Volume 119, Number 1, July 2017
|Number of page(s)
|Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
|08 September 2017
Mott transition and anomalous resistive state in the pyrochlore molybdates
Harish-Chandra Research Institute, HBNI - Chhatnag Road, Jhusi, Allahabad 211019, India
Received: 13 May 2017
Accepted: 14 August 2017
The rare-earth based pyrochlore molybdates involve orbitally degenerate electrons Hund's coupled to local moments. The large Hund's coupling promotes ferromagnetism, the superexchange between the local moments prefers antiferromagnetism, and Hubbard repulsion tries to open a Mott gap. The phase competition is tuned by the rare-earth ionic radius, decreasing which leads to change from a ferromagnetic metal to a spin disordered highly resistive ground state, and ultimately an “Anderson-Mott” insulator. We attempt a quantitative theory of the molybdates by studying their minimal model on a pyrochlore geometry, using a static auxiliary field based Monte Carlo. We establish a thermal phase diagram that closely corresponds to the experiments, predict the hitherto unexplored orbital correlations, quantify and explain the origin of the anomalous resistivity, and present dynamical properties across the metal-insulator transition.
PACS: 71.27.+a – Strongly correlated electron systems; heavy fermions / 71.30.+h – Metal-insulator transitions and other electronic transitions / 75.10.-b – General theory and models of magnetic ordering
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