across the pressure-induced Mott transition. We observe strongly nonlinear variations of ΔL/L with pressure around the Mott critical endpoint, highlighting a breakdown of Hooke’s law of elasticity. We assign these nonlinear strain-stress relations to an intimate, nonperturbative coupling of the critical electronic system to the lattice degrees of freedom. Our results are fully consistent with mean-field criticality, predicted for electrons in a compressible lattice with finite shear moduli. We argue that the Mott transition for all systems that are amenable to pressure tuning shows the universal properties of an isostructural solid-solid transition. PMID:27957540

  18. Nanoscale orbital excitations and the infrared spectrum of a molecular Mott insulator: A15-Cs3C60.

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    Naghavi, S S; Fabrizio, M; Qin, T; Tosatti, E

    2016-10-14

    The quantum physics of ions and electrons behind low-energy spectra of strongly correlated molecular conductors, superconductors and Mott insulators is poorly known, yet fascinating especially in orbitally degenerate cases. The fulleride insulator Cs3C60 (A15), one such system, exhibits infrared (IR) spectra with low temperature peak features and splittings suggestive of static Jahn-Teller distortions with a breakdown of orbital symmetry in the molecular site. That is puzzling, since there is no detectable static distortion, and because the features and splittings disappear upon modest heating, which they should not. Taking advantage of the Mott-induced collapse of electronic wavefunctions from lattice-extended to nanoscale localized inside a caged molecular site, we show that the unbroken spin and orbital symmetry of the ion multiplets explains the IR spectrum without adjustable parameters. This demonstrates the importance of a fully quantum treatment of nuclear positions and orbital momenta in the Mott insulator sites, dynamically but not statically distorted. The observed demise of these features with temperature is explained by the thermal population of a multiplet term whose nuclear positions are essentially undistorted, but whose energy is very low-lying. That term is in fact a scaled-down orbital excitation analogous to that of other Mott insulators, with the same spin 1/2 as the ground state, but with a larger orbital momentum of two instead of one.

  19. Exploring the correlated phase behavior and electronic properties of parent and doped spin-orbit Mott phases

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    Wilson, Stephen

    2014-03-01

    An unusual manifestation of Mott physics dependent on strong spin-orbit interactions has recently been identified in a growing number of classes of 5d transition metal oxides built from Ir4+ ions. Instead of the naively expected increased itinerancy of these iridates due to the larger orbital extent of their 5d valence electrons, the interplay between the amplified relativistic spin-orbit interaction (intrinsic to large Z iridium cations) and their residual on-site Coulomb interaction U, conspires to stabilize a novel class of spin-orbit assisted Mott insulators with a proposed Jeff = 1/2 ground state wavefunction. The identification of this novel spin-orbit Mott state has been the focus of recent interest due to its potential of hosting a variety of new phases driven by correlated electron phenomena (such as high temperature superconductivity or enhanced ferroic behavior) in a strongly spin-orbit coupled setting. Currently, however, there remains very little understanding of how spin-orbit Mott phases respond to carrier doping and, more specifically, how relevant U remains for the charge carriers of a spin-orbit Mott phase once the bandwidth is increased. Here I will present our group's recent experimental work exploring carrier doping and the resulting electronic phase behavior in one such spin-orbit driven Mott material, Sr3Ir2O7, with the ultimate goal of determining the relevance of U and electron correlation effects within the doped system's ground state. Our results reveal the stabilization of an electronically phase separated ground state in B-site doped Sr3Ir2O7, suggestive of an extended regime of localization of in-plane doped carriers within the spin-orbit Mott phase. This results in a percolative metal-to-insulator transition with a novel, global, antiferromagnetic order. The electronic response of B-site doping in Sr3Ir2O7will then be compared with recent results exploring A-site doping if time permits. Supported by NSF CAREER Award DMR-1056625.

  20. Angle Resolved Photoemission Study of a Mott Insulator and Its Evolution to a High Temperature Superconductor

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    Ronning, F.

    2002-03-01

    One of the most remarkable facts about the high temperature superconductors is their close proximity to an antiferromagnetically ordered Mott insulating phase. This fact suggests that to understand superconductivity in the cuprates we must first understand the insulating regime. Due to material properties the technique of angle resolved photoemission is ideally suited to study the electronic structure in the cuprates. Thus, a natural starting place to unlocking the secrets of high Tc would appears to be with a photoemission investigation of insulating cuprates. This dissertation presents the results of precisely such a study. In particular, we have focused on the compound Ca2-xNaxCuO2Cl2. With increasing Na content this system goes from an antiferromagnetic Mott insulator with a Neel transition of 256K to a superconductor with an optimal transition temperature of 28K. At half filling we have found an asymmetry in the integrated spectral weight, which can be related to the occupation probability, n(k). This has led us to identify a d-wave-like dispersion in the insulator, which in turn implies that the high energy pseudogap as seen by photoemission is a remnant property of the insulator. These results are robust features of the insulator which we found in many different compounds and experimental conditions. By adding Na we were able to study the evolution of the electronic structure across the insulator to metal transition. We found that the chemical potential shifts as holes are doped into the system. This picture is in sharp contrast to the case of La2-xSrxCuO4 where the chemical potential remains fixed and states are created inside the gap. Furthermore, the low energy excitations (ie the Fermi surface) in metallic Ca1.9Na0.1CuO2Cl2 is most well described as a Fermi arc, although the high binding energy features reveal the presence of shadow bands. Thus, the results in this dissertation provide a new avenue for understanding the evolution of the Mott insulator to

  1. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies of the Mott insulator to superconductor evolution in calcium-sodium-copper-chloride

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    Shen, Kyle Michael

    The parent compounds of the high-temperature cuprate superconductors are antiferromagnetic Mott insulators. To explain the microscopic mechanism behind high-temperature superconductivity, it is first necessary to understand how the electronic states evolve from the parent Mott insulator into the superconducting compounds. This dissertation presents angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) studies of one particular family of the cuprate superconductors, Ca 2-xNaxCuO 2Cl2, to investigate how the single-electron excitations develop throughout momentum space as the system is hole doped from the Mott insulator into a superconductor with a transition temperature of 22 K. These measurements indicate that, due to very strong electron-boson interactions, the quasiparticle residue, Z, approaches zero in the parent Mott insulator due to the formation of small lattice polarons. As a result, many fundamental quantities such as the chemical potential, quasiparticle excitations, and the Fermi surface evolve in manners wholly unexpected from conventional weakly-interacting theories. In addition, highly anisotropic interactions have been observed in momentum space where quasiparticle-like excitations persist to low doping levels along the nodal direction of the d-wave super-conducting gap, in contrast to the unusual excitations near the d-wave antinode. This anisotropy may reflect the propensity of the lightly doped cuprates towards forming a competing, charge-ordered state. These results provide a novel and logically consistent explanation of the hole doping evolution of the lineshape, spectral weight, chemical potential, quasiparticle dispersion, and Fermi surface as Ca2- xNaxCuO2Cl2 evolves from the parent Mott insulator into a high-temperature superconductor.

  2. Electrically tunable transport in the antiferromagnetic Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    Wang, C.; Seinige, H.; Cao, G.; Zhou, J.-S.; Goodenough, J. B.; Tsoi, M.

    2015-09-01

    Electronic transport properties of the antiferromagnetic Mott insulator S r2Ir O4 have been investigated under extremely high electric biases. Using nanoscale contacts, we apply electric fields up to a few MV/m to a single crystal of S r2Ir O4 and observe a continuous reduction in the material's resistivity with increasing bias, characterized by a reduction in the transport activation energy by as much as 16 % . Temperature-dependent resistivity measurements provide a means to unambiguously retrieve the bias dependence of the activation energy from the Arrhenius plots at different biases. We further demonstrate the feasibility of reversible resistive switching induced by the electric bias, which is of interest for the emerging field of antiferromagnetic spintronics. Our findings demonstrate the potential of electrical means for tuning electronic properties in 5 d transition-metal oxides and suggest a promising path towards development of next-generation functional devices.

  3. Pressure induced metallization of the Mott Insulator VI{sub 2}

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    Sterer, E.; Pasternak, M.P.; Taylor, R.D.

    1993-07-20

    Using diamond anvil cells, {sup 129}I Moessbauer spectroscopy (MS) and resistivity measurements were carried out in the layered antiferromagnet VI{sub 2} at 0-45 GPa and 4-300 K. MS to 15 GPa revealed an impressive increase in Neel temperature and a slight increase in transferred hyperfine field. Pressure behavior of R(P,T), in particular near the metal-insulator pressure P{sub c}=44 GPa, is described. Being the lightest transition metal (TM) in the isostructural (TM)I{sub 2} series, the V{sup 2+} (d{sup 3} configuration) represents a typical candidate for a pure Mott-Hubbard gap closure. Results are compared with the heavy TM diiodides such as NiI{sub 2} and CoI{sub 2}, where it is expected that the charge transfer regime prevails. 3 figs, 10 refs.

  4. Coexistence of Mott and superfluid domains of bosons confined in optical lattice

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    Khanore, Mukesh; Dey, Bishwajyoti

    2015-06-01

    We investigate ground state properties of the attractive Bose-gas confined on square optical lattice and superimposed wine-bottle-bottom or Mexican hat trap potential. The system is modeled by two-dimensional Bose-Hubbard model with attractive interactions and inhomogeneous lattice potential. We calculate the energy spectrum, the on-site number fluctuation, local density and local compressibility using numerical exact diagonalization method for incommensurate lattice filling. The trap potential has several degenerate minimum sites distributed along a ring at the wine-bottle-bottom. It is shown that beyond a certain value of the attractive interaction strength there is phase coherent condensate on these degenerate sites with finite value of the on-site number fluctuation and local compressibility giving rise to localized superfluidity or superfluidity on a ring. For the same value of the interaction strength the non-degenerate sites produces Mott region.

  5. Low-temperature fabrication of VO2 thin film on ITO glass with a Mott transition

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    Lin, Tiegui; Wang, Langping; Wang, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Yufen

    2016-09-01

    Polycrystalline Vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin film can be fabricated on glass substrates by high power impulse magnetron sputtering at a relative high temperature. In order to apply an effective bias voltage on substrate and control the energy of the ions impinged to the substrate, conductive indium-tin oxide (ITO) glass was used as the substrate. UV-visible-near IR transmittance spectra and X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the as-deposited films exhibited that M-VO2 thin film with a metal-insulator transition temperature of 37∘C was fabricated successfully at 300∘C with a bias voltage of -200V, and the calculated average crystalline size of this film was about 12nm. XRD patterns at varied temperatures showed that the structural change of MIT of the VO2 thin film was suppressed during the phase transition process, and a pure Mott transition was obtained.

  6. Using nonequilibrium dynamics to probe competing orders in a Mott-Peierls system

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    Wang, Y.; Moritz, B.; Chen, C. -C.; ...

    2016-02-24

    Competition between ordered phases, and their associated phase transitions, are significant in the study of strongly correlated systems. Here, we examine one aspect, the nonequilibrium dynamics of a photoexcited Mott-Peierls system, using an effective Peierls-Hubbard model and exact diagonalization. Near a transition where spin and charge become strongly intertwined, we observe antiphase dynamics and a coupling-strength-dependent suppression or enhancement in the static structure factors. The renormalized bosonic excitations coupled to a particular photoexcited electron can be extracted, which provides an approach for characterizing the underlying bosonic modes. The results from this analysis for different electronic momenta show an uneven softeningmore » due to a stronger coupling near kF. As a result, this behavior reflects the strong link between the fermionic momenta, the coupling vertices, and ultimately, the bosonic susceptibilities when multiple phases compete for the ground state of the system.« less

  7. Using nonequilibrium dynamics to probe competing orders in a Mott-Peierls system

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    Wang, Y.; Moritz, B.; Chen, C. -C.; Jia, C. J.; van Veenendaal, M.; Devereaux, T. P.

    2016-02-24

    Competition between ordered phases, and their associated phase transitions, are significant in the study of strongly correlated systems. Here, we examine one aspect, the nonequilibrium dynamics of a photoexcited Mott-Peierls system, using an effective Peierls-Hubbard model and exact diagonalization. Near a transition where spin and charge become strongly intertwined, we observe antiphase dynamics and a coupling-strength-dependent suppression or enhancement in the static structure factors. The renormalized bosonic excitations coupled to a particular photoexcited electron can be extracted, which provides an approach for characterizing the underlying bosonic modes. The results from this analysis for different electronic momenta show an uneven softening due to a stronger coupling near kF. As a result, this behavior reflects the strong link between the fermionic momenta, the coupling vertices, and ultimately, the bosonic susceptibilities when multiple phases compete for the ground state of the system.

  8. Haldane-Hubbard Mott Insulator: From Tetrahedral Spin Crystal to Chiral Spin Liquid

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    Hickey, Ciarán; Cincio, Lukasz; Papić, Zlatko; Paramekanti, Arun

    2016-04-01

    Motivated by cold atom experiments on Chern insulators, we study the honeycomb lattice Haldane-Hubbard Mott insulator of spin-1 /2 fermions using exact diagonalization and density matrix renormalization group methods. We show that this model exhibits various chiral magnetic orders including a wide regime of triple-Q tetrahedral order. Incorporating third-neighbor hopping frustrates and ultimately melts this tetrahedral spin crystal. From analyzing the low energy spectrum, many-body Chern numbers, entanglement spectra, and modular matrices, we identify the molten state as a chiral spin liquid (CSL) with gapped semion excitations. We formulate and study the Chern-Simons-Higgs field theory of the exotic CSL-to-tetrahedral spin crystallization transition.

  9. Low energy Mott polarimetry of electrons from negative electron affinity photocathodes

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    Ciccacci, F.; De Rossi, S.; Campbell, D.M.

    1995-08-01

    We present data on the spin polarization {ital P} and quantum yield {ital Y} of electrons photoemitted from negative electron affinity semiconductors, including GaAs(100), GaAsP(100) alloy, and strained GaAs layer epitaxially grown on a GaAsP(100) buffer. Near photothreshold the following values for {ital P}({ital Y}) are, respectively, obtained: 26% (2.5{times}10{sup {minus}2}), 40% (1{times}10{sup {minus}3}), and 60% (1.5{times}10{sup {minus}4}). We describe in detail the apparatus used containing a low energy (10--25 keV) Mott polarimeter. The system, completely fitted in a small volume ({similar_to}10{sup 4} cm{sup 3}) ultrahigh vacuum chamber, is intended as a test facility for characterizing candidate photocathode materials for spin polarized electron sources. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  10. Crystal imperfections and Mott parameters of sprayed nanostructure IrO2 thin films

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    Hassanien, A. S.; A. Akl, Alaa

    2015-09-01

    Nano-crystalline iridium oxide thin films were obtained by a spray pyrolysis technique onto preheated glass substrates. X-ray diffraction reveals that IrO2 thin films were polycrystalline in the rutile structure with primitive tetragonal lattice and its preferential orientation were along the <110> and <101> directions. X-ray diffraction line profile analysis (XRDLPA) was used to assign microstructure and crystal imperfections of IrO2 thin films. Some important parameters such as crystallite size, microstrain, average residual stress, number of crystallite/cm2 and dislocation density were studied. The effects of deposition temperatures and solution concentrations on the microstructural and crystal defects were discussed. All estimated values were found to be dependent upon the growth parameters. Mott parameters, trapping state energy and potential barrier were investigated and studied for a defined thin film sample. This sample was selected because it has the suitable conditions for electrochromic applications.

  11. Observing quantum trajectories: From Mott's problem to quantum Zeno effect and back

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    de Gosson, Maurice; Hiley, Basil; Cohen, Eliahu

    2016-11-01

    The experimental results of Kocsis et al., Mahler et al. and the proposed experiments of Morley et al. show that it is possible to construct "trajectories" in interference regions in a two-slit interferometer. These results call for a theoretical re-appraisal of the notion of a "quantum trajectory" first introduced by Dirac and in the present paper we re-examine this notion from the Bohm perspective based on Hamiltonian flows. In particular, we examine the short-time propagator and the role that the quantum potential plays in determining the form of these trajectories. These trajectories differ from those produced in a typical particle tracker and the key to this difference lies in the active suppression of the quantum potential necessary to produce Mott-type trajectories. We show, using a rigorous mathematical argument, how the active suppression of this potential arises. Finally we discuss in detail how this suppression also accounts for the quantum Zeno effect.

  12. Quantum melting of magnetic order in an organic dimer Mott-insulating system

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    Naka, Makoto; Ishihara, Sumio

    2016-05-01

    Quantum entanglement effects between the electronic spin and charge degrees of freedom are examined in an organic molecular solid, termed a dimer Mott-insulating system, in which molecular dimers are arranged in a crystal as fundamental units. A low energy effective model includes an antisymmetric exchange interaction, as one of the dominant magnetic interactions. This interaction favors a 90 deg spin configuration, and competes with the Heisenberg-type exchange interaction. Stabilities of the magnetic ordered phases are examined by using the spin-wave theory, as well as the Schwinger-boson theory. It is found that the spin-charge interaction promotes an instability of the long-range magnetic ordered state around a parameter region where two spin-spiral phases are merged. Implication for the quantum spin liquid state observed in κ -(BEDT-TTF)2Cu2 (CN) 3 is discussed.

  13. Tuning the Mott transition in a Bose-Einstein condensate by multiple photon absorption.

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    Creffield, C E; Monteiro, T S

    2006-06-02

    We study the time-dependent dynamics of a Bose-Einstein condensate trapped in an optical lattice. Modeling the system as a Bose-Hubbard model, we show how applying a periodic driving field can induce coherent destruction of tunneling. In the low-frequency regime, we obtain the novel result that the destruction of tunneling displays extremely sharp peaks when the driving frequency is resonant with the depth of the trapping potential ("multi-photon resonances"), which allows the quantum phase transition between the Mott insulator and the superfluid state to be controlled with high precision. We further show how the waveform of the field can be chosen to maximize this effect.

  14. Sweeping from the superfluid to the Mott phase in the Bose-Hubbard model.

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    Schützhold, Ralf; Uhlmann, Michael; Xu, Yan; Fischer, Uwe R

    2006-11-17

    We study the sweep through the quantum phase transition from the superfluid to the Mott state for the Bose-Hubbard model with a time-dependent tunneling rate J(t). In the experimentally relevant case of exponential decay J(t) proportional variant e -gamma t, an adapted mean-field expansion for large fillings n yields a scaling solution for the fluctuations. This enables us to analytically calculate the evolution of the number and phase variations (on-site) and correlations (off-site) for slow (gammamu) sweeps, where mu is the chemical potential. Finally, we derive the dynamical decay of the off-diagonal long-range order as well as the temporal shrinkage of the superfluid fraction in a persistent ring-current setup.

  15. Rate Equation Analysis of the Dynamics of First-order Exciton Mott Transition

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    Sekiguchi, Fumiya; Shimano, Ryo

    2017-10-01

    We perform a rate equation analysis of the dynamics of the exciton Mott transition (EMT) assuming a detailed balance between excitons and unbound electron-hole (e-h) pairs. Using the Saha equation and adopting an empirical expression for the band-gap renormalization effect caused by unbound e-h pairs, we show that the ionization ratio of excitons exhibits bistability as a function of the total e-h pair density at low temperatures. We demonstrate that an incubation time emerges in the dynamics of the EMT from the oversaturated exciton gas phase on the verge of the bistable region. The incubation time shows slowing down behavior when the pair density approaches saddle-node bifurcation of the hysteresis curve of the exciton ionization ratio.

  16. Spin-orbit coupling and electronic charge effects in Mott insulators

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    Zhu, Shan; Li, You -Quan; Batista, Cristian D.

    2014-11-04

    We derive the effective charge- and current-density operators for the strong-coupling limit of a single-band Mott insulator in the presence of spin-orbit coupling and show that the spin-orbit contribution to the effective charge density leads to novel mechanisms for multiferroic behavior. In some sense, these mechanisms are the electronic counterpart of the ionic-based mechanisms, which have been proposed for explaining the electric polarization induced by spiral spin orderings. In addition, the new electronic mechanisms are illustrated by considering cycloidal and proper-screw magnetic orderings on sawtooth and kagome lattices. As for the isotropic case, geometric frustration is crucial for achieving thismore » purely electronic coupling between spin and charge degrees of freedom.« less

  17. Spin Andreev-like Reflection in Metal-Mott Insulator Heterostructures

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    Al-Hassanieh, K. A.; Rincón, Julián; Alvarez, G.; Dagotto, E.

    2015-02-09

    Here we used the time-dependent density-matrix renormalization group (tDMRG) to study the time evolution of electron wave packets in one-dimensional (1D) metal-superconductor heterostructures. The results show Andreev reflection at the interface, as expected. By combining these results with the well-known single- spin-species electron-hole transformation in the Hubbard model, we predict an analogous spin Andreev reflection in metal-Mott insulator heterostructures. This effect is numerically confirmed using 1D tDMRG, but it is expected to also be present in higher dimensions, as well as in more general Hamiltonians. We present an intuitive picture of the spin reflection, analogous to that of Andreev reflection at metal- superconductor interfaces. This allows us to discuss a novel antiferromagnetic proximity effect. Possible experimental realizations are discussed.

  18. Probing and controlling spin chirality in Mott insulators by circularly polarized laser

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    Kitamura, Sota; Oka, Takashi; Aoki, Hideo

    2017-07-01

    Scalar spin chirality, a three-body spin correlation that breaks time-reversal symmetry, is revealed to couple directly to circularly polarized laser. This is shown by the Floquet formalism for the periodically driven repulsive Hubbard model with a strong-coupling expansion. A systematic derivation of the effective low-energy Hamiltonian for a spin degree of freedom reveals that the coupling constant for scalar spin chirality can become significant for a situation in which the driving frequency and the on-site interaction are comparable. This implies that the scalar chirality can be induced by circularly polarized lights, or that it can be used conversely for probing the chirality in Mott insulators as a circular dichroism.

  19. Density of States and Magnetic Correlations at a Metal-Mott Insulator Interface

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    Jiang, Mi; Batrouni, George; Scalettar, Richard

    2013-03-01

    The possibility of novel behavior at interfaces between strongly and weakly correlated materials has come under increased study recently. In this paper, we use determinant Quantum Monte Carlo to determine the inter-penetration of metallic and Mott insulator physics across an interface in the two dimensional Hubbard Hamiltonian. We quantify the behavior of the density of states at the Fermi level and the short and long range antiferromagnetism as functions of the distance from the interface and with different interaction strength, temperature and hopping across the interface. Induced metallic behavior into the insulator is evident over several lattice spacings, whereas antiferromagnetic correlations remain small on the metallic side. At large interface hopping, singlets form between the two boundary layers, shielding the two systems from each other. We acknowledge support from the National Scence Foundation under grant NSF-PIF-1005502. This work was also supported under ARO Award W911NF0710576 with funds from the DARPA OLE Program a

  20. Surface Effects on the Mott-Hubbard Transition in Archetypal V{2}O{3}.

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    Lantz, G; Hajlaoui, M; Papalazarou, E; Jacques, V L R; Mazzotti, A; Marsi, M; Lupi, S; Amati, M; Gregoratti, L; Si, L; Zhong, Z; Held, K

    2015-12-04

    We present an experimental and theoretical study exploring surface effects on the evolution of the metal-insulator transition in the model Mott-Hubbard compound Cr-doped V{2}O{3}. We find a microscopic domain formation that is clearly affected by the surface crystallographic orientation. Using scanning photoelectron microscopy and x-ray diffraction, we find that surface defects act as nucleation centers for the formation of domains at the temperature-induced isostructural transition and favor the formation of microscopic metallic regions. A density-functional theory plus dynamical mean-field theory study of different surface terminations shows that the surface reconstruction with excess vanadyl cations leads to doped, and hence more metallic, surface states, which explains our experimental observations.

  1. Coexistence and competition of on-site and intersite Coulomb interactions in Mott-molecular-dimers

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    Juliano, R. C.; de Arruda, A. S.; Craco, L.

    2016-02-01

    We reveal the interplay between on-site (U) and intersite (V) Coulomb interactions in the extended two-site Hubbard model. Due to its atomic-like form quantum correlations intrinsic to Mott-molecular-dimers are exactly computed. Our results for physical quantities such as double occupancy and specific heat are consistent with those obtained for the one-band Hubbard model, suggesting that a two-site dimer model is able to capture the essential thermodynamic properties of strongly interacting electron systems. It is noted that intersite Coulomb interactions promote the formation of doublons, which compete with the spin-singlet state induced by the on-site Coulomb repulsion. Our results are expected to be relevant for understanding electronic and thermodynamical properties of interacting electrons in systems with strongly coupled magnetic atoms.

  2. Mott Electrons in an Artificial Graphenelike Crystal of Rare-Earth Nickelate S.

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    Middey, Srimanta; Meyers, Derek J.; Doennig, D.; Kareev, M; Liu, Xiaoran; Cao, Yanwei; Yang, Zhenzhong; Shi, Jinan; Gu, Lin; Ryan, Philip J.; Freeland, J. W.; Pentcheva, R.; Chakhalian, J.

    2016-02-05

    Deterministic control over the periodic geometrical arrangement of the constituent atoms is the backbone of the material properties, which, along with the interactions, define the electronic and magnetic ground state. Following this notion, a bilayer of a prototypical rare-earth nickelate, NdNiO3, combined with a dielectric spacer, LaAlO3, has been layered along the pseudocubic [111] direction. The resulting artificial graphenelike Mott crystal with magnetic 3d electrons has antiferromagnetic correlations. In addition, a combination of resonant X-ray linear dichroism measurements and ab initio calculations reveal the presence of an ordered orbital pattern, which is unattainable in either bulk nickelates or nickelate based heterostructures grown along the [001] direction. These findings highlight another promising venue towards designing new quantum many-body states by virtue of geometrical engineering.

  3. Entropic Origin of Pseudogap Physics and a Mott-Slater Transition in Cuprates

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    Markiewicz, R. S.; Buda, I. G.; Mistark, P.; Lane, C.; Bansil, A.

    2017-01-01

    We propose a new approach to understand the origin of the pseudogap in the cuprates, in terms of bosonic entropy. The near-simultaneous softening of a large number of different q-bosons yields an extended range of short-range order, wherein the growth of magnetic correlations with decreasing temperature T is anomalously slow. These entropic effects cause the spectral weight associated with the Van Hove singularity (VHS) to shift rapidly and nearly linearly toward half filling at higher T, consistent with a picture of the VHS driving the pseudogap transition at a temperature ~T*. As a byproduct, we develop an order-parameter classification scheme that predicts supertransitions between families of order parameters. As one example, we find that by tuning the hopping parameters, it is possible to drive the cuprates across a transition between Mott and Slater physics, where a spin-frustrated state emerges at the crossover. PMID:28327627

  4. Prospect of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall effect in doped kagome lattice Mott insulators

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    Guterding, Daniel; Jeschke, Harald O.; Valentí, Roser

    2016-05-01

    Electronic states with non-trivial topology host a number of novel phenomena with potential for revolutionizing information technology. The quantum anomalous Hall effect provides spin-polarized dissipation-free transport of electrons, while the quantum spin Hall effect in combination with superconductivity has been proposed as the basis for realizing decoherence-free quantum computing. We introduce a new strategy for realizing these effects, namely by hole and electron doping kagome lattice Mott insulators through, for instance, chemical substitution. As an example, we apply this new approach to the natural mineral herbertsmithite. We prove the feasibility of the proposed modifications by performing ab-initio density functional theory calculations and demonstrate the occurrence of the predicted effects using realistic models. Our results herald a new family of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall insulators at affordable energy/temperature scales based on kagome lattices of transition metal ions.

  5. Fermionization and Mott-insulator formation in fermion trimers loaded in one-dimensional optical lattices

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    Gordillo, M. C.; De Soto, F.

    2017-07-01

    The behavior of small clusters of one spin-up and two spin-down fermions with unlike-spin repulsive interactions in one-dimensional optical lattices was calculated using a diffusion Monte Carlo technique. We considered also a harmonic potential in the longitudinal direction to make our system resemble the standard experimental setups. When the interparticle repulsion is strong enough, the onset of fermionization is observed irrespective of the optical lattice parameters considered, in line with previous results for pure harmonic confinement. However, fermionization can also be seen even for small interparticle couplings if the optical potential is deep enough. In addition, for certain values of the wavelengths and the potential depths defining the lattice, Mott insulators in the fermionization limit with only three atoms were found.

  6. TOPICAL REVIEW: Impurity band Mott insulators: a new route to high Tc superconductivity

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    Baskaran, Ganapathy

    2008-10-01

    Last century witnessed the birth of semiconductor electronics and nanotechnology. The physics behind these revolutionary developments is certain quantum mechanical behaviour of 'impurity state electrons' in crystalline 'band insulators', such as Si, Ge, GaAs and GaN, arising from intentionally added (doped) impurities. The present article proposes that certain collective quantum behaviour of these impurity state electrons, arising from Coulomb repulsions, could lead to superconductivity in a parent band insulator, in a way not suspected before. Impurity band resonating valence bond theory of superconductivity in boron doped diamond, recently proposed by us, suggests possibility of superconductivity emerging from impurity band Mott insulators. We use certain key ideas and insights from the field of high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates and organics. Our suggestion also offers new possibilities in the field of semiconductor electronics and nanotechnology. The current level of sophistication in solid state technology and combinatorial materials science is very well capable of realizing our proposal and discover new superconductors.

