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Phase competition underlies many remarkable and technologically important phenomena in transition metal oxides. Vanadium dioxide (VO2) exhibits a first-order metal-insulator transition (MIT) near room temperature, where conductivity is suppressed and the lattice changes from tetragonal to monoclinic on cooling. Ongoing attempts to explain this coupled(More)
Phonons, the quantum mechanical representation of lattice vibrations, and their coupling to the electronic degrees of freedom are important for understanding thermal and electric properties of materials. For the first time, phonons have been measured using resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) across the Cu K-edge in cupric oxide (CuO). Analyzing these(More)
Magnetite exhibits unique electronic, magnetic, and structural properties in extreme conditions that are of great research interest. Previous studies have suggested a number of transitional models, although the nature of magnetite at high pressure remains elusive. We have studied a highly stoichiometric magnetite using inelastic X-ray scattering, X-ray(More)
We used a newer, synchrotron-based, spectroscopic technique (nuclear resonance vibrational spectroscopy, NRVS) in combination with a more traditional one (infrared absorption, IR) to obtain a complete, quantitative picture of the metal center vibrational dynamics in a six-coordinated tin porphyrin. From the NRVS (119)Sn site-selectivity and the sensitivity(More)
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