skip to main content
DOE PAGES title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Unconventional slowing down of electronic recovery in photoexcited charge-ordered La 1/3Sr 2/3FeO 3

Abstract

Ordered electronic phases are intimately related to emerging phenomena such as high Tc superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance. The coupling of electronic charge with other degrees of freedom such as lattice and spin are of central interest in correlated systems. Their correlations have been intensively studied from femtosecond to picosecond time scales, while the dynamics of ordered electronic phases beyond nanoseconds are usually assumed to follow a trivia thermally driven recovery. Here, we report an unusual slowing down of electronic phases across a first-order phase transition, far beyond thermal relaxation time. Following optical excitation, the recovery time of both transient optical reflectivity and x-ray diffraction intensity from a charge-ordered superstructure in a La 1/3Sr 2/3FeO 3 thin film increases by orders of magnitude longer than the independently measured lattice cooling time when the sample temperature approaches the phase transition temperature. The combined experimental and theoretical investigations show that the slowing down of electronic recovery corresponds to the pseudo-critical dynamics that originates from magnetic interactions close to a weakly first-order phase transition. As a result, this extraordinary long electronic recovery time exemplifies an interplay of ordered electronic phases with magnetism beyond thermal processes in correlated systems.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [4];  [2]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1]
  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States)
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (United States)
  4. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Dublin City Univ., Dublin (Ireland)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1436464
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Electronic properties and materials; Magnetic properties and materials; Phase transitions and critical phenomena

Citation Formats

Zhu, Yi, Hoffman, Jason, Rowland, Clare E., Park, Hyowon, Walko, Donald A., Freeland, John W., Ryan, Philip J., Schaller, Richard D., Bhattacharya, Anand, and Wen, Haidan. Unconventional slowing down of electronic recovery in photoexcited charge-ordered La1/3Sr2/3FeO3. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04199-4.
Zhu, Yi, Hoffman, Jason, Rowland, Clare E., Park, Hyowon, Walko, Donald A., Freeland, John W., Ryan, Philip J., Schaller, Richard D., Bhattacharya, Anand, & Wen, Haidan. Unconventional slowing down of electronic recovery in photoexcited charge-ordered La1/3Sr2/3FeO3. United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04199-4.
Zhu, Yi, Hoffman, Jason, Rowland, Clare E., Park, Hyowon, Walko, Donald A., Freeland, John W., Ryan, Philip J., Schaller, Richard D., Bhattacharya, Anand, and Wen, Haidan. Fri . "Unconventional slowing down of electronic recovery in photoexcited charge-ordered La1/3Sr2/3FeO3". United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04199-4. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1436464.
@article{osti_1436464,
title = {Unconventional slowing down of electronic recovery in photoexcited charge-ordered La1/3Sr2/3FeO3},
author = {Zhu, Yi and Hoffman, Jason and Rowland, Clare E. and Park, Hyowon and Walko, Donald A. and Freeland, John W. and Ryan, Philip J. and Schaller, Richard D. and Bhattacharya, Anand and Wen, Haidan},
abstractNote = {Ordered electronic phases are intimately related to emerging phenomena such as high Tc superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance. The coupling of electronic charge with other degrees of freedom such as lattice and spin are of central interest in correlated systems. Their correlations have been intensively studied from femtosecond to picosecond time scales, while the dynamics of ordered electronic phases beyond nanoseconds are usually assumed to follow a trivia thermally driven recovery. Here, we report an unusual slowing down of electronic phases across a first-order phase transition, far beyond thermal relaxation time. Following optical excitation, the recovery time of both transient optical reflectivity and x-ray diffraction intensity from a charge-ordered superstructure in a La1/3Sr2/3FeO3 thin film increases by orders of magnitude longer than the independently measured lattice cooling time when the sample temperature approaches the phase transition temperature. The combined experimental and theoretical investigations show that the slowing down of electronic recovery corresponds to the pseudo-critical dynamics that originates from magnetic interactions close to a weakly first-order phase transition. As a result, this extraordinary long electronic recovery time exemplifies an interplay of ordered electronic phases with magnetism beyond thermal processes in correlated systems.},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-018-04199-4},
journal = {Nature Communications},
number = 1,
volume = 9,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {5}
}

Journal Article:
Free Publicly Available Full Text
Publisher's Version of Record

Citation Metrics:
Cited by: 2 works
Citation information provided by
Web of Science

Save / Share:

Works referenced in this record:

Density functional study of the insulating ground states in Ca Fe O 3 and La 1 3 Sr 2 3 Fe O 3 compounds
journal, July 2005


Ultrafast optical and far-infrared quasiparticle dynamics in correlated electron materials
journal, December 2002


Ultrafast Switching to a Stable Hidden Quantum State in an Electronic Crystal
journal, April 2014


Stabilization of Charge Ordering in La 1 / 3 Sr 2 / 3 FeO 3 δ by Magnetic Exchange
journal, March 2007


The crystal and magnetic structures of Sr2LaFe3O8
journal, February 1990


Structural and electronic recovery pathways of a photoexcited ultrathin VO 2 film
journal, October 2013


Theory of dynamic critical phenomena
journal, July 1977


Ultrafast Spin Dynamics and Critical Behavior in Half-Metallic Ferromagnet: Sr 2 FeMoO 6
journal, August 2000


Charge disproportionation and ordering in La 1/3 Sr 2/3 FeO 3- 
journal, July 2003