  7. Mott Electrons in an Artificial Graphenelike Crystal of Rare-Earth Nickelate

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    Middey, S.; Meyers, D.; Doennig, D.; Kareev, M.; Liu, X.; Cao, Y.; Yang, Zhenzhong; Shi, Jinan; Gu, Lin; Ryan, P. J.; Pentcheva, R.; Freeland, J. W.; Chakhalian, J.

    2016-02-01

    Deterministic control over the periodic geometrical arrangement of the constituent atoms is the backbone of the material properties, which, along with the interactions, define the electronic and magnetic ground state. Following this notion, a bilayer of a prototypical rare-earth nickelate, NdNiO3 , combined with a dielectric spacer, LaAlO3, has been layered along the pseudocubic [111] direction. The resulting artificial graphenelike Mott crystal with magnetic 3 d electrons has antiferromagnetic correlations. In addition, a combination of resonant X-ray linear dichroism measurements and ab initio calculations reveal the presence of an ordered orbital pattern, which is unattainable in either bulk nickelates or nickelate based heterostructures grown along the [001] direction. These findings highlight another promising venue towards designing new quantum many-body states by virtue of geometrical engineering.

  8. Spin-orbit coupling and electronic charge effects in Mott insulators

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    Zhu, Shan; Li, You -Quan; Batista, Cristian D.

    2014-11-04

    We derive the effective charge- and current-density operators for the strong-coupling limit of a single-band Mott insulator in the presence of spin-orbit coupling and show that the spin-orbit contribution to the effective charge density leads to novel mechanisms for multiferroic behavior. In some sense, these mechanisms are the electronic counterpart of the ionic-based mechanisms, which have been proposed for explaining the electric polarization induced by spiral spin orderings. In addition, the new electronic mechanisms are illustrated by considering cycloidal and proper-screw magnetic orderings on sawtooth and kagome lattices. As for the isotropic case, geometric frustration is crucial for achieving this purely electronic coupling between spin and charge degrees of freedom.

  9. Haldane-Hubbard Mott Insulator: From Tetrahedral Spin Crystal to Chiral Spin Liquid.

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    Hickey, Ciarán; Cincio, Lukasz; Papić, Zlatko; Paramekanti, Arun

    2016-04-01

    Motivated by cold atom experiments on Chern insulators, we study the honeycomb lattice Haldane-Hubbard Mott insulator of spin-1/2 fermions using exact diagonalization and density matrix renormalization group methods. We show that this model exhibits various chiral magnetic orders including a wide regime of triple-Q tetrahedral order. Incorporating third-neighbor hopping frustrates and ultimately melts this tetrahedral spin crystal. From analyzing the low energy spectrum, many-body Chern numbers, entanglement spectra, and modular matrices, we identify the molten state as a chiral spin liquid (CSL) with gapped semion excitations. We formulate and study the Chern-Simons-Higgs field theory of the exotic CSL-to-tetrahedral spin crystallization transition.

  10. Chiral Spin Liquids in Triangular-Lattice SU (N ) Fermionic Mott Insulators with Artificial Gauge Fields

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    Nataf, Pierre; Lajkó, Miklós; Wietek, Alexander; Penc, Karlo; Mila, Frédéric; Läuchli, Andreas M.

    2016-10-01

    We show that, in the presence of a π /2 artificial gauge field per plaquette, Mott insulating phases of ultracold fermions with SU (N ) symmetry and one particle per site generically possess an extended chiral phase with intrinsic topological order characterized by an approximate ground space of N low-lying singlets for periodic boundary conditions, and by chiral edge states described by the SU(N ) 1 Wess-Zumino-Novikov-Witten conformal field theory for open boundary conditions. This has been achieved by extensive exact diagonalizations for N between 3 and 9, and by a parton construction based on a set of N Gutzwiller projected fermionic wave functions with flux π /N per triangular plaquette. Experimental implications are briefly discussed.

  11. External pumping of hybrid nanostructures in microcavity with Frenkel and Wannier-Mott excitons

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    Dubovskiy, O. A.; Agranovich, V. M.

    2016-09-01

    The exciton-exciton interaction in hybrid nanostructures with resonating Frenkel and Wannier-Mott excitons was investigated in many publications. In microcavity the hybrid nanostructures can be exposed to different types of optical pumping, the most common one being pumping through one of the microcavity side. However, not investigated and thus never been discussed the hybrid excitons generation by pumping of confined quantum wells from the side of empty microcavity without nanostructures in a wave guided configuration. Here, we consider the hybrid excitations in cavity with organic and inorganic quantum wells and with different types of pumping from external source. The frequency dependence for intensity of excitations in hybrid structure is also investigated. The results may be used for search of most effective fluorescence and relaxation processes. The same approach may be used when both quantum wells are organic or inorganic.

  12. Prospect of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall effect in doped kagome lattice Mott insulators

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    Guterding, Daniel; Jeschke, Harald O.; Valentí, Roser

    2016-01-01

    Electronic states with non-trivial topology host a number of novel phenomena with potential for revolutionizing information technology. The quantum anomalous Hall effect provides spin-polarized dissipation-free transport of electrons, while the quantum spin Hall effect in combination with superconductivity has been proposed as the basis for realizing decoherence-free quantum computing. We introduce a new strategy for realizing these effects, namely by hole and electron doping kagome lattice Mott insulators through, for instance, chemical substitution. As an example, we apply this new approach to the natural mineral herbertsmithite. We prove the feasibility of the proposed modifications by performing ab-initio density functional theory calculations and demonstrate the occurrence of the predicted effects using realistic models. Our results herald a new family of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall insulators at affordable energy/temperature scales based on kagome lattices of transition metal ions. PMID:27185665

  13. Chiral spin liquid and emergent anyons in a Kagome lattice Mott insulator.

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    Bauer, B; Cincio, L; Keller, B P; Dolfi, M; Vidal, G; Trebst, S; Ludwig, A W W

    2014-10-10

    Topological phases in frustrated quantum spin systems have fascinated researchers for decades. One of the earliest proposals for such a phase was the chiral spin liquid, a bosonic analogue of the fractional quantum Hall effect, put forward by Kalmeyer and Laughlin in 1987. Elusive for many years, recent times have finally seen this phase realized in various models, which, however, remain somewhat artificial. Here we take an important step towards the goal of finding a chiral spin liquid in nature by examining a physically motivated model for a Mott insulator on the Kagome lattice with broken time-reversal symmetry. We discuss the emergent phase from a network model perspective and present an unambiguous numerical identification and characterization of its universal topological properties, including ground-state degeneracy, edge physics and anyonic bulk excitations, by using a variety of powerful numerical probes, including the entanglement spectrum and modular transformations.

  14. Prospect of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall effect in doped kagome lattice Mott insulators.

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    Guterding, Daniel; Jeschke, Harald O; Valentí, Roser

    2016-05-17

    Electronic states with non-trivial topology host a number of novel phenomena with potential for revolutionizing information technology. The quantum anomalous Hall effect provides spin-polarized dissipation-free transport of electrons, while the quantum spin Hall effect in combination with superconductivity has been proposed as the basis for realizing decoherence-free quantum computing. We introduce a new strategy for realizing these effects, namely by hole and electron doping kagome lattice Mott insulators through, for instance, chemical substitution. As an example, we apply this new approach to the natural mineral herbertsmithite. We prove the feasibility of the proposed modifications by performing ab-initio density functional theory calculations and demonstrate the occurrence of the predicted effects using realistic models. Our results herald a new family of quantum anomalous Hall and quantum spin Hall insulators at affordable energy/temperature scales based on kagome lattices of transition metal ions.

  15. Mott Electrons in an Artificial Graphenelike Crystal of Rare-Earth Nickelate.

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    Middey, S; Meyers, D; Doennig, D; Kareev, M; Liu, X; Cao, Y; Yang, Zhenzhong; Shi, Jinan; Gu, Lin; Ryan, P J; Pentcheva, R; Freeland, J W; Chakhalian, J

    2016-02-05

    Deterministic control over the periodic geometrical arrangement of the constituent atoms is the backbone of the material properties, which, along with the interactions, define the electronic and magnetic ground state. Following this notion, a bilayer of a prototypical rare-earth nickelate, NdNiO_{3}, combined with a dielectric spacer, LaAlO_{3}, has been layered along the pseudocubic [111] direction. The resulting artificial graphenelike Mott crystal with magnetic 3d electrons has antiferromagnetic correlations. In addition, a combination of resonant X-ray linear dichroism measurements and ab initio calculations reveal the presence of an ordered orbital pattern, which is unattainable in either bulk nickelates or nickelate based heterostructures grown along the [001] direction. These findings highlight another promising venue towards designing new quantum many-body states by virtue of geometrical engineering.

  16. Spin Andreev-like Reflection in Metal-Mott Insulator Heterostructures

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    Al-Hassanieh, K. A.; Rincón, Julián; Alvarez, G.; ...

    2015-02-09

    Here we used the time-dependent density-matrix renormalization group (tDMRG) to study the time evolution of electron wave packets in one-dimensional (1D) metal-superconductor heterostructures. The results show Andreev reflection at the interface, as expected. By combining these results with the well-known single- spin-species electron-hole transformation in the Hubbard model, we predict an analogous spin Andreev reflection in metal-Mott insulator heterostructures. This effect is numerically confirmed using 1D tDMRG, but it is expected to also be present in higher dimensions, as well as in more general Hamiltonians. We present an intuitive picture of the spin reflection, analogous to that of Andreev reflectionmore » at metal- superconductor interfaces. This allows us to discuss a novel antiferromagnetic proximity effect. Possible experimental realizations are discussed.« less

  17. Mott metal-insulator transition in a metallic liquid - Gutzwiller molecular dynamics simulations

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    Barros, Kipton; Chern, Gia-Wei; Batista, Cristian D.; Kress, Joel D.; Kotliar, Gabriel

    2015-03-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are crucial to modern computational physics, chemistry, and materials science, especially when combined with potentials derived from density-functional theory. However, even in state of the art MD codes, the on-site Coulomb repulsion is only treated at the self-consistent Hartree-Fock level. This standard approximation may miss important effects due to electron correlations. The Gutzwiller variational method captures essential correlated-electron physics yet is much faster than, e.g., the dynamical-mean field theory approach. We present our efficient Gutzwiller-MD implementation. With it, we investigate the Mott metal-insulator transition in a metallic fluid and uncover several surprising static and dynamic properties of this system.

  18. Superfluid to Mott insulator transition of hardcore bosons in a superlattice

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    Hen, Itay; Rigol, Marcos

    2009-10-01

    We study the superfluid to Mott-insulator transition of hardcore bosons in commensurate superlattices in two and three dimensions. We focus on the special case where the superlattice has period two and the system is at half-filling. We obtain numerical results by using the stochastic series expansion algorithm, and compute various properties of the system, such as the ground-state energy, the density of bosons in the zero-momentum mode, the superfluid density, and the compressibility. We employ finite-size scaling to extrapolate the thermodynamic limit, and find the critical points of the phase transition. We also explore the extent to which several approximate solutions such as mean-field theory, with and without spin-wave corrections, can help one gain analytical insight into the behavior of the system in the vicinity of the phase transition.

  19. Entropic Origin of Pseudogap Physics and a Mott-Slater Transition in Cuprates

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    Markiewicz, R. S.; Buda, I. G.; Mistark, P.; Lane, C.; Bansil, A.

    2017-03-01

    We propose a new approach to understand the origin of the pseudogap in the cuprates, in terms of bosonic entropy. The near-simultaneous softening of a large number of different q-bosons yields an extended range of short-range order, wherein the growth of magnetic correlations with decreasing temperature T is anomalously slow. These entropic effects cause the spectral weight associated with the Van Hove singularity (VHS) to shift rapidly and nearly linearly toward half filling at higher T, consistent with a picture of the VHS driving the pseudogap transition at a temperature ~T*. As a byproduct, we develop an order-parameter classification scheme that predicts supertransitions between families of order parameters. As one example, we find that by tuning the hopping parameters, it is possible to drive the cuprates across a transition between Mott and Slater physics, where a spin-frustrated state emerges at the crossover.

  20. Foundations of heavy-fermion superconductivity: lattice Kondo effect and Mott physics

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    Steglich, Frank; Wirth, Steffen

    2016-08-01

    This article overviews the development of heavy-fermion superconductivity, notably in such rare-earth-based intermetallic compounds which behave as Kondo-lattice systems. Heavy-fermion superconductivity is of unconventional nature in the sense that it is not mediated by electron-phonon coupling. Rather, in most cases the attractive interaction between charge carriers is apparently magnetic in origin. Fluctuations associated with an antiferromagnetic (AF) quantum critical point (QCP) play a major role. The first heavy-fermion superconductor CeCu2Si2 turned out to be the prototype of a larger group of materials for which the underlying, often pressure-induced, AF QCP is likely to be of a three-dimensional (3D) spin-density-wave (SDW) variety. For UBe13, the second heavy-fermion superconductor, a magnetic-field-induced 3D SDW QCP inside the superconducting phase can be conjectured. Such a ‘conventional’, itinerant QCP can be well understood within Landau’s paradigm of order-parameter fluctuations. In contrast, the low-temperature normal-state properties of a few heavy-fermion superconductors are at odds with the Landau framework. They are characterized by an ‘unconventional’, local QCP which may be considered a zero-temperature 4 f-orbital selective Mott transition. Here, as concluded for YbRh2Si2, the breakdown of the Kondo effect concurring with the AF instability gives rise to an abrupt change of the Fermi surface. Very recently, superconductivity was discovered for this compound at ultra-low temperatures. Therefore, YbRh2Si2 along with CeRhIn5 under pressure provide a natural link between the large group of about fifty low-temperature heavy-fermion superconductors and other families of unconventional superconductors with substantially higher T c, e.g. the doped Mott insulators of the perovskite-type cuprates and the organic charge-transfer salts.

  1. Foundations of heavy-fermion superconductivity: lattice Kondo effect and Mott physics.

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    Steglich, Frank; Wirth, Steffen

    2016-08-01

    This article overviews the development of heavy-fermion superconductivity, notably in such rare-earth-based intermetallic compounds which behave as Kondo-lattice systems. Heavy-fermion superconductivity is of unconventional nature in the sense that it is not mediated by electron-phonon coupling. Rather, in most cases the attractive interaction between charge carriers is apparently magnetic in origin. Fluctuations associated with an antiferromagnetic (AF) quantum critical point (QCP) play a major role. The first heavy-fermion superconductor CeCu2Si2 turned out to be the prototype of a larger group of materials for which the underlying, often pressure-induced, AF QCP is likely to be of a three-dimensional (3D) spin-density-wave (SDW) variety. For UBe13, the second heavy-fermion superconductor, a magnetic-field-induced 3D SDW QCP inside the superconducting phase can be conjectured. Such a 'conventional', itinerant QCP can be well understood within Landau's paradigm of order-parameter fluctuations. In contrast, the low-temperature normal-state properties of a few heavy-fermion superconductors are at odds with the Landau framework. They are characterized by an 'unconventional', local QCP which may be considered a zero-temperature 4 f-orbital selective Mott transition. Here, as concluded for YbRh2Si2, the breakdown of the Kondo effect concurring with the AF instability gives rise to an abrupt change of the Fermi surface. Very recently, superconductivity was discovered for this compound at ultra-low temperatures. Therefore, YbRh2Si2 along with CeRhIn5 under pressure provide a natural link between the large group of about fifty low-temperature heavy-fermion superconductors and other families of unconventional superconductors with substantially higher T c, e.g. the doped Mott insulators of the perovskite-type cuprates and the organic charge-transfer salts.

  2. T-shaped GaAs quantum-wire lasers and the exciton Mott transition.

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    Yoshita, M; Liu, S M; Okano, M; Hayamizu, Y; Akiyama, H; Pfeiffer, L N; West, K W

    2007-07-25

    T-shaped GaAs quantum-wire (T-wire) lasers fabricated by the cleaved-edge overgrowth method with molecular beam epitaxy on the interface improved by a growth-interrupt high-temperature anneal are measured to study the laser device physics and fundamental many-body physics in clean one-dimensional (1D) systems. A current-injection T-wire laser that has 20 periods of T-wires in the active region and a 0.5 mm long cavity with high-reflection coatings shows a low threshold current of 0.27 mA at 30 K. The origin of the laser gain above the lasing threshold is studied with the high-quality T-wire lasers by means of optical pumping. The lasing energy is about 5 meV below the photoluminescence (PL) peak of free excitons, and is on the electron-hole (e-h) plasma PL band at a high e-h carrier density. The observed energy shift excludes the laser gain due to free excitons, and it suggests a contribution from the e-h plasma instead. A systematic micro-PL study reveals that the PL evolves with the e-h density from a sharp exciton peak, via a biexciton peak, to an e-h-plasma PL band. The data demonstrate an important role of biexcitons in the exciton Mott transition. Comparison with microscopic theories points out some problems in the picture of the exciton Mott transition.

  3. Excitonic metal-insulator phase transition of the Mott type in compressed calcium

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    Voronkova, T. O.; Sarry, A. M.; Sarry, M. F.; Skidan, S. G.

    2017-05-01

    It has been experimentally found that, under the static compression of a calcium crystal at room temperature, it undergoes a series of structural phase transitions: face-centered cubic lattice → body-centered cubic lattice → simple cubic lattice. It has been decided to investigate precisely the simple cubic lattice (because it is an alternative lattice) with the aim of elucidating the possibility of the existence of other (nonstructural) phase transitions in it by using for this purpose the Hubbard model for electrons with half-filled ns-bands and preliminarily transforming the initial electronic system into an electron-hole system by means of the known Shiba operators (applicable only to alternative lattices). This transformation leads to the fact that, in the new system of fermions, instead of the former repulsion, there is an attraction between electrons and holes. Elementary excitations of this new system are bound boson pairs—excitons. This system of fermions has been quantitatively analyzed by jointly using the equation-of-motion method and the direct algebraic method. The numerical integration of the analytically exact transcendental equations derived from the first principles for alternative (one-, two-, and three-dimensional) lattices has demonstrated that, in systems of two-species (electrons + hole) fermions, temperature-induced metal-insulator phase transitions of the Mott type are actually possible. Moreover, all these crystals are in fact excitonic insulators. This conclusion is in complete agreement with the analytically exact calculations of the ground state of a one-dimensional crystal (with half-filled bands), which were performed by Lieb and Wu with the aim to find out the Mott insulator-metal transition of another type.

  4. Insulator-metal transitions induced by electric field and photoirradiation in organic Mott insulator deuterated κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br.

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    Sabeth, Farzana; Iimori, Toshifumi; Ohta, Nobuhiro

    2012-04-25

    The Mott insulator-metal transition induced by an external stimulus such as electric field, pressure, chemical doping, or photoirradiation has received considerable attention because of the potential use in new optoelectronic functional devices. Here we report an abrupt Mott insulator-metal transition observed as a current jump in a molecular-based Mott insulator, namely, deuterated κ-(BEDT-TTF)(2)Cu[N(CN)(2)]Br, where BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene, upon application of a pulsed voltage of certain magnitude (threshold voltage). Furthermore, the threshold voltage needed for the transition is shown to be reduced by photoirradiation. Thus, the Mott insulator-metal transition can be controlled by a combination of an external electric field and photoirradiation.

  5. Transport coefficients of graphene: Interplay of impurity scattering, Coulomb interaction, and optical phonons

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    Xie, Hong-Yi; Foster, Matthew S.

    2016-05-01

    We study the electric and thermal transport of the Dirac carriers in monolayer graphene using the Boltzmann-equation approach. Motivated by recent thermopower measurements [F. Ghahari, H.-Y. Xie, T. Taniguchi, K. Watanabe, M. S. Foster, and P. Kim, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 136802 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.136802], we consider the effects of quenched disorder, Coulomb interactions, and electron-optical-phonon scattering. Via an unbiased numerical solution to the Boltzmann equation we calculate the electrical conductivity, thermopower, and electronic component of the thermal conductivity, and discuss the validity of Mott's formula and of the Wiedemann-Franz law. An analytical solution for the disorder-only case shows that screened Coulomb impurity scattering, although elastic, violates the Wiedemann-Franz law even at low temperature. For the combination of carrier-carrier Coulomb and short-ranged impurity scattering, we observe the crossover from the interaction-limited (hydrodynamic) regime to the disorder-limited (Fermi-liquid) regime. In the former, the thermopower and the thermal conductivity follow the results anticipated by the relativistic hydrodynamic theory. On the other hand, we find that optical phonons become non-negligible at relatively low temperatures and that the induced electron thermopower violates Mott's formula. Combining all of these scattering mechanisms, we obtain the thermopower that quantitatively coincides with the experimental data.

  6. A metallic mosaic phase and the origin of Mott-insulating state in 1T-TaS2

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    Ma, Liguo; Ye, Cun; Yu, Yijun; Lu, Xiu Fang; Niu, Xiaohai; Kim, Sejoong; Feng, Donglai; Tománek, David; Son, Young-Woo; Chen, Xian Hui; Zhang, Yuanbo

    2016-01-01

    Electron–electron and electron–phonon interactions are two major driving forces that stabilize various charge-ordered phases of matter. In layered compound 1T-TaS2, the intricate interplay between the two generates a Mott-insulating ground state with a peculiar charge-density-wave (CDW) order. The delicate balance also makes it possible to use external perturbations to create and manipulate novel phases in this material. Here, we study a mosaic CDW phase induced by voltage pulses, and find that the new phase exhibits electronic structures entirely different from that of the original Mott ground state. The mosaic phase consists of nanometre-sized domains characterized by well-defined phase shifts of the CDW order parameter in the topmost layer, and by altered stacking relative to the layers underneath. We discover that the nature of the new phase is dictated by the stacking order, and our results shed fresh light on the origin of the Mott phase in 1T-TaS2. PMID:26961788

  7. Spontaneous Orbital-Selective Mott Transitions and the Jahn-Teller Metal of A3C60

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    Hoshino, Shintaro; Werner, Philipp

    2017-04-01

    The alkali-doped fullerides A3C60 are half-filled three-orbital Hubbard systems which exhibit an unconventional superconducting phase next to a Mott insulator. While the pairing is understood to arise from an effectively negative Hund coupling, the highly unusual Jahn-Teller metal near the Mott transition, featuring both localized and itinerant electrons, has not been understood. This property is consistently explained by a previously unrecognized phenomenon: the spontaneous transition of multiorbital systems with negative Hund coupling into an orbital-selective Mott state. This symmetry-broken state, which has no ordinary orbital moment, is characterized by an orbital-dependent two-body operator (the double occupancy) or an orbital-dependent kinetic energy and may be regarded as a diagonal-order version of odd-frequency superconductivity. We propose that the recently discovered Jahn-Teller metal phase of Rbx Cs3 -xC60 is an experimental realization of this novel state of matter.

  8. NMR investigation of the pressure induced Mott transition to superconductivity in Cs3C60 isomeric compounds

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    Alloul, H.; Ihara, Y.; Mito, T.; Wzietek, P.; Aramini, M.; Pontiroli, D.; Ricco, M.

    2013-07-01

    The discovery in 1991 of high temperature superconductivity (SC) in A3C60 compounds, where A is an alkali ion, has been initially ascribed to a BCS mechanism, with a weak incidence of electron correlations. However various experimental evidences taken for compounds with distinct alkali content established the interplay of strong correlations and Jahn Teller distortions of the C60 ball. The importance of electronic correlations even in A3C60 has been highlighted by the recent discovery of two expanded fulleride Cs3C60 isomeric phases that are Mott insulators at ambient pressure. Both phases undergo a pressure induced first order Mott transition to SC with a (p, T) phase diagram displaying a dome shaped SC, a common situation encountered nowadays in correlated electron systems. NMR experiments allowed us to establish that the bipartite A15 phase displays Néel order at 47K, while magnetic freezing only occurs at lower temperature in the fcc phase. NMR data do permit us to conclude that well above the critical pressure, the singlet superconductivity found for light alkalis is recovered. However deviations from BCS expectations linked with electronic correlations are found near the Mott transition. So, although SC involves an electron-phonon mechanism, correlations have a significant incidence on the electronic properties, as had been anticipated from DMFT calculations.

  9. Superfluid-Mott-insulator quantum phase transition of light in a two-mode cavity array with ultrastrong coupling

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    Fan, Jingtao; Zhang, Yuanwei; Wang, Lirong; Mei, Feng; Chen, Gang; Jia, Suotang

    2017-03-01

    In this paper we construct a type of cavity array, in each cavity of which multiple two-level atoms interact with two independent photon modes. This system can be totally governed by a two-mode Dicke-lattice model, which includes all of the counter-rotating terms and therefore works well in the ultrastrong coupling regime achieved in recent experiments. Attributed to its special atom-photon coupling scheme, this model supports a global conserved excitation and a continuous U(1) symmetry, rather than the discrete Z2 symmetry in the standard single-mode Dicke-lattice model. This distinct change of symmetry via adding an extra photon mode strongly impacts the nature of photon localization and delocalization behavior. Specifically, the atom-photon interaction features stable Mott-lobe structures of photons and a second-order superfluid-Mott-insulator quantum phase transition, which share similarities with the Jaynes-Cummings-lattice and Bose-Hubbard models. More interestingly, the Mott-lobe structures predicted here depend crucially on the atom number of each site. We also show that our model can be mapped into a continuous X X spin model. Finally, we propose a scheme to implement the introduced cavity array in circuit quantum electrodynamics. This work broadens our understanding of strongly correlated photons.

  10. Mott Transition in the A 15 Phase of Cs3 C60 : Absence of a Pseudogap and Charge Order

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    Alloul, H.; Wzietek, P.; Mito, T.; Pontiroli, D.; Aramini, M.; Riccò, M.; Itie, J. P.; Elkaim, E.

    2017-06-01

    We present a detailed NMR study of the insulator-to-metal transition induced by an applied pressure p in the A 15 phase of Cs3 C60 . We evidence that the insulating antiferromagnetic (AFM) and superconducting (SC) phases coexist only in a narrow p range. At fixed p , in the metallic state above the SC transition Tc, the 133Cs and 13C NMR spin-lattice relaxation data are seemingly governed by a pseudogaplike feature. We prove that this feature, also seen in the 133Cs NMR shift data, is rather a signature of the Mott transition which broadens and smears out progressively for increasing (p ,T ). The analysis of the variation of the quadrupole splitting νQ of the 133Cs NMR spectrum precludes any cell symmetry change at the Mott transition and only monitors a weak variation of the lattice parameter. These results open an opportunity to consider theoretically the Mott transition in a multiorbital three-dimensional system well beyond its critical point.

  11. Featureless and nonfractionalized Mott insulators on the honeycomb lattice at 1/2 site filling

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    Kimchi, Itamar; Parameswaran, S. A.; Turner, Ari M.; Wang, Fa; Vishwanath, Ashvin

    2013-01-01

    Within the Landau paradigm, phases of matter are distinguished by spontaneous symmetry breaking. Implicit here is the assumption that a completely symmetric state exists: a paramagnet. At zero temperature such quantum featureless insulators may be forbidden, triggering either conventional order or topological order with fractionalized excitations. Such is the case for interacting particles when the particle number per unit cell, f, is not an integer. However, can lattice symmetries forbid featureless insulators even at integer f? An especially relevant case is the honeycomb (graphene) lattice—where free spinless fermions at (the two sites per unit cell mean is half-filling per site) are always metallic. Here we present wave functions for bosons, and a related spin-singlet wave function for spinful electrons, on the honeycomb lattice and demonstrate via quantum to classical mappings that they do form featureless Mott insulators. The construction generalizes to symmorphic lattices at integer f in any dimension. Our results explicitly demonstrate that in this case, despite the absence of a noninteracting insulator at the same filling, lack of order at zero temperature does not imply fractionalization.

  12. Anisotropic Harper-Hofstadter-Mott model: Competition between condensation and magnetic fields

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    Hügel, Dario; Strand, Hugo U. R.; Werner, Philipp; Pollet, Lode

    2017-08-01

    We derive the reciprocal cluster mean-field method to study the strongly interacting bosonic Harper-Hofstadter-Mott model. The system exhibits a rich phase diagram featuring band insulating, striped superfluid, and supersolid phases. Furthermore, for finite hopping anisotropy, we observe gapless uncondensed liquid phases at integer fillings, which are analyzed by exact diagonalization. The liquid phases at fillings ν =1 ,3 exhibit the same band fillings as the fermionic integer quantum Hall effect, while the phase at ν =2 is C T -symmetric with zero charge response. We discuss how these phases become gapped on a quasi-one-dimensional cylinder, leading to a quantized Hall response, which we characterize by introducing a suitable measure for nontrivial many-body topological properties. Incompressible metastable states at fractional filling are also observed, indicating competing fractional quantum Hall phases. The combination of reciprocal cluster mean-field and exact diagonalization yields a promising method to analyze the properties of bosonic lattice systems with nontrivial unit cells in the thermodynamic limit.

