Observation of Weakened V-V Dimers in the Monoclinic Metallic Phase of Strained VO2

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Emergent order at mesoscopic length scales in condensed matter can provide fundamental insight into the underlying competing interactions and their relationship with the order parameter. Using spectromicroscopy, we show that mesoscopic stripe order near the metal-insulator transition (MIT) of strained VO2 represents periodic modulations in both crystal symmetry and V - V dimerization. Above the MIT, we unexpectedly find the long-range order of V - V dimer strength and crystal symmetry become dissociated beyond ≈200 nm, whereas the conductivity transition proceeds homogeneously in a narrow temperature range.


  • J. Laverock
  • V. Jovic
  • A. A. Zakharov
  • Y. R. Niu
  • S. Kittiwatanakul
  • B. Westhenry
  • J. W. Lu
  • S. A. Wolf
  • K. E. Smith
External organisations
  • University of Bristol
  • Boston University
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Virginia
  • Chulalongkorn University
Research areas and keywords

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  • Condensed Matter Physics
Original languageEnglish
Article number256403
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 20
Publication categoryResearch