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Title: Disentangling transport mechanisms in a correlated oxide by photoinduced charge injection
We present a novel heterostructured approach to disentangle the mechanism of electrical transport of the strongly correlated PrNiO3, by placing the nickelate under the photoconductor CdS. This enables the injection of carriers into PrNiO3 in a controlled way, which can be used to interrogate its intrinsic transport mechanism. We find a nonvolatile resistance decrease when illuminating the system at temperatures below the PrNiO3 metal-insulator transition. The photoinduced change becomes more volatile as the temperature increases. These data help understand the intrinsic transport properties of the nickelate-CdS bilayer. Together with data from a bare PrNiO3 film, we find that the transport mechanism includes a combination of mechanisms, including both thermal activation and variable range hopping. At low temperatures without photoinduced carriers, the transport is governed by hopping, while at higher temperatures and intense illumination the activation mechanism becomes relevant. This work shows a new way to control optically control the low-temperature resistance of PrNiO3.  more » « less
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Physical Review Materials
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National Science Foundation
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