Insulator-to-metal transition and correlated metallic state of V 2O 3 investigated by optical spectroscopy

M. K. Stewart, D. Brownstead, S. Wang, K. G. West, J. G. Ramirez, M. M. Qazilbash, N. B. Perkins, I. K. Schuller, D. N. Basov

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The optical properties of V 2O 3 thin films are investigated across the insulator-to-metal transition and in the metallic state. The spectral weight transfer observed across the transition, over an energy scale of 5eV, is consistent with the Mott-Hubbard model for correlated electron systems. In the metallic phase, a strong Drude peak is observed, which exhibits a pronounced temperature dependence related to the transfer of states from the Hubbard bands to the quasiparticle peaks as the temperature is reduced. The analysis of the far-infrared spectra reveals signatures of strong electronic correlations in V 2O 3. Finally, a comparison to VO 2 data is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number205113
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - May 9 2012


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