Separating electric field and thermal effects across the metal-insulator transition in vanadium oxide nanobeams Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2015 AIP Publishing LLC. We present results from an experimental study of the equilibrium and non-equilibrium transport properties of vanadium oxide nanobeams near the metal-insulator transition (MIT). Application of a large electric field in the insulating phase across the nanobeams produces an abrupt MIT, and the individual roles of thermal and non-thermal effects in driving the transition are studied. Transport measurements at temperatures (T) far below the critical temperature (Tc) of MIT, in nanoscale vanadium oxide devices, show that both T and electric field play distinctly separate, but critical roles in inducing the MIT. Specifically, at T c, electric field dominates the MIT through an avalanche-type process, whereas thermal effects become progressively critical as T approaches Tc.

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  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Stabile, A. A., Singh, S. K., Wu, T., Whittaker, L., Banerjee, S., & Sambandamurthy, G.

citation count

  • 16

publication date

  • July 2015