July 16, 2021

Electron–Phonon Coupling and Electron–Phonon Scattering in SrVO3

M. Mirjolet, F. Rivadulla, P. Marsik, V. Borisov, R. Valentí, J. Fontcuberta,

J. Adv. Sci. 2021, 2004207. https://doi.org/;      DOI:doi.org/10.1002/advs.202004207


  • The nature of electron-electron and electron-lattice interactions in metallic oxides is revised. The common wisdom is that the strong correlations among electrons determine their properties.
  • Here we argue that the unavoidable coupling between free electrons and the lattice in ionic materials leads to the formation of polarons. These are carriers dressed by a lattice distortion that travel with them and largely determine the transport and some optical properties.
  • Moreover, we argue that in early transition metal oxides, the Fermi surface has a cylindrical shape that limits the phonons available for scattering.
  • Taking SrVO3as illustrative example of a Fermi liquids, we demonstrate that both mechanisms can contribute to the ubiquitously observed quasi-T2temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity in many metallic oxides.
  • A new twist on the physics of Fermi liquids in ionic lattices.

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