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Direct observation of the lattice precursor of the metal-to-insulator transition in V2O3 thin films by surface acoustic waves

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Kundel, J. ; Institut für Physik der Universität Augsburg, Universitätsstrasse 1, D-86159 Augsburg, Germany ; Pontiller, P. ; Muller, C. ; Obermeier, G.
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A surface acoustic wave (SAW) delay line is used to study the metal-to-insulator (MI) transition of V2O3 thin films deposited on a piezoelectric LiNbO3 substrate. Effects contributing to the sound velocity shift of the SAW which are caused by elastic properties of the lattice of the V2O3 films when changing the temperature are separated from those originating from the electrical conductivity. For this purpose the electric field accompanying the elastic wave of the SAW has been shielded by growing the V2O3 film on a thin metallic Cr interlayer (coated with Cr2O3), covering the piezoelectric substrate. Thus, the recently discovered lattice precursor of the MI transition can be directly observed in the experiments, and its fine structure can be investigated.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:102 ,  Issue: 10 )