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Title: Effects of the on-site energy on the electronic response of Sr3(Ir1−xMnx)2O7
Abstract

We investigated the doping and temperature evolutions of the optical response of Sr3(Ir1−xMnx)2O7single crystals with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.36 by utilizing infrared spectroscopy. Substitution of 3dtransition metal Mn ions into Sr3Ir2O7is expected to induce an insulator-to-metal transition via the decrease in the magnitude of the spin–orbit coupling and the hole doping. In sharp contrast, our data reveal the resilience of the spin–orbit coupling and the incoherent character of the charge transport. Upon Mn substitution, an incoherent in-gap excitation at about 0.25 eV appeared with the decrease in the strength of the optical transitions between the effective total angular momentumJeffbands of the Ir ions. The resonance energies of the optical transitions between theJeffbands which are directly proportional to the magnitude of the spin–orbit coupling hardly varied. In addition to these evolutions of the low-energy response, Mn substitution led to the emergence of a distinct high-energy optical excitation at about 1.2 eV which is larger than the resonance energies of the optical transitions between theJeffbands. This observation indicates that the Mn 3dstates are located away from the Ir 5dstates in energy and that the large difference in the on-site energies of the transition metal ions is responsible for the incoherent charge transport and the robustness of the spin–orbit coupling. The effect of Mn substitution was also registered in the temperature dependence of the electronic response. The anomaly in the optical response of the parent compound observed at the antiferromagnetic transition temperature is notably suppressed in the Mn-doped compounds despite the persistence of the long-range antiferromagnetic ordering. The suppression of the spin-charge coupling could be related to charge disproportionation of the Ir ions.

 
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Award ID(s):
1905801
NSF-PAR ID:
10473829
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Publisher / Repository:
Scientific Reports
Date Published:
Journal Name:
Scientific Reports
Volume:
12
Issue:
1
ISSN:
2045-2322
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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