Dynamical Signature of the Mott-Hubbard Transition in Ni(S,Se)2

Science  13 Dec 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5294, pp. 1874-1876
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5294.1874


The transition metal chalcogenide Ni(S,Se)2 is one of the few highly correlated, Mott-Hubbard systems without a strong first-order structural distortion that normally cuts off the critical behavior at the metal-insulator transition. The zero-temperature (T) transition was tuned with pressure, and significant deviations were found near the quantum critical point from the usual T1/2 behavior of the conductivity characteristic of electron-electron interactions in the presence of disorder. The transport data for pressure and temperature below 1 kelvin could be collapsed onto a universal scaling curve.