Disentangling the Role of Bond Lengths and Orbital Symmetries in Controlling Tc: arXiv:2012.04897 [cond-mat.str-el]

Francois Jamet, Cedric Weber, Swagata Acharya, Dimirar Pashov, Mark van Schilfgaarde

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Optimally doped YBCO (YBa2Cu3O7) has a high critical temperature, at 92 K. It is largely believed that Cooper pairs form in YBCO and other cuprates because of spin fluctuations, the issue and the detailed mechanism is far from settled. In the present work, we employ a state-of-the-art \emph{ab initio} ability to compute both the low and high energy spin fluctuations in optimally doped YBCO. We benchmark our results against recent inelastic neutron scattering and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering measurements. Further, we use strain as an external parameter to modulate the spin fluctuations and superconductivity. We disentangle the roles of Barium-apical Oxygen hybridization, the interlayer coupling and orbital symmetries by applying an idealized strain, and also a strain with a fully relaxed structure. We show that shortening the distance between Cu layers is conducive for enhanced Fermi surface nesting, that increases spin fluctuations and drives up Tc. However, when the structure is fully relaxed electrons flow to the dz2 orbital as a consequence of a shortened Ba-O bond which is detrimental for superconductivity
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5F00-80987


  • \emph{ab initio}
  • barium-apical oxygen hybridization
  • Fermi surface nesting
  • spin fluctuations
  • YBCO (YBa2Cu3O7)


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