  13. Bosonic analogs of the fractional quantum Hall state in the vicinity of Mott states

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    Kuno, Yoshihito; Shimizu, Keita; Ichinose, Ikuo

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, the Bose-Hubbard model (BHM) with the nearest-neighbor (NN) repulsions is studied from the viewpoint of possible bosonic analogs of the fractional quantum Hall (FQH) state in the vicinity of the Mott insulator (MI). First, by means of the Gutzwiller approximation, we obtain the phase diagram of the BHM in a magnetic field. Then, we introduce an effective Hamiltonian describing excess particles on a MI and calculate the vortex density, momentum distribution, and the energy gap. These calculations indicate that the vortex solid forms for small NN repulsions, but a homogeneous featureless "Bose metal" takes the place of it as the NN repulsion increases. We consider particular filling factors at which the bosonic FQH state is expected to form. Chern-Simons (CS) gauge theory to the excess particle is introduced, and a modified Gutzwiller wave function, which describes bosons with attached flux quanta, is introduced. The energy of the excess particles in the bosonic FQH state is calculated using that wave function, and it is compared with the energy of the vortex solid and Bose metal. We found that the energy of the bosonic FQH state is lower than that of the Bose metal and comparable with the vortex solid. Finally, we clarify the condition that the composite fermion appears by using CS theory on the lattice that we previously proposed for studying the electron FQH effect.

  14. Spin-orbit physics of j =1/2 Mott insulators on the triangular lattice

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    Becker, Michael; Hermanns, Maria; Bauer, Bela; Garst, Markus; Trebst, Simon

    2015-04-01

    The physics of spin-orbital entanglement in effective j =1/2 Mott insulators, which have been experimentally observed for various 5 d transition-metal oxides, has sparked an interest in Heisenberg-Kitaev (HK) models thought to capture their essential microscopic interactions. Here, we argue that the recently synthesized Ba3IrTi2O9 is a prime candidate for a microscopic realization of the triangular HK model, a conceptually interesting model for its interplay of geometric and exchange frustration. We establish that an infinitesimal Kitaev exchange destabilizes the 120∘ order of the quantum Heisenberg model. This results in the formation of an extended Z2-vortex crystal phase in the parameter regime most likely relevant to the real material, which can be experimentally identified with spherical neutron polarimetry. Moreover, using a combination of analytical and numerical techniques, we map out the entire phase diagram of the model, which further includes various ordered phases as well as an extended nematic phase around the antiferromagnetic Kitaev point.

  15. Nonlocal correlations in the orbital selective Mott phase of a one-dimensional multiorbital Hubbard model

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    Li, S.; Kaushal, N.; Wang, Y.; ...

    2016-12-12

    Here, we study nonlocal correlations in a three-orbital Hubbard model defined on an extended one-dimensional chain using determinant quantum Monte Carlo and density matrix renormalization group methods. We focus on a parameter regime with robust Hund's coupling, which produces an orbital selective Mott phase (OSMP) at intermediate values of the Hubbard U, as well as an orbitally ordered ferromagnetic insulating state at stronger coupling. An examination of the orbital- and spin-correlation functions indicates that the orbital ordering occurs before the onset of magnetic correlations in this parameter regime as a function of temperature. In the OSMP, we find that themore » self-energy for the itinerant electrons is momentum dependent, indicating a degree of nonlocal correlations while the localized electrons have largely momentum independent self-energies. These nonlocal correlations also produce relative shifts of the holelike and electronlike bands within our model. The overall momentum dependence of these quantities is strongly suppressed in the orbitally ordered insulating phase.« less

  16. Nonlocal correlations in the orbital selective Mott phase of a one-dimensional multiorbital Hubbard model

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    Li, S.; Kaushal, N.; Wang, Y.; Tang, Y.; Alvarez, G.; Nocera, Alberto; Maier, T. A.; Dagotto, E.; Johnston, S.

    2016-12-12

    Here, we study nonlocal correlations in a three-orbital Hubbard model defined on an extended one-dimensional chain using determinant quantum Monte Carlo and density matrix renormalization group methods. We focus on a parameter regime with robust Hund's coupling, which produces an orbital selective Mott phase (OSMP) at intermediate values of the Hubbard U, as well as an orbitally ordered ferromagnetic insulating state at stronger coupling. An examination of the orbital- and spin-correlation functions indicates that the orbital ordering occurs before the onset of magnetic correlations in this parameter regime as a function of temperature. In the OSMP, we find that the self-energy for the itinerant electrons is momentum dependent, indicating a degree of nonlocal correlations while the localized electrons have largely momentum independent self-energies. These nonlocal correlations also produce relative shifts of the holelike and electronlike bands within our model. The overall momentum dependence of these quantities is strongly suppressed in the orbitally ordered insulating phase.

  17. Reliability of the one-crossing approximation in describing the Mott transition.

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    Vildosola, V; Pourovskii, L V; Manuel, L O; Roura-Bas, P

    2015-12-09

    We assess the reliability of the one-crossing approximation (OCA) approach in a quantitative description of the Mott transition in the framework of the dynamical mean field theory (DMFT). The OCA approach has been applied in conjunction with DMFT to a number of heavy-fermion, actinide, transition metal compounds and nanoscale systems. However, several recent studies in the framework of impurity models pointed out serious deficiencies of OCA and raised questions regarding its reliability. Here we consider a single band Hubbard model on the Bethe lattice at finite temperatures and compare the results of OCA to those of a numerically exact quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) method. The temperature-local repulsion U phase diagram for the particle-hole symmetric case obtained by OCA is in good agreement with that of QMC, with the metal-insulator transition captured very well. We find, however, that the insulator to metal transition is shifted to higher values of U and, simultaneously, correlations in the metallic phase are significantly overestimated. This counter-intuitive behaviour is due to simultaneous underestimations of the Kondo scale in the metallic phase and the size of the insulating gap. We trace the underestimation of the insulating gap to that of the second moment of the high-frequency expansion of the impurity spectral density. Calculations of the system away from the particle-hole symmetric case are also presented and discussed.

  18. Reliability of the one-crossing approximation in describing the Mott transition

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    Vildosola, V.; Pourovskii, L. V.; Manuel, L. O.; Roura-Bas, P.

    2015-12-01

    We assess the reliability of the one-crossing approximation (OCA) approach in a quantitative description of the Mott transition in the framework of the dynamical mean field theory (DMFT). The OCA approach has been applied in conjunction with DMFT to a number of heavy-fermion, actinide, transition metal compounds and nanoscale systems. However, several recent studies in the framework of impurity models pointed out serious deficiencies of OCA and raised questions regarding its reliability. Here we consider a single band Hubbard model on the Bethe lattice at finite temperatures and compare the results of OCA to those of a numerically exact quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) method. The temperature-local repulsion U phase diagram for the particle-hole symmetric case obtained by OCA is in good agreement with that of QMC, with the metal-insulator transition captured very well. We find, however, that the insulator to metal transition is shifted to higher values of U and, simultaneously, correlations in the metallic phase are significantly overestimated. This counter-intuitive behaviour is due to simultaneous underestimations of the Kondo scale in the metallic phase and the size of the insulating gap. We trace the underestimation of the insulating gap to that of the second moment of the high-frequency expansion of the impurity spectral density. Calculations of the system away from the particle-hole symmetric case are also presented and discussed.

  19. Design of Chern and Mott insulators in buckled 3 d oxide honeycomb lattices

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    Doennig, David; Baidya, Santu; Pickett, Warren E.; Pentcheva, Rossitza

    2016-04-01

    Perovskite (La X O3 )2/(LaAlO3)4(111) superlattices with X spanning the entire 3 d transition-metal series combine the strongly correlated, multiorbital nature of electrons in transition-metal oxides with a honeycomb lattice as a key feature. Based on density functional theory calculations including strong interaction effects, we establish trends in the evolution of electronic states as a function of several control parameters: band filling, interaction strength, spin-orbit coupling (SOC), and lattice instabilities. Competition between local pseudocubic and global trigonal symmetry as well as the additional flexibility provided by the magnetic and spin degrees of freedom of 3 d ions lead to a broad array of distinctive broken-symmetry ground states not accessible for the (001)-growth direction, offering a platform to design two-dimensional electronic functionalities. Constraining the symmetry between the two triangular sublattices causes X =Mn , Co, and Ti to emerge as Chern insulators driven by SOC. For X =Mn we illustrate how interaction strength and lattice distortions can tune these systems between a Dirac semimetal, a Chern and a trivial Mott insulator.

  20. Nonlocal correlations in the orbital selective Mott phase of a one-dimensional multiorbital Hubbard model

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    Li, S.; Kaushal, N.; Wang, Y.; Tang, Y.; Alvarez, G.; Nocera, A.; Maier, T. A.; Dagotto, E.; Johnston, S.

    2016-12-01

    We study nonlocal correlations in a three-orbital Hubbard model defined on an extended one-dimensional chain using determinant quantum Monte Carlo and density matrix renormalization group methods. We focus on a parameter regime with robust Hund's coupling, which produces an orbital selective Mott phase (OSMP) at intermediate values of the Hubbard U , as well as an orbitally ordered ferromagnetic insulating state at stronger coupling. An examination of the orbital- and spin-correlation functions indicates that the orbital ordering occurs before the onset of magnetic correlations in this parameter regime as a function of temperature. In the OSMP, we find that the self-energy for the itinerant electrons is momentum dependent, indicating a degree of nonlocal correlations while the localized electrons have largely momentum independent self-energies. These nonlocal correlations also produce relative shifts of the holelike and electronlike bands within our model. The overall momentum dependence of these quantities is strongly suppressed in the orbitally ordered insulating phase.

  1. Quantum phase transition from a superfluid to a Mott insulator in a gas of ultracold atoms.

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    Greiner, Markus; Mandel, Olaf; Esslinger, Tilman; Hänsch, Theodor W; Bloch, Immanuel

    2002-01-03

    For a system at a temperature of absolute zero, all thermal fluctuations are frozen out, while quantum fluctuations prevail. These microscopic quantum fluctuations can induce a macroscopic phase transition in the ground state of a many-body system when the relative strength of two competing energy terms is varied across a critical value. Here we observe such a quantum phase transition in a Bose-Einstein condensate with repulsive interactions, held in a three-dimensional optical lattice potential. As the potential depth of the lattice is increased, a transition is observed from a superfluid to a Mott insulator phase. In the superfluid phase, each atom is spread out over the entire lattice, with long-range phase coherence. But in the insulating phase, exact numbers of atoms are localized at individual lattice sites, with no phase coherence across the lattice; this phase is characterized by a gap in the excitation spectrum. We can induce reversible changes between the two ground states of the system.

  2. Sitewise manipulations and Mott insulator-superfluid transition of interacting photons using superconducting circuit simulators

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    Deng, Xiuhao; Jia, Chunjing; Chien, Chih-Chun

    2015-02-23

    We report that the Bose Hubbard model (BHM) of interacting bosons in a lattice has been a paradigm in many-body physics, and it exhibits a Mott insulator (MI)-superfluid (SF) transition at integer filling. Here a quantum simulator of the BHM using a superconducting circuit is proposed. Specifically, a superconducting transmission line resonator supporting microwave photons is coupled to a charge qubit to form one site of the BHM, and adjacent sites are connected by a tunable coupler. To obtain a mapping from the superconducting circuit to the BHM, we focus on the dispersive regime where the excitations remain photonlike. Standardmore » perturbation theory is implemented to locate the parameter range where the MI-SF transition may be simulated. This simulator allows single-site manipulations and we illustrate this feature by considering two scenarios where a single-site manipulation can drive a MI-SF transition. The transition can be analyzed by mean-field analyses, and the exact diagonalization was implemented to provide accurate results. The variance of the photon density and the fidelity metric clearly show signatures of the transition. Lastly, experimental realizations and other possible applications of this simulator are also discussed.« less

  3. Ultrafast evolution and transient phases of a prototype out-of-equilibrium Mott-Hubbard material.

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    Lantz, G; Mansart, B; Grieger, D; Boschetto, D; Nilforoushan, N; Papalazarou, E; Moisan, N; Perfetti, L; Jacques, V L R; Le Bolloc'h, D; Laulhé, C; Ravy, S; Rueff, J-P; Glover, T E; Hertlein, M P; Hussain, Z; Song, S; Chollet, M; Fabrizio, M; Marsi, M

    2017-01-09

    The study of photoexcited strongly correlated materials is attracting growing interest since their rich phase diagram often translates into an equally rich out-of-equilibrium behaviour. With femtosecond optical pulses, electronic and lattice degrees of freedom can be transiently decoupled, giving the opportunity of stabilizing new states inaccessible by quasi-adiabatic pathways. Here we show that the prototype Mott-Hubbard material V2O3 presents a transient non-thermal phase developing immediately after ultrafast photoexcitation and lasting few picoseconds. For both the insulating and the metallic phase, the formation of the transient configuration is triggered by the excitation of electrons into the bonding a1g orbital, and is then stabilized by a lattice distortion characterized by a hardening of the A1g coherent phonon, in stark contrast with the softening observed upon heating. Our results show the importance of selective electron-lattice interplay for the ultrafast control of material parameters, and are relevant for the optical manipulation of strongly correlated systems.

  4. Ultrafast evolution and transient phases of a prototype out-of-equilibrium Mott-Hubbard material

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    Lantz, G.; Mansart, B.; Grieger, D.; Boschetto, D.; Nilforoushan, N.; Papalazarou, E.; Moisan, N.; Perfetti, L.; Jacques, V. L. R.; Le Bolloc'h, D.; Laulhé, C.; Ravy, S.; Rueff, J.-P.; Glover, T. E.; Hertlein, M. P.; Hussain, Z.; Song, S.; Chollet, M.; Fabrizio, M.; Marsi, M.

    2017-01-01

    The study of photoexcited strongly correlated materials is attracting growing interest since their rich phase diagram often translates into an equally rich out-of-equilibrium behaviour. With femtosecond optical pulses, electronic and lattice degrees of freedom can be transiently decoupled, giving the opportunity of stabilizing new states inaccessible by quasi-adiabatic pathways. Here we show that the prototype Mott-Hubbard material V2O3 presents a transient non-thermal phase developing immediately after ultrafast photoexcitation and lasting few picoseconds. For both the insulating and the metallic phase, the formation of the transient configuration is triggered by the excitation of electrons into the bonding a1g orbital, and is then stabilized by a lattice distortion characterized by a hardening of the A1g coherent phonon, in stark contrast with the softening observed upon heating. Our results show the importance of selective electron-lattice interplay for the ultrafast control of material parameters, and are relevant for the optical manipulation of strongly correlated systems.

  5. Tunable and low-loss correlated plasmons in Mott-like insulating oxides

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    Asmara, Teguh Citra; Wan, Dongyang; Zhao, Yongliang; Majidi, Muhammad Aziz; Nelson, Christopher T.; Scott, Mary C.; Cai, Yao; Yan, Bixing; Schmidt, Daniel; Yang, Ming; Zhu, Tao; Trevisanutto, Paolo E.; Motapothula, Mallikarjuna R.; Feng, Yuan Ping; Breese, Mark B. H.; Sherburne, Matthew; Asta, Mark; Minor, Andrew; Venkatesan, T.; Rusydi, Andrivo

    2017-05-01

    Plasmonics has attracted tremendous interests for its ability to confine light into subwavelength dimensions, creating novel devices with unprecedented functionalities. New plasmonic materials are actively being searched, especially those with tunable plasmons and low loss in the visible-ultraviolet range. Such plasmons commonly occur in metals, but many metals have high plasmonic loss in the optical range, a main issue in current plasmonic research. Here, we discover an anomalous form of tunable correlated plasmons in a Mott-like insulating oxide from the Sr1-xNb1-yO3+δ family. These correlated plasmons have multiple plasmon frequencies and low loss in the visible-ultraviolet range. Supported by theoretical calculations, these plasmons arise from the nanometre-spaced confinement of extra oxygen planes that enhances the unscreened Coulomb interactions among charges. The correlated plasmons are tunable: they diminish as extra oxygen plane density or film thickness decreases. Our results open a path for plasmonics research in previously untapped insulating and strongly-correlated materials.

  6. Infinite single-particle bandwidth of a Mott-Hubbard insulator

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    Freericks, J. K.; Cohn, J. R.; van Dongen, P. G. J.; Krishnamurthy, H. R.

    2016-03-01

    The conventional viewpoint of the strongly correlated electron metal-insulator transition is that a single band splits into two upper and lower Hubbard bands at the transition. Much work has investigated whether this transition is continuous or discontinuous. Here we focus on another aspect and ask the question of whether there are additional upper and lower Hubbard bands, which stretch all the way out to infinity — leading to an infinite single-particle bandwidth (or spectral range) for the Mott insulator. While we are not able to provide a rigorous proof of this result, we use exact diagonalization studies on small clusters to motivate the existence of these additional bands, and we discuss some different methods that might be utilized to provide such a proof. Even though the extra upper and lower Hubbard bands have very low total spectral weight, those states are expected to have extremely long lifetimes, leading to a nontrivial contribution to the transport density of states for dc transport and modifying the high temperature limit for the electrical resistivity.

  7. Mott transition in CaFe2O4 at around 50 GPa

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    Greenberg, Eran; Rozenberg, Gregory Kh.; Xu, Weiming; Pasternak, Moshe P.; McCammon, Catherine; Glazyrin, Konstantin; Dubrovinsky, Leonid S.

    2013-12-01

    Electrical transport and magnetic properties of CaFe2O4 have been studied at pressures up to 70 GPa using Fe57 Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS), Raman spectroscopy, and electrical resistance measurements. These studies have shown the onset of the Mott transition (MT) at a pressure of around 50 GPa, leading to the collapse of Fe3+ magnetic moments and to the insulator-metal (IM) transition. The observed onset of the MT corroborates with the recently reported isostructural transition accompanied by a 12% decrease in the Fe polyhedral volume. An analysis of the alterations of the electrical transport, magnetic, and structural properties with pressure increase and at the transition range suggests that the coinciding IM transition, magnetic moment, and volume collapse at around 50 GPa are caused by the closure of the Hubbard gap driven by the high-spin to low-spin (HS-LS) transition. At that, since MS did not reveal any evidence of a preceding LS state, it could be inferred that the HS-LS transition immediately leads to an IM transition and complete collapse of magnetism.

  8. Bose glass and Mott glass of quasiparticles in a doped quantum magnet.

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    Yu, Rong; Yin, Liang; Sullivan, Neil S; Xia, J S; Huan, Chao; Paduan-Filho, Armando; Oliveira, Nei F; Haas, Stephan; Steppke, Alexander; Miclea, Corneliu F; Weickert, Franziska; Movshovich, Roman; Mun, Eun-Deok; Scott, Brian L; Zapf, Vivien S; Roscilde, Tommaso

    2012-09-20

    The low-temperature states of bosonic fluids exhibit fundamental quantum effects at the macroscopic scale: the best-known examples are Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity, which have been tested experimentally in a variety of different systems. When bosons interact, disorder can destroy condensation, leading to a 'Bose glass'. This phase has been very elusive in experiments owing to the absence of any broken symmetry and to the simultaneous absence of a finite energy gap in the spectrum. Here we report the observation of a Bose glass of field-induced magnetic quasiparticles in a doped quantum magnet (bromine-doped dichloro-tetrakis-thiourea-nickel, DTN). The physics of DTN in a magnetic field is equivalent to that of a lattice gas of bosons in the grand canonical ensemble; bromine doping introduces disorder into the hopping and interaction strength of the bosons, leading to their localization into a Bose glass down to zero field, where it becomes an incompressible Mott glass. The transition from the Bose glass (corresponding to a gapless spin liquid) to the Bose-Einstein condensate (corresponding to a magnetically ordered phase) is marked by a universal exponent that governs the scaling of the critical temperature with the applied field, in excellent agreement with theoretical predictions. Our study represents a quantitative experimental account of the universal features of disordered bosons in the grand canonical ensemble.

  9. 3D Spin-Liquid State in an Organic Hyperkagome Lattice of Mott Dimers

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    Mizuno, Asato; Shuku, Yoshiaki; Matsushita, Michio M.; Tsuchiizu, Masahisa; Hara, Yuuki; Wada, Nobuo; Shimizu, Yasuhiro; Awaga, Kunio

    2017-08-01

    We report the first 3D spin liquid state of isotropic organic spins. Structural analysis, and magnetic and heat-capacity measurements were carried out for a chiral organic radical salt, (TBA) 1.5[(-)-NDI -Δ ] (TBA denotes tetrabutylammonium and NDI denotes naphthalene diimide), in which (-)-NDI -Δ forms a K4 structure due to its triangular molecular structure and an intermolecular π -π overlap between the NDI moieties. This lattice was identical to the hyperkagome lattice of S =1 /2 Mott dimers, and should exhibit 3D spin frustration. In fact, even though the high-temperature magnetic susceptibility followed the Curie-Weiss law with a negative Weiss constant of θ =-15 K , the low-temperature magnetic measurements revealed no long-range magnetic ordering down to 70 mK, and suggested the presence of a spin liquid state with a large residual paramagnetism χ0 of 8.5 ×10-6 emu g-1 at the absolute zero temperature. This was supported by the N 14 NMR measurements down to 0.38 K. Further, the low-temperature heat capacities cp down to 68 mK clearly indicated the presence of cp for the spin liquid state, which can be fitted to the power law of T0.62 in the wide temperature range 0.07-4.5 K.

  10. On the possibility of many-body localization in a doped Mott insulator

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    He, Rong-Qiang; Weng, Zheng-Yu

    2016-10-01

    Many-body localization (MBL) is currently a hot issue of interacting systems, in which quantum mechanics overcomes thermalization of statistical mechanics. Like Anderson localization of non-interacting electrons, disorders are usually crucial in engineering the quantum interference in MBL. For translation invariant systems, however, the breakdown of eigenstate thermalization hypothesis due to a pure many-body quantum effect is still unclear. Here we demonstrate a possible MBL phenomenon without disorder, which emerges in a lightly doped Hubbard model with very strong interaction. By means of density matrix renormalization group numerical calculation on a two-leg ladder, we show that whereas a single hole can induce a very heavy Nagaoka polaron, two or more holes will form bound pair/droplets which are all localized excitations with flat bands at low energy densities. Consequently, MBL eigenstates of finite energy density can be constructed as composed of these localized droplets spatially separated. We further identify the underlying mechanism for this MBL as due to a novel ‘Berry phase’ of the doped Mott insulator, and show that by turning off this Berry phase either by increasing the anisotropy of the model or by hand, an eigenstate transition from the MBL to a conventional quasiparticle phase can be realized.

  11. Quantum criticality in the 122 iron pnictide superconductors emerging from orbital-selective Mottness

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    Das, S. D.; Laad, M. S.; Craco, L.; Gillett, J.; Tripathi, V.; Sebastian, S. E.

    2015-10-01

    The twin issues of the nature of the "normal" state and competing order(s) in the iron arsenides are central to understanding their unconventional, high-Tc superconductivity. We use a combination of transport anisotropy measurements on detwinned Sr (Fe1-xCox) 2As2 single crystals and local density approximation plus dynamical mean field theory (LDA + DMFT) calculations to revisit these issues. The peculiar resistivity anisotropy and its evolution with x are naturally interpreted in terms of an underlying orbital-selective Mott transition (OSMT) that gaps out the dx z or dy z states. Further, we use a Landau-Ginzburg approach using LDA + DMFT input to rationalize a wide range of anomalies seen up to optimal doping, providing strong evidence for secondary electronic nematic order. These findings suggest that strong dynamical fluctuations linked to a marginal quantum-critical point associated with this OSMT and a secondary electronic nematic order constitute an intrinsically electronic pairing mechanism for superconductivity in Fe arsenides.

  12. Nonperturbative landscape of the Mott-Hubbard transition: Multiple divergence lines around the critical endpoint

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    Schäfer, T.; Ciuchi, S.; Wallerberger, M.; Thunström, P.; Gunnarsson, O.; Sangiovanni, G.; Rohringer, G.; Toschi, A.

    2016-12-01

    We analyze the highly nonperturbative regime surrounding the Mott-Hubbard metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) by means of dynamical mean field theory (DMFT) calculations at the two-particle level. By extending the results of Schäfer et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 246405 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.246405] we show the existence of infinitely many lines in the phase diagram of the Hubbard model where the local Bethe-Salpeter equations, and the related irreducible vertex functions, become singular in the charge as well as the particle-particle channel. By comparing our numerical data for the Hubbard model with analytical calculations for exactly solvable systems of increasing complexity [disordered binary mixture (BM), Falicov-Kimball (FK), and atomic limit (AL)], we have (i) identified two different kinds of divergence lines; (ii) classified them in terms of the frequency structure of the associated singular eigenvectors; and (iii) investigated their relation to the emergence of multiple branches in the Luttinger-Ward functional. In this way, we could distinguish the situations where the multiple divergences simply reflect the emergence of an underlying, single energy scale ν* below which perturbation theory is no longer applicable, from those where the breakdown of perturbation theory affects, not trivially, different energy regimes. Finally, we discuss the implications of our results on the theoretical understanding of the nonperturbative physics around the MIT and for future developments of many-body algorithms applicable in this regime.

  13. On the possibility of many-body localization in a doped Mott insulator

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    He, Rong-Qiang; Weng, Zheng-Yu

    2016-01-01

    Many-body localization (MBL) is currently a hot issue of interacting systems, in which quantum mechanics overcomes thermalization of statistical mechanics. Like Anderson localization of non-interacting electrons, disorders are usually crucial in engineering the quantum interference in MBL. For translation invariant systems, however, the breakdown of eigenstate thermalization hypothesis due to a pure many-body quantum effect is still unclear. Here we demonstrate a possible MBL phenomenon without disorder, which emerges in a lightly doped Hubbard model with very strong interaction. By means of density matrix renormalization group numerical calculation on a two-leg ladder, we show that whereas a single hole can induce a very heavy Nagaoka polaron, two or more holes will form bound pair/droplets which are all localized excitations with flat bands at low energy densities. Consequently, MBL eigenstates of finite energy density can be constructed as composed of these localized droplets spatially separated. We further identify the underlying mechanism for this MBL as due to a novel ‘Berry phase’ of the doped Mott insulator, and show that by turning off this Berry phase either by increasing the anisotropy of the model or by hand, an eigenstate transition from the MBL to a conventional quasiparticle phase can be realized. PMID:27752064

  14. Sitewise manipulations and Mott insulator-superfluid transition of interacting photons using superconducting circuit simulators

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    Deng, Xiuhao; Jia, Chunjing; Chien, Chih-Chun

    2015-02-23

    We report that the Bose Hubbard model (BHM) of interacting bosons in a lattice has been a paradigm in many-body physics, and it exhibits a Mott insulator (MI)-superfluid (SF) transition at integer filling. Here a quantum simulator of the BHM using a superconducting circuit is proposed. Specifically, a superconducting transmission line resonator supporting microwave photons is coupled to a charge qubit to form one site of the BHM, and adjacent sites are connected by a tunable coupler. To obtain a mapping from the superconducting circuit to the BHM, we focus on the dispersive regime where the excitations remain photonlike. Standard perturbation theory is implemented to locate the parameter range where the MI-SF transition may be simulated. This simulator allows single-site manipulations and we illustrate this feature by considering two scenarios where a single-site manipulation can drive a MI-SF transition. The transition can be analyzed by mean-field analyses, and the exact diagonalization was implemented to provide accurate results. The variance of the photon density and the fidelity metric clearly show signatures of the transition. Lastly, experimental realizations and other possible applications of this simulator are also discussed.

  15. Dynamical cluster approximation plus semiclassical approximation study for a Mott insulator and d-wave pairing

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    Kim, SungKun; Lee, Hunpyo

    2017-06-01

    Via a dynamical cluster approximation with N c = 4 in combination with a semiclassical approximation (DCA+SCA), we study the doped two-dimensional Hubbard model. We obtain a plaquette antiferromagnetic (AF) Mott insulator, a plaquette AF ordered metal, a pseudogap (or d-wave superconductor) and a paramagnetic metal by tuning the doping concentration. These features are similar to the behaviors observed in copper-oxide superconductors and are in qualitative agreement with the results calculated by the cluster dynamical mean field theory with the continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo (CDMFT+CTQMC) approach. The results of our DCA+SCA differ from those of the CDMFT+CTQMC approach in that the d-wave superconducting order parameters are shown even in the high doped region, unlike the results of the CDMFT+CTQMC approach. We think that the strong plaquette AF orderings in the dynamical cluster approximation (DCA) with N c = 4 suppress superconducting states with increasing doping up to strongly doped region, because frozen dynamical fluctuations in a semiclassical approximation (SCA) approach are unable to destroy those orderings. Our calculation with short-range spatial fluctuations is initial research, because the SCA can manage long-range spatial fluctuations in feasible computational times beyond the CDMFT+CTQMC tool. We believe that our future DCA+SCA calculations should supply information on the fully momentum-resolved physical properties, which could be compared with the results measured by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments.

  16. Anderson-Mott transition in a disordered Hubbard chain with correlated hopping

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    Battista, Francesca; Camjayi, Alberto; Arrachea, Liliana

    2017-07-01

    We study the ground-state phase diagram of the Anderson-Hubbard model with correlated hopping at half-filling in one dimension. The Hamiltonian has a local Coulomb repulsion U and a disorder potential with local energies randomly distributed in the interval (-W ,+W ) with equal probability, acting on the singly occupied sites. The hopping process which modifies the number of doubly occupied sites is forbidden. The hopping between nearest-neighbor singly occupied and empty sites or between singly occupied and doubly occupied sites has the same amplitude t . We identify three different phases as functions of the disorder amplitude W and Coulomb interaction strength U >0 . When U <4 t the system shows a metallic phase: (i) only when no disorder is present W =0 or an Anderson-localized phase, (ii) when disorder is introduced W ≠0 . When U >4 t the Anderson-localized phase survives as long as disorder effects dominate on the interaction effects, otherwise a Mott-insulator phase (iii) arises. Phases (i) and (ii) are characterized by a finite density of doublons and a vanishing charge gap among the ground state and the excited states. Phase (iii) is characterized by the vanishing density of doublons and a finite gap for the charge excitations.

