Phase diagram for charge-density waves in a magnetic field

Zanchi, D. and Bjeliš, Aleksa and Montambaux, G. (1996) Phase diagram for charge-density waves in a magnetic field. Physical Review B, 53 (3). pp. 1240-1250. ISSN 1098-0121

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The influence of an external magnetic field on a quasi-one-dimensional system with a charge-density wave (CDW) instability is treated within the random-phase approximation which includes both CDW and spin-density wave correlations. We show that the CDW is sensitive to both orbital and Pauli effects of the field. In the case of perfect nesting, the critical temperature decreases monotonically with the field, and the wave vector of the instability starts to shift above some critical value of magnetic field. Depending on the ratio between the spin and charge coupling constants and on the direction of the applied magnetic field, the wave-vector shift is either parallel (CDWx order) or perpendicular (CDWy order) to the most conducting direction. The CDW_x order is a field-dependent linear combination of the charge- and spin-density waves and is sensible only to the Pauli effect. The wave-vector shift in CDW_y depends on the interchain coupling, but the critical temperature does not. This order is affected by the confinement of the electronic orbits. By increasing the relative strength of the orbital effect with respect to the Pauli effect, one can destroy the CDW_y, establishing either a CDW_x or a CDW_0 (corresponding to the perfect nesting wave vector). By increasing the imperfect nesting parameter, one passes from the regime where the critical temperature decreases with the field to the regime where it is initially enhanced by the orbital effect and eventually suppressed by the Pauli effect. For a bad nesting, the quantized phases of the field-induced CDW appear.

Item Type: Article
Date: January 1996
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics
Additional Information: Copyright (1996) by the American Physical Society.
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Publisher: American Physical Society
Depositing User: Gordana Stubičan Ladešić
Date Deposited: 14 May 2014 18:04
Last Modified: 14 May 2014 18:04

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