Optical probe of the metal-insulator transition in pyrochlore-type molybdate

Y. Taguchi, K. Ohgushi, Y. Tokura

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We have investigated a metal-insulator transition in a 4d-electron system R2Mo2O7 (R = Sm and Y) by means of optical spectroscopy. The electronic structure is reconstructed over an energy range of several electron volt upon the transition. The insulating Y2Mo2O7 compound shows an optical gap of ca. 0.1 eV at 10 K and the temperature dependence of optical conductivity is rather weak. On the other hand, metallic Sm2Mo2O7 exhibits a tiny Drude-peak and strong mid-infrared absorption at 10 K and the conductivity strongly depends on temperature. These observations demonstrate the importance of correlation effect also in 4d-electron system with a wider bandwidth than 3d-electron system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115102
Pages (from-to)1151021-1151025
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Mar 15
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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