  17. Antimycobacterial activity of Citrullus colocynthis (L.) Schrad. against drug sensitive and drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis and MOTT clinical isolates.

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    Mehta, Archana; Srivastva, Garima; Kachhwaha, Sumita; Sharma, Meenakshi; Kothari, S L

    2013-08-26

    Citrullus colocynthis (Cucurbitaceae), a folk herbal medicine and traditionally used natural remedy for tuberculosis in India has been studied to validate its antitubercular activity against drug sensitive and drug resistant (including multidrug resistant) Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium other than tuberculosis (MOTT) bacilli. Inhibitory and bactericidal activities of crude extracts, fractions and compounds of Citrullus colocynthis plant, consisting of aerial parts and ripe deseeded fruits were performed against the drug sensitive standard strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv (ATCC 27294), 16 drug resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and two MOTT strains, using radiometric BACTEC 460TB system. Methanolic extract of ripe deseeded fruit of Citrullus colocynthis has shown good activity (MIC ≤ 62.5 µg/ml), whereas among the bioactive fractions, FC IX demonstrated the best activity (MIC 31.2 µg/ml) against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv. Bioactive FC III, IX and X also inhibited 16 clinical isolates of Mycobacterium tuberculosis consisting of seven non-multidrug resistants, eight multidrug resistants, one extensively drug resistant and two of MOTTs with MICs in the range of 50-125, 31.2-125 and 62.5-125 µg/ml, respectively. Ursolic acid and cucurbitacin E 2-0-β-d-glucopyranoside were identified as the main biomarkers active against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv (MICs 50 and 25 µg/ml respectively), as well as against the 18 clinical isolates. FC III and FC IX showed better inhibition of drug resistant and MOTT clinical isolates. Minimal bactericidal concentrations of extracts, fractions and compound C-2 were ≥ two-fold MIC values. The study provides a scientific rationale for the traditional use of Citrullus colocynthis fruit in the treatment of tuberculosis. In addition, the study elucidates a broad spectrum antimycobacterial action of Citrullus colocynthis fruit, which can contribute to the development of improved preparation

  18. Monte Carlo simulation of 1-10-keV electron scattering in an aluminum target

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    Kotera, Masatoshi; Murata, Kenji; Nagami, Koichi

    1981-12-01

    New Monte Carlo simulations of electron scattering based on the single scattering model have been performed in the low-energy region for an aluminum target, where two basic equations are required, namely the elastic scattering cross section and the energy-loss rate. We investigated the screened Rutherford equation and the Mott equation for two different atomic potentials for the former, and the Rao Sahib-Wittry equation (the modified Bethe equation) for the latter. The validity of each model is discussed in a comparison between Monte Carlo results and experimental results such as the electron range, electron backscattering, and electron transmission which have been reported by various authors. Consequently, it was found that a combination of the Mott cross section and the Rao Sahib-Wittry equation showed the best accuracy. However, the accuracy of a previous model with the screened Rutherford equation is not as bad as aniticipated because of the higher accuracy of the Born approximation for light elements such as Al, compared to Au.

  19. Orbital selective Mott transition in 3D and 5F materials

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    Toropova, Antonina

    We study two types of strongly correlated electron systems in the example of the transition oxide CrO2 and actinide series. We found that the physics of both types of materials can be interpreted and discussed using concept of orbital selective Mott transition (OSMT). The theory of OSMT is discussed in framework of the multiorbital Hubbard model applied to the description of t2g orbitals of Cr atoms in chromium dioxide as well as in the framework of a more generalized model for 5f materials containing both Hubbard-like and Anderson-like contributions. The electronic structure, transport, and magnetic properties of selected compounds are investigated by means of Ab Initio calculations. The many body techniques such as LDA+U and dynamical mean field theory (DMFT) have been used in addition to density functional based local density approximation (LDA) method. The half-metallic ferromagnet CrO2 has been shown to demonstrate effectively weakly correlated behavior in ordered state due to big exchange splitting within t2g orbitals. The detailed DMFT study with Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) impurity solver revealed that in the paramagnetic state this compound was on the edge of a quantum transition. In the case of the actinide series we first demonstrated the choice of basis which optimum for DMFT based calculations. By means of detailed one-electron band structure analysis we showed that hybridization term of 5f-orbitals with conduction electrons must be included in the actinide Hamiltonian due to permanent presence of uncorrelated states at Fermi level. We conclude study of 5f-materials presenting tight-binding parametrization and exploring magnetic characteristics.

  20. The 'Higgs' amplitude mode at the two-dimensional superfluid/Mott insulator transition.

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    Endres, Manuel; Fukuhara, Takeshi; Pekker, David; Cheneau, Marc; Schauss, Peter; Gross, Christian; Demler, Eugene; Kuhr, Stefan; Bloch, Immanuel

    2012-07-25

    Spontaneous symmetry breaking plays a key role in our understanding of nature. In relativistic quantum field theory, a broken continuous symmetry leads to the emergence of two types of fundamental excitation: massless Nambu-Goldstone modes and a massive 'Higgs' amplitude mode. An excitation of Higgs type is of crucial importance in the standard model of elementary particle physics, and also appears as a fundamental collective mode in quantum many-body systems. Whether such a mode exists in low-dimensional systems as a resonance-like feature, or whether it becomes overdamped through coupling to Nambu-Goldstone modes, has been a subject of debate. Here we experimentally find and study a Higgs mode in a two-dimensional neutral superfluid close to a quantum phase transition to a Mott insulating phase. We unambiguously identify the mode by observing the expected reduction in frequency of the onset of spectral response when approaching the transition point. In this regime, our system is described by an effective relativistic field theory with a two-component quantum field, which constitutes a minimal model for spontaneous breaking of a continuous symmetry. Additionally, all microscopic parameters of our system are known from first principles and the resolution of our measurement allows us to detect excited states of the many-body system at the level of individual quasiparticles. This allows for an in-depth study of Higgs excitations that also addresses the consequences of the reduced dimensionality and confinement of the system. Our work constitutes a step towards exploring emergent relativistic models with ultracold atomic gases.

  1. Study of Low Energy Electron Inelastic Scattering Mechanisms Using Spin Sensitive Techniques

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    Hsu, Hongbing

    1995-01-01

    Spin sensitive electron spectroscopies were used to study low energy electron inelastic scattering from metal surfaces and thin films. In these experiments, a beam of spin polarized electrons from a GaAs source is directed on the sample surface, and the spin polarization and intensity are measured as a function of energy loss and scattering angle by a Mott electron polarimeter coupled with a concentric hemispherical energy analyzer. Systematic studies of the angular dependence of inelastically scattered electrons were conducted on a Cu(100) surface, and Mo/Cu(100), non-magnetized Fe/Cu(100), and Co/Cu(100) films. The polarization and intensity of scattered electrons were measured as function of energy loss and scattering angle. Further studies were also conducted on Ag(100) surface and amorphous Cu/Ag(100) films. From the experimental results, the angular distributions of dipole and impact scattered electrons can be determined individually and both are found to peak in the specular scattering direction. Preliminary studies were conducted on magnetized Co/Cu(100) films. The spin dependent scattering intensity asymmetry was measured, with a clearly observable peak at energy loss of ~1 eV, which coincides with the band splitting. The polarizations of secondary electrons produced by an unpolarized primary beam were also measured. The polarizations can be related to the band polarization of magnetized cobalt films.

  2. 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.

  3. Fitting of m*/m with Divergence Curve for He3 Fluid Monolayer using Hole-driven Mott Transition

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    Kim, Hyun-Tak

    2012-02-01

    The electron-electron interaction for strongly correlated systems plays an important role in formation of an energy gap in solid. The breakdown of the energy gap is called the Mott metal-insulator transition (MIT) which is different from the Peierls MIT induced by breakdown of electron-phonon interaction generated by change of a periodic lattice. It has been known that the correlated systems are inhomogeneous. In particular, He3 fluid monolayer [1] and La1-xSrxTiO3 [2] are representative strongly correlated systems. Their doping dependence of the effective mass of carrier in metal, m*/m, indicating the magnitude of correlation (Coulomb interaction) between electrons has a divergence behavior. However, the fitting remains unfitted to be explained by a Mott-transition theory with divergence. In the case of He3 regarded as the Fermi system with one positive charge (2 electrons + 3 protons), the interaction between He3 atoms is regarded as the correlation in strongly correlated system. In this presentation, we introduce a Hole-driven MIT with a divergence near the Mott transition [3] and fit the m*/m curve in He3 [1] and La1-xSrxTiO3 systems with the Hole-driven MIT with m*/m=1/(1-ρ^4) where ρ is band filling. Moreover, it is shown that the physical meaning of the effective mass with the divergence is percolation in which m*/m increases with increasing doping concentration, and that the magnitude of m*/m is constant.[4pt] [1] Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 115301 (2003).[0pt] [2] Phys. Rev. Lett. 70, 2126 (1993).[0pt] [3] Physica C 341-348, 259 (2000); Physica C 460-462, 1076 (2007).

  4. Transition between Efros–Shklovskii and Mott variable-range hopping conduction in polycrystalline germanium thin films

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    Li, Zhaoguo; Peng, Liping; Zhang, Jicheng; Li, Jia; Zeng, Yong; Luo, Yuechuan; Zhan, Zhiqiang; Meng, Lingbiao; Zhou, Minjie; Wu, Weidong

    2017-03-01

    We report on the electrical transport properties of polycrystalline germanium thin films which are grown by the DC magnetron sputtering method. The temperature dependent resistance of seven devices are measured from 290 K down to 10 K. The thermal excitation model dominating the transport properties at the high temperature regime (above ∼60 K) is demonstrated and the low temperature electron transport is governed by the variable-range hopping (VRH) mechanism. Moreover, we observed a transition from Efros–Shklovskii to Mott VRH at ∼25 K over the entire VRH conduction regime, which is well described by a universal scaling law.

  5. Collapse of the Mott Gap and Emergence of a Nodal Liquid in Lightly Doped Sr(2)IrO(4).

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    de la Torre, A; McKeown Walker, S; Bruno, F Y; Riccó, S; Wang, Z; Gutierrez Lezama, I; Scheerer, G; Giriat, G; Jaccard, D; Berthod, C; Kim, T K; Hoesch, M; Hunter, E C; Perry, R S; Tamai, A; Baumberger, F

    2015-10-23

    We report angle resolved photoemission experiments on the electron doped Heisenberg antiferromagnet (Sr(1-x)La(x))(2)IrO(4). For a doping level of x=0.05, we find an unusual metallic state with coherent nodal excitations and an antinodal pseudogap bearing strong similarities with underdoped cuprates. This state emerges from a rapid collapse of the Mott gap with doping resulting in a large underlying Fermi surface that is backfolded by a (π,π) reciprocal lattice vector which we attribute to the intrinsic structural distortion of Sr(2)IrO(4).

  6. Pressure-induced metallization and structural phase transition of the Mott-Hubbard insulator TiOBr

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    Kuntscher, C. A.; Frank, S.; Pashkin, A.; Hoffmann, H.; Schönleber, A.; van Smaalen, S.; Hanfland, M.; Glawion, S.; Klemm, M.; Sing, M.; Horn, S.; Claessen, R.

    2007-12-01

    We investigated the pressure-dependent optical response of the low-dimensional Mott-Hubbard insulator TiOBr by transmittance and reflectance measurements in the infrared and visible frequency range. A suppression of the transmittance above a critical pressure and a concomitant increase of the reflectance are observed, suggesting a pressure-induced metallization of TiOBr. The metallic phase of TiOBr at high pressure is confirmed by the presence of additional excitations extending down to the far-infrared range. The pressure-induced metallization coincides with a structural phase transition, according to the results of x-ray powder diffraction experiments under pressure.

  7. Collective excitation of an electric dipole on a molecular dimer in an organic dimer-Mott insulator.

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    Itoh, K; Itoh, H; Naka, M; Saito, S; Hosako, I; Yoneyama, N; Ishihara, S; Sasaki, T; Iwai, S

    2013-03-08

    The terahertz response in 10-100 cm(-1) was investigated in an organic dimer-Mott (DM) insulator κ-(ET)(2)Cu(2)(CN)(3) that exhibits a relaxorlike dielectric anomaly. An ~30 cm(-1) band in the optical conductivity was attributable to collective excitation of the fluctuating intradimer electric dipoles that are formed by an electron correlation. We succeeded in observing photoinduced enhancement of this ~30 cm(-1) band, reflecting the growth of the electric dipole cluster in the DM phase. Such optical responses in κ-(ET)(2)Cu(2)(CN)(3) reflect an instability near the boundary between the DM-ferroelectric charge ordered phases.

  8. Polymorphism control of superconductivity and magnetism in Cs(3)C(60) close to the Mott transition.

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    Ganin, Alexey Y; Takabayashi, Yasuhiro; Jeglic, Peter; Arcon, Denis; Potocnik, Anton; Baker, Peter J; Ohishi, Yasuo; McDonald, Martin T; Tzirakis, Manolis D; McLennan, Alec; Darling, George R; Takata, Masaki; Rosseinsky, Matthew J; Prassides, Kosmas

    2010-07-08

    The crystal structure of a solid controls the interactions between the electronically active units and thus its electronic properties. In the high-temperature superconducting copper oxides, only one spatial arrangement of the electronically active Cu(2+) units-a two-dimensional square lattice-is available to study the competition between the cooperative electronic states of magnetic order and superconductivity. Crystals of the spherical molecular C(60)(3-) anion support both superconductivity and magnetism but can consist of fundamentally distinct three-dimensional arrangements of the anions. Superconductivity in the A(3)C(60) (A = alkali metal) fullerides has been exclusively associated with face-centred cubic (f.c.c.) packing of C(60)(3-) (refs 2, 3), but recently the most expanded (and thus having the highest superconducting transition temperature, T(c); ref. 4) composition Cs(3)C(60) has been isolated as a body-centred cubic (b.c.c.) packing, which supports both superconductivity and magnetic order. Here we isolate the f.c.c. polymorph of Cs(3)C(60) to show how the spatial arrangement of the electronically active units controls the competing superconducting and magnetic electronic ground states. Unlike all the other f.c.c. A(3)C(60) fullerides, f.c.c. Cs(3)C(60) is not a superconductor but a magnetic insulator at ambient pressure, and becomes superconducting under pressure. The magnetic ordering occurs at an order of magnitude lower temperature in the geometrically frustrated f.c.c. polymorph (Néel temperature T(N) = 2.2 K) than in the b.c.c.-based packing (T(N) = 46 K). The different lattice packings of C(60)(3-) change T(c) from 38 K in b.c.c. Cs(3)C(60) to 35 K in f.c.c. Cs(3)C(60) (the highest found in the f.c.c. A(3)C(60) family). The existence of two superconducting packings of the same electronically active unit reveals that T(c) scales universally in a structure-independent dome-like relationship with proximity to the Mott metal-insulator transition

  9. Orbital-selective Mott phases of a one-dimensional three-orbital Hubbard model studied using computational techniques

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    Liu, Guangkun; Kaushal, Nitin; Liu, Shaozhi; Bishop, Christopher B.; Wang, Yan; Johnston, Steve; Alvarez, Gonzalo; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio R.

    2016-06-24

    A recently introduced one-dimensional three-orbital Hubbard model displays orbital-selective Mott phases with exotic spin arrangements such as spin block states [J. Rincón et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 106405 (2014)]. In this paper we show that the constrained-path quantum Monte Carlo (CPQMC) technique can accurately reproduce the phase diagram of this multiorbital one-dimensional model, paving the way to future CPQMC studies in systems with more challenging geometries, such as ladders and planes. The success of this approach relies on using the Hartree-Fock technique to prepare the trial states needed in CPQMC. In addition, we study a simplified version of the model where the pair-hopping term is neglected and the Hund coupling is restricted to its Ising component. The corresponding phase diagrams are shown to be only mildly affected by the absence of these technically difficult-to-implement terms. This is confirmed by additional density matrix renormalization group and determinant quantum Monte Carlo calculations carried out for the same simplified model, with the latter displaying only mild fermion sign problems. Lastly, we conclude that these methods are able to capture quantitatively the rich physics of the several orbital-selective Mott phases (OSMP) displayed by this model, thus enabling computational studies of the OSMP regime in higher dimensions, beyond static or dynamic mean-field approximations.

  10. Effects of higher-order energy bands and temperature on the bosonic Mott insulator in a periodically modulated lattice

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    Sajna, A. S.

    2016-10-01

    We show that a certain class of higher-order excitations in ultracold atoms experiments can be described by straightforward extension of the standard strong coupling approach in the coherent state path integral formalism. It is achieved by theoretical analysis of energy absorption spectroscopy in the three-dimensional system of strongly correlated bosons described by the Bose-Hubbard model. In particular, for unit filling, an explicit form of the single-particle Mott insulator Green function at finite temperatures is derived which goes beyond the standard Hubbard bands description. Moreover, for relevant densities, we calculated the energy absorption rate and performed thermometry on rubidium atomic cloud gas by using previously obtained experimental data. Within the local density approximation, we explain that in such systems the nature of absorption spectrum depends significantly on local chemical potential: (a) the crossover region between lobes is characterized by different types of particle-hole excitations from neighboring Mott lobes and (b) origin of higher-order energy excitations changes from hole type to particle type for higher bosonic densities.

  11. A charge density wave-like instability in a doped spin-orbit-assisted weak Mott insulator

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    Chu, H.; Zhao, L.; de la Torre, A.; Hogan, T.; Wilson, S. D.; Hsieh, D.

    2017-01-01

    Layered perovskite iridates realize a rare class of Mott insulators that are predicted to be strongly spin-orbit coupled analogues of the parent state of cuprate high-temperature superconductors. Recent discoveries of pseudogap, magnetic multipolar ordered and possible d-wave superconducting phases in doped Sr2IrO4 have reinforced this analogy among the single layer variants. However, unlike the bilayer cuprates, no electronic instabilities have been reported in the doped bilayer iridate Sr3Ir2O7. Here we show that Sr3Ir2O7 realizes a weak Mott state with no cuprate analogue by using ultrafast time-resolved optical reflectivity to uncover an intimate connection between its insulating gap and antiferromagnetism. However, we detect a subtle charge density wave-like Fermi surface instability in metallic electron doped Sr3Ir2O7 at temperatures (TDW) close to 200 K via the coherent oscillations of its collective modes, which is reminiscent of that observed in cuprates. The absence of any signatures of a new spatial periodicity below TDW from diffraction, scanning tunnelling and photoemission based probes suggests an unconventional and possibly short-ranged nature of this density wave order.

  12. Terahertz spectroscopy of two-dimensional electron-hole pairs: probing Mott physics of magneto-excitons

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    Zhang, Qi; Gao, Weilu; Watson, John; Manfra, Michael; Kono, Junichiro

    2015-03-01

    Density-dependent Coulomb interactions can drive electron-hole (e - h) pairs in semiconductors through an excitonic Mott transition from an excitonic gas into an e - h plasma. Theoretical studies suggest that these interactions can be strongly modified by an external magnetic field, including the absence of inter-exciton interactions in the high magnetic field limit in two dimensions, due to an e - h charge symmetry, which results in ultrastable magneto-excitons. Here, we present a systematic experimental study of e - h pairs in photo-excited undoped GaAs quantum wells in magnetic fields with ultrafast terahertz spectroscopy. We simultaneously monitored the dynamics of the intraexcitonic 1 s-2 p transition (which splits into 1 s-2p+ and 1 s-2p- transitions in a magnetic field) and the cyclotron resonance of unbound electrons and holes up to 10 Tesla. We found that the 1 s-2p- absorption feature is robust at high magnetic fields even under high excitation fluences, indicating magnetically enhanced stability of excitons. We will discuss the Mott physics of magneto-excitons as a function of temperature, e - h pair density, optical pump delay time, as well as magnetic field, and also compare two-dimensional excitons in GaAs quantum wells with three-dimensional excitons in bulk GaAs.

  13. Emergent ``super-solitons'' following an interaction strength quantum quench across a Luttinger liquid-Mott insulating phase boundary

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    Foster, Matthew; Yuzbashyan, Emil

    2010-03-01

    Rapid progress in cold atom experiments has motivated the study of non-equilibrium many-body dynamics following a sudden deformation of the system Hamiltonian (a ``quantum quench''). Here, we consider the dynamics of localized excitations produced via a quench across a quantum phase boundary separating critical Luttinger liquid and gapped Mott insulating states. Our initial liquid ground state is labeled by a Luttinger interaction parameter K, and subject to a density-inhomogeneity forming external potential. For the Mott insulator, we employ the quantum Sine Gordon model at the Luther-Emery (LE) point. We find that over a wide range of initial K values, the quench induces the production of relativistic, non-dispersive traveling density waves, which we dub ``super-solitons.'' The super-solitons are generated from generic antecedent localized density lumps, and appear to be a robust feature of the post-quench dynamics. An isolated exception occurs for the case of K = KLE; here, the density dynamics are generically dispersive, and depend sensitively upon the shape of the initial inhomogeneity. We show that the super-solitons do not interact, and we demonstrate that an inhomogeneous Luttinger parameter K can be used to produce super-solitons with different characteristics in the same system.

  14. Orbital-selective Mott phases of a one-dimensional three-orbital Hubbard model studied using computational techniques.

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    Liu, Guangkun; Kaushal, Nitin; Li, Shaozhi; Bishop, Christopher B; Wang, Yan; Johnston, Steve; Alvarez, Gonzalo; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio

    2016-06-01

    A recently introduced one-dimensional three-orbital Hubbard model displays orbital-selective Mott phases with exotic spin arrangements such as spin block states [J. Rincón et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 106405 (2014)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.112.106405]. In this publication we show that the constrained-path quantum Monte Carlo (CPQMC) technique can accurately reproduce the phase diagram of this multiorbital one-dimensional model, paving the way to future CPQMC studies in systems with more challenging geometries, such as ladders and planes. The success of this approach relies on using the Hartree-Fock technique to prepare the trial states needed in CPQMC. We also study a simplified version of the model where the pair-hopping term is neglected and the Hund coupling is restricted to its Ising component. The corresponding phase diagrams are shown to be only mildly affected by the absence of these technically difficult-to-implement terms. This is confirmed by additional density matrix renormalization group and determinant quantum Monte Carlo calculations carried out for the same simplified model, with the latter displaying only mild fermion sign problems. We conclude that these methods are able to capture quantitatively the rich physics of the several orbital-selective Mott phases (OSMP) displayed by this model, thus enabling computational studies of the OSMP regime in higher dimensions, beyond static or dynamic mean-field approximations.

  15. Orbital-selective Mott phases of a one-dimensional three-orbital Hubbard model studied using computational techniques

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    Liu, Guangkun; Kaushal, Nitin; Liu, Shaozhi; Bishop, Christopher B.; Wang, Yan; Johnston, Steve; Alvarez, Gonzalo; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio R.

    2016-06-24

    A recently introduced one-dimensional three-orbital Hubbard model displays orbital-selective Mott phases with exotic spin arrangements such as spin block states [J. Rincón et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 106405 (2014)]. In this paper we show that the constrained-path quantum Monte Carlo (CPQMC) technique can accurately reproduce the phase diagram of this multiorbital one-dimensional model, paving the way to future CPQMC studies in systems with more challenging geometries, such as ladders and planes. The success of this approach relies on using the Hartree-Fock technique to prepare the trial states needed in CPQMC. In addition, we study a simplified version of the model where the pair-hopping term is neglected and the Hund coupling is restricted to its Ising component. The corresponding phase diagrams are shown to be only mildly affected by the absence of these technically difficult-to-implement terms. This is confirmed by additional density matrix renormalization group and determinant quantum Monte Carlo calculations carried out for the same simplified model, with the latter displaying only mild fermion sign problems. Lastly, we conclude that these methods are able to capture quantitatively the rich physics of the several orbital-selective Mott phases (OSMP) displayed by this model, thus enabling computational studies of the OSMP regime in higher dimensions, beyond static or dynamic mean-field approximations.

  16. Orbital-selective Mott phases of a one-dimensional three-orbital Hubbard model studied using computational techniques

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    Liu, Guangkun; Kaushal, Nitin; Liu, Shaozhi; ...

    2016-06-24

    A recently introduced one-dimensional three-orbital Hubbard model displays orbital-selective Mott phases with exotic spin arrangements such as spin block states [J. Rincón et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 106405 (2014)]. In this paper we show that the constrained-path quantum Monte Carlo (CPQMC) technique can accurately reproduce the phase diagram of this multiorbital one-dimensional model, paving the way to future CPQMC studies in systems with more challenging geometries, such as ladders and planes. The success of this approach relies on using the Hartree-Fock technique to prepare the trial states needed in CPQMC. In addition, we study a simplified version of themore » model where the pair-hopping term is neglected and the Hund coupling is restricted to its Ising component. The corresponding phase diagrams are shown to be only mildly affected by the absence of these technically difficult-to-implement terms. This is confirmed by additional density matrix renormalization group and determinant quantum Monte Carlo calculations carried out for the same simplified model, with the latter displaying only mild fermion sign problems. Lastly, we conclude that these methods are able to capture quantitatively the rich physics of the several orbital-selective Mott phases (OSMP) displayed by this model, thus enabling computational studies of the OSMP regime in higher dimensions, beyond static or dynamic mean-field approximations.« less

  17. Rayleigh scattering. [molecular scattering terminology redefined

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    Young, A. T.

    1981-01-01

    The physical phenomena of molecular scattering are examined with the objective of redefining the confusing terminology currently used. The following definitions are proposed: molecular scattering consists of Rayleigh and vibrational Raman scattering; the Rayleigh scattering consists of rotational Raman lines and the central Cabannes line; the Cabannes line is composed of the Brillouin doublet and the central Gross or Landau-Placzek line. The term 'Rayleigh line' should never be used.

  18. The Mott State and Superconductivity in Face-Centred Cubic Structured Cs3C60: A 133Cs-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Study under Pressure

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    Kawasaki, Shinji; Fukui, Junji; Motoyama, Takeshi; Suzuki, Yuta; Shibasaki, Seiji; Zheng, Guo-qing

    2013-01-01

    Over the past 20 years, fullerides have been studied as the source of high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity except for copper oxides. The recent finding of the Mott insulating state right beside superconductivity in Cs3C60 has suggested that magnetism helps raise Tc even in fullerides as in heavy-fermion compounds, high-Tc copper oxides, two-dimensional organic conductors, and iron pnictides. Namely, one tends to think that the link between Mott insulator and superconductivity takes place in fullerides, which can give rise to the mechanism beyond the Bardeen--Cooper--Schrieffer framework. However, the relationship between the Mott state and the superconductivity in Cs3C60 is still under debate. By nuclear magnetic resonance measurements under pressure, we find that the magnetism and superconductivity in Cs3C60 are competing orders. Different from previous reports, the phase separation of Cs3C60 crystals into the Mott and metallic states allows us to systematically study the evolution of the ground state under pressure. Our careful experiments have found that the prevention of a magnetic order is rather essential for the superconductivity in face-centred cubic Cs3C60, which presents a basic strategy for finding still higher Tc in this system.

