Volume 85, Number 5, March 2009
Article Number 57003
Number of page(s) 6
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 19 March 2009
EPL, 85 (2009) 57003
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/85/57003

Coexistence of superconductivity and charge-density waves in a two-dimensional Holstein model at half-filling

S. Sykora, A. Hübsch and K. W. Becker

Institut für Theoretische Physik, Technische Universität Dresden - D-01062 Dresden, Germany, EU

received 21 August 2008; accepted in final form 13 February 2009; published March 2009
published online 19 March 2009

On the one hand, in one dimension the coupling of electrons to phonons leads to a transition from a metallic to a Peierls distorted insulated state if the coupling exceeds a critical value. On the other hand, in two dimensions the electron-phonon interaction may also lead to the formation of Cooper pairs. In this letter, we study for two dimensions the competing influence of superconductivity and charge order (in conjunction with a lattice distortion) by means of the projector-based renormalization method (PRM). In this way, we can not only approach correlation functions of superconductivity and charge density wave but also have direct access to the order parameters. Increasing the electron-phonon interaction, we find a crossover behavior between a purely superconducting state and a charge-density wave where a well-defined parameter range of coexistence of superconductivity and lattice distortion exists.

71.10.Fd - Lattice fermion models (Hubbard model, etc.).
71.30.+h - Metal-insulator transitions and other electronic transitions.

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