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Kinetic Spinodal Instabilities in the Mott Transition in V2O3: Evidence from Hysteresis Scaling and Dissipative Phase Ordering

Bar, Tapas and Choudhary, Sujeet Kumar and Ashraf, Md. Arsalan and Sujith, K S and Puri, Sanjay and Raj, Satyabrata and Bansal, Bhavtosh (2018) Kinetic Spinodal Instabilities in the Mott Transition in V2O3: Evidence from Hysteresis Scaling and Dissipative Phase Ordering. In: PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 121 (4).

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Abstract

We present the first systematic observation of scaling of thermal hysteresis with the temperature scanning rate around an abrupt thermodynamic transition in correlated electron systems. We show that the depth of supercooling and superheating in vanadium sesquioxide (V2O3) shifts with the temperature quench rates. The dynamic scaling exponent is close to the mean field prediction of 2/3 . These observations, combined with the purely dissipative continuous ordering seen in ``quench-and-hold'' experiments, indicate departures from classical nucleation theory toward a barrier-free phase ordering associated with critical dynamics. Observation of critical-like features and scaling in a thermally induced abrupt phase transition suggests that the presence of a spinodal-like instability is not just an artifact of the mean field theories but can also exist in the transformation kinetics of real systems, surviving fluctuations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belong to AMER PHYSICAL SOC, ONE PHYSICS ELLIPSE, COLLEGE PK, MD 20740-3844 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
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Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2018 18:02
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2018 18:02
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/60375

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