  19. An Angle Resolved Photoemission Study of a Mott Insulator and Its Evolution to a High Temperature Superconductor

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    Ronning, Filip

    2002-03-19

    One of the most remarkable facts about the high temperature superconductors is their close proximity to an antiferromagnetically ordered Mott insulating phase. This fact suggests that to understand superconductivity in the cuprates we must first understand the insulating regime. Due to material properties the technique of angle resolved photoemission is ideally suited to study the electronic structure in the cuprates. Thus, a natural starting place to unlocking the secrets of high Tc would appears to be with a photoemission investigation of insulating cuprates. This dissertation presents the results of precisely such a study. In particular, we have focused on the compound Ca{sub 2-x}Na{sub x}CuO{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}. With increasing Na content this system goes from an antiferromagnetic Mott insulator with a Neel transition of 256K to a superconductor with an optimal transition temperature of 28K. At half filling we have found an asymmetry in the integrated spectral weight, which can be related to the occupation probability, n(k). This has led us to identify a d-wave-like dispersion in the insulator, which in turn implies that the high energy pseudogap as seen by photoemission is a remnant property of the insulator. These results are robust features of the insulator which we found in many different compounds and experimental conditions. By adding Na we were able to study the evolution of the electronic structure across the insulator to metal transition. We found that the chemical potential shifts as holes are doped into the system. This picture is in sharp contrast to the case of La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} where the chemical potential remains fixed and states are created inside the gap. Furthermore, the low energy excitations (ie the Fermi surface) in metallic Ca{sub 1.9}Na{sub 0.1}CuO{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} is most well described as a Fermi arc, although the high binding energy features reveal the presence of shadow bands. Thus, the results in this dissertation provide a

  20. Mott Multiferroics and Ferroelectric Metals from Dynamical Mean-Field Theory combined with Density-Functional Theory

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    Capone, Massimo

    2015-03-01

    Multiferroic materials, in which ferroelectricity and long-range magnetic ordering coexist, are natural candidates for applications. In this perspective, the most promising compounds are those in which the two phenomena do not simply coexist, but they influence each other through a magnetoelectric coupling. We present different applications of Density Functional Theory combined with Dynamical Mean-Field Theory in which electron-electron correlation effects are crucial in the stabilization of multiferroic behavior and in the magnetoelectric coupling. Within this wide family we can distinguish different cases. In Sr0.5Ba0.5MnO3 the multiferroic behavior is associated with a Mott insulating state in which the Mn half-filled t2g orbitals are responsible of the magnetic properties and the value of the polarization is strongly affected by the magnetic state. LiOsO3 shares the same electronic configuration with half-filled Os t2g orbitals. Despite this configuration enhances the effect of electron-electron interactions, the material remains metallic and represents a peculiar ferroelectric metal. We propose however how to turn this non-magnetic polar metal into a multiferroic through the design of a superlattice, which increases the degree of correlation, leading to Mott localization of the Os orbitals. In completely different systems, such as organic crystals like (TMTTF)2-X, strong correlations can lead to multiferroicity in organic crystals such as (TMTTF)2-X, where charge ordering promotes a polarization which is favored by an antiferromagnetic ordering. We finally discuss how strong correlations can play a major role away from half-filling when the Hund's coupling is sizable in compounds with a nominal valence of, e.g., two electrons in the three t2g orbitals. Such ``Hund's metals'' are correlated despite being far from Mott localization. This physical regime can be a fertile ground to obtain other ferroelectric metals. This work is supported by ERC/FP7 through the

  1. Spin-liquid Mott quantum criticality in two dimensions: Destabilization of a spinon Fermi surface and emergence of one-dimensional spin dynamics

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    Han, Jae-Ho; Cho, Yong-Heum; Kim, Ki-Seok

    2017-06-01

    Resorting to a recently developed theoretical device called dimensional regularization for quantum criticality with a Fermi surface, we examine a metal-insulator quantum phase transition from a Landau's Fermi-liquid state to a U(1) spin-liquid phase with a spinon Fermi surface in two dimensions. Unfortunately, we fail to approach the spin-liquid Mott quantum critical point from the U(1) spin-liquid state within the dimensional regularization technique. Self-interactions between charge fluctuations called holons are not screened, which shows a run-away renormalization group flow, interpreted as holons remain gapped. This leads us to consider another fixed point, where the spinon Fermi surface can be destabilized across the Mott transition. Based on this conjecture, we reveal the nature of the spin-liquid Mott quantum critical point: Dimensional reduction to one dimension occurs for spin dynamics described by spinons. As a result, Landau damping for both spin and charge dynamics disappear in the vicinity of the Mott quantum critical point. When the flavor number of holons is over its critical value, an interacting fixed point appears to be identified with an inverted X Y universality class, controlled within the dimensional regularization technique. On the other hand, a fluctuation-driven first order metal-insulator transition results when it is below the critical number. We propose that the destabilization of a spinon Fermi surface and the emergence of one-dimensional spin dynamics near the spin-liquid Mott quantum critical point can be checked out by spin susceptibility with a 2 kF transfer momentum, where kF is a Fermi momentum in the U(1) spin-liquid state: The absence of Landau damping in U(1) gauge fluctuations gives rise to a divergent behavior at zero temperature while it vanishes in the presence of a spinon Fermi surface.

  2. A DFT study of electron-phonon mediated superconductivity in doped Mott-Hubbard proxy cubic-tetragonal copper monoxide

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    Grant, Paul

    We report our preliminary study of electron-phonon mediated Cooper pairing as a component underlying high temperature superconductivity, in the presence of a Hubbard U driven antiferromagnetic ground state, subject to itinerant carrier doping, in the copper oxide perovskites. Our model is based on a proxy CuO fcc cubic-tetragonal structure that contains the basic physics of the electronic structure of copper oxide perovskites readily amenable to numerical analysis. We explore its phase diagram as a function of carrier concentration and coulomb repulsion ranging from the pure Mott-Hubbard AF insulating state to that of a metallic Fermi liquid, focusing on those conditions which might manifest high temperature superconducting behavior. In the Fermi liquid state, we find clear evidence that superconductivity arises from Jahn-Teller instabilities in the CuO bond which guided Bednorz and Mueller on the path to their 1986 discovery.

  3. Tuning bad metal and non-Fermi liquid behavior in a Mott material: Rare-earth nickelate thin films

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    Mikheev, Evgeny; Hauser, Adam J.; Himmetoglu, Burak; Moreno, Nelson E.; Janotti, Anderson; Van de Walle, Chris G.; Stemmer, Susanne

    2015-01-01

    Resistances that exceed the Mott-Ioffe-Regel limit (known as bad metal behavior) and non-Fermi liquid behavior are ubiquitous features of the normal state of many strongly correlated materials. We establish the conditions that lead to bad metal and non-Fermi liquid phases in NdNiO3, which exhibits a prototype bandwidth-controlled metal-insulator transition. We show that resistance saturation is determined by the magnitude of Ni eg orbital splitting, which can be tuned by strain in epitaxial films, causing the appearance of bad metal behavior under certain conditions. The results shed light on the nature of a crossover to a non-Fermi liquid metal phase and provide a predictive criterion for Anderson localization. They elucidate a seemingly complex phase behavior as a function of film strain and confinement and provide guidelines for orbital engineering and novel devices. PMID:26601140

  4. Mean-Field Scaling of the Superfluid to Mott Insulator Transition in a 2D Optical Superlattice

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    Thomas, Claire K.; Barter, Thomas H.; Leung, Tsz-Him; Okano, Masayuki; Jo, Gyu-Boong; Guzman, Jennie; Kimchi, Itamar; Vishwanath, Ashvin; Stamper-Kurn, Dan M.

    2017-09-01

    The mean-field treatment of the Bose-Hubbard model predicts properties of lattice-trapped gases to be insensitive to the specific lattice geometry once system energies are scaled by the lattice coordination number z . We test this scaling directly by comparing coherence properties of 87Rb gases that are driven across the superfluid to Mott insulator transition within optical lattices of either the kagome (z =4 ) or the triangular (z =6 ) geometries. The coherent fraction measured for atoms in the kagome lattice is lower than for those in a triangular lattice with the same interaction and tunneling energies. A comparison of measurements from both lattices agrees quantitatively with the scaling prediction. We also study the response of the gas to a change in lattice geometry, and observe the dynamics as a strongly interacting kagome-lattice gas is suddenly "hole doped" by introducing the additional sites of the triangular lattice.

  5. Tuning bad metal and non-Fermi liquid behavior in a Mott material: Rare-earth nickelate thin films.

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    Mikheev, Evgeny; Hauser, Adam J; Himmetoglu, Burak; Moreno, Nelson E; Janotti, Anderson; Van de Walle, Chris G; Stemmer, Susanne

    2015-11-01

    Resistances that exceed the Mott-Ioffe-Regel limit (known as bad metal behavior) and non-Fermi liquid behavior are ubiquitous features of the normal state of many strongly correlated materials. We establish the conditions that lead to bad metal and non-Fermi liquid phases in NdNiO3, which exhibits a prototype bandwidth-controlled metal-insulator transition. We show that resistance saturation is determined by the magnitude of Ni eg orbital splitting, which can be tuned by strain in epitaxial films, causing the appearance of bad metal behavior under certain conditions. The results shed light on the nature of a crossover to a non-Fermi liquid metal phase and provide a predictive criterion for Anderson localization. They elucidate a seemingly complex phase behavior as a function of film strain and confinement and provide guidelines for orbital engineering and novel devices.

  6. Ambipolar transport and magneto-resistance crossover in a Mott insulator, Sr2IrO4

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    Ravichandran, J.; Serrao, C. R.; Efetov, D. K.; Yi, D.; Oh, Y. S.; Cheong, S.-W.; Ramesh, R.; Kim, P.

    2016-12-01

    Electric field effect (EFE) controlled magnetoelectric transport in thin films of undoped and La-doped Sr2IrO4 (SIO) is investigated using ionic liquid gating. The temperature dependent resistance measurements exhibit insulating behavior in chemically and EFE doped samples with the band filling up to 10%. The ambipolar transport across the Mott gap is demonstrated by EFE tuning of the channel resistance and chemical doping. We observe a crossover from high temperature negative to low temperature positive magnetoresistance around  ˜80-90 K, irrespective of the filling. This temperature and magnetic field dependent crossover is discussed in the light of conduction mechanisms of SIO, especially variable range hopping (VRH), and its relevance to the insulating ground state of SIO.

  7. Decay Rate of Correlated Real-Space Delocalization Measures: Insights into Chemical Bonding and Mott Transitions from Hydrogen Chains.

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    Gallo-Bueno, A; Kohout, M; Martı́n Pendás, A

    2016-07-12

    We study in this contribution the spatial decay rate of real-space localization and delocalization indices in correlated systems. To that end, we examine Hubbard and quantum chemical models of simple cyclic hydrogen chains, showing that all descriptors of delocalization converge quickly toward the infinite chain limits. It is then shown that the localization index may be understood as a generalization of the standard order parameter in Mott insulator transitions and that the origin of the enigmatic sigmoidal profile of delocalization indices in chemical bond-breaking processes lies in the nonlinear mapping between intersite distances and correlation parameters. Although the long-range asymptotic decay of delocalization indices is exponential, we show that as the correlation parameter decreases quantum mechanical interference sets in and a switch to an oscillating pattern, related to core chemical concepts such as resonance or mesomerism, appears.

  8. Mott transition and magnetism of the triangular-lattice Hubbard model with next-nearest-neighbor hopping

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    Misumi, Kazuma; Kaneko, Tatsuya; Ohta, Yukinori

    2017-02-01

    The variational cluster approximation is used to study the isotropic triangular-lattice Hubbard model at half filling, taking into account the nearest-neighbor (t1) and next-nearest-neighbor (t2) hopping parameters for magnetic frustrations. We determine the ground-state phase diagram of the model. In the strong-correlation regime, the 120∘ Néel- and stripe-ordered phases appear, and a nonmagnetic insulating phase emerges in between. In the intermediate correlation regime, the nonmagnetic insulating phase expands to a wider parameter region, which goes into a paramagnetic metallic phase in the weak-correlation regime. The critical phase boundary of the Mott metal-insulator transition is discussed in terms of the van Hove singularity evident in the calculated density of states and single-particle spectral function.

  9. From Hubbard bands to spin-polaron excitations in the doped Mott material NaxCoO2

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    Wilhelm, Aljoscha; Lechermann, Frank; Hafermann, Hartmut; Katsnelson, Mikhail I.; Lichtenstein, Alexander I.

    2015-04-01

    We investigate the excitation spectrum of strongly correlated sodium cobaltate within a realistic many-body description beyond dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT). At lower doping around x =0.3 , rather close to Mott-critical half-filling, the single-particle spectral function of NaxCoO2 displays an upper Hubbard band which is captured within DMFT. Momentum-dependent self-energy effects beyond DMFT become dominant at higher doping. Around a doping level of x ˜0.67 , the incoherent excitations give way to finite-energy spin-polaron excitations in close agreement with optics experiments. These excitations are a direct consequence of the formation of bound states between quasiparticles and paramagnons in the proximity of in-plane ferromagnetic ordering.

  10. Hartree-Fock Solutions of 2d Interacting Tight-Binding Electrons: Mott Properties and Room Temperature Superconductivity Indications

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    Cabo Montes de Oca, A.; March, N. H.; Cabo-Bizet, A.

    2014-12-01

    Former results for a tight-binding (TB) model of CuO planes in La2CuO4 are reinterpreted here to underline their wider implications. It is noted that physical systems being appropriately described by the TB model can exhibit the main strongly correlated electron system (SCES) properties, when they are solved in the HF approximation, by also allowing crystal symmetry breaking effects and noncollinear spin orientations of the HF orbitals. It is argued how a simple 2D square lattice system of Coulomb interacting electrons can exhibit insulator gaps and pseudogap states, and quantum phase transitions as illustrated by the mentioned former works. A discussion is also presented here indicating the possibility of attaining room temperature superconductivity, by means of a surface coating with water molecules of cleaved planes of graphite, being orthogonal to its c-axis. The possibility that 2D arrays of quantum dots can give rise to the same effect is also proposed to consideration. The analysis also furnishes theoretical insight to solve the Mott-Slater debate, at least for the La2CuO4 and TMO band structures. The idea is to apply a properly noncollinear GW scheme to the electronic structure calculation of these materials. The fact is that the GW approach can be viewed as a HF procedure in which the screening polarization is also determined. This directly indicates the possibility of predicting the assumed dielectric constant in the previous works. Thus, the results seem to identify that the main correlation properties in these materials are determined by screening. Finally, the conclusions also seem to be of help for the description of the experimental observations of metal-insulator transitions and Mott properties in atoms trapped in planar photonic lattices.

  11. Optics as Scattering

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    di Francia, Giuliano Toraldo

    1973-01-01

    The art of deriving information about an object from the radiation it scatters was once limited to visible light. Now due to new techniques, much of the modern physical science research utilizes radiation scattering. (DF)

  12. Scattering from binary optics

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    Ricks, Douglas W.

    1993-01-01

    There are a number of sources of scattering in binary optics: etch depth errors, line edge errors, quantization errors, roughness, and the binary approximation to the ideal surface. These sources of scattering can be systematic (deterministic) or random. In this paper, scattering formulas for both systematic and random errors are derived using Fourier optics. These formulas can be used to explain the results of scattering measurements and computer simulations.

  13. Anion effects on electronic structure and electrodynamic properties of the Mott insulator κ -(BEDT-TTF ) 2Ag2(CN) 3

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    Pinterić, M.; Lazić, P.; Pustogow, A.; Ivek, T.; Kuveždić, M.; Milat, O.; Gumhalter, B.; Basletić, M.; Čulo, M.; Korin-Hamzić, B.; Löhle, A.; Hübner, R.; Sanz Alonso, M.; Hiramatsu, T.; Yoshida, Y.; Saito, G.; Dressel, M.; Tomić, S.

    2016-10-01

    The Mott insulator κ -(BEDT-TTF ) 2Ag2(CN) 3 forms a highly-frustrated triangular lattice of S =1 /2 dimers with a possible quantum-spin-liquid state. Our experimental and numerical studies reveal the emergence of a slight charge imbalance between crystallographically inequivalent sites, relaxor dielectric response, and hopping dc transport. In a broader perspective we conclude that the universal properties of strongly-correlated charge-transfer salts with spin liquid state are an anion-supported valence band and cyanide-induced quasidegenerate electronic configurations in the relaxed state. The generic low-energy excitations are caused by charged domain walls rather than by fluctuating electric dipoles. They give rise to glassy dynamics characteristic of dimerized Mott insulators, including the sibling compound κ -(BEDT-TTF)2Cu2 (CN )3.

  14. First-order insulator-to-metal Mott transition in the paramagnetic 3D system GaTa4Se8.

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    Camjayi, A; Acha, C; Weht, R; Rodríguez, M G; Corraze, B; Janod, E; Cario, L; Rozenberg, M J

    2014-08-22

    The nature of the Mott transition in the absence of any symmetry breaking remains a matter of debate. We study the correlation-driven insulator-to-metal transition in the prototypical 3D Mott system GaTa(4)Se(8), as a function of temperature and applied pressure. We report novel experiments on single crystals, which demonstrate that the transition is of first order and follows from the coexistence of two states, one insulating and one metallic, that we toggle with a small bias current. We provide support for our findings by contrasting the experimental data with calculations that combine local density approximation with dynamical mean-field theory, which are in very good agreement.

  15. Comparison of computer-algebra strong-coupling perturbation theory and dynamical mean-field theory for the Mott-Hubbard insulator in high dimensions

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    Paech, Martin; Apel, Walter; Kalinowski, Eva; Jeckelmann, Eric

    2014-12-01

    We present a large-scale combinatorial-diagrammatic computation of high-order contributions to the strong-coupling Kato-Takahashi perturbation series for the Hubbard model in high dimensions. The ground-state energy of the Mott-insulating phase is determined exactly up to the 15th order in 1 /U . The perturbation expansion is extrapolated to infinite order and the critical behavior is determined using the Domb-Sykes method. We compare the perturbative results with two dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) calculations using a quantum Monte Carlo method and a density-matrix renormalization group method as impurity solvers. The comparison demonstrates the excellent agreement and accuracy of both extrapolated strong-coupling perturbation theory and quantum Monte Carlo based DMFT, even close to the critical coupling where the Mott insulator becomes unstable.

  16. The role of Mott-Schottky heterojunctions in PtCo-Cu2ZnGeS4 as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Huang, Shoushuang; He, Qingquan; Zai, Jiantao; Wang, Min; Li, Xiaomin; Li, Bo; Qian, Xuefeng

    2015-05-28

    Metastable wurtzstannite Cu2ZnGeS4 (CZGS) nanocrystals were synthesized via a hot-injection method and then used as matrixes to fabricate PtCo-CZGS heterostructured nano-particles. The formed Mott-Schottky heterojunctions in the hybrid nanocrystals promote the transfer of electrons from semiconducting CZGS to metallic PtCo, which accelerates the reduction of I3(-) to I(-) in dye-sensitized solar cells.

  17. Superconducting dome in doped quasi-two-dimensional organic Mott insulators: A paradigm for strongly correlated superconductivity

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    Hébert, Charles-David; Sémon, Patrick; Tremblay, A.-M. S.

    2015-11-01

    Layered organic superconductors of the BEDT family are model systems for understanding the interplay of the Mott transition with superconductivity, magnetic order, and frustration, ingredients that are essential to understand superconductivity also in the cuprate high-temperature superconductors. Recent experimental studies on a hole-doped version of the organic compounds reveals an enhancement of superconductivity and a rapid crossover between two different conducting phases above the superconducting dome. One of these phases is a Fermi liquid, the other not. Using plaquette cellular dynamical mean field theory with state-of-the-art continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo calculations, we study this problem with the two-dimensional Hubbard model on the anisotropic triangular lattice. Phase diagrams as a function of temperature T and interaction strength U /t are obtained for anisotropy parameters t'=0.4 t ,t'=0.8 t and for various fillings. As in the case of the cuprates, we find, at finite doping, a first-order transition between two normal-state phases. One of theses phases has a pseudogap while the other does not. At temperatures above the critical point of the first-order transition, there is a Widom line where crossovers occur. The maximum (optimal) superconducting critical temperature Tcm at finite doping is enhanced by about 25% compared with its maximum at half filling and the range of U /t where superconductivity appears is greatly extended. These results are in broad agreement with experiment. Also, increasing frustration (larger t'/t ) significantly reduces magnetic ordering, as expected. This suggests that for compounds with intermediate to high frustration, very light doping should reveal the influence of the first-order transition and associated crossovers. These crossovers could possibly be even visible in the superconducting phase through subtle signatures. We also predict that destroying the superconducting phase by a magnetic field should reveal the

  18. Multiple scattering technique lidar

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    Bissonnette, Luc R.

    1992-01-01

    The Bernouilli-Ricatti equation is based on the single scattering description of the lidar backscatter return. In practice, especially in low visibility conditions, the effects of multiple scattering can be significant. Instead of considering these multiple scattering effects as a nuisance, we propose here to use them to help resolve the problems of having to assume a backscatter-to-extinction relation and specifying a boundary value for a position far remote from the lidar station. To this end, we have built a four-field-of-view lidar receiver to measure the multiple scattering contributions. The system has been described in a number of publications that also discuss preliminary results illustrating the multiple scattering effects for various environmental conditions. Reported here are recent advances made in the development of a method of inverting the multiple scattering data for the determination of the aerosol scattering coefficient.

  19. Cluster Dynamical Mean Field Methods and the Momentum-selective Mott transition

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    Gull, Emanuel

    2011-03-01

    Innovations in methodology and computational power have enabled cluster dynamical mean field calculations of the Hubbard model with interaction strengths and band structures representative of high temperature copper oxide superconductors, for clusters large enough that the thermodyamic limit behavior may be determined. We present the methods and show how extrapolations to the thermodynamic limit work in practice. We show that the Hubbard model with next-nearest neighbor hopping at intermediate interaction strength captures much of the exotic behavior characteristic of the high temperature superconductors. An important feature of the results is a pseudogap for hole doping but not for electron doping. The pseudogap regime is characterized by a gap for momenta near Brillouin zone face and gapless behavior near the zone diagonal. for dopings outside of the pseudogap regime we find scattering rates which vary around the fermi surface in a way consistent with recent transport measurements. Using the maximum entropy method we calculate spectra, self-energies, and response functions for Raman spectroscopy and optical conductivities, finding results also in good agreement with experiment. Olivier Parcollet, Philipp Werner, Nan Lin, Michel Ferrero, Antoine Georges, Andrew J. Millis; NSF-DMR-0705847.

  20. Interference by rain scatter

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    Crane, Robert K.

    1988-01-01

    The data from Japan and the U.S. (the Virginia Precipitation Scatter Experiment) show excellent agreement between the two-component rain scatter model predictions and bistatic scatter measurements. In employing the model, all the scattering geometries should be classified as backscattering as defined by Crane (1974). The forward scatter model should only be used for great circle paths with both antennas pointed at the horizon and at each other in a typical troposcatter communication system geometry. The forward scatter model can also be used for main-lobe, side-lobe coupling when one antenna is pointed toward the other along the great circle path. The forward scatter observations made over the Prospect Hill - Mt Tug path show that the two-component model is incomplete. Much stronger signals were observed at Ku-band than expected based on simultaneous C-band measurements. The discrepancies may be due to: (1) scattering by ice/snow at height (posssible in April) at the 1 km height of the scattering volume), (2) the coherent effects of turbulent fluctuations in the hydrometeor number densities and (3) errors in the modeling of the statistical relationship between attenuation along the path and scattering in the common volume.

  1. Interference by rain scatter

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    Crane, Robert K.

    1988-08-01

    The data from Japan and the U.S. (the Virginia Precipitation Scatter Experiment) show excellent agreement between the two-component rain scatter model predictions and bistatic scatter measurements. In employing the model, all the scattering geometries should be classified as backscattering as defined by Crane (1974). The forward scatter model should only be used for great circle paths with both antennas pointed at the horizon and at each other in a typical troposcatter communication system geometry. The forward scatter model can also be used for main-lobe, side-lobe coupling when one antenna is pointed toward the other along the great circle path. The forward scatter observations made over the Prospect Hill - Mt Tug path show that the two-component model is incomplete. Much stronger signals were observed at Ku-band than expected based on simultaneous C-band measurements. The discrepancies may be due to: (1) scattering by ice/snow at height (posssible in April) at the 1 km height of the scattering volume), (2) the coherent effects of turbulent fluctuations in the hydrometeor number densities and (3) errors in the modeling of the statistical relationship between attenuation along the path and scattering in the common volume.

  2. Electric double-layer transistor using layered iron selenide Mott insulator TlFe1.6Se2

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    Katase, Takayoshi; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Kamiya, Toshio; Hosono, Hideo

    2014-01-01

    A1–xFe2–ySe2 (A = K, Cs, Rb, Tl) are recently discovered iron-based superconductors with critical temperatures (Tc) ranging up to 32 K. Their parent phases have unique properties compared with other iron-based superconductors; e.g., their crystal structures include ordered Fe vacancies, their normal states are antiferromagnetic (AFM) insulating phases, and they have extremely high Néel transition temperatures. However, control of carrier doping into the parent AFM insulators has been difficult due to their intrinsic phase separation. Here, we fabricated an Fe-vacancy-ordered TlFe1.6Se2 insulating epitaxial film with an atomically flat surface and examined its electrostatic carrier doping using an electric double-layer transistor (EDLT) structure with an ionic liquid gate. The positive gate voltage gave a conductance modulation of three orders of magnitude at 25 K, and further induced and manipulated a phase transition; i.e., delocalized carrier generation by electrostatic doping is the origin of the phase transition. This is the first demonstration, to the authors' knowledge, of an EDLT using a Mott insulator iron selenide channel and opens a way to explore high Tc superconductivity in iron-based layered materials, where carrier doping by conventional chemical means is difficult. PMID:24591598

  3. Fractional Mott insulator-to-superfluid transition of Bose-Hubbard model in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice.

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    Chen, Qi-Hui; Li, Peng; Su, Haibin

    2016-06-29

    By generalizing the traditional single-site strong coupling expansion approach to a cluster one, we study the zero-temperature phase diagram of bosonic atoms in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice. Some new features are present in this system. Due to the strong intra-trimer hopping interaction, there will be a new Mott insulator (MI), which is by definition incompressible but with a fractional filling per trimer. This is different from the traditional MI, which has an integral filling and originates only from the repulsive interaction between particles. We investigate the MI-to-superfluid transition and the nature of the fractional MI by calculating the critical exponents of phase transitions and the low-lying energy excitation spectra of quasiparticles (quasihole). We will show how the low-energy properties of this system can be understood qualitatively as a Bose-Hubbard model in triangular lattice from the point of view of the cluster strong coupling expansion. We also discuss how our results are related to experiment by studying the Bragg spectroscopy.

  4. Fractional Mott insulator-to-superfluid transition of Bose-Hubbard model in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice

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    Chen, Qi-Hui; Li, Peng; Su, Haibin

    2016-06-01

    By generalizing the traditional single-site strong coupling expansion approach to a cluster one, we study the zero-temperature phase diagram of bosonic atoms in a trimerized Kagomé optical lattice. Some new features are present in this system. Due to the strong intra-trimer hopping interaction, there will be a new Mott insulator (MI), which is by definition incompressible but with a fractional filling per trimer. This is different from the traditional MI, which has an integral filling and originates only from the repulsive interaction between particles. We investigate the MI-to-superfluid transition and the nature of the fractional MI by calculating the critical exponents of phase transitions and the low-lying energy excitation spectra of quasiparticles (quasihole). We will show how the low-energy properties of this system can be understood qualitatively as a Bose-Hubbard model in triangular lattice from the point of view of the cluster strong coupling expansion. We also discuss how our results are related to experiment by studying the Bragg spectroscopy.

  5. Antagonistic effects of nearest-neighbor repulsion on the superconducting pairing dynamics in the doped Mott insulator regime

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    Reymbaut, A.; Charlebois, M.; Asiani, M. Fellous; Fratino, L.; Sémon, P.; Sordi, G.; Tremblay, A.-M. S.

    2016-10-01

    The nearest-neighbor superexchange-mediated mechanism for dx2-y2 superconductivity in the one-band Hubbard model faces the challenge that nearest-neighbor Coulomb repulsion can be larger than superexchange. To answer this question, we use cellular dynamical mean-field theory (CDMFT) with a continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo solver to determine the superconducting phase diagram as a function of temperature and doping for on-site repulsion U =9 t and nearest-neighbor repulsion V =0 ,2 t ,4 t . In the underdoped regime, V increases the CDMFT superconducting transition temperature Tcd even though it decreases the superconducting order parameter at low temperature for all dopings. However, in the overdoped regime V decreases Tcd. We gain insight into these paradoxical results through a detailed study of the frequency dependence of the anomalous spectral function, extracted at finite temperature via the MaxEntAux method for analytic continuation. A systematic study of dynamical positive and negative contributions to pairing reveals that even though V has a high-frequency depairing contribution, it also has a low frequency pairing contribution since it can reinforce superexchange through J =4 t2/(U -V ) . Retardation is thus crucial to understanding pairing in doped Mott insulators, as suggested by previous zero-temperature studies. We also comment on the tendency to charge order for large V and on the persistence of d -wave superconductivity over extended-s or s +d wave.

  6. Engineered Mott ground state in a LaTiO3+δ/LaNiO3 heterostructure

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    Cao, Yanwei; Liu, Xiaoran; Kareev, M.; Choudhury, D.; Middey, S.; Meyers, D.; Kim, J.-W.; Ryan, P. J.; Freeland, J.W.; Chakhalian, J.

    2016-01-01

    In pursuit of creating cuprate-like electronic and orbital structures, artificial heterostructures based on LaNiO3 have inspired a wealth of exciting experimental and theoretical results. However, to date there is a very limited experimental understanding of the electronic and orbital states emerging from interfacial charge transfer and their connections to the modified band structure at the interface. Towards this goal, we have synthesized a prototypical superlattice composed of a correlated metal LaNiO3 and a doped Mott insulator LaTiO3+δ, and investigated its electronic structure by resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy combined with X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, electrical transport and theory calculations. The heterostructure exhibits interfacial charge transfer from Ti to Ni sites, giving rise to an insulating ground state with orbital polarization and eg orbital band splitting. Our findings demonstrate how the control over charge at the interface can be effectively used to create exotic electronic, orbital and spin states. PMID:26791402

  7. Negative activation energy and dielectric signatures of excitons and excitonic Mott transitions in quantum confined laser structures

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    Bhunia, Amit; Bansal, Kanika; Henini, Mohamed; Alshammari, Marzook S.; Datta, Shouvik

    2016-10-01

    Mostly, optical spectroscopies are used to investigate the physics of excitons, whereas their electrical evidences are hardly explored. Here, we examined a forward bias activated differential capacitance response of GaInP/AlGaInP based multi-quantum well laser diodes to trace the presence of excitons using electrical measurements. Occurrence of "negative activation energy" after light emission is understood as thermodynamical signature of steady state excitonic population under intermediate range of carrier injections. Similar corroborative results are also observed in an InGaAs/GaAs quantum dot laser structure grown by molecular beam epitaxy. With increasing biases, the measured differential capacitance response slowly vanishes. This represents gradual Mott transition of an excitonic phase into an electron-hole plasma in a GaInP/AlGaInP laser diode. This is further substantiated by more and more exponentially looking shapes of high energy tails in electroluminescence spectra with increasing forward bias, which originates from a growing non-degenerate population of free electrons and holes. Such an experimental correlation between electrical and optical properties of excitons can be used to advance the next generation excitonic devices.

