Pinning of charge-density waves to charged defects and an incomplete incommensurate-to-commensurate transition in the blue bronzes A0.3MoO3, A=Rb,K

A. Janossy, G. L. Dunifer, J. S. Payson

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The ESR of Mo5+ sites at defects in Rb0.3MoO3 and K0.3MoO3 was investigated between 4.2 and 53 K. The spectra reflect the modulation of the g tensor by the periodic lattice distortion coupled to the charge-density wave (CDW). We find (i) the CDW is not pinned strongly to the defects, despite their charge and (ii) lowering the temperature, the CDW becomes gradually commensurate with the lattice. The incommensurate-to-commensurate transition is not complete, however, even at 4.2 K.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1577-1580
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1988


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  • Condensed Matter Physics

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