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Femtosecond Structural Dynamics in VO 2 during an Ultrafast Solid-Solid Phase Transition

University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093-0339, USA.
Physical Review Letters (Impact Factor: 7.51). 01/2002; 87(23):237401. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.87.237401
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ABSTRACT Femtosecond x-ray and visible pulses were used to probe structural and electronic dynamics during an optically driven, solid-solid phase transition in ${\mathrm{VO}}_{2}$. For high interband electronic excitation $($\sim${}5\ifmmode\times\else\texttimes\fi{}{10}^{21}{\mathrm{cm}}^{$-${}3})$, a subpicosecond transformation into the high- $T$, rutile phase of the material is observed, simultaneous with an insulator-to-metal transition. The fast time scale observed suggests that, in this regime, the structural transition may not be thermally initiated.

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    • "In this photoinduced solid state phenomenon, one should single out the case of the standard yet controversial oxide VO 2 which exhibits a pure 1st order phase transition. Indeed, as reported recently by various authors, the photoinduced phase transition by femtosecond laser pulses in VO 2 has allowed shedding light not only on the so long disputed nature of the transition itself, distinguishing hence the Mott–Hubbard-like transition from the electron trapping in homopolar bonds, but also on its dynamic and the duration of the phase transition itself which was found to be of about 180 fs [18] [19]. The additional complementary recent work of Lysenko et al. [20] indicated that, upon a laser excitation, an instantaneous response in the transient reflectivity and transmission was observed followed by a relatively longer relaxation process. "
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    • "In this photoinduced solid state phenomenon, one should single out the case of the standard yet controversial oxide VO 2 which exhibits a pure 1st order phase transition. Indeed, as reported recently by various authors, the photoinduced phase transition by femtosecond laser pulses in VO 2 has allowed shedding light not only on the so long disputed nature of the transition itself, distinguishing hence the Mott–Hubbard-like transition from the electron trapping in homopolar bonds, but also on its dynamic and the duration of the phase transition itself which was found to be of about 180 fs [18] [19]. The additional complementary recent work of Lysenko et al. [20] indicated that, upon a laser excitation, an instantaneous response in the transient reflectivity and transmission was observed followed by a relatively longer relaxation process. "
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