Detecting nanoscale size dependence in VO2 phase transition using a split-ring resonator metamaterial

Academic Article


  • We have measured the size dependence of a solid-solid phase transformation in discrete nanoscale volumes of vanadium dioxide (VO2) defined by split-ring resonators. By monitoring the in-coupling plasmonic mode while thermally cycling through the insulator-metal transition, we show that hysteresis width broadens with reduced interrogation volume (i.e., number of intrinsic nucleation sites). The results further imply a volume range over which both electronic and structural components of the switching exhibit similar size dependence. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
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    Author List

  • Appavoo K; Haglund RF
  • Start Page

  • 1025
  • End Page

  • 1031
  • Volume

  • 11
  • Issue

  • 3