Heterogeneous nucleation and growth dynamics in the light-induced phase transition in vanadium dioxide

Academic Article


  • © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd. We report on ultrafast optical investigations of the light-induced insulator-to-metal phase transition in vanadium dioxide with controlled disorder generated by substrate mismatch. These results reveal common dynamics of this optically-induced phase transition that are independent of this disorder. Above the fluence threshold for completing the transition to the rutile crystalline phase, we find a common time scale, independent of sample morphology, of 40.5 ± 2 ps that is consistent with nucleation and growth dynamics of the R phase from the parent M1 ground state.
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  • Brady NF; Appavoo K; Seo M; Nag J; Prasankumar RP; Haglund RF; Hilton DJ
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  • 28
  • Issue

  • 12