Optical probe of carrier doping by x-ray irradiation in the organic dimer Mott insulator κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Cl

T. Sasaki, N. Yoneyama, Y. Nakamura, N. Kobayashi, Y. Ikemoto, T. Moriwaki, H. Kimura

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Abstract

We investigated the infrared optical spectra of an organic dimer Mott insulator κ-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Cl, which was irradiated with x rays. We observed that the irradiation caused a large spectral weight transfer from the midinfrared region, where interband transitions in the dimer and Mott-Hubbard bands take place, to a Drude part in a low-energy region; this caused the Mott gap to collapse. The increase of the Drude part indicates a carrier doping into the Mott insulator due to irradiation defects. The strong redistribution of the spectral weight demonstrates that the organic Mott insulator is very close to the phase border of the bandwidth-controlled Mott-insulator-metal transition.

Original languageEnglish
Article number206403
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume101
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov 14

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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