The tetragonal rare-earth transition-metal silicide system with three-dimensional crystallographic structure R5T4Si10, where R is Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, and Lu, and T=Ir and Rh, has been shown to exhibit fascinating charge-density-wave (CDW) phase transitions, a phenomenon largely found in otherwise low-dimensional systems. In this study, we report the investigations of CDW in Dy5Ir4Si10 at different temperatures using transmission electron microscopy techniques including electron diffraction and dark-field imaging. Incommensurate superlattice spots along the c axis were observed in the electron-diffraction patterns when the sample was cooled below the CDW transition temperature at ∼208 K. CDW becomes commensurate with further cooling and configurations of CDW dislocations convincingly show that the CDW phase transition is accompanied by a concomitant cell-doubling crystallographic structural phase transition. Intriguingly, the cell-doubling transition is featured by a broken inversion symmetry along the c axis and a disparity in the CDW-modulation vectors with opposite signs, which gives rise to two sets of CDW domains with reversed contrasts. The profound physics underlining this notable domain-contrast behavior is discussed.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2014 May 29|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics