High-pressure x-ray absorption spectroscopy was performed at the Ir L3 and L2 absorption edges of Sr3Ir2O7. The branching ratio of white-line intensities continuously decreases with pressure, reflecting a reduction in the angular part of the expectation value of the spin-orbit coupling operator, (L·S). Up to the high-pressure structural transition at 53 GPa, this behavior can be explained within a single-ion model, where pressure increases the strength of the cubic crystal field, which suppresses the spin-orbit induced hybridization of Jeff=3/2 and eg levels. We observe a further reduction of the branching ratio above the structural transition, which cannot be explained within a single-ion model of spin-orbit coupling and cubic crystal fields. This change in (L·S) in the high-pressure, metallic phase of Sr3Ir2O7 could arise from noncubic crystal fields or a bandwidth-driven hybridization of Jeff=1/2,3/2 states and suggests that the electronic ground state significantly deviates from the Jeff=1/2 limit.

High-pressure insulator-to-metal transition in Sr3Ir2 O7 studied by x-ray absorption spectroscopy

Sala, M. Moretti;
2018-01-01

Abstract

High-pressure x-ray absorption spectroscopy was performed at the Ir L3 and L2 absorption edges of Sr3Ir2O7. The branching ratio of white-line intensities continuously decreases with pressure, reflecting a reduction in the angular part of the expectation value of the spin-orbit coupling operator, (L·S). Up to the high-pressure structural transition at 53 GPa, this behavior can be explained within a single-ion model, where pressure increases the strength of the cubic crystal field, which suppresses the spin-orbit induced hybridization of Jeff=3/2 and eg levels. We observe a further reduction of the branching ratio above the structural transition, which cannot be explained within a single-ion model of spin-orbit coupling and cubic crystal fields. This change in (L·S) in the high-pressure, metallic phase of Sr3Ir2O7 could arise from noncubic crystal fields or a bandwidth-driven hybridization of Jeff=1/2,3/2 states and suggests that the electronic ground state significantly deviates from the Jeff=1/2 limit.
2018
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials; Condensed Matter Physics
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