Dynamics of the photoinduced insulator-to-metal transition in a nickelate film

Vincent Esposito, Laurenz Rettig, Elisabeth M. Bothschafter, Yunpei Deng, Christian Dornes, Lucas Huber, Tim Huber, Gerhard Ingold, Yuichi Inubushi, Tetsuo Katayama, Tomoya Kawaguchi, Henrik Lemke, Kanade Ogawa, Shigeki Owada, Milan Radovic, Mahesh Ramakrishnan, Zoran Ristic, Valerio Scagnoli, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Tadashi TogashiKensuke Tono, Ivan Usov, Yoav W. Windsor, Makina Yabashi, Steven L. Johnson, Paul Beaud, Urs Staub

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Material properties can be controlled via strain, pressure, chemical composition, or dimensionality. Nickelates are particularly susceptible due to their strong variations of the electronic and magnetic properties on such external stimuli. Here, we analyze the photoinduced dynamics in a single crystalline NdNiO3 film upon excitation across the electronic gap. Using time-resolved reflectivity and resonant x-ray diffraction, we show that the pump pulse induces an insulator-to-metal transition, accompanied by the melting of the charge order. Finally, we compare our results with similar studies in manganites and show that the same model can be used to describe the dynamics in nickelates, hinting towards a unified description of these photoinduced electronic ordering phase transitions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number064501
JournalStructural Dynamics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 1


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