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Special LASSP Seminar

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 2:15pm to 3:15pm

Clark Hall, 700
Central Campus

Professor David Hawthorn, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, will present seminar. Professor Kyle Shen, host TBA.

Seminar Title: Orbital symmetry of Charge Density Wave Order in Cuprate Superconductors

Abstract: Charge density wave (CDW) order has recently been revealed as a central feature of the cuprate phase diagram, co-existing and competing with superconductivity in underdoped cuprates. Intriguingly, the CDW order has been proposed to exhibit a novel d form factor orbital symmetry — a quadrupolar modulation of the charge on the oxygen atoms surrounding each Cu site — evidence for which has emerged from STM measurements in BSCCO, NCCOC and from resonant x-ray scattering measurements of YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO). Here, we present resonant x-ray scattering measurements of the orbital symmetry of CDW order in both La2-xBaxCuO(LBCO) and YBCO.   We find that LBCO exhibits a dominant s’ form factor, rather than a dominant d form factor, suggesting orbital symmetry as a feature that distinguishes CDW order in different families of cuprates.  In YBCO, we also identify a pronounced difference in the orbital symmetry of the CDW order propagating along the a and b axes, with the CDW propagating along the a-axis exhibiting orbital order in addition to charge order. Time permitting, I will also discuss our resonant x-ray scattering measurements of electronic nematicity in LBCO.

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LASSP, Applied and Engineering Physics, Physics




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Douglas E. Milton, Sr.

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David Hawthorn

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U of Waterloo

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