Volume 88, Number 1, October 2009
Article Number 17005
Number of page(s) 6
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 16 October 2009
EPL, 88 (2009) 17005
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/88/17005

Spin-orbit coupling effect in high-temperature superconductors

Hao Meng, Hong-Wei Zhao, Ling-feng Zhang, Liang-Ma Shi, Guo-Qiao Zha and Shi-Ping Zhou

Department of Physics, Shanghai University - 99 Shangda Road, Shanghai 200444, PRC

received 9 July 2009; accepted in final form 16 September 2009; published October 2009
published online 16 October 2009

The spin-orbit (SO) coupling effect is investigated by self-consistently diagonalizing a model Hamiltonian with competing antiferromagnetic (AF) and d-wave superconductivity (DSC) orders for high-temperature superconductors. SO-coupling–induced spin-split and -flip competition with AF order can lead to a double-peak spectrum of the vortex-core state, and vortex charge sign change. Scanning tunneling microscopy spectra on differential conductance and nuclear magnetic resonance experiments on vortex charges for YBa2Cu3O7-x are interpreted.

74.20.-z - Theories and models of superconducting state.
74.25.Jb - Electronic structure.
74.25.Ha - Magnetic properties.

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