10022019 1549781474

Oxides of transition metals display a plethora of fundamentally interesting and potentially technologically relevant properties, including metallic, semiconducting, insulating, magnetic and superconducting behavior. The foundations for this flexibility lie in the close balance between the factors controlling the charge, orbital and spin degrees of freedom in such oxides. One characteristic of many complex oxides are phase transitions between different quantum states of matter, for example between a conducting and insulating state or between a paramagnetic and magnetically ordered state. In this thesis, we describe the experiments on the metal-insulator transition (MIT) in a family of doped titanium oxides. Rather than simply switching between metallic and insulating states, these systems display coexistence of these antagonistic phases, and the investigation of their interplay and dynamics lies at the heart of this thesis project.

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