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dc.contributor.authorCharnukha, A.
Yin, Z.P.
Song, Y.
Cao, C.D.
Dai, Pengcheng
Haule, K.
Kotliar, G.
Basov, D.N.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-21T18:21:52Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-21T18:21:52Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Charnukha, A., Yin, Z.P., Song, Y., et al.. "Correlation-driven metal-insulator transition in proximity to an iron-based superconductor." Physical Review B, 96, no. 19 (2017) American Physical Society: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.96.195121.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/98916
dc.description.abstract We report the direct spectroscopic observation of a metal to correlated-insulator transition in the family of iron-based superconducting materials. By means of optical spectroscopy we demonstrate that the excitation spectrum of NaFe1−xCuxAs develops a large gap with increasing copper substitution. Dynamical mean-field theory calculations show a good agreement with the experimental data and suggest that the formation of the charge gap requires an intimate interplay of strong on-site electronic correlations and spin-exchange coupling, revealing the correlated Slater-insulator nature of the antiferromagnetic ground state. Our calculations further predict the high-temperature paramagnetic state of the same compound to be a highly incoherent correlated metal. We verify this prediction experimentally by showing that the doping-induced weakening of antiferromagnetic correlations enables a thermal crossover from an insulating to an incoherent metallic state. Redistribution of the optical spectral weight in this crossover uncovers the characteristic energy of Hund's-coupling and Mott-Hubbard electronic correlations essential for the electronic localization. Our results demonstrate that NaFe1−xCuxAs continuously transitions from the typical itinerant phases of iron pnictides to a highly incoherent metal and ultimately a correlated insulator. Such an electronic state is expected to favor high-temperature superconductivity.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher American Physical Society
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dc.title Correlation-driven metal-insulator transition in proximity to an iron-based superconductor
dc.type Journal article
dc.citation.journalTitle Physical Review B
dc.citation.volumeNumber 96
dc.citation.issueNumber 19
dc.identifier.digital PhysRevB-96-195121
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dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.96.195121
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dc.citation.articleNumber 195121


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