Direct correlation of structural domain formation with the metal insulator transition in a VO2 nanobeam

Shixiong Zhang, Jung Yen Chou, Lincoln J. Lauhon

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Abstract

The electrical resistance of single VO2 nanobeams was measured while simultaneously mapping the domain structure with Raman spectroscopy to investigate the relationship between structural domain formation and the metal-insulator transition. With increasing temperature, the nanobeams transformed from the insulating monoclinic M1 phase to a mixture of the Mott-insulating M2 and metallic rutile phases. Domain fractions were used to extract the temperature dependent resistivity of the M2 phase, which showed an activated behavior consistent with the expected Mott-Hubbard gap. Metallic monoclinic phases were also produced by direct injection of charge into devices, decoupling the Mott metal-insulator transition from the monoclinic to rutile structural phase transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4527-4532
Number of pages6
JournalNano letters
Volume9
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 9 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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