Metal–insulator transitions

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On cooling, transition metal oxides often undergo a phase change from an electrically conducting to an insulating state. Now it is shown that the metal–insulator transition temperature of vanadium dioxide thin films can be controlled by applying strain.

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Figure 1: Electronic states in VO2.

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Mizokawa, T. Orbital control. Nature Phys 9, 612–613 (2013) doi:10.1038/nphys2769

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