  8. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures

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    Gray, B. A.; Middey, S.; Conti, G.; ...

    2016-09-15

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In this paper, in pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leadingmore » to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Finally, such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates.« less

  9. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures.

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    Gray, B A; Middey, S; Conti, G; Gray, A X; Kuo, C-T; Kaiser, A M; Ueda, S; Kobayashi, K; Meyers, D; Kareev, M; Tung, I C; Liu, Jian; Fadley, C S; Chakhalian, J; Freeland, J W

    2016-09-15

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leading to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates.

  10. Orthorhombic fulleride (CH3NH2)K3C60 close to Mott-Hubbard instability: Ab initio study

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    Potočnik, Anton; Manini, Nicola; Komelj, Matej; Tosatti, Erio; Arčon, Denis

    2012-08-01

    We study the electronic structure and magnetic interactions in methylamine-intercalated orthorhombic alkali-doped fullerene (CH3NH2)K3C60 within the density functional theory. As in the simpler ammonia intercalated compound (NH3)K3C60, the orthorhombic crystal-field anisotropy Δ lifts the t1u triple degeneracy at the Γ point and drives the system deep into the Mott-insulating phase. However, the computed Δ and conduction electron bandwidth W cannot alone account for the abnormally low experimental Néel temperature, TN=11 K, of the methylamine compound, compared to the much higher value TN=40 K of the ammonia one. Significant interactions between CH3NH2 and C603- are responsible for the stabilization of particular fullerene-cage distortions and the ensuing low-spin S=1/2 state. These interactions also seem to affect the magnetic properties, as interfullerene exchange interactions depend on the relative orientation of deformations of neighboring C603- molecules. For the ferro-orientational order of CH3NH2-K+ groups we find an apparent reduced dimensionality in magnetic exchange interactions, which may explain the suppressed Néel temperature. The disorder in exchange interactions caused by orientational disorder of CH3NH2-K+ groups could further contribute to this suppression.

  11. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures

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    Gray, B. A.; Middey, S.; Conti, G.; ...

    2016-09-15

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In this paper, in pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leadingmore » to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Finally, such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates.« less

  12. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures

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    Gray, B. A.; Middey, S.; Conti, G.; Gray, A. X.; Kuo, C.-T.; Kaiser, A. M.; Ueda, S.; Kobayashi, K.; Meyers, D.; Kareev, M.; Tung, I. C.; Liu, Jian; Fadley, C. S.; Chakhalian, J.; Freeland, J. W.

    2016-09-01

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leading to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates.

  13. Superfluid, Mott-insulator, and mass-density-wave phases in the one-dimensional extended Bose-Hubbard model

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    Pai, Ramesh V.; Pandit, Rahul

    2005-03-01

    We use the finite-size, density-matrix-renormalization-group (FSDMRG) method to obtain the phase diagram of the one-dimensional (d=1) extended Bose-Hubbard model for density {rho}=1 in the U-V plane, where U and V are, respectively, onsite and nearest-neighbor interactions. The phase diagram comprises three phases: superfluid (SF), Mott insulator (MI), and mass-density-wave (MDW). For small values of U and V, we get a reentrant SF-MI-SF phase transition. For intermediate values of interactions the SF phase is sandwiched between MI and MDW phases with continuous SF-MI and SF-MDW transitions. We show, by a detailed, finite-size scaling analysis, that the MI-SF transition is of Kosterlitz-Thouless (KT) type whereas the MDW-SF transition has both KT and two-dimensional Ising characters. For large values of U and V we get a direct, first-order, MI-MDW transition. The MI-SF, MDW-SF, and MI-MDW phase boundaries join at a bicritical point at (U,V)=(8.5{+-}0.05,4.75{+-}0.05)

  14. N-Type Superconductivity in an Organic Mott Insulator Induced by Light-Driven Electron-Doping.

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    Suda, Masayuki; Takashina, Naoto; Namuangruk, Supawadee; Kungwan, Nawee; Sakurai, Hidehiro; Yamamoto, Hiroshi M

    2017-09-01

    The presence of interface dipoles in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) gives rise to electric-field effects at the device interfaces. SAMs of spiropyran derivatives can be used as photoactive interface dipole layer in field-effect transistors because the photochromism of spiropyrans involves a large dipole moment switching. Recently, light-induced p-type superconductivity in an organic Mott insulator, κ-(BEDT-TTF)2 Cu[N(CN)2 ]Br (κ-Br: BEDT-TTF = bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene) has been realized, thanks to the hole carriers induced by significant interface dipole variation in the spiropyran-SAM. This report explores the converse situation by designing a new type of spiropyran monolayer in which light-induced electron-doping into κ-Br and accompanying n-type superconducting transition have been observed. These results open new possibilities for novel electronics utilizing a photoactive SAMs, which can design not only the magnitude but also the direction of photoinduced electric-fields at the device interfaces. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures

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    Gray, B. A.; Middey, S.; Conti, G.; Gray, A. X.; Kuo, C.-T.; Kaiser, A. M.; Ueda, S.; Kobayashi, K.; Meyers, D.; Kareev, M.; Tung, I. C.; Liu, Jian; Fadley, C. S.; Chakhalian, J.; Freeland, J. W.

    2016-01-01

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leading to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates. PMID:27627855

  16. Wannier permanent wave functions for featureless bosonic mott insulators on the 1/3-filled kagome lattice.

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    Parameswaran, S A; Kimchi, Itamar; Turner, Ari M; Stamper-Kurn, D M; Vishwanath, Ashvin

    2013-03-22

    We study Bose-Hubbard models on tight-binding, non-Bravais lattices, with a filling of one boson per unit cell--and thus fractional site filling. We discuss situations where no classical bosonic insulator, which is a product state of particles on independent sites, is admitted. Nevertheless, we show that it is possible to construct a quantum Mott insulator of bosons if a trivial band insulator of fermions is possible at the same filling. The ground state wave function is simply a permanent of exponentially localized Wannier orbitals. Such a Wannier permanent wave function is featureless in that it respects all lattice symmetries and is the unique ground state of a parent Hamiltonian that we construct. Motivated by the recent experimental demonstration of a kagome optical lattice of bosons, we study this lattice at 1/3 site filling. Previous approaches to this problem have invariably produced either broken-symmetry states or topological order. Surprisingly, we demonstrate that a featureless insulator is a possible alternative and is the exact ground state of a local Hamiltonian. We briefly comment on the experimental relevance of our results to ultracold atoms as well as to 1/3 magnetization plateaus for kagome spin models in an applied field.

  17. Engineered Mott ground state in a LaTiO3+δ/LaNiO3 heterostructure

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    Cao, Yanwei; Liu, Xiaoran; Kareev, M.; ...

    2016-01-21

    In pursuit of creating cuprate-like electronic and orbital structures, artificial heterostructures based on LaNiO3 have inspired a wealth of exciting experimental and theoretical results. However, to date there is a very limited experimental understanding of the electronic and orbital states emerging from interfacial charge transfer and their connections to the modified band structure at the interface. Towards this goal, we have synthesized a prototypical superlattice composed of a correlated metal LaNiO3 and a doped Mott insulator LaTiO3+δ, and investigated its electronic structure by resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy combined with X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, electrical transport and theory calculations. The heterostructure exhibitsmore » interfacial charge transfer from Ti to Ni sites, giving rise to an insulating ground state with orbital polarization and eg orbital band splitting. Here, our findings demonstrate how the control over charge at the interface can be effectively used to create exotic electronic, orbital and spin states.« less

  18. Kaon-nucleus scattering

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    Hong, Byungsik; Maung, Khin Maung; Wilson, John W.; Buck, Warren W.

    1989-01-01

    The derivations of the Lippmann-Schwinger equation and Watson multiple scattering are given. A simple optical potential is found to be the first term of that series. The number density distribution models of the nucleus, harmonic well, and Woods-Saxon are used without t-matrix taken from the scattering experiments. The parameterized two-body inputs, which are kaon-nucleon total cross sections, elastic slope parameters, and the ratio of the real to the imaginary part of the forward elastic scattering amplitude, are presented. The eikonal approximation was chosen as our solution method to estimate the total and absorptive cross sections for the kaon-nucleus scattering.

  19. Elastic scattering phenomenology

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    Mackintosh, R. S.

    2017-04-01

    We argue that, in many situations, fits to elastic scattering data that were historically, and frequently still are, considered "good", are not justifiably so describable. Information about the dynamics of nucleon-nucleus and nucleus-nucleus scattering is lost when elastic scattering phenomenology is insufficiently ambitious. It is argued that in many situations, an alternative approach is appropriate for the phenomenology of nuclear elastic scattering of nucleons and other light nuclei. The approach affords an appropriate means of evaluating folding models, one that fully exploits available empirical data. It is particularly applicable for nucleons and other light ions.

  20. Partially strong WW scattering

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    Cheung Kingman; Chiang Chengwei; Yuan Tzuchiang

    2008-09-01

    What if only a light Higgs boson is discovered at the CERN LHC? Conventional wisdom tells us that the scattering of longitudinal weak gauge bosons would not grow strong at high energies. However, this is generally not true. In some composite models or general two-Higgs-doublet models, the presence of a light Higgs boson does not guarantee complete unitarization of the WW scattering. After partial unitarization by the light Higgs boson, the WW scattering becomes strongly interacting until it hits one or more heavier Higgs bosons or other strong dynamics. We analyze how LHC experiments can reveal this interesting possibility of partially strong WW scattering.

  1. Optical scatter: an overview

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    Stover, John C.

    1991-12-01

    Optical scatter is a bothersome source of optical noise, limits resolution and reduces system throughput. However, it is also an extremely sensitive metrology tool. It is employed in a wide variety of applications in the optics industry (where direct scatter measurement is of concern) and is becoming a popular indirect measurement in other industries where its measurement in some form is an indicator of another component property - like roughness, contamination or position. This paper presents a brief review of the current state of this technology as it emerges from university and government laboratories into more general industry use. The bidirectional scatter distribution function (or BSDF) has become the common format for expressing scatter data and is now used almost universally. Measurements made at dozens of laboratories around the country cover the spectrum from the uv to the mid- IR. Data analysis of optical component scatter has progressed to the point where a variety of analysis tools are becoming available for discriminating between the various sources of scatter. Work has progressed on the analysis of rough surface scatter and the application of these techniques to some challenging problems outside the optical industry. Scatter metrology is acquiring standards and formal test procedures. The available scatter data base is rapidly expanding as the number and sophistication of measurement facilities increases. Scatter from contaminants is continuing to be a major area of work as scatterometers appear in vacuum chambers at various laboratories across the country. Another area of research driven by space applications is understanding the non-topographic sources of mid-IR scatter that are associated with Beryllium and other materials. The current flurry of work in this growing area of metrology can be expected to continue for several more years and to further expand to applications in other industries.

  2. Compton scattering overview

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    Hartemann, F V

    2008-12-01

    An overview of linear and nonlinear Compton scattering is presented, along with a comparison with Thomson scattering. Two distinct processes play important roles in the nonlinear regime: multi-photon interactions, leading to the generation of harmonics, and radiation pressure, yielding a downshift of the radiated spectral features. These mechanisms, their influence on the source brightness, and different modeling strategies are also briefly discussed.

  3. Limitations in scatter propagation

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    Lampert, E. W.

    1982-04-01

    A short description of the main scatter propagation mechanisms is presented; troposcatter, meteor burst communication and chaff scatter. For these propagation modes, in particular for troposcatter, the important specific limitations discussed are: link budget and resulting hardware consequences, diversity, mobility, information transfer and intermodulation and intersymbol interference, frequency range and future extension in frequency range for troposcatter, and compatibility with other services (EMC).

  4. Multiple Scattering in Clouds

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1979-09-01

    Equation .................................. 35 Boundary Conditions ................................ 37SIrradiance at Cloud Exit...mathematical description of the multiple scatter- ing problem is given by the nonstationary radiative transport equation of Chandrasekhar [2]. Written in...function, S0 is the source function, and X is the single-scatter albedo. Unfortunately, the nonstationary transport equation has not been solved in a

  5. Purely bianisotropic scatterers

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    Albooyeh, M.; Asadchy, V. S.; Alaee, R.; Hashemi, S. M.; Yazdi, M.; Mirmoosa, M. S.; Rockstuhl, C.; Simovski, C. R.; Tretyakov, S. A.

    2016-12-01

    The polarization response of molecules or meta-atoms to external electric and magnetic fields, which defines the electromagnetic properties of materials, can either be direct (electric field induces electric moment and magnetic field induces magnetic moment) or indirect (magnetoelectric coupling in bianisotropic scatterers). Earlier studies suggest that there is a fundamental bound on the indirect response of all passive scatterers: It is believed to be always weaker than the direct one. In this paper, we prove that there exist scatterers which overcome this bound substantially. Moreover, we show that the amplitudes of electric and magnetic polarizabilities can be negligibly small as compared to the magnetoelectric coupling coefficients. However, we prove that if at least one of the direct-excitation coefficients vanishes, magnetoelectric coupling effects in passive scatterers cannot exist. Our findings open a way to a new class of electromagnetic scatterers and composite materials.

  6. Orbital order, anisotropic spin couplings, and the spin-wave spectrum of the ferromagnetic Mott insulator YTiO3

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    Schmitz, R.; Entin-Wohlman, O.; Aharony, A.; Müller-Hartmann, E.

    2005-09-01

    [Dedicated to Bernhard Mühlschlegel on the occasion ofhis 80th birthday]Using a point-charge calculation of the electrostatic crystal field, we determine the non-degenerate orbital ground state of the ferromagnetic Mott insulator YTiO3, which is found to agree perfectly with experiment. Based on the orbital order, we obtain by perturbation theory an effective spin Hamiltonian that describes the magnetic superexchange between nearest-neighbor Ti ions. The superexchange Hamiltonian includes, in addition to the isotropic Heisenberg coupling, antisymmetric (Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya) and symmetric anisotropy terms, caused by the spin-orbit interaction on the Ti ions. We find ferromagnetic Heisenberg couplings for Ti-Ti bonds in the crystallographic ab planes, but antiferromagnetic ones for Ti-Ti bonds between planes, in contradiction with experiment (which gives ferromagnetic couplings for both). Difficulties in calculating realistic values for the isotropic couplings of YTiO3 have been already reported in the literature. We discuss possible origins for these discrepancies. However, the much smaller values we obtain for the symmetric and antisymmetric anisotropies may be expected to be reliable. We therefore combine the experimentally-deduced isotropic coupling with the calculated anisotropic ones to determine the magnetic order of the Ti ions, which is found to be in satisfactory agreement with experiment. Based on this magnetic order, we derive the spin-wave spectrum. We find an acoustic branch with a very small zone-center gap and three optical spin-wave modes with sizeable zone-center gaps. The acoustic branch reproduces the one reported in experiment, and the optical ones are in a satisfactory agreement with experiment, upon a proper folding of the magnetic Brillouin zone.

  7. Interplay of long-range and short-range Coulomb interactions in an Anderson-Mott insulator

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    Baćani, Mirko; Novak, Mario; Orbanić, Filip; Prša, Krunoslav; Kokanović, Ivan; Babić, Dinko

    2017-07-01

    In this paper, we tackle the complexity of coexisting disorder and Coulomb electron-electron interactions (CEEIs) in solids by addressing a strongly disordered system with intricate CEEIs and a screening that changes both with charge carrier doping level Q and temperature T . We report on an experimental comparative study of the T dependencies of the electrical conductivity σ and magnetic susceptibility χ of polyaniline pellets doped with dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid over a wide range. This material is special within the class of doped polyaniline by exhibiting in the electronic transport a crossover between a low-T variable range hopping (VRH) and a high-T nearest-neighbor hopping (NNH) well below room temperature. Moreover, there is evidence of a soft Coulomb gap ΔC in the disorder band, which implies the existence of a long-range CEEI. Simultaneously, there is an onsite CEEI manifested as a Hubbard gap U and originating in the electronic structure of doped polyaniline, which consists of localized electron states with dynamically varying occupancy. Therefore, our samples represent an Anderson-Mott insulator in which long-range and short-range CEEIs coexist. The main result of the study is the presence of a crossover between low- and high-T regimes not only in σ (T ) but also in χ (T ) , the crossover temperature T* being essentially the same for both observables over the entire doping range. The relatively large electron localization length along the polymer chains results in U being small, between 12 and 20 meV for the high and low Q , respectively. Therefore, the thermal energy at T* is sufficiently large to lead to an effective closing of the Hubbard gap and the consequent appearance of NNH in the electronic transport within the disorder band. ΔC is considerably larger than U , decreasing from 190 to 30 meV as Q increases, and plays the role of an activation energy in the NNH.

  8. Mott type variable range hopping conduction and magnetoresistance in p-type CuIn3Te5 semiconductor compound

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    Essaleh, L.; Wasim, S. M.; Marín, G.; Rincón, C.; Amhil, S.; Galibert, J.

    2017-07-01

    Variable range hopping (VRH) conduction of Mott type for a constant and non-vanishing density of states at the Fermi level is observed over a wide range of temperature between 45 and 210 K in the ordered defect compound CuIn3Te5 (CIT135). For this type of electrical conduction at a very high temperature, not reported before in elemental, II-VI, and I-III-VI2 compound semiconductors, we employed three different methods to analyze the data and to confirm this behavior. The occurrence of VRH at very high temperatures is explained as due to the presence of the electrically inactive ( InCu+2 + 2 VCu -1) donor-acceptor defect pairs in CIT135. This defect-pair partially annihilates the shallow acceptor defect state Cu vacancy, which is responsible for the activated electrical conductivity observed in p-type ternary I-III-VI2 chalcopyrite compounds in the temperature range of liquid nitrogen. In such conditions, the only acceptor level available for electrical conduction in CIT135 is a deep acceptor state whose activation energy is about 200 meV and cannot be activated below about 200 K. Hence, the VRH conduction mechanism dominates the electrical properties of this material up to about 200 K. The study of the temperature and magnetic field dependence of the magnetoresistance (MR) up to 27 T is made by taking into consideration different theoretical models. To explain the negative MR at lower fields, the theory based on quantum interference is used. At higher magnetic fields, the MR becomes positive and is explained with the model based on the shrinkage of the wave function.

  9. Compton scattering by nuclei

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    Hütt, M.-Th.; L'vov, A. I.; Milstein, A. I.; Schumacher, M.

    2000-01-01

    The concept of Compton scattering by even-even nuclei from giant-resonance to nucleon-resonance energies and the status of experimental and theoretical researches in this field are outlined. The description of Compton scattering by nuclei starts from different complementary approaches, namely from second-order S-matrix and from dispersion theories. Making use of these, it is possible to incorporate into the predicted nuclear scattering amplitudes all the information available from other channels, viz. photon-nucleon and photon-meson channels, and to efficiently make use of models of the nucleon, the nucleus and the nucleon-nucleon interaction. The total photoabsorption cross section constrains the nuclear scattering amplitude in the forward direction. The specific information obtained from Compton scattering therefore stems from the angular dependence of the nuclear scattering amplitude, providing detailed insight into the dynamics of the nuclear and nucleon degrees of freedom and into the interplay between them. Nuclear Compton scattering in the giant-resonance energy-region provides information on the dynamical properties of the in-medium mass of the nucleon. Most prominently, the electromagnetic polarizabilities of the nucleon in the nuclear medium can be extracted from nuclear Compton scattering data obtained in the quasi-deuteron energy-region. In our description of this latter process special emphasis is laid upon the exploration of many-body and two-body effects entering into the nuclear dynamics. Recent results are presented for two-body effects due to the mesonic seagull amplitude and due to the excitation of nucleon internal degrees of freedom accompanied by meson exchanges. Due to these studies the in-medium electromagnetic polarizabilities are by now well understood, whereas the understanding of nuclear Compton scattering in the Δ-resonance range is only at the beginning. Furthermore, phenomenological methods how to include retardation effects in the

  10. Inelastic Light Scattering Processes

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    Fouche, Daniel G.; Chang, Richard K.

    1973-01-01

    Five different inelastic light scattering processes will be denoted by, ordinary Raman scattering (ORS), resonance Raman scattering (RRS), off-resonance fluorescence (ORF), resonance fluorescence (RF), and broad fluorescence (BF). A distinction between fluorescence (including ORF and RF) and Raman scattering (including ORS and RRS) will be made in terms of the number of intermediate molecular states which contribute significantly to the scattered amplitude, and not in terms of excited state lifetimes or virtual versus real processes. The theory of these processes will be reviewed, including the effects of pressure, laser wavelength, and laser spectral distribution on the scattered intensity. The application of these processes to the remote sensing of atmospheric pollutants will be discussed briefly. It will be pointed out that the poor sensitivity of the ORS technique cannot be increased by going toward resonance without also compromising the advantages it has over the RF technique. Experimental results on inelastic light scattering from I(sub 2) vapor will be presented. As a single longitudinal mode 5145 A argon-ion laser line was tuned away from an I(sub 2) absorption line, the scattering was observed to change from RF to ORF. The basis, of the distinction is the different pressure dependence of the scattered intensity. Nearly three orders of magnitude enhancement of the scattered intensity was measured in going from ORF to RF. Forty-seven overtones were observed and their relative intensities measured. The ORF cross section of I(sub 2) compared to the ORS cross section of N2 was found to be 3 x 10(exp 6), with I(sub 2) at its room temperature vapor pressure.

  11. Scattering theory of nonlinear thermoelectricity in quantum coherent conductors.

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    Meair, Jonathan; Jacquod, Philippe

    2013-02-27

    We construct a scattering theory of weakly nonlinear thermoelectric transport through sub-micron scale conductors. The theory incorporates the leading nonlinear contributions in temperature and voltage biases to the charge and heat currents. Because of the finite capacitances of sub-micron scale conducting circuits, fundamental conservation laws such as gauge invariance and current conservation require special care to be preserved. We do this by extending the approach of Christen and Büttiker (1996 Europhys. Lett. 35 523) to coupled charge and heat transport. In this way we write relations connecting nonlinear transport coefficients in a manner similar to Mott's relation between the linear thermopower and the linear conductance. We derive sum rules that nonlinear transport coefficients must satisfy to preserve gauge invariance and current conservation. We illustrate our theory by calculating the efficiency of heat engines and the coefficient of performance of thermoelectric refrigerators based on quantum point contacts and resonant tunneling barriers. We identify, in particular, rectification effects that increase device performance.

  12. The role of Mott-Schottky heterojunctions in Ag-Ag8SnS6 as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    He, Qingquan; Huang, Shoushuang; Wang, Cheng; Qiao, Qiquan; Liang, Na; Xu, Miao; Chen, Wenlong; Zai, Jiantao; Qian, Xuefeng

    2015-03-01

    Well-defined uniform pyramidal Ag-Ag8SnS6 heterodimers are prepared via a one-pot method. A plausible formation mechanism for the unique structures based on a seed-growth process and an etching effect due to oleylamine is proposed. The formed metal-semiconductor Mott-Schottky heterojunction promotes electron transfer from semiconducting Ag8 SnS6 to metallic Ag, which catalyzes the reduction of I3 (-) to I(-). When used as counter electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells, the heterodimers show comparable performance to platinum.

  13. Direct probe of Mott-Hubbard to charge-transfer insulator transition and electronic structure evolution in transition-metal systems

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    Olalde-Velasco, P; Jimenez-Mier, J; Denlinger, JD; Hussain, Z; Yang, WL

    2011-07-11

    We report the most direct experimental verification of Mott-Hubbard and charge-transfer insulators through x-ray emission spectroscopy in transition-metal (TM) fluorides. The p-d hybridization features in the spectra allow a straightforward energy alignment of the anion-2p and metal-3d valence states, which visually shows the difference between the two types of insulators. Furthermore, in parallel with the theoretical Zaanen-Sawatzky-Allen diagram, a complete experimental systematics of the 3d Coulomb interaction and the 2p-3d charge-transfer energy is reported and could serve as a universal experimental trend for other TM systems including oxides.

  14. Spin-singlet state formation in the cluster Mott insulator GaNb4S8 studied by μSR and NMR spectroscopy

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    Waki, T.; Kajinami, Y.; Tabata, Y.; Nakamura, H.; Yoshida, M.; Takigawa, M.; Watanabe, I.

    2010-01-01

    Muon spin relaxation (μSR) and nuclear magnetic resonance experiments revealed that the spin-singlet state with an excitation gap of ˜200K is realized from S=1/2Nb4 tetrahedral clusters in a cluster Mott insulator GaNb4S8 . The intercluster cooperative phenomenon to the singlet state at TS=32k is triggered by intracluster Jahn-Teller type structural instability developed from ˜3TS . Referring to the lattice symmetry, the formation of Nb8 octamer ( Nb4-Nb4 bond) is suggested.

  15. Scaling theory of the mott transition and breakdown of the Grüneisen scaling near a finite-temperature critical end point.

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    Bartosch, Lorenz; de Souza, Mariano; Lang, Michael

    2010-06-18

    We discuss a scaling theory of the lattice response in the vicinity of a finite-temperature critical end point. The thermal expansivity is shown to be more singular than the specific heat such that the Grüneisen ratio diverges as the critical point is approached, except for its immediate vicinity. More generally, we express the thermal expansivity in terms of a scaling function which we explicitly evaluate for the two-dimensional Ising universality class. Recent thermal expansivity measurements on the layered organic conductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2X close to the Mott transition are well described by our theory.

  16. Kaon-nucleus scattering

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    Hong, Byungsik; Buck, Warren W.; Maung, Khin M.

    1989-01-01

    Two kinds of number density distributions of the nucleus, harmonic well and Woods-Saxon models, are used with the t-matrix that is taken from the scattering experiments to find a simple optical potential. The parameterized two body inputs, which are kaon-nucleon total cross sections, elastic slope parameters, and the ratio of the real to imaginary part of the forward elastic scattering amplitude, are shown. The eikonal approximation was chosen as the solution method to estimate the total and absorptive cross sections for the kaon-nucleus scattering.

  17. Rayleigh Scattering Diagnostics Workshop

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    Seasholtz, Richard (Compiler)

    1996-01-01

    The Rayleigh Scattering Diagnostics Workshop was held July 25-26, 1995 at the NASA Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The purpose of the workshop was to foster timely exchange of information and expertise acquired by researchers and users of laser based Rayleigh scattering diagnostics for aerospace flow facilities and other applications. This Conference Publication includes the 12 technical presentations and transcriptions of the two panel discussions. The first panel was made up of 'users' of optical diagnostics, mainly in aerospace test facilities, and its purpose was to assess areas of potential applications of Rayleigh scattering diagnostics. The second panel was made up of active researchers in Rayleigh scattering diagnostics, and its purpose was to discuss the direction of future work.

  18. Gravitational Bhabha scattering

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    Santos, A. F.; Khanna, Faqir C.

    2017-10-01

    Gravitoelectromagnetism (GEM) as a theory for gravity has been developed similar to the electromagnetic field theory. A weak field approximation of Einstein theory of relativity is similar to GEM. This theory has been quantized. Traditional Bhabha scattering, electron–positron scattering, is based on quantized electrodynamics theory. Usually the amplitude is written in terms of one photon exchange process. With the development of quantized GEM theory, the scattering amplitude will have an additional component based on an exchange of one graviton at the lowest order of perturbation theory. An analysis will provide the relative importance of the two amplitudes for Bhabha scattering. This will allow an analysis of the relative importance of the two amplitudes as the energy of the exchanged particles increases.

  19. Cosmic Ray Scattering Radiography

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    Morris, C. L.

    2015-12-01

    Cosmic ray muons are ubiquitous, are highly penetrating, and can be used to measure material densities by either measuring the stopping rate or by measuring the scattering of transmitted muons. The Los Alamos team has studied scattering radiography for a number of applications. Some results will be shown of scattering imaging for a range of practical applications, and estimates will be made of the utility of scattering radiography for nondestructive assessments of large structures and for geological surveying. Results of imaging the core of the Toshiba Nuclear Critical Assembly (NCA) Reactor in Kawasaki, Japan and simulations of imaging the damaged cores of the Fukushima nuclear reactors will be presented. Below is an image made using muons of a core configuration for the NCA reactor.

  20. Environment scattering in GADRAS.

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    Thoreson, Gregory G.; Mitchell, Dean J; Theisen, Lisa Anne; Harding, Lee T.

    2013-09-01

    Radiation transport calculations were performed to compute the angular tallies for scattered gamma-rays as a function of distance, height, and environment. Greens Functions were then used to encapsulate the results a reusable transformation function. The calculations represent the transport of photons throughout scattering surfaces that surround sources and detectors, such as the ground and walls. Utilization of these calculations in GADRAS (Gamma Detector Response and Analysis Software) enables accurate computation of environmental scattering for a variety of environments and source configurations. This capability, which agrees well with numerous experimental benchmark measurements, is now deployed with GADRAS Version 18.2 as the basis for the computation of scattered radiation.

