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Evidence of an Improper Displacive Phase Transition in Cd_2Re_2O_7 via Time-Resolved Coherent Phonon Spectroscopy

Harter, J. W. and Kennes, D. M. and Chu, H. and de la Torre, A. and Zhao, Z. Y. and Yan, J.-Q. and Mandrus, D. G. and Millis, A. J. and Hsieh, D. (2018) Evidence of an Improper Displacive Phase Transition in Cd_2Re_2O_7 via Time-Resolved Coherent Phonon Spectroscopy. Physical Review Letters, 120 (4). Art. No. 047601. ISSN 0031-9007. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20180131-160608890

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Abstract

We have used a combination of ultrafast coherent phonon spectroscopy, ultrafast thermometry, and time-dependent Landau theory to study the inversion symmetry breaking phase transition at T_c=200  K in the strongly spin-orbit coupled correlated metal Cd_2Re_2O_7. We establish that the structural distortion at T_c is a secondary effect through the absence of any softening of its associated phonon mode, which supports a purely electronically driven mechanism. However, the phonon lifetime exhibits an anomalously strong temperature dependence that decreases linearly to zero near T_c. We show that this behavior naturally explains the spurious appearance of phonon softening in previous Raman spectroscopy experiments and should be a prevalent feature of correlated electron systems with linearly coupled order parameters.


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Harter, J. W.0000-0002-7146-9370
Chu, H.0000-0002-1989-9517
Hsieh, D.0000-0002-0812-955X
Alternate Title:Evidence of an Improper Displacive Phase Transition in Cd2Re2O7 via Time-Resolved Coherent Phonon Spectroscopy
Additional Information:© 2018 American Physical Society. Received 3 October 2017; published 24 January 2018. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy under Grant No. DE-SC0010533. D. H. also acknowledges funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and support for instrumentation from the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, an NSF Physics Frontiers Center (PHY-1125565) with support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Grant No. GBMF1250. J.-Q. Y. and D. G. M. were supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division. Z. Y. Z. acknowledges the Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center under Grant No. DMR-1420451. The work of D. M. K. and A. J. M. on this project was supported by the Basic Energy Sciences Program of the U.S. Department of Energy under Grant No. SC-0012375, and D. M. K. also acknowledges DFG KE 2115/1-1.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-SC0010533
David and Lucile Packard FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM)UNSPECIFIED
NSFPHY-1125565
Gordon and Betty Moore FoundationGBMF1250
NSFDMR-1420451
Department of Energy (DOE)DE-SC0012375
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)KE 2115/1-1
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