By employing THz absorption and emission spectroscopy we were able to disentangle long-range charge order with a hundreds micrometer scale and short-range charge fluctuations that occur well above the charge-order phase transition in quasi-one-dimensional organic ferroelectrics, (TMTTF)2X (X=AsF6, PF6, and SbF6). While long-range charge order melts by photoexcitation irrespective of temperature or chemical pressure, short-range fluctuations are actually enhanced close to the charge-order phase boundary for X=AsF6 and PF6. Our findings reveal that short-range fluctuations show various photoresponses depending on both temperature and electronic parameters, providing a design strategy for nonequilibrium states.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)