Nanoscale self-organization and metastable non-thermal metallicity in Mott insulators

  title={Nanoscale self-organization and metastable non-thermal metallicity in Mott insulators},
  author={A. Ronchi and Paolo Franceschini and Andrea De Poli and P'ia Homm and Ann E Fitzpatrick and Francesco Maccherozzi and Gabriele Ferrini and Francesco Banfi and Sarnjeet S Dhesi and Mariela Menghini and Michele Fabrizio and Jean-Pierre Locquet and Claudio Giannetti},
  journal={Nature Communications},
Mott transitions in real materials are first order and almost always associated with lattice distortions, both features promoting the emergence of nanotextured phases. This nanoscale self-organization creates spatially inhomogeneous regions, which can host and protect transient non-thermal electronic and lattice states triggered by light excitation. Here, we combine time-resolved X-ray microscopy with a Landau-Ginzburg functional approach for calculating the strain and electronic real-space… 


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