Photoinduced nonequilibrium dynamics in charge ordered materials

Linghua Zhu, Tsezar F. Seman, Michel Van Veenendaal, Keun Hyuk Ahn

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We study the nonequilibrium dynamics of photoinduced phase transitions in charge ordered (CO) systems with a strong electron-lattice interaction and analyze the interplay between electrons, periodic lattice distortions, and a phonon thermal reservoir. Simulations based on a tight-binding Hamiltonian and Boltzmann equations reveal partially decoupled oscillations of the electronic order parameter and the periodic lattice distortion during CO melting, which becomes more energy efficient with lower photon energy. The cooling rate of the electron system correlates with the CO gap dynamics, responsible for an order of magnitude decrease in the cooling rate upon the gap reopening. We also find that the time-dependent frequency of coherent oscillation reflects the dynamics of the energy landscape, such as transition between single-well and double-well, which sensitively depends on the photon energy and the pump fluence. The results demonstrate the intricate nonequilibrium dynamics in CO materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number115112
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 21 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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