  1. CONTINUOUS ROTATION SCATTERING CHAMBER

    DOEpatents

    Verba, J.W.; Hawrylak, R.A.

    1963-08-01

    An evacuated scattering chamber for use in observing nuclear reaction products produced therein over a wide range of scattering angles from an incoming horizontal beam that bombards a target in the chamber is described. A helically moving member that couples the chamber to a detector permits a rapid and broad change of observation angles without breaching the vacuum in the chamber. Also, small inlet and outlet openings are provided whose size remains substantially constant. (auth)

  2. Positron-rubidium scattering

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    Mceachran, R. P.; Horbatsch, M.; Stauffer, A. D.

    1990-01-01

    A 5-state close-coupling calculation (5s-5p-4d-6s-6p) was carried out for positron-Rb scattering in the energy range 3.7 to 28.0 eV. In contrast to the results of similar close-coupling calculations for positron-Na and positron-K scattering the (effective) total integrated cross section has an energy dependence which is contrary to recent experimental measurements.

  3. Microcavity Enhanced Raman Scattering

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    Petrak, Benjamin J.

    Raman scattering can accurately identify molecules by their intrinsic vibrational frequencies, but its notoriously weak scattering efficiency for gases presents a major obstacle to its practical application in gas sensing and analysis. This work explores the use of high finesse (≈50 000) Fabry-Perot microcavities as a means to enhance Raman scattering from gases. A recently demonstrated laser ablation method, which carves out a micromirror template on fused silica--either on a fiber tip or bulk substrates-- was implemented, characterized, and optimized to fabricate concave micromirror templates ˜10 mum diameter and radius of curvature. The fabricated templates were coated with a high-reflectivity dielectric coating by ion-beam sputtering and were assembled into microcavities ˜10 mum long and with a mode volume ˜100 mum 3. A novel gas sensing technique that we refer to as Purcell enhanced Raman scattering (PERS) was demonstrated using the assembled microcavities. PERS works by enhancing the pump laser's intensity through resonant recirculation at one longitudinal mode, while simultaneously, at a second mode at the Stokes frequency, the Purcell effect increases the rate of spontaneous Raman scattering by a change to the intra-cavity photon density of states. PERS was shown to enhance the rate of spontaneous Raman scattering by a factor of 107 compared to the same volume of sample gas in free space scattered into the same solid angle subtended by the cavity. PERS was also shown capable of resolving several Raman bands from different isotopes of CO2 gas for application to isotopic analysis. Finally, the use of the microcavity to enhance coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) from CO2 gas was demonstrated.

  4. Spin-orbit coupling, strong correlation, and insulator-metal transitions: The Jeff=32 ferromagnetic Dirac-Mott insulator Ba2NaOsO6

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    Gangopadhyay, Shruba; Pickett, Warren E.

    2015-01-15

    The double perovskite Ba2NaOsO6 (BNOO), an exotic example of a very high oxidation state (heptavalent) osmium d1 compound and also uncommon by being a ferromagnetic open d-shell (Mott) insulator without Jahn-Teller (JT) distortion, is modeled using a density functional theory based hybrid functional incorporating exact exchange for correlated electronic orbitals and including the large spin-orbit coupling (SOC). The experimentally observed narrow-gap ferromagnetic insulating ground state is obtained, but only when including spin-orbit coupling, making this a Dirac-Mott insulator. The calculated easy axis along [110] is in accord with experiment, providing additional support that this approach provides a realistic method formore » studying this system. The predicted spin density for [110] spin orientation is nearly cubic (unlike for other directions), providing an explanation for the absence of JT distortion. An orbital moment of –0.4μB strongly compensates the +0.5μB spin moment on Os, leaving a strongly compensated moment more in line with experiment. Remarkably, the net moment lies primarily on the oxygen ions. An insulator-metal transition, by rotating the magnetization direction with an external field under moderate pressure, is predicted as one consequence of strong SOC, and metallization under moderate pressure is predicted. In conclusion, a comparison is made with the isostructural, isovalent insulator Ba2LiOsO6, which, however, orders antiferromagnetically.« less

  5. Thermodynamics of the quantum spin liquid state of the single-component dimer Mott system κ -H3(Cat-EDT -TTF ) 2

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    Yamashita, Satoshi; Nakazawa, Yasuhiro; Ueda, Akira; Mori, Hatsumi

    2017-05-01

    Thermodynamic properties of the proton-mediated single component dimer-Mott insulator of κ -H3(Cat-EDT -TTF ) 2 , which has a two-dimensional triangle lattice structure of S =1 /2 spins, are reported. The extraordinary large electronic heat capacity coefficient γ =58.8 mJ K-2mo l-1 observed by the low-temperature heat capacity measurements up to 6 T suggests the formation of the gapless spin liquid ground state. Although the magnetic interaction J /kB is quite different from those of other dimer-Mott spin liquids, the thermodynamic feature scales well with the Wilson ratio of 1.4-1.6. The heat capacity measurements also detected that the deuteration of the proton-linkage changes the ground state to the nonmagnetic one with almost vanishing γ. Using the data of the deuterated compound, the accurate temperature dependence of the magnetic heat capacity reflecting on the low-energy excitations from the gapless spin liquids ground state is discussed.

  6. SCRIT electron scattering facility

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    Tsukada, Kyo

    2014-09-01

    Electron scattering is the most powerful and reliable tool to investigate the nuclear structure because this reaction has the great advantage that the electron is structureless particle and its interaction is well described by the quantum electrodynamics. As is well known, the charge density distributions of many stable nuclei were determined by elastic electron scattering. Recently, many efforts for studies of unstable nuclei have been made, and the precise information of the structure of unstabe nuclei have been strongly desired. However, due to the difficulty of preparing a short-lived unstable nuclear target, there is no electron scattering on unstable nuclei with a few important exceptions, such as on 3H, 14C and so on. Under these circumstances, we have established a completely new target-forming technique, namely SCRIT (Self-Confining Radioactive isotope Ion Target) which makes electron scattering on unstable nuclei possible. A Dedicated electron scattering facility at RIKEN consists of an electron accelerator with the SCRIT system, an ERIS (Electron-beam-driven RI separator for SCRIT), and a WiSES (Window-frame Spectrometer for Electron Scattering). Feasibility test of the SCRIT and ERIS system have been successfully carried out using the stable nuclei, and more than 1026 [cm-2s-1] luminosity was already achieved. Furthermore, 132Sn, which is one of the important target at the beginning of this project, was also successfully separated in the ERIS. The WiSES with momentum resolution of Δp/p ~ 10-3 consisting of the wide acceptance dipole magnet, two set of drift chambers together with trigger scintillation hodoscope is under construction. Electron scattering on unstable nuclei will start within a year. In this talk, the introduction of our project and the progress of the preparation status will be presented.

  7. Explanation of thermoelectric power of La0.67Ba0.33MnO3 manganites: Phonon-scattering mechanism

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    Varshney, Dinesh; Choudhary, Dinesh; Shaikh, M. W.; Mansuri, I.

    2012-06-01

    We develop a theoretical model for quantitative analysis of temperature-dependent thermoelectric power (S) of La0.67Ba0.33MnO3 manganites. In the ferromagnetic regime, we have evaluated the phonon thermoelectric power by incorporating the scattering of phonons with impurities, grain boundaries, charge careers and phonons. In doing so, we use the Mott expression to compute the electron diffusive thermoelectric power (Scdiff) using Fermi energy as electron-free parameter, Scdiff shows linear temperature dependence and Sphdrag increases exponentially with temperature, which is an artifact of various operating scattering mechanisms. Numerical analysis of thermoelectric power from the present model shows similar results as those revealed from experiments.

  8. Monte Carlo eikonal scattering

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    Gibbs, W. R.; Dedonder, J. P.

    2012-08-01

    Background: The eikonal approximation is commonly used to calculate heavy-ion elastic scattering. However, the full evaluation has only been done (without the use of Monte Carlo techniques or additional approximations) for α-α scattering.Purpose: Develop, improve, and test the Monte Carlo eikonal method for elastic scattering over a wide range of nuclei, energies, and angles.Method: Monte Carlo evaluation is used to calculate heavy-ion elastic scattering for heavy nuclei including the center-of-mass correction introduced in this paper and the Coulomb interaction in terms of a partial-wave expansion. A technique for the efficient expansion of the Glauber amplitude in partial waves is developed.Results: Angular distributions are presented for a number of nuclear pairs over a wide energy range using nucleon-nucleon scattering parameters taken from phase-shift analyses and densities from independent sources. We present the first calculations of the Glauber amplitude, without further approximation, and with realistic densities for nuclei heavier than helium. These densities respect the center-of-mass constraints. The Coulomb interaction is included in these calculations.Conclusion: The center-of-mass and Coulomb corrections are essential. Angular distributions can be predicted only up to certain critical angles which vary with the nuclear pairs and the energy, but we point out that all critical angles correspond to a momentum transfer near 1 fm-1.

  9. Laser light scattering review

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    Schaetzel, Klaus

    1989-01-01

    Since the development of laser light sources and fast digital electronics for signal processing, the classical discipline of light scattering on liquid systems experienced a strong revival plus an enormous expansion, mainly due to new dynamic light scattering techniques. While a large number of liquid systems can be investigated, ranging from pure liquids to multicomponent microemulsions, this review is largely restricted to applications on Brownian particles, typically in the submicron range. Static light scattering, the careful recording of the angular dependence of scattered light, is a valuable tool for the analysis of particle size and shape, or of their spatial ordering due to mutual interactions. Dynamic techniques, most notably photon correlation spectroscopy, give direct access to particle motion. This may be Brownian motion, which allows the determination of particle size, or some collective motion, e.g., electrophoresis, which yields particle mobility data. Suitable optical systems as well as the necessary data processing schemes are presented in some detail. Special attention is devoted to topics of current interest, like correlation over very large lag time ranges or multiple scattering.

  10. Dynamic Scattering Mode LCDs

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    Bahadur, Birendra

    The following sections are included: * INTRODUCTION * CELL DESIGNING * EXPERIMENTAL OBSERVATIONS IN NEMATICS RELATED WITH DYNAMIC SCATTERING * Experimental Observations at D.C. Field and Electrode Effects * Experimental Observation at Low Frequency A.C. Fields * Homogeneously Aligned Nematic Regime * Williams Domains * Dynamic Scattering * Experimental Observation at High Frequency A.C. Field * Other Experimental Observations * THEORETICAL INTERPRETATIONS * Felici Model * Carr-Helfrich Model * D.C. Excitation * Dubois-Violette, de Gennes and Parodi Model * Low Freqency or Conductive Regime * High Frequency or Dielectric Regime * DYNAMIC SCATTERING IN SMECRIC A PHASE * ELECTRO-OPTICAL CHARACTERISTICS AND LIMITATIONS * Contrast Ratio vs. Voltage, Viewing Angle, Cell Gap, Wavelength and Temperature * Display Current vs. Voltage, Cell Gap and Temperature * Switching Time * Effect of Alignment * Effect of Conductivity, Temperature and Frequency * Addressing of DSM LCDs * Limitations of DSM LCDs * ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS * REFERENCES

  11. Λ scattering equations

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    Gomez, Humberto

    2016-06-01

    The CHY representation of scattering amplitudes is based on integrals over the moduli space of a punctured sphere. We replace the punctured sphere by a double-cover version. The resulting scattering equations depend on a parameter Λ controlling the opening of a branch cut. The new representation of scattering amplitudes possesses an enhanced redundancy which can be used to fix, modulo branches, the location of four punctures while promoting Λ to a variable. Via residue theorems we show how CHY formulas break up into sums of products of smaller (off-shell) ones times a propagator. This leads to a powerful way of evaluating CHY integrals of generic rational functions, which we call the Λ algorithm.

  12. Electromagnetic scattering theory

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    Bird, J. F.; Farrell, R. A.

    1986-01-01

    Electromagnetic scattering theory is discussed with emphasis on the general stochastic variational principle (SVP) and its applications. The stochastic version of the Schwinger-type variational principle is presented, and explicit expressions for its integrals are considered. Results are summarized for scalar wave scattering from a classic rough-surface model and for vector wave scattering from a random dielectric-body model. Also considered are the selection of trial functions and the variational improvement of the Kirchhoff short-wave approximation appropriate to large size-parameters. Other applications of vector field theory discussed include a general vision theory and the analysis of hydromagnetism induced by ocean motion across the geomagnetic field. Levitational force-torque in the magnetic suspension of the disturbance compensation system (DISCOS), now deployed in NOVA satellites, is also analyzed using the developed theory.

  13. Scattering Of Light Nuclei

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    Quaglioni, S; Navratil, P; Roth, R

    2009-12-15

    The exact treatment of nuclei starting from the constituent nucleons and the fundamental interactions among them has been a long-standing goal in nuclear physics. Above all nuclear scattering and reactions, which require the solution of the many-body quantum-mechanical problem in the continuum, represent an extraordinary theoretical as well as computational challenge for ab initio approaches.We present a new ab initio many-body approach which derives from the combination of the ab initio no-core shell model with the resonating-group method [4]. By complementing a microscopic cluster technique with the use of realistic interactions, and a microscopic and consistent description of the nucleon clusters, this approach is capable of describing simultaneously both bound and scattering states in light nuclei. We will discuss applications to neutron and proton scattering on sand light p-shell nuclei using realistic nucleon-nucleon potentials, and outline the progress toward the treatment of more complex reactions.

  14. MAGNETIC NEUTRON SCATTERING

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    ZALIZNYAK,I.A.; LEE,S.H.

    2004-07-30

    Much of our understanding of the atomic-scale magnetic structure and the dynamical properties of solids and liquids was gained from neutron-scattering studies. Elastic and inelastic neutron spectroscopy provided physicists with an unprecedented, detailed access to spin structures, magnetic-excitation spectra, soft-modes and critical dynamics at magnetic-phase transitions, which is unrivaled by other experimental techniques. Because the neutron has no electric charge, it is an ideal weakly interacting and highly penetrating probe of matter's inner structure and dynamics. Unlike techniques using photon electric fields or charged particles (e.g., electrons, muons) that significantly modify the local electronic environment, neutron spectroscopy allows determination of a material's intrinsic, unperturbed physical properties. The method is not sensitive to extraneous charges, electric fields, and the imperfection of surface layers. Because the neutron is a highly penetrating and non-destructive probe, neutron spectroscopy can probe the microscopic properties of bulk materials (not just their surface layers) and study samples embedded in complex environments, such as cryostats, magnets, and pressure cells, which are essential for understanding the physical origins of magnetic phenomena. Neutron scattering is arguably the most powerful and versatile experimental tool for studying the microscopic properties of the magnetic materials. The magnitude of the cross-section of the neutron magnetic scattering is similar to the cross-section of nuclear scattering by short-range nuclear forces, and is large enough to provide measurable scattering by the ordered magnetic structures and electron spin fluctuations. In the half-a-century or so that has passed since neutron beams with sufficient intensity for scattering applications became available with the advent of the nuclear reactors, they have became indispensable tools for studying a variety of important areas of modern science

  15. Scattering functions of polyhedra

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    Senesi, Andrew; Lee, Byeongdu

    2015-04-01

    Herein, a general method to calculate the scattering functions of polyhedra, including both regular and semi-regular polyhedra, is presented. These calculations may be achieved by breaking a polyhedron into sets of congruent pieces, thereby reducing computation time by taking advantage of Fourier transforms and inversion symmetry. Each piece belonging to a set or subunit can be generated by either rotation or translation. Further, general strategies to compute truncated, concave and stellated polyhedra are provided. Using this method, the asymptotic behaviors of the polyhedral scattering functions are compared with that of a sphere. It is shown that, for a regular polyhedron, the form factor oscillation at high q is correlated with the face-to-face distance. In addition, polydispersity affects the Porod constant. The ideas presented herein will be important for the characterization of nanomaterials using small-angle scattering.

  16. Time-dependent scattering of a composite particle: A local self-energy approach for internal excitations

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    Grasselli, Federico; Bertoni, Andrea; Goldoni, Guido

    2016-09-01

    When composite particles—such as small molecules, nuclei, or photogenerated excitons in semiconductors—are scattered by an external potential, energy may be transferred between the c.m. and the internal degrees of freedom. An accurate dynamical modeling of this effect is pivotal in predicting diverse scattering quantities and reaction cross sections, and allows us to rationalize time-resolved energy and localization spectra. Here, we show that time-dependent scattering of a quantum composite particle with an arbitrary, nonperturbative external potential can be obtained by propagating the c.m. degrees of freedom with a properly designed local self-energy potential. The latter embeds the effect of internal virtual transitions and can be obtained by the knowledge of the stationary internal states. The case is made by simulating Wannier-Mott excitons in one- and two-dimensional semiconductor heterostructures. The self-energy approach shows very good agreement with numerically exact Schrödinger propagation for scattering potentials where a mean-field model cannot be applied, at a dramatically reduced computational cost.

  17. Closure of the Mott gap and formation of a superthermal metal in the Fröhlich-type nonequilibrium polaron Bose-Einstein condensate in U O2 +x

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    Conradson, Steven D.; Andersson, David A.; Boland, Kevin S.; Bradley, Joseph A.; Byler, Darrin D.; Durakiewicz, Tomasz; Gilbertson, Steven M.; Kozimor, Stosh A.; Kvashnina, Kristina O.; Nordlund, Dennis; Rodriguez, George; Seidler, Gerald T.; Bagus, Paul S.; Butorin, Sergei M.; Conradson, Dylan R.; Espinosa-Faller, Francisco J.; Hess, Nancy J.; Kas, Joshua J.; Lezama-Pacheco, Juan S.; Martin, Philippe; Martucci, Mary B.; Rehr, John J.; Valdez, James A.; Bishop, Alan R.; Baldinozzi, Gianguido; Clark, David L.; Tayal, Akhil

    2017-09-01

    Mixed valence O-doped U O2 +x and photoexcited U O2 containing transitory U3 + and U5 + host a coherent polaronic quantum phase (CPQP) that exhibits the characteristics of a Fröhlich-type, nonequilibrium, phonon-coupled Bose-Einstein condensate whose stability and coherence are amplified by collective, anharmonic motions of atoms and charges. Complementary to the available, detailed, real space information from scattering and EXAFS, an outstanding question is the electronic structure. Mapping the Mott gap in U O2 , U4O9 , and U3O7 with O XAS and NIXS and U M5 RIXS shows that O doping raises the peak of the U 5 f states of the valence band by ˜0.4 eV relative to a calculated value of 0.25 eV. However, it lowers the edge of the conduction band by 1.5 eV vs the calculated 0.6 eV, a difference much larger than the experimental error. This 1.9 eV reduction in the gap width constitutes most of the 2-2.2 eV gap measured by optical absorption. In addition, the XAS spectra show a tail that will intersect the occupied U 5 f states and give a continuous density-of-states that increases rapidly above its constricted intersection. Femtosecond-resolved photoemission measurements of U O2 , coincident with the excitation pulse with 4.7 eV excitation, show the unoccupied U 5 f states of U O2 and no hot electrons. 3.1 eV excitation, however, complements the O-doping results by giving a continuous population of electrons for several eV above the Fermi level. The CPQP in photoexcited U O2 therefore fulfills the criteria for a nonequilibrium condensate. The electron distributions resulting from both excitations persist for 5-10 ps, indicating that they are the final state that therefore forms without passing through the initial continuous distribution of nonthermal electrons observed for other materials. Three exceptional findings are: (1) the direct formation of both of these long lived (>3-10 ps) excited states without the short lived nonthermal intermediate; (2) the superthermal

  18. Pressure-Induced Confined Metal from the Mott Insulator Sr3Ir2O7

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    Ding, Yang; Yang, Liuxiang; Chen, Cheng-Chien; Kim, Heung-Sik; Han, Myung Joon; Luo, Wei; Feng, Zhenxing; Upton, Mary; Casa, Diego; Kim, Jungho; Gog, Thomas; Zeng, Zhidan; Cao, Gang; Mao, Ho-kwang; van Veenendaal, Michel

    2016-05-24

    The spin-orbit Mott insulator Sr3Ir2O7 provides a fascinating playground to explore insulator-metal transition driven by intertwined charge, spin, and lattice degrees of freedom. Here, we report high-pressure electric resistance and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering measurements on single-crystal Sr3Ir2O7 up to 63-65 GPa at 300 K. The material becomes a confined metal at 59.5 GPa, showing metallicity in the ab plane but an insulating behavior along the c axis. Such an unusual phenomenon resembles the strange metal phase in cuprate superconductors. Since there is no sign of the collapse of spin-orbit or Coulomb interactions in x-ray measurements, this novel insulator-metal transition is potentially driven by a first-order structural change at nearby pressures. Our discovery points to a new approach for synthesizing functional materials.

  19. Raman Scattering from Higgs Mode Oscillations in the Two-Dimensional Antiferromagnet Ca2RuO4

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    Souliou, Sofia-Michaela; Chaloupka, Jiří; Khaliullin, Giniyat; Ryu, Gihun; Jain, Anil; Kim, B. J.; Le Tacon, Matthieu; Keimer, Bernhard

    2017-08-01

    We present and analyze Raman spectra of the Mott insulator Ca2RuO4 , whose quasi-two-dimensional antiferromagnetic order has been described as a condensate of low-lying spin-orbit excitons with angular momentum Jeff=1 . In the Ag polarization geometry, the amplitude (Higgs) mode of the spin-orbit condensate is directly probed in the scalar channel, thus avoiding infrared-singular magnon contributions. In the B1 g geometry, we observe a single-magnon peak as well as two-magnon and two-Higgs excitations. Model calculations using exact diagonalization quantitatively agree with the observations. Together with recent neutron scattering data, our study provides strong evidence for excitonic magnetism in Ca2 RuO4 and points out new perspectives for research on the Higgs mode in two dimensions.

  20. 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.

  1. Fluorescence and Light Scattering

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    Clarke, Ronald J.; Oprysa, Anna

    2004-01-01

    The aim of the mentioned experiment is to aid students in developing tactics for distinguishing between signals originating from fluorescence and light scattering. Also, the experiment provides students with a deeper understanding of the physicochemical bases of each phenomenon and shows that the techniques are actually related.

  2. Fluorescence and Light Scattering

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    Clarke, Ronald J.; Oprysa, Anna

    2004-01-01

    The aim of the mentioned experiment is to aid students in developing tactics for distinguishing between signals originating from fluorescence and light scattering. Also, the experiment provides students with a deeper understanding of the physicochemical bases of each phenomenon and shows that the techniques are actually related.

  3. Critical fluid light scattering

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    Gammon, Robert W.

    1988-01-01

    The objective is to measure the decay rates of critical density fluctuations in a simple fluid (xenon) very near its liquid-vapor critical point using laser light scattering and photon correlation spectroscopy. Such experiments were severely limited on Earth by the presence of gravity which causes large density gradients in the sample when the compressibility diverges approaching the critical point. The goal is to measure fluctuation decay rates at least two decades closer to the critical point than is possible on earth, with a resolution of 3 microK. This will require loading the sample to 0.1 percent of the critical density and taking data as close as 100 microK to the critical temperature. The minimum mission time of 100 hours will allow a complete range of temperature points to be covered, limited by the thermal response of the sample. Other technical problems have to be addressed such as multiple scattering and the effect of wetting layers. The experiment entails measurement of the scattering intensity fluctuation decay rate at two angles for each temperature and simultaneously recording the scattering intensities and sample turbidity (from the transmission). The analyzed intensity and turbidity data gives the correlation length at each temperature and locates the critical temperature. The fluctuation decay rate data from these measurements will provide a severe test of the generalized hydrodynamic theories of transport coefficients in the critical regions. When compared to equivalent data from binary liquid critical mixtures they will test the universality of critical dynamics.

  4. Small Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Urban, Volker S

    2012-01-01

    Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) probes structural details at the nanometer scale in a non-destructive way. This article gives an introduction to scientists who have no prior small-angle scattering knowledge, but who seek a technique that allows elucidating structural information in challenging situations that thwart approaches by other methods. SANS is applicable to a wide variety of materials including metals and alloys, ceramics, concrete, glasses, polymers, composites and biological materials. Isotope and magnetic interactions provide unique methods for labeling and contrast variation to highlight specific structural features of interest. In situ studies of a material s responses to temperature, pressure, shear, magnetic and electric fields, etc., are feasible as a result of the high penetrating power of neutrons. SANS provides statistical information on significant structural features averaged over the probed sample volume, and one can use SANS to quantify with high precision the structural details that are observed, for example, in electron microscopy. Neutron scattering is non-destructive; there is no need to cut specimens into thin sections, and neutrons penetrate deeply, providing information on the bulk material, free from surface effects. The basic principles of a SANS experiment are fairly simple, but the measurement, analysis and interpretation of small angle scattering data involves theoretical concepts that are unique to the technique and that are not widely known. This article includes a concise description of the basics, as well as practical know-how that is essential for a successful SANS experiment.

  5. Nanowire electron scattering spectroscopy

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    Hunt, Brian D. (Inventor); Bronikowski, Michael (Inventor); Wong, Eric W. (Inventor); von Allmen, Paul (Inventor); Oyafuso, Fabiano A. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    Methods and devices for spectroscopic identification of molecules using nanoscale wires are disclosed. According to one of the methods, nanoscale wires are provided, electrons are injected into the nanoscale wire; and inelastic electron scattering is measured via excitation of low-lying vibrational energy levels of molecules bound to the nanoscale wire.

  6. Acoustical scattering by multilayer spherical elastic scatterer containing electrorheological layer.

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    Cai, Liang-Wu; Dacol, Dacio K; Orris, Gregory J; Calvo, David C; Nicholas, Michael

    2011-01-01

    A computational procedure for analyzing acoustical scattering by multilayer concentric spherical scatterers having an arbitrary mixture of acoustic and elastic materials is proposed. The procedure is then used to analyze the scattering by a spherical scatterer consisting of a solid shell and a solid core encasing an electrorheological (ER) fluid layer, and the tunability in the scattering characteristics afforded by the ER layer is explored numerically. Tunable scatterers with two different ER fluids are analyzed. One, corn starch in peanut oil, shows that a significant increase in scattering cross-section is possible in moderate frequencies. Another, fine poly-methyl methacrylate (PMMA) beads in dodecane, shows only slight change in scattering cross-sections overall. But, when the shell is thin, a noticeable local resonance peak can appear near ka=1, and this resonance can be turned on or off by the external electric field.

  7. Small angle neutron scattering

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    Cousin, Fabrice

    2015-10-01

    Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) is a technique that enables to probe the 3-D structure of materials on a typical size range lying from ˜ 1 nm up to ˜ a few 100 nm, the obtained information being statistically averaged on a sample whose volume is ˜ 1 cm3. This very rich technique enables to make a full structural characterization of a given object of nanometric dimensions (radius of gyration, shape, volume or mass, fractal dimension, specific area…) through the determination of the form factor as well as the determination of the way objects are organized within in a continuous media, and therefore to describe interactions between them, through the determination of the structure factor. The specific properties of neutrons (possibility of tuning the scattering intensity by using the isotopic substitution, sensitivity to magnetism, negligible absorption, low energy of the incident neutrons) make it particularly interesting in the fields of soft matter, biophysics, magnetic materials and metallurgy. In particular, the contrast variation methods allow to extract some informations that cannot be obtained by any other experimental techniques. This course is divided in two parts. The first one is devoted to the description of the principle of SANS: basics (formalism, coherent scattering/incoherent scattering, notion of elementary scatterer), form factor analysis (I(q→0), Guinier regime, intermediate regime, Porod regime, polydisperse system), structure factor analysis (2nd Virial coefficient, integral equations, characterization of aggregates), and contrast variation methods (how to create contrast in an homogeneous system, matching in ternary systems, extrapolation to zero concentration, Zero Averaged Contrast). It is illustrated by some representative examples. The second one describes the experimental aspects of SANS to guide user in its future experiments: description of SANS spectrometer, resolution of the spectrometer, optimization of spectrometer

  8. The Classical Scattering of Waves: Some Analogies with Quantum Scattering

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    1992-01-01

    Code . Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. 13. Abstract (Maximum 200 words). The scattering of waves in classical physics and quantum...both areas. 92-235222’ 14. Subject Terms. IS. Number of Page. Acoustic scattering , shallow water, waveguide propagation . 27 16. Price Code . 17. Security...Numbers. The Classical Scattering of Waves: Some Analogies with Quantum Scattering Contract ,~~ ~ -V ,~Pom Element NO- 0601153N 6. Author(s). t

  9. The happy marriage between electron-phonon superconductivity and Mott physics in Cs3C60: A first-principle phase diagram

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    Capone, Massimo; Nomura, Yusuke; Sakai, Shiro; Giovannetti, Gianluca; Arita, Ryotaro

    The phase diagram of doped fullerides like Cs3C60 as a function of the spacing between fullerene molecules is characterized by a first-order transition between a Mott insulator and an s-wave superconductor with a dome-shaped behavior of the critical temperature. By means of an ab-initio modeling of the bandstructure, the electron-phonon interaction and the interaction parameter and a Dynamical Mean-Field Theory solution, we reproduce the phase diagram and demonstrate that phonon superconductivity benefits from strong correlations confirming earlier model predictions. The role of correlations is manifest also in infrared measurements carried out by L. Baldassarre. The superconducting phase shares many similarities with ''exotic'' superconductors with electronic pairing, suggesting that the anomalies in the ''normal'' state, rather than the pairing glue, can be the real common element unifying a wide family of strongly correlated superconductors including cuprates and iron superconductors

  10. Built-In Potential in Conjugated Polymer Diodes with Changing Anode Work Function: Interfacial States and Deviation from the Schottky-Mott Limit.

