J. Phys. IV France
Volume 12, Numéro 9, November 2002
Page(s) 297 - 301

J. Phys. IV France
12 (2002) Pr9-297
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20020419

Photocontrol of a dynamic phase transition in the CDW state

K. Miyano and N. Ogawa

Department of Materials and Devices, Photonic Materials, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8904, Japan

A strong photoinduced suppression of the creep to slide dynamic phase transition was discovered in a quasi one-dimensional CDW material, K 0.3MoO 3. It is manifested in hysteretic "photoresistivity", an increase in the resistance by orders of magnitude under the illumination of light of modest intensity. Based on a wide range of measurements, it is concluded that the effect is due to the release of the internal stress by photoexcited jumps of the CDW phase over pinning sites: a phenomenon which can be effective only in a system, in which the thermally excited quasiparticles are negligibly small and hence the `bare' CDW properties emerge.

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