Generic character of charge and spin density waves in superconducting cuprates

Sangjun Lee, Edwin W. Huang, Thomas A. Johnson, Xuefei Guo, Ali A. Husain, Matteo Mitrano, Kannan Lu, Alexander V. Zakrzewski, Gilberto A. de la Peña, Yingying Peng, Hai Huang, Sang Jun Lee, Hoyoung Jang, Jun Sik Lee, Young Il Joe, William B. Doriese, Paul Szypryt, Daniel S. Swetz, Songxue Chi, Adam A. AczelGregory J. MacDougall, Steven A. Kivelson, Eduardo Fradkin, Peter Abbamonte

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SignificanceThe essential physics of the cuprate high-temperature superconductors have been a central focus of condensed-matter physics for more than three decades. Although initially controversial, it is now clear that a ubiquitous tendency toward charge-density-wave (CDW) order is intertwined with the superconductivity. However, this manifests differently in distinct cuprates. On the basis of extensive X-ray and neutron scattering studies of the temperature and doping dependence of the CDW and spin-density-wave (SDW) correlations in one representative cuprate and a comparison with existing studies on other cuprates, we show that there plausibly is a single, preferred CDW order at the microscale, whose manifestation at low temperatures is modified in predictable ways by material-specific details, including its interaction with SDW order.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e2119429119
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 12 2022


  • charge density waves
  • cuprates
  • high-temperature superconductivity
  • spin density waves

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