Theory of stripes in quasi-two-dimensional rare-earth tellurides

Hong Yao, John A. Robertson, Eun Ah Kim, Steven A. Kivelson

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Even though the rare-earth tritellurides are tetragonal materials with a quasi-two-dimensional band structure, they have a "hidden" one-dimensional character. The resultant near-perfect nesting of the Fermi surface leads to the formation of a charge density wave (CDW) state. We show that, for this band structure, there are two possible ordered phases: A bidirectional "checkerboard" state would occur if the CDW transition temperature were sufficiently low, whereas a unidirectional "striped" state, consistent with what is observed in experiment, is favored when the transition temperature is higher. This result may also give some insight into why, in more strongly correlated systems, such as the cuprates and nickelates, the observed charge ordered states are generally stripes as opposed to checkerboards.

Original languageEnglish
Article number245126
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number24
StatePublished - 2006


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