Asymmetric orbital-lattice interactions in ultrathin correlated oxide films

J. Chakhalian, J. M. Rondinelli, Jian Liu, B. A. Gray, M. Kareev, E. J. Moon, N. Prasai, J. L. Cohn, M. Varela, I. C. Tung, M. J. Bedzyk, S. G. Altendorf, F. Strigari, B. Dabrowski, L. H. Tjeng, P. J. Ryan, J. W. Freeland

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Abstract

Using resonant x-ray spectroscopies combined with density functional calculations, we find an asymmetric biaxial strain-induced d-orbital response in ultrathin films of the correlated metal LaNiO3 which are not accessible in the bulk. The sign of the misfit strain governs the stability of an octahedral "breathing" distortion, which, in turn, produces an emergent charge-ordered ground state with an altered ligand-hole density and bond covalency. Control of this new mechanism opens a pathway to rational orbital engineering, providing a platform for artificially designed Mott materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number116805
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume107
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 9 2011

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Chakhalian, J., Rondinelli, J. M., Liu, J., Gray, B. A., Kareev, M., Moon, E. J., Prasai, N., Cohn, J. L., Varela, M., Tung, I. C., Bedzyk, M. J., Altendorf, S. G., Strigari, F., Dabrowski, B., Tjeng, L. H., Ryan, P. J., & Freeland, J. W. (2011). Asymmetric orbital-lattice interactions in ultrathin correlated oxide films. Physical Review Letters, 107(11), [116805]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.116805