Anomalous anisotropic exciton temperature dependence in rutile TiO2

Anomalous anisotropic exciton temperature dependence in rutile TiO2 Elucidating the details of electron-phonon coupling in semiconductors and insulators is a topic of pivotal interest, as it governs the transport mechanisms and is responsible for various phenomena such as spectral-weight transfers to phonon sidebands and self-trapping. Here, we investigate the influence of the electron-phonon interaction on the excitonic peaks of rutile TiO2, revealing a strong anisotropic polarization dependence with increasing temperature, namely, an anomalous blue shift for light polarized along the a axis and a conventional red shift for light polarized along the c axis. By employing many-body perturbation theory, we identify two terms in the electron-phonon interaction Hamiltonian that contribute to the anomalous blue shift of the a-axis exciton. Our approach paves the way to a complete ab initio treatment of the electron-phonon interaction and of its influence on the optical spectra of polar materials. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Physical Review B American Physical Society (APS)

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Anomalous anisotropic exciton temperature dependence in rutile TiO2

Abstract

Elucidating the details of electron-phonon coupling in semiconductors and insulators is a topic of pivotal interest, as it governs the transport mechanisms and is responsible for various phenomena such as spectral-weight transfers to phonon sidebands and self-trapping. Here, we investigate the influence of the electron-phonon interaction on the excitonic peaks of rutile TiO2, revealing a strong anisotropic polarization dependence with increasing temperature, namely, an anomalous blue shift for light polarized along the a axis and a conventional red shift for light polarized along the c axis. By employing many-body perturbation theory, we identify two terms in the electron-phonon interaction Hamiltonian that contribute to the anomalous blue shift of the a-axis exciton. Our approach paves the way to a complete ab initio treatment of the electron-phonon interaction and of its influence on the optical spectra of polar materials.
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The American Physical Society
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Copyright © ©2017 American Physical Society
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1098-0121
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1550-235X
D.O.I.
10.1103/PhysRevB.96.041204
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Abstract

Elucidating the details of electron-phonon coupling in semiconductors and insulators is a topic of pivotal interest, as it governs the transport mechanisms and is responsible for various phenomena such as spectral-weight transfers to phonon sidebands and self-trapping. Here, we investigate the influence of the electron-phonon interaction on the excitonic peaks of rutile TiO2, revealing a strong anisotropic polarization dependence with increasing temperature, namely, an anomalous blue shift for light polarized along the a axis and a conventional red shift for light polarized along the c axis. By employing many-body perturbation theory, we identify two terms in the electron-phonon interaction Hamiltonian that contribute to the anomalous blue shift of the a-axis exciton. Our approach paves the way to a complete ab initio treatment of the electron-phonon interaction and of its influence on the optical spectra of polar materials.

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Physical Review BAmerican Physical Society (APS)

Published: Jul 19, 2017

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