Charge order and superconductivity as competing brothers in cuprate high-Tc superconductors

Masatoshi Imada*

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Studies on the interplay between the charge order and the d-wave superconductivity in the copper-oxide high Tc superconductors are reviewed with a special emphasis on the exploration based on the unconventional concept of the electron fractionalization and its consequences supported by solutions of high-accuracy quantum many-body solvers. Severe competitions between the superconducting states and the charge inhomogeneity including the charge=spin striped states revealed by the quantum many-body solvers are first addressed for the Hubbard models and then for the ab initio Hamiltonians of the cuprates derived without adjustable parameters to represent the low-energy physics of the cuprates. The charge inhomogeneity and superconductivity are born out of the same mother, namely, the carrier attraction arising from the strong Coulomb repulsion near the Mott insulator (Mottness) and accompanied electron fractionalization. The same mother makes the severe competition of the two brothers inevitable. The electron fractionalization has remarkable consequences on the mechanism of the superconductivity. Recent explorations motivated by the concept of the fractionalization and their consequences on experimental observations in energy-momentum resolved spectroscopic measurements including the angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and the resonant inelastic X-ray spectroscopy (RIXS) are overviewed, with future vision for the integrated spectroscopy to challenge the long-standing difficulties in the cuprates as well as in other strongly correlated matter in general.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111009
Journaljournal of the physical society of japan
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov 15
Externally publishedYes

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