A study of the Mott transition in Ca3Ru2O7 by tunneling spectroscopy

Anthony Bautista, V. Durairaj, S. Chikara, G. Cao, K. W. Ng, A. K. Gupta

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The extensive d-electron orbitals in Ca3Ru2O7 generate strong coupling between the spin-orbit and the lattice, resulting in an exotic ground state and leading to interesting properties at low temperatures. For instance, this compound undergoes a metal-non-metal transition at 48 K. There have been numerous amounts of theoretical efforts made to understand the nature of the metal-non-metal transition and experimental data are important for a proper understanding of this phenomenon. We have measured the density of states of Ca3Ru2O7 across the transition by tunneling spectroscopy. This is possible because Ca3Ru2O7 remains poorly conducting even in its non-metallic phase at low temperatures. The density of states is very different along the c-axis and a b-plane directions. Gap features develop at temperatures below the transition, which we can designate as the charge gap. We discuss the properties and temperature dependence of this gap feature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-242
Number of pages3
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Nov 2008

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
G. Cao would like to acknowledge support by NSF grants DMR-0240813 and DMR-0552267. K.-W. Ng would like to acknowledge support by NSF grant DMR-0801764.


  • A. Ruthenates
  • A. Transition metal oxides
  • D. Mott insulator
  • E. Tunneling spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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