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Evidence for the weakly coupled electron mechanism in an Anderson-Blount polar metal

Laurita, N. J. and Ron, A. and Shan, Jun-Yi and Puggioni, D. and Koocher, N. Z. and Yamaura, K. and Shi, Y. and Rondinelli, J. M. and Hsieh, D. (2019) Evidence for the weakly coupled electron mechanism in an Anderson-Blount polar metal. Nature Communications, 10 . Art. No. 3217. ISSN 2041-1723. PMCID PMC6642157. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-11172-2.

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Over 50 years ago, Anderson and Blount proposed that ferroelectric-like structural phase transitions may occur in metals, despite the expected screening of the Coulomb interactions that often drive polar transitions. Recently, theoretical treatments have suggested that such transitions require the itinerant electrons be decoupled from the soft transverse optical phonons responsible for polar order. However, this decoupled electron mechanism (DEM) has yet to be experimentally observed. Here we utilize ultrafast spectroscopy to uncover evidence of the DEM in LiOsO_3, the first known band metal to undergo a thermally driven polar phase transition (T_c ≈ 140 K). We demonstrate that intra-band photo-carriers relax by selectively coupling to only a subset of the phonon spectrum, leaving as much as 60% of the lattice heat capacity decoupled. This decoupled heat capacity is shown to be consistent with a previously undetected and partially displacive TO polar mode, indicating the DEM in LiOsO_3.

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Ron, A.0000-0002-1840-7824
Shan, Jun-Yi0000-0001-7665-2169
Puggioni, D.0000-0002-2128-4191
Yamaura, K.0000-0003-0390-8244
Rondinelli, J. M.0000-0003-0508-2175
Hsieh, D.0000-0002-0812-955X
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-SC0010533
David and Lucile Packard FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM)UNSPECIFIED
Department of Energy (DOE)DE-SC0012375
Army Research Office (ARO)W911NF-15-1-0017
National Key Research and Development Program of China2017YFA0302901
National Key Research and Development Program of China2016YFA0300604
Subject Keywords:Ferroelectrics and multiferroics; Phase transitions and critical phenomena; Ultrafast photonics
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