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Title: X-ray-induced persistent photoconductivity in vanadium dioxide

The resistivity of vanadium dioxide (VO2) decreased by over one order of magnitude upon localized illumination with x rays at room temperature. Despite this reduction, the structure remained in the monoclinic phase and had no signature of the high-temperature tetragonal phase that is usually associated with the lower resistance. Once illumination ceased, relaxation to the insulating state took tens of hours near room temperature. However, a full recovery of the insulating state was achieved within minutes by thermal cycling. We show that this behavior is consistent with random local-potential fluctuations and random distribution of discrete recombination sites used to model residual photoconductivity.
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; Journal Volume: 90; Journal Issue: 16
American Physical Society (APS)
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Sponsoring Org:
Air Force Research Laboratory - Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR); USDOE Office of Science - Office of Basic Energy Sciences
Country of Publication:
United States