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Probing nanoscale inhomogeneities in transition metal oxides with ultrafast mid-infrared spectroscopy

By Rohit P. Prasankumar, H. J. Lee, Hidekazu Okamura, Hideto Imai, Yuichi Shimakawa, Y. Kubo, S. Zvyagin, K. Kamenev, Geetha Balakrishnan, Don McK. Paul, S. A. Trugman, Antoinette J. Taylor and R. D. Averitt


Transition metal oxides are a rich area of investigation for experimentalists and theorists alike due to their coupling of multiple degrees of freedom with similar interaction strengths. This complexity leads to intrinsic phase inhomogeneities that are believed to play a significant role in the fascinating phenomena observed in these systems. We use ultrafast mid-infrared spectroscopy to probe quasiparticle dynamics in the colossal magnetoresistive oxides, Nd0.5Sr0.5MnO3 and Tl2Mn2O7. Our results demonstrate for the first time that ultrafast spectroscopy is sensitive to the presence of nanoscale phase inhomogeneities, strongly indicating the universality of phase coexistence in complex transition metal oxides. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved

Topics: QC
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.physb.2007.10.186
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