Structural versus electronic distortions in IrTe2 with broken symmetry

Hyo Sung Kim, Tae Hwan Kim, Junjie Yang, Sang Wook Cheong, Han Woong Yeom

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We investigate atomic and electronic structures of the intriguing low-temperature phase of IrTe2 using high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. We confirm various stripe superstructures such as ×3, ×5, and ×8. The strong vertical and lateral distortions of the lattice for the stripe structures are observed in agreement with recent calculations. The spatial modulations of electronic density of states are clearly identified as separated from the structural distortions. These structural and spectroscopic characteristics are not consistent with the charge-density wave and soliton lattice model proposed recently. Instead, we show that the Ir (Te) dimerization together with the Ir 5d charge ordering can explain these superstructures, supporting the Ir dimerization mechanism of the phase transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number201103
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number20
StatePublished - Nov 5 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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