CoO2 is the parent compound for the superconductor Nax CoO2 1.3 H2 O and was widely believed to be a Mott insulator. We performed C 59 o nuclear magnetic resonance and nuclear quadrupole resonance studies on Lix CoO2 (x=0.35, 0.25, 0.12, and 0.0) to uncover the electronic state and spin correlations in this series of compounds which was recently obtained through electrochemical deintercalation of Li from pristine LiCoO2. We find that although the antiferromagnetic spin correlations systematically increase with decreasing Li content (x), the end member, CoO2, is a noncorrelated metal that well satisfies the Korringa relation for a Fermi liquid. Thus, CoO2 is not simply located at the limit of x→0 for Ax CoO2 (A=Li,Na) compounds. The disappearance of the electron correlations in CoO2 is due to the three dimensionality of the compound which is in contrast to the highly two-dimensional structure of Ax CoO2.
|Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
|Published - Jun 24 2009
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics