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Orbital ordering triggers nucleation-growth behavior of electrons in an inorganic solid

A new study by researchers from Waseda University and the University of Tokyo found that orbital ordering in a vanadate compound exhibits a clear nucleation-growth behavior.

Time dependence of the strain for a barium-vanadium oxide at various temperatures. (Credit: Katsufuji Laboratory, Waseda University)

“We believe that this is the first observation of its kind, where electrons in an inorganic solid created two soft phases similar to vapor and water, and where a nucleation-growth behavior was observed due to the surface tension created between the phases,” says Takuro Katsufuji, professor of physical sciences at Waseda University and principal investigator of this study. <Readmore>

The researchers published their peer-reviewed findings in Nature Communications on May 11, 2020.