Charge-density-wave origin of cuprate checkerboard visualized by scanning tunnelling microscopy
Author(s)Wise, W. D.; Boyer, Michael C.; Chatterjee, Kamalesh; Kondo, Takeshi; Takeuchi, T.; Ikuta, H.; Wang, Yayu; Hudson, Eric; ... Show more Show less
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One of the main challenges in understanding high-Tc superconductivity is to disentangle the rich variety of states of matter that may coexist, cooperate or compete with d-wave superconductivity. At centre stage is the pseudogap phase, which occupies a large portion of the cuprate phase diagram surrounding the superconducting dome1. Using scanning tunnelling microscopy, we find that a static, non-dispersive, 'checkerboard'-like electronic modulation exists in a broad regime of the cuprate phase diagram and exhibits strong doping dependence. The continuous increase of checkerboard periodicity with hole density strongly suggests that the checkerboard originates from charge-density-wave formation in the antinodal region of the cuprate Fermi surface. These results reveal a coherent picture for static electronic orderings in the cuprates and shed important new light on the nature of the pseudogap phase.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics
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Wise, W. D. et al. “Charge-density-wave origin of cuprate checkerboard visualized by scanning tunnelling microscopy.” Nature Physics 4.9 (2008): 696-699.© 2011 Nature Publishing Group.
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