Theory of first-order phase transitions
journal, July 1987


Complexity in Strongly Correlated Electronic Systems
journal, July 2005


Coherent Structural Dynamics of a Prototypical Charge-Density-Wave-to-Metal Transition
journal, July 2014


Light-Induced Superconductivity in a Stripe-Ordered Cuprate
journal, January 2011


Electronic Origin of Ultrafast Photoinduced Strain in BiFeO 3
journal, January 2013


Charge Ordered States in La 1 x Sr x FeO 3
journal, July 1997


Nanoscale heat transport studied by high-resolution time-resolved x-ray diffraction
journal, September 2011


Quantum many-body systems out of equilibrium
journal, February 2015

  • Eisert, J.; Friesdorf, M.; Gogolin, C.
  • Nature Physics, Vol. 11, Issue 2
  • DOI: 10.1038/nphys3215

Dynamic Exponent of the Two-Dimensional Ising Model and Monte Carlo Computation of the Subdominant Eigenvalue of the Stochastic Matrix
journal, June 1996


Cooperative photoinduced metastable phase control in strained manganite films
journal, July 2016

  • Zhang, Jingdi; Tan, Xuelian; Liu, Mengkun
  • Nature Materials, Vol. 15, Issue 9
  • DOI: 10.1038/nmat4695

Charge order suppression and weak ferromagnetism in La1∕3Sr2∕3FeO3 nanoparticles
journal, August 2007

  • Gao, F.; Li, P. L.; Weng, Y. Y.
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 91, Issue 7
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.2768895

Non-equilibrium critical relaxation of the three-dimensional Ising model
journal, February 1993


Density functional plus dynamical mean-field theory of the spin-crossover molecule Fe(phen) 2 (NCS) 2
journal, June 2015


Lattice effects in magnetoresistive manganese perovskites
journal, March 1998


Snapshots of cooperative atomic motions in the optical suppression of charge density waves
journal, November 2010

  • Eichberger, Maximilian; Schäfer, Hanjo; Krumova, Marina
  • Nature, Vol. 468, Issue 7325
  • DOI: 10.1038/nature09539

Structural and mechanic properties of RFeO3 with R = Y, Eu and La perovskites: a first-principles calculation
journal, July 2015


Pseudo-Critical Dynamics in First-Order Transitions
journal, April 1979


Quasi-two-dimensional d -spin and p -hole ordering in the three-dimensional perovskite La 1 / 3 Sr 2 / 3 FeO 3
journal, October 2010


Photoinduced Melting of a Stripe-Type Charge-Order and Metallic Domain Formation in a Layered BEDT-TTF-Based Organic Salt
journal, March 2007


Critical slowing down in the two-dimensional Ising model measured using ferromagnetic ultrathin films
journal, April 2005


Electrodynamics of correlated electron materials
journal, June 2011

  • Basov, D. N.; Averitt, Richard D.; van der Marel, Dirk
  • Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol. 83, Issue 2
  • DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.83.471

Transient Electronic Structure and Melting of a Charge Density Wave in TbTe3
journal, September 2008


Local magnetic moments in iron and nickel at ambient and Earth’s core conditions
journal, July 2017

  • Hausoel, A.; Karolak, M.; Şaşιoğlu, E.
  • Nature Communications, Vol. 8, Issue 1
  • DOI: 10.1038/ncomms16062

Coherent dynamics of macroscopic electronic order through a symmetry breaking transition
journal, August 2010

  • Yusupov, Roman; Mertelj, Tomaz; Kabanov, Viktor V.
  • Nature Physics, Vol. 6, Issue 9
  • DOI: 10.1038/nphys1738

Ultrafast optical spectroscopy of strongly correlated materials and high-temperature superconductors: a non-equilibrium approach
journal, March 2016


Possible light-induced superconductivity in K3C60 at high temperature
journal, February 2016

  • Mitrano, M.; Cantaluppi, A.; Nicoletti, D.
  • Nature, Vol. 530, Issue 7591
  • DOI: 10.1038/nature16522

Crystal Structure and Thermal Expansion of La1−xSrxFeO3−δ Materials
journal, October 2004


Charge, Spin, and Orbital Ordering in the Perovskite Manganates, Ln 1- x A x MnO 3 (Ln = Rare Earth, A = Ca or Sr)
journal, June 2000

  • Rao, C. N. R.
  • The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 104, Issue 25
  • DOI: 10.1021/jp0004866

Relaxation time of the order parameter in a high-temperature superconductor
journal, December 1990


Monte Carlo study of critical relaxation in the 3D Heisenberg model
journal, May 1990

  • Peczak, P.; Landau, D. P.
  • Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 67, Issue 9
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.344578

A time-dependent order parameter for ultrafast photoinduced phase transitions
journal, August 2014

  • Beaud, P.; Caviezel, A.; Mariager, S. O.
  • Nature Materials, Vol. 13, Issue 10
  • DOI: 10.1038/nmat4046

Optical absorption in epitaxial La1−xSrxFeO3 thin films
journal, February 2013

  • Scafetta, M. D.; Xie, Y. J.; Torres, M.
  • Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 102, Issue 8
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.4794145

Optical spectroscopy of charge-ordering transition in La 1 / 3 Sr 2 / 3 FeO 3
journal, November 1998


Non-thermal separation of electronic and structural orders in a persisting charge density wave
journal, July 2014

  • Porer, M.; Leierseder, U.; Ménard, J. -M.
  • Nature Materials, Vol. 13, Issue 9
  • DOI: 10.1038/nmat4042