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    MacLeod, Bradley A; Horwitz, Noah E; Ratcliff, Erin L; Jenkins, Judith L; Armstrong, Neal R; Giordano, Anthony J; Hotchkiss, Peter J; Marder, Seth R; Campbell, Charles T; Ginger, David S

    2012-05-03

    We use electroabsorption spectroscopy to measure the change in built-in potential (VBI) across the polymer photoactive layer in diodes where indium tin oxide electrodes are systematically modified using dipolar phosphonic acid self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with various dipole moments. We find that VBI scales linearly with the work function (Φ) of the SAM-modified electrode over a wide range when using a solution-coated poly(p-phenylenevinylene) derivative as the active layer. However, we measure an interfacial parameter of S = eΔVBI/ΔΦ < 1, suggesting that these ITO/SAM/polymer interfaces deviate from the Schottky-Mott limit, in contrast to what has previously been reported for a number of ambient-processed organic-on-electrode systems. Our results suggest that the energetics at these ITO/SAM/polymer interfaces behave more like metal/organic interfaces previously studied in UHV despite being processed from solution.

  11. Dynamical properties of the one-dimensional spin-1/2 Bose-Hubbard model near a Mott-insulator to ferromagnetic-liquid transition.

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    Zvonarev, M B; Cheianov, V V; Giamarchi, T

    2009-09-11

    We investigate the dynamics of the one-dimensional strongly repulsive spin-1/2 Bose-Hubbard model for filling nu Mott insulator exhibiting dynamical properties of the Heisenberg ferromagnet, at nu<1 it is a ferromagnetic liquid with complex spin dynamics. We find that close to the insulator-liquid transition the system admits for a complete separation of spin and density degrees of freedom valid at all energy and momentum scales within the t-J approximation. This allows us to derive the propagator of transverse spin waves and the shape of the magnon peak in the dynamic spin structure factor.

  12. Strong lattice correlation of non-equilibrium quasiparticles in a pseudospin-1/2 Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    Li, Yuelin; Schaller, Richard D.; Zhu, Mengze; Walko, Donald A.; Kim, Jungho; Ke, Xianglin; Miao, Ludi; Mao, Z. Q.

    2016-01-01

    In correlated oxides the coupling of quasiparticles to other degrees of freedom such as spin and lattice plays critical roles in the emergence of symmetry-breaking quantum ordered states such as high temperature superconductivity. We report a strong lattice coupling of photon-induced quasiparticles in spin-orbital coupling Mott insulator Sr2IrO4 probed via optical excitation. Combining time-resolved x-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy techniques, we reconstruct a spatiotemporal map of the diffusion of these quasiparticles. Due to the unique electronic configuration of the quasiparticles, the strong lattice correlation is unexpected but extends the similarity between Sr2IrO4 and cuprates to a new dimension of electron-phonon coupling which persists under highly non-equilibrium conditions. PMID:26787094

  13. The laboratory and the asylum: Francis Walker Mott and the pathological laboratory at London County Council Lunatic Asylum, Claybury, Essex (1895-1916).

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    Buklijas, Tatjana

    2017-03-01

    London County Council's pathological laboratory in the LCC asylum at Claybury, Essex, was established in 1895 to study the pathology of mental illness. Historians of psychiatry have understood the Claybury laboratory as a predecessor of the Maudsley Hospital in London: not only was this laboratory closed when the Maudsley was opened in 1916, but its director, Frederick Walker Mott, a champion of the 'German' model in psychiatry, was instrumental in the establishment of this institution. Yet, as I argue in this essay, for all the continuities with the Maudsley, the Claybury laboratory should not be seen solely as its predecessor - or as a British answer to continental laboratories such as Theodor Meynert's in Vienna. Rather, as I show using the examples of general paralysis of the insane and 'asylum colitis', the Claybury laboratory is best understood as an attempt to prevent mental illness using a microbiological model.

  14. Surface-state bipolaron formation on a triangular lattice in the sp-type alkali-metal/Si(111) Mott insulator.

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    Cardenas, L A; Fagot-Revurat, Y; Moreau, L; Kierren, B; Malterre, D

    2009-07-24

    We report on new low-energy electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy, and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies of alkali-metal/Si(111) previously established as having a Mott-insulating ground state at surface. The observation of a strong temperature dependent Franck-Condon broadening of the surface band together with the novel sqrt[3] x sqrt[3] --> 2(sqrt[3] x sqrt[3]) charge and lattice ordering below 270 K evidence a surface charge density wave in the strong electron-phonon coupling limit (g approximately 8). Both the adiabatic ratio variant Planck's over 2piomega_{0}/t approximately 0.8 and the effective pairing energy V_{eff} = U - 2gvariant Planck's over 2piomega_{0} approximately -800 meV are consistent with the possible formation of a bipolaronic insulating phase consisting of alternating doubly occupied and unoccupied dangling bonds as expected in the Holstein-Hubbard model.

  15. Strong lattice correlation of non-equilibrium quasiparticles in a pseudospin-1/2 Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    Li, Yuelin; Schaller, Richard D.; Zhu, Mengze; Walko, Donald A.; Kim, Jungho; Ke, Xianglin; Miao, Ludi; Mao, Z. Q.

    2016-01-20

    In correlated oxides the coupling of quasiparticles to other degrees of freedom such as spin and lattice plays critical roles in the emergence of symmetry-breaking quantum ordered states such as high temperature superconductivity. We report a strong lattice coupling of photon-induced quasiparticles in spin-orbital coupling Mott insulator Sr2IrO4 probed via optical excitation. Combining time-resolved x-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy techniques, we reconstruct a spatiotemporal map of the diffusion of these quasiparticles. Lastly, due to the unique electronic configuration of the quasiparticles, the strong lattice correlation is unexpected but extends the similarity between Sr2IrO4 and cuprates to a new dimension of electron-phonon coupling which persists under highly non-equilibrium conditions.

  16. Strong lattice correlation of non-equilibrium quasiparticles in a pseudospin-1/2 Mott insulator Sr2IrO4

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    2016-01-20

    In correlated oxides the coupling of quasiparticles to other degrees of freedom such as spin and lattice plays critical roles in the emergence of symmetry-breaking quantum ordered states such as high temperature superconductivity. We report a strong lattice coupling of photon-induced quasiparticles in spin-orbital coupling Mott insulator Sr2IrO4 probed via optical excitation. Combining time-resolved x-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy techniques, we reconstruct a spatiotemporal map of the diffusion of these quasiparticles. Lastly, due to the unique electronic configuration of the quasiparticles, the strong lattice correlation is unexpected but extends the similarity between Sr2IrO4 and cuprates to a new dimension ofmore » electron-phonon coupling which persists under highly non-equilibrium conditions.« less

  17. Scaling Theory of the Mott Transition and Breakdown of the Gr"uneisen Scaling Near a Finite-Temperature Critical End Point

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    Bartosch, Lorenz

    2012-02-01

    We discuss a scaling theory of the lattice response in the vicinity of a finite-temperature critical end point. The thermal expansivity is shown to be more singular than the specific heat such that the Gr"uneisen ratio diverges as the critical point is approached, except for its immediate vicinity. More generally, we express the thermal expansivity in terms of a scaling function which we explicitly evaluate for the two-dimensional Ising universality class. Recent thermal expansivity measurements on the layered organic conductor κ-(BEDT-TTF)2X close to the Mott transition are well described by our theory.[2mm] [1] Lorenz Bartosch, Mariano de Souza, and Michael Lang, Physical Review Letters 104, 245701 (2010).

  18. Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy Studies of the Mott Insulator to Superconductor Evolution in Ca2-xNaxCuO2Cl2

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    Shen, Kyle Michael

    2005-09-02

    It is widely believed that many of the exotic physical properties of the high-T{sub c} cuprate superconductors arise from the proximity of these materials to the strongly correlated, antiferromagnetic Mott insulating state. Therefore, one of the fundamental questions in the field of high-temperature superconductivity is to understand the insulator-to-superconductor transition and precisely how the electronic structure of Mott insulator evolves as the first holes are doped into the system. This dissertation presents high-resolution, doping dependent angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) studies of the cuprate superconductor Ca{sub 2-x}Na{sub x}CuO{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}, spanning from the undoped parent Mott insulator to a high-temperature superconductor with a T{sub c} of 22 K. A phenomenological model is proposed to explain how the spectral lineshape, the quasiparticle band dispersion, and the chemical potential all progress with doping in a logical and self-consistent framework. This model is based on Franck-Condon broadening observed in polaronic systems where strong electron-boson interactions cause the quasiparticle residue, Z, to be vanishingly small. Comparisons of the low-lying states to different electronic states in the valence band strongly suggest that the coupling of the photohole to the lattice (i.e. lattice polaron formation) is the dominant broadening mechanism for the lower Hubbard band states. Combining this polaronic framework with high-resolution ARPES measurements finally provides a resolution to the long-standing controversy over the behavior of the chemical potential in the high-T{sub c} cuprates. This scenario arises from replacing the conventional Fermi liquid quasiparticle interpretation of the features in the Mott insulator by a Franck-Condon model, allowing the reassignment of the position of the quasiparticle pole. As a function of hole doping, the chemical potential shifts smoothly into the valence band while spectral weight is transferred

  19. Angle resolved scatter measurement of bulk scattering in transparent ceramics

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    Sharma, Saurabh; Miller, J. Keith; Shori, Ramesh K.; Goorsky, Mark S.

    2015-02-01

    Bulk scattering in polycrystalline laser materials (PLM), due to non-uniform refractive index across the bulk, is regarded as the primary loss mechanism leading to degradation of laser performance with higher threshold and lower output power. The need for characterization techniques towards identifying bulk scatter and assessing the quality. Assessment of optical quality and the identification of bulk scatter have been by simple visual inspection of thin samples of PLMs, thus making the measurements highly subjective and inaccurate. Angle Resolved Scatter (ARS) measurement allows for the spatial mapping of scattered light at all possible angles about a sample, mapping the intensity for both forward scatter and back-scatter regions. The cumulative scattered light intensity, in the forward scatter direction, away from the specular beam is used for the comparison of bulk scattering between samples. This technique employ the detection of scattered light at all angles away from the specular beam directions and represented as a 2-D polar map. The high sensitivity of the ARS technique allows us to compare bulk scattering in different PLM samples which otherwise had similar transmitted beam wavefront distortions.

  20. FDTD scattered field formulation for scatterers in stratified dispersive media.

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    Olkkonen, Juuso

    2010-03-01

    We introduce a simple scattered field (SF) technique that enables finite difference time domain (FDTD) modeling of light scattering from dispersive objects residing in stratified dispersive media. The introduced SF technique is verified against the total field scattered field (TFSF) technique. As an application example, we study surface plasmon polariton enhanced light transmission through a 100 nm wide slit in a silver film.

  1. Strong interactions, narrow bands, and dominant spin-orbit coupling in Mott insulating quadruple perovskite CaCo3V4O12

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    Rhee, H. B.; Pickett, W. E.

    2014-11-01

    We investigate the electronic and magnetic structures and the character and direction of spin and orbital moments of the recently synthesized quadruple perovskite compound CaCo3V4O12 using a selection of methods from density functional theory. Implementing the generalized gradient approximation and the Hubbard U correction (GGA+U ), ferromagnetic spin alignment leads to half-metallicity rather than the observed narrow gap insulating behavior. Including spin-orbit coupling (SOC) leaves a Mott insulating spectrum but with a negligible gap. SOC is crucial for the Mott insulating character of the V d1 ion, breaking the dm =±1 degeneracy and also giving a substantial orbital moment. Evidence is obtained of the large orbital moments on Co that have been inferred from the measured susceptibility. Switching to the orbital polarization (OP) functional, GGA+OP+SOC also displays clear tendencies toward very large orbital moments but in its own distinctive manner. In both approaches, application of SOC, which requires specification of the direction of the spin, introduces large differences in the orbital moments of the three Co ions in the primitive cell. We study a fictitious but simpler cousin compound Ca3CoV4O12 (Ca replacing two of the Co atoms) to probe in a more transparent fashion the interplay of spin and orbital degrees of freedom with the local environment of the planar CoO4 units. The observation is made that the underlying mechanisms seem to be local to a CoO4 plaquette, and that there is very strong coupling of the size of the orbital moment to the spin direction. These facts strongly suggest noncollinear spins, not only on Co but on the V sublattice as well.

  2. Scattering of fermions by gravitons

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    Ulhoa, S. C.; Santos, A. F.; Khanna, Faqir C.

    2017-04-01

    The interaction between gravitons and fermions is investigated in the teleparallel gravity. The scattering of fermions and gravitons in the weak field approximation is analyzed. The transition amplitudes of M\\varnothing ller, Compton and new gravitational scattering are calculated.

  3. Interface scattering in polycrystalline thermoelectrics

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    Popescu, Adrian; Haney, Paul M.

    2014-03-28

    We study the effect of electron and phonon interface scattering on the thermoelectric properties of disordered, polycrystalline materials (with grain sizes larger than electron and phonons' mean free path). Interface scattering of electrons is treated with a Landauer approach, while that of phonons is treated with the diffuse mismatch model. The interface scattering is embedded within a diffusive model of bulk transport, and we show that, for randomly arranged interfaces, the overall system is well described by effective medium theory. Using bulk parameters similar to those of PbTe and a square barrier potential for the interface electron scattering, we identify the interface scattering parameters for which the figure of merit ZT is increased. We find the electronic scattering is generally detrimental due to a reduction in electrical conductivity; however, for sufficiently weak electronic interface scattering, ZT is enhanced due to phonon interface scattering.

  4. Stochastic methods for light propagation and recurrent scattering in saturated and nonsaturated atomic ensembles

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    Lee, Mark D.; Jenkins, Stewart D.; Ruostekoski, Janne

    2016-06-01

    We derive equations for the strongly coupled system of light and dense atomic ensembles. The formalism includes an arbitrary internal-level structure for the atoms and is not restricted to weak excitation of atoms by light. In the low-light-intensity limit for atoms with a single electronic ground state, the full quantum field-theoretical representation of the model can be solved exactly by means of classical stochastic electrodynamics simulations for stationary atoms that represent cold atomic ensembles. Simulations for the optical response of atoms in a quantum degenerate regime require one to synthesize a stochastic ensemble of atomic positions that generates the corresponding quantum statistical position correlations between the atoms. In the case of multiple ground levels or at light intensities where saturation becomes important, the classical simulations require approximations that neglect quantum fluctuations between the levels. We show how the model is extended to incorporate corrections due to quantum fluctuations that result from virtual scattering processes. In the low-light-intensity limit, we illustrate the simulations in a system of atoms in a Mott-insulator state in a two-dimensional optical lattice, where recurrent scattering of light induces strong interatomic correlations. These correlations result in collective many-atom subradiant and superradiant states and a strong dependence of the response on the spatial confinement within the lattice sites.

  5. Effective scatterer diameter estimates for broad scatterer size distributions.

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    Nordberg, Eric P; Hall, Timothy J

    2015-01-01

    Acoustic form factors have been used to model the frequency dependence of acoustic scattering in phantoms and tissues. This work demonstrates that a broad range of scatterer sizes, individually well represented by Faran theory or a Gaussian form factor, is not accurately described by a single effective scatterer from either of these models. Contributions from a distribution of discrete scatterer sizes for two different form factor functions (Gaussian form factors and scattering functions from Faran's theory) were calculated and linearly combined. Composite form factors created from Gaussian distributions of scatterer sizes centered at 50 µm with standard deviations of up to σ = 40 µm were fit to each scattering model between 2 and 12 MHz. Scatterer distributions were generated using one of two assumptions: the number density of the scatterer diameter distribution was Gaussian distributed, or the volume fraction of each scatterer diameter in the distribution was Gaussian distributed. Each simulated form factor was fit to a single-diameter form factor model for Gaussian and exponential form factors. The mean-squared error (MSE) between the composite simulated data and the best-fit single-diameter model was smaller with an exponential form factor model, compared with a Gaussian model, for distributions with standard deviations larger than 30% of the centroid value. In addition, exponential models were shown to have better ability to distinguish between Faran scattering model-based distributions with varying center diameters than the Gaussian form factor model. The evidence suggests that when little is known about the scattering medium, an exponential scattering model provides a better first approximation to the scattering correlation function for a broad distribution of spherically symmetric scatterers than when a Gaussian form factor model is assumed.

  6. Monte Carlo study of electron-beam penetration and backscattering in multi-walled carbon nanotube materials: The effect of different scattering models

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    Kyriakou, Ioanna; Emfietzoglou, Dimitris; Nojeh, Alireza; Moscovitch, Marko

    2013-02-28

    A systematic study of electron-beam penetration and backscattering in multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) materials for beam energies of {approx}0.3 to 30 keV is presented based on event-by-event Monte Carlo simulation of electron trajectories using state-of-the-art scattering cross sections. The importance of different analytic approximations for computing the elastic and inelastic electron-scattering cross sections for MWCNTs is emphasized. We offer a simple parameterization for the total and differential elastic-scattering Mott cross section, using appropriate modifications to the Browning formula and the Thomas-Fermi screening parameter. A discrete-energy-loss approach to inelastic scattering based on dielectric theory is adopted using different descriptions of the differential cross section. The sensitivity of electron penetration and backscattering parameters to the underlying scattering models is examined. Our simulations confirm the recent experimental backscattering data on MWCNT forests and, in particular, the steep increase of the backscattering yield at sub-keV energies as well as the sidewalls escape effect at high-beam energies.

  7. Nitrogen-doped submicron-size TiO2 particles as bifunctional light scatterers in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Shogh, Shiva; Mohammadpour, Raheleh; Iraji zad, Azam; Taghavinia, Nima

    2015-06-01

    The structural, electrical, optical, and photovoltaic properties of aggregated submicron nitrogen-doped TiO2 particles (NTiO2) and the influence of utilizing them, in comparison with undoped ones, as the light-scattering layer of dye-sensitized solar cells were investigated. Field emission scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, and diffuse reflectance spectra showed that both type samples have similar morphology, crystal phase, and scattering feature. Moreover, photoluminescence, Mott-Schottkey, and photovoltaic characteristics such as IMPS/IMVS and charge extraction analysis indicated that the NTiO2 layer is an efficient scatterer in two aspects: enhancement of light-harvesting efficiency by having submicron-size centers and modification of the electrical properties such as charge collection efficiency in photoanode. As a result, the overall conversion efficiency reached 7.34 % upon employing NTiO2 as the light-scattering layer, which is 13 % higher than undoped one. This improvement is a consequence of trap density reduction, electrons transfer enhancement in the interface of photoactive/scattering layer, and shunt resistance increment at photoelectrode/electrolyte interface.

  8. Coherent Scatter Imaging Measurements

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    Ur Rehman, Mahboob

    In conventional radiography, anatomical information of the patients can be obtained, distinguishing different tissue types, e.g. bone and soft tissue. However, it is difficult to obtain appreciable contrast between two different types of soft tissues. Instead, coherent x-ray scattering can be utilized to obtain images which can differentiate between normal and cancerous cells of breast. An x-ray system using a conventional source and simple slot apertures was tested. Materials with scatter signatures that mimic breast cancer were buried in layers of fat of increasing thickness and imaged. The result showed that the contrast and signal to noise ratio (SNR) remained high even with added fat layers and short scan times.

  9. Magnetic diffuse scattering

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    Cable, J.W.

    1987-01-01

    The diffuse scattering of neutrons from magnetic materials provides unique and important information regarding the spatial correlations of the atoms and the spins. Such measurements have been extensively applied to magnetically ordered systems, such as the ferromagnetic binary alloys, for which the observed correlations describe the magnetic moment fluctuations associated with local environment effects. With the advent of polarization analysis, these techniques are increasingly being applied to study disordered paramagnetic systems such as the spin-glasses and the diluted magnetic semiconductors. The spin-pair correlations obtained are essential in understanding the exchange interactions of such systems. In this paper, we describe recent neutron diffuse scattering results on the atom-pair and spin-pair correlations in some of these disordered magnetic systems. 56 refs.

  10. Timelike Compton Scattering

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    T. Horn, Y. Illieva, F. J. Klein, P. Nadel‐Turonski, R. Paremuzyan, S. Stepanyan

    2011-10-01

    Generalized Parton Distributions (GPDs) have become a key concept in our studies of hadron structure in QCD. The measurement of suitable experimental observables and the extraction of GPDs from these data is one of the high priority 12 GeV programs at Jefferson Lab. Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering (DVCS) is generally thought of as the most promising channel for probing GPDs in the valence quark region. However, the inverse process, Timelike Compton Scattering (TCS) can provide an important complementary measurement, in particular of the real part of the Compton amplitude and power corrections at intermediate values of Q2. The first studies of TCS using real tagged and quasi-real untagged photons were performed in Hall B at Jefferson Lab.

  11. Polarization in Scattering

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    2010-09-01

    we refer to the linear polarization as parallel if the polarization vector is in the scattering plane or perpendicular if the polarization vector is...obvious that the different polarization states can all be represented as linear combinations of any of the independent pairs of polarization states...J.C. (1976) “Improvement of underwater visibility by reduction of backscatter with a circular polarization technique, Applied Optics, 6, 321-330

  12. Inverse Scattering and Tomography

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    1989-11-27

    404. [3] J. Duchon, Interpolation des Fonctions de Deux Variables Suivant le Principe de la Flexion des Plaques Minces, RAIRO Analyse Numerique, 10...d’Interpolation des Fonctions de Pusleurs Variables par les D M-splines, RAIRO Analyse Numerigue 12 (1978), 325 - 334. [6] R. Franke, Scattered data...splines, RAIRO Analyse Numerigue 12 (1978), 325-334. [7] I. M. Gelfand and N. Ya. Vilenkin, Generalized Functions, Vol. 4, Academic Press, New York

  13. Instantons and scattering

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    Bonelli, G.; Bonora, L.; Nesti, F.; Tomasiello, A.; Terna, S.

    This is a review of some recent developments in the study of classical solutions of Yang-Mills theories in various dimensions and their significance in the path integral of the corresponding theories. These particular solutions are called instantons because of their kinship with ordinary instantons. Just as ordinary instantons interpolate between different vacua, the new instantons interpolate between different asymptotic states. Therefore they represent scattering phenomena. Here we review the two dimensional and four dimensional Yang-Mills case.

  14. Molecular-beam scattering

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    Vernon, M.F.

    1983-07-01

    The molecular-beam technique has been used in three different experimental arrangements to study a wide range of inter-atomic and molecular forces. Chapter 1 reports results of a low-energy (0.2 kcal/mole) elastic-scattering study of the He-Ar pair potential. The purpose of the study was to accurately characterize the shape of the potential in the well region, by scattering slow He atoms produced by expanding a mixture of He in N/sub 2/ from a cooled nozzle. Chapter 2 contains measurements of the vibrational predissociation spectra and product translational energy for clusters of water, benzene, and ammonia. The experiments show that most of the product energy remains in the internal molecular motions. Chapter 3 presents measurements of the reaction Na + HCl ..-->.. NaCl + H at collision energies of 5.38 and 19.4 kcal/mole. This is the first study to resolve both scattering angle and velocity for the reaction of a short lived (16 nsec) electronic excited state. Descriptions are given of computer programs written to analyze molecular-beam expansions to extract information characterizing their velocity distributions, and to calculate accurate laboratory elastic-scattering differential cross sections accounting for the finite apparatus resolution. Experimental results which attempted to determine the efficiency of optically pumping the Li(2/sup 2/P/sub 3/2/) and Na(3/sup 2/P/sub 3/2/) excited states are given. A simple three-level model for predicting the steady-state fraction of atoms in the excited state is included.

  15. Light Scattering by Spheroids

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    Xie, Ya-Ming; Ji, Xia

    Nowadays, with the development of technology, particles with size at nanoscale have been synthesized in experiments. It is noticed that anisotropy is an unavoidable problem in the production of nanospheres. Besides, nonspherical nanoparticles have also been extensively used in experiments. Comparing with spherical model, spheroidal model can give a better description for the characteristics of nonspherical particles. Thus the study of analytical solution for light scattering by spheroidal particles has practical implications. By expanding incident, scattered, and transmitted electromagnetic fields in terms of appropriate vector spheroidal wave functions, an analytic solution is obtained to the problem of light scattering by spheroids. Unknown field expansion coefficients can be determined with the combination of boundary conditions and rotational-translational addition theorems for vector spheroidal wave functions. Based on the theoretical derivation, a Fortran code has been developed to calculate the extinction cross section and field distribution, whose results agree well with those obtain by FDTD simulation. This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China No. 91230203.

  16. Neutron scattering in Australia

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    Knott, R.B.

    1994-12-31

    Neutron scattering techniques have been part of the Australian scientific research community for the past three decades. The High Flux Australian Reactor (HIFAR) is a multi-use facility of modest performance that provides the only neutron source in the country suitable for neutron scattering. The limitations of HIFAR have been recognized and recently a Government initiated inquiry sought to evaluate the future needs of a neutron source. In essence, the inquiry suggested that a delay of several years would enable a number of key issues to be resolved, and therefore a more appropriate decision made. In the meantime, use of the present source is being optimized, and where necessary research is being undertaken at major overseas neutron facilities either on a formal or informal basis. Australia has, at present, a formal agreement with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK) for access to the spallation source ISIS. Various aspects of neutron scattering have been implemented on HIFAR, including investigations of the structure of biological relevant molecules. One aspect of these investigations will be presented. Preliminary results from a study of the interaction of the immunosuppressant drug, cyclosporin-A, with reconstituted membranes suggest that the hydrophobic drug interdigitated with lipid chains.

  17. Nanowire Electron Scattering Spectroscopy

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    Hunt, Brian; Bronikowsky, Michael; Wong, Eric; VonAllmen, Paul; Oyafuso, Fablano

    2009-01-01

    Nanowire electron scattering spectroscopy (NESS) has been proposed as the basis of a class of ultra-small, ultralow-power sensors that could be used to detect and identify chemical compounds present in extremely small quantities. State-of-the-art nanowire chemical sensors have already been demonstrated to be capable of detecting a variety of compounds in femtomolar quantities. However, to date, chemically specific sensing of molecules using these sensors has required the use of chemically functionalized nanowires with receptors tailored to individual molecules of interest. While potentially effective, this functionalization requires labor-intensive treatment of many nanowires to sense a broad spectrum of molecules. In contrast, NESS would eliminate the need for chemical functionalization of nanowires and would enable the use of the same sensor to detect and identify multiple compounds. NESS is analogous to Raman spectroscopy, the main difference being that in NESS, one would utilize inelastic scattering of electrons instead of photons to determine molecular vibrational energy levels. More specifically, in NESS, one would exploit inelastic scattering of electrons by low-lying vibrational quantum states of molecules attached to a nanowire or nanotube.

  18. Rutherford scattering of electron vortices

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    Van Boxem, Ruben; Partoens, Bart; Verbeeck, Johan

    2014-03-01

    By considering a cylindrically symmetric generalization of a plane wave, the first-order Born approximation of screened Coulomb scattering unfolds two new dimensions in the scattering problem: transverse momentum and orbital angular momentum of the incoming beam. In this paper, the elastic Coulomb scattering amplitude is calculated analytically for incoming Bessel beams. This reveals novel features occurring for wide-angle scattering and quantitative insights for small-angle vortex scattering. The result successfully generalizes the well-known Rutherford formula, incorporating transverse and orbital angular momentum into the formalism.

  19. Gravitational scattering of electromagnetic radiation

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    Brooker, J. T.; Janis, A. I.

    1980-01-01

    The scattering of electromagnetic radiation by linearized gravitational fields is studied to second order in a perturbation expansion. The incoming electromagnetic radiation can be of arbitrary multipole structure, and the gravitational fields are also taken to be advanced fields of arbitrary multipole structure. All electromagnetic multipole radiation is found to be scattered by gravitational monopole and time-varying dipole fields. No case has been found, however, in which any electromagnetic multipole radiation is scattered by gravitational fields of quadrupole or higher-order multipole structure. This lack of scattering is established for infinite classes of special cases, and is conjectured to hold in general. The results of the scattering analysis are applied to the case of electromagnetic radiation scattered by a moving mass. It is shown how the mass and velocity may be determined by a knowledge of the incident and scattered radiation.

  20. Gravitational scattering of electromagnetic radiation

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    Brooker, J. T.; Janis, A. I.

    1980-01-01

    The scattering of electromagnetic radiation by linearized gravitational fields is studied to second order in a perturbation expansion. The incoming electromagnetic radiation can be of arbitrary multipole structure, and the gravitational fields are also taken to be advanced fields of arbitrary multipole structure. All electromagnetic multipole radiation is found to be scattered by gravitational monopole and time-varying dipole fields. No case has been found, however, in which any electromagnetic multipole radiation is scattered by gravitational fields of quadrupole or higher-order multipole structure. This lack of scattering is established for infinite classes of special cases, and is conjectured to hold in general. The results of the scattering analysis are applied to the case of electromagnetic radiation scattered by a moving mass. It is shown how the mass and velocity may be determined by a knowledge of the incident and scattered radiation.