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Title: Emergence of quantum critical charge and spin-state fluctuations near the pressure-induced Mott transition in MnO, FeO, CoO, and NiO
Authors: Leonov, I.
Shorikov, A. O.
Anisimov, V. I.
Abrikosov, I. A.
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: American Physical Society
Citation: Emergence of quantum critical charge and spin-state fluctuations near the pressure-induced Mott transition in MnO, FeO, CoO, and NiO / I. Leonov, A. O. Shorikov, V. I. Anisimov, et al. — DOI 10.1103/PhysRevB.101.245144 // Physical Review B. — 2020. — Vol. 101. — Iss. 24. — 245144.
Abstract: We perform a comprehensive theoretical study of the pressure-induced evolution of the electronic structure, magnetic state, and phase stability of the late transition metal monoxides MnO, FeO, CoO, and NiO using a fully charge self-consistent DFT+dynamical mean-field theory method. Our results reveal that the pressure-induced Mott insulator-to-metal phase transition in MnO-NiO is accompanied by a simultaneous collapse of local magnetic moments and lattice volume, implying a complex interplay between chemical bonding and electronic correlations. We compute the pressure-induced evolution of relative weights of the different valence states and spin-state configurations. Employing the concept of fluctuating valence in a correlated solid, we demonstrate that in MnO, FeO, and CoO a Mott insulator-metal transition and collapse of the local moments is accompanied by a sharp crossover of the spin-state and valence configurations. Our microscopic explanation of the magnetic collapse differs from the accepted picture and points out a remarkable dynamical coexistence (frustration) of the high-, intermediate-, and low-spin states. In particular, in MnO, the magnetic collapse is found to be driven by the appearance of the intermediate-spin state (IS), competing with the low-spin (LS) state; in FeO, we observe a conventional high-spin to low-spin (HS-LS) crossover. Most interestingly, in CoO, we obtain a remarkable (dynamical) coexistence of the HS and LS states, i.e., a HS-LS frustration, up to high pressure. Our results demonstrate the importance of quantum fluctuations of the valence and spin states for the understanding of quantum criticality of the Mott transitions. © 2020 American Physical Society.
Keywords: CHEMICAL BONDS
COBALT COMPOUNDS
ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE
HYDRAULIC STRUCTURES
IRON OXIDES
MAGNETIC MOMENTS
MANGANESE OXIDE
MEAN FIELD THEORY
METAL INSULATOR TRANSITION
MOTT INSULATORS
NICKEL OXIDE
OXIDE MINERALS
SPIN FLUCTUATIONS
TRANSITION METALS
DYNAMICAL MEAN-FIELD THEORY
ELECTRONIC CORRELATION
INSULATOR METAL TRANSITION
LATE TRANSITION METALS
LOCAL MAGNETIC MOMENTS
PRESSURE-INDUCED MOTT TRANSITION
QUANTUM CRITICALITY
QUANTUM FLUCTUATION
QUANTUM THEORY
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10995/101503
Access: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
SCOPUS ID: 85086984719
PURE ID: 13140968
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ISSN: 24699950
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.101.245144
metadata.dc.description.sponsorship: We thank L. Pourovskii, A. Georges, R. Jeanloz, G. Kh. Rozenberg, and D. I. Khomskii for valuable discussions. Theoretical analysis of the magnetic and valence states as well as of the structural properties of MnO, FeO, CoO, and NiO was supported by the Russian Science Foundation (project No. 18-12-00492). Simulations of the electronic structure were supported by the state assignment of Minobrnauki of Russia (theme “Electron” No. AAAA-A18-118020190098-5). Support from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (Wallenberg Scholar Grant No. KAW-2018.0194), the Swedish Government Strategic Research Area in Materials Science on Functional Materials at Linköping University (Faculty Grant SFOMatLiU No. 2009 00971), and the Swedish e-Science Research Centre (SeRC) are gratefully acknowledged.
RSCF project card: 18-12-00492
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