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Title: Dynamic octahedral fluctuations and the effects on orbital ordering in YTiO3

YTiO3 is revisited to investigate the influence of local lattice dynamics on orbital ordering using inelastic neutron scattering. Orbital order survives well above the ferromagnetic transition, into the paramagnetic state, but what eventually leads to disorder is not well understood. By probing the local lattice dynamics via the dynamic pair density function analysis, it is found that local fluctuations associated with octahedral tilting and rotational modes and Y displacements persist up to 60 meV. The local fluctuations exhibit a temperature dependence that may lead to the suppression of the Ti orbital overlap leading to a temperature dependent orbital disorder.
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  1. University of Virginia
  2. University of Texas at Austin
  3. ORNL
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Journal Name: Journal of the Physical Society of Japan; Journal Volume: 83; Journal Issue: 8
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Spallation Neutron Source
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United States