Using disorder to detect locally ordered electron nematics via hysteresis

E. W. Carlson, K. A. Dahmen

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The interplay between charge, orbital and lattice degrees of freedom in correlated electron systems has resulted in many proposals for new electronic phases of matter. An electron nematic breaks the point group symmetry of the host crystal, often from C6 or C4 rotational symmetry to C2. Electron nematics have been reported in several condensed matter systems including cuprate- and iron arsenic-based high-temperature superconductors, and they have been proposed to exist in many other materials. However, the combination of reduced dimensionality and material disorder typically limits the spatial range over which electron nematic order persists, rendering its experimental detection extremely difficult. Despite the tantalizing possible connection between the phase and high-temperature superconductivity, there is surprisingly little guidance in the literature about how to detect the remaining disordered electron nematic. Here we propose two protocols for detecting disordered electron nematics in condensed matter systems using non-equilibrium methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number379
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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