We report temperature-dependent transport and x-ray diffraction measurements of the influence of Ti hole doping on the charge density wave (CDW) in 1T-Ta1-xTixS2. Confirming past studies, we find that even trace impurities eliminate the low-temperature commensurate (C) phase in this system. Surprisingly, the magnitude of the in-plane component of the CDW wave vector in the nearly commensurate (NC) phase does not change significantly with Ti concentration, as might be expected from a changing Fermi surface volume. Instead, the angle of the CDW in the basal plane rotates, from 11.9- at x=0 to 16.4- at x=0.12. Ti substitution also leads to an extended region of coexistence between incommensurate (IC) and NC phases, indicating heterogeneous nucleation near the transition. Finally, we explain a resistive anomaly originally observed by Di Salvo [F. J. Di Salvo et al., Phys. Rev. B 12, 2220 (1975)0556-280510.1103/PhysRevB.12.2220] as arising from pinning of the CDW on the crystal lattice. Our study highlights the importance of commensuration effects in the NC phase, particularly at x∼0.08.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Jun 8 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics