Advances in Rare-Earth Tritelluride Quantum Materials: Structure, Properties, and Synthesis

Kentaro Yumigeta, Ying Qin, Han Li, Mark Blei, Yashika Attarde, Cameron Kopas, Sefaattin Tongay

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A distinct class of 2D layered quantum materials with the chemical formula of RTe3 (R = lanthanide) has gained significant attention owing to the occurrence of collective quantum states, superconductivity, charge density waves (CDW), spin density waves, and other advanced quantum properties. To study the Fermi surface nesting driven CDW formation, the layered RTe3 family stages an excellent low dimensional genre system. In addition to the primary energy gap feature observed at higher energy, optical spectroscopy study on some RTe3 evidence a second CDW energy gap structure indicating the occurrence of multiple CDW ordering even with light and intermediate RTe3 compounds. Here, a comprehensive review of the fundamentals of RTe3 layered tritelluride materials is presented with a special focus on the recent advances made in electronic structure, CDW transition, superconductivity, magnetic properties of these unique quantum materials. A detailed description of successful synthesis routes including the flux method, self-flux method, and CVT along with potential applications is summarized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2004762
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 23 2021


  • charge density waves
  • rare-earth tritellurides
  • superconductivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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