Pressure-induced quenching of the charge-density-wave state observed by x-ray diffraction


We report an x-ray diffraction study on the charge-density-wave (CDW) LaTe3 and CeTe3 compounds as a function of pressure. We extract the lattice constants and the CDW modulation wave-vector, and provide direct evidence for a pressure-induced quenching of the CDW phase. We observe subtle differences between the chemical and mechanical compression of the lattice. We account for these with a scenario where the effective dimensionality in these CDW systems is dependent on the type of lattice compression and has a direct impact on the degree of Fermi surface nesting and on the strength of fluctuation effects. PACS numbers: 71.45.Lr, 62.50.-p, 61.05.cp

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@inproceedings{Sacchetti2008PressureinducedQO, title={Pressure-induced quenching of the charge-density-wave state observed by x-ray diffraction}, author={Alberto Sacchetti and Cathie L Condron and S . N . Gvasaliya and F. Pfuner and Michela Lavagnini and Monica Baldini and Michael F Toney and Marco Merlini and Michael Hanfland and Jo{\"{e}l Mesot and J.-H. Chu and Ian R Fisher and Paolo Postorino and Leonardo Degiorgi}